This Week’s Comics — And Some Light Ranting

It’s a fairly light week again, which is still good because lately the local quarter bins have been full and I’ll probably be doing some heavy back issue shopping this Saturday.  Still, there’s some solid books out this week.  Here’s what I’m looking at.

  • IMAGE FIRSTS INVINCIBLE # 1 – In spite of some questionable choices like Youngblood #1 and Savage Dragon #1, releasing this as a $1 book is a good call by Image.  It’s a great superhero book by Robert Kirkman, full of twists and turns, and it stays in print in a variety of formats from trade to hardcover to Omnibus.  I think the only thing they’re missing is digests.
  • IMAGE FIRSTS PROOF #1 – Strangely, I don’t think I’m familiar with this book at all, but I’m willing to expand my horizons for a buck if it passes the flip test.
  • MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #2 (OF 5) – I’ve been digging Marvel Zombies for a while, but I just finished volume 4 and am fairly convinced that the concept has been played out for now and needs to take a little nap.
  • NEMESIS #1 2ND PTG MCNIVEN VAR – If you missed out on the first print of Nemesis #1, now’s your week to check it out.  My late review posted last week, but (SPOILER ALERT!) I liked it a lot.


Matt, please look elsewhere for the next bullet.


  • THUNDERBOLTS #143 – A bad Jeff Parker story is better than most people’s good stories.  Still, I feel like we’ve both been biding our time until the new direction kicks in.


Like Matt, I was entertained enough by Green Lantern #53 but felt that it was mostly starting points for new story arcs, like Johns has been doing a lot lately.  Green Lantern has been okay, but I’m starting to
feel like I did when I dropped JSA several years back: that it’s solid but not great, and that I want just a little more out of the book.  I also grabbed JLA on a whim, since I’d been wanting to check out Robinson’s new team and new writing, but I felt let down.  It’s a really generic feelgood story about the team learning to work with each other, but I didn’t really care about any of the characters or how well they work with each other.  This Starman is not the Mikaal Tomas I remember and every word coming out of Congorilla’s mouth just made me wish I were reading about Gorilla Man (even their origins are identical!).  FAIL.

I WAS impressed by the conclusion of Avengers vs Atlas, though all the time travel talk left me mystified and disinterested.  The beginning was especially strong, though, in a meta-textual look at fandom and how every line-up always be someone’s ideal team.  We all have a favored line-up (see the Busiek/Perez run for mine), and anything else is always inadequate.  (And here’s where we digress into an Avengers rant for no good reason…)

The current Avengers lineups don’t do anything for me.  From a marketing point of view I understand why Marvel put in Spider-Man and Wolverine, and from a creative point of view I understand why Bendis put in Luke Cage and Ms. Marvel, but like a giant temporal cloud it’s not what I think the Avengers should be.  To me, the key lineup is Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man (of course), along with the Vision and Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye (I accept Giant-Man/Ant-Man/Yellowjacket and Wasp, but don’t especially care about them).  There should also be a couple lesser characters floating in and out, but the Avengers has never been a “big guns” team, so the lineup should be more fluid. It’s worked for 40 years, I would think that would be a pretty solid proof of concept.

Anyway, that’s it for me.  What are YOU looking at?

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