Tuesday, June 05, 2012
The List - May 2012
Wonder Woman 9 - Hades marries Diana but only if she passes a test of being in a noose made of her own lasso. If she doesn't tell the truth about willingly marrying Hades, it'll go from a marriage to a funeral right quick. Ares makes a first appearance in this iteration of Wonder Woman, and like his fellow gods seen here, it's far from the usual. No bulky, armor clac collosus. Instead, he looks like an Antebellum plantation owner, replete with blood stains on his clothes. There's so much commentary in that depiction that's not verbalized. I love that subtlty. Azzarello and Akins have done something particular and profound. If all other DC books were dropped today it would be worth it to keep this one going.
Saucer Country 3 - That's got to be the spookiest rabbit I've ever seen that's on the cover of this issue. I have some friends who are scared of such curious things as monkey and clowns, and my own kids are oddly afraid of things like butterflies and squirrels, but this could give a person reason to be afraid of the otherwise cuddly rabbit. As to the story, I haven't seen recovered memory brought into a story since it was debunked a decade ago. Interesting to see it making a return in the equally dubious world of alien abductions.
12. Memorial 5 - As an early in the month book I sometimes forget what's going on in this title. Even with battles and beatings it can be a little low key. The device of telling back story to a character who has forgotten her own life furthers the story but it's also not the most exciting way of presenting it. Now that Em and Moment are face to face, hopefully we're about to hit a point of resolution.
And then there's the free stuff. I'm not really putting this in the rankings but I wanted to mention it. Madame Mirage 1-3 was written by Paul Dini with art by Kenneth Rocafort. It was published in 2007. My first reaction was that it was a T-A heavy book that didn't have a lot going on, but on getting through the third issue I see the T-A emphasis was an intended commentary. The setting in a world where superheroes were banned and jailed but supervillians just went underground and took over businesses is something of a play on the world of the Watchmen, mixed with the lesser known The Psycho by James Hudnall and Dan Brereton. So, a better than expected for this one.