Friday, November 21, 2014

funnybook of the week: November 5th, 2014

Two great debuts and a title going out of its way to solidify itself on my pull list when I could have sworn it was going in the other direction.

10 - X-Men #21 (last issue - 5 out of 10 books)
Manifold Tyger, the turncoat, and his assessments of Brand and the X-Men are essentially the best part of this issue right up until Deathbird strikes a tonal accord with Rachel. Probably not the best sign for your team book. When two of the best three characters aren’t on the team in question.

9 - Axis #4 (last issue - 9 out of 11 books)
More of the same complaint, in that basically there’s a lot of whackiness going on without a lot to ground it or let the reader know why. Even if we buy the inversion, we haven’t really gotten a chance to explore what specifically in each character is pushing them now.

Maybe there isn’t time for that kind of deep character work, but this is the kind of premise that demands that kind of deep character work. So maybe next time let’s not make this kind of story the event comic.

8 - Sixth Gun #44 (last issue - 8 out of 9 books)
There’s an odd narration here that assumes you haven’t met any of the characters. This was entirely a shifting pieces issue, setting up the next part of the story. But some stunning visuals from Hurtt.

7 - Spider-Verse Team-Up #1 (last issue - n/a)
The difference between this book and Edge of Spider-Verse is that the multiple versions of Spider-Man show up at the beginning rather than the end of the alternate-reality Spider-Man stories. Luckily for Marvel, I’m still digging the alternate takes more than not.

6 - Amazing Spider-Man #9 (last issue - 10 out of 11 books)
It’s started, and while I enjoyed it, it did get a little mired in that thing where the main character of the book discovers a plot point that you’ve known about for months. Better than the build-up, but still lacking the central heart that Slott’s last big-idea in Spider-Island had. And yes, that is the measuring stick for this sort of thing.

5 - Rocket Raccoon #5 (last issue - 7 out of 10 books)
This was a sweet issue that I was initially concerned would outrun its gag, but Skottie Young did a great job with what was essentially a silent issue (except not at all) and letting the visual medium do its job.

4 - Drifter #1 (last issue - n/a)
A strong point of view character can make up for a lot of sins. There isn’t much new ground tread in the opening issue of Drifter. The space-faring scoundrel meets with misfortune, stands up a little too tall when he shouldn’t, shows off his self-loathing to the first person to come for him, and runs off in a huff to prove something he can’t even put his finger on.

But because this character is so well-written, because his point of view is so well-defined, and because that emptiness rings just true enough, you want to follow that space-faring scoundrel and finish finding out where he came from, where he is, and how it all came to be. Excellent opening issue.

3 - Hulk #8 (last issue - 5 out of 8 books)
I’ve been kind of hanging on by a thread, based more on teases of what’s to come than what’s actually in each issue, but this is the one that stops me from wondering if I’ll still be on board when the next round of solicits come out. I’m in, and the reason I’m in is that Duggan is actually telling a very, very good story and this issue is the one that kind of shows you that.

Aside from the too-quick-and-neat wrap-up of the question of Banner’s shooting, this was fantastic. Rick and Betty, Doc Green and Betty, and even without appearing in the issue, Hulk and Skarr, are all about being set free from a curse. The curse that was the central premise of the Hulk character as I know him (because I was raised on the TV show).

Duggan is putting toys back in the box that probably should have been re-boxed a while ago, and finding a real purpose behind it buried in character. But lest we think that a weeping Betty and a happy Rick Jones absolve Doc Green, we have hints at a larger impropriety that should be dynamite.

2 - Nailbiter #7 (last issue - 6 out of 10 books)
Back when Powers was a comic that came out, Brian Michael Bendis did a ridealong issue starring Warren Ellis. Well, we’ve come full circle as we get an issue featuring Bendis himself running around our serial killer-generating town, being terrorized, and allowing the major players to make a few gains in their story quietly in the background.

The killer scene, no pun intended, is where the Nailbiter himself confronts Bendis about his long history of murdering well-beloved characters, essentially calling him a serial killer. Really fun stuff.

1 - Tooth & Claw #1 (last issue - n/a)
What if I told you that a beautifully illustrated opening chapter of what looks to be a marvelous fantasy epic was available for $2.99 and had 48 pages of story? Well, you’d not accuse me of pimping a Marvel comic, that’s for sure. What you would assume though, is that there was plenty of room for the premise to take hold, for the characters to introduce themselves and breathe, and that by the end of it, you’d be totally in if you enjoyed what you saw.

I enjoyed what I saw. Busiek gives us an introduction to a world, the way that world works, and a through-character to that world. And then he breaks it. By the end of the first issue, the best intentions come tumbling down and you’re left with nothing but want for whatever comes next.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

funnybook of the week: October 29th, 2014

Some truly, truly good comics at the top. And something fully forgettable at the bottom. But way more good than bad.

6 - Axis: Revolutions #1 (last issue - n/a)
If you want “hilarious” stories with no meat on them showing how various heroes are responding to the Red Skull’s hate wave? This is for you. I’ll be not reading any more issues or thinking about this one any more, thank you.

5 - Bunker #7 (last issue - 4 out of 9 books)
The storytelling is vague here, but it’s all there. I don’t know that the now and the then match up as well as Fialkov wanted it to, and that’s going to cause a few syntax issues, but all of the information is on the page. Just a little harder to parse out than you’d like to see.

4 - Southern Bastards #5 (last issue - 4 out of 10 books)
This title used to be about a man who came home, reluctantly, to find that his home needed saving. It was a story about a man who couldn’t save that home and died trying. Now, it’s a book about the one the town needed saving from, and there’s not a lot of sympathy to be generated, even though we flash back to a more underdog-ish time for Coach Boss.

Interesting to be sure, but missing the reason to care.

3 - Black Science #10 (last issue - 7 out of 7 books)
Oh we’re back. I’d thought maybe the book had lost its edge, but in the bitter daughter of our former hero, Remender has found a new and effective voice for the book even as alternate Grants start making their way back to the center. The character work, the insane art and colors, and the sci-fi mumbo jumbo re-found their perfect marriage in this issue, and I’m so glad they did.

2 - Rachel Rising #29 (last issue - 3 out of 9 books)
Zoe tries to effectively make it clear that Malus is going to have to find another candidate to mother the Anti-Christ, and it’s as funny and disturbing as it sounds. She’s going to win, even when she’s told she’s already lost.

Speaking of already lost, you have no soul if you don’t find a scene where Rachel goes shopping for the rope that killed her just all kinds of heartbreaking.

1 - Saga #24 (last issue - 6 out of 9 books)
The Brand is back, and this time she’s mad. Finding what’s become of her brother, and the support he had at the end - and what it all meant to him personally, was an amazingly personal story for The Brand. In the span of an issue, you learned so much about her that it felt like she’d been there since the first panel of the first issue. That’s such good work it’s hard to even say.

Also, how about the best Lying Cat panel yet?

Friday, November 07, 2014

funnybook of the week: October 22nd, 2014

Stray Bullets is so much better than Big Events and their tie-ins it hurts.

11 - Guardians of the Galaxy #30 (last issue - 4 out of 9 books)
And then it was just over. Thanos takes on the Revengers off-panel and comes out with the cosmic cube. There’s a love story from out of nowhere (maybe somewhere, but if you’ve only read GotG, nowhere) between the late Richard Ryder and Gamora. And even that, with his request for secrecy, seems somewhat puzzling. This wasn’t good.

10 - Amazing Spider-Man #8 (last issue - 6 out of 7 books)
Mayday’s last stand and...let’s just get to the actual story.

9 - Axis #3 (last issue - 2 out of 8 books)
The thing that keeps bothering me about this issue is that I would have no idea that the inversion affected anyone other than the Red Skull if it hadn’t been for solicitations and hype interviews. A plain textual reading of this issue doesn’t let on a bit that there’s anything wrong. And don’t tell me that the X-Men and Avengers yelling at each other over the fate of a villain is the clue, because that’s been status quo for years.

But Remender’s Deadpool is endearing, so this stays off the bottom of the list.

8 - Letter 44 #11 (last issue - 1 out of 9 books)
I don’t want to call this issue a misstep. It’s only real crime was not being as outrageously good as every other issue of this series has been. But when that’s where the bar is, surprisingly decent Big Event™ spin-offs are going to seemingly outpace you if the sci-fi gets a little more sci-fi-ish and less about the space community and the political intrigue gets downgraded to “surprise, I’m going to screw you over anyway!”

Except that’s not the only thing about this issue. The space community does get tested with a sick baby, and the political intrigue does go into “right thing for the wrong reason” to obfuscate a dirty bomb attack on a major US base.
I’m just not used to having anything to take issue with in this series.

7 - The Wicked + The Divine #5 (last issue - 5 out of 11 books)
Speaking of unfair drops in the ratings, I’m not enjoying this as much as I thought I would, so the enjoyment I am getting is a downgraded version. Let this be a lesson about expectations.

6 - Axis: Hobgoblin #1 (last issue - n/a)
Explaining more about what the inversion is and how it works (though inexplicably urging you to read Axis #3 for the details when we’ve established that said details aren’t there is gross) than anything else yet, we see an inverted Roderick Kingsley reimagined as a smooth pyramid scheme topper with a heroic bent. Not purely a good guy, but something strangely and wonderfully different from a villain.

Things got a little clumsy with the reintroduction of Phil Urich and Lily Hollister as people with a past with each other but not much mention of Phil’s with Kingsley, but I do want to see where this goes.

5 - Lazarus #12 (last issue - 1 out of 9 books)
Power plays and politics at the Conclave while the Lazari train and socialize. The interactions between each family’s Lazarus and the rest was a lot of fun and very interesting. The family politics are starting to just be names thrown around as potential allies or enemies with little behind it, but a power play at the end pulls everything in a nice, chaotic bow.

4 - GI Joe #2 (last issue - 2 out of 9 books)
One defecting kid is on everyone’s radar, and all of the denseness of the opening issue suddenly converges and we’re only at issue 2? Oh, this is going to be really, really good.

3 - Goners #1 (last issue - n/a)
I wasn’t actually expecting this book to start right at the start with our kid heroes’ tragic beginning where taking the mantle of their monster-hunting parents really began. But there it is, the dramatic death of the parents springboarding directly into a conspiracy to bring down a family legacy and introduces us to the kids and their protector as well as showed us exactly their relationship to the larger community charged with keeping everyone safe.

That’s a helluva #1 issue.

2 - She-Hulk #9 (last issue - 1 out of 10 books)
Captain America is pitting Daredevil against She-Hulk in a court of law with THE LEGACY OF CAPTAIN AMERICA on the line and seems very zen about the whole thing. The premise, Steve Rogers’ sense of fight and justice being a thing long before there was a Captain America, is great super-hero-by-way-of-courtroom-drama stuff that typically would give this the #1 spot. But then...

1 - Stray Bullets: The Killers #8 (last issue - 1 out of 11 books)
If you want to know what drove Ginny to the place where she’d meet her eventual fate, here it is. At the end of a typically more-fun-than fun mishap involving when Eli goes all Ross Gellar with is own version of the Copy Girl and the vacation home of a mobster whose made one or two aggressive enemies lately, we get one panel that would lead me to believe that Ginny would go right to the wrong place once and for all.

I’ve really enjoyed having a longform character arc in consecutive issues here, and somehow the new Stray Bullets format is better than the old one and I can’t say enough about how much I love that.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

funnybook of the week: October 15th, 2014

The previously rolling Spider-Verse stuff is starting to grind a little bit as we stall for the story to actually begin...

8 - Spider-Man 2099 #5 (last issue - 6 out of 10 books)
You know what I don’t like? When the story of Miguel building a life for himself in the present day is interrupted so we can have a crossover.

7 - Edge of Spider-Verse #5 (last issue - 10 out of 10 books)
So this is another interesting idea that gets interrupted before it can really be explored. This time, though, we didn’t even get an entire (but truncated) story the way we did with Spider-Gwen or the murder mystery.

6 - Ms Marvel #9 (last issue - 3 out of 9 books)
Kamala exploring her inhumanity is kind of a tedious sideshow, but Kamala deciding that she’s responsible for her community is everything right with superhero comics. But that tedium...

5 - Hulk #7 (last issue - 7 out of 11 books)
I really enjoyed Skaar getting a real chance at a life, the idea that Doc Green really can possibly be curing people of a curse rather than depowering bona fide heroes. With two Hulks off the map, what happenes next, knowing that there are at least two Hulks who aren’t going to be kind about things?

That’s what I really want to find out. This book excels at being an okay narrative that makes you really want the next part.

4 - Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #6 (last issue - 2 out of 11 books)
There are some interesting ideas about Spider-Men, Goblins, and who lives and dies that could very well make things a lot less interesting when our heros find themselves in danger. But I think there’s one more curveball coming.

3 - Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #3 (last issue - 6 out of 11 books)
It’s a story as old as time itself, enemies that come together to face someone more annoying than one another. One Knight of Solomon and one Swordsman of Abraham (do we think those are the sigulars?) find themselves facing down an honest-to-gosh god of death. Or at least, they will next issue.

2 - Axis #2 (last issue - 2 out of 7 books)
An interesting thing happened after Civil War. Tony Stark became the center of the Marvel Universe. Then a funny thing happened, they stopped that part of the MU’s history, but Tony Stark has remained the fulcrum of everything through it all. And now we get a POV story that shows how sociopathic Tony Stark can be, calls him out on it, and then shows it doesn’t work.

Oh, and for a second issue in a row, Remender gives us the good guys bringing it together only to fall short. He loves messing with us, eh?

1 - Superior Foes of Spider-Man #16 (last issue - 2 out of 10 books)
A plan comes together, and this has been a story about Boomerang going after the score that would get him what he really wants deep down the whole time. And it’s not having the best super-gang, it’s not underworld superiority, and it’s certainly not obscure treasure that can’t be spent. What it is is perfectly in character and wonderful. There’s not much more to say about this than that it’s a perfect issue to close out a comic.

Of course, it’s not the last issue, because Boomerang can’t finally get what he wants. Right?

funnybook of the week: October 8th, 2014

Been too long...

7 - Black Science #9 (last issue - 6 out of 8 books)
I may need to give this one a re-read, but I think that aside from the ending, this issue is exactly why you can’t remove the heart of a story from a story. I don’t care how pretty the art is.

6 - Amazing Spider-Man #7 (last issue - 5 out of 9 books)
Kamala coming and learning from the veteran super hero Spider-Man should have been a bigger deal than this, even discounting the always-strange disconnect between the public mistrust of Spider-Man and how whatever non-Punisher drop-in thinks of the wallcrawler. Instead, it felt throwaway with the oncoming Spider-Verse story and the backup explaining the origin of Captain Spider, or Spider-Britain or whatever.

5 - Captain Marvel #8 (last issue - 7 out of 9 books)
I don’t get it with the cats, internet. This was cute, but just cute.

4 - Rocket Raccoon #4 (last issue - 7 out of 10 books)
Speaking of cute, we have this. Wrapping up the story with requires less of the pure anarchy and some more focused moments. It’s fun, but the shine is coming off.

3 - Transformers vs. GI Joe #3 (last issue - 3 out of 8 books)
There are more misunderstandings in this issue than a typical episode of Three’s Company, but the overall fun is still there. From the censored exploding head, to the “Dread not…” tattoo, to Starscream’s Decepticobra eye patch.

2 - Axis #1 (last issue - n/a)
In case you didn’t get that the Avengers used to be chums, the first few pages here really bring that point home. Lots of banter. Useful, though, because we quickly get the opposite of that banter as well as a portent of things to come beyond that. Really, though, this story reads like an old-school crossover. The good guys take on a superduper powered nazi, the cavalry arrives just in time, and then the bad guy makes his move instead of all the quipping good guys getting the big win.

And that’s just the start. I haven’t done this justice, but I really enjoyed this opening issue.

1 - Wytches #1 (last issue - n/a)
The thing about Scott Snyder on horror comics is that he’s really good at them. We all remember Severed, right? The thing about Scott Snyder and Jock is that the last thing I remember them working together on was a Detective Comics run that could have easily been tweaked out of a Batman story and into a horror story and it was incredible.

So here we are, the two of them doing a horror story and it’s all I could have wanted. A few legitimate “don’t turn out the lights” moments, an unseen and unspeakable evil, a bullied heroine who thinks she may have been the cause of that unseen and unspeakable evil taking out her greatest rival, and the chance that she just. Might. Be. Right.

The idea of being pledged, not that it’s a choice you make, but one someone else makes for you, and what that could mean hangs in the air, as this horror, these Wytches, could be called upon to take you not because you crossed them, but because you crossed someone who wished for them to get you hard enough.

Monday, October 13, 2014

funnybook of the week: October 1st, 2014

Some books I had high hopes for fell short, while one book that's had a rough patch of issues really got me good. Comics surprise me. Constantly.

10 - Edge of Spider-Verse #4 (last issue - 9 out of 9 books)
I want to make a distinction here, because I think this was really well-done. This list isn’t about technical perfection, so much as what I do and don’t like. With that said, I didn’t like this very well-done book. If you’re ready for a Tales from the Crypt style story about a creepy perv with an awful family who happens to become a Spider-Man, this is for you. But it missed the mark with me.

9 - Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 (last issue - n/a)
This started out with a lot of promise. Bucky glibly continuing the journey Nick Fury started. Bringing Daisy on board because 1) she has no where else to go, 2) Bucky doesn’t want to be alone, and 3) Bucky needs someone to play off of if this is going to be worth reading. There was a lot of promise in those opening pages.

Then things fell apart. The narrative that Bucky was the secretive man on the wall fell apart as character after character seemed to be let in on the secret. The cleaning up of the extraterrestrial drug ring found a conclusion that was sloppy to read and the best possible reading of it is the most dull as well. I may give this a pass and eat my words later, but this one doesn’t seem like a keeper.

8 - X-Men #20 (last issue - 5 out of 10 books)
All of that fun character work from the previous issues takes a break here and Guggenheim tries to flesh out the nature of the threat. The problem with that is that they still have a very vague objective and we already knew Manifold Tiger was one of we essentially got the same cliffhanger two issues in a row.

7 - Thor #1 (Thor: God of Thunder #25 - 9 out of 11 books)
In case you were wondering, this is still currently He-Thor’s book, with the new titular character not showing up until the very end. Still, Aaron does an admirable job showing how low He-Thor has fallen. The unworthiness to lift his hammer, the effect that has on him both as a character and in combat is given a considerable amount of time, so the former Thor looks to remain a fixture in the book with his name on it, even if someone else is using it.

Some problems: The gimmick here seems to be the withholding of the identity of the new Thor (though we’re given our first too-obvious-to-be-anything-but red herring) as well as the whisper that left the former Thor unworthy to be mysteries. That’s a dangerous rope to walk, especially if you want us to get behind this new Thor as a character. “What does she have that the old Thor doesn’t?” is a question left blank in two parts right now.

6 - Spider-Man 2099 #4 (last issue - 9 out of 10 books)
Actual headway in the quest to make a better man out of Tiberius Stone comes in as Peter David also does some heavy lifting to restore some gravity to the Scorpion as a villain. Some of it seemed a little forced, but this was still a ton of fun and sneakily ran with some commentary about the disasters of arming one side of a war and hoping for the best.

Mister President.

5 - Morning Glories #41 (last issue - 9 out of 9 books)
These are character pieces that take place against the backdrop of the big, mysterious thing that is Morning Glories Academy. As long as you remember that, you aren’t worried about who Headmaster is and what he wants, but you are thoroughly interested in Guillaume’s plan to upset the rule of the Headmaster that you kind of forget how shallow it is. Even as a symbol.

4 - Captain America #25 (last issue - 8 out of 10 books)
This was a lot of fun. You tend to forget that Remender, who can read as purely nihilistic sometimes, has a firm handle on levity and brought it out now as the Avengers are presented as a bunch of friends giving each other a hard time about who can and cannot take a joke in advance of the unveiling of the new Captain America (with a meta joke about how the reveal wasn’t surprising at all).

There’s no attempt, outside of what was supposed to be an impromptu eulogy in the early goings, to define yet again what Captain America stands for - just a clean and fun passing of the torch with some backmatter that sets up a betrayal to come. Wonderful stuff.

3 - Nailbiter #6 (last issue - 10 out of 10 books)
A little respite from the main story that sheds light on one of its characters we need to know more, but also builds the legend of our little Serial Killer-Spawning Berg a little more. There’s more to a teenage girl with a brooding problem than we’ve been led to believe, as she struggles with the town and a soon-to-be mother hellbent on infamy. This was really well-done.

2 - Rat Queens #8 (last issue - 3 out of 9 books)
Violet gets a character focus, as we get - more or less - her origin story. Simple ones are often the best, and the story of a girl who wants to go against the expectations of tradition is well-worn but still important to tell. Weaving in the inherent silliness of the dwarven culture as established in this world just wrapped a layer of fun around a book where the climactic scene is the shaving of a beard. And it was wonderful.

1 - Uncanny Avengers #25 (last issue - 10 out of 11 books)
I don’t know how many people remember the act of desperate violence that originally created Onslaught, but it all came from Chuck Xavier being so ticked off that he shut down Magneto. So here’s the Red Skull, with the power of Professor X, goading Magneto into the same kind of act. And we all know why, because we remember the epilogue from the first arc.

The Scarlet Witch narrates the action for us, because we need to understand how angry Magneto is and how neglectful he is of his actions because of that anger. If he’ll neglect a daughter, of course he won’t remember the catalyst for one of the 90’s biggest sales successes/story disasters.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

funnybook of the week: September 24th, 2014

Spider-Verse took a fall, but there’s a lot to like this week. An awful lot to like.

9 - Edge of Spider-Verse #3 (last issue - 3 out of 11 books)
The problem with an anthology series like Edge of Spider-Verse is that sometimes you have to tell several issues worth of story in one issue. With Spider-Gwen, though, that worked out okay because you could fill in some of the missing beats because it clung closely enough to the established Spider-Man story. With something like this, which is a very different take on Spider-Man and a different thing that makes him tick, you have to introduce that world, and then form a mystery, and then tie it all back to Morlun in the span of 20 pages. So it takes a lot of what could have been a very nice three-issue story and ham fists a lot of the points home, eventually becoming far less readable than it probably felt like at the pitch stage.

8 - The Sixth Gun #43 (last issue - 7 out of 10 books)
The hands are being played, and this feels like we’re building to a definitive conclusion, or a brand new start, whichever one Bunn wants to bring us. A fine issue, but a little bit of a big picture issue, making sure that all of the proper pawns are in their place on the board.

7 - Red Sonja #12 (last issue - 9 out of 10 books)
Sonja has found herself a veritable family, loyal and trustworthy, in her gathering of the artisans. And that comes across as true and wonderful as she confronts those who would not keep their promises. The problem is that I simply do not understand the impulse to leave that family, once cultivated.

But the last page was rather worth the journey.

6 - Saga #23 (last issue - 2 out of 8 books)
The story of how Hazel’s parents split up is really the story of how no one can be trusted, especially the people they’ve been trusting. If the first arc was about the building of a little family, the second is how dangerous everything outside of that family and that love and that trust is. It’s a nihilistic lesson, that walking out the door of your home can change you into something horrible, or that all of the something horribles can follow you back home. Bummer. But a well-constructed bummer.

5 - Amazing Spider-Man #1.5 (last issue - 5 out of 9 books)
This was a nice wrap-up, to show a version of Peter Parker that’s outgunned and outmatched, and finds something from his family to push him through while also giving us the origin story of Spider-Mans wisecracks. As a story, I think this maybe took too many issues, but as a single issue here, I think Slott did a lot of things right.

4 - Guardians of the Galaxy #19 (last issue - 8 out of 8 books)
This was far more interesting than the last issue. That I don’t particularly care about Richard Rider going into it makes no mind. This isn’t about him anymore. This is about Peter Quill, in a dimension where no one can die, cursed to fight Thanos (and some others) for all eternity until something gives. This is drama, and this is what I want to read in a super hero cosmic story.

3 - Rachel Rising #28 (last issue - 7 out of 10 books)
You know that issue of a book where you know who the killer is, but the main thrust of the issue is the good guys figuring out who the killer is? It’s always just kind of a perfunctory thing that has to happen, but doesn’t do much for you because you have this information already.

If that issue is just Rachel, Zoe, and Aunt Johnny hanging out in the morgue after hours and everyone just at the height of their character with Terry Moore guiding the dialogue, it’s a really good issue that’s better than it has a right to be.

2 - GI Joe #1 (last issue - n/a)
This one is going to be polarizing. A lot of people want their GI Joe stories to have guys in it that work as wrestling gimmicks suited to the mission at hand. This is different. This really takes a long, hard look at what the political realities of having a GI Joe team would actually look like. The expense, the civilian oversight, and the enemy doing their part to make themselves the good guys on a global scale.

It’s really something else. Scarlett’s frustration mirrored with a young Cobra recruits frustration over the way it’s “supposed to be,” leaving one to think like a politician and the other to think like a revolutionary. If this keeps up, we have a really nice book shaping up that some longtime Joe fans might sadly miss out on.

1 - Letter 44 #10 (last issue - 1 out of 8 books)
The ramifications of the earthbound politics come home to roost in a big way for this issue. Blades’ arrogance/Blades’ desire to do right with the technology he’s been given/the combination of the two hurts the larger process in a profound way and opens a lot of questions.

Those questions are possibly even rendered moot by the discovery in space that perhaps an aggressive posture isn’t the best thing to take with Death Star-building aliens. We don’t know that for sure, but as a major part of what seemed like an inevitable clash is blown off of the table maybe the game has changed beyond the need for those things?

The script has me guessing in all the right ways, and I love it.