Reviews from the Future! The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #3

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Title: The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #3
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Author: Roger Langridge
Artist: J Bone

The Rocketeer is a bit of an anachronism, a 1932 character created in 1982 (yes, I know that Cliff Secord’s adventures actually take place in 1938, leave me alone).  Now, it’s entirely possible that Dave Stevens was just following on the heels of another pulp-paperback inspired personality that made his rather famous silver screen debut in 1981. That’s OK, I am happy to consume an infinite number of stories about lantern-jawed heroes with leather jackets and improbable accouterments. To say that Roger Langridge is doing justice to the source material here would be a gross understatement, Hollywood Horror is endlessly cool and diabolically fun. There’s something about the combination of dangerously curvaceous bombshells, a purple jetpack, and a dash of gender satire that enthralls me page after page. A stiff injection of absurd but pithy cosmic bother lifted from the pages of Lovecraft layers even more awesome on top of what is already proving to be a rich and thrilling custard.

Peace,

@LelandWebb

Quick Reviews for 3/6/2013

A heist, an epic battle of wills, a HUGE plot twist and dark musings all await in this week’s quick reviews! We’ll tell you all about SSM #5, Detective Comics #18, Lost Vegas #1, and SEX #1! We also have a New Review Metric!

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Detective Comics #18

DTC_Cv18_ds_02WRITTEN BY: John Layman
ART BY: Jason Fabok
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

Did you ever think, “God I am so tried of writers like Morrison, Slott, Fraction, and McCann? Writers who take risks, challenge me, and force me to re-engage their work, and by extension the world around me?!? I just want The Goddam Batman all the time!” Well now you have what you wanted and I had to read it. I hope you are happy!  #redskycrossover #dramaticbatmanpose

Vestrymen Grade: Don’t Buy

Sex #1

Sex 001 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 01WRITTEN BY: Joe Casey
ART BY: Piotr Kowalski
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

SEX! Rebellion! Also remember DKR #2? Not really? *Spoiler Alert* I’ve felt a little trolly this week! Sex is trolling me harder then I’m trolling Sex though. I don’t know how to engage this work.

Vestrymen Grade: Buy this Book

The Superior Spider-Man #5

Superior-Spider-Man-5-DC21_LR-1WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY: Giuseppe Camuncoli
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

You mad fanboyzzz? The Superior Spider-Man is a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker every could hope to be. He is smarter, faster, darker, and more Batmanarific!

Vestrymen Grade: Put It On Your Pull List!

Lost Vegas #1

lost-vegas-1-coverWRITTEN BY: Jim McCann
ART BY: Jane Lee
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

Remember Han Solo? What if he was a prisoner of Space Vegas?

Vestrymen Grade: Buy This Book

 

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Audio Quick Reviews for 2/27/2013

The Vestrymen sit down for a Morrison-y quick review session. Batman Inc #8, Happy #4, Action Comics #17, and Hawkeye #8. A lot of great runs started about eight months ago, I guess.

Action Comics #17

AC_Cv17WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Brad Walker & Rags Morales
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 20, 2013

We like trade paperbacks. We are certain that Morrison, who is co-hosting our podcast with us this week, is better in TPB format than in pamphlets. If go back and read Action Comics 1-18 and still think Superman is boring, I command you to tell me why!

Vestrymen Grade: A-

Happy #4

Happy_41-300x461WRITTEN BY:  Grant Morrison
ART BY: Darick Robertson
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: February 20, 2013

Did you expect Happy! to get LESS insane as its run went on? Well its likely you are winning lots of money in your office comic book pool. Happy! was a delightful read, and it is too bad Morrison isn’t writing anything else of note right now.

Vestrymen Grade: A

Batman Incorporated #8

robin-batman-inc-8-variantWRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Chris Burnham
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 27, 2013

If you miss Batman & Robin the way I do reading this book will feel a little bit like your favorite TV show had a reunion and you where invited. And then something else happens. No spoilers in quick reviews.

Vestrymen Grade: A

Hawkeye #8

detailWRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: David Aja
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: February 27, 2013

Every month we give this comic a great review and every month it seems to get better than the month before. I might be just a little in love with every woman that David Aja draws. They don’t even have to say one word and already I’ve fallen for an imaginary woman, which is good, ‘cuz I should be in love on Valentine’s Day.

Vestrymen Grade: A+

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Audio Quick Reviews for 2/20/2013

Today we review Nova #1, Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #2, Justice League of America #1, Red Sonja: Unchained #1, and  Clive Barker’s Hellraiser- The Dark Watch #1. Archer month continues!

Nova #1

Nova v5 001-000WRITTEN BY: Jeph Loeb
ART BY: Ed McCunness
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 20, 2012

First and foremost, I want to make it clear that this is not a Green Lantern Corpse story at all. Also, any similarly, real or imagined, between the GLC and the similarly named Nova Corps exists purely in your imagination. The Nova have books have had better writing than their DC Universe counterparts since The Annihilation though.

Vestrymen Grade: A-

Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #2

Sherlock Holmes and The Liverpool Demon #1WRITTEN BY: Leah Moore
ART BY: Matt Triano
PUBLISHER: Dynamite
RELEASE: February 20, 2012

Leah Moore’s Sherlock Holmes stalks Spring-Healed Jack through Victorian Liverpool. Do you need to know more? I didn’t think so.

Vestrymen Grade: B

Justice League of America #1

JusticeLeagueAmerica_1_TheGroup-000WRITTEN BY: Geoff Johns
ART BY: David Finch
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 20, 2012

Green Arrow is on the cover and its Archer Month here at Vestrymen from the Future. Automatic half grade increase!

Vestrymen Grade: B –

Red Sonja: Unchained #1

Red-Sonja-Unchained-01-(of-04)-(2013)-(fixed)-(Digital)-(Fawkes-Empire)-01WRITTEN BY: Peter Brett
ART BY: Jack Jadson
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 20, 2012

It rarely bodes well for a comic when neither the author nor the line artist have their names put on the cover. Still, death mustaches!

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Vestrymen Grade: C

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser – The Darkwatch #1

Clive-Barker's-Hellraiser---The-Dark-Watch-001-(2013)-(4-covers)-(Digital)-(Fawkes-Empire)-01WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker & Brandon Seifert
ART BY: Tom Garcia
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: February 20, 2012

Ummm, do you know something about Hellraiser’s chronology? I do not and that made this a really confusing read! Leland knows more than me, so I’m hoping he will shed some light on the matter in the review.

Vestrymen Grade: B-

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Audio Quick Reviews for 2/13/2013

Katana 001, X-Men 041, Secret Avengers 00-1, Fantastic Four 4.  Coming at you a day late, and more than a dolla’ short, we are The Vestrymen.

Katana #1

Katana-001-(2013)-(2-covers)-(Digital)-(Nahga-Empire)-01WRITTEN BY: Ann Nocenti
ART BY: Alex Sanchez
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 13, 2013

This week is officially the week of the weird in the midst of the month of the archers. This book decides to be a book about Shado, but without Green Arrow. We liked it.

Vestrymen Grade: B

Secret Avengers #1

Secret Avengers 01-000WRITTEN BY: Nick Spencer
ART BY: Luke Ross
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: February 13, 2013

This is the best book we read this week. Not only does it have Hawkeye, but it also has spy shenanigans!

Vestrymen Grade: B+

X-Men #41

X-Men 041-000WRITTEN BY: Seth Peck
ART BY: Jefte Palo, Lorenzo Ruggiero
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: February 13, 2013

We like Adam Kubert’s cover art and not much else. Have something good to say about this book? Let us know.

Vestrymen Grade: C- (with much discussion)

Fantastic Four #4

FantasticFour_4_TheGroup-000WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: Mark Bagley
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 13, 2013

This is a slightly sub par Valentine’s Day offering from Mr. Fraction. It’s still an enjoyable read, it just takes too long to get where it is going.

Vestrymen Grade: B-

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Audio Quick Reviews for 2/6/13

You get our quick takes on the interesting Green Arrow #17, the slamtastic Legends of The Dark Knight #5,  the surreal Dial H #9, the sublime Dia De Los Muertos #1 and the amazing Superior Spider-Man #3. 25% more quick reviews for your money!

Green Arrow #17

Green-Arrow_17_Full-665x1024WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Andrea Sorrentino
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

There is a lot to say about this book, but really our dissatisfaction with it comes down to one thing and it’s the same reason that I’ve been avoiding Green Arrow since its New 52 re-launch. Ollie has not the facial hairs. I loved Ollie’s fantastic mustache.

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RIP awesome 80s ‘stache. [1880s ‘stache -L]

Vestrymen Grade: B –

Legends of the Dark Knight #5

LODK_05_Cv-650x999WRITTEN BY: Joshua Fialkov
ART BY: Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

It is a Slam Bradley story. If you don’t love Slam Bradley, stop reading as soon as you finish this sentence and go buy and read Darwyn Cooke and Matt Hollingsworth’s Selina’s Big Score. Slam is great, awesome, and better than your PI.

Vestrymen Grade: A –

Dia De Los Muertos #Uno

WRITTEN BY: Alex Link, Christopher Long, Dirk Manning
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

If we can have Christmas in July, why not Halloween in February? We are  interested to see what happens with the rest of this three issue mini-series. We EXCITED, with the ferocity of Hercules.

Vestrymen Grade: A –

Dial H #9

DIALH_Cv9WRITTEN BY: China Mieville
ART BY: Alberto Ponticelli
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

Watching China and Alberto try to make sense of the insane, insane backstory that you inherit when you decide to write a Dial H book is fun just as an intellectual challenge, at least.

Vestrymen Grade: C

The Superior Spider-Man #3

SuperiorSpider-Man3_1WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY: Ryan Stegman
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

I used to hate The Vulture because I thought he was a boring villain. Then Dan Slott got a hold of him. Now I hate him in a way I never thought I would. He is a terrible, evil, annoying man who deserves everything that happens to him in this book and more. Seriously, screw that guy.

Vestrymen Grade: A –

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Audio Quick Reviews for 1/30/13

The Vestrymen’s do a quick podcast for your pleasure. We talk Hawkeye #7, The Superior Spider-Man #2, Masters of the Universe Origin of He-Man #1, and Batman Incorporated #7. Are comics better this week or are we just happier people? It’s your choice, but we warn you not to underestimate our vicissitude.

The Superior Spider-Man #2

Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1_2WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY: Ryan Stegman
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: 1/30/2013

We where a little worried about some of the choices made in SS #1. Oh we of little faith. This book was straight awesome, better than #1, even. Egg Fu on our faces.

Vestrymen Grade: A

Hawkeye #7

Hawkeye_7_Cover-300x456WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: Steve Lieber & Jesse Hamm
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: 1/30/2013

Hawkeye Hawkeye Hawkeye

Why does your prose pull at my heart so

Why does your beauty so confound my soul

Fraction! you made me write beat poetry, you sneaky bastard!

Vestrymen Grade: A

Masters of the Universe Origin of He-Man #1

Masters-of-the-Universe_The-Origin-of-He-Man_1_Full-665x1024WRITTEN BY: Joshua Hale Fialkov
ART BY: Ben Oliver
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: 1/30/2013

I don’t know people, it is fucking He-Man. It is a good He-Man story? He is one of the Masters of the Universe, Man. He is Adam Greyskull, inheritor of a great and mysterious Sword of Power. Sword. Of. Power!

Vestrymen Grade: B-

Batman Incorporated #7

WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Chris Burnham
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: January 31, 2013

BATMAN INCORPORATED. You thought Morrison was just gonna let the Leviathan thing hang out there, weren’t you? WRONG! Strange Strange business.

Vestrymen Grade: A

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Quick Reviews for 1/23/2013

The Vestrymen take a whack at X-Force #1, FF #3, Stumptown: The Baby in the Velvet Case #5, and Superboy Annual #1. This week we deal with insane perspective shifts, interdimensional teleporters, musicians as drug mules, and all kinds of insane things.

Superboy Annual #1

Superboy-Annual_1_Full-665x1024WRITTEN BY: Tom DeFalco
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: January 23, 2013

Superboy is snippy! Superman is snippy! This is the first H’el on Earth book we have read and it is insane and a little delightful.

Vestrymen Grade: B-

FF #3

FF_3-674x1024WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: Michael & Laura Allred
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 23, 2013

If this month’s Superboy wasn’t insane enough for you FF #3 continues the psychedelically inspired breakneck pace that has defined this run so far. Michael & Laura Allred are revelations.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Uncanny X-Force #1

uxforce2012001covcolWRITTEN BY: Sam Humphries
ART BY: Ron Garney
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 23, 2013

Meh.

Vestrymen Grade: C

Stumptown #5

stumptown2-5-4x6-comp-solicit-webWRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Matthew Southworth
PUBLISHER: Oni Press
RELEASE: January 23, 2013

I like Stumptown just fine, but when you get right down to it, this book was created to make Leland’s brain a happy brain, and for no other reason. What is that Greg Rucka? You’d like to get paid for your work? Isn’t Leland’s braindrugs good enough payment for you?

Vestrymen Grade: B+

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Quick Review: Avenging Spider-Man 16

AvengingSM_16_TheGroup-000WRITTEN BY: Christopher Yost
ART BY: Paco Medina
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 16, 2013

Marvel feels like choices they have made with Superior Spider-Man are really important, and the sales number agree. But is it good?

Avenging is a team-up book and this reads like a paint-by-numbers superhero team-up.  It is not bad, exactly but it is far from inspired. We are by now, hip to Superior’s jive. He is a man with Peter Parker’s ethical sense, but a significantly more driven and brutal logistical sense, which is what most of the book is dedicated to and I am tired of learning the same character traits over and over.

Is it fair for me to judge this book for doing character work that has been done in other titles of late? Should I judge the book as a stand-alone, ignoring the character work done in Superior Spider-Man #1, and all its tie in books? I can only tell you that I read the books in the order I read them and that I am tired of comic books giving lots and lots of energy to telling me something I learned last week.

I did enjoy Spidey’s character moment with Wolverine more than the above paragraph would suggest, though.

Vestrymen Grade: B-

Reviews from the Future! 1/16/2013

Today’s quick reviews include Indestructible Hulk #3, Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth #1, Savage Wolvering #1, and Daredevil #22.

Indestructible Hulk #3

Indestructible_Hulk_Vol_1_3WRITTEN BY: Mark Waid
ART BY: Leinil Francis Yu
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 16, 2013

I just gave a fairly positive review of Issues 1&2 of Mr. Waid’s run. This issue might be the weakest of the three, but The Hulk punches things, and Bruce Banner is Bruce Banner.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Todd: The Ugliest Kid on Earth #1

NOV120456WRITTEN BY: Ken Kristensen
ART BY: M.K. Perker
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: January 16, 2013

So this is a comic, written like a kid’s comic, but not at all for kids. I’m not sure if its good, but it is engaging. I’m not sure who the audience is, outside the emo/goth movement, but I enjoyed it and am not in either group, so perhaps you should read it?

Vestrymen Grade: B-

Savage Wolverine #1

SavageWolverine_1_CoverWRITTEN BY: Frank Cho
ART BY: Jason Keith
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 16, 2013

Man does Frank Cho love Shanna the She-Devil; he loves her so much. I feel like Mr. Cho might secretly be using the inter-dimensional portal in the Marvel Comics office to date Shanna.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Daredevil #22

2811663-22_superWRITTEN BY: Mark Waid
ART BY: Chris Samnee
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: January 16, 2013

I honestly might like Mark Waid’s Superior Spider-Man more than I like Dan Slott’s. Then again, not having to see inside the skeezy, manipulative mind of Otto Octavious might make life better for all of us.

Vestrymen Grade: B

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