Here’s one line about nearly every comic I enjoyed this week. I won’t be writing a column over the holidays, so I’ll see all you monster kids in the New Year.
Like a rock opera in scope, AVENGERS #2 parades across its pages with artistic and dramatic perfection.
In JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #647, not even silk words can soften Sif’s rough grudge against men,
While a mysterious contagion guts NOWHERE MEN #2, punctuated by fake magazine covers confirming science is both enemy and friend.
TRANSFUSION #2 continues its bleak march into post-apocalyptic beauty. Who knows how this one will end?
ALL-NEW X-MEN #4 is like that dream when you try to go back or forward in time and make things right, only nobody believes you.
WITCH DOCTOR: MALPRACTICE #2 is a horror-humor mashup that wins, like Hellraiser meets Doctor Who.
And HAWKEYE #6, man. It’s sad. I’m emo. Emotionally rounded fun? Who knew?
VICTORIES, continue past #5, please. Continue.
FF? Eff eff? Allred? All-read? Mole man gets his ass kicked in #2, and quirks abound.
THE WHISTLING SKULL #1 is dark and lovely, like a sweet sound. Surreal, nonsensical, with Tony Harris drawing his way out of useless.
Insect pulp is alive and well in BLACK BEETLE #0, thanks to Francesco Francavilla, shadows, and relics,
And even in a Sci-Fi wasteland, CAPTAIN AMERICA puts others first. Issue #2 is hardly cheery, but comforting all the same.
Sad, brutally justified, full of failed dreams and shame—HAPPY #3 is a hard one to read, even as you wait for Nick’s redemption.
But you still wait.