The Dig List: 12/16/08, A.K.A. The Lightning Round Edition

Even briefer than usual reactions to things I've read recently:

Grant Morrison's Doctor Who #2 - Mining 60s stories for plot points, adding new meaning to those old stories, making wild connections between seemingly disparate elements of the mythos, an unusual look at a familiar character (as well as the revelation of his ultimate fate), all topped with a dash of metacommentary... yeah, that's more like the Grant we know.

Wolves of Odin - Takes a little too long to get to the hot viking-on-werewolf action (Hi, Googlers!), but does finally deliver exactly that with a good amount of style and flash from Grant Gould. Makes me wanna check out his Star Wars comics now.

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #20 - Like the cartoon it was based upon, this book died before its time. Still, it ties up an unresolved plot-point from the series, gives us what is, for my money, the only good version of a boring villain (sort of), and the end is a nice tip of the hat to the original Legion. A rushed send-off, but still nice.

Astonishing X-Men Vols. 1-4 - I'd have probably been annoyed reading this in quasi-bimonthly bits, too, but it always read well in chunks, and it reads best of all reading the whole run in just a few days. That way, you can really see Joss Whedon's entire plan come together, and true to form, a lot of the ending is actually set up near the very beginning. Reads like one of the better Buffy seasons, and for the X-Men, that's just about right. Plus, funny Wolverine. Never enough of that.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes #1 - It's probably a stretch to include this in a Dig List post, as the story here may actually be more disjointed than in the movie. But the art by Erich Owen is nice, capturing the look of the characters without obviously photoreferencing them. So, you know, good for Erich Owen.

Queen & Country Definitive Edition Vol. 3 - Still excellent stories about truly damaged people doing terrible things for the public good, and probably the volume with the most consistently good artwork. Definitely a great read, but I'm bummed that about half the book is taken up by the scripts to the first storyarc from back in Vol. 1, which really felt like padding over content. I would have preferred it if they stuck the Q&C Declassified minis into this book instead of stringing it out to a 4th volume just to make use of another Tim Sale cover.

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