Spoiler alert! A few weeks ago InsideMan asked us comic reviewers to send him a list of our top comics from 2013, so I stole this idea from him and I realized what a stellar idea that was. Why not write up a Top Ten List of Novels I’ve read in 2013 for this month’s Well Red? Yee haw, it’s a gift guide/year-end round up, y’all!
Since I read a lot of kid lit and most adults don’t, I thought I’d include some suggestions for those of you headed to the mall for gift-buying.
Warning: my tastes tend toward quirk. You may disagree with my picks!
So, without further ado…
The Cuckoo’s Calling by JK Rowling as Robert Galbraith
It won’t change your life. It won’t set your imagination on fire. It’s not Harry Potter. Even better, it’s not The Casual Vacancy. Landing somewhere between “global phenomenon”…
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Green Arrow #25
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino, Denys Cowan
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo,
Letterer: Rob Leigh
28 Pages, $3.99
Long time no see, well-written comic! Where have you been all this time?
Green Arrow #25 is one of the numerous November comics sacrificed on the altar of Batman’s Zero Year-– DC’s latest “event”… Where the publisher keeps forcing its comics to integrate foreign plots from other titles in an attempt to coerce more money from its customers. It’s just another unnatural, wrong-headed stunt– which mostly breeds awful and despicable stories for the duration of the dedicated “crossover” month.
Despite all odds and everything it had going against it, Green Arrow #25 is quite the wonder. And let me be clear: Turning a dumb marketing gimmick into a masterfully kinetic and fun read like GA #25 is definitive testimony to Jeff Lemire’s talent. His writing…
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Batman Incorporated # 12
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Chris Burnham
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
20 or 22 pages, $2.99
First, an apology about the “iffy” page count. I honestly can’t tell you where the story in this issue ends. Part of me thinks it’s on the page that says “Next time…” and gives a teaser… But honestly, that entire page has no relevance to the rest of this issue, so I turned to page investigating, and found two more pages that may (or may not) have anything to do with the story I was reading. It was a wholly separate piece with different characters, but unlike the rest of this issue– it wasn’t an obvious ad for another book.
This was the first comic I have ever read where I had to flip back to the previous page to try to follow the story after each ad…
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Green Team: Team Trillionaires #1
Writers: Art Baltazer, Franco
Artists: Ig Guara, J.P. Mayer
Colorist: Will Quintana
Letterer: Travis Lanham
20 pages, $2.99
IMJ Nation™ member Helmir posed a question on the IMJ Open Thread earlier this week, “So who’s the poor unlucky bastard that has to review Green Team #1?”
Well, of course, that unlucky bastard would be me… And I can’t blame anyone but myself– seeing as I volunteered to do it.
I mainly chose the comic because I’d reviewed its sibling title, The Movement #1– and I figured I might as well see if there was anything worthy in this much hyped pairing of titles. (The other reason I picked it– Ian wouldn’t let me review Daredevil #26, no matter how much I pleaded!)
The basic idea of this mess is blindingly obvious from the name of the book: It’s a group of rich kids
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