The Theatre List 30/3 – Rule 1: Don’t write yourself into the story

Every week I look at Comixology and count the number of pages of comics to buy. So when I feel its been a slow week, there is often fewer comics to buy. I felt the same this time around and so was not surprised to see only three pages of comics. There was little out this week but there were some good books at least. Fight Club 2 was not one of them. I do still read this because I collect the David Mack covers but this final issue was ridiculous. It is not often a writer places themselves into the book but Palahniuk does so and even interacts with Tyler. I don’t think I need to say more because becoming this meta often means the story is falling apart, which it certainly had. Daredevil was particularly weak and I found that Matt has become rather subsidiary, as the main ten fingered bad guy was sacrificed by a rival organisation. It was uninteresting and also ludicrous in that there was a gun with ten triggers. Squirrel crosses over with Howard the Duck and the book was decent enough but Doreen fails to really come to life when there is a large supporting cast. Howard did not bring enough to the book and Chip brought a couple amusing highlights to the page notes. Darth Vader was solid but once again had that slow insidious menace that is terribly difficult to describe with a character in a mask. But Gillen manages to show his defiant side, from a position of quite low authority. I just find the book lacking character resolution. Aside from that, there wasn’t much else!

Marvel Codes

the unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 – FCMLGLUBIRVQ


All-New X-Men (2015-) 007-000All New X-Men #7 – FCMLWV03GWAJ

Toad’s decline into insanity and abduction of Scott is well written and really quite believable. It is interesting to see it continue from his time at Wolverine’s school. The artwork is dark and claustrophobic and has a real foreboding to it. This was an excellent issue, though somewhat different to all the other issues of this run.

348333._SX640_QL80_TTD_X-Men ’92 #1 – FCMA6YQBZFJC

This comic really grabbed the feel of the cartoon of that era and I was moved by it. It was particularly impressive that the art also reminded you of the animation but it is the colours that provide that explosive and garish adventure which we all fell in love with when we were young.

349792._SX640_QL80_TTD_Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 – THMQGVKL6B3H

Moon Girl is the greatest. Her compunction and tenacity brings an amazing rescue of her dearest friend. I adore how she pretends to be normal but secretly plots under the bedcovers. The action is exciting and the relationship that culminates this issue is one to be cherished.

349774._SX640_QL80_TTD_Captain America #7 – THMVAGEJ1D5S

This was a blockbuster of a comic with three great tales from Captain America history celebrating his 75th anniversary. With the likes of Whedon, Cassaday, Sale, Stewart and Rucka, it was always going to be great. The issue itself was classic Spencer in the way it revealed the story, built the tension and revealed the surprise with great candour.


343265._SX640_QL80_TTD_Black Science #21

With the accusations of repetition I threw at Remender, he answers with a incredible issue. Grant has now firmly taking steps in his recovery and Rebecca to task, and in a massive way. It is such a surprise and the art is so intense that this is a must read issue.

357645._SX640_QL80_TTD_Judge Dredd #4

This book has been swaying back and forth in the quality of the story. It is a little lost in its ideas but I think that is the point. We are still no further in understanding what happened to Mega City One and his young feral followers are in trouble. McDaid keeps the art rough and coarse, just as is needed to bear this chaotic world.

343502._SX640_QL80_TTD_Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #3

This story moves in a direction that was a little unexpected. The trainee dragon has been thrown to the wolves, or rather a ferocious giant wolf that is likely to maim and mutilate. All because the young man has become petulant and angry, and has become a danger to himself. It is a great plot twist and I wonder how it will end.

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