This has been a light week; only two books on the pull list, but four managed to make it home.
I’m going to get the worst of the week out of the way first. Superman #709 puts us in Boulder, CO. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at a single line of comic dialogue. In a phone call between Kal and Lois he says of Boulder, “It reminds me of Smallville.” Would that be the prevalence of hippies, homeless, or marijuana dispensaries? The art indicates that their only reference was pictures of the Pearl St. Mall and probably Spruce St. So it was off to a lame start. Speaking of art, Barry has a ridiculous (read: psychotic) grin on his face. This wasn’t a particularly good issue. Story-wise, there’s a weird Kryptonian dingus affecting Barry and Boulder; there’s a talk about the importance and comfort that a legacy can offer, and there’s another revision of some of JMS’s work at the beginning of the story (not necessarily bad, but poorly handled). It’s pretty dull. Oh, and remember the new Super Chief from 52? Neither did I, but he’s here briefly.
Fear Itself: Book of the Skull #1 was derivativeof several movies (“Evil Dead”, the Indiana Jones series, and the Hellboy movies to name a few), but it was fast-paced enough to be interesting. If nothing else, it explains the origins of the Asgardian hammers that we’ve seen in the teaser images. Suffice it to say that Sin has daddy issues. I’m not sure I’ll be picking up this event book after all.
Loki #4 ended in the only way it could. This issue showed a potential connection to Fear Itself. Loki emphasized several times that he’d rather be feared than anything else. It’s never borne the logo, but it does make sense.
In the final analysis, this was a pretty ho-hum week with Thunderbolts getting shorted at my LCS.