Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rant-Reviews--Violence, Lot's and Lot's of Violence

If It Bleeds It Leads...Or Something Gross Like That
As the subject reads, these here comics have a fair share of violence in them. I've got  "Men of War #5", "The Punisher #7", "Sacrifice #2", "The Last of The Greats #4", and "Wolverine And The X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1," (ain't that a mouthful).

Men of War #5
God, I love this comic and curse the Gods (AKA DC Editorial) for cancelling it. True, its being replaced with a simillar comic about soldiers fighting dinosaurs or something else that sounds like it could be awesome, but why my, "Men of War?" It's like a gritty war comic that has to deal with how it keeps getting confused by bumping up against all the weird super-hero and supernatural elements of the DC Universe. It's so crazy and clever--plus it looks good. It's like that girl you go out on some dates with and she's just perfect, but then she tells you she's moving out of town. It really sucks. Hey, there is that other girl who looks like the one you like and from descriptions sounds kind of like her though, so maybe things will work out? Right? Right?
4.5 out of 5 stars.

The Punisher #7
Greg Rucka is a good enough writer that he can make two men riding in a car talking for a whole comic seem gripping (and there is some action-filled art to help show what they are talking about too). It's still a comic that is pretty much two men riding in a car however, and while that might read great in trade paperbacks, for a whole issue of a comic it is a little slow. I love how Rucka uses an old story to illustrate a point about the Punisher however. STILL, it's an issue of two men in a fucking car! I could ride in a car with another man discussing something interesting and we'd have this comic, potentially. I say potentially because I'd need someone to illustrate it, and we'd need some kind of murderous vigilante for aforementioned friend and myself to talk about. You may be asking yourself, "Why would two average men in a car talk about a murderous vigilante?" Simple, that's what dudes talk about when women aren't around. Seriously, it isn't sports, it's how we would stop the Punisher. Men are more complicated than you think like that.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Sacrifice #2
This is a self-published comic so if one of the comic stores you frequent isn't cool enough to carry it you may have to resort to the internet. It's worth doing so as this is a pretty cool series. It's by Sam Humphries with some crazy art by Dalton Rose. Basically this guy travels back in time accidentally to see the Aztec's shortly before the Spanish came and killed them all. Our hero is thought of as some kind of religious sign, but just wants to get home, and between the tension of the destruction that is inevitably coming and the bits of humor a great comic is had. I'd make the bit of extra effort you might need to engage in to check it out.
4 out of 5 stars.

The Last Of The Greats #4
This comic is just bizarre. Picture "Irredeemable" if it were even darker and nobody knew the "hero" was super-evil. Seriously, this is twisted and dark. I like those aspects, but also find the comic to be moving along a bit too slowly in some respects compared to the more snappy earlier issues. Perhaps the upcoming conclusion will bring things to a delicious end. Still, any comic that has the hero sleep with Oprah as happened in issue #3 earns some cred with me.
3 out of 5 stars.

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1
First off, this has nothing to do with that terrible Disney movie about wolves. Second, this does have the talented Brian Wood writing for Marvel, and writing one of my favorite lesser-known but suddenly blowing-up characters, Quentin Quire, very well. It's just, this is kind of meh in a few ways. It's another one of those stories about Wolverine being trapped in some fake world created mentally by someone out to get him (in this case Quire, who is doing it more just for kicks than anything else). Oh, and the mutant Armor is a part of it too. Perhaps some kind of crazy twist will occur, but right now it's just a mind take-over story that is being written really well because they got a talented writer for it. We will see where it goes. Right now it's like getting a really talented chief to make you a cheeseburger. It's going to be a great burger, but they could create something a lot better, ya know?
3 out of 5 stars.

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