Eclecticism – Last week was a great week for comics. Enthusiasm is back and it’s high.
Eclectic Purchase – Black Widow #8 – I really want Swierczynski to stick the landing on this one. The opener was fantastic, the middle act not too shabby, I want a solid finale.
Eclecticism – I just now don’t know if I can bring myself to shell out $3.99 an issue for the Widowmaker ‘event’. I’m on the fence but I’ll probably do it. Jim McCann won a lot of grace with the free Hawkeye & Mockingbird first issue on the MarveliApp and Return of the Dapper Men was the business.
Eclecticism – A shame Black Widow, the series, won’t return after this crossover. Wonder where Swierczynski will go next? Daredevil…?
Eclectic Link – The Weekly Crisis for solid comic reviews, news, commentary, and what have you.
Eclectic Purchase – Secret Avengers #7 – More Shang-Chi, Prince of Orphans, and awesome action. I have higher hopes for this arc.
Eclecticism – Looking over all the Avengers books from the relaunch of the entire line, it appears to me that New Avengers was probably the most consistent of those I read (which didn’t include Avengers Academy). Each issue was 3.5 stars and above, I’d estimate. And yet I’m still dropping the title. What does that say?
Eclecticism – I’m updating my Pull List page on the right, there are some serious modifications it needs, that’s for sure.
Eclectic Link – My CBR Reviews – I always have fun writing these bylines and worry no one is reading them.
Eclecticism – CBR is also running, via the Comics Should Be Good blog, a vote for the Top 100 Favourite Writers and Artists, find it here. They need your top ten lists, for both category, stat. I took my sweet time deliberating over mine, so go do yours and paste it in. And, dear lord, append ACBC to the vote to make it invisible.
Eclecticism – If you didn’t read Kill Shakespeare #7 last week then you should go back and pick it up. A seriously smart comic with brilliant art. Kind of a perfect jumping on point, or even just a dabble for one issue to show you how much you’ll need the trades (of which there’ll be only two, it’s a 12 issue series) eventually.
Eclectic Purchase – Detective Comics #871 – Scott Snyder and Jock start The Black Mirror. Thus begins my year-long affair with Batman. ‘Nuff said.
Eclecticism – I thought only Snyder could get me back into the DC proper but I was wrong. One week earlier, a few good reviews did the trick. Batman Inc. sounded like too much fun to pass up and those reviewers were spot on. The issue was a blast and I’m in on that one as well.
Eclecticism – I figure if I am going to read DC it is going to be Batman. Not Superman. Not Aquaman. Not Green Lantern. No other real heroes interests me but the Bat. Well written. I’m in.
Eclecticism – I just really wish Paquette had drawn Bruce Wayne with the hairy chest. That’s all that’s missing.
Eclectic Link – thoughtballoons – We’re in the middle of Rick Grimes week, in honour of the smash hit tv show The Walking Dead. I did my best to throw Rick into an even worse situation.
Eclecticism – This also marks a half-year point with thoughtballoons. To celebrate we each completed a little interview about the process to help people get an idea of who we each are. Hopefully these interviews have been enjoyed.
Eclecticism – I wonder if there’ll come a day on thoughtballoons that we’ll be writing about real background characters, someone like Turk or Alfred Pennyworth. I vote yes, but only because both of those characters could actually make interesting scripts.
Eclecticism – I read Aaron’s PunisherMax trade this week. It was good, very MAX, as it should be, but felt like it would really read better in trade than the monthly.
Eclecticism – I still don’t get why nearly all of Aaron’s books are priced so high. It’s not helping his sales and his writing really is great, more people should be getting into him. He rarely misses.
Eclectic Purchase – Fantastic Four #585 – It’s been an alright title, but none of it feels as insanely cool as the introductory arc. I’m hoping things start to lift soon.
Eclecticism – I think the problem with the more recent FF stuff from Hickman is that, I feel, the heart has been missing. Sure, we’ve got the family, and Ben Grimm being human, but it doesn’t feel anywhere near as heartfelt as that first arc did. I actually see a possible future where I drop this title, not because of hate but due to apathy.
Eclectic Link – Gestalt Mash for my comic gonzo and Top Horror Flick countdown. Will also be starting another series of posts up there soon. Stay tuned.
Eclectic Purchase – Secret Warriors #22 – This arc mustn’t be that great because off the top of my head I can’t really remember exactly what is happening. This title feels like it’s slipping.
Eclecticism – Not to bad mouth, but Hickman just isn’t setting me on fire these days. Secret Warriors is good, not great, same with FF, and S.H.I.E.L.D. is hit or miss, though I enjoy it the most. I just want that fire in the belly feeling like I got when he broke onto the scene, which really wasn’t that long ago.
Eclectic Purchase – Jughead #203 – He’s the noir detective working for hamburgers. C’mon, get on board already.
Eclectic Purchase – The Walking Dead Volume 13 – it’s that time of the year again, where I get my trade love on with this series. I love this time of year.
Eclecticism – An interesting side note, the issue of the Walking Dead that comes after this trade ships on the same day. I think I might switch to monthlies, just seems like a great idea to me.
Eclecticism – I haven’t had a chance to watch the 4th ep of The Walking Dead yet, got it all ready to go though. Bring it on, very much loving this show.
Posted on November 23rd, 2010 by ryan
Filed under: comics