Pull! June 14th 2013

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A new week.  A new crop o’ comics I’ve decided to read!  I love reading.  It’s fun-damental.

Crossed: Badlands #30: (Avatar) More insight into the mind of Smokey the “über-Crossed”. But at what price? “… is it possible for Armageddon to get worse?” Oh yeah it can. This arc is not only gory and gruesome, it’s compelling. What will our intrepid anthropologist go through to survive and learn about this disease? What indeed. Another brilliant issue. (4 out of 5)

Bedlam #7: (Image) Fillmore – aka the former Madder Red – is still trying to cling to sanity. Will working for the good guys be a help, or a hindrance? Meanwhile, the city is beginning to feel the workings of a new kind of crazy. This issue had me a little confused at the start, but believe me, you’re going to want to get your hands on #8 when it hits. ‘Cause there’s a humdinger of an ending in this issue. (3.5 out of 5)

6 Gun Gorilla #1: (Boom) Yes, this comic had me at it’s title.  I’m a sucker for the wacky.  But did it keep a’hold of me past that? Yep. Simon Spurrier & Jeff Stokely, did something unexpected; they bumped my obsession with the AT-AT down a peg.  I now want a FRIGGIN HUGE ATTACK TURTLE.  This is a fine mashup of western and sci-fi (what?  You know any real gorillas that own firearms?)  Stokley’s angular art gives the look a fresh spin, while Spurrier’s story teases out just enough to hook you.  Howdy.  (4 out of 5)

A1 #1: (Titan Comics) This is the start of what looks like a trilogy of unconnected tales. “Weirding Willows” — Dr. Moreau is Alice-in-Wonderland’s dad; Dr. Jekyll and the Wicked Witch of the West go to him for help…but what help could they possibly need?  “The Carpediem” — Agent Monday and his gang of day-of-the-week named superagents are fighting a satanic chef, but can you really ever defeat broccoli?   “Odyssey” — WWII wasn’t just fought for the lives of those on earth, but for their souls; but first, a vessel must be chosen…. A1 #1 feels rushed, and just when I started to get my bearings, another story comes along.  This could be the start of an awesome series, or just a mishmash of average.  I’m willing to bet on the former, at least for a few more issues. (3 out of 5)

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1: (Dark Horse) I love Gerard Way, whether he’s fronting My Chemical Romance or putting out The Umbrella Academy issues.  So I looked forward to getting my grubby littles on Killjoys.   An all-powerful corporation in lieu of the government, androids addicted to drugs, in a crazy world, teenagers have to stand up and fight.  Way’s usual poetic prose is riveting but also a little confusing at this early stage of the game.  It’s like when I read Mona Lisa Overdrive before the other books in that trilogy.  That said, I’m digging the steampunk-meets-western-meets-Harajuku style vibe.  And that the little girl has a black cat as her pet/familiar/buddy? Score. (3.5 out of 5)

The Walking Dead #111: (Image) I’m with Carl; I still think that tiger is badass.  And while Our Gang is busy trying to figure out how to kick Negan’s worthless backside, Negan pays a visit to the Hilltop and gets chatty with Spencer.  Am I the only one who thinks that Kirkman should just wrap up this Saviors storyline already?  Or maybe it’s just that I want to see Negan suffer for his crimes (issue #100 in particular, hello!)  A dull issue saved by a bit of a twist at the end.  (3 out of 5)

Superman Unchained #1: (DC) Lookit me, reading a superhero comic!  Whee!  The lure of a first issue, along with a Scott Snyder story pretty much sealed the deal.  Bonus points for the Man of Steel opening week, which has me feeling a little cape-happy.  Unchained is fun that anyone can enjoy.  Ever seen a commercial for Smallville?  Then that’s all you really need to know here.  Lex Luthor is up to his old tricks, even though he’s doing “work release” from his SuperMax prison (which sounds counterintuitive, but I guess for the story I’ll roll with it.)  Superman gets to deliver a few good zingers here, including one aimed at Batman.  And then the last two pages really let you have it.  If you’re a Superman fan, you’ll wanna read this one.  Oh how I hope this kind of writing gets to any Justice League movie.  Y’all listening, DC?  (4 out of 5)

An American Vampire Special: The Long Road to Hell: (Vertigo) Rafael Albuquerque has been cranking out amazing artwork on American Vampire, and in this one-shot he’s also taking the lead on writing duties. And if Hell is any indication of what he’s stored up in that noggin, I’ll be front and center for more. This tale centers on Billy Bob and his fiancée Jolene, two small time grifters who end up in the middle of a war between two vampire covens. Add vamp hunter Travis Kidd and an orphan boy named Jasper to the mix, and this is one slam-bang of an issue. I love me some Scott Snyder stories, but I hope Albuquerque – whose art doesn’t suffer from his multitasking here – gets to drive the car again soon. (4.5 out of 5)

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