Friday, September 19, 2014

OK, This Week's Comics:

A light week, with a mere four books, and all four in various points of larger storylines. First up, probably the best selling of the lot, Trees #5, from writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Howard. The various threads of the book haven't yet come together, if they will at all, but they all serve the larger story of a world that has been invaders who don't seem to care. It's a slow boil, that's going to explode later.

Over in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #123 the apocalypse has been going for seemingly eighty issues or more. This issue visits Japan, and takes a traditional Toho monster approach to the end. A crazy scientist has seemingly pulled a giant monster out of nowhere, and it throws down with the creatures that the B.P.R.D.'s fared so poorly against. These last two issues were billed as jumping-on points, and while they're not bad, between this book and Abe Sapien, it feels like the apocalypse has gone so long it's losing a little steam. ("The Broken Equation, part 2 of 2" Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Joe Querio.)

Similarly, Satellite Sam #10 is billed as the conclusion of the second story arc, but the titular mystery of "Who Killed Satellite Sam?" is seemingly no closer to being answered! Yet, like Trees, it's playing a longer game and building up to an explosion. A five-part finale is set for 2015, so it's nice to know the end is at least in sight; and the book continues to be cheeky and smutty in individual installments. ("Keyhole and Welt; Shadow, Seam, Heel" Written by Matt Fraction, art by Howard Chaykin.)

Lastly, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 moves forward some recent plot points--the disappearance of most of the Lost Light's crew, the mystery of Rodimus Prime's corpse, and a measure of Megatron's altruism--as well as the reveal of a traitor who's been there since the beginning, and an appearance from a dead favorite. I don't know if I've enjoyed the issues as singles lately--too many questions up in the air!--but as part of a larger read it's a remarkable tapestry. ("Slaughterhouse, part 2: The Road Not Taken" Written by James Roberts, pencils by Alex Milne, inks by Brian Shearer and John Wycough.)

Now, maybe I can figure out where the previous issues of all these books are...

EDIT: I actually went back on the "OK this week's comics" tag, and saw the last time I reviewed most of these same titles...and said pretty close to the same things! Enjoyable, but installments of a larger whole. Seems to be a running theme.

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

So Tree is pretty good?

I just bought #'s 5 and 6 of his Moon Knight run. Love it! Wish h was staying longer. But since he's not, I'm gonna be dropping the book unless convinced otherwise.

Picked up Sandman Overture#3 and Multiversity: Secret Society of Superheroes.
Very Seven Soldiers, but I'd love to continually read this series for a while if they'd let it.