The Reading Pile #29

The verdict is in and I'm going to be doing shorter reviews, y'all. I don't think anyone needs me providing point by point plot summaries like I've been doing for awhile now. So in tweaking the format, again, I just want to provide a quick summation of art, what I like and don't like and whether or not I think the book is worth your time. Going to provide more visuals, too. It's inevitable I may get long winded on a title I like from time to time, but I'm making a concerted effort to keep things more concise. I am not the master of comic and literature reviews; my goal has always been to spark conversation among those of us who are reading the same things or maybe someone wanting a quick look at something that might interest them. Will this be worth your time? I hope so. Aaaaaaand if you don't like it, you can always sound off in the comments.

Immortal Hulk 17, Marvel Comics, 5/15/2019
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Joe Bennet


Story is still fun with decent art, smart twists and fun fight scenes with the cyborg, Agent Bennnet. Joe Fixit persona is here and, of course, the new Abomination cameo at the end. The art, for me, varies from panel to panel. It's very competent, of course, but just has a certain slickness that I'm not sure I like.

Story: 3.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Verdict: worth your time.

Ice Cream Man 12, Image Comics, 5/15/2019
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo


This is the conclusion, of 4 parts, to Hopscotch Mélange (meaning a mixture or medley). In addition to the usual weirdness and horror, this has weaved a quirky little science fiction story together that has questioned the very fiber of mankind's humanity. I’ve never been fully onboard with the interior art, but must admit it serves the story well and is accessible. Love the B cover.

Story: 3.5/5
Art: 3.5/5
Verdict: worth your time.

Justice League 24, DC Comics, 5/15/2019
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez


Can’t say I totally understand what is going on here as I stopped reading during the Hawk World arc. I only started back with JL in the middle of the Sixth Dimension arc because I like the Opena B covers and to understand some tie ins from Year of the Villain. Having said that, it’s not too hard to get into this story where the JL burst into the dimension, with help from the Legion of Doom (what?), to battle their future selves and an evil Batman with the “final Batsuit.” Art is really on point here.

Story: 3.5/5
Art: 4/5
Verdict: worth your time.

The Goon 2, Albatross Funnybooks, 5/22/2019
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Eric Powell


Really fun read and what you’d expect from Eric Powell: detailed yet accessible art, humor, horror and some great fight scenes. I love how Eric does flashbacks in black and grey pencils.

There’s always an awesome sense of familiarity with Eric Powell’s books and I almost always want to get out my sketchbook and start drawing after reading one.

Story: 4/5
Art: 4/5
Verdict: soooo worth your time.

Quick Hits

Also read Monstress and Road of Bones this week. Monstress was particularly excellent and Road of Bones was very good, too.

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