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    August 4, 2013 8:21 pm I have to respectfully disagree with this review. The art work is not that interesting, given the subject matter. Most pages are nothing more than talking heads. The colorist, Rico Renzi, seems to prefer blue, pink, and green. Its another example of a Vertigo title with a color palatte that ranges from bizarre and putrid to unpleasant and repulsive. And I don't find any of the characters interesting. Again, it's another example of a creative team who thinks their comic is going to be around for 60 issues, so they can piss away the first 22 pages of issue #1 with minimal plot and characterization that doesn't make me want to come back for issue #2. The concept is great on paper, but the execution better pick up speed or it isn't going to last very long.
    May 2, 2013 2:59 am I bought Kindt's books back when he was being published by Top Shelf. Why did I not start buying Mind MGMT? I didn't think it would last very long. One giant book with a self contained story was great. I'm so use to buying non-mainstream monthlies that get canceled before they conclude their run, and Mind MGMT seemed destined to be another one of those. Having just read this review, I'm not surprised by the quality of the story. Kindt is a great writer, overlooked because he has never been paired with an A list artist....which is what he deserves. Guess I'm going to have to back track, buy up all the back issues, and keep my fingers crossed.
    April 4, 2013 10:51 pm If DC wanted me to buy Detective 900 they should have put #900 on the cover. I don't like the New 52 numbering system, I don't like the $8 price, and I don't like that some of the stories are "to be continued." If I wanted to buy Detective 900, I don't think I should be suckered into buying Dectective 901. Sorry, DC, but as long as you treat your readers like a bunch of suckers you aren't getting my money.
    April 4, 2013 10:40 pm This book is always hard to follow. Sometimes it's worth the effort, sometimes not. Having The Flash show up is either an interesting take on how the dial works, or a marketing attempt to get New 52 universe readers to pick up the book. Either way, it's my prediction this book won't last very much longer. Mieville needs to start explaining what the hell is going on, AND wrapping up the story while there is still time. I'm tired of the open-ended quality of the story line. Instead of short arcs that stand alone we're getting a rolling ball that looks like it will never come to rest. This book will be canceled in the next 12 months. WRAP IT UP!!
    April 4, 2013 10:30 pm Everything you said is absolutely true. Nothing at all happened in #2. It was a complete waste of my time and money. I haven't bothered to read 3 and 4 yet. If they are just as boring as #2, I won't waste any more of my time and money on this series. Brian Bendis hasn't written anything worth reading since Seige. As soon as Marvel started renumbering the Avengers for their "Heroic Age," his writing has been average to mediocre. I think the guy has either hit his middle-age slump, or he's burned out, or he's stretched too thin. Guardians of the Galaxy #1 had dialogue that was embarassing even for a cliched, hack, mediocre movie or tv show. I would think by now Bendis has enough money in the bank that he could take a break from Marvel, recharge his creative battery, focus on Powers and Scarlet, and maybe...maybe return to Marvel when he really has something interesting to contribue. His youthful creativity and enthusiasm are on the wane, and nothing is more sad than watching a once great talent burn out and turn into a hack. Which is what I'm seeing in Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy.
    March 14, 2013 1:41 am The reason people don't like Bryan Hitch is because his faces are often distorted or simplified to the point of ridiculousness. He excels at drawing backgrounds and buildings and smashed uplandscapes, but when you scan over his page layouts and panels compositions, its obvious he's drawing storyboards for tv shows or movies. I never read through a Bryan Hitch comic and feel like I'm reading a comic. I always think I'm looking at something drawn by a guy who can't get past all the tv shows and movies he has spent his life watching. As for the plot of issue #1, it was 27 pages of Hawkeye rescuing Spider-Man. Borrrrrrrrringgggg!!!!! This is how they are able to take more of our money: by dragging this nonsense out for 10 issues. Marvel and DC both treat their readers like a bunch of suckers. Because we are.
    March 14, 2013 1:33 am I agree with your disappointment. There was no mention of Robin's death in here, even though DC printed two different covers with references to the event that occurred elsewhere. For me, this smacks of corporate greed. This reeks of Treating-Your-Customers-Like-Suckers. Anyone who bought both covers of Batman #18 are part of the problem, not the solution.
    March 8, 2013 2:50 am It's not a good sign when a review is more interesting than the comic, and that's the case here. Clocking in at only 18 pages, I was bored by page 6 and never recovered. Even the sex scenes were boring. The art was boring. The colors were boring. We live in a time of Dave Stewart, Laura Martin, Paul Mounts, Dean White, etc. doing tremendous coloring. So why should I be impressed with something that is a throwback to the ugliest comics of the 1970's and 80's? Comics are a visual medium and there was little to look at. Nothing happened. I've grown tired of comic book writers who think the first issue of a new series is the first 18 or 22 pages of War and Peace. Or Moby Dick. Or Crime and Punishment. You want to write a novel? Go write a novel. But if you're going to write a comic, do something to hook and intrigue and thrill and satisfy the reader. Yes...all that in 22 pages. Joe Casey has new ideas but he doesn't always get them off the ground. Sex #1 was very intellectual and not the least bit engaging. By the last page I couldn't think of a single reason why I would buy the next issue. And where is the next issue of Godland???
    February 13, 2013 12:22 am This has to be the strangest book DC is publishing these days. Which is why it won't last much longer. A previous incarnation, H-E-R-O, was hilarious, daring, and fun to read...it also didn't last more than 18 issues. Assigning Ponticelli to the art is a step in the wrong direction, but I take that as a sign that DC has already given up on the book. I don't expect the book to last beyond issue 12. I have been enjoying the parade of strange heroes, and the novel idea that they are all being (partially) transferred to earth from alternate worlds. On the other hand, this book is another clear example of the current editorial plan at DC: every writer is being allowed/encouraged/told(?) to make their stories stretch out for as long as possible. I quit buying Animal Man and Swamp Thing as soon as I saw the Rotworld crossover on the horizon. There is still no end in sight to that boring mess. Glad I quit when I did. So I disagree that there's a good jumping on point for anyone who has just discovered Dial H. Anyone who wants to read this book will have to start with #1.
    February 12, 2013 10:51 pm Scarlet #6 actually came out? Wow.... I got so sick and tired of waiting for Bendis to produce any of his Icon books, I dropped this title from my pull list a long time ago. God only knows when or if #7 will appear. Takio, Brilliant, and Powers are also close to non-existant. I don't think I really care any more. How sad. The first 5 issues were genius.