Countdown to Final Crisis #14: The series' two most powerful (and annoying) villains clash at the end of this issue. We can only hope that Superman-Prime and Monarch obliterate each other next week.
X-Men #207: Messiah CompleX ends with a bang...literally.
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Cyclops surrenders the baby to Cable, who teleports her to the future. Afterwards, an enraged Bishop fires his gun, nailing Xavier in the head. The issue ends with the X-Men over the dead body of Charles Xavier.
EDIT: Newly-updated solicits indicate that Xavier is actually in a coma.
It was an abrupt ending, but it doesn't take away from what was a great series!
Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #4: The new Question finds herself in the old Question's neighborhood. The artwork seemed a bit more sloppy this month, but the story is still solid and I'll be around for the ending. I absolutely hated that they killed off Vic Sage, but Renee Montoya has won me over.
Gotham Underground #4: Factions of villains continue to collide in Gotham, as Tobias Whale and his gang continue their crusade against masks and metahumans in Gotham. Penguin's gang doesn't take too kindly to that while a new faction (led by a very alive Bruno Mannheim) is throwing their hat into the ring. All this without even mentioning the person running around in the Spoiler costume and the continuing tale of Matches Malone. If you're not reading this now, then it's a must-buy when it's released in trade.
Amazing Spider-Man #548: Mr. Negative REVEALED! And it's a shocker! Well...maybe not.
Ultimates 3 #2: Spider-Man and Hawkeye fight for no apparent reason and the Brotherhood fights the Avengers as Jeph Loeb continues to tank this once-great series. Although, Sabretooth gets to try out his DX catchphrase.
That's it for now. What's everyone else reading this week?
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"Wocka Wocka...who wants to hear a funny-ass joke?"
ASM #548: I'm about two issues away from giving up.
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So a headshot doesn't kill Xavier? WTF?
Astonishing X-Men #24: AAAAARGH just end the storyline already! Cyclops' powers being controllable in one comic, then, IN THE SAME WEEK, being uncontrollable in another is really starting to make my brain hurt. What's the over/under on how many months it'll take for Giant-Size AXM to come out?
Countdown #14: Jason Todd as Red Robin. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
Ultimates 3 #2: I'm bored with the Ultimates. Even Joe Mad drawing a hot chick cartwheeling in her underpants couldn't save this issue. How is this possible???
"I could drown the pain, and drink upon commuter trains, and here you stand in eastern standard time" - Mike Doughty
I think Xavier is supposed to be technically dead, but his telepathy has allowed his consciousness to survive outside his body. Honestly, while I really liked Messiah CompleX, I'm not thrilled about any of the status quo changes that came out of it. Xavier's dead-ish, Sinister (my favorite X-villain) also dead-ish, Bishop now a villain, Gambit a hero again, but not Sunfire, X-Men disbanded for no real reason. I just don't like where the story ended up.
I've really been enjoying Shooter's run on the Legion of Super-Heroes. I didn't get into the LoSH until I recently read some old back issues of Abnett and Laning's The Legion, but Shooter's version of the team is a pretty good fit to that one. I also picked up Young Avengers Presents: Patriot, which was a pretty decent read. I don't know about anyone else, but it is absolutely killing me that these characters are essentially sitting fallow because Marvel won't let any writers besides Heinberg write the team. I really liked Heinberg's run on the title, but if he's too busy to write the book, it's not like he's the only good writer they've ever had at Marvel.
The character that Jim Smith describes is JLA-Batman, a.k.a. Batgod the master of prep. The actual Batman that fans have come to know and love is the guy in his own titles who still struggles with the likes of Ventriloquist.