Below are the four debut comics I read for Love It Hate It, ranked in the order from favorite to least-favorite.
This week’s #1 comics were pretty slim pickin’s. In fact, there were four (well actually only three) that I had any interest in whatsoever, but I ended up with a fourth one just to make it an even number.
This Week’s Love It Hate It Contenders
So this weeks Love It (and I really did) is:
- Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye#1 (Marvel Comics) followed by
- Star Wars: Mace Windu—Jedi of the Republic #1 (Marvel Comics)
- Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #1 (Titan Comics).
- and the one I hated (and I really did) is… Darkseid Special #1 (DC Comics)
Darkseid Special #1 from DC Comics
The main story of this week’s issue by Mark Evanier (W), and Scott Kolins (A) did not attempt to recreate a comic that looked or read “old school.” In fact, as I read the story “The Resistance!” I enjoyed the art, the layouts, and the coloring.
So what happened? The story just . . . well, died. The ending was so unbelievably WRONG. It was a really good story, but cut short in mid-stride.
If not for the poor ending, this main story could have been in the running for the top spot this week. But in order to make that rank, you have to have a solid story from beginning to end.
There’s also the little problem of the other story “OMAC: One Man Army Corp” not being good either.
I don’t even know what to say about it. I did not enjoy it: I did not like the story, did not like the art, did not like the colors or layouts. I liked nothing about it. Sorry Darkseid, better luck next time.
Enough about the Hate It comic, let’s talk about the one that I LOVED.
Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1 from Marvel Comics
This week’s top pick is Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1. Maybe it isn’t fair to include Generations each week, but they are listed as #1’s, so I figure they are fair game. And this week, I’m glad I did or it would have been another week of a having a “Love It” that was second rank.
Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1 by Kelly Thompson (W) and Stefano Raffaele (A) appealed to me from beginning to end. The writing is superb as is the story.
Something I ALWAYS appreciate in a story is humor, and Thompson effortlessly weaves humor in and out of the story at just the right moments. Kelly’s ability to integrate “asshat” into the story multiple times without it seeming forced is a testament to her ability with words.
While I typically want layouts in comics to be creative and unique, I also appreciate the use of a clean straightforward layout as well – with nice white borders and defined panels.
If I had to find fault with this comic (almost all of the Generations comics actually), it might be the fact that they do not use enough of one time period or another in the art.
For instance, the only clue to past/future is in the costumes, and for someone not familiar with the old/new outfits, this would not be enough. At least in the Thor issue last week, there was a definite time period (old) with a modern Mighty Thor inserted.
Even this is minor as the writing makes it clear the younger female Hawkeye is time traveling. Overall, this issue is A+. Definitely LOVE It.
Until next time!