FINAL CRISIS #1: The Goon's got me covered on this one. Thumbs in the middle.
GIANT-SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1: I mentioned in the Final Crisis thread that death in comics is such a cliche and they rarely ever stick. And just like there's no way in hell that Martian Manhunter's demise sticks, there's no way Kitty Pryde meets her end for long. Although Marvel gets the edge for Death Scene of the Weak, because Kitty's death is MUCH more gripping than J'onn's one whole panel. The Marvel Universe cameos are pretty much just that, but I'm totally ok with that. This issue was very good. Collect the trade! Thumbs up!
BATMAN #677: The second part of "Batman RIP" isn't as much fun as the first. It's all a little abrupt and the whole thing with Jezebel Jet reads too much like a Vince Russo storyline that's bound to end in a SHOCKING SWERVE~! This makes two semi-clunkers from Grant Morrison this week. Thumbs in the middle.
KING-SIZE HULK #1: Marvel apparently likes things with the word "Size" in the title this week. Anyway, this issue tells us that Red Hulk really, REALLY likes guns. Oh, and knives, as he decapitates a Wendigo. This portion of the story concludes with a look at General Ross, just to really hammer home the point that he's probably the Red Hulk. It's worth the price of admission for the backup story featuring a reprinting of Wolverine's debut, but the Red Hulk stories are merely average. Still, this one's worth buying. Thumbs up!
X-MEN LEGACY #212: Gambit and Xavier run from a bunch of guys trying to kill them. They try and get to the bottom of a hitlist that includes Xavier, Carter Ryking, Cain Marko (!), and Sebastian Shaw. Some nice character pieces here, but it's not much to write home about. Thumbs in the middle.
That's it from me this week. Between Secret Invasions and an underwhelming start to this new Crisis, it's REALLY showing that event comics are jumping the shark.
Re: Batman #677. I read Part 1 of "R.I.P.", and throughout it I had three burning questions: 1. Who's this person and this person and this person. 2. What in the world are they talking about. 3. Why should I care about all this.
None of those were addressed. As somebody who hasn't read anything of Batman in the last ten years beyond "Hush" and just recently picked up Dini's "Detective Comics," I got the hint and decided to drop it before I just ended up frustrating myself. As somebody pointed out in another thread, DC works on the assumption you've been reading every single title involved in a major storyline. Which is fine for people who have been following it for awhile, but fails miserably in its goal to bring more people into the Batman fold.
The idea of King-Size Hulk irks me in that they have this uber-special supersized one-shot for a new Hulk comic that's on issue...what, 3? 4 maybe?
But enough about stuff I stayed away from.
ACTION COMICS #865 - This issue is the perfect example of why Geoff Johns is so much better than everybody else. DC as a whole has used countless maxi-series, relaunches, reboots, Crises, etcetera to try to explain and/or "fix" errors in their continuity. In this issue, Johns not only retcons a fairly unpopular event in the life of the "Toyman" character (Cat Grant's son being murdered by him in the 90s), but also explains ALL the Continuity problems throughout DC's history and establishes one singular Toyman - and ONLY one Toyman. And as goofy as it is on the surface, it more than makes perfect sense considering what the Toyman does. And it's a really cool little story to boot! God this book's awesome. Geoff Johns, you are nothing but pure gold my friend.
DAREDEVIL #107 - Rucka joins Brubaker as co-writer for the series starting with this issue. Matt Murdock has to start manning up and stop using what happened to his wife at the hands of Mr. Fear as an excuse to feel sorry for himself, and we see him coming back to the real world via a new client (recommended to them by Luke Cage) who continually confesses to a crime he didn't actually commit. As much as I like Brubaker's work on Cap, I find this book to be consistently better and more entertaining. Thumbs way up. Though it's not as fun as
THOR #9 - , which was a blast to read. Whether it was Loki tricking the stupid Asgardians, the Asgardians trying to grasp the concept of scoring "points" in "basketball", Volstagg asking if the Avengers are still around and bragging that he could join them...man. J. Michael Stracyznski is officially forgiven for "One More Day" (though we all knew that was Joe Q. anyway) AND for that stupid Spider Totem stuff in Amazing a few years back. This book needs to be on everybody's pull list.
MARVEL 1985 #1 - It's an okay (if uninspired) concept that's executed fairly well and has me intrigued enough to pick up the second issue. That being said, I hope there's more of a story here involving Marvel characters' intrusion on what's supposed to be our world, because I don't know if I can take much more of another tired story that just wants to let us know that all of us readers are sad, pathetic individuals who had unhappy childhoods and lock ourselves up in fantasy worlds.
POWER PACK: DAY ONE #3 - My roommate's been picking this one up, and it's really good for a chuckle (intentionally). Thumbs up.
WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #3 - I've been so over Wolverine for so long that if his name is even mentioned I immediately lose interest. But between Jason Aaron's fun "Get Mystique!" arc and this book, it looks like all isn't lost for everyone's favorite regenerating mutant. Thumbs up.
Really good week for the books I picked up. Even the weakest book of the lot I liked more than most others seemed to (see the thread for "Final Crisis").
I didn't care at all for the last issue of Astonishing X-Men. For starters, it felt like very little happened in the book, especially considering the wait we had to go through to get it. That's okay though, because the book also cost like twice as much money as any other book. There were also basically no surprises in the book, even considering the fact that the ending was ruined months ago in Uncanny. Everything played out exactly like you would expect it to given the issue before it. Finally, I absolutely could not buy the ending. I've been reading comics for 20 years, so my suspension of disbelief is pretty strong. I can accept a lot of stuff. But Kitty phasing a planet-sized structure, which happens to be made out of a substance she has tremendous difficulty phasing, through the entire planet is total bullshit. Sorry.
Originally posted by Deputy Marshall In this issue, Johns not only retcons a fairly unpopular event in the life of the "Toyman" character (Cat Grant's son being murdered by him in the 90s), but also explains ALL the Continuity problems throughout DC's history and establishes one singular Toyman - and ONLY one Toyman.
I suppose this retcons Winslow Schott's exact involvement in Adam Morgan's murder, but it's not as if it retcons the murder itself. Adam still existed and he's still dead. To a degree Schott is still responsible since he's the one who built the "Toyman '93" robot to begin with. (Also, I don't see why Cat Grant thinks her son didn't suffer because it was "only" a robot that stabbed him to death.) The only thing that really changes is that DC is now free to use any version of Toyman they want, without having to explain why he suddenly stopped being a serial killer. Which is good; I hope to see the Jack Nimball robot again real soon.
What's more disconcerting for me is the retcon that Cat is being presented as trampy again and she's singularly described as the former gossip columnist for the Daily Planet, as if she'd never done anything else. She was working for GBS by the time Adam died, and for the rest of the '90s she was running the whole darn network until DC forgot about her.
One title that might have fallen under many people's radar is the Nightwing Annual #2. Anyone who's followed the Dick Grayson/Barbara Gordon relationship (and who didn't as a child) should give this issue a go.