Best Comics in December: KISS, Sex with Crystals, and Godzilla Bin Laden
Once a month the amazing staff at 8th Dimension Comics selects a pile of the best new releases for us to peruse and judge. This month we're going to abstain from our regular series in an attempt to give some other books space and also so this doesn't become a monthly column entitled: "Why Red Hood Is the Best Comic Ever."
Well...we asked the 8th Dimension guys for something weird and indie, and boy did we get it. Our Love Is Real is a one-shot from Image that is a love story in a future where zoosexuals, vegisexuals and mineralsexuals are all vying for equal rights. We're not sure the comic is mocking the gay rights movement or the opposition's odd little fan fictions abut where sexual identity will go should gays be given equal rights. We highly suspect the latter, and the result is like Judge Dredd crossed with a Penthouse letter.
Rating: 8 of 10
After finding out that a shrink obsessed with him has been collecting his many severed body parts over the years for sexual purposes, Deadpool kills her and leaves his bits and pieces in a dumpster. Those pieces have healed together to form the mismatched villain Evil Deadpool, and the two proceed to kidnap and throw bags of poo in a plot that makes about as much sense as anything Deadpool does.
Rating: Deadpool of Deadpool
The Defenders are like the Aquaman of Marvel in that they keep trying to sell us on them being a team of badasses and it all still kind of comes off inept. Dr. Strange, Namor, Silver Surfer, Iron Fist and Red She-Hulk are out to stop some kind of ghost of Hulk, an embodiment of his rage come to life. For some reason this involves 20 pages of borrowing a plane despite the fact that the Surfer could get them all to the magic mountain they seek in the time it took us to type this sentence. Sigh...there is no unlaming the Defenders.
Rating: 4 of 10
Carnage is a mixed bag in that he's a fantastic villain who was given so much attention it got a bit ridiculous and did some serious damage to his potential. Now he's back in a heavily hyped miniseries that has him taking over a small town in order to "settle down." By the end of the story, it's Spider-Man alone against an army of mind-controlled Avengers. Overall, it's very well done, and maybe it's time for the mad symbiote to finally come into his own as a major Marvel villain rather than just a Venom spin-off.
Rating: 6 of 10
Someone decided that starting a war between the Avengers and the X-Men would boost sales, and so we're going on a very flimsy premise that involves an apocalyptic future and the return of Cable, a character who is only cool standing next to Deadpool. Seriously, he's like Steve Blackman to Deadpool's Al Snow, and even up against Captain America he comes off like a one-dimensional tool. We prefer Secret Avengers Cap ourselves, and Cable off somewhere where he can look at crap in peace.
Rating: 3 of 10