The Stacks #1

I have a ridiculous amount of comics to read. And I don’t just mean I have a lot of catching up to do on an industry that’s quadruple my age (though that too); I mean I actually possess stacks and stacks of comics which I have not read. In addition to having swiped something in the neighborhood of 500 free issues from the infamous Comixology-killing “Marvel 700” promotion a couple months back, I received five boxes of single issues from a friend whose relocation led him to abandon the majority of his collection and send it my way.

The Stacks, then, is where I will unceremoniously list and/or comment on the stuff I read which isn’t getting the review/spotlight/trade spotlight. Predominately it serves as a back-up archive of what I’ve read, and when, in case Comixology shuts down and my ever-growing list of “Comics Read in 2013” evaporates. However if I truly love or hate something, I’ll probably take the time to delve into it in a bit more detail. We’ll see. Despite all the hits I seem to be getting, I’ve still not received actual feedback on almost anything on Novelly Graphic, so I’ll proceed with the belief that I’m really just talking to myself here and alter my ways if, and only if, that ever proves contrary to reality. So, yeah, Stacks #1.

TRADES

  • I want to begin by noting that I read and loved Death: The Deluxe Edition and have been meaning to review it properly for some time yet have failed to do so. Perhaps it will happen soon. Perhaps it will not. In the meantime, just know that I loved it and was extremely glad to have bought it. It is a gorgeous book to have on your table or shelf (with or without slip cover), and the contents are nothing short of incredible. Neil Gaiman has created a truly remarkable character: unique and new while simultaneously familiar and timeless. The personification of Death is one of the friendliest and empathetic characters I’ve ever seen in any medium, and her various tales here are something I think any serious reader of fiction should consider, even if you’ve never read a comic or graphic novel in your life.
  • Runaways, Volume 2 keeps up the greatness of the first volume in a way which makes it all seem rather seamless. Brian K. Vaughan created something magical when he put Nico, Chase, Molly, and co. on paper, something which readers of any age (but particularly the young at heart) really ought to seek out. You’ll be getting an overview of sorts from me eventually, because Runaways may be my all-time favorite series; in the meantime, I’ve finished Volume 2 and I’m reading for Volume 3. I don’t expect that to be as good as BKV’s run, but with characters this great it’s hard to imagine it being bad.
    • Volume 2 trades are: True Believers; Escape to New York; Parental Guidance; Live Fast; & Dead End Kids (by Joss Whedon)
  • Teen Titans: Ravager: Fresh Hell was recommended to me by a friend whose all-time favorite character seems to be Rose Wilson (his username is Ravager, after all). It’s a decent story with some great moments that offer a lot of insight into who Rose is and why. I’ll admit, I liked it and her less than I’d hoped (after all, few things are better than bonding with others over something that matters a lot to them), but my friend says it’s the definitive Ravager story and I can see why. If you’ve seen her or her father before and want to know more, check out this book.
  • Fatale is a series I sort of always knew I would read. I’ve been a fan of noir for a really long time, and a series which centers on a mysterious and beautiful woman who leads men to their downfall would’ve been on my radar even if it didn’t have rave reviews and the name Ed Brubaker on the cover. A few weeks ago I took advantage of two lengthy car trips I was lucky enough not to be the driver for to read the entirety of the series to date (two five-issue arcs and four one-shots). As suspected, I really love Fatale. It’s not a straight noir, as it also involves horror and occult stuff, but overall the noir elements are the reason I loved it, and your affinity (or loathing) for the genre will likely be the deciding factor in whether you enjoy this series like I did or not. The new arc begins next week, so I recommend checking the series out now if you’re interested.

SINGLE ISSUES

  • Green Lantern (2011) #1. I’ve never read a Lantern book before. This didn’t make me all that worried about that.
  • The Flash (2011) #1 & #2. After Flashpoint, it was nice to see where Barry ended up. I liked these enough that I’d have happily read more, but not necessarily enough to actually go seek out and pay for more.
  • The Ravagers (2011) #1. Perhaps it’s just because Arena is on my mind lately but this issue sickened me a bit. I don’t want to see kids dying while running for their lives, and I don’t want to see people being trapped and tested on. Whatever potential these characters have, this isn’t the book I’d want to be reading them in. Considering the series got cancelled, I guess I’m not alone in that department.
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