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Weekly Reading Pile: Week of 9/10/10 Pt 3

 

A Skeleton Story...#1- This one kind of snuck in with no major solicitation and I get the feeling retailers may have overlooked it. If you have the opportunity thought you should hunt this down because it shows a lot of promise. An interesting dreamlike story of a soul given a second chance in the afterlife to do some good accompanied by beautiful and strike art. Solid package at 22 pages of story, no adds, and some nice sketches in the back for a total of $2.99. A-
Punisher Max: Hot Rods of Death- Well, this is much better than last week’s abysmal Punisher one-shot by Peter Milligan. Charlie Huston offers up a fun story borrowing from plenty of cult movies where the Punisher helps an old war time buddy protect a small town from evil gangs. Explosions, mutilations, and other fun times ensue. A fairly simple story but it features some great art by Shawn Martinbrough. The $4.99 price point is a little high for 32 pages of story, so it’s kind of a toss up for me if this was really worth it. Despite the nice art I would have liked to see something a little more original. B-
Batman Odyssey #3- You guys! It’s gets worse with every issue. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE. What is it with Batman having to be shot every issue so far? Also, seriously, three shots point blank to the head and not even a little brain damage? I don’t give a crap how good of armor you’re wearing. That shit is just plain stupid. I have a fairly healthy amount of leeway for comics and this books just blows past them into the land of stupid. And then apparently Batman can punch someone so hard that the back of their head just sort of explodes. Now that’s just dealing with one type of stupid. The dialogue and scripting are a whole different beast. I’m not even sure what the plot actually is yet, besides Batman has been telling us flashback stories and he keeps getting shot. And what was with the little temper tantrum he threw at Alfred? I can accept virtually any type of Batman, but spoiled brat whiney bitch Batman is a new low. Who in the friggin’ hell over at DC looked at this and gave it the green light? Probably the idiots who misspelled the word ‘Editors’ in the credits and actually allowed it to print with the word ‘Edtors’. So painful. Just.......argh. Someone was telling me that they enjoyed it because it is so horrible, but I can’t even let the badness roll into some sort of goodness. This is exactly the kind of book that if a non-regular comic book reader would randomly pick this instead of any other book to try as their first comic I would be embarrassed for the medium. F-

A Skeleton Story...#1- This one kind of snuck in with no major solicitation and I get the feeling retailers may have overlooked it. If you have the opportunity you should hunt this down because it shows a lot of promise. An interesting dreamlike story of a soul given a second chance in the afterlife to do some good accompanied by beautiful and striking art. Solid package at 22 pages of story, no adds, and some nice sketches in the back for a total of $2.99. A-

Punisher Max: Hot Rods of Death One-Shot- Well, this is much better than last week’s abysmal Punisher one-shot by Peter Milligan. Charlie Huston offers up a fun story borrowing from plenty of cult movies where the Punisher helps an old war time buddy protect a small town from evil gangs. Explosions, mutilations, and other fun times ensue. A fairly simple story but it features some great art by Shawn Martinbrough. The $4.99 price point is a little high for 32 pages of story, so it’s kind of a toss up for me if this was really worth it. Despite the nice art I would have liked to see something a little more original. B-

Batman Odyssey #3- You guys! It’s gets worse with every issue. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? What is it with Batman having to be shot every issue so far? Also, seriously, three shots point blank to the head and not even a little brain damage? I don’t give a crap how good of armor you’re wearing. I have a fairly healthy amount of leeway for comics and this books just blows past them into the land of stupid. And then apparently Batman can punch someone so hard that the back of their head just sort of explodes. Now that’s just dealing with one type of stupid. The dialogue and scripting are a whole different beast. I’m not even sure what the plot actually is yet, besides Batman telling us flashback stories while he's apparently posing for a beefcake calendar shoot. Also, he keeps getting shot a lot, which is I guess Batman's new thing. And what was with the little temper tantrum he threw at Alfred? I can accept virtually any type of Batman, but spoiled brat whiney bitch Batman is a new low. Who in the friggin’ hell over at DC looked at this and gave it the green light? So painful. Just.......argh. Someone was telling me that they enjoyed it because it was so horrible, but I can’t even let the badness roll into some sort of goodness. This is exactly the kind of book that if a non-regular comic book reader would randomly pick this instead of any other book to try as their first comic I would be embarrassed for the medium. I feel as if i can just tell you right now, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. F-