Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekly Reading or "Why I Give Up On The Fantastic Four"

Despite negative commentary below, really, not a bad week, if I do say so myself!
Week-long school recesses are always a great time to catch up on light reading--or long runs of missed comic book series. In addition to the aforementioned The Walking Dead, Volume 3 trade paperback, I picked up a number of titles this week I had been looking forward to. After last week's uninspiring haul, and one that quite honestly had me questioning my commitment to more than one title, this week's issues seem to hold much more promise.

The only instant analysis I can offer is that a very quick read through of both Fantastic Four #603 and Uncanny X-Force #22 has only served to (unfortunately) reinforce my suspicions that I may be completely done with monthly Marvel Comics.

This is a disappointing turn of events, as I have been buying Fantastic Four for the better part of 35 years, and despite a lauded run by Marvel's latest "go-to" guy Jonathan Hickman, I am at the point where I have to confess to just not "getting it." Online reviews would lead you to believe that Fantastic Four (I can't even properly use the term "FF" as it has been co-opted by Hickman for use with a sister-comic entitled FF) is in the midst of a genre defining run. While I am glad that some like the stories (but would question how many are "new" readers), I find Hickman's big-thinking pseudo-science cold and unfeeling--just because the two character's who comprise the heart of the team--Sue and Ben--are always tearing up doesn't mean the proper emotional connection has been made with the reader. Well, this reader anyway.

Here's what I took home from the shop this week:
Uncanny X-Force #22 (Marvel)
Fantastic Four #603 (Marvel)
Prophet # 22 (Image)
American Vampire #24 (Vertigo)
The Sixth Gun #19 (Oni)
The Walking Dead #89, 90 , 93
The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 (IDW)
All Star Western #36 (DC)
I, Vampire #6 (DC)
The great news pertains to my latest fixation creating a pleasant challenge: resisting the urge to spoil events between issues 18 and 90 of The Walking Dead, as I am going to try my best to read them in order so that the narrative flow of the storyline remains intact. Over the next few months I hope to fill the gaps with trades, but the wait will not be easy. With any luck, next week's pull list will be short enough that I can pick up the fourth trade, too.

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