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Comics Review: Week of 3/4

Rat Queens #9:

New artist! 100% less domestic violence! Hooray!

We open with some tragic Hannah backstory where we watch her mother be killed in front of her as a child. We then cut to battle (with a brief interlude for a sex daydream because why not?). Betty, Violet, Dee and Hannah are all in reasonably good health, considering they’ve gone up against a giant tentacled…thing.

Seems like everyone is having crazy dreams. Bluebird Dave dreamed of Redbirds of Wrath, which are even less cute than they sound.

If you’re not reading Rat Queens, you seriously need to start. It’s a swords and sorcery story that manages to evoke emotions and make you care about the characters, all while having lines like “Oh Brad. Brad, Brad, Brad, Brad. You are so fucking dumb.” All the characters are interesting in their own right and even Betty, who is definitely the comic relief of the group, makes you care about her and cheer for her.

We end on arrows raining down around Hannah. Here’s hoping that none of them make contact.

Saga #26:

Lying Cat is on the cover. I’m already hoping I’ll enjoy this issue more than the last.

We start out with Marko taking down a robber in a convenience store and then bickering with Prince Robot IV over the merits of killing the robber. Marko votes for no killing, which Prince Robot IV considers to be “fucking asinine.” As they’re on the lam, I do rather see the Prince’s point.

Let’s see…bickering between Alana and Dengo. Gwendolyn and Brand bickering until they talk to dragons, where (guess what?!) there is more bickering. I was beginning to think that there would be nothing but bickering all fucking issue and then what do I find on the last page? Marko (hopefully just) passed out with drug wrappers all around him. Oh…so very not good. Fine, you’ve got my attention for the next issue.

Hawkeye #1:

Of course Hawkeye #1 is out before the last issue of the Fraction/Aja/Hollingsworth/Wu Hawkeye is out. Of course.

Interesting style. Flashbacks to Clint and Barney as kids is a pretty sketch/watercolor combination in various shades of (shocker!) purple. Scenes in the present are a more typical comic style similar to what Aja used, but with a much more varied and saturated color palette.

Hm. Funny how much more entertaining Kate and Clint bickering is than any bickering in Saga.

Oooh…red in flashbacks is bad. Good to know. Papa Barton sure was a dick.

Kate found something that looks an awful lot like kids hooked up to a machine in a Hydra base. Not cool, bro.

Worse, I just had a sad realization that the bro joke in Hawkeye is probably over. Bro, tell me it isn’t so! Bro? Bro?

There’s a mention of the awesome hearing aids that Stark made Clint which is neat in that it acknowledges that Clint is deaf, but it also makes me sad because one of the things I loved about the (not quite yet completed) previous Hawkeye story is that they focused on Clint’s deafness. There was an entire episode devoted to sign and even after that episode, they did a good job showing dialogue according to Clint’s perspective. Most things said to his face were heard, but with a word or two left out and if the speaker faced away from him so he couldn’t read their lips, the dialogue bubble was blank because fuck you–if Clint can’t hear it, you the reader can’t hear it either.

Angel & Faith #12:

Fred! Did I mention that Fred is back? Unfortunately, Illyria is still in there, too. Eldre Koh wants Illyria to come out to play, despite Fred’s protests. We then get a flashback scene as Eldre Koh shares why he is not delighted with Fred’s presence (which is ridiculous, BTW. Fred is the best.)

Giant scary monsters! Joining a bloodthirsty cult! Going on a walkabout! Returning and being accused of murdering an entire town! OK, that last one is maybe a bit too far. What the fuck, Eldre Koh?

He goes off to pout because Fred isn’t giving up the goods. Faith gives Angel a Hi-Bye-See-you-at-the-bar-later. Fred and Angel are left to talk and she reveals that she actually knows who killed Eldre Koh’s family and had him put in jail: her. Dun dun DUN!

Well, Illyria. Of course. Story time: Illyria likes to be worshipped,as gods do. She bribed an overseer with a fancy position if he’d turn over Eldre Koh as a scapegoat and she then took over his entire race.

Fred and Illyria are fighting for the body. This is probably not going to end well for Fred. Again.

Eldre Koh starts a bar fight, which is promptly finished by Angel. Can I have next month’s comic now?

Doctor Who: New Adventures With the Tenth Doctor #5-6, 8:

#5: Gabby and the Doctor separately help save the day–Gabby by the power of being interested in learning and the Doctor through telepathy. Well, everyone has their strengths. I think Gabby really did the most when she spoke with one of the entities and got it to see her as a person and a fellow artist.

Gabby gets a flattering offer from Zhe to come back and be her apprentice, but first the Doctor is going to whisk her away to see more sights. Now they’re going to the past! (I bet I know where, thanks to my idiotic buying practices.)

#6: Why golly gee willikers, it’s World War I! However did I guess?

Soldier 1 is asking Soldier 2 if he thinks he should marry Soldier 2’s sister when they get back to Scotland. I suspect nobody is going to be involved in a marriage anytime soon, seeing as how there’s a weeping angel on the scene.

The Doctor and the TARDIS were hit by an explosion. I sure hope Gabby is as plucky as she seems, because she’s going to have to carry things along for a bit.

There’s some well-done artwork of battle scenes that do a better job of illustrating how fucked up WWI was than any lessons I was taught in school.

The Doctor wakes up to discover that he and Gabby are being held under suspicion of being spies. There’s a German prisoner in the ward with them who has sewn his eyes open and is screaming “Don’t blink!” That was…gross. I’m going to add sewn open eyes to the list of things I’d like to never see again.

#8: We see a montage of one of the soldiers who were sent back in time in issue #7 save a woman who was being accosted on the street, marry her, have kids and then die when he sees a paper about WWI. Those damn angels.

Gabby and then soldier Jamie face off a weeping angel and then Jamie does something I have wanted to see done ever since the first weeping angel episode: he blows the angel up with a grenade. Well, he tries. Points to him for that.

The Doctor then has an existential crisis about taking Gabby with him and really, Doctor? It seems like we get this “why did I drag you around with me, I’m going to get you killed!” speech with every companion. It gets old.

Once again, weeping angels have the TARDIS. Hello, writers of Doctor Who and specifically relating to weeping angels. For fuck’s sake, have them do something new or stop using them.

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