- ADVENTURE TIME #2 – While I stand by my review of issue #1, Matt makes some excellent points about this title, as he does so frequently. Specifically,I agree that the focus should be on done-in-one stories. Still, I enjoyed it a great deal and am psyched for the new issue.
- FANTASTIC FOUR #604 – Good news: Marvel isn’t releasing this the same week as FF. Bad news: the cover price has been jacked up to $3.99, which means it’s getting dropped. That’s a real shame, since I’m just starting to get current.
- GLORY #24 – A bit of Promethea-lite (but without all the Magick and funnier), the Extreme relaunch is still going strong.
- MARK TWAIN TALES OF MYSTERY HC – I mention this new IDW release for Matt, who’s notrious for liking his mysteries Twainy.
- PUNISHER #9
- SAGA #1 – A new creator-owned title by Brian K. Vaughn, who’s been sorely missed recently. Truth be told, I don’t really know what this is going to be about, I just want to be on-board based on the creators.
- SAUCER COUNTRY #1 – See the above, but replace BKV with Paul Cornell.
- THIEF OF THIEVES #2
I feel like Jonathan Hickman is re-embracing his creator-owned indie roots. With the news that he’s leaving both Fantastic Four and FF after a truly epic run, Manhattan Projects seems poised to fill the void. Like a Warren Ellis comic, it’s full of dark science, big ideas, and life-or-death action. Also — at least in the first issue — like a Warren Ellis comic it’s somewhat sterile, and full of scientific madness, but not a lot of characterization yet. There’s a good start with Oppenheimer, and Hickman appears set to recreate the Reed Richards/Victor Von Doom dynamic which I hope it is built upon, but the family aspect of both FF books are what kept it grounded and such fun to read. With those, Hickman was able to rely on our previous familiarity with the characters and improve upon it. With Manhattan, he has to invent that from scratch. I have no doubt he will, and I understand there’s only so much room in a first issue, but that’s what will have to happen to take this from a good book to a great book.
The big surprise of last week was the TMNT Micro-Series Donatello one-shot. A solid, fun story featuring the brainiest of the group, it was a nice look at how Donatello tries to relate to his three brothers and how isolated he is. While Bryan Lynch’s writing was solid and fun to read, the art by Valerio Schiti was amazing. Well-detailed, with expressive faces and plenty to look at each panel, I was really surprised at how well-drawn it was. Not that I’ve had problems with artwork on any of the previous issues, but it’s generally been a more sketchy house style. Schiti was like a breath of fresh air.
I confess I bought Hell Yeah based on some pre-release hype (and a nice Dave Gibbons-lite cover), but I was more or less pleased that I did. In a world where superheroes only started to emerge about 20 years ago, they’re treated like gifted students and carefully raised. Our main character has powers, but isn’t quite sure what to do with them, and has to figure that out along with everything else that has to go along with being 16. He’s not a villain, but he’s not a hero yet, either. It’s a nice bit of character examination that has him asking important questions about how you become the person you will be, and yet never descends into cliche. The art by Andre Szymanowicz is nice enough, but the characters are stilted enough there still seems to be room for growth. The layouts are excellent, though, and the backgrounds and environments are well drawn. Joe Keatinge’s script has me curious where this is going but, much like I’ve been railing about perpetual mysteries in other titles, I wish more #1 issues had more of a mission statement for where the book was heading. I feel like more and more first issues read like they’re the second or third. Oh, and Image? The scanning on the first few pages was abysmal.
That’s it for this week. What looks good to you?