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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.38
No thread? What, you guys got girlfriends or something?

I KEED, I KEED.

FINAL CRISIS #2: The first few pages had me worried, especially since it led to a climatic moment that really hurt the first issue in my mind (which is that it isn't so much relevant to comics released by DC as it is to DC comics Morrisson himself wrote). However, it really picked up after that, and filled me with a little hope. Thumbs in the middle still, but I'm a little more optimistic.

SUPERMAN #677: Being a huge Starman nut and having dug what Busiek was doing on this title previously, I was excited for Robinson to be at the helm of another DC book. However, while it was a fun read at times, something just didn't click. It seems as if Robinson has trouble finding Superman's specific voice, since he talked like Jack Knight would talk if that character was Superman instead of Kal-El/Clark Kent. There was also a couple weird moments where first-person narration boxes were interrupted by omniscient narration boxes that read as if the editors mis-read directions from Robinson to be actual text to appear in the book. Still a thumbs up and I'll stick around, but I hyped myself up way too much for this.

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #14: Ohhhhh man, this is still my favorite Marvel book. 3-D man being the only one who can identify Skrulls is a great touch. I also dug Crusader's paranoia after seeing Hank Pym (who's really a Skrull) eating the same "strawberries and cucumber" lunch as he was. What's good about books like this that "tie in" to a company-wide crossover is that it simply uses the event as a simple backdrop for a story or continuation of previous stories. Now THAT'S good writin'. Good on you, Dan Slott! Thumbs up.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #39: I was starting to wane on this book until the current arc. I know that some folks on the message boards (and loudmouths in comic book stores who take everything way too seriously) cried foul when they had the reveal of the old 50s Cap as the guy Sharon thought might be Steve Rogers, but anybody with half a brain and an ounce of common sense HAD to know they weren't bringing him back this soon. But it's brilliantly executed, and the parallels it draws to current events are a little scary. Scary because this is stuff that Brubaker wrote six months ago, before the shit hit the fan economically. Thumbs way up.

DAREDEVIL #108: Rucka + Brubaker = Brucka = instant fun. Rucka does what he does best, which is plotting the story. Brubaker does what he does best, which is setting great mood and tension. Daredevil does what he does best, which is being Daredevil rather than self-loathing Matt Murdock. I love this book.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #15: They might as well rename this and New Avengers "Tales of Secret Invasion!" and make it a twice-monthly title. Ah well. This issue, we get an explanation of when exactly Hank Pym became a Skrull. It's a lot more fun than it sounds, and I'm glad that they kept it so that Hank Pym still beat his wife. No Skrull spousal abuse, no sir! I enjoyed this a lot more than I enjoyed...

NEW AVENGERS #42: I often find myself being a Brian Michael Bendis apologist, while simultaneously noting that not everything he hits is a home run. Which is to be expected with the amount of stuff he has (or had) his hands in. This is one of those cases. I'm sorry, but I didn't care about Jessica Drew before she was a Skrull and certainly don't care that much now. Thumbs down.

THUNDERBOLTS #121: The finale of "Caged Angels" and Warren Ellis's run on the book. I for one enjoyed it, although as awesome as the fight between Green Goblin and Mockingbird was the issue still felt a little anti-climatic. Bullseye's return was one of the best bad-ass moments in comics in recent memory. Thumbs up. Christos Gage takes over with the next issue, which starts the tie-in to SI. I'm hopeful, if only because the one-shots he's done for them have shown some promise.

MARVEL 1985 #2: Toby's Dad is totally The Beyonder, and you know it. "Little did we know what he was capable of..." A GERI CURL! Thumbs in the middle. It's a fun concept that would be a lot more fun if it were grander in scale.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.17

    FINAL CRISIS #2: The first few pages had me worried, especially since it led to a climatic moment that really hurt the first issue in my mind (which is that it isn't so much relevant to comics released by DC as it is to DC comics Morrisson himself wrote). However, it really picked up after that, and filled me with a little hope. Thumbs in the middle still, but I'm a little more optimistic.


Aside from Dan Turpin and Shilo Norman, I recognized no one in those first eight pages or so and with a mega-event like this, it's usually not a good idea to waste pages. The ending page MORE than makes up for the awkwardness that ran rampant throughout this issue, though, and I'm definitely sticking around for the next issue.


    CAPTAIN AMERICA #39: I was starting to wane on this book until the current arc. I know that some folks on the message boards (and loudmouths in comic book stores who take everything way too seriously) cried foul when they had the reveal of the old 50s Cap as the guy Sharon thought might be Steve Rogers, but anybody with half a brain and an ounce of common sense HAD to know they weren't bringing him back this soon. But it's brilliantly executed, and the parallels it draws to current events are a little scary. Scary because this is stuff that Brubaker wrote six months ago, before the shit hit the fan economically. Thumbs way up.


It makes no sense to bring back Steve Rogers now, but that hasn't stopped Marvel from teasing him in three different titles. With the pretenders in GotG and the main title out of the way, I expect the faker trifecta to be exposed in the next issue of Secret Invasion.


    NEW AVENGERS #42: I often find myself being a Brian Michael Bendis apologist, while simultaneously noting that not everything he hits is a home run. Which is to be expected with the amount of stuff he has (or had) his hands in. This is one of those cases. I'm sorry, but I didn't care about Jessica Drew before she was a Skrull and certainly don't care that much now. Thumbs down.


I never cared for Jessica Drew, but there are fans that did. And those that followed her since New Avengers #1 are feeling like they got punched in the gut right about now, which is the type of thing I was afraid of when this whole nonsense started.


    THUNDERBOLTS #121: The finale of "Caged Angels" and Warren Ellis's run on the book. I for one enjoyed it, although as awesome as the fight between Green Goblin and Mockingbird was the issue still felt a little anti-climatic. Bullseye's return was one of the best bad-ass moments in comics in recent memory. Thumbs up. Christos Gage takes over with the next issue, which starts the tie-in to SI. I'm hopeful, if only because the one-shots he's done for them have shown some promise.


Gage's one-shots have been fairly decent, but I don't know how much I'll like him as the new series regular. He's the type of writer that's always on the cusp of goodness, but never quite able to get over the hump. (For reference, see World War Hulk: X-Men) As for this issue, I marked out big-time for Bullseye's return, which also shocked me legit, because I was pretty sure they'd keep him paralyzed for a while.




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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I can't believe Thunderbolts came out on schedule. I really liked the Caged Angels story, but I felt the ending was really anticlimactic. For starters, almost nothing changed as a result of the story, even though the story revolved around moving a lot of plot points forward - especially the stuff with Doc Samson and Penance/Speedball. That was something that really should have gone somewhere specific by the end of the story. And apparently Deodato has no idea how Songbird's powers work. She makes solid sound constructs - it works almost exactly like Green Lantern. His Songbird apparently just shoots energy out of her mouth or something. So honestly, as much as I liked Caged Angels, this issue was a real disapointment to me.

Initiative, on the other hand, was awesome. I'm still not sure what the deal was with Skrull Pym taking meds to control his anxiety disorder, but that's not such a major thing to me. But giving 3-D Man "They Live" glasses? Awesome. And then Crusader just completely messes things up. Great stuff.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.88

Having just read most of my stuff for this week, I think the best book may have been Young Avengers, written by Fraction and starring Old Hawkeye and New Hawkeye.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Having just read most of my stuff for this week, I think the best book may have been Young Avengers, written by Fraction and starring Old Hawkeye and New Hawkeye.


I really liked Young Avengers Presents, but it had a really bad art miscue that threw me off for the whole book. In the first couple pages, Kate is wearing a date-appropriate short dress. When Ronan attacks, though, she's suddenly wearing a loose t-shirt, sweat pants, and kung-fu slippers. Although the artist almost made up for it later with Kate's club dress being a version of Hawkeye's old skirt uniform.

(edited by Tenken347 on 28.6.08 1845)
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.88
    Originally posted by Tenken347
      Originally posted by odessasteps

      Having just read most of my stuff for this week, I think the best book may have been Young Avengers, written by Fraction and starring Old Hawkeye and New Hawkeye.


    I really liked Young Avengers Presents, but it had a really bad art miscue that threw me off for the whole book. In the first couple pages, Kate is wearing a date-appropriate short dress. When Ronan attacks, though, she's suddenly wearing a loose t-shirt, sweat pants, and kung-fu slippers. Although the artist almost made up for it later with Kate's club dress being a version of Hawkeye's old skirt uniform.

    (edited by Tenken347 on 28.6.08 1845)


I loved her wearing the 70s Hawkeye outfit.

Iron Fist was also great, so this was a fraction-tastic week.



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