Catching up with a few comics (part #1):
New Challengers #3 - I’ve really enjoyed this book to date, but was disappointed with this issue. Kubert leaves partway through this issue, and the change in artist is a little jarring. And, the story itself gets a little more complicated than it needs to be. Sticking with it, but less enthused than I was previously.
Immortal Men #5 - the penultimate issue of this book, and you can see them rushing to wrap it up. The stronger storytelling of the last couple of issues is dispensed with for some plot advancement. Which, has never been particularly interesting. Disappointed.
Doomsday Clock #6 - similar to #3 was an info dump of a story, providing backstory to another couple of the new characters in the book. Unlike #3, I actually gave a damn. Possibly my favourite issue to date. Still terribly light on plot advancement, and not at all the bombastic showdown people may have been expecting/ hoping for. But, fantastic art and writing.
Sandman Universe #1 - I’ve been pretty excited about this book for a while, and the titles that are to follow it. Much like the DC Rebirth Special before it, I think this book does a grand job in reminding you why you loved those old school Vertigo books back in the day.
If the four vignettes, I found:
- The Dreaming the most compelling from an art and writing point of view. There was a lot to like here, and I definitely want more.
- The Books Of Magic was a huge favourite of mine back in the day (the Ney Reiber/ Gross/ Snjejberg run in particular), so this hit my nostalgia buttons, but ultimately came off a bit fan fictiony. I’ll give it an arc or two to see how it develops.
- House Of Whispers is a hard pass. It’s definitely got the old school Vertigo vibe, but nothing about this interlude appealed to me. It was trying too hard. It has exactly one issue to change my mind.
- The Mike Carey/ Peter Gross Lucifer run is, to my mind, almost as impressive as Sandman itself. Almost. So, I really want to see how this shapes up. But, the storytelling here was a little opaque and I don’t really understand what’s going on. Another common Vertigo trait from back in the day, so they score bonus points for that, I suppose.
I wonder if it will be possible to only read one or two of these books independently going forwards, or if they will ultimately be too closely intertwined. Only one way to find out, I guess.