Ryan L's Thoughts
The Best Things In December
It's spilling out of an event (to some degree), it's written by a guy whose Marvel work continues to unimpress me, all the signs are there for me to eye roll and walk away and yet I refuse. I have some strange form of hopes for this one and it's because I want to believe. It's Dr Strange, it's Iron Fist, and surely it's going to be good. I really want to believe in this book. I can only buy it, find out, and if it's no good then I'm an adult and I'll make the right choice.
Oh, and look at Dr Strange's porn 'stache on the cover. Man, that should fit into the next category instead of up here, ha.
Secret Avengers #20
It's another one-shot style tale from Warren Ellis, which is a good thing in itself, but it rates a mention for December because of the artist listed for the interiors. Here, Ellis is matched with Alex Maleev. I'm pretty pumped for that. How Maleev ever slipped this between Scarlet and Moon Knight is beyond me but I'm still keen for it.
The Worst Things In December
The Rise of the Governor
There's a goddamn Walking Dead book now. I'm expected to fit a few hundred pages into my consuming week just to stay up to date and in touch...ridiculous.
Actually, I'm mildly excited about this. I'm not pumped on having to go elsewhere to catch some of the canon story but I think this experiment will work relatively well.
The true reason this thing gets mentioned in htis section is because of the cover solicited. Man, that's thing is lame.
Image Solicitation Information
Severed is up to issue #5 in December and here's what they have to say, "In 1916, a boy runs away from home in search of his father. But along the way he meets a salesman with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh." Yeah, I'm pretty sure I learnt all that in the first issue.
Then there's The Walking Dead #92 - "Get ready for some action." Thanks guys, you're all a great big help.
But I actually kid, I don't generally read the issue's solicited text, I already know usually which titles I want to buy.
The Coolest Things In December
Super Dinosaur Deluxe Coloring Book!
C'mon, it's a colouring in book. That's the best idea ever and I love that Kirkman and co have cooked this up and are getting it out just in time for Xmas. If you can't see why this is fun then you are simply far too jaded. There's 64 pages for $4.99. I don't know what price colouring books run these days but this has got to be worth it. I wish every title had one of these this December.
I still don't understand how Dark Horse is the one to release these Marvel figures but who cares if it means a Yellow costumed DD makes the stands in a tin with a button and a lil booklet. $50 might be a bit steep but this looks pretty damn cool.
Spider-Man The PSAs Trade
There are so many people that don't want to buy this. You know what? Don't buy it, don't read it, don't even look at it. It's not like this book got picked up and some other creative talents missed out on a chance to dazzle us. These things are just sitting around, why not use them. There are plenty of people that will want to genuinely want to own and read this. If you ironically buy this to mock then you're a bit of an idiot. You don't want to see this type of thing and yet you just voted for it, with your wallet. Those people can crawl away and die.
Why was Fonzie able to get the jukebox to play after hitting it? Because he was a vampire. American Vampire #22 brings the series into the 50's, and we've got a new character named Travis Kidd showing up as well as the arc being titled "Death Race," I expect copious amounts of fun with a time period that has remained relatively vampire free.
Suicide Squad Squanders Sociopaths
This is the third month in a row where the book's solicits promotes that one of the team will be dying in the issue. Death is already a joke in comics, and there is nothing to make me think the DCnU will buck this trend. Therefore, all this talk about killing characters rings hollow in the modern era and seems to be just reaching for something to say about the book.
X-Sanction Counts, Really!
This is a mini that could have been just fine being about Cable coming back, and not leading into the next "this is super serious guys, we really mean it this will change everything" event. I never really bought how Nate died in Second Coming, and him coming back to the X-Men with Regenesis happening would allow some new ideas. But the solicit basically makes Cable out to be like Bishop trying to change the timeline, and in typical Loeb fashion Cable will probably beat up everyone and knock out Jack Kirby in Heaven followed by some mystery that makes no sense about the upcoming event for 2012.
The X-Club is one of those off the wall concepts that worked, especially because half of the team aren't mutants. Simon Spurrier kind of elaborates on that with this new mini being about the X-Club trying to help the world with science;of course this means mutants are somehow to blame for things going wrong, but a start's a start, and just to have Dr. Nemesis ramble on in his weird manner should be enough to carry the book on its own.
The Best Things in December
Catwoman's Old Capers
The Worst Things in December
DC Hates Holidays
The Coolest Things in December
Marvel on the Other Hand...