Reading Pile: 4/17/14

Reading Pile: 4/17/14

Lumberjanes, Deadpool VS Carnage, The Field, & Batman Eternal

Lumberjanes #1- A fun first issue and great book to give to young readers. Tough sassy girls solve mysteries at camp. I don’t think this will appeal to everyone as it’s definitely aimed towards the young reader bracket, but it’s very well executed and features a cast of strong female leads and there needs to be more books like that on the market. A-

Deadpool VS Carnage #1- I’m sure someone out there is wondering why this has never been published before while I’ve been over here hoping that such a thing would never be published. I actually have no problems with the creative team because I like Bunn (although I consider all of his Deadpool work a form of slumming) and Espin’s art style is a great fit and brightens this book up quite a bit. I can actually take both of the characters on their own if they have good writing that can separate them from their purpose, which ultimately is to pander to the lowest common denominator. They are both derivative characters generally loved because they kill a lot and tell bad jokes. Deadpool at least has a history of writers that can tell better jokes. This series is pretty much just going to be about who can chop off the most body parts while making bad puns, and while I really hope that I’m proven wrong I don’t feel that optimistic. B-

The Field #1- An interesting start but it’s very difficult to get a handle on just what this book will be like. It’s pretty much about a half-naked guy waking up in a field and getting forced into a car at gunpoint by a weirdo. It just tosses you right into that and leaves you with a bunch of questions, which is generally not a horrible way to start a book. It’s worth checking out if you’ve enjoyed Simon Roy’s artwork on Prophet or his Jan’s Atomic Heart book, although this seems a little low key for his style considering he draws a lot of mutant space lobsters and other weird sci-fi stuff all the time. I’ll just assume the murder slugs or whatever show up in a a few issues. B

Batman Eternal #1- As first issues go it was a well told book with solid art by Jason Fabok. Fabok is the David Finch that can actually keep a schedule and has better anatomy and layouts, so that’s pretty much a win/win unless you just don’t like the dark and heavy aesthetic of his style.  There’s some decent set-up here and the potential for a good story, so despite my inability to care one damn about the New 52 continuity I’m going to try and keep up with the book. B