“If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare, but we don’t care about that because his plays didn’t have pictures, and comics don’t have music. C.O.M.I.C.S: Come, Our Menagerie Is Crumbling Swiftly.
Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake #4 written and illustrated by Natasha Allegri, lettered by Britt Wilson:
“All those years wasted… all those years of being moderately attractive…”
Archer and Armstrong #9 written by Fred Van Lente, drawn by Emanuela Lupacchino & Alvero Martinez, inked by Guillermo Ortego, colored by David Baron, lettered by Dave Lanphear:
There’s a deceptive simplicity to Van Lente’s scripts. He’s able to write solid, funny comics built on strong character interaction, and with able collaborators
like Lupacchino and Martinez they’re a delight to read. Archer and Armstrong isn’t re-inventing the wheel, but hell, if Lethal Weapon meets Mythbusters doesn’t get you at least a little curious, I don’t even want to know you. Plus, the issue’s new colorist David Baron’s improvement over Matt Milla literally cannot be overstated. This is the best looking issue yet, and I can only hope Baron continues as the series colorist.
Bravest Warriors #7 written by Joey Comeau, illustrated by Mike Holmes, colored by Lisa Moore, lettered by Steve Wands, “Memory Lane” Backup story written and illustrated by Ryan Pequin, colored by Mirka Andolfo:
“Murder their faces. Murder all their beautiful faces.”
I feel like I say this every time, but Comeau writes the most consistently funny scripts, and Mike Holmes is a friggin’ champ at physical comedy. I hope those two dudes make this comic forever.
Harbinger #11 written by Joshua Dysart, penciled by Khari Evans and Trevor Hairsine, inked by Stefano Gaudiano, colored by Ian Hannin, lettered by Rob Steen:
“Call me Torque, yo! Why you disrespect me all’a time!”
Remember how Joshua Dysart wrote Unknown Soldier and it was incredible? Remember how he was then replaced by his far-less talented twin-brother that shared his name? This comic’s by the latter, and it shows.
SPACE JAM OF THE WEEK
Hawkeye #9 written by Matt Fraction, drawn by David Aja, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Chris Eliopoulos:
“That van look just like a van to you or… or does it look like a van.”
I really like that Fraction’s been using holidays as a way to pace his comics lately. It automatically gives theme to each issue, and it’s a great way to remember which issue was which, especially considering Marvel’s shipping schedule.
Hawkeye continues to be great, fresh in a way that still feels comfortably familiar, and surprisingly more than just a competently told superhero comic, but an excellent comic. Fraction’s pushing himself, and it shows, while David Aja is David “I make art for breakfast” Aja, and could make anything look great. Two of my favorite details this issue before I move on: the Lolita poster in Kate’s bedroom and Kate’s descriptor being Kate: Kate is pretty amazing. I keep holding my breath thinking this comic can’t possibly keep up the level of consistent quality, but so far it has.
Saga #12 written by Brian K. Vaughn, drawn by Fiona Staples, lettered by Fonografiks:
“Well, you know what they say, the reader is the final collaborator. Cheers for doing the heavy lifting.”
This is the first issue of Saga since #2 or 3 that I’ve really enjoyed reading, and I’m sure part of it is the way Vaughn takes literalism to the extreme in a conversation so loaded down with triple entendres; each speech balloon might as well be an anvil. There’s something satisfying about seeing someone commit so heavily to a metaphor, and it’s a nice change of pace from seeing Vaughn kill off characters I wish I
‘d cared about. Either way, Fiona Staples continues to dazzle in the art department; she’s improving at such a rapid clip that by the time this series ends, she’ll be in the upper echelon of talented artists.
Thor: God of Thunder #7 written by Jason Aaron, drawn by Esad Ribic, colored by Ive Svorcina, lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino:
“I make war like I make love. Naked, and in a berserker rage.”
Now that my expectations for a swift climax have been dashed and I’ve resigned myself to this story arc’s length, I’m back to enjoying Aaron’s Thor comic. He’s always had a way of selling the big moments and bringing humor to even the most dire of situations. He also clearly understands the format of a monthly comic, so each issue has at least one thing worth your time. I might prefer the way Fraction’s telling stories in Hawkeye, but that doesn’t mean this comic isn’t worthwhile too. It’d be nice if it didn’t come out bi-weekly at $3.99 a pop, though.
And that’s all of the comics I bought. But since I work in a comic shop, there are plenty of comics I can check-in with that I don’t have the money to buy. With that in mind, this is the starting week of a new ongoing feature, Bearwatch, which highlightsHC the appearances of bears in comics each week.
It figures that I would drop Uncanny Avengers literally the issue before Thor fights a Bear Horseman of the Apocalypse, as drawn by Daniel Acuña.