Wednesday Checkup – 05/29/2013

Batman Noir
Batman Noir
Recommendation: This is not technically a new release. It’s a collection of all of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s work on Batman. And it’s incredible. These two creators form one of the best teams in the business and their work on Batman is outstanding (and sometimes hard to find). This is something to proudly place on your bookshelf. Highest recommendation.

Chew #34
Chew 34
Recommendation: Chew has become a much darker series and benefited from it. The goofy humor is still there (just look at the Senator), but there are now stakes in the book and they’re compelling the characters forward into the bigger story. If you’re already on board, you’ll love this issue.

Earth Two Annual #1
Earth Two Annual
Recommendation: This issue is bitter sweet. It’s a lot of fun, hinting at big plotlines and revealing more Robinson reimaginings. But how much of that will ever come to fruition, now that DC has kicked James Robinson off the title after issue sixteen? This is the best the book has been since it started, but it can’t last and that’s a damn shame.

Lost Vegas #3
Lost Vegas 3
Recommendation: I have to admit that I’m really disappointed this will be wrapped after one more issue. There’s so much going on that it’s difficult to get a full sense of the universe in which it’s set, but still an absolute blast to read. Also, I want more Science Deer. We all need more Science Deer.

Morning Glories #27
Morning Glories 27
Recommendation: So I was about to go on a tear about how this book should probably be read in trades, because the story is insanely convoluted at this point. Then they gave me a handy manual at the end of the issue and it helped a lot. I just wish there were forums for this book, like there were for Lost.

EDIT: Joe Eisma swung by and decided to help me get my foot out of my mouth. Below you’ll find two links to great resources for reading the series on a monthly basis. As I’ve said before, I really love this book and hearing from creators like this only reinforces the feeling.

http://multiversitycomics.com/columns/mga-study-hall-issue-27/

http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?380318-The-Official-MORNING-GLORIES-Thread-%28With-Nick-amp-Joe%29

Thief of Thieves #14
Thief of Thieves 14
Recommendation: Andy Diggle is just about the best thing that could have happened to this book. He takes a title that was starting to feel boring and provides it with a great antagonist who actually puts something in jeopardy. Glad I stuck with it, but not sure if it’ll be worth sticking around after Diggle is gone.

The Wake #1
The Wake
Recommendation: I can’t remember liking a first issue this much since “Manhattan Projects”, “Hawkeye”, or “Saga” debuted. Great writing and illustration matched with a perfect understanding of tone in comics.
Buy this book.

X-Men #1
X-Men 1
Recommendation: Although I’m enjoying “All-New X-Men” quite a bit, I feel like this is going to be my favorite X-title. Strong opening issue that touches upon some of Morrison’s ideas while maintaining the feel of a superheroic romp. The all-female cast also works really well in Wood’s capable hands. I can’t explain how exciting it is to see Marvel featuring more feamle leads in good books like this and “Captain Marvel”. Also, there’s a super adorable Skottie Young variant cover that is worth paying a little extra for.

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About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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2 Responses to Wednesday Checkup – 05/29/2013

  1. Joe Eisma says:

    Hey Chase–there are forums/discussion venues for Morning Glories! There’s a thread on CBR: http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?380318-The-Official-MORNING-GLORIES-Thread-%28With-Nick-amp-Joe%29 as well as the comments sections of MGA Study Hall on Multiversity: http://multiversitycomics.com/columns/mga-study-hall-issue-27/

    • chasemagnett says:

      First off, thanks for the links, those are incredibly helpful. I didn’t realize you and Nick were taking the time to answer questions and correspond with fans. As a fan, things like this mean a lot.

      Second, I really do like “Morning Glories”. I repurchased all of the series while it was on sale at Comixology, so I could re-read while traveling. It can be a challenging read due to the complexity of plot and number of characters, but I’ve found the effort to be really rewarding when you can sit down and take your time.

      Thanks for checking out the blog!

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