Oops, forgot about last week. Oh well. Moving right along...
SECRET INVASION #6: The pacing for this series has been god-awful and I was really hoping Bendis would redeem himself here. Instead, we get another issue of NOTHING. Those hoping for the teased Avengers reunion get a whole lot of nothing, as Bucky America only appears for two panels. I've heard of a slow burn, but this is ridiculous. There's no justification for dragging out what's essentially a five-issue series all the way to nine issues. Lenil Yu's spreads at the end save this from being total crap. Thumbs in the middle, leaning down.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #571: Eddie Brock's new act is growing tiresome and he's only been around for two issues. That's not good, to say the least. Norman Osborn saves this one from being a total wash, but things are looking to pick up next issue. Anyone else pumped for Spidey vs. Bullseye? Thumbs in the middle.
FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS #2: I absolutely love these characters. No other writer in the medium has Allen and Montoya nailed like Greg Rucka. The storyline's also picking up quite nicely and I'm very intrigued by the "first" who wields the Spear of Destiny (and, for long-time DC fans, the pick makes a lot of sense). The tie to the big Crisis comes at the end. Aside from Rogues Revenge, THIS is the tie-in to have! Thumbs up!
BOOSTER GOLD #13: Ok, so following up on Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz's masterful first run is a really tough act to follow. It's a lot to ask of Chuck Dixon, but this issue (like the last one) is a perfectly fun romp. For the life of me, I can't see where it's going in the long run, but it was fun while it lasted and the guest star on the last page got a grin out of me. Definitely worth the price tag, but for those on the fence, I would recommend waiting for the trade here. Thumbs in the middle, leaning up.
Feel free to add on, as always, as there's plenty more from this week (including Ultimate Origins #4 and Deadpool #1).
Interesting that the latest issue of All-Star Batman, which was to have come out today, has been recalled by DC. It seems that several of the word balloons in the issue had swear words, which were blacked out. However, the offending words were still clearly legible. Oops! (One wonders why they bothered to write out the words in the first place - this sort of thing was bound to happen eventually.)
Originally posted by TeapotInteresting that the latest issue of All-Star Batman, which was to have come out today, has been recalled by DC. It seems that several of the word balloons in the issue had swear words, which were blacked out. However, the offending words were still clearly legible. Oops! (One wonders why they bothered to write out the words in the first place - this sort of thing was bound to happen eventually.)
Someone in the business told me that you would do it, given the "black bar" gimmick, to make sure the words were of appropriate length. Of course, I said, couldn't you just use similar words?
All and all, another stupid thing in the last few years to associate with Miller.
After a promising first issue, it took SI until the last few pages of issue 8 to finally get interesting again.
Nothing associated with All Star Bats surprises me anymore. The art is always good, I will say that. But otherwise, this series was about as opposite as All Star Superman as it could be, and I don't just mean the differences between the two main heroes. One book shows how the idea works, the other makes you just wonder what the hell were they thinking. Someone feel free to mark out my cursing with a little black bar.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
The New York Times (nytimes.com) has an article on the rebuilding of Vertigo Comics as a brand. But the really interesting thing is the title and release date of Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III's Sandman: The Sandman: