December 28th, 2008


More Comics Discoveries

Today at the comics shop, I discovered Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman is not at all what I thought it would be. Fearing it would be nothing more than mindless, slobbering zombies in superhero costumes terrorizing teenagers, it was, in fact, quite clever and more than a little funny. I see the series has progressed past the original five issues collected in the trade, and this makes me wonder if the premise can sustain itself past the original arc, but I did like it.

Unfortunately, I discovered that the Simpsons and Futurama comics are rubbish. I think it just goes to show how much of their success is in the comic timing, which isn't something you can reproduce in static illustrations. Also, the writing is subpar and the jokes not nearly as literate as on the TV shows.

Also rubbish is the DC Universe Holiday Special 2008 one-shot. Around the time that Aquaman witnesses the birth of Jesus, it pretty much lost me. I'm told by the customers that this is not surprising, the DC Universe holiday special pretty much sucks every year.

New Straub

Holy moley! Coming in August 2009:

Which reminds me, I've really fallen behind on the Straubathon. I'm still only up to 1993's The Throat. I spent most of my reading time this year trying to keep up with current releases rather than dipping into the past, and though I enjoyed pretty much everything I read, very little of it offered the literate, multilayered brain food of a Straub novel. I must get back to the Straubathon soon!

Even More Comics Discoveries

Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer is a mixed bag. I thought it had a great set-up and a gripping mystery, plus a pervasive sense of dread and danger and general ickiness as some of the heroes' deep, dark secrets come out. Meltzer is obviously a good writer with a fondness for costumed heroes and DC Universe continuity. There are many scenes that touch the reader emotionally, good dialogue, a great sense of plotting. And the idea -- a murder mystery within the superhero community -- is right up my alley. For some reason, I get a giant nerd-on whenever a comic features, like, every hero and villain ever. But it lost me at the end. The resolution of the mystery, the revelation of whodunit, was, frankly, really stupid. I absolutely get what Meltzer was going for, but he set my expectations too high to give us what is essentially an "oopsie"-shrug climax. A shame, because it pretty much kept me riveted until then.

Also, the Doctor Who comics are rubbish.

This was my last day at the comics shop, though the door's open for me to work there again if my friends need me. But still, that's going to be the end of my comics discussions for a while, since I don't normally read them. I hope you'll survive the transition!