New Comic Book Day Roundup: November 20, 2013

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #12 and from Vertigo: Fables #135 and The Wake #5. Basically some hysterical and terrifying hipster stuff plus Fables. Not featured: Sex Criminals #3 which was too strange and hilarious to review properly.

Marvel Comics

Young Avengers 12Young Avengers #12 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Young Avengers will be ending with issue #15 and that makes me so sad on multiple levels. On the one hand, I get why they’re doing it, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie only intended the series to be a one-season story so it wouldn’t lose the magic, but on the other I’m just not ready to say goodbye, especially when it’s so consistently good. The story, the artwork, the arrival of sexy twenty-something Loki! I don’t want it to go! I want to continue living in a hilarious world in which adult superheroes have been brain controlled by an evil parasite from another dimension! ::recreates the entire regeneration of Ten::

Making it even harder to say goodbye was this issue (yet another fabulous one of course) in which the storytelling and the humor were top notch. As usual we get a recap from fake Tumblr (Yamblr), the dialogue is spot on hilarious and the fun is in the details. From the ship renamed to the Panic Station Wagon to Kate Bishop’s rallying: “Avengers assemble, I guess” to comments like “the book was better” and the invasion of earth being compared to “a knockoff Converse sneaker stomping on the human face, forever” it’s going to be so hard to read the last issue of this super original Marvel series.

Vertigo

Fables 135Fables #135 by Bill Willingham, illustrated by Mark Buckingham, cover by Greg Ruth
Genre: Fiction, fractured fairy-tale, fantasy, drama
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

SPOILERS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT BIGBY WOLF OR ANY OF HIS KIDS HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE THE “CUBS IN TOYLAND” ARC.

As author Bill Willingham recently announced, he will be ending Fables with issue #150, which makes me wonder just where this Camelot-centered arc is going. In this issue, Rose Red continues to try and make her new order of the Knights of the Round Table, complete with giant table, a big-ass castle that she wants built on the farm and a whole slew of wanna-be knights who have traveled into our universe to take part in this new world order.

Meanwhile, Red’s sister Snow is dealing with her own problems, including her lack of contact with Rose Red, the fact that her daughter has become a grown-up seemingly overnight and Ozma and the other witches attempts to try and put Bigby Wolf back together again. It’s all very complicated and I haven’t known where it’s been leading for several issues now. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to find out. Both Fables and Fairest will be stopping in early 2015 so start getting caught up now. Despite my waffling, there are some delightful arcs since Willingham ended his plot with the dreaded Adversary.

The Wake 5The Wake #5 by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Sean Murphy, cover by Sean Murphy
Genre: Fiction, horror, mermaids, science fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

SPOILERS IF YOU DIDN’T SEE THE BIG BAD FROM THE PREVIOUS ISSUE.

Scott Snyder’s terrifying apocalyptic science fiction horror mini-series is halfway over and it looks like we’re finally moving from the underwater world of evil monkey mermaids to the terrible destruction that they have wrought on humanity. In the last issue, Snyder gave us the Grand Daddy Mermaid (or Mama Mermaid, I’m not up on how to tell the gender differences between mermaid monkey monsters) and this issue we see how the crew deals with this threat and the ramifications it could have on the world at large. Also the next five issues in the series.

Lee finally tells us all about her near-death experience that brought her face to face with the very creatures that are hunting her, all gloriously illustrated by Sean Murphy. The man brings a startling combination of beauty and horror with him to this entire series and I wouldn’t want another team working on this. It’s all very touching and prophetic and symbolic and you will just have to read it to get all the hallucinogenic feels. Add in some mythology and queries about the collective conscious and you have me sold. Bring on the end of the world.

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