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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.05
Marvel put out three high-profile books and DC put out a new weekly, so it's a fun week for comics. And the verdicts are:

SECRET INVASION #3: I'm reserving my final judgment, but the big reveal looks to be that Tony Stark may be a sleeper Skrull and might have been a sleeper Skrull for the last God-knows-how-many years. Needless to say, if this is the plan, I (and a lot of others) will be furious, because you couldn't take two steps without tripping over Iron Man in ANY Marvel book of the last three years and this could potentially negate it all. It could easily be one huge mind-game, however, so we shall see how things turn out. So everyone's still in the Savage Land while the 50-state Initiative looks to spring into action, led by the Gauntlet and Yellowjack...wait, wasn't Hank Pym already outed as a Skrull? What the hell? Nick Fury can't save this issue. Thumbs down.

AVENGERS/INVADERS #2: Ok, the first issue was fun, but now I'm bored again. More wacky miscommunication, this time with the Invaders and the Mighty Avengers. Hopefully, next month's issue picks things back up when the Namors collide! Thumbs down.

ULTIMATE ORIGINS #1: So far, the entire Ultimate Universe looks to revolve around Wolverine and Nick Fury. Come on, like you didn't see THAT coming. That aside, though, this was a good issue and I look forward to seeing how everything winds up being connected. Thumbs up!

TRINITY #1: Kurt Busiek attempts to answer the age-old question: Why ARE Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman considered the Big 3 in the DCU? Aside from the fact that their images sell huge numbers? This issue does a fine job of getting that ball rolling and includes a fun fight between the Family West and Clayface that will only serve to infuriate me further if DC decides to kill off Wally in favor of the returning Barry Allen. I also like the setup of the Anti-Trinity, as it's not the three people you'd expect. The stench of Countdown is already starting to dissipate. Thumbs up!

DETECTIVE COMICS #845: Batman and Riddler compete to try and solve a random crime spree. When they come up empty, they take their search to...INTERNET GEEKS IN A CHAT ROOM! The only thing funnier is the Detective Chimp cameo. Dini's best issue in months. Thumbs up!

ROBIN/SPOILER SPECIAL #1: If you're looking for answers on Spoiler's return, catch the last issue of Robin instead. The first story is an inconsequential romp while the second story looks at Stephanie's time in Africa. And it doesn't look contrived at all, no sirree. A disappointment, overall. Still good to have Stephanie back, though. Thumbs down.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #15: A great end to Drew Goddard's arc, featuring a hilarious fight between Dawn and Mecha Dawn. Don't ask HOW or WHY a Mecha Dawn showed up, because your brain will explode. Just enjoy the the total geekness that is Andrew. Xander and Dracula formally end their affiliation. And Buffy's lesbian crush decides to stay in Japan, thus ending Buffy's lesbian experiment. Sort of. Knowing Joss Whedon, we haven't seen the last of Satsu. I'm very skeptical of next month's crossover with Joss Whedon's "Fray", but in the meantime, it doesn't get any more fun than this issue. Thumbs way up!

As always, go ahead and pile on.

(edited by It's False on 5.6.08 0721)



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
I've been really enjoying Amazing Spider-Man lately, and I thought that this latest issue was pretty good, if the smallest bit frustrating.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.76
    Originally posted by It's False
    So everyone's still in the Savage Land while the 50-state Initiative looks to spring into action, led by the Gauntlet and Yellowjack...wait, wasn't Hank Pym already outed as a Skrull?

Yes he was. There's no confusion here. Skrull-Hank was leading the Initiative to their deaths (Stature might be dead, Geldoff definitely is) until Nick Fury intervened.

My only criticism is that this should have come before the Mighty Avengers issues showing what Fury has been up to. That way, this issue would have ended with "Who are THESE guys?" and then the MA issues could fill in the blanks.



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Since: 28.6.04
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
Oh shit, Detective's not tied in to RIP this month? I'm gonna have to make a run back to the comic shop, then.

SECRET INVASION #3: Good issue, and I felt like I got much more for my three dollars than I did with the second issue (which was Splash Page City, population: 1 Overrated Artist). The only thing I can urge you on, It's False, is patience. I'm assuming that's still Skrull Hank Pym, as he pretty much sent the Initiative to NYC to be absolutely slaughtered by the battallion of Super Skrulls there. Also, a couple issues ago in "Mighty Avengers" where they focused on the Skrulls and their prepping for the Invasion, Bendis revealed through a conversation they had that Civil War was a very convenient event for them but that none of their agents were behind it. Which means, yes, the Skrulls are just fucking with Tony. You had to figure they were going to do that with some people - it only makes sense. As much as you hated this issue, I loved it that much more. Thumbs up, but where Marvel had the edge over DC's "Final Crisis" in that you didn't have to be reading other books prior to understand what's going on or the significance, this issue breaks that. Thankfully, it's just two issues of "Mighty Avengers" we're talking and not all the "Seven Soldiers of Victory" mini-series.

NOVA #14: As much as I liked the Nova/Surfer stuff, I felt like even if he is up against the Power Cosmic, Rider - being the last of the Nova Centurions and having all their power - should've been able to handle himself a little better. Right? Idunno. Still, great story and this book continues to be a blast. Also, is Surfer being Galactus's herald again just something specifically for this story, or is that a development that's occurred before that I missed?

CRIMINAL (Vol. 2) #3: The last self-contained story before the start of the next story arc. I've really been enjoying these self-contained stories, each of which has referred back to the previous story and all of which tie into the family history of charcters featured in the first two stories done in volume one (available in trades as "Coward" and "Lawless"). This book's freaking great.

KICK-ASS #3: This book's picked back up after a slight drop-off. It's not that I didn't like the second issue, but I wasn't blown away by it like I was with the first issue. But this one shows great improvement and has renewed my faith in what Millar's doing with it. Good stuff.



MY ROOMMATE (and co-host for 4 Color Commentary) PICKED UP...

TRINITY #1: How about we just accept that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are the "Big 3" in the DC because it's the two most powerful heroes and the smarteset hero in the Universe? Because God, I don't know how much more metaphysical nonsense in the form of "DC Science & Magic" I can take, Busiek or no. The only thing I liked was Busiek having Bruce Wayne really fake up the "playboy millionaire" thing like he should, but as for the story itself, forget about it. Thumbs down for now. I'll probably end up checking out at least another couple issues before deciding it's entirely worthless, but I'm not impressed. Also, Fabian Nicieza's art in the second half of this book is really terrible.

The War That Time Forgot #2: I only have a passing familiarity with some of the characters featured on here, and yet it still doesn't matter. This book's been a blast the first two issues.

ULTIMATE ORIGINS #1: This was okay. I'm giving it a few more issues before rendering a verdict on its worth, though I enjoyed their trip through the Ultimate Universe's WWII era. My only worry is that this whole "It's all connected!" thing regarding the heroes and the mutants has the potential to become very convoluted and silly. But so far, so good.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I'm not sure I get the point of teasing Tony as a Skrull. I mean, every time Bendis or Quesada have been questioned about this, they've made an absolute point of saying that there is no way that Tony Stark is a Skrull. Anybody else potentially is, but they've gone on record as saying Tony's not. So either they've been lying right to everyone's faces for no reason, or this tease has no juice to it because we all already know that Tony's human. It seems awfully meaningless to include it in the story.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.76
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    I'm not sure I get the point of teasing Tony as a Skrull. I mean, every time Bendis or Quesada have been questioned about this, they've made an absolute point of saying that there is no way that Tony Stark is a Skrull. Anybody else potentially is, but they've gone on record as saying Tony's not. So either they've been lying right to everyone's faces for no reason, or this tease has no juice to it because we all already know that Tony's human. It seems awfully meaningless to include it in the story.

The intrigue comes from Tony's reaction to the news, not ours. That's why it was included.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.50
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    NOVA #14: As much as I liked the Nova/Surfer stuff, I felt like even if he is up against the Power Cosmic, Rider - being the last of the Nova Centurions and having all their power - should've been able to handle himself a little better. Right? I dunno. Still, great story and this book continues to be a blast. Also, is Surfer being Galactus's herald again just something specifically for this story, or is that a development that's occurred before that I missed?


Didn't Surfer rejoin Galactus as a result of the Annihilation event where Annihilus damn near killed Galactus by turning him into the universe's biggest vacuum cleaner? And Surfer rejoined as Galctus' herald because he reconciled himself to the idea that Galactus was a natural force and not evil the way that Annihilus was?

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"Hello, Galactus."

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
    Originally posted by Llakor
      Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
      NOVA #14: As much as I liked the Nova/Surfer stuff, I felt like even if he is up against the Power Cosmic, Rider - being the last of the Nova Centurions and having all their power - should've been able to handle himself a little better. Right? I dunno. Still, great story and this book continues to be a blast. Also, is Surfer being Galactus's herald again just something specifically for this story, or is that a development that's occurred before that I missed?


    Didn't Surfer rejoin Galactus as a result of the Annihilation event where Annihilus damn near killed Galactus by turning him into the universe's biggest vacuum cleaner? And Surfer rejoined as Galctus' herald because he reconciled himself to the idea that Galactus was a natural force and not evil the way that Annihilus was?

    "Welcome to Over-Eater's Anonymous"

    "Hello, my name is Galactus."

    "Hello, Galactus."

    "I eat planets."

    "Oh honey, we all feel that way."

    Silver Surfer is an enabler.




...funny.

No, there was a mini series titled SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM, written by Joe Straczynski thet made the Surfer rejoin Galactus.

It was really good, you should read it. Much better then JMS's Spider-Man stuff.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by Cerebus
      Originally posted by Llakor
        Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
        NOVA #14: As much as I liked the Nova/Surfer stuff, I felt like even if he is up against the Power Cosmic, Rider - being the last of the Nova Centurions and having all their power - should've been able to handle himself a little better. Right? I dunno. Still, great story and this book continues to be a blast. Also, is Surfer being Galactus's herald again just something specifically for this story, or is that a development that's occurred before that I missed?


      Didn't Surfer rejoin Galactus as a result of the Annihilation event where Annihilus damn near killed Galactus by turning him into the universe's biggest vacuum cleaner? And Surfer rejoined as Galctus' herald because he reconciled himself to the idea that Galactus was a natural force and not evil the way that Annihilus was?

      "Welcome to Over-Eater's Anonymous"

      "Hello, my name is Galactus."

      "Hello, Galactus."

      "I eat planets."

      "Oh honey, we all feel that way."

      Silver Surfer is an enabler.




    ...funny.

    No, there was a mini series titled SILVER SURFER: REQUIEM, written by Joe Straczynski thet made the Surfer rejoin Galactus.

    It was really good, you should read it. Much better then JMS's Spider-Man stuff.


I didn't read Requiem, so it might have been shown there as well, but I know for a fact that the Surfer rejoined Galactus in his Annihilation mini.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.55
Yeah...Silver Surfer died in Requiem. It was a future/alternate universe tale. REALLY GOOD too, but what else would you expect from JMS?



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