User Reviews Are Doing Their Civic Duty


Not a lot of books last week but still, a lot of great reviews.  Let’s do this.

Brianjames reviewed the hell our of the newest issue of Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti’s Cable #10. By the way, Swierczynski needs a jaunty shorthand name like JMS. 

Story: 5 / Art: 5

By the end of Cable #10, Swierczynski has taken full control of the reader’s soul, proving his method of structuring Cable to be anything but spontaneous. By the final, tragic pages of issue #10, the reader can recall the various themes, tones and conflicts of the series, which at most times remain just below the surface of the journey, and find that their hope had been all along false and realize that, to Swierczynski’s credit, the writer did not hide the outcome of his story, the reader simply chose to not believe in anything other than a happy ending.


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ohcaroline took a chance on Black Lightning: Year One #1 and was not disappointed. 

Story: 5 / Art: 4

I don’t know anything about Black Lightning but I picked this up for a few reasons — I’ve rarely been let down by DC’s Year Ones, because I liked Jen Van Meter’s work on Hopeless Savages, because I was surprised to see her on a superhero book, and frankly because I always give new comics by female writers a try if they come onto my radar.  I’m glad I gave it a try.

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USPUNK reviewed one of Warren Ellis’ Avatar book in No Hero #3 and he quite enjoyed it. Just how many books does Ellis do for Avatar, anyway? It seems like there are at least 20. 

Story: 4 / Art: 5

There are a bunch of “what if super heroes were real” books out there right now and except for maybe Kick Ass this book is probably the best of the bunch.

androidmoser read blew through The Walking Dead, Vol. 9 just like I did. And he loved it just like I did. This androidmoser kid is going places. 

Story: 5 / Art: 5

So what if my POW is a trade and not an issue? I fly through these collections so fast that they feel like single issues. Every time a new volume of The Walking Dead comes out I contemplate switching to issues, and every time I realize that reading this in even smaller chunks than I already do would only drive me crazier. Six collected issues may sound like a solid chunk, but when you inhale rather than read this zombie greatness, it’s never enough.


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  1. Wow, I totally screwed up my parallel structure there.  Oops.

    Anyway, thanks for featuring my review.  I thought the BL book was really interesting and deserves attention.

  2. I’ll have to skim through it at the shop this week.  I don’t have much interest in reading it, but you do make a case for its quality.

  3. By "going places," I think Conor means I follow Robert Kirkman around like a lost puppy, begging for scraps of rotting zombie flesh.

  4. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Interested in picking up that Black Lightning issue, for sure. 

  5. For those of you who may or may not be in the know, Jen Van Meter is Greg Rucka’s wife.

  6. Wooo…