Name: chris church
Probably my least favorite of the 4 episodes so far, but still very good. i enjoyed the twist with the "gang" members being caretakers, fighting to care for their group. It is this type of moral dilemma that i love about the book/show - how far will people go to protect their lives and the lives of those they are caring for.
A couple of questions while trying to avoid spoilers...
How do people think they will end this 1st season of 6 episodes? I thought going in that it would end with a conflict between shane and rick, but with only 2 episodes left I don't think they have time to get to that? maybe they will end the season leaving the hill, finally finding a safer place to live?
What are the predictions of what will happen to Merle? I think it would be cool if he ended up being a certain very important villian from the comic down the road, but that would mean his story wouldn't have much resolution in these 1st six episodes.
I hope that they don't rush through storylines - shane vs rick, Merle's story given that they were originally only approved for 6 episodes.
@Paul - thanks for the write-up, i look forward to them every monday morning.
My favorite comic, now my favorite new tv show - i am very excited about this.
What did people think about the helicopter that rick saw/heard flying in atlanta? really there or not? that was something i saw as a possible big difference from the comic that i was very curious about.
@Paul - I really enjoyed your recap, would you consider making it a recap/review in the future? i was curious to hear what you thought of the episode.
I really enjoyed this issue - my potw. A really FUN issue with spidey and the punisher which is really what i am looking for. i really thought the interlude with JJ Jameson was hilarious (by joe kelly and barry kitson). thought paolo rivera's art was cool and a bit different which i like.
I am impressed by BND's ability to stay on schedule - with so many comics late these days they have put out books 3xs a month this whole year (with multiple double sized, extras, and an annual) - all that and in my opinion high quality stories and art.
Always enjoy your reviews, thanks for all the thoughts. I guess some of it is a matter of taste because I have been loving BND, especially this story arc…
Things I like…
My favorite thing about spidey books has always been the rich supporting cast and subplots. Using the 3x a month format they are able to develop these characters as they haven’t in the past. I enjoyed the new developments with the osborns in this arc and look forward to more of the harry/peter/lily triangle and relationship development. Glad to see eddie brock back and looking forward to more anti-venom stories. Can’t wait for Flash next week!
Overall tone – I love slott’s writing and I think his spidey dialogue is always great. He always has a couple lines that make me laugh in every issue, and my 14 year old son thinks this book is hilarious. I had gotten tired of the depressing JMS tone in the back in black period and I really enjoy the more light-hearted feel.
Artists – amazing throughout the series – JR jr was great in these last 6 issues and mcniven/kitsen/mckone/Jimenez/Martin have been terrific.
Things I don’t like from BND…
Uneven quality – while I feel this last issue and arc have been terrific, I will certainly admit that with 4 different writers some of the stories have been lacking (Bob Gale’s freak stories for example).
Continued reference to OMD without any closure – while it doesn’t bother me as much as some people, I am constantly surprised that they continue referring to and building stories on the OMD storyline and don’t know why they don’t just move on – there are clearly lots of other stories to tell.