July kicks off with Marvel taking a bold step forward...sort of.
CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #1: For those new to everything that's happened with Captain America, this issue provides a helpful recap. We get the answer to why Sharon Carter was wanted for Doom's Time Machine. Apparently, the Red Skull wanted to bring Steve Rogers back from time...for some reason...even though Skull orchestrated his death in the first place. Man, did this explanation make no sense. The action looks to come next issue, as New Captain America and Black Widow search for Doom's Time Machine and run afoul of Ares and Venom. This started off decent enough, but they couldn't come up with a more convoluted explanation for bringing back Cap if they tried. Thumbs in the middle.
UNCANNY X-MEN #513: Issue starts with Beast being led out of prison by Xavier, but into the clutches of Dark Beast. Meanwhile, the cat's out of the bag, as Emma Frost appears on national TV with Norman Osborn. Emma is given a Dark X-Men team consisting of Cloak & Dagger, Mimic, Weapon Omega, Daken, and Xavier. Wait, no, that's actually Mystique disguised as Xavier. Emma's lukewarm, so she holds out for Namor, who gets added to the team. They start things off by quelling a violent non-violent mutant protest. Issue ends with Cyclops deciding to confront Osborn. The pacing for this is better than I thought it would be and the story's better than I thought it would be. Thumbs up!
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE #1: I was SO looking forward to this. What a disappointment this turned out to be. Issue bounces around between Green Lantern, Ray Palmer, and Congorilla all crying out for justice. This is as thrilling as it sounds, though Ray Palmer's segment is fairly entertaining. But the thing is, this is only half the team covered, meaning we have to take this ride all over again next month. A total snoozefest. The gorgeous artwork can't save this one. Thumbs down!
BATMAN & ROBIN #2: While I didn't know what to make of the first issue, this one was just flat-out fun. And in the grand scheme of things, it makes a lot of sense to make Dick Grayson's first Bat-assignment to fight an army of circus freaks. The fight and the concept were so off-the-wall (Fighting conjoined quadruplets! The World's Fattest Woman!), but so much fun that I found myself reading it a second time. The angst comes at the end, but it doesn't come for long, as Dick gets right back in the fray, as Damian's gotten himself into trouble. Thumbs WAY up! And yes, I also want to curb stomp Damian after this issue.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38: And now we get the big lead-up to Blackest Night, as the Alpha Lanterns make their presence felt in this issue. They conduct several executions, including one against a GL that's shocking, to say the least. Kyle and Guy don't get much time to react, as the Guardians send them back to Earth, so it looks like they'll be earthbound when the dead rise. As for Mongul, his plan to make Daxam his homebase hits a snag. Who knew an entire planet of beings powered by a yellow sun wouldn't want their word enslaved? This issue read great and makes me look for...eh...you know. The chaos begins next week, proper. Thumbs up!
More to come next week, including Green Lantern #43 (to kick off the Blackest Night), the Amazing Spider-Man Annual, and X-Men Legacy #226!
"So listen up boy, or pornography starring your mother will be the second worst thing that happens to you today."
I was taken aback by Captain American Reborn. I love Lost, and apparently so does Ed Brubaker. The exact same verbiage as Lost in terms of time travel, with Sharon Carter as The Constant. All that was missing was for time-tossed Steve Rogers to call Bucky "brotha", brotha.
Secret Invasion week also saw some other comic gems. COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #04: If you didn't ever think you'd see Darkseid just lounging on a couch in a dingy apartment, well this is YOUR issue! Seriously, this issue's a total crock.