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+

You can download this podcast: Reviews from the Future! 1-23-2013

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. Intro music “The Future Soon” by Jonathan Coulton. Also featuring “Kenesaw Mountain Landis”, also by Jonathan Coulton.

Quick Review: Superboy #5

This is a comic book where everything happens TWICE. But not in a good way.

Superboy #5 is a bunch of things. It is a continuation of the rad tradition of Superman/Flash races, it is the fallout from Connor and Cassie’s breakup in recent issues of The Teen Titans, and its very nicely drawn. Unfortunately before it can get around to being any of those other things it has to make it clear that its a filler book.

It is often the case that single issue, self-contained stories,  are rad. They are often made produced out of someone’s genius vision for a quick one off. This book does not read like it was built that way. This book reads like Demirk was late and under editorial pressure to turn out the required number of pages. Lemire’s very nice, very human art is just not enough to get past the fact that there are 4 pages of expository catch up at the beginning of the book and pages like this throughout.

Guess what guys? The phantom stranger showed up!

What used to take one aside is now worth a whole page!

The result is the worst kind of decompressed story telling. Nothing happens and it happens twice. Its a Flash/Superman race homage and the plot moves like molasses that keeps retreading the same ground.

I’ve enjoyed Superboy’s Smallville adventures both in Adventure Comics and in his own book. I hope this creative team can refind their mojo.