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New comics I bought some time ago (I swear I’m reading as fast as I can!):
Amazing Spiderman #681
Animal Man #7 - Steve Pugh’s art is a welcome addition to this title, but the story feels like it’s dawdling. I want the plot to go somewhere. Right now the characters are just kind of hiding out in an RV while we readers are treated to dream sequences and fake movies within the world of the comic. I’d like for Buddy to put his shirt on and do something interesting.
The Boys #64
Dicks #2 - I bought this issue before reading #1 and realizing that I hate this title. Serves me right for being so behind in my reading.
Hellboy Vol. 12: The Storm And The Fury TPB - I think I’m prone to saying that I prefer BPRD to Hellboy partially because BPRD comes out more frequently, so I get to read it more often. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love BPRD, but when Hellboy does it right and when has Hellboy ever done it wrong?) it is hard to top. It was unfortunately spoiled for me that Hellboy dies in this story arc months before the trade came out (that’s what I get for waiting…), but that fact didn’t effect the emotional impact of the story at all. What an amazing arc of an amazing series. My hat is off to Mignola and Fegredo.
King City TPB - I bought the original TokyoPop printing of King City Volume 1, I bought all of the single issues from Image Comics, and now I’ve bought the full series TPB. If there were another way for me to buy this series, I would. In the same way that Preacher and Transmetropolitan completely changed the way I looked at comics when I discovered them back in the early 2000’s, King City and it’s creator Brandon Graham (along with a few other choice titles/creators) have recently given me a new outlook on the medium and the industry. King City feels like an important notch on my comic-reading timeline and I doubt I’ll ever get sick of re-reading it.
Rachel Rising #6 - I remain interested in this series without knowing what exactly is going on in the story or having much to say about it. Hopefully it starts to make a bit of sense soon. I know that’s not a ringing endorsement, but I am enjoying the series.
Stitched #3 - I’m still not 100% sold on this premise, but I did enjoy the little flashback sequence which gave some insight into where those creepy zombie-ish things come from. Right now I’m just really hoping that this story goes somewhere interesting…and soon.
Swamp Thing #7 - In this issue, Swamp Thing becomes Swamp Thing. Next issue: Presumably he will do something.
Winter Soldier #3 - I’m becoming less interested in Ed Brubaker’s two main Captain America books with each passing month, but this series may serve to fill the gap left in my life by the decline of those titles. The art really bothered me in issue 1, but I’ll be damned if I found anything to complain about visually in this installment. Still, I’m looking forward to Michael Lark’s upcoming run on the book.