Nova #7: Top to bottom, I think this is probably the strongest issue of the series so far. And I've thought the series was pretty good up until now. The writing is sharp and the art looks great. Abnett and Lanning set a pretty high bar here, and I only hope every issue of the series is this good from here out.
Captain America #31: Dr. Faustus spends this whole issue trying to brainwash Bucky, and we are lead to believe that he succeeds at the end. I'm not buying it. Still, another good issue carrying the story forward.
New Warriors #5: I'm kinda not sure where this series is going. The whole thing is set up counter to the Initiative, but the New Warriors first outing against a real threat (if you count the Zodiac as a threat) ends with one member dead, one in the hospital, and Night Thrasher disbanding the team. I don't expect that last one to stick, but well, these guys are going to have to start getting their shit together if the premise of this team is going to work.
X-Men Emperor Vulcan #2: Despite a frankly disgusting lack of Armageddon-class killstations, issue two is as good, if not better, than the first one. The dialog is very good, and the new threat is established as capable of dispatching both Vulcan and Gladiator without breaking a sweat.
X-Men Die by the Sword #1: Okay, I've had my problems with pretty much all of Chris Claremont's recent work, but the prospect of an Exiles/Excalibur team-up that would reunite Dazzler and Longshot had me genuinely excited. So despite the fact that I haven't been following either series for a while, I went ahead and grabbed this. Surprisingly, it's not bad. I mean, it's not great either, but there's room for it to get better. Claremont finally gets his chance to shamelessly steal from Alan Moore's run Captain Britain by using Jim Jaspers and the Fury as his antagonists here. We don't get the Dazzler/Longshot reunion in this issue, but the issue is raised, so at least I know it's going to get genuine consideration in the story. The writing is a bit uneven, but overall is decent. I'm definitely going to stick around for the time being.
X-Factor #24: This issue mostly just fills out Huber as a character. Apparently, he has the powers of every mutant on earth, and the closer they are to him, the stronger he can mimic their power. He's a pretty bad dude, a character that should be genuinely out of X-Factor's league. It makes a very interesting hook for the story.
Modok's 11 #4: This book is fantastic. What's left of Modok's team fights the Mandarin, we discover another one of the team is a traitor (that's three and counting), and AIM finally shows its hand to the team. This book takes a bunch of D-list characters and really flushes them out with some great characterization. And we still don't even know why Modok wants the Hypernova in the first place. I can't wait for the conclusion.
Birds of Prey #111: I was going to drop this book, but my comic shop guy convinced me to give this book one more shot. Do I regret my purchase? Yeah, a little bit. I mean, this book isn't bad, don't let anyone tell you it is. But the writing just isn't as good as when Simone wrote the book, and I don't like any of the characters enough to keep me on board. Maybe if you're a bigger Huntress or Barbara Gordon fan than I am you'd want to stick around, but I'm done.
Booster Gold #3: The whole story with Jonah Hex was pretty good, but really, it's the last couple of pages that make me love this book.
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Booster gets drunk, tries to drive the time bubble after Supernova, and crashes it into the only other vehicle in the timestream - Barry Allen's time treadmill.
That's just great stuff.
Suicide Squad #2: In this issue, we find out what happened to Rick Flag. Even as comic book storytelling goes, it's kind of a horseshit retcon. Even still, the storytelling around the incident that saves Flag's life is solid. The issue mostly revolves around him and an old enemy named Rustam trying to survive in Skartaris, the primordial jungle in the heart of the planet's core. There's good interaction between the two of them, and once the story in the jungle gets rolling, nothing feels forced or fake about the situation.
BPRD Killing Ground #3: More solid storytelling. Johann's appetites strand him off base while the Wendigo goes on a killing spree. Daimio and Liz are having troubles of their own, and the mysterious figure from the end of the first issue shows up again.
The "52" spin-offs are probably the best thing in DC not tied to the Sinestro Corps. Booster Gold and Black Adam are both winners and Infinity Inc. is a decent read. I'll definitely catch the continuing adventures of Adam Strange, Starfire, and Animal Man (a.k.a. Countdown to Adventure) when it hits trade. But Booster Gold is, by far, the most amazing of these titles. There's no way fans can't get excited by the aforementioned spoiler and the series is only going up from here.
If Birds of Prey is off your pull list, heavily consider getting in on the tail end of the Sinestro Corps arc in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. The most recent issue of Green Lantern, in particular, is a must-own. Don't look for the JLA and JSA much, because they get wiped out easily by Sinestro's army. With Sinestro, the Cyborg, and SuperMAN (not a BOY anymore) Prime wreaking havoc on Earth and the Anti-Monitor still looming, it's all up to Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle to save the day. Definitely catch the last few issues! You won't be sorry. And I wasn't even that big a GL fan to begin with.
Originally posted by It's FalseIf Birds of Prey is off your pull list, heavily consider getting in on the tail end of the Sinestro Corps arc in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. The most recent issue of Green Lantern, in particular, is a must-own. Don't look for the JLA and JSA much, because they get wiped out easily by Sinestro's army. With Sinestro, the Cyborg, and SuperMAN (not a BOY anymore) Prime wreaking havoc on Earth and the Anti-Monitor still looming, it's all up to Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle to save the day. Definitely catch the last few issues! You won't be sorry. And I wasn't even that big a GL fan to begin with.
Actually, I've been thumbing through the Corps War in the shop, and I'm definately going to pick it up once the trade comes out. I'll be replacing BoP with Simone's new project, Wonder Woman.
I REALLY want to hate this series. It all seemd like a waste of money to me, but being a comic collector, I was forced to get it anyway. After sitting down and reading it all at one time, however, it turned out to not be as bad as I think it should be....