Comics from July 02, 2008: it’s a late post, but I’ve been all over the place this week. I picked up the third issue (of five) of House of Mystery from Vertigo; it seems to provide Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges with another outlet for their seemingly endless flow of stories that they just can’t fit into Fables. I’m enjoying it so far with its ongoing story which frames the tales and stories of the characters with in it. The jury is still out on whether I’ll keep picking it up in floppies or move to trades after the first arc. Also, check out the fantastic covers by illustrator Sam Weber!
I also decided to give the new Astonishing X-Men written by Warren Ellis a try, after the soon to be legendary run by Joss Whedon and Cassady. I picked up X-Men: First Class Vol1, and based on recommendation, Water Baby from Minx.
I wasn’t crazy about the art in Astonishing by Simone Bianchi. The colors were a bit muddy, and the drawing didn’t carry the youthful angle or the energy I associated with the X-Men of my youth. Ellis was typical Ellis, so far the set up is ok, but its nothing quite as amazing as his original titles. It feels like a bit of a paycheck for him. I’ll give him another issue or two before I decide if I’m going to stay with it monthly or check back in when a trade comes out.
X-Men: First Class takes the original five and expands upon their adventures during their teens as they learn the ropes. From learning how to improvise, getting help from legends like Thor, and accidentally calling eachother by their real name instead of code, the book was a blast, and took me back to why I fell in love with these characters as a kid. I kind of wish I had known about it early on, as most issues can stand alone, and I find one-and-done books are a treat.
Water Baby came as a recommendation, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of it, but so far, its drawn nice, and is the story of a surfer girl whose leg gets bitten off by a shark. She has these weird shark day dreams, sometimes shes the shark, sometimes the shark is trying to finish what it started. I’m liking it so far.
“Live every day like its Shark Week”-Tracy Jordan