Name: Josh Labelle

Bio: Film school escapee, writer, lord of my own tiny skull-sized kingdom.



I bought this largely because I found the cover striking. So score one for Nathan Fox. On a less superficial…

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What’s refreshing about this book is how the story feels not at all self-conscious. Manapul and Buccellato are just doing…

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This was brilliant. Tensions within the team have been masterfully brought to a boil. Even somebody like me who isn’t…

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JML's Recent Comments
October 3, 2013 12:36 am Hahaha. The issue was okay, but your description of it is better. Maybe at the end of the next one an even larger mermaid will attack the giant one.
September 29, 2013 5:31 pm Damn, I somehow forgot about that page! In any other week, that alone would have made Saga the PotW. It was the best use of Lying Cat so far.
September 29, 2013 1:39 pm I'm always amazed when there's a notable gap between my opinion and 2/3rds of your opinions: I loved Sex Criminals #1 a lot and it's my clear PotW. I disagree that this one seems more like Fraction trying to seem cool than Hawkeye, where a lot of the invention seems just in service of fun and hipness. Which is fine and has its place. But with Sex Criminals I felt Fraction really digging deep in his guts, doing a sensitive and realistic portrayal of a girl's sexual awakening for an audience that might not appreciate it. That felt brave to me, and alongside Satellite Sam it seemed like one of the first things he's done where he wasn't hiding behind irony or cleverness or meta-tricks or being funny: The only moment I felt Fraction's self-defensive cleverness creeping back in was the washroom stall sequence, but that was well done enough to pass with me. Otherwise, the technique and the experimentation finally seemed perfectly in service of the beating heart of the thing, and it was awesome. I haven't read anything that compelling at my comic store in a while. I hope it doesn't turn into just a sci-fi Bonnie & Clyde comedy after this.
September 9, 2013 10:12 pm The Infinity stuff that's being complained about -- the telling not showing stuff -- is mostly just the part of the comic summarizing the events of the New Avengers/Avengers tie-in issues. I get the sense Hickman was asked to include it for people only reading Infinity. Seriously, check out the Avengers tie-in issues. That's where the meat of this story is happening while the Infinity issues are just the broad beats of the war. That said, I agree just too damned much is going on in it. Battle of the Atom on the other hand? I unabashedly love that thing. The X-Office is killing it right now.
September 1, 2013 11:23 pm Damn. I just discovered you guys and got into comics this year. It was cool knowing there were eloquent, smart, funny, thoughtful people reading and discussing superhero comics. I'm glad the podcast is continuing otherwise I'd be bereft of listening material on my Monday walk to work. Thanks for all the good work.
September 1, 2013 12:14 pm Hawkeye Saga All-New X-Men Daredevil East of West I'm not including limited series like The Wake or Trillium. New Avengers might have had a spot on here but it's kind of lost its identity as it's been sucked up into Infinity. I think I can comfortably say that if I was reading no other comics but these above five, I'd be satisfied.
August 31, 2013 8:00 am DAMN, I totally missed this due to the name change. I enjoyed the first issue well enough. I guess depending on the lightness of next week I'll either grab this or not...
August 28, 2013 11:44 pm Man, I was pretty frustrated with Hickman's Avengers run for the couple of issues leading into Infinity, but now I'm starting to think he's going to actually pull this off. He's done a great job tying everything together so far. Now it's just bringing it all home.
August 28, 2013 8:18 pm I really liked this, but I don't think I'm liking this book in general enough to pay 8 bucks a month for it when money's tight. This issue makes for a good jump off point. Maybe I'll catch up later in trades. See you, Jean Grey School!
August 28, 2013 6:44 pm This hit a real sweet spot of cosmic weird and soap operatic melodrama a few issues ago, and with this issue I think it went a little overboard.