Top 5 Best Comics of April 2011

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I read 21 comics in April, and these were the best.

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Batmonth!: Batman: Year One

Fun fact: before Frank Miller apparently went bat-shit insane and became more famous for things like this or this, he was THE iconic Batman writer.  Famous for saving the character from the annals of bad camp, Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was a ground-breaking piece in 1986, and he followed it up only a year later with an in-continuity Batman tale that was, if not groundbreaking, at least trend-setting.  Batman: Year One was originally published in four issues of Batman in 1987, and it’s been republished in multiple collections ever since, a definitive origin story for DC’s most popular hero.

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Bruce Castle Presents: Censorship Sucks!

All Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder #10 (Variant Cover Edition)

All Star Batman and Robin #10 (**1/2)

I have a lot to say about this, but I’ll try to keep it brief. Remember when I talked about the altered cover in my Action Comics #869 review? Probably the reason for the change was because it came out in the same week as this fiasco. This is a Batman comic that contains numerous F bombs and C words. Here are some of the actual words and enjoy this original page as well. Did I mention that these words and actions come from a 15 year old girl? Miley Cyrus eat your heart out! I think this is more proof that Frank Miller is not writing a Batman comic. This should be an Avatar book. I think people would accept it more. I feel bad for Jim Lee. He has to draw kids groping testicles now?  Jim Lee should be on a different Batman book and Frank Miller should write some indie books. Despite all of this nonsense, I’ve actually enjoyed most of this series. The stories are absurdly fun and Lee’s art looks gorgeous! Speaking of pretty art, isn’t that Frank Quietly cover cool? This issue still looks marvelous, but I can’t say I enjoyed Miller’s writing. This is packed with horrible noir monologues. Analogies, similes, and metaphors used to sound hardcore. Ugh! This issue took so long to read and yet the plot barely moved forward. Lee produces pure beauty and Miller’s writing isn’t completely horrible, but this was disappointing and some shame should go to DC for the editorial misstep as well.

War Heroes #2, Tommy Lee Edwards Variant

War Heroes #2 (***1/2)

How many of you were pissed when you heard that a Kick-Ass movie will be released only a few months after the comic series ends? Well, Mark “Sellout” Millar does it again! It seems War Heroes will be a movie too. At least they waited until issue #2 came out right? Ok, let’s talk about this issue. What does this have to do with censorship? It contains full-frontal male nudity of course. I know Mark Millar likes to shock people, but this is too much. I remember reading that Millar was going to put anal sex and cumshots in Wanted, but J.G. Jones talked him out of it. I guess Tony Harris couldn’t do the same. A friend of mine who has a nine year old daughter flipped out when he saw this issue on the shelves for kids to see. I’ve also heard on the “Internets” about some trouble that shop owners are having. Do comic distributors deserve blame? I don’t think so, but that’s me. Anyway, Tony Harris is the star of this series. I think Millar knows that too. This is your basic boot camp issue only with superpowers. Instead of putting weapons together they construct planes, instead of lifting weights they lift tanks and so on. This issue is fun and there are some shocks, like the aforementioned penis, but the story isn’t anything spectacular yet. If you’re a fan of Millar’s writing and especially if you like Harris’ art, you should give this book a try.

This inspired my title. Isn’t it awesome? Joe Linsner rocks!

Bruce Castle Archives: All Star Batman and Robin HC

 

NO SPOILERS!!!

Whew. This one’s going to be a doosey. This is the comic no one likes. First off, if you didn’t know, this is written by Frank Miller and drawn by Jim Lee. This HC is 25 bucks and contains the first 9 issues. 240 pgs for 25 bucks is a good deal, so at least there’s that. This HC also features an introduction from the editor. This is pretty funny. Unless you are new to comics or you’ve been living in a hole (or both), you’ll know that everyone hates this comic. So, it’s funny that the editor’s entire introduction barely mentions this comic at all. He’s mainly talking about the creator’s previous award winning achievements. Not this comic. At the end, he says, “They know what they’re doing. Trust me!” I just found that kind of humorous.

I’ll first address the feeling that everyone has about this book, its crappiness. This comic came out so slowly. The characters are drawn in new and startling ways. This seems so be a parody of Frank Miller written by someone making fun of the man. This doesn’t seem like this is written by him. Or if it does, it seems like an exaggeration of Frank’s old work. An extreme version of Sin City or Dark Knight Returns. There are many sadistic things in this comic. Batman wants Robin to eat rats. Joker gives us an intense look at him mutilating someone. Almost all the characters are being made fun of. From the Justice League, even to the Batman himself, they all seem to being made fun of. This Batman is very different from the one we all know and love.

The messed up thing? I kind of like it. I really hesitated posting this and I could have kept it a secret that I’m reading this thing. Especially since I have recently reviewed Hulk and Ultimates 3, another two books everybody hates. But the hell with it. Somebody has to review the bad comics right? So what if I kind of like a book everybody hates. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. I still however, have fun with it.

To me it’s just a goofy zany book with glorious beautiful art. I love Jim Lee. He’s one of the guys that got me into comics so I like to support him. And I love Frank Miller’s work, his old work at least. I find it hard not to read a new Frank Miller Batman book. I could go into reasons why I like this book, but that’s pointless. Everyone likes something crappy from time to time. We all have guilty pleasures that we don’t tell others about (I’ll probably be chastised for liking this which is why you don’t tell anybody about it).

The funny and sad thing to me is that I know someone who is new to comics who loves this book. This is the only Frank Miller book he’s ever read and he loves Frank Miller because of it. I’ve tried to get him to read Sin City or Dark Knight Returns and he won’t. For those small few who are reading this and haven’t read those books, go out and buy them immediately! You’ll thank me for it. Anyway, this HC just came out and I just read it. I want to review everything I read, even if I get a ton of flak for it. Most of you will probably give me crap for putting this up, but for those of you who have ever enjoyed a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, or a Steven Segal movie, or like something everyone else hates, you’ll understand me.

2 and a half stars