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Comics 1/30/13

Below you’ll find a quick rundown of my opinions on all the books I read today as well as a few panels, and the links to buy the comics. Remember, kids. The rule is for every negative, I have to write two positives. 

Batman and Robin: Annual #1 

This was surprisingly adorable and heart-warming. Traits I really don’t associate with the New 52 from this particular publisher. Revolving around Damian, Bruce, & Alfred this is a wonderful one-shot. For people looking for that glimmer of pre-reboot DC, this is for you. 

Actual adult Bruce Wayne.

Batman Incorporated #7

Well, this is Grant Morrison doing Grant Morrison things. I don’t think there’s been a moment of rest since this series began, but Morrison gets Damian and for that I’m thankful. Have some new Bat-Cat. And Bat-Cow. And Bat-Dog.

Mara #2

Following closely on the heels of the highly anticipated first issue, this book still remains intriguing. Learning about the volleyball work camps and the cutthroat world of corporate sponsorship was a bit of an exposition dump, but as always the art and colors (Doyle & Bellaire, respectively) remained ever-engaging. It felt like an exceptionally short issue. I do enjoy Mara’s pervasive sense of disgruntlement.

Avengers Vol. 5 #4

I think I figured it out. This book reminds me of every great Sorkin West Wing episode. It’s the cold open. I can’t, in recent memory, recall a comic that has ever used a cold open like this. (I suppose you can count the recent YA #1 as having a cold open, but I digress.) Hickman is producing theatre. He is on, arguably, the flagship Marvel title. This is a stage. The previous 3-issue first arc can even be viewed as a cold open. What I’m saying is that I really like it, and Hickman makes me want to punch myself in the face, he’s that good.

Natasha doesn’t have time for your jungle escapades, Jessica.

Thor is invited to any party I host, lbr.

X-Treme X-men Vol. 2 #9

I love this book. This is box of a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts book. There is nothing not short of fabulous. Greg Pak somehow fills this books with the best villainous tropes while keeping it fresh and original. Also, Paco Diaz can get it. 

Mirrorball. Wedge. Boots.

Everyone go home.

Hawkeye #7

24 pages. 2 complete and engaging stories. No one likes a showoff, Fraction. Just kidding, though. I loved it. This is a great example of micro-storytelling and keeping what’s essential in a book to make a great story.

Loved the art from Hamm and Lieber, and Hollingsworth always comes through and ties everything together with his muted palette. 

Go away.

Journey Into Mystery #648

Apparently it’s a pre-requisite for Asgardian titles to just not give anything away. I have no idea where this book is going. At all. Still hanging in there, though. I do enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry feel to this opening page.

High Crimes #1

Go buy this. Go buy this now. I’ll wait. By far the most impressive title to come out of the Monkeybrain imprint so far, this book is just fantastic. The art is perfect for it’s slightly seedy setting, and the main characters are terribly enchanting, and I want to read more NOW. Did I mention it’s $.99?

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Stephen. Dat turtleneck.
Let me tell you about Dr. Stephen Strange.
He once kept an entire wall of souls trapped in mason jars in his pantry.
One time he punched Dormammu in the face with mystical arts. It was awesome.
Dr. Strange is FLAWLESS.
I adore Stephen Strange, MD. He is one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. I’m not even joking when I say his books are the trippiest things ever. I attribute everything to Ditko. Using the Marvel Method was like primo on this book. The Ditko-era of Strange is the most surreal and breath-taking work. It’s amazing. 
Anyway, where to start? 
If you can get your hands on any full-color old school Strange Tales and Dr. Strange books, do so. I THINK the Marvel Masterworks volumes are full-color, but they can be pricey.
To understand Stephen Strange, you are in so much luck. My most favorite of Marvel’s Season One’s deals with Dr. Strange’s origin story. Greg Pak is on vocals with arts and color by Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire, respectively. This isn’t Emma Rios’ first rodeo on Dr. Strange and you can tell. It’s sublime and surreal art. You add in Jordie Bellaire, and it probably makes Steve Ditko want to hop on a dirt bike and do dounuts in a Wal-Mart parking lot from sheer joy.
Once you’ve got a good grasp on his origin, the rest is all gravy. Delightfully, Dr. Strange is not mired in layers of continuity errors. Next up, read The Oath. It’s an all-star team-up of Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Saga, etc.) and Marcos Martin, hold me closer tiny artist hands. PLUS YOU GET SOME NIGHT NURSE ACTION. Don’t even get me started about Night Nurse. I fucking LOVE her. Anyway, it’s a great, self-contained book. 
After that, treat yo’ self and pick up Strange: The Doctor Is Out by La Waid and Emma Rios. It’s another wonderful, self-contained story, and it deals with Dr. Strange post-No Longer Sorcerer Supreme. It’s very much a dire straits book, but worth the read.
Also for some trippy Silver-Age homage, read Spider-Man: Fever. You’ll thank me later. For current reading, you can start on New Avengers Vol. 2 with Bendis having Dr. Strange join the team post-Siege. And let me just say, slow clap for Mister Brian Michael, because he’s sneaky as fuck, and a plot point I thought abandoned, has cropped up with a vengeance towards the end of this run. Pun intended in every way possible.
Finally, we come to The Defenders. This title. My precious, cancelled insane Defenders. This was everything I ever wanted in team book. It’s Stephen Strange being the creepy asshole he was meant to be. Read it. Love it. Welcome it into your hearts and minds. I kid you not, this book elevates superhero titles. Tread lightly, friends. PS. Fraction wrote it, so what the fuck are you waiting for?
So, yeah. That’s Dr. Strange for you in a nutshell. Also, if you want to watch pre-Disney buy-out Marvel Animation movies, the Dr. Strange one is actually quite good re: origin story. 

Stephen. Dat turtleneck.

Let me tell you about Dr. Stephen Strange.

He once kept an entire wall of souls trapped in mason jars in his pantry.

One time he punched Dormammu in the face with mystical arts. It was awesome.

Dr. Strange is FLAWLESS.

I adore Stephen Strange, MD. He is one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe. I’m not even joking when I say his books are the trippiest things ever. I attribute everything to Ditko. Using the Marvel Method was like primo on this book. The Ditko-era of Strange is the most surreal and breath-taking work. It’s amazing. 

Anyway, where to start? 

If you can get your hands on any full-color old school Strange Tales and Dr. Strange books, do so. I THINK the Marvel Masterworks volumes are full-color, but they can be pricey.

To understand Stephen Strange, you are in so much luck. My most favorite of Marvel’s Season One’s deals with Dr. Strange’s origin story. Greg Pak is on vocals with arts and color by Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire, respectively. This isn’t Emma Rios’ first rodeo on Dr. Strange and you can tell. It’s sublime and surreal art. You add in Jordie Bellaire, and it probably makes Steve Ditko want to hop on a dirt bike and do dounuts in a Wal-Mart parking lot from sheer joy.

Once you’ve got a good grasp on his origin, the rest is all gravy. Delightfully, Dr. Strange is not mired in layers of continuity errors. Next up, read The Oath. It’s an all-star team-up of Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Saga, etc.) and Marcos Martin, hold me closer tiny artist hands. PLUS YOU GET SOME NIGHT NURSE ACTION. Don’t even get me started about Night Nurse. I fucking LOVE her. Anyway, it’s a great, self-contained book. 

After that, treat yo’ self and pick up Strange: The Doctor Is Out by La Waid and Emma Rios. It’s another wonderful, self-contained story, and it deals with Dr. Strange post-No Longer Sorcerer Supreme. It’s very much a dire straits book, but worth the read.

Also for some trippy Silver-Age homage, read Spider-Man: Fever. You’ll thank me later. For current reading, you can start on New Avengers Vol. 2 with Bendis having Dr. Strange join the team post-Siege. And let me just say, slow clap for Mister Brian Michael, because he’s sneaky as fuck, and a plot point I thought abandoned, has cropped up with a vengeance towards the end of this run. Pun intended in every way possible.

Finally, we come to The Defenders. This title. My precious, cancelled insane Defenders. This was everything I ever wanted in team book. It’s Stephen Strange being the creepy asshole he was meant to be. Read it. Love it. Welcome it into your hearts and minds. I kid you not, this book elevates superhero titles. Tread lightly, friends. PS. Fraction wrote it, so what the fuck are you waiting for?

So, yeah. That’s Dr. Strange for you in a nutshell. Also, if you want to watch pre-Disney buy-out Marvel Animation movies, the Dr. Strange one is actually quite good re: origin story. 

— 1 year ago with 189 notes
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