COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #05: Another issue narrated by Buddy Blank. It's finally seen at the end that this Earth is the official Kamandi: The Last Boy universe and this issue serves as the lead-in to that classic series. Of course, I somehow doubt that this is what Jack Kirby originally had in mind. As much as I've disliked these last few issues, this actually doesn't feel like a total waste. Thumbs in the middle.
NEW AVENGERS #39: An Echo-centric issue. She heads out to talk to Daredevil, where it's revealed that...wait for it...he's a SKRULL! Wolverine makes the save, but this Skrull's got a whole lot of powers (Cyclops' optic blast, Nightcrawler's BAMF teleport, etc.) and manages to escape. The issue ends with Echo sleeping with Clint Barton. Wait, whaaaaa? This "Secret Invasion" garbage is like a trainwreck. I know I'll hate it, but I'll still read it. And I'll still shake my head. I'm a bad panda. Thumbs down.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #11: Doom has an army of monsters given to him by Morgan Le Fay. The Avengers take it to Doom as his castle falls apart. And in an ongoing attempt to get the Sentry over, he gets the final blow on Doom and rips his mask off. The "Secret Invasion" stuff starts next issue. Farewell, Mark Bagley. Thumbs in the middle.
GREEN LANTERN #29: And I thought the good stuff stopped with the Sinestro Corps war. This is a look at Hal Jordan's past, including the death of his father. Oh, and his first meeting with John Stewart...which happened to be a fistfight...against EACH OTHER! Abin Sur talking about the Blackest Night prophecy at the end will keep me coming back. This is STILL a great series, which is a pleasant surprise. Thumbs way up!
I think I'd be really excited about Secret Invasion if it wasn't being written by Bendis. I mean, I like a good Skrull story as much as anyone. But Bendis has proven that he is no good at all driving company-wide events like this.
Daredevil #106 - Probably a bit of a downer for people who expect another major arc to hit the ground running, but I like the idea of turning things down a bit and giving a hard look at the emotional fallout Matt Murdock faces with the events of the Mr. Fear storyline. But again, I'm one of those guys that thinks Brubaker can do no wrong (even if unlike other people the pages in my copies of Captain America don't stick together).
Mighty Avengers #11 - As mixed as I was with this book, I've really enjoyed it since the start of '08. Yes, there's "Sentry is awesome" BS, but I'm still working under the impression that he's not very long for the 616 as it is. And man, do I love Bendis's Doom. Big plus.
New Avengers #39 - Then we have THIS book, which I've become very lukewarm towards. I wish I cared more about the Echo character, but I'm not very familiar with her and as such I don't really care who she ends up sleeping with.
Power Pack: Day One #1 - Holy crap is this book fun. A+, especially for the two-page educational bit at the end about gravity.
Ultimate Human #3 - Going by the Ultimate version of the Leader's origin, Warren Ellis really liked "Queen & Country." Not that it's necessarily the worst source material you could use. I'm really enjoying this series, much more than...
Ultimate Iron Man II #4 - ...though perhaps that's a bit much. There's nothing wrong with this book, but I can't say I'm enjoying it enough to recommend that people buy the back issues or get the trade when it comes out. Also, Tony Stark in this being able to do pretty much anything with the nanites is kinda lame IMO.
Green Lantern #29 - I'm sure more than a few eyes rolled when they saw that this arc was going to be yet another retelling of Hal Jordan's origin, but it's Geoff Johns - who can do no wrong with the Lanterns in my opinion. I really hope at some point in this arc they flash back to the first meeting of Hal and John Stewart as GLs, and what recognition (if any at all) they have of their "first" meeting as alluded to by "It's False."
For as much as I like to do this every other week, this was probably THE best issue to date and gets a huge thumbs up from me. WEEK 13 -Ralph's at the ceremony in which the Cult of Conner will raise Sue Dibny from the dead.