Free Comic Book Day! I'm not above puting off my usual buying schedule by one day to score a free book.
Amazing Spider-Man - Swing Shift: Dan Slott gives you a damn fun read for a freebie. Just Spider-Man, swinging around, fighting random super villains, dealing with cops, and missing out on family functions. All very classic. The writing is funny, and the bits dealing with the villains are particularly fun. Makes me think Slott would write a very good Deadpool.
Incredible Hulk #106: World War Hulk begins here. Read this BEFORE the World War Hulk Prologue. She-Hulk finds out what happened to her cousin, and gets powered down because of her reaction. She meets up with Amadeus Cho, the 7th smartest person in the Marvel Universe (Your guess is as good as mine as to who's smarter). They have a bit of a run-in with Doc Sampson, and Cho winds up with Hercules and the Angel. Lot of setup here.
World War Hulk Prologue: Basically, this gives you the skinny on the events of Planet Hulk, and gives you the point of view for both the Hulk and for Stark/Richards. The real reason to buy this, however, is the backup humor piece. It's basically the lil' characters from the old Bulpen Bits comics doing the Planet Hulk story. Most of it, and the best part, deals primarily with the Illuminati one-shot that started the whole thing. It is hilarious, I litterally laughed out loud several times. The bits with Black Bolt are particularly good. Seriously, this book is worth getting just to read this part. There's also another backup dealing with Cho; eh, it's alright.
Astonishing X-Men #21: Whedon's Breakworld saga grinds slowly, but inexorably, forward. In this book Colossus and Shadowcat meet up with the planet's revolutionary element, and Cyclops and Emma have about half a conversation about recent events before Danger brings them down. We waited two months for this. Either give us more plot, or get the book out on a monthly schedule. I don't care which.
Fallen Son #2: Swing and a miss. That's 0 for 2 there, Loeb. This is supposed to be dealing with people's anger over Cap's death, but all that really happens is that Ms. Marvel beats the crap out of Tiger Shark and the Thing has a poker game with the New Avengers. Spider-Man's not really into it, Wolverine shows up, and the two of them have what would best be described as a hissy-fit. Writing's pretty sloppy, continuity is a mess (since when is Tiger Shark un-mutated?), and in general I'd tell you not to waste your money. For some reason, I'm gonna stick this mini out to the end, but you don't have to.
Zemo - Born Better #4: And the conversion of Helmut Zero into a full-blown hero is completed here. There's nothing wrong with the end of the book, but it's really the beginning where Helmut is interacting with his father that really shines. Fantastic read, and I'm glad that Zemo's face-turn looks like it's going to stick.
The Initiative #2: I heard good things about this book, so I figured, "what the hell, why not?" Apparently, it's a book about young super-types getting drafted into killing Hydra members. Wow, now I'm really backing Stark and Richards. Pym saves the day, and the book ends with the introduction of a new tutor for Trauma, the young mutant whose fear-based powers caused the death of another recruit in the first issue. They don't show you who it is, but it could only possibly be Dani Moonstar, recently depowered mutant who formerly had fear-based powers. Not as good as I'd heard.
Daredevil #96: Gladitor is determined to be sane and lying, not crazy like Daredevil initially thought. He figures that someone is pulling Gladiator's strings, but not before that someone breaks Gladiator out of prison. More good writing from Brubaker.
GI Joe #23: Now the bad story gets joined in progress by awful art. I'm sticking with this book until the end of the current story arc, then I'm done.
BPRD - Garden of Souls #2: I'm not even sure I could tell you what happened in this book. It's all mysteries inside of mysteries, tied up in the past and all somehow related to Abe Sapien's origin. I think I might like this book more after I get ahold of the rest of the issues in the mini.
Hellboy - Darkness Calls #1: A good setup issue. It re-introduces former Hellboy foe Hecate, and pits him against a gathering of witches. I haven't kept up with Hellboy in while, but this book was easy to get back in with, and I don't feel like I'm really out of the loop.
The Atom #11: A good read. The Atom finally gets the best of his old bullies, and decides to head back to Ivy Town. Turns out Jia already had another man, so she won't be joining him. Good, I didn't like her.
Originally posted by Tenken347Fallen Son #2: Swing and a miss. That's 0 for 2 there, Loeb. This is supposed to be dealing with people's anger over Cap's death, but all that really happens is that Ms. Marvel beats the crap out of Tiger Shark and the Thing has a poker game with the New Avengers. Spider-Man's not really into it, Wolverine shows up, and the two of them have what would best be described as a hissy-fit. Writing's pretty sloppy, continuity is a mess (since when is Tiger Shark un-mutated?), and in general I'd tell you not to waste your money. For some reason, I'm gonna stick this mini out to the end, but you don't have to.
Cap's death was pulled off really well in his ongoing, but this mini series just trivializes the whole thing. The writing is total crap. Loeb has also been disregarding character continuity over in Wolverine as well. The only reason to stick it out is for the art. I think Danny Finch is up next with Romita Jr. after that.
You're right, that's the worst part. The material is right there, there's a ton of great stories you can tell based on Cap's death. And Loeb is a good writer, much better than this mini would indicate. But it's not coming together here at all.
There were two stories that really got me back into modern comics in earnest. The first was 52 (co-written by Johns) and The Sinestro Corps War, which is one of the coolest comic book stories I've read in the last ten years.