Axel-In-Charge: Unmasking the "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading?, where each week we detail what comics and other stuff have been on our reading piles. Our special guest today is David Harper, associate editor over at the recently redesigned Multiversity Comics.
To see what David and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.
Both Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal and Greek Street received PRISM Awards this weekend for, per the group’s website, “the accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness.”
Greek Street, for those who may not know or remember, is the now-canceled Vertigo series by Peter Milligan and Davide Gianfelice. The comic was nominated for issues #12-14, a storyline titled “Ajax,” which was about post-traumatic stress disorder. I didn’t make it that far with the series, which was canceled a couple of issues later with issue #16. I loved the premise — Ancient Greek myths told in a more contemporary “crime story” setting — but unfortunately the book never really clicked with me.
The four-issue Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal, on the other hand, didn’t seem to click with anybody. CBR’s Doug Zawisza gave the first issue a one-star review, while retailer and Savage Critic Brian Hibb called the third issue of the book “the worst comic I have ever read.” Chris Sims vivisected it at ComicsAlliance.
The awards are presented annually by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, FX Network and News Corporation in the areas of film, television, interactive, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Other winners this year include Black Swan, The Fighter, Mad Men and Rescue Me.
Last week, being full of Christmas cheer made me look back on DC’s 2010 a little more fondly than I might have otherwise.
While I take none of that back — goodwill is never truly wasted — this week isn’t Christmas, and I’m remembering some of the more awkward moments from the year about to pass. After all, 2010 had its share of shock-value deaths and ill-advised changes in direction, and today I want to talk about the biggest ones.
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Probably DC’s most reviled comics of 2010 were the JLA miniseries Cry For Justice and its followup, Rise Of Arsenal. Admittedly, it’s hard for me to talk about Rise because I didn’t read the series itself, just the Justice League issue which tied into it. However, the Internet covered the miniseries’ excesses so thoroughly I feel like I’ve already read it — or at least gotten the experience of reading it.
“On sale today: HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1. Guaranteed to have 100% less heroin use and impotence than the average comic starring an archer.” —Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, implicitly comparing H&M #1 to DC’s much-maligned Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal, on his Twitter account last week.
“On sale tomorrow: YOUNG ALLIES #1 by Sean McKeever and David Baldeon. It’s like what you wanted Sean’s TEEN TITANS run to be!” —Brevoort, contrasting McKeever’s new teen-team title with his creative-differences-marred previous teen-team title, on Twitter this week.