Another Wednesday night trip to the comic shop this week. I picked up two comics and a trade:

  • Ex machine – 29
  • Rex Mundi Vol 2 – 6
  • Phonogram “Rue Britannia” TPB
  • The trade is from Image comics and I don’t really know what it is about. It’s in black and white and from what I gather from the back cover has to do with music and magic. I’ll let you know how it is.

    Episode Twenty Two of my reviews of recent DC Comics.

    Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation TPB – I’ve heard it said over the years that “The villain is usually more interesting than the hero”. I’ve never agreed with this. I usually find villains dull, unbelievable, and often ineffective. They just get to chew the scenery more often than heros and that can be fun. Villains also get less face time in a hero’s book so they can be more open to interpretation and a reader can read more into a villain if that reader is so inclined. Have you guessed? This book is about villains.

    I found it mediocre and uninteresting. I only made it forty pages in. The Secret Six are a group of bad guys who take assignments and steal to make money. They are also at war with another bigger group of villains. All the villains seemed the same to me. They were all constantly hamming it up to establish their villainous bona fides. I didn’t find a single character interesting nor was I interested in the plot. If you like stories about villains you might find something interesting here since it is not a badly crafted book but I didn’t.

    Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Bludhaven TPB – Man these DC epic crossover stories make a mess of things. Suffice it to say that Bludhaven is a city next to Gotham (who knew?) that got hit by a chemical bomb and now is walled off and out of bounds. So now we have a government super team kicking people out of the city, some kind of evil government plot to make more super guys, the Society of Evil sending teams into the city for some reason, the Atomic Knights trying to help people get out of the city, other people outside the city walls trying to get in, one super hero outside the walls trying to go in and figure out the governments evil plan, and the Teen Titans not doing anything. And when the various groups aren’t killing each other they’re debating each other!

    At least I made it sixty pages in this time. It was a two page debate between Firebrand and the Teen Titans over whether the Titans should actually do something that broke me.

    There is some good stuff in here. The actual super hero action was well done. It was all the secret government conspiracy and debating stuff that I thought was awful. I gotta go read something good now.