The Theatre List 20/4 – Art versus story versus art

Now I know I often have this discussion but the whole art vs story dynamic of a comic. Case in point are the Huck and Thor books this week. The Thor story was a segue into further Loki shenanigans but the Garres’ art was not to my taste. So much so that I quite disliked it and put me off the story completely. Thus it does not make the list. As a counter example was Huck and Albuquerque’s art is so gorgeous to view each and every time. Problem being is that I think the story was woefully lacking. So much so that the art was not enough for me to recommend it to you all. I appreciate this being a story about a more traditional and simpler Superman, but sheer will and strength is not enough to save the day. Not for me, in this modern age anyway. The if we move back to Marvel and look at Totally Awesome Hulk, the change from Frank Cho has changed the feel of the book completely. I have never been a fan of his art but Cho Hulk is very different to other Hulks which was very much needed. Karnak suffered a similar fate. Otherwise the week was pretty decent with a fair amount of books to enjoy.

Marvel Codes

The mighty Thor #6 – FCM6R0IKIKTD

Extraordinary X-Men #9 – FCMT9HWTTLJB

Karnak #3 – FCMQ2XQ218T3

Totally Awesome Hulk #5 – FCMY2C9B3J0Y


365557._SX640_QL80_TTD_Deadpool #10 – FCM4YVTDBIEY

This story is really gripping me and the continuing fight between Sabretooth and Deadpool is fantastic. I never imagined Pool could be Victor’s equal but the writing an art have made you believe it possible. Deadpool has changed quite significantly and his interactions with his daughter are so well done.

366015._SX640_QL80_TTD_Astonishing Ant-Man #7 – THMQJP3SSYS6

Just a great read. Rosanas has beautiful art for this story and this thicker line makes it quite distinctive and clean. It is more the construction of a plot that began at issue one, coming together with great results. The twists and turns are intense and you generally worry for Scott and his daughter.

366004._SX640_QL80_TTD_Power Man & Iron Fist #3 – FCM7P6GKCLBW

This issue was the weakest of the three so far released, mainly because I was looking for more Luke and Danny bromancing but instead we had some henchman buddy humour. The art was great and the fighting scenes look great.


367949._SX640_QL80_TTD_Dept. H #1

It is good to start a new Kindt story with the classic feel of MGMT. I enjoyed this story very much, not just because it is a detective story underwater but it drops a classic Kindt twist. His art is good to see again and his wife makes for a great colourist, especially on the underwater side.

345911._SX640_QL80_TTD_Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo #1

It is just great fun. The Poyo bedtime story and homages to the Exorcist are brilliant. If you like Chew and you love Poyo, this book is for you. And as you can tell from my Twitter profile pic, I was always going to love this.

345921._SX640_QL80_TTD_East of West #25

The status quo of this book for a long time has been faction events. The Message has been delivered and every nation builds its army and this issue was no different. To see Death and The Wolf again was so good and you realise just exactly how much you missed them.

345961._SX640_QL80_TTD_Mirror #3

Wait for my review this week!


345846._SX640_QL80_TTD_Criminal: 10th Anniversary 

This was an incredible comic. The oversize edition gives you an amazing feel for the kind of magazine comic that is featured in the book. The story is classic in its underworld feel but the focal point is on the innocence of a child. This makes it so compelling and quite different to the Criminal books Ive read previously.

345941._SX640_QL80_TTD_Cry Havoc #4

Once again Simon Spurrier is trying something quite momentous in that he is crafting three stories together. All are quite distinct and the central protagonist is different in each story. They are taking their time to converge but are revealing a great final story.

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