DC UNIVERSE #0: See thread for everyone's thoughts. Thumbs up here!
GREEN LANTERN #30: The Secret Origin storyline continues as Abin Sur takes center stage. The story starts to drag at this point. Oh well, they can't all be winners. Thumbs down.
X-MEN LEGACY #210: Xavier fights his way back to reality. And meanwhile, we see Sebastian Shaw for the first time since the Endangered Species one-shot. Thumbs up!
ULTIMATE HUMAN #4: A great ending to a surprisingly fun mini-series. I loved Pete Wisdom as Ultimate Leader! And even the Ultimate Hulk has to say "ouch" to Wisdom's final onslaught. Thumbs up!
NEW AVENGERS #40: The Skrull backstory is filled in a bit, including how they're able to imitate powers and remain completely undetectable. It all culminates with the next big Skrull reveal...
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Because this character's backstory just isn't convoluted enough. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down.
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #12: It's Graduation Day! The news of Trauma's demise has been greatly exaggerated. Tony Stark berates Henry Peter Gyrich in a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Gyrich was a total jerk, so naturally his presence will be sorely missed, but luckily it looks like the Taskmaster and the IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN~! will be sticking around. I'm sorry I ever dropped this book, no matter how temporary it was. Thumbs up!
So the person everybody thought was a Skrull is a Skrull? Wow.
Avengers Initiative missed a great story idea if you ask me. Gyrich vs. Stark for control of the Initiative could have been huge, but they did the whole thing in like a page. I will also miss Gyrich as part of the team. I think the book needs a presence like his, and I'm not sure who you could sub in to take his place.
In news pertaining to a book I think only I've been reading, I'm done with New Warriors. I really want to like the book. It's full of great ideas - a team opposing the Registration Act operating out of an abandoned Murderworld that's made up of people who gained their powers through stealing the tech of other super heroes and villains. The book is just terrible, though. Absolutely unreadable. If they ever put another writer on the book I'll try coming back, but I'm officially through with it.
In the USA, the National Book Awards have been announced: Fiction: Europe Central by William T. Vollmann. Non-fiction: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Poetry: Migration: New and Selected Poems by W.S. Merwin.