Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Last year of the Naughty Aughties? Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants "Other Media" Capsules: Things that are comics-related but not necessarily comics (i.e. comics-based movies like Iron Man or Hulk), or that aren't going to be available via comic shops (like comic pack-ins with DVDs) will go in this section when I have any to mention. They may not be as timely as comic reviews, especially if I decide to review novels that take me a week or two (or ten) to get around to. Nothing this week. Comics Capsules: Short, relatively spoiler-free reviews of books I actually bring home (as opposed to reading in preview form in the shop or online). If I get a book late due to distributor foulups or whatever, I'll put it in the Missing section. Books of Note (Strongly Recommended or otherwise worthy): Love and Capes TPB vol 1 Transformers: All Hail Megatron #6: IDW - Ah, some verging on SNAD-ness here, and plenty of Decepti-angst. Echoes of the Big Broadcast of 2006 continue, of course, and the new Autobot continues to have a big "Hi, I'm The Traitor" sign hanging over his head. Cute bit with Perceptor, though. Recommended, mainly for Starscream being clever and Perceptor being badass. $3.99 Galaxy Quest #5: IDW - Final issue. A decent use of the "break out of the mind traps" cliche, but the deus ex machina is rather rushed. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Doktor Sleepless #10: Avatar - Another Doktor-less issue, and this one is mostly a police procedural drama introducing a few more new characters and shedding light on others. Nurse gets a very short scene, otherwise it's all cop drama. Moderately interesting, but not a genre I really go in for. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Justice Society of America #22: DC - And Johns and Ross wrap up the Kingdom Come epilogue they really wanted, tossing in yet another version of the Legion of Super-Heroes at the very end (I've heard this called the Levitz-era Legion, but there's sufficient clues in the brief appearance to confirm it's not). The Gog thing is wrapped up fairly anti-climactically, mostly a pile of small stories (i.e. Steel has a Moment, Damage does, etc). Ross comes in to draw the Earth-22 scenes, a somewhat jarring disconnect with Eaglesham's art. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Justice League of America #28: DC - An issue-long fight scene between the JLA and the Shadow Cabinet, with only a few hints of plot. But Jose Luis is a big step up from Ed Benes on the art, so I'm okay with the relatively plotless issue. Recommended. $2.99 Legion of Super-Heroes #49: DC - Penultimate issue. And, you know... Shooter's gonna have to pull off one whopper of a Silver Age style compressed story to even come close to resolving things next issue. Oh, I suppose we could get a "one big threat neutralizes the other" resolution, but even that involves a lot of threads that'll need to be woven together pretty quickly. In fact, it's almost a lock that we'll see something along those lines. But there's a lot of interesting subplots that are gonna get short shrift, which is a pity. Mildly recommended. $2.99 [Later note: I'm told the final issue is #52, so Shooter has a little more time to wrap things up.] Blue Beetle #34: DC - SCIENCE! More or less, anyway. :) Both the Polaris plot and the immigration plot get wrapped up, although I expect the latter will continue to simmer in the background for the brief time this series has left. And one of the book's longest running subplots finally gets some solid resolution, with next issue apparently devoted to tying it off. Recommended. $2.99 Avengers/Invaders #7 (of 12): Marvel - Well, two big names are revealed as being behind parts of this, but the way in which it comes about strongly suggests that neither is the prime mover, merely taking advantage of opportunities. Even if there weren't five more issues to go, this all has the feeling of penultimate boss battles, and once these guys are vanguished around #10 we'll see the real villain. In other words...a wee bit padded, really. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Avengers the Initiative #20: Marvel - Dark Reign tie-in. Various bits of fallout for the regulars, including a very creepy but makes-sense-in-a- Marvel-Universe way method of Hank Pym dealing with things. Too bad Ant-Man is being shuffled off to Thunderbolts, though, but at least he gets one last snark. Recommended. $2.99 Incredible Hercules #124: Marvel - Big battle full of snarky sound effects with the nature of reality at stake. Okay, so it leads into an alternate reality story and it's not like we've been short of those in Marvel lately, but Van Lente's definitely having fun with this one. Not sure what's up with the cover, though...Ares isn't around other than a reference to his recent miniseries. Recommended. $2.99 Love and Capes TPB vol 1: IDW - This is a title I've been picking up as Free Comic Book Day issues (#4 and #7, for reference), and after the last one I decided I liked it enough I'd get the first TPB when it came out. Which happened last month, although my order got messed up, hence my getting it only now. IDW didn't publish those individual issues, those came out under Maerkle Press. This TPB covers #1-6, but while I was waiting #8 came out, I guess I'll get to track that down. :) Anyway, Love and Capes is set in an "homage" superhero universe, full of obvious versions of mainly DC characters, but a few Marvel (i.e. Arachnerd). Like Invincible, though, it's more about what happens between the big fights. Specifically, the romance of Crusader (sorta-Superman) and his girlfriend/fiancee. It pretty much starts with him revealing his secret ID and goes from there. An excellent romantic comedy that just happens to involve superpowers. Strongly recommended. $19.99 (168 pages, full color) Gone Missing: Stuff that came out some places this week and that I wanted to buy, but couldn't find for whatever reason, so people don't have to email me asking "Why didn't you review X?" (If it's neither here nor in the section above, though, feel free to ask, I might have forgotten about it!) Current list as of 1/2/09: Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #22, Transformers Maximum Dinobots #1, Transformers Return of the Fallen Prequel #1. Awards: "Exactly When Was A Guy Who Can Shoot Things In Orbit NOT Scary?" Award to Transformers: All Hail Megatron #6 "You Stand No Chance Against Us, Unless You Exploit Our Only Weakness, Which I Will Now Allude To" Award to Galaxy Quest #5 "NYPD Extremely Blue" Award to Doktor Sleepless #10 "Guess He Didn't See Global Warming Coming" Award to Justice Society of America #22 "Stimpy, Give The Man His Five Dollars Back" Award to Justice League of America #28 "Presidental Perkiness" Award to Legion of Super-Heroes #49 "Side Effects Include Mild Tingling, Nausea And Insomnia" Award to Blue Beetle #34 "Extremely Shiny Vampires?" Award to Avengers/Invaders #7 (of 12) "Thank You, Try The Veal" Award to Avengers the Initiative #20 "If You Want to Win Her Heart, You'll Need To Find It First" Award to The Incredible Hercules #124 "At Least She's Not Wonderella" Award to Love and Capes TPB vol 1 Dave Van Domelen, "Don't you people EVER stay dead?" "No traditionally, no." - Doctor Polaris, Blue BeetleBack to the Main Rants Page.
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