Game Tape

Wednesday has come and gone. The heroes have fought their battles and villains have hinted at things to come. Now it’s time to review the game tape…

Went to that other store again this week. The experience wasn’t quite as creepy, but still not pleasant. You’re probably wondering why I haven’t already committed to a mail-order system instead of complaining about this particular LCS. There’s a bit of a chance that my shop might reopen in a new place…we’ll see. At any rate, here’s how the books played out.

Let’s start with this gem and work toward the good stuff. If you’ve seen the cover of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern #50, you’ve seen all you need to see. Nothing else happens. Let me clarify: nothing else happens in the same way that nothing else happens in half of the episodes of Dragonball Z. Lots of talking about how something cool should be happening any minute now. Then something not really cool happens and the show ends with a promise that something big and awesome will happen next time. It is notable that the events in this book might have spanned all of 12 minutes, and 12 minutes it about how long it took me to read the issue: real time comics. Save your money. Look at the cover and know that’s all that really happens: Parallax is back.

This isn’t the cover to Justice League of America #41. It is the only image I could find related to said issue though. Perhaps the problem is that JLoA #41 shouldn’t be out for at least another month. The book is a confusing fallout to two stories that ARE NOT FINISHED. I read the first three pages of this issue and got sick of the ridiculous amount of references and plot points revolving around events that haven’t happened (what the hell happened to Star City?). I’d like to say that in two months when Blackest Night and Cry for Justice are over, that this will be a pretty decent book. Flipping through, it looks like they’re rebuilding the team. This one’s got to sit on the shelf until time catches up to it. Until then, at least it’s a pretty thing to look at.

Speaking of odd jumps in the space-time continuum, there’s Fantastic Four #575. I was digging this issue until the final third. I had to flip back a page to make sure that I didn’t skip a page or five. Things are clipping along nicely with a strong and solid Moleman story and suddenly Ben’s jumping out of an aircraft, somethings exploding or caving in, a city may or may not have popped up within the US boarder, and Moleman slinks away in a sentence. Too many important things fell into the gutters with this one. If anyone out there read this, can you explain the end to me?

Batman and Robin #7 was pretty good…until the end. Knight and Squire accompany Dick around London. Morrison shows off his knack for naming villains and crazy concepts. Batwoman shows up…wait. Batwoman? Yeah… it’s forced at best. She’s shoehorned into the plot and you can almost hear her trailing off at the end as though she’s not buying her explanation either. That’s when some weird editing SNAFUs take place. This issue was already late coming out. Why didn’t they hold it and get it right?

GI Joe: Cobra II #1 was a good start. There was a surprising cameo and it was fun to see Cobra gearing up for some sort of big pow-wow. Think of it as a process story for Cobra.

Justice Society of America #35 was a satisfactory and mostly clever ending to the return of Mordru.

X-Men Forever #16 was solid too. It focuses on Nightcrawler and Rogue. If you’re not reading this, you’re missing an enjoyable book that’s not burdened with crossovers or keeping up with the events of 7 other titles.

That’ll wrap up this week’s review of books.