The Shopping List 10-13-10

I really wish I had more posts on here, but between moving the blog and NYCC, my focus hasn’t been on writing about comics. It’ll come.

Invincible Iron Man #31Invincible Iron Man #31 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca

What a good book this is. How many sci-fi/industrial espionage books are there in mainstream comics? Not enough. Someone finally put together the whole Detroit Steel/videogame connection. And in the last issue of “Stark Resilient,” I’m curious to see how Tony is going to get out of this mess. It’s great to see Fraction getting milage out out his new characters, Sasha and Justine in this case.

I have no real comments on Larroca’s art, but I will say his consistency continues.

I’ve run out of ways to criticize this book. I’m not dropping it, but don’t be surprised if I skip a few issues between my reviews.

Shadowland #4Shadowland #4 by Andy Diggle and Billy Tan

This is the best issue of Shadowland yet. That may not say much, but it’s always nice to see an upgrade. The bulk of the issue was building for next issue’s climax, but that’s not a bad thing. What it reminds me of the most is Siege #3. Daredevil (Osbourne) has been defeated, but that only sets up the big bad, the Beast (the Void).

Even Billy Tan shows some improvement this issue. Part of me thinks it’s the coloring. Focusing on Elektra, the rendering of her face offers the kind of dimension I’m not used to seeing in Tan’s pencils. I don’t remember seeing colors this bright in Shadowland. It’s nice.

The supporting cast gets more focus this time with Spider-Man and Wolverine in particular having some nice moments. To speak of Elektra again, after seeing here lead and kick some ass here, I would love to see a new book focusing on her. I believe she is part of the upcoming Heroes for Hire. I hope she’s a big one.

Once again, I want to express my disappointment with John Cassaday’s covers. I love Cassaday, but these covers are super boring. Also, this issue’s is a lie as the Bullseye resurrection is never completed (right?).

Yes, Shadowland is a disappointment, and one of my favorite books is coming to an end because of it, but here’s hoping it can go out an a good note.

Superior #1Superior #1 by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu

Superior is exactly what I expected and was hoping for. Forgetting my displeasure with Nemesis, I enjoy Millar’s books. He’s the kind of guy who can get me interested in even Superman. Through his character’s discussion, he acknowledges an opinion held by much of fandom “He’s boring, He’s a boy scout, etc.” But you know it’s only to turn things around show you how interesting a nigh-perfect alien can be.

There’s something to be said for a Scotsman who’s so interested in the hero that best personifies the American Dream. Same goes for Grant Morrison. Even Alan Moore (British, of course) wrote a couple great Supes stories. What is it about Superman that gets the British imagination running wild?

I don’t have the love for Leinel Yu that many do. His action is great, but he has a tendency to over-crosshatch his characters. His colorists then use those lines as a guide for shadows and highlights. This redundancy in rendering only leads to unnatural faces. His mouths are also a weak point. They are often open for no reason. In comics, a character’s face determines the tone a reader give a speech bubble; gaping mouths and squinted eyes make them look unsure and a bit dumb.

This is issue is mostly setting the scene, but I’m in for next month.

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