This Week’s Comics

Wow…I’m not actually picking anything up this week.  That’s okay, there are still some things worth talking about.

  • DC COMICS PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN #1 and JACK CROSS #1 – I’m really curious to see how these DC Presents books turn out, as they’ll be reprinting decent-sized chunks of comics for $8.
  • GHOST RIDER BY JASON AARON OMNIBUS HC – I’ve mentioned a few times how much I’ve loved Jason Aaron’s Ghost Rider run, and now you can get the whole thing here in one big chunk.  It’s pricey, and you can probably find the individual issues for less, but you can only bludgeon small varmints with this volume.
  • IMAGE FIRSTS HAUNT – I was fairly impressed with this book until I got further in and became convinced it’s just more of the same McFarlanage.  Still, if you’re curious or like your comics Spawny, this is a good way to give it a try.
  • UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 – A new X-Force team vs Apocalypse?  I like the idea, just not the price tag.

I was fairly unimpressed with Skullkickers #1 from a couple weeks ago. Having a book with two unnamed protagonists is unnecessarily complicated, and I didn’t find the story or art to be especially easy
to follow.  I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the last issue of Atlas.  I’m no good at saying goodbye.  Somehow, Deadpool Team-Up slipped under my radar two weeks ago.  Written by Jeff Parker and co-starring Gorilla Man, I really like the idea of this book teaming Wade up with all sorts of characters AND having them written by the people who know them best.  Good call Marvel.  I’m looking into diving into this one.

That’s it for me.  What are YOU looking at?

This Week’s Comics — And A Hit And A Miss

Still not much out this week, but compared to the last month, it’s like a deluge.  Here’s what I’m looking at this week.

  • HAUNT #4 – I’m just repeating myself here, but this book is way more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
  • MARVEL BOY URANIAN #1 (OF 3) – This one is news to me, but I’ll take any new Agents of Atlas I can get.
  • MUPPET SHOW TREASURE OF PEG LEG WILSON TP – Okay, I won’t be picking this up since I got the  individual issues, but this was a really great book.  If you’ve been on the fence about checking out the new BOOM! Muppet Show books, this is a great place to start.  I’m looking forward to the next “road trip” miniseries.
  • SIEGE #1 (OF 4) – The price point is out of my reach, but I’m really looking forward to some normalcy in the Marvel Universe.  Since House of M I think the whole 616 has been relatively inaccessible, and I’m looking forward to some sort of status quo where casual fans still have some idea what’s going on.

And since I’ve got a lot of extra space to fill up today, a couple quick reviews:

The Incredible Hercules: Secret Invasion – After one week with 2 really solid Hercules books, I took the plunge and picked up this Secret Invasion tie-in book.  Hercules leads a multi-pantheon coalition of gods across the planes of existence in order to kill the Skrull god motivating their takeover over Earth.  It feels like Morrison’s JLA meeting Gaiman’s Sandman with more punching things. And if that sounds like a mess, it doesn’t read like one.  It’s an action-packed adventure with Pak and Van Lente putting it all together seamlessly.  I’ve already ordered more Herc hardcovers and am looking forward to more of the same.  This is what superhero comics should be.

Image United #2 – And then there’s this.  Basically, every review I read about issue 1 applies to this one.  It’s a schizophrenic muddle, and even Kirkman can’t get us from one place to another seamlessly.  I’m really questioning the whole purpose now, which is pretty disappointing given how much I’ve been looking forward to it.  A “preview” of Liefeld’s Bloodstrike doesn’t add much value, either.

So that’s it for me.  What are YOU getting?

This Week’s Comics — And a Cry for Pity — And a Correction

  • BATMAN THE UNSEEN #3 (OF 5) – Good news, Larry Hama!  Kelley Jones and Doug Moench are still out there proving that no matter how awful a team’s Batman run was, someone out there still thinks it was great and is willing to pay for more.  You should have your mini by 2013.
  • BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #3 (OF 6) – Does anyone out there know if this is any good?  I do like Smith’s writing and the scripts are all in so it should come out on time, but his last mini (Cacophony?) was pretty much universally panned so I passed it up.
  • HAUNT #2 – I actually dug the first issue and am interested in seeing where this goes, at least for the first story arc.  A note, though, Todd: you only get to redraw Spider-Man so many times.
  • GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #4 (OF 6) – I can’t wait for this to wrap up so I can sit down and read the ending of the most Awesome Ghost Rider run ever (okay, that may be setting the bar a little low).  But Marvel?  $30 for the Danny Ketch TPB?  WTF???
  • X-MEN VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 (OF 2) – I did wind up getting issue #1, and it was EXCELLENT (not that I’ve read any bad issue of AoA yet). And Carlo Pagulayan’s art is extraordinary.  I hope this drums up more interest in the Agents’ regular series.

I owe DC an apology for my comments on last week’s issue of Batman. Judd Winick’s run on Batman is apparently over and he’s been replaced by Tony Daniel.  I really enjoyed his art with Grant Morrison, but I
wonder if part of the reason I found Batman RIP so hard to read was because the art wasn’t telling the story correctly.  I guess we’ll find out!

I had hoped to put up resplendent pictures of me in my M.O.D.O.K. costume from Halloween, but the geniuses at A.I.M. weren’t working with me and the costume never finished coming together.  Maybe next
year.  All I know is that it would have probably just been easier to grow my head until my body could no longer support it, then invent a hoverchair.

So, that’s it for me.  What are YOU getting this week?

Some Short Reviews — And This Week’s Books

I’m going to get some reviews of recent releases out of the way before I take a look at this week’s books.

  • Haunt #1 – Here’s how I think it went down:

INT – Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman are trying to come up with ideas for a new book together

Todd – I’d love to do Deadman, but he’s owned by another company.

Robert – I’d love to do Firestorm, but he’s owned by another company.

Todd – Wait a minute…


Okay, that’s probably not how it happened, but that’s what it feels like.  Here’s the thing, though: it works.  We’ve got a cynical priest, a dead brother, and some killers.  That’s a good setup!  Anyone looking for McFarlane’s influences will probably be disappointed, though. He’s credited as co-plotter and inker, but not much stands out in the artwork  to scream McFarlane.  That’s probably for the best, since Ryan Ottley’s art is solid, and I don’t think the story would benefit from Todd’s grotesque (that’s an adjective, not a judgment) style.

  • Blackest Night: Batman – I think we just got a digression here, but it was an interesting one.  And the pain Tim and Dick felt came through.  Of course, unless the Gordons are complete idiots — and I don’t think they are — between Damian name-checking Tim Drake and Alfred helping them out undisguised, some secret identities are blown.  That’s a big let-down.
  • Batman #691 – Oh, look, it’s Black Mask!  Who could have seen that one coming?

I also picked up Deadpool #900 (not just because The Rob draws a close-up of a hand, though he does) and the new Chronicles of Wormwood, but haven’t read them yet.  Alright.  Finally!  Now for this week’s comics…

  • ARSENIC LULLABY PULP EDITION OMEGA – Ever since this has been relaunched as a magazine I haven’t known what’s going on with it, but if I don’t have it already, I’m in.  Yes, I’m sick.  I know this.
  • BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #3 (OF 3) – No.  No, thank you.
  • EX MACHINA #46 – Three issues left!  On the plus side, I think we’re really going to find out what’s been going on.  I just wish I wasn’t so excited that it’s about to be over.
  • FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE GN – I bought this the first time around, but I can’t recommend it enough.  This is messed-up Steampunk at it’s most insane.
  • LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS HC $24.99 – Really, Marvel?  You put out 4 issues of a mini-series featuring sidekick pets and then  put it in a hardcover and charge $25 for it?  Are you sure you know who your audience is?  Think Big Little Books.
  • PUPPY POWER BO OBAMA – Just to prove that I’m not only hating on The Big Two, I’d just like to say “Stop, Bluewater.”  Still, I would LOVE to know the sales figures on this.
  • STUFF OF LEGEND #2 (OF 2) – ARGH!  I still haven’t read the first issue yet, but I’m definitely picking up issue two based on the strength of the FCBD book.  See, comic publishers?  Proof that Free Comic Book Day works!
  • UNDERGROUND #2 (OF 5) – This one is going to have to pass the flip test if I’m going to keep going with the series.  I’m not entirely sure why I’m reading it.

That’s it for me.  What are you getting?