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Every week in comics is different. Sometimes you get more than 20 books in one week, and other weeks can feel a little light. This week was an example of the latter. But don’t be fooled that only mediocre books hit the shelves today. There were still some stellar comics to be had … just not as many. I’m going to take time to talk about two of my favorite books of the week — one with zombies another with a psychotic schizophrenic assassin. It should be a good time.
If there’s one things comics love to do. It’s to celebrate any sort of monumental issue. Although I would normally roll my eyes at a comic that wanted to charge $4.99 because it was #25 (I guess it’s special because it’s one-fourth of a hundred?), Uncanny X-Force is a book that deserves every cent. Not every fan of popular culture, whether in comics, film or television, always like rooting for the heroes. Sometimes the villains can be equally as engaging. Although the Uncanny X-Force is filled with heroes such as Wolverine, Fantomex, Deadpool and Nightcrawler (from the Age of Apocalypse), these heroes are far from traditional. Wolverine is more savage, Nightcrawler is darker and Deadpool is … well, he’s pretty much still psychotic. The diverse team of characters is one makes this book consistently one of the best comics marvel is publishing. Uncanny X-F0rce is the best x-title for adult audiences.
I tried to hold out as long as I could before talking about this book. For many diehard comic readers, the inflation of hollywood and television in relation to comics is unwanted. It’s still strange to watch glimpses Comic-Con during the summer and almost see nothing comic-related. So some readers feel estranged. The Walking Dead has long been a favorite comic of mine. Now as a hit TV show, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know the show, at least by name. Does the book lose some of its mystique through mass consumption? Yes. Does the content suffer in response to its new-found TV stardom? Absolutely not. Robert Kirkman has delivered an astounding zombie narrative that strings back to issue No. 1 in 2003. As Rick continues down a dark path, the comic becomes conflicted with glimpses of hope with long passages of despair. Oh, and there are zombies.
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