A few issues ago (#16) it felt as though Coach Boss was nearing his inevitable rock bottom when he brutally beat a kid in order to win a football game. When the extremely injured boy took the field anyways and stood in the way of Coach Boss’s victory, I could feel that bottom closing in. Then, after Locust Fork’s Burt Reynolds (McKlusky) got the best of Coach Boss, he conceded. It appeared Coach had finally hit that bottom. Honestly, I felt a little edge and grit leave the book when Coach shook McKlusky’s hand in defeat. But, it really is a simple thing, the war he started with Locust Fork no longer benefits the team, in fact it actually hurts them as some of the team member were part of the physical encounters. Instead of leaving the Rebels with a number of injured players, Coach had only one option, to wave the white flag. However, just when I think I have this guy figured out he belts a monkey with a fucking home made bat like he is hitting homers over the Monster at Fenway. If you were missing the downright insanity of Coach Boss like I was, you are in luck, the bastard is back.
Josh’s Recommendation…Legion #1
“Pretty much entirely because of the FX TV show by Noah Hayley, I’m curious as to what Marvel can do to capitalize on that crossover interest. ‘Legion’ is weird, eclectic, and personal, which is mostly anthetical to Big 2 Superhero comics. But, if anyone can bring some necessary weirdness and introspection to an X-Men comic, it’s Peter Milligan.”
Josh’s Recommendation…Will Eisner Spirit Corpse Makers #5
“”Francisco Francavilla’s written and drawn mini-series has reached its conclusion, which means fans of noir/Will Eisner/The Spirit should have this issue ear-marked to buy this week. Don’t miss this exciting conclusion written and drawn by one of the best in the business bringing the Spirit to life!”
Tyler’s Recommendations…Old Man Hawkeye #1
“Clint Barton is old, but still a badass with a bow. I don’t know exactly what to expect with this series, but Marco Checchetto on art
is enough for me to check it out.”
Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward have created such an interesting comic book centred around a character who can’t really speak. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series since it’s first issue and this week’s issue #9 is definitely the best so far. Ahmed and Ward tell the story of a woman, recently receiving the news that her husband has died. The issue takes us through her reactions and the reaction of the community surrounding her. The catch is the deceased man is Crusher Creel, a known super villain who has surely killed many before, but in his last moments alive, saved many. It is a touching story about the value of a man’s life and what that means when he dies.
Tyler’s Recommendations…Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1
“Mark Russell returns with another Hanna-Barbera miniseries! A period piece set in 1950’s NYC, dealing with the Red Scare and cold war paranoia, Russell is providing more depth and nuance than anyone ever thought possible for a comic starring a pink lion named Snagglepuss.”
I was going to start this review with ‘Mister Miracle is’, but now that I’ve given it some more thought, I don’t believe that is true. Orion would tell me it doesn’t matter what I believe, a statement is either true or false. So, let me try again, ‘Mister Miracle is’ is false. According to what I learned in this issue, ‘Mister Miracle is’ would imply that the comic Mister Miracle is all things, good and bad. It isn’t all things, it is all things good. The reason for me writing this review is to convey to you this very fact, that Mister Miracle is all things good. So, let me take a similar approach to the one René Descartes took on proving that God exists. Descartes’ argument is rooted in the idea that God is all things good. If you examine two things, God is always the better one. Take love and hate for example; love is better than hate, therefore God is love. This is where existence comes into play, since existing is better than not existing, God exist. If I reverse this logic and say Mister Miracle is well written, which is better than poorly written. It has gorgeous art, which is better than eye gouging art. It effectively utilizes the nine panel grid layout to tell the story, which is better than the nine panel grid layout bogging down the story flow. It stirs up a wide range of emotions, which is better than reading a comic with emotional responses equal to a robot. It exists, which is better than not existing. I think this proves that Mister Miracle is all things good. If I stick with Descartes “I think, therefore I am” then because I am a person and because Mister Miracle is a comic that is all things good, it has been selected as the finest comic of the week.
Okay, I think I lost myself in there somewhere. I hope you’re all still with me.
Dean’s Recommendations…Aliens: Dead Orbit #4
“Well, the end is here. This book proved to be one of my favorites of the year. Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to James Stokoe’s take on the Alien universe.”