Another short list from me this week; understandable considering all that's coming this summer.
COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #06: I can appreciate a diversion from the traditional storytelling method, but it's a little late in the game to be experimenting. It all fell flat with me. After reeling me in with the Superman Prime/Monarch fight and the subsequent Piper awesomeness, this series is starting to lose me again. Thumbs down.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #19: The JLA heads off to the prison planet to check on the exiled supervillains, but it turns out to be a SHOCKING SWERVE, as it's actually just a planet inhabited by Kanjar Ro. A point of interest is that this was originally the planned destination for the villains, but something created a forced detour, which I imagine would be Desaad, as noted in the previous issue of Salvation Run. As for this issue, it all felt like it went WAY too fast and like they rushed to the conclusion. Thumbs down.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #36: The Red Skull is no dope. If he sees a Captain America running around, HE draws the obvious conclusion like the rest of us that it's Bucky. I love that they're not giving Bucky any of Steve Rogers' credibility, as his presence did jack to quell the crowd of protesters and no one is taking him seriously, which adds a nice touch of realism. The idea of the general public not buying the new Cap is very interesting. I'm also intrigued by Bucky's apparent past with Black Widow. I'm liking this series and am hoping it doesn't become one of the MANY Secret Invasion tie-ins that are coming. Thumbs up.
ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #5: This is more like it. It's a straightforward fight with Angel Investigations reunited. The uneasy reunion with Wesley seems to send Illyria into a fit, which we won't see the fallout of until ISSUE #9! Why? Because Issues #6-8 will flash back to the immediate aftermath of "Not Fade Away", the final "Angel" episode. I dig that concept, but why didn't they just do that to begin with? Anyway, this series still does a great job of dialogue, as it feels like a genuine "Angel" episode, but I'm still iffy on the artwork, though Urru does do a good Spike (which offsets his HORRIBLE depiction of Wesley). Still, it's a Thumbs Up.
See, I wound up with a bunch of stuff this week. And I can't believe my favorite comic out of all of it is Hercules. I didn't even like the character until about three issues ago, and now it's my favorite book? Last Defenders was alright as well. Not a super first issue, but it looks like it's going somewhere interesting. And even though they came out last week Annihilation and Nova continue to be pretty awesome.
(SPOILERS!!!)Two issues ago, I 'quit' CAPTAIN AMERICA. The guy at the shop I go to told me I needed to at least look through this issue, cause there was a nice surprise at the end of it... and I read through it. God damn it... just when I thought I was out... yada, yada, yada. This explains why Steve's corpse deteriorated so quickly when he died after Sharon shot him. Now I gotta get the last two issues I missed. Damn I hate Brubaker, why is he doing this to me.
IRON MAN #27: Well, I didn't see THAT coming. The Mandrin is just walking over everyone seemingly no one can do a thing about it. I really liking the way they've updated him for today's world and not having him be a horrible asian stereo type anymore... even though I liked him back in the day as well. Remember when he woke up Fin Fang Foom to destroy Iron Man way back when? I LOVED that storyline!
CAPTAIN MARVEL #4: What the fuck?!?! Seriously, What the fuck was that all about? I've read the issue three times and I'm just not getting it. What the hell is Marvel thinking putting out this shit? I'm getting to the point where I think I'm going to completely skip all Marvel titles that have ANYTHING to do with this Skrull shit. Damn you Joe Quessada!
THOR #7: I really liked the art in this issue, there wasn't in pancack faces and they all looked like people instead of fugly flat faced aliens. Nice to see Dan Blake again as well. Am I understanding correctly that Ragnorok began when Odin died? If this is correct, then why DIDN'T Thor bring him back with all the others. I'm gonna miss JMS when he's gone from this book.
IRON FIST #19: Oh snap! Next issue is gonna be a big fight and I can't wait for the Immortal Six to beat the shit outta every one in the next issue!
Originally posted by It's FalseAnyway, this series still does a great job of dialogue, as it feels like a genuine "Angel" episode, but I'm still iffy on the artwork, though Urru does do a good Spike (which offsets his HORRIBLE depiction of Wesley).
Ditto on all of the above. The dialogue's great, and I've mostly liked where they're going with the story so far. My only complaints (asides from some dodgy artwork) would be:
a. a couple of issues seem to have spent too much time asking questions without giving any answers, which is something the TV series rarely did.
b. The appearance of a Shiny Happy Lorne which seemed a bit off given his darker exit. Hopefully they'll go more into it in future issues cause I'm not buying the sudden turnaround.
Overall though, pretty strong start. Certainly enough to keep me buying for now.
The couple things I've read so far have been pretty good. Besides the aforementioned Toyman issue, Wolverine First Class was cute (but not as funny as the first two issues) and Blue Beetle (with guest writer Will Pfeifer) was pretty decent.