Comic Book Therapy

Work was rough today and on my way to get my cell phone fixed, I stopped off at the comic book store for some therapy.My monthly regular comics habit is supplied from a comic shop online that gives me a deal but I occasionally stop by the local store for impulse buys or to pick up a single issue that is eluding me.

So, here’s what I got:

The Amazing Spider-Man #569: After reading Ellis’ take on Norman Osborn (two parts George W. Bush, one part Joker) I was curious to see how Norman would be in a spider-book. Also, after years of reading and digging Ultimate Spider-man I am curious to see how a Spider-man my own age is doing.

The use of Eddie Brock was nifty, as a kind of recovering addict of the Venom symbiote and Osborne is cuh-razy, though has amnesia apparently, so he only remembers that there is some link between Parker and as Osborne calls him, “the bug.” I waited all issue for Spider-man to correct him about being a bug and it never happened.

It was okay, nothing special. If it is a late night at Wegman’s and I need something to read with my sherbert binge, I’ll give a future issue a shot.

Air #1: It is a Vertigo title and it had an endorsement quote from Neil Gaiman. It was about a stewardess and it was trying to make some kind of a statement about terrorism and airlines. I couldn’t get through it and skimmed to the end just to make sure there wasn’t some kind of a big reveal that would blow my mind.

There is always that feeling when you pick up a Vertigo title. Am I getting on the ground floor of a Sandman, a Preacher, a 100 Bullets, or a Fables? No, not this time.

Doktor Sleepless #3 & 4:I wasn’t thrilled with the first issue of Doktor Sleepless and Elllis’ work on Avatar’s label has been hit or miss for me, mostly miss. But issue 3 had the words, “Don’t worry ma’am we’re from the internet” on the cover and I couldn’t deny it.

I came away with the same feelings I had from Global Frequency, each issue had a cool idea and just not enough going on around it to make it worth my while. Ellis has cool ideas about the future but there wasn’t enough character meats to keep me chewing.

But I’ll always go back to Ellis and give him a few issues worth of a shot because you never know when you might stumble into Planetary, Stormwatch, The Authority, Black Summer, Transmetropolitan, or my favorite of his, Fell.

Anna Mercury #1 and 3: I have no idea what is going on. Maybe this is because I am missing issue 2. It is perhaps more telling that I just don’t care about not knowing what is going on. This is a neo-pulp comic book about a fictnaut (yeah, he doesn’t use that word but its right out of Planetary) with red hair, wielding two guns in a tight leather outfit in a fictional zeppelined out city called New Ataraxia. The city is stunningly rendered with signs that say things like, “Magnetism: The way of the future.”

No idea what is going on but I’m in.

The reveal at the end of issue 3 is fun stuff and the constant banter with Mercury Launchpad reminds me a whole lot of Lacuna’s Control.

I’m in. You got me.

Batman R.I.P. #679-678: What is Grant Morrison up to? I had read the first arc of his Batman run and while the introduction of his son via Talia from the Batman: Son of the Demon graphic novel, the first hardback comic book I ever owned, tickled my geek, it just wasn’t that damned compelling.

I talked with my buddy, Pete, about Batman comics and neither of us knew what was going on with it. So, I picked up the most recent issue off of the rack and it grabbed me.

Also, Marvel announced a big, purty hardback for Morrison’s six issue mini-series, Marvel Boy and that was a doozy of a fun, rockin’ comic.

Long story short, Batman is having a nervous breakdown, folks are digging up stuff on the Waynes and it isn’t all that nice. Turns out Martha and Thomas had a hard party streak and there were even rumors back in the day that their first born son, Bruce, might’ve really been the son of the BUTLER!

I have no idea if the villain of the piece is really a fractured piece of Bruce Wayne or what.

I’m intrigued.

I’m in.

A nice phone conversation with Janaki while watching some pretty people play volleyball, nine comics, a talk with Bret about Dogs in the Vineyard and our yearning to play us some Darkpages and the work-day is long behind me.

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27 thoughts on “Comic Book Therapy

  1. Old Norman doesn’t have amnesia, exactly. He was included in the deal where Peter and Mary Jane gave up their marriage and unborn daughter in exchange for everyone in the world forgetting that Peter is Spider Man and letting Aunt May live for another couple of years.

  2. Old Norman doesn’t have amnesia, exactly. He was included in the deal where Peter and Mary Jane gave up their marriage and unborn daughter in exchange for everyone in the world forgetting that Peter is Spider Man and letting Aunt May live for another couple of years.

  3. Old Norman doesn’t have amnesia, exactly. He was included in the deal where Peter and Mary Jane gave up their marriage and unborn daughter in exchange for everyone in the world forgetting that Peter is Spider Man and letting Aunt May live for another couple of years.

  4. Grant Morrison hasn’t been compelling in a while. I picked up the soft cover of the Batman/Son comic (where he brings the demon spawn home) and was underwhelmed. I find more and more I am turning to unknown authors or under appreciated authors for my comic fix.

    • It seems like there are times when their hearts are in it and times when it ain’t.

      I hear ya, I found the Batman and Son to be underwhelming too.

      Any particular unknown or under-appreciated authors doin’ it for ya lately?

      • Rex Mundi has been good. It is a Grail Conspiracy story, but actually good with a compelling back drop. Ed Brubaker’s Criminal might be the best works of fiction I have read in 10 years. He ain’t exactly unknown or under appreciated, but him and Sean Phillips are telling great stories. I like Last Call by Oni by Vasilis Lolos too. Other than that I go back to the warm embrace of the Adventures of Barry Ween cause I am having a damn hard time finding compelling comics these days…

        • Criminal, man. Yes.

          Criminal is absolutely kicking my ass with how amazing it is. I was going to write about the comics I’ve been picking up monthly and Criminal is always at the top of the list.

          I will check out those others.

          Fell by Warren Ellis was really doing it for me also.

          • Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

            Warren Ellis has been ho-hum for me for so long. I think the last piece he did that sucked me in was Ocean. What is going on with Fell?

            • Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

              It is about a good cop named Fell in a feral city called Snowtown. Each issue is pretty cheap, a reaction Ellis had to people coming to his signings and saying that they read his comics off of friends because they couldn’t afford them. He’s doing neat things in it and the art is really splendid.

            • Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

              It is about a good cop named Fell in a feral city called Snowtown. Each issue is pretty cheap, a reaction Ellis had to people coming to his signings and saying that they read his comics off of friends because they couldn’t afford them. He’s doing neat things in it and the art is really splendid.

          • Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

            Warren Ellis has been ho-hum for me for so long. I think the last piece he did that sucked me in was Ocean. What is going on with Fell?

          • Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

            Oh and I have been slowly collecting Mike Alred and Pete Milligan’s X-Force/X-Statix run as well as the re-release of Madman and the Atomics stuff by Alred. That shit is old brilliant shit.

          • Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

            Oh and I have been slowly collecting Mike Alred and Pete Milligan’s X-Force/X-Statix run as well as the re-release of Madman and the Atomics stuff by Alred. That shit is old brilliant shit.

        • Criminal, man. Yes.

          Criminal is absolutely kicking my ass with how amazing it is. I was going to write about the comics I’ve been picking up monthly and Criminal is always at the top of the list.

          I will check out those others.

          Fell by Warren Ellis was really doing it for me also.

      • Rex Mundi has been good. It is a Grail Conspiracy story, but actually good with a compelling back drop. Ed Brubaker’s Criminal might be the best works of fiction I have read in 10 years. He ain’t exactly unknown or under appreciated, but him and Sean Phillips are telling great stories. I like Last Call by Oni by Vasilis Lolos too. Other than that I go back to the warm embrace of the Adventures of Barry Ween cause I am having a damn hard time finding compelling comics these days…

    • It seems like there are times when their hearts are in it and times when it ain’t.

      I hear ya, I found the Batman and Son to be underwhelming too.

      Any particular unknown or under-appreciated authors doin’ it for ya lately?

  5. Grant Morrison hasn’t been compelling in a while. I picked up the soft cover of the Batman/Son comic (where he brings the demon spawn home) and was underwhelmed. I find more and more I am turning to unknown authors or under appreciated authors for my comic fix.

  6. Grant Morrison hasn’t been compelling in a while. I picked up the soft cover of the Batman/Son comic (where he brings the demon spawn home) and was underwhelmed. I find more and more I am turning to unknown authors or under appreciated authors for my comic fix.

  7. It seems like there are times when their hearts are in it and times when it ain’t.

    I hear ya, I found the Batman and Son to be underwhelming too.

    Any particular unknown or under-appreciated authors doin’ it for ya lately?

  8. Rex Mundi has been good. It is a Grail Conspiracy story, but actually good with a compelling back drop. Ed Brubaker’s Criminal might be the best works of fiction I have read in 10 years. He ain’t exactly unknown or under appreciated, but him and Sean Phillips are telling great stories. I like Last Call by Oni by Vasilis Lolos too. Other than that I go back to the warm embrace of the Adventures of Barry Ween cause I am having a damn hard time finding compelling comics these days…

  9. Criminal, man. Yes.

    Criminal is absolutely kicking my ass with how amazing it is. I was going to write about the comics I’ve been picking up monthly and Criminal is always at the top of the list.

    I will check out those others.

    Fell by Warren Ellis was really doing it for me also.

  10. Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

    Warren Ellis has been ho-hum for me for so long. I think the last piece he did that sucked me in was Ocean. What is going on with Fell?

  11. Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

    Oh and I have been slowly collecting Mike Alred and Pete Milligan’s X-Force/X-Statix run as well as the re-release of Madman and the Atomics stuff by Alred. That shit is old brilliant shit.

  12. Re: Criminal, man. Yes.

    It is about a good cop named Fell in a feral city called Snowtown. Each issue is pretty cheap, a reaction Ellis had to people coming to his signings and saying that they read his comics off of friends because they couldn’t afford them. He’s doing neat things in it and the art is really splendid.

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