Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator


Laundry tonight, and X-Men 2 tomorrow?

Or X-Men 2 tonight and laundry tomorrow?

On the one hand, I'm pretty much out of laundry, and I desperately need to haul my ass over to the Spin Cycle in order to avoid getting too funky. But on the other hand, I really want to see the movie, and it's not like I'm going to draw attention to myself in a theatre full of other fat comic nerds by smelling bad. I just can't decide.

Speaking of nerdy, I just started reading Homi K. Bhabha's The Location of Culture, and then blew all the intellectual cachet that bought me by going to the comic book shop. Here's what I got:

- The Couriers, Brian Wood & Rob G. (Pretty good, polished art and a nice urban feel, but, honestly, the plot and action were pretty stupid and the characterization was non-existent. Reading this was the equivalent of watching a really retarded action movie and enjoying it, only to feel guilty about it later.)

- Hang Up On the Hang Low, volume 3 of "100 Bullets" by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso. (This is actually pretty terrific stuff. I started reading it a while back and it took a while to catch on my but it's since become one of my favorite books, and this story arc is the best so far, I think. Azzarello is one of the few writers who can do the urban/gangsta milieu without coming off as silly, and Risso's art has really grown on me.)

- Dixie Fried, volume 5 of "Preacher" by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon. (Jesus, "Preacher" is inconsistent. Ennis has a lot in common with Morrison; he mistakes outrageousness for subversion, and he can take a good idea and make it great in one issue and awful in the next. This isn't a bad book, and I've really started to like Dillon's art, but I wish it wasn't disappointing as often as it is enjoyable.)

- The Treasure Hunters, volume 8 of "Bone" by Jeff Smith. ("Bone" has gotten less funny and whimsical, but it hasn't declined in quality at all. Dave Sim [who is Jeff Smith gone horribly awry] could learn a lesson from Smith about how to expand and intensify your focus without becoming ridiculous. None of this is to say that it doesn't still have funny bits; it does. The art is as great as always, and the story is downright absorbing. My only complaint is that it seems to end somewhat abruptly.)

- Super-Human, volume 1 of "The Ultimates" by Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch. (We've seen this all before: another reboot of a popular book -- in this case, the Avengers -- in an 'alternate' version in order to sell more comics to suckers expand the franchise; superheroes shown as deeply troubled, cynical, flawed individuals; crypto-liberal hipster takes on the characters and histories; multi-culti pop culture everywhere. Yawn. Except...well, it's pretty good. I mean, it's got huge flaws: as with most quasi-political super-comics, the ideas are about an inch thick; Millar goes into total overkill mode with the pop-cult stuff, including an endless, pitiful sequence where the Ultimates cast themselves in a movie that made me sick to my stomach; and, as is too often the case when hero comics try to get 'serious', a lot of the psychological angles are just purely arbitrary, to dump crap on the characters. But as superhero titles do, it's at least trying, and it's a pretty fun read. And goddamn do I like Bryan Hitch.)
Tags: comics, lit

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