Badly Recapped: Comics week of 8/14/19

GIDEON FALLS #16

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Norton/Danny meets his maybe sister Clara in the more rural version of Gideon Falls, and both visit their father in the hospital who becomes a secret host of the Smiling Man. Bonkers.

THOUGHTS

  • Nice glimpse into the past showing Clara and Danny as kids, and use of a childhood injury tying to a scar on Norton, so maybe he really is Danny?
  • If you’re not reading this, you have no idea what I’m talking about at all. But you should be reading it because it’s a great horror comic.
  • Great imagery throughout, per usual
  • I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but these issues always feel short. Maybe I just read it faster because I want to know what happens next.

9.5/10

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BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE! #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: The Justice League mope around Black Hammer farm, the Black Hammer team deal with a Starro invasion in Metropolis, and John Stewart and Colonel Weird look for a way to put the teams back where they belong.

THOUGHTS

  • Not a fan of the art, especially the Black Hammer sheriff
  • I like that Bruce still goes on nightly patrols in the quiet town
  • I also like how Gail can’t really swear in the DC Universe
  • The stuff with John and Weird was terrific- the best parts of the two issues so far
  • Nice little cliffhanger that correlates with a major part of the original Black Hammer series

8.5/10

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POWERS OF X #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: The beginning of the Xavier/Magneto alliance still leads to the destruction of the world via a galaxy consuming intelligence. Or something.

THOUGHTS

  • There was A LOT to take in in this issue
  • I may be a big dummy
  • This was a let down after House of X #2
  • Is Hickman a genius or a madman?
  • I do enjoy the concept of the time jumps, but it’s difficult to see how they are affecting one another at this stage
  • The art in both series has been top-notch

8.0/10

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ANALOG #7

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Jack gets in bar fight in Miami while on a job; Sam and Oona blackmail some guy; I lose patience with this book.

THOUGHTS

  • I don’t know what this story is
  • Is there a story?
  • This was a Peacock pick, so why am I reading it?
  • It’s actually one of the better issues, but I don’t care about any of it
  • My score is going to seem ridiculously high, but like I said above, it’s not bad. I’m just not invested.
  • Either Sam is a little person, or Oona is a giant, or the art is just off.

8.0/10

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Badly Recapped: Comics week of 8/7/19

Trying something new here because I’m lazy. Just the briefest of thoughts on all the comic books I read each week. So here goes…

DOOM PATROL #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Cliff gets a new robot body and Larry hatches three positivity eggs from his chest and Lotion eats one and the gang prevent a couple planets from getting divorced. (Yeah, it’s a run-on sentence, but you try summing up this book briefly.)

THOUGTS

  • This book is so bizarre, but there are enough fun moments to keep me interested
  • I really need to pick up the previous run
  • I really need to read Way’s Umbrella Academy
  • I love the two-page spread of Danny Land
  • I also love Cliff’s level-up ability after performing acts of kindness

8.5/10

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THE GREEN LANTERN #10

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Multiversal Green Lanterns must team together to fix a rift… I think….

THOUGHTS

  • This book is so bizarre, but not in a fun Doom Patrol way
  • This issue makes me want to drop Green Lantern
  • What the fuck is going on in this book?
  • The art is still good I guess
  • The issues of this run that have been weird but accessible are being heavily outweighed by ones that slap the reader in the face for not knowing obscure DC history
  • I liked the Living Lantern lady (who after somewhat extensive searching I found out is the Tangent Lantern, and is either a different universe’s Lois Lane, Zatanna, or neither, I think.)
  • I don’t want to have to look up multiple characters, events, or places to enjoy a comic book- sorry

6.0/10

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INVISIBLE WOMAN #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Sue and Nat chase down leads to Tintreach’s whereabouts in the slums of Madripoor.

THOUGHTS

  • Still digging the art style, though a couple spots were wonky
  • The Raiders of the Lost Ark drinking game homage was pretty lame, especially the way Sue “won”
  • Otherwise I did like seeing Invisible Woman’s uses of her powers, notably turning parts of a building invisible to tail a baddie
  • Black Widow is so badass
  • Spoilers- Tintreach had a wife all along. That’s the cliffhanger.

7.0/10

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SPACE BANDITS #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Our two anti-heroines bust out of prison by stealing others’ escape plan and set out to get their bloody revenge on those that wronged them.

THOUGHTS

  • Not as fun as the first issue
  • Felt a little generic- hopefully the revenge stuff picks things up
  • OK art, but the colors steal the show
  • Seems to be moving really fast, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing

7.0/10

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HOUSE OF X #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: “The many lives of Moira X” shape the possible futures of mutantkind.

THOUGHTS

  • This is the Hickman-iest X book yet, and if you’re a fan of his that’s a good thing
  • As a Hickman fan, I’m a sucker for the Moira timelines pages
  • I can see how the two artless pages of exposition at the beginning would turn some people off
  • Resurrection would be a cool power, but it might get maddening
  • I’ve enjoyed the two House books far more than the one Powers book I’ve read

9.5/10

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DAREDEVIL #9

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Synopsis in a Sentence: After much soul searching, Matt finds reason again to dawn a mask and fight for the downtrodden.

THOUGHTS

  • Did you know Matt is Catholic?
  • I really miss the art from the first arc
  • Why is the nun way more attractive than Matt’s love interest?
  • Cool seeing Reed Richards- does he know Matt is Daredevil though?

8.0/10

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Badly Recapped: Invisible Woman #1

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MARK WAID – writer

MATTIA DE IULIS – artist

VC’s JOE CARAMAGNA – letterer

ADAM HUGHES – cover

 

Synopsis in a Sentence: Sue Storm slips back into the spy game.

 

We begin Invisible Woman’s mini with a flashback to a mission Sue was on for SHIELD ten years ago, helping to smuggle a scientist across the made-up-country/Hungarian border. Although I love Mattia De Iulis’ art throughout, and it was a major reason I picked up the book to begin with, this part had me confused my first read-through, and not because Sue was in a black wig. The border guards could be twins, and the use of Sue’s force field and invisibility while hiding the scientist was hard for me to follow.

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At any rate, after some Bondian moments, Invisible Woman, science guy, and Sue’s partner on the mission, Aidan Tintreach meet up with David Hasselhoff Nick Fury, and mission accomplished.

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Flash forward, and we get some nice moments of Invisible Woman just living her life in NYC, emphasizing the different aspects of the character. It may be hokey to some, but I think this is Mark Waid’s best writing in the issue. It shows that Sue isn’t just one thing, or just part of a team, but a strong woman that deserves the solo comic she’s been given.

 

Anyways, Sue gets a call from the CIA and heads to Langley to see what’s up. Apparently her old partner Tintreach was captured spying on some other made-up-country, but not before getting out a message with his nickname for Sue- “Stormy”. Also there’s some international incident involving said country arresting a bunch of asshole teenagers or something, which is conveniently why the CIA can’t bust Tintreach out, for fear of harm coming to the kids.

 

Sue admits she doesn’t know what the message could mean, and is told under no circumstances to go looking for Tintreach. No one even knows where the guy is being held either. So of course Sue agrees, then immediately grabs a jet to start her investigation. But not before Sam Jackson Nick Fury gives her his OK and some helpful paperwork.

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So Invisible Woman sets off for Madripoor, the wretched hive of scum and villainy where Aidan was last seen. We get a nice cameo at the end I won’t spoil, but fans of Waid’s Black Widow run will be excited. Oops.

 

Overall, I didn’t love the issue, but I didn’t dislike it either. A bumpy start threw me off, and the setup to get Invisible Woman on her private vendetta was a little contrived. The art is great throughout, aside from the Doublemint twins at the beginning. The little character moments were my favorite parts, and enough for me to warrant checking out issue two.

 

7.0/10

 

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Badly Recapped: Daredevil #5

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CHIP ZDARSKY – writer

MARCO CHECCHETTO – artist

SUNNY GHO – color

 

Synopsis in a Sentence:¬†Matt Murdock’s crisis of character leads him to hang up the horns.

 

When we last left Daredevil he had just bested The Punisher in a brawl and was on his way to stop a drug operation of The Owl’s. Right off the bat I have to say how cool it is seeing Daredevil in a Punisher shirt, and Marco Checchetto’s art throughout is as outstanding in this issue as it has been in the whole series.56dec9d1c4d4ef7b2a38c8f66abf60a4._SX1280_QL80_TTD_.jpg

 

Daredevil successfully dispatches the van shipping the drugs, as well as The Owl’s goons, before getting overwhelmed by a mob out of nowhere. I didn’t know if these were baddies or just “concerned citizens” since DD is after all wanted for murder. Long story short, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones come to the rescue and take Matt back to Danny’s place to heal.

 

When Matt wakes up, the other Defenders try to console him, saying about his accidental homicide of a criminal, that “it happens.” This is where Chip Zdarsky’s writing and grasp of the character shines. Matt is flabbergasted and even disgusted when he comes to the realization that his friends, these so-called heroes, which he is as well, have killed people. He simply can’t reconcile this revelation, and slips out the back.

 

We get a nice flashback to Matt revealing himself as yellow suit Daredevil to his priest, and some good old Catholic guilt about banishing violence. Matt contemplates fighting harder as a penance back at his apartment, before getting visited by his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Spidey tells Daredevil he has to quit after what happened, and Matt puts up no fight. He simply tosses Spider-Man his mask, in a very “Daredevil, no more” moment.d047ca36cf6f9f489f899be5c6bbd90f.jpg

 

This was a terrific ending to the first arc of the series and has me wondering what will bring Daredevil out of retirement. I can’t wait to see what this creative team has in store for Matt Murdock and the readers.

 

9.5/10

 

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