Reading Pile: 5/3/11

Reading Pile: 5/3/11

Flywires GN- I know I’m in the minority when it comes to Chuck Austin, but honestly I’ve liked more of the guy's work than a bulk of other creators and while I understand disliking some of his mainstream comics he’s not all bad. There tends to be a frenzy against his X-Men work and people lump him in with some of the worst talents of the past decade, but he’s seriously nowhere near that bad. For example, this book is a pretty fun piece of sci-fi crime mystery fiction with a good sense of humor, interesting plot, and fun characterization. I’m also really impressed by the Matt Cossin art as it perfectly compliments the story and lends plenty of personality to the work. The package is solid at $19.95 and well worth your time if you just want some fun sci-fi reading. A-


Xombi #2- It’s interesting how Rozum just tosses you right into the action and craziness of an already existing backstory that’s fairly obscure, but it works pretty well for me. The Frazer Irving art is crazy awesome though and worth the price of admission alone. You still have time to jump on so you should make it a point because this series deserves a good audience. B+


Red Hulk: Scorched Earth TPB- At this point I’ve probably gone on a bit too much about this run, but if there’s a chance to push Jeff Parker’s Marvel work I’ll always take it. The thing is, the Jeph Loeb Red Hulk stuff was just one long rambling mess of big fights and little payoff a readers were strung along as to the mystery of just who the Red Hulk really was. General Ross was kind of the painfully obvious choice, so once the story climaxed it was just sort of meh as far as character development goes. The Parker picked up the ball and not only made Ross interesting but made his quest for redemption interesting and believable. Add on top of that the sub-plot with the Watcher developing and we just a very interesting package of a title. Then you have the Gabriel Hardman art which is truly some of the best stuff coming out of Marvel today, so yeah, I think this trade is worth checking out. A