by Ben Peirce
A day late this week due to the Labor Day holiday (I was busy sitting by the lake and reading comics). If you’re just joining us, the Weekly Hit (and Miss) List is a rundown of the best and worst things I read this week. It doesn’t have to be new – just new to me.
Asterios Polyp | Pantheon Books | David Mazzucchelli (w/a)
Ok, I’m a little late to the party on this one. Plenty has already been said about this Eisner-winning OGN and a 3-sentence review wouldn’t begin to do it justice, so I’ll leave it at this: Get it. Read it. Read it again. Asterios Polyp an absolute masterpiece of comic storytelling and worthy of a place among the all time greats. If Watchmen was a deconstruction of the superhero genre, Asterios Polyp is a deconstruction of the comicbook art form itself – and it’s every bit as good! BUY IT
Green Lantern: Willworld | DC | J. M. DeMatteis (w), Seth Fisher (a)
Speaking of being late to the party, it’s absolutely tragic that I’m just discovering the art of Seth Fisher. Fisher’s delicate line work and intricate detail are like the ridiculously-beautiful lovechild of Geof Darrow and Mobuis, and the trippy dreamscape of Green Lantern: Willworld gives him the perfect playground to show off his style. Sadly, Seth Fisher died (at age 33) from injuries sustained in a seven-story fall in 2006, leaving folks like myself to hunt down all of his available work posthumously. BUY IT
The Cape #1 (of 4) | IDW | Jason Ciaramella (w), Zach Howard (a)
If you like dark, twisted stories with absolutely reprehensible lead characters, than this IDW series, based on a short story by Joe Hill (Locke & Key), will be right up your alley. I fall squarely into that category, myself and I thought this was a good start to the new miniseries which picks up right where the Eisner-nominated one-shot left off
Flashpoint #5 | DC | Geoff Johns (w), Andy Kubert (a)
I was pretty high on DC’s big summer change-the-face-of-the-world-as-you-know-it miniseries up to this point. Despite initial reservations about alternate universe stories, I gave it a try and was really enjoying each issue. Then #5 came along and it all ended in a pretty abrupt way that not only made the Flash come off as selfish boob who’s clearly never seen Back to the Future, but it also had almost nothing to do with the events of the previous 4 issues. Furthermore, this issue awkwardly shoehorned us into the newly-relaunched DC Universe in pretty unspectacular fashion. This wasn’t the kind of punctuation mark you’d hoope to see put on the 77-year history of DC Comics as we’ve come to know them.
Captain America #1, Daredevil #1, The Punisher #1 | Marvel
Don’t look now, but with these 3 newly-minted #1 issues along with a recently relaunched Avengers line and soon-to-be-rebooted Uncanny X-Men, Marvel is quietly following suit with the Distinguished Competition down the street. By this time next year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a world without any issue numbers in the triple digits. In any case, none of these relaunched Marvel titles had me rushing to revise my pull list. Greg Rucka’s Punisher was probably the best of the bunch. Captian America #1 had some purty artwork by Steve McNiven but otherwise felt pretty run o’ the mill. And even a cameo by the Spot couldn’t save Daredevil #1 (which featured Matt Murdock out of costume in 19 of its 30 pages) from being a total snooze. Rough start for all 3 #1’s.