I know I said I'd be doing these every two weeks, but I made a special trip this week to pick up Captain America #25 - which I didn't get because it was sold out. Look for my review when I get a copy two weeks from now, well after everyone stops caring what I thought (if anyone ever did in the first place). Incidentally, I've given Marvel until World War Hulk to get me on board with what they've done to the Captain. If I'm not convinced by then, you're going to see a big shift in my pull list to more DC and independent titles. It turns out I don't really want to read comics about a world without Cap, and if you're one of those people that think the costume is more important than the man you just don't get it, and there's nothing I can say to make you get it.
OK, enough of that. Short list this week because I just did this last week, but let's make the best of it:
The Atom #9: I don't care for the work of Grant Morrison, but I'll admit I've been enjoying his concepts as developed by a writer I like a lot better - Gail Simone. This issue has Ryan Choi, the new Atom, heading back to Hong Kong to help out an old girlfriend. We learn some frankly unsurprising things about his youth, and Ryan runs into an old enemy who's seen better days. Honestly, while I'm still enjoying this book, it feels like it's lost quite a bit of steam after it wrapped up it's first arc. I don't think this book works when it's just dealing with the adventure of the month, it needs an ongoing saga to support it.
Uncanny X-Men #484: The X-Men and the Starjammers rescued Lilandra two issues ago, and now they're trying to garner support for a civil war (a real one, not the sissy slap-fight they had on earth) for control of the Shi'ar empire. We get some romantic tension between Rachel and new guy Korvus, as well as between Havoc and Polaris. Frankly, I was never a big fan of the Alex/Lorna power couple, and thought that breaking them up was one of the few decent things that came out of Chuck Austin's run. Meanwhile, Xavier remains in peril, but frankly I'm not too worried about his fate.
Daredevil #94: It's Brubaker-Mania this week, or at least it would be if I'd gotten my hands on Cap. This issue of Daredevil gives us Milla's perspective of the last few story arcs. It's a really fantastically written issue dealing with the hardships that the loved ones of a superhero go through, as well as the more personal issues between Matt Murdock and herself. As an aside, I really, really liked the page where the cops show while Daredevil is roughing up some muggers. Basically, one guy tries to arrest him, but his partner tells him that's not the way things are done in Hell's Kitchen. It's nice to see that not every regular citizen of the Marvel universe has suddenly come down with a case of the stupids.
GI Joe vs. Transformers - Black Horizon #2: I really, really like the Devil's Due GI Joe/Transformers conjoined universe. In a nutshell, what happened was that as Cobra was forming, they discovered the Ark and weaponized the Transformers, Autobot and Decepticon. GI Joe was formed to combat the menace, and rescued the Autobots, creating a working relationship between the two groups. This is now the fourth miniseries that's been done in this universe, and frankly it's the weakest of the bunch. Based on the movies that were done for each of the series, Golobulus and Cobra-La summon Unicron to destroy the earth. The sides are really pared down in this series, the bad guys almost exclusively consisting of Golobulus and Bludgeon(?!) and their henchmen, and the good guys of Hawk, Flint, Prime, and Joe Colton(!!!). Duke, Nemesis Enforcer, Pythona, and Cosmos also get some decent face time, but are absent for most of the issue. Unicron is practically a cameo, which is frankly unacceptable. Series one and three comfortably remain my favorite parts of the GI Joe/Transformers universe.
The Daredevil issue continued with the high quality expected of the title. John Romita Sr.'s cover really reminded me about how important composition is to creating a dynamic image. I know the whole "romantic comic" feel was done tongue-in-cheek, but in a day and age when super-saturated computer coloring seems to be the norm for instilling energy into a piece (Turner I'm looking at you), it's refreshing to see the actual drawing be compelling.
Also, it's been almost a year into Brubaker's Uncanny run, and while I'm definitely along for the ride, I would really just like to see the question of what Vulcan's exact powers are answered. In addition, a lingering thought in my mind was if Cyclops and Havok can't hurt each other with their powers, are they also both immune to Vulcan's? I can't remember if this issue was addressed in Deadly Genesis. Anyone?
In Deadly Genesis it was established that Cyclops' powers didn't hurt Vulcan, but Vulcan could hurt Cyclops. This may no longer be the case, because at the time Vulcan had not only his own powers, but the powers of his entire team that he absorbed through Darwin.
It seems odd that someone so familiar with the DC SIlver Age characters hadn't read New Frontier until now. There's also a New Frontier one-shot solicited this month that will come out at the same time as the DVD.