Wednesday, August 23, 2006

This Weeks Haul: August 23, 2006

I’ve been doing this for a few months now, so maybe it’s time I talked about my reviewing philosophy.

I don’t have one.

I know a lot of comic bloggers do weekly reviews, but I have to wonder if there’s any value in doing a full rundown of everything I buy. I certainly buy more comics than I mention here, but I’m not up to writing a laundry list every week. After twenty-plus years of buying these things, I buy what I like, and drop stuff I don’t like pretty quickly. Most of the time, I read a comic, I enjoy it, but I don’t have much to say about it. Does anyone want to see me say: “I liked this issue. It was good. The art was okay. I liked ______’s new costume.” twenty times a week? I didn’t think so.

I also don’t feel very comfortable bashing other people’s work. Sometimes a critical darling leaves me cold, but I can’t really articulate why. Other times I’ll read an online review of something I liked just fine, and the reviewer just rips it apart, finding flaws, plot holes and bad dialogue I never noticed. Maybe if I turned a more critical eye to these books, I’d enjoy them less. I notice that a lot of online reviewers don’t seem to enjoy comics much at all, and I think I’d rather avoid that.

No, what I intend to do here in This Weeks Haul is focus on the storylines, new plot developments, and the characters. Basically talk about all the best bits and share favorite scenes. My write-ups are by no means all-inclusive. I may only write about three comics, but I most likely brought home 10-15 books that week. If I recommend something, it’s for the simplest reason of all: I liked it. If I dislike a book, I may never mention it. I’ll just quit buying it.

On to the "reviews"

Justice League of America #1:
How many times has this book been restarted? Great lineup this time around, (except for Saint Hal – that guy annoys me). Always glad to see Vixen and Black Lightning. I never cared much about Red Tornado, but this may be the most attention I’ve seen him get. Not a bad start at all.

New Avengers #23:
Spider Woman running around in her underpants for a whole issue–what’s not to like? Seriously, I didn’t expect Jessica to take the side she did, but I’m glad to see all that triple-agent business wrapped up. And where the Hell is Nick Fury, anyway?

Savage Brothers #1
BOOM! Studios have been putting out some good books this last year, so I gave this a shot. It feels a little slight, but I’ll give it another couple of issues. I’m a sucker for Big Silent Guy / Skinny Chatterbox Guy comedy duos, so it gets some leeway there, too.

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