Nova #6: Grim stuff this issue, as Rich pretty much wipes the floor with any opposition to him. I'm confident that he'll be free of Phalanx control by the start of the Conquest mini itself, but I'm curious to see how that's going to happen.
Quasar #3: Moondragon has become the Dragon of the Moon, although she remains in control. This issue is pretty much just an excuse to draw Phyla riding around on a space dragon. It looks like we're not going to find out who the mysterious savior is until the end of the mini. My money's still on Adam Warlock.
Avengers Initiative #5: I actually missed this when it came out a few weeks ago. I'm glad to see Constrictor, because I'm actually a long-time fan of the character. There's some good stuff with Trauma in this issue, too.
Captain America #30: Your monthly dose of Bucky and Falcon, plus the Black Widow and Iron Man not acting like a complete dick. How can you go wrong?
Daredevil #100: This is a super-neat issue. Matt gets dosed with fear gas, and hallucinates wildly throughout the issue. Every time his hallucination changes the art team changes too. So it's just really fun to read. Besides that, Matt finally stops acting like a complete amateur, and sees one of Mr. Fear's traps BEFORE he walks into it. The whole issue is probably one of the best Brubaker's done on Daredevil, and that's really saying something.
X-Factor #23: Okay, Quicksilver's batshit insane now, and Huber is a lot more dangerous than you might have thought. Mostly set-up this issue, but it does the job of making me interested to see where everything is going.
X-Men Emperor Vulcan #1: Remember that year long story in Uncanny that didn't really have an ending? Here's the ending. Part one, anyway. I think my entire feelings on this issue can be wrapped up in one phrase: "Armageddon-class killstations."
Birds of Prey #110: Okay, so Gail Simone had a couple years to get the voices of these characters down, and I've given Tony Bedard two issues. That's totally unfair, but he's just not doing it for me. I think Simone's Wonder Woman starts next month anyhow, so I'm done with the Birds.
Suicide Squad #1: I never read the original Suicide Squad, but I've heard enough about it to make me think that I should have. This issue is pretty much just a classic version of the Squad beating the hell out of a bunch of Russian supermen, but it's damn entertaining and I'll definitely be picking up the rest of this mini.
Booster Gold #2: I think this just might be the best book coming out. I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of the magic death certificate that tells Booster what he needs to fix, but I love the way Booster is shown dealing with problems. Booster's just plain not tough enough to outfight Sinestro, so he cons him into taking off. That's fantastic.
GI Joe #27: This is not so fantastic. Mark Powers' quality is just so hit and miss, and this is a total miss. Number one, and I'll admit this is probably just a problem for me, is that when they brought back the GI Joe book in 2002, they made it a point that Duke had been convinced to finally take a commission, on the condition that he wouldn't be taken out of the field. He was promoted to Colonel. Yet for this entire issue he is referred to by his classic rank of first sergeant. Second, Shipwreck and Cover Girl spend the issue trying to capture Skull Buster, this bad-ass survivalist dude. They capture him when, I shit you not, Shipwreck grabs a scorpion and stings him with it. I'm not even sure where to begin with what's wrong with that scenario. Okay, I guess I'll start with the fact that there are almost no scorpions in the world with potent enough venom to incapacitate a grown man, let alone incapacitate him immediately. It's just so, so dumb.
BPRD Killing Ground #2: I am so loving the story of Johann, who was stripped of his body decades ago, getting a new body and being absolutely unable to stop indulging his physical excesses. It's already taken a pretty sinister tone, and I can't wait until Johann goes totally off the tracks.
Can I just that Avengers: The Initiative beats out both New and Mighty Avengers in terms of quality? It's probably the best of the World War Hulk tie-ins and I'm actually really intrigued by the Black Ops Initiative. And although it leads to a big question (Just how many secrets DOES Tony Stark have?), I'm genuinely curious as to their identities. The Scarlet Spiders looked like a horrible idea on the surface, but now I'm intrigued as to who they are. Ditto for Mutant Zero, the 199th mutant. Oh, and the 5th issue? Great stuff with Hulk putting Trauma in his place, though Trauma had a really good outing against Hulk's Warbound.
With the DC titles (minus Sinestro Corps) all surrounding sub-par events, it's nice to have Booster Gold to turn to. His encounter with Green Lantern Sinestro was good stuff. I'm definitely on board for next month's run-in with Jonah Hex. And if DC's December solicitation is any indication (Booster travels back to The Killing Joke), it looks like every month will be a must-buy.
Originally posted by It's FalseThe Scarlet Spiders looked like a horrible idea on the surface, but now I'm intrigued as to who they are. Ditto for Mutant Zero, the 199th mutant.
Based on the clues they gave us (multiple old aliases, may be totally crazy, appears to have super speed), I would swear that it's Jean-Marie Beaubier, aka Aurora. Except that as of the last X-Men annual her whereabouts are accounted for. She and Northstar were still with the X-Men.
Here's a five page preview from Pop Culture Shock: http://www.popcultureshock.com/reviews.php?id=3877 Good LORD (not Max, either) do I miss the JL. I also marked out Ambush Bug. CHEEKS! "We get paid???????" I love it.