More comics catchup:

Ex Machina 2: This book is two for two in the “flip the page and just stare at a full-page panel, gobsmacked” category. The gobsmack level is a bit less than last week, but still fairly high; Vaughan continues to earn his rep.

Guardians 1: Picked this up because it was a slow week. This book didn’t do anything to speed it up: predictable pedestrian pablum.

Starjammers 2: I wasn’t sure about this book after the first issue; after two, I can confidently place it in the same “triple P” category as Guardians.

The Goon 2: My Murderous Childhood (And Other Grievous Yarns) TPB: The good news: another Goon TPB more than makes up for the two crappy books. The bad news: this is the last of the TPBs that are currently out. All three of them are excellent, and mostly highly recommended.

100 Bullets 7: Samurai TPB: “100 Bullets” is probably the best ongoing series in “mainstream” comics at the moment — and I’m phrasing it that way only to avoid arguments “Strangers in Paradise” and “Queen and Country”. I don’t think I got as much out of this book as I should have, because the backstory is so incredibly complicated — this collection focuses primarily on a minor character that was last seen a couple dozen issues ago, so there’s a definite “what the hell is going on?” feel as you start reading, and I’m pretty sure I missed some important things. I need to go back and re-read the six previous collections and then read “Samurai” again.

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