Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/26
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
X-Men #1 (Marvel) Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Yu & graphic designer Tom Muller broke the internet with a floor plan! And what a floor plan it was. If nothing else the new X-men launch has brought fans together to discuss the series in depth like we hadn’t in years. This issue was strong on the humor and family ties while sci-fi elements remain strong and the political questions are still abundant. I’m so excited to talk about this new issue and HoX and PoX on Graphic Policy Radio podcast.
But if there’s one thing that’s not even up for debate its that Logan, Jean and Scott are in a poly relationship and Logan and Wolverine are almost certainly bi. That’s the diagram people. And if super hero men touching is what’s making you uncomfortable and not the difficult question of ethnonationalism than maybe ask yourself why, and ask yourself how the hell you’ve been missing out on decades of queer subtext that is central to the fandom and the text. Heteronormativity is really the least fun drug.
Recommendation: Buy! Debate!
Detective Comics #1014 (DC)** – There’s something unsettling about Peter J. Tomasi’s Mr. Freeze storyline here, and I don’t just mean the fact that it centers on preying upon, kidnapping, and killing women — that’s bad enough, but the “info-dump” quality of the writing is even worse, as is the fact that it’s just REALLY dull. Doug Mahnke’s art is crisp, slick, and pretty nice, but that’s just a case of a solid pro trying to make a silk purse our of a sow’s ear. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass.
Martian Manhunter #9 (DC)** – This issue is something of a step back in terms of the quality of Steve Orlando’s script, centering as it does on pure and clumsily-realized psychodrama, but the overall thrust of the storyline remains strong, the cliffhanger’s nice, and Riley Rossmo’s art consistently impresses with its inventive layouts and stylish figure drawing. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy
Freedom Fighters #10 (DC)** – The train wreck I can’t seem to turn my eyes away from continues to be the most ridiculous and amateurishly-written series out there, all wooden dialogue, generic action scenes, and overly-obvious plot “twists” that make me wonder if Robert Venditti is either writing this thing in his sleep or drunk off his ass. Eddy Barrows does a hell of a nice job with the art, but he deserves a MUCH better assignment than this insult to the collective intelligence of its readers. Overall: 1 Recommendation: Pass
Batman/Superman #3 (DC)** – I guess if you give a shit about “dark” versions of established DCU characters you might still find something of interest here, but there’s nothing Joshua Williamson is doing with this series that “DCeased” and the various other “Dark Multiverse” books aren’t doing a whole lot better. David Marquez provides competent, if far from memorable, art, but who knows? If he had something more compelling to draw, he’d probably be able to demonstrate that he still “has it.” They should give him a chance to prove as much by putting him on a better comic, because this one’s sinking like a rock pretty quickly outta the gate. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass
Luna Snow#1 (Marvel) – In her brief introduction in Agents Of ATLAS, we get a much deeper dive into this character’s background. We find a hero who just wants to be a pops tar, as we find out how she shot to fame along with the the rest of her group. They run into some trouble when the villain known as The Joro Spider decides to plan a heist during one of their concerts, as she and the rest of the group gets trapped. This leads her to contain the device that Joro Spider set to neutralize the arena, which sets Luna into action.By issue’s end , Luna defeats Joro Spider and her men and the world finds out her secret superpowers. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy
Money Shot #1 (Vault)– Writers Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie and artist Rebekah Isaacs craft a comic that lives up to the double entendre of its title. The premise is clever and bawdy. In the future, the United States is still anti-science even after aliens are proven to exist so scientists have to live stream themselves performing in porn instead of writing grants. Seeley and Beattie gift their protagonist, Dr. Ocampo, with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for exploring space that is only matched by her sex drive. She works with the tone of the character, and Isaacs frames her “scenes” in a way that shows that she chooses what to do with her body. This book is sexy, funny, smart, and refreshingly non-male gaze-y. Also, it quickly establishes its premise and gets to the good stuff instead of going the boring, exposition laden sci-fi route. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).