It's comics time again. And it was a weak week, so we're gonna polish this one off quick and hope for better times some other day.
I've had it with these lying-ass comic-book covers.
Ah, screw it. I should just complaining about this. It's been going on for decades, and will continue to do so. My carping is totally irrelevant.
And anyways ... it's a pretty great cover. It's a very simple one; the figures are mostly just crude sketches, with splashes of red to add a sense of drama, but it works extremely well. So you win this one, Dustin Nguyen; but I still think the covers ought to match the stories a bit closer.
Speaking of the story, this one picks up the pace a bit from the semi-standstill issue #3 seemingly represented. However, #4 doesn't really go much of anywhere, either. It seems like there is going to have be some serious business going on in #5, or else I'll be labeling Lord of Nightmares a major disappointment.
I talked last week a bit about my mostly-negative feelings toward this Zero Month thing DC is doing. My negativity is not improved at all by this week's Batman #0, but at the very least, Scott Snyder managed to do the same quality job here that he did on last week's Swamp Thing #0. So let's keep the negative focus squarely where it deserves to stay: on DC.
Here, what we mostly get is an origin story that --seemingly -- tries really, really hard to not invalidate other people's origin stories. So we don't get an origin story for Bruce/Batman, per se; we just get an adventure of him fighting the Red Hood gang, and later having an extended conversation with Gordon. In a backup story by James Tynion, we get an origin story of sorts for the Batsignal. I'm no Batman expert, so I don't know if this is new territory or not. It's an effective little story, but I didn't care for the art by Andy Clarke at all.
Not a bad issue, but it doesn't feel essential to me in any way. It feels a bit as if DC just jacked me for $4, but Scott Snyder felt bad about it and gave me three of them back.
In the continuing saga of Before Watchmen, this week finds me once again putting on my anti-DC boots (which, it seems, are already on thanks to this Zero Month nonsense). I'd enjoyed the past two weeks (The Minutemen #3 and Silk Spectre #3 were both really good), and was hopeful about this week's Comedian #3.
Which I hated, to be honest.
The majority of the issue concerns Eddie Blake's role in the infamous Watts riots, and I just don't know that I needed to read a story in which Comedian is acting like an ape and flinging dog poo at a policeman. I get that what we, as an audience, are supposed to feel about Comedian is a mixture of admiration and loathing that results in a sort of status-quo acceptance, and I can't honestly argue that this issue fails on that score. It just ... I don't know, it just didn't work for me.
Part of my problem, I think, is that it seems clear now that as its own miniseries, Comedian seems likely to have no real through-line. As seems increasingly likely with Before Watchmen as a whole, it's looking like it's a failure composed of occasionally interesting moments.
Blah blah blah, hell deminsion, blah blah blah, dreadlocked demon, blah blah blah "you're not killing him" "yes I am" "no you're not," blah blah blah, tentacle monster, blah blah blah, destroy the mainframe.
This has by far been the worst arc of Buffy I have ever read. I'm, like, theeeees close to dropping the book.
Speaking of which...
After this issue of Saucer Country, I'm done with it. I really enjoyed the first five, and the sixth was okay, but it was basically just a big, expositiony info-dump. Which would have been fine if it had offered some tangible info; instead, it was info of the "it might be this, but it might be that..." variety.
Even then, I was wiling to roll with. But instead, issue #7 turns out to be basically the same thing.
It's not exactly what I'd call bad, but look, folks, here's the deal: I'm a busy man. I've got so many books and movies and comics and shows that I'd like to consume and then write about that it'll take me the rest of my life to get anywhere close to doing it. In that process, I'm determined to continue to discover new things, but the deal is this: it's got to reward me. It's got to not feel like I'm wasting time and/or money.
For the past two months, Saucer Country has felt like I was, if not wasting both, then at the very least not using them as well as I ought to be.
And that's just not something I am willing to do indefinitely. Hence, my pull list has been reduced by one. If the series continues and I hear good things about it down the road, maybe I'll pick it up in trades.
That's all I've got this week. It's probably the most negative one of these columns I've ever written, but hey, it is what it is.
See ya next time.