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April 30, 2008

Pull List Analysis/Reviews for April 30, 2008

Filed under: Pull List Analysis,Reviews — Chris Eckert @ 10:00 pm

Hey everybody, Free Comic Book Day is nigh, but if you want to pay for your comics, here’s what to expect on the shelves this week! (This got delayed a bit by technical difficulties, so it’s now a combination of analysis and review!)

A lot of books one or more of us approve are out: Action Comics, Ex Machina, Green Lantern, Immortal Iron Fist, New Avengers and X-Men Legacy all have new issues out that I don’t really have anything to say about. Elsewhere, creators we like (David Lapham, Tony Harris, Karl Kerschl) are on books we’re probably just buying because we like them. Plus there are a ton of trades/graphic novels/squarebound funnybooks out this week that deserve your attention. (more…)

April 19, 2008

Thoughts from NYCC – Day 1 – “Can We Have Your Job?”Con

Filed under: Blurbs,Reviews — Joseph Mastantuono @ 1:52 am

The first thing I can tell you about the con, was it’s been a long day, I’ll have more coherent stuff about this on a future podcast or article when I’m not dozing off as I type this.

First thing I hit was a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist“. I didn’t mind all the poorly shot sequences, still talking heads, and slow panning shots of panels. What really took me out of the movie was its poor structuring, glacial pace, and lack of insight into its subject. It was really a shame because I feel like they really had the footage to make something special. I felt they stopped short and made a pedantic History Channel biopic, when they could have said many things. It was a strange experience, because at every point where I started to really get interested in what Eisner or a collaborator was saying, they would cut away to something else. The filmmakers try to create some nuance or controversy by bringing up the Ebony minstrel character present in “The Spirit”, but then immediately bury the controversy as soon as a contemporary (I think it was Gil Kane) divulged that he felt it was inappropriate at the time. It was left unclear what happened at that particular sticking point, and the film quickly continued into it’s ‘rah-rah’ mode, simply honoring Eisner as opposed to giving us a portrait of who he really was.

The film asks more questions than it answers, and despite my trashing it, there was one section that deserves special mention as insight into what the film could have been. There is a segment where Eisner talks about the death of his daughter, and its effect on the book “A Contract with God”, which was such a genuinely moving and well created segment that it only draws more contrast with what a portrait film of this absolutely fascinating man could have been like. But the filmmakers played it safe by failing to make strong choices about their point of view, and failed the audience by doing so. However, Eisner himself remains inscrutable, and more can likely be gleaned from reading the man’s work. (more…)

April 9, 2008

Pull List Reviews for 4/9/08

Filed under: Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 11:14 am

Fantastic Four #556: Now, this is getting a little ridiculous. I understand you want to establish your new villain as a badass – as someone who can take on all comers. I thought everything else about this issue was very enjoyable (although the standard Mark Millar disclaimer applies – if he’s annoyed you before you won’t be won over now), but the method of villain badassery establishment bugged me a lot, as did the fact that the science doesn’t even seem to conform to its own internal rules – Reed just, you know, does shit. Which is cool, but it doesn’t do much to kill his reputation as a deus ex machina (the role he certainly fulfills here).

Justice Society of America #14: This issue converges the two plotlines that have been going on this arc, namely “Who the fuck is Gog?” and “Wow, this team is too goddamn big.” These plotlines are, as people who are paying attention (and who read Kingdom Come) probably already figured out, more related than they seem at first due to Earth-22 Superman’s role as doomsaying prophet. I keep hearing the complaint that this book is a “Kingdom Come circlejerk”; it’s not altogether inaccurate, but that seems kind of unavoidable considering the book is, uh, a sequel to Kingdom Come. It’s nothing revolutionary, but it’s fun.

Green Lantern Corps #23: First of all, DC? Stop it. Stop doing this with cover text. Lord of the Rings jokes on a Green Lantern cover with a bunch of rings isn’t funny or clever, it just looks hideously dorky. That said, this finally picks up the “RingQuest” arc Tomasi was doing before he was interrupted by I guess Patrick Gleason’s drawing schedule and that quick Sterling/Nelson Boodikka two-parter. It’s nice to get back to the main characters and see things develop, there’s some good Guy and Kyle stuff, but it’s still mostly setup for the longterm stuff Tomasi’s clearly planning for his run. It’s a good Green Lantern comic, but nothing truly special. Yet. (more…)

April 8, 2008

Comics Foundry Spring 2008 Review

Filed under: Reviews — Chris Eckert @ 11:00 pm

PEDRO SEZ:I still can’t get over the jaggies here. They hurt.

I really disliked the Comics Foundry preview I got at the MOCCA Arts Festival last year. I had high hopes for it: Wizard has been fucking up the job of being a comic magazine for so long and The Comics Journal has moved away from covering the superhero stuff in any way that wasn’t attacking it. I was hoping for something that was in between.

Last summer’s CF preview wasn’t it. It was printed in black and white, I hated the paper stock and the main article about how Buffy was the greatest pop culture heroine of all time just rubbed me the wrong way. It seemed way too focused on the pop culture stuff and instead of the medium. I pretty much had no desire to pick up a full issue. But then Chris told me about their launch party, and the promise of a free copy. I figured I’d give it another shot.

Matt Fraction has a secret. This issue is better than the last one.The party was a nice display of your typical well functioning and well dressed comic fan that may never dispel the myth of Oscar Wao. I did get a weird look at the bar from a woman when I complained about missing my pull and liking the ending to All Star Superman, and we were the butt of one harmless but awkward joke about Chris and I’s sex life (pssh I wish) at the hands of CF‘s editor, but we did get free copies of the new issue.

Chris has some thoughts on this second issue after the jump:
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April 3, 2008

Of Land and Swipes and Scratch

Filed under: Blurbs,Reviews — Pedro Tejeda @ 4:37 pm

Right after the Wizard World LA announcement of the new additions to the Uncanny X-Men creative teams, FBB and FBB followers reacted with similar opinions. We love the writers, but one of the artists makes us shake our heads. It led to the production of an image that hit a couple of sites and eventually found itself on the blog of Editor and Dancing Machine Tom Brevoort as a question. Tom gives his opinion here, and I posted a comment that I want to go into further detail about.

One thing that I feel happens a lot when we, as a reading community, come across someone who uses “scratch” or who “swipes” is that we treat it as catching someone cheating. It becomes a “gotcha” situation used to shame an artist for not doing a better job of fulfilling this ideal of what an artist should do and be. We use it to call the creators lazy, or call the artist a hack. Deppey does this often enough to level his unrelated grievances at superhero comics done at the Big 2. The Swipe Files become a smoke screen for people to call those who hire these “obvious” cheaters incompetent. Does pointing out swipes fulfill anything outside of attacking the creators’ and the editors’ ability to do their jobs?
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March 12, 2008

Pull List Review BONUS for March 12, 2008 – Screamland #1

Filed under: Reviews — Chris Eckert @ 11:00 pm

Deathmate Reborn by Jeph Loeb & Rob Liefeld, Coming 2009!Hey FBBArmy, remember Image? In recent years they seem to have transitioned from THE SPAWN PEOPLE into a publishing house that puts out a lot of smaller self-contained series that aren’t too far from the sort of thing post-Sandman Vertigo is known for, but with lesser-known creative teams. Books like Fell, Casanova, Pax Romana, Phonogram and a lot of other stuff that probably slips through the cracks for one reason or another. I know a lot of their books (Pax Romana for instance) never show up on my radar until someone points them out to me.

In that spirit, I’d like to point out one of those books that debuts this week, Screamland by Harold Sipe and Hector Casanova. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve known Harold for a couple of years; he’s a good guy, and he let me read a preview copy of the first issue.

Yeah, I think it looks a little like Zombie Hunter S. Thompson too.

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Pull List Reviews for March 12, 2008

Filed under: Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 10:05 am

Superman #674: I’m not really sure if I’m going to miss Busiek on this title anymore, since Insect Queen was extremely lackluster and this just feels rather rushed – which, admittedly, is totally not Busiek’s fault (his original storyline, featuring the introduction of Chloe Sullivan, was killed for presumably editorial reasons and I believe he had to plot this in a weekend). It would certainly have been nicer to see him go out on a higher note, but the demands of Trinity are calling. Not to really slam the issue – it’s a totally serviceable issue of Superman – I just figure without intervention it’d probably be a lot better. Still, thanks to Busiek for what started off as a great run, and new series artist Renato Guedes is simply stunning (although I really liked him coloring himself – does that just take too long for a monthly book?).

Mighty Avengers #10: This is just fantastic, with Bendis doing his ’60s flashback issue complete with “CONTINUED AFTER NEXT PAGE” signs before advertisements and old dot-coloring. Not that the comic itself is in an old-school style, with Doom displaying a particularly amusing sardonic wit (I’d kill for an odd-couple style Doom/Tony team-up book by Bendis) and some long-awaited character development for the Sentry. I’ve been a fan of the thought bubbles since the beginning, but I think Bendis is really getting a handle on using them correctly at this point. Great stuff. (more…)

March 5, 2008

White Tiger

Filed under: Blurbs,Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 8:41 pm

Don’t let the art trick you. This book is no good.
Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe, Phil Briones, Al Rio
White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion
Marvel Comics

White Tiger isn’t a little bad, or a book that was marred with a few missteps. It is an outright handbook on how not to write a superhero comic. It seems to relish in a obscene number of cameos that will confuse new readers as to who these characters are and confound old readers who wonder why these guest stars are appearing so out character. It switches between a hyper compression and decompression, never finding a comfortable pace to tell its story. The first 3 issues are semi packed with story, but the next two issues meander into page wasting cameos that force way too much story in the last issue. I won’t even get how offensive the resolution to the story is. The story takes everything unique and special about the character and her nemesis from the Daredevil arc that introduced them and replaces them with cliches and stereotypes. I feel that Pierce and Lieber thought since they were writing a comic, they wrote what in their minds they imagine comics are supposed to be like, full of hokey dialogue, awful and nearly racist characterization and bad plots. I can’t fathom how a book that misses the quality increase in the superhero medium over the last 10 years could spin out of the definitive series of the era. This book is only worth picking up in singles out of the dollar bin for anyone who loves train wrecks or for any writer entering comics from another media. To the latter, if you find this story to be competently written, go back to writing CSI and leave comics alone.

This didn’t even happen the way it did in the other book, and that’s one of the least awful things in the book.

Preview available here.

March 1, 2008

FreakAngels: Smartly Designed for Your Scrollwheel

Filed under: Reviews — Joseph Mastantuono @ 8:42 am

As someone who really digs a considerable amount of Warren Ellis’ published work (see Fell & Transmetropolitan) I was somewhat surprised to see that he was releasing a web comic called FreakAngels. I haven’t heard of any comic author going from the glitz and glamour of the publishing world to the wild west of online web comics.

The first three issues are out and while it may be early for a definitive review, I think there’s enough there to weigh in on. The premise, a post apocalyptic world with gifted twenty-somethings seemed like it could be a bit much, and I was waiting to see whether this was something that I would follow. Ellis is doing a fair amount of world building and character introduction, but what is very interesting about the book is the design.

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February 27, 2008

Pull List Reviews for 2/27/08

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 5:33 pm

This… is going to be long.

Before I begin, this week has three Ed Brubaker books, two Geoff Johns books, two Mike Carey books, a Mark Millar book, a Brian Michael Bendis book, a Greg Rucka book, a Grant Morrison book, a Frank Miller book, and a Jeff fucking Smith book. The new releases shelf is a dizzying array of talent this week.

All Star Batman & Robin #9All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #9: This is a really fantastic comic that, with this issue, really starts to show its range. As a matter of fact, I’d say this issue serves as a good breather after eight issues of high-octane insanity – but not before the first half of the issue, which, as anyone who’s checked out the preview can attest, is one of the funniest scenes in recent memory and certainly cements this Batman as an updated version of his trickster self from the Silver Age. The second half starts off like a record stopping, as the book changes mood dramatically in a way that’s perfectly consistent and finally brings some humanity to these loonies after Batman has a much-needed moment of clarity. It’s taken a while to get there, but this is easily in the pantheon with Miller’s other Batman work.

Action Comics #862: The highlight of this Legion arc so far as a few issues I had were brought to the surface, especially the fact that the whole Legion-reject thing was kind of dickish of the Legion, as well as Gary Frank continuing to settle in and get comfortable and typically cool (without being senseless) action that you’d expect from Geoff Johns. Not a masterpiece, but better than basically anyone’s come to expect from a monthly Superman comic.

Batman #674Batman #674: Tony Daniel has improved immensely over his stay on this title, and Sandu Florea’s inks raise the game as well. I’m a huge fan of Daniel’s creepy new depiction of Bat-Mite, who Morrison is reintroducing brilliantly. Anyone who’s read the recent Newsarama interview knows just how much thought Grant has put into Batman’s life and character, and that love and understanding oozes from every pore of this page to the point where my only complaint is that it almost might be too jarring and confusing for non-longtime Batman fans. It certainly has more impact if you’ve read all the wacky ’60s shit it’s referencing. That said, it’s a fantastic issue that continues to raise the bar on this run. (more…)

February 21, 2008

Pull List Reviews for February 20, 2008

Filed under: Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 12:47 pm

It’s Thursday morning, so here’s the reviews. With no further delay, and more below the jump:

Batman and the Outsiders #4: This book is actually getting more interesting than I initially gave it credit for, although I’m really confused about how this lines up with Countdown (although this is hardly Chuck Dixon’s fault). That said, this is a smart use of Brother I as a continuing villain, and the book’s quality is basically in line with the best of Dixon’s work – it doesn’t blow your mind, but it’s consistent and entertaining and intelligently constructed. Julian Lopez’s art maintains the same quality of the first and third issues.

Brave and the Bold #10: Christ, this book is old-school. Despite the creative heavyweights behind it, I can understand why its sales are sinking – it’s really for people who totally, utterly love bizarre and obscure strands of DC continuity. I understand that it’s supposed to be introductory for these characters, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of the charm is only there if you know the history, the pencils are incredibly busy and the colors are muted and frankly lifeless. I love the book, but I kind of get the feeling that despite Waid’s best efforts, it’s not for everyone. That said, this is a fun issue where the fight against Megistus continues through time and space. The plot is incredibly convoluted, but makes a lot of sense when you put together the pieces – it’s just that that’s really hard to do without a really solid background in DC continuity. I guess I’m torn.
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February 13, 2008

Pull List Reviews for February 13, 2008

Filed under: Pull List Analysis,Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 5:21 pm

Alright, the first three are above the fold but there’s a huuuuuge dump of reviews here so most of them are after the jump. Enjoy!

Booster Gold #0: Something about the dialogue seemed clunkier in this issue, but that very well may have been a knowing nod back to Zero Hour. That said, it was shockingly approachable — as a matter of fact, the ZH aspect of the issue plays back seat to a fairly creative retelling of Booster’s origin and circumstances. Jurgens’s art continues to improve. More of the same, but in a good way.

Superman #673: This insect queen storyline really kind of fell flat for me. Busiek’s scripting is starting to feel clunky, and I just can’t get involved, at all, with yet another repetition of the “insect alien hive-mind” trope. And after the last arc with the Third Kryptonian, this feels decidedly… villain-of-the-week. Chris Kent is still the best part of this story, and that’s no surprise, since he’s really the major soap-opera throughline that connects this to the rest of the ongoing run. I’m not really concerned, though, as it was just this particular arc that seemed like a low point – at least so far. If the next two issues were continuing on this path, perhaps Busiek’s removal wasn’t the worst idea in the world.

Amazing Spider-Man #550: This is, in every possible way, more of the same. Great coloring from Stephane Peru. RIP.
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February 6, 2008

Pull List Reviews for February 6, 2008

Filed under: Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 11:39 am

Just finished up my morning reading, here’s what I thought:

Uncanny X-Men #495: Man, this was shockingly good. Brubaker is an A-list writer in comics right now, but Uncanny has always been the black mark on his schedule. Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar was a boring plot with drab character work; The Extremists was a fun five-issue story that dragged on too long and ended in a dangling thread; and Messiah CompleX was basically filler except for Mike Carey’s issues. So I got this expecting the same old mediocre but passable X-Men storytelling and character work that marked his run so far. And I was really, really pleasantly surprised. For the first time in years, Uncanny feels less like some sort of X-Men Gaiden and more like, well, the main fucking X-Men book. It’s a downtime issue with some really funny moments, some excellent character work, and gorgeous Mike Choi art. If you’ve been waffling on Bru’s run so far, give this a shot. It feels like he’s finally doing his own thing.

Nightwing #141: This week’s other pleasant surprise. Tomasi captures that successful twentysomething voice for Dick (and his peers) in a way that Jones and Wolfman just seemed incapable of. There’s some plot going on with a villain and dead bodies or whatever, but this issue is really great just to see Dick interact with his peers and set up his base in New York in a methodical, intelligent, refreshing way. Also, some great scenes with Bruce, Alfred and especially Wally.

Supergirl #26: This book is really interesting, and different. I’m enjoying it. But it’s just plain too fucking different and despite the smart writing, I just don’t see this book surviving much longer. I’m fascinated by the turn it takes at the end, and it’s definitely going for a fresh and different perspective on the teen superhero book, but it’s taking too damn long to get there and seems calculated to turn off as many casual readers as possible. I liked it, but… I’m torn.

Amazing Spider-Man #549: The book certainly keeps its voice moving from Slott to Guggenheim. The Jackpot story at least gets the cliches and obvious suspicions out of the way early, and Larroca’s art is gorgeous. If you enjoyed the first month, give it a try, but I really hope the writers have a twist coming to differentiate this era from the Essentials you can go get at Barnes & Noble.

Detective Comics #841: Alright, Paul, time to bring shit together. These fun done-in-ones can only go on for so long. Nguyen’s art is fantastic, and this is certainly better than last month’s Ra’s albino Ghul crap, but maybe I would have enjoyed the issue more if Dini hadn’t blown the twist at a panel like four months ago. If you’re a fan of Dini’s done-in-ones, though, this is one of the best ones in the run so far.

Justice Society of America #12: I’m really liking this book, and I’m really enjoying a lot of these new characters, but… why are they only going after legacies? I’m still unclear on this, don’t non-legacy superhumans need a hand too? How much longer are we going to have these introductions to Johns’s pet new legacy heroes before we finally get to the conflict? I was loving this book at the beginning, but the breezy pace this arc is going at as well as Johns’s infatuation with this legacy-based alternate American history of the DCU is just really starting to get old. Hopefully next issue will rectify this.

January 4, 2008

Nightly News

Filed under: Blurbs,Reviews — Pedro Tejeda @ 3:54 pm

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Jonathan Hickman
Nightly News
Image Comics

There is a lot of negative things going on in Nightly News. It’s heavily photo referenced art, nearly every alternate page features an info chart, a heavy handed political message, the ending feels very underwhelming and a little cliche, even down to the “it was me all along moment”. It’s very similar to the reasons of why I don’t care for Brian Wood’s debut work on Channel Zero. However, Hickman does a lot of good stuff here that overcomes these shortcomings. The opening issues were strong and told a type of story that I haven’t seen done elsewhere. His admits to the photo referencing but makes each of the shots his own. A contest he runs to find a scene referenced from a movie proves tough. In the end, there is more promise in this book than I originally thought. I wouldn’t recommend this at the full price, but cop it off amazon and also keep an eye out for other work by this writer.

Nightly News is pretty decent.

and Pax Romana is awesome

Preview available here.

December 28, 2007

Pull List Reviews for December 28, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis,Reviews — David Uzumeri @ 3:43 pm

This was an absolutely huge week for me, so there’s a lot here.

Batman #672: If you were waiting for the part of the run where everything would go fucking insane and you’d think “Well, Jesus, NOW this is a Grant Morrison book”: It’s here. I’ve been enjoying this book a lot so far, but the main plot kicks into overdrive here and we’re headed for Batman stories the likes of which we haven’t read in decades. Anyone who had Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told as a kid and read it over and over like me will REALLY enjoy this issue.

Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #3: The threads tying these stories together become a lot clearer, as does Montoya’s current mental state, and what Flay is up to. This is a really interesting book that a lot of people aren’t digging because it is admittedly very slow and detail-oriented — but the rewards are there if you look for them.

Death of the New Gods #4: It’s about on par with the series so far — if you’ve enjoyed it so far, you’ll like this. Unless you’re a *hardcore* Kirby fanboy to the point of rejecting anything different done with the New Gods. Because there are some odd revelations in this issue. Still, it’s fun, and casts some interesting questions about Final Crisis, but at the end of the day, it’s FC-speculator Kirby continuity porn.

Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files: The nerd’s reference guide. Huge and definitive. I haven’t read all of it yet — it’ll take quite a while — but it’s a slick package.

Legion of Super-Heroes #37: Manapul’s art works really well with this book, and Shooter’s script is strong and funny, combining old-school and new-Waid-era Legion sensibilities. He’s got a reverence to what comes before, and his writing style isn’t Claremont-dated — the dialogue is crisp, the characterization strong. It’s your dad’s Legion book, and it’s not. It’s a strong first issue. I can’t pass too much judgment yet, but I’m intrigued.

Amazing Spider-Man #545: If you think this is the end, you have absolutely no reading comprehension skills. It was easily the best issue of the arc so far, with people acting remotely reasonable for once. There are a lot of dangling plot threads, and it’s not pissing on thirty years of continuity. This isn’t the end of the story. You may not still like it, but give it a chance.

Iron Man #24: Events start fitting together. Guice’s art with White’s coloring looks fantastic, I’ll be sad to see him leave this book. It’s a mid-arc chapter, so I can’t say too much specifically, but if you’ve been enjoying this smart techno-espionage-thriller this chapter won’t disappoint.

Punisher #53: The previous few issues, amped to 11. This arc is insane.

Daredevil #103: This issue ostensibly features guest art by Paul Azaceta (Potter’s Field), but I sure couldn’t tell. It’s another strong issue of Brubaker’s run, but I really don’t know where he’s going with all this — it’s starting to feel like just another tribulation in Matt’s life. Still, Bru has the tendency to impress and surprise me. Another for the “we’ll see” pile, but fans of the book so far will want this (obviously).

Captain Marvel #2: This miniseries is shaping up to be way more interesting than its predecessor, Civil War: The Return. It seems like they aren’t planning on Mar-Vell’s return being permanent, which is interesting, and it’s doing a lot to lead towards Secret Invasion (at least, so it seems). It’s an interesting take on the character, and honestly I’d like to see more after this mini, but I just don’t see it happening. Maybe I’m wrong.

Teen Titans #54: McKeever ends his first arc on an alright note, although I’m unsure how i feel about the implications of the final scene. Still, it’s not really his book — this arc was editorially mandated — until #55, which will allow for a fuller examination of what he’s planning on doing with the title.

Ultimate Spider-Man #117: Maybe the best issue of the series so far. I don’t want to say any more, but this issue is essential.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #49: I have to admit this arc didn’t do much for me, and I didn’t think Brooks’s art fit the characters very well. That said, I’ve been enjoying Carey’s run as a whole, and next issue returns to his far more interesting Cosmic Cube main-plot. Unfortunately, I also understand it’s the last or second-to-last arc before Jeph Loeb ruins the Ultimate Universe.

Blue Beetle #22: Excellent as always, although I’m scared the book is crawling along to its end. Its sales certainly haven’t been hopeful. With any luck, editorial approval will keep it alive a la Manhunter, since it really is one of DC’s best books.

Avengers: The Initiative #8: Holy shit, what a difference a Gage makes! The dialogue is way sharper in this issue, with a lot of Slott’s more obnoxious tendencies toned down with a lot of his sense of humor that was enjoyable in She-Hulk v1 shining through. I think it brings something to the book that it was lacking before, a kind of grounding, and I’m on for the foreseeable future because this book seems to be finding its form. It’s not Marvel’s best book by a longshot, but it’s got a huge cast of interesting characters that it’s doing cool stuff with. If you’ve been turned off by Slott’s tongue-in-cheekery, give this issue a try.

52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #5: I want Giffen to take over Superman/Batman, because his version of the relationship between the two is hilarious and believable. That said, the miniseries barrels towards its final confrontation, and it continues to be a lot of fun and supporting the thesis that 52 spinoff books are the best things at DC.

Action Comics #860: The arc continues, basically. I’m not sure where it’s leading, but it’s quite a bit of fun.

Flash #235: If you love the kids, this is a great issue. If you hate the kids, it’s godawful. Totally depends on that. I love the kids, so I thought it was great, and it’s a shame Waid’s leaving although Tom Peyer is pretty hopeful as a replacement. The backup, as always, is funny and rather nicely dovetails back in with the main plot.

Green Lantern #26: Taking stock after the Sinestro Corps War, basically. This is a much slower arc about the changes going on in the Corps, and it’ll answer a lot of questions people had about what the organization is going to do with these new regulations. Sinestro especially gets some really interesting face time. The book may have slowed down, but it’s not losing its appeal or momentum.

Captain America #33: What’s great about Brubaker is that he takes stories exactly where you think they’d go, but he manages to make it incredibly entertaining anyways. His characters are consistent to the point of being predictable, and lord knows Marvel’s marketing department doesn’t help, but it never does anything to the impact or quality of his stories.

Thor #5: What the fuck, JMS? This is just bizarre, I dunno what else to say about this issue. This is a new direction but… kind of not. I dunno.

Brave and the Bold #9: B- and C-listers galore, as this issue features three different team-ups, all linked by the plot thread of the Challengers and Megistus. It’s big-action cosmic time-space-bending superhero comics at their best, much like the series so far; it revels in being old school.

X-Men #206: Man, why the fuck are the Carey chapters the only important ones of this crossover? This is a great issue, but it just seems lame that in between them I have to slog through three issues of chess pieces moving before they actually fight in the Carey issue. Maybe I’ll be wrong next month; I hope so.

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