Secret Invasion week also saw some other comic gems.
COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #04: If you didn't ever think you'd see Darkseid just lounging on a couch in a dingy apartment, well this is YOUR issue! Seriously, this issue's a total crock. The deal Darkseid makes with Mary Marvel undermines Mary's character a lot, but worse than that, it makes me feel that the whole plotline with Eclipso was a waste of time. I mean, it took Darkseid two seconds to do what Eclipso spent about ten weeks trying to do. Bah! Thumbs down.
DETECTIVE COMICS #843: A rare two-parter from one-shot expert Paul Dini. We get somewhat of an origin from the new Ventriloquist and it's pretty interesting. The cliffhanger's good enough that I'll be back for next month's conclusion. Thumbs up.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13: Dracula loses a bet gambling for a Kawasaki Z1000 and seeks revenge. I am not making this up. Willow asking for sordid details about last issue's one-night stand is priceless. This whole arc has been a blast so far. Thumbs up.
ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #6: This special issue deviates from the main story to show what happened to various characters the night of the final "Angel" episode. Spike's story is particularly good and expands on his devotion to Fred that was touched on throughout Season 5. Connor's story was interesting and some of the panels were eye-openers, but ultimately uninteresting. Lorne's story was very interesting and seeing how he helped turn Silverlake into Caritas on a grander scale is great stuff, though the art style was just wonky. The rest of the characters will come in the next two issues, but until then, this is an easy Thumbs Up.
One of America's premiere literary minds dead at 71. link: http://edition.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/books/12/28/obit.sontag.ap/index.html Susan, we barely knew ye. R.I.P. [Edit]: I recently read her last book, Regarding the Pain of Others.