Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Spring is here, and with it giant monsters. An archive 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): None. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Defiance #4 (of 4): IDW - Okay, that makes Diamond one for eight in terms of shipping the movie prequel comics to my store. They didn't ship Spotlight: Gary Stu this week, though. Anyway, like Alliance #4, the actual storytelling part ends after a few pages and we shift into summary mode, laying out the rest of the backstory for the movie. All of the "just dumb luck" stuff about the setup in the first movie is ruthlessly retconned into being For A Purpose, and the whole setting gets rather Furmanned. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Doktor Sleepless #12: Avatar - The gang wars continue, with more gangs (including the police, which are simply a better-equipped gang in Heavenside) getting involved. Pretty much more "here's things going to hell, and Doktor Sleepless may be making it worse or better but he's certainly turning up the pace" stuff like last issue. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Ignition City #1 (of 5): Avatar - Retro-futurism given the same sort of "itz not so grate, aktully" treatment that Doktor Sleepless gives to cyberpunk. Lots of nods and winks (a former space pilot named Buster Crabb, for instance) but everyone talks about the setting in a natural way, which is to say they don't rehash information for the benefit of the reader. So there's a lot of implication, but it's frustratingly coy. And, of course, the world sucks and will probably drown in its own filth for having the temerity to not be as cool as it could have been. Oh, and America is evil and banal, but that almost goes without saying for an Ellis project anymore. Just interesting enough to keep me reading, though. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Booster Gold #19: DC - About half an issue's worth of denounment padded out to fill the whole issue. A certain amount of summing up the themes of the issue so far, as well, as Booster has a heart to heart with his past self, and Michelle deals with her own angst. Both this issue and the Secret Six I got (and hence, probably all the mainstream DC books this week) have a preview of the upcoming Power Girl series, featuring l33tb0ts of some sort. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Secret Six #8: DC - Ah, date night. When a stripper is the most well-adjusted person in the room, you know it's Secret Six. A rather philosophical issue in general, although a lot of that philosophy is nihilistic or comes from a Lowlie from Apokolips, so it's not what I'd call life-affirming. On the other hand, the systems espoused seem reasonably functional and even sane, given the professions and origins of those involved. Oh, and to keep things from getting too sane, Rag Doll gets a Mini Marvels/Tiny Titans style backup story. Save the monkeys! Recommended. $2.99 Timestorm 2009/2099 #1 (of 4): Marvel - I didn't pre-order this, but I decided to grab it on impulse. As implied by the title, time travel is involved, with someone rewriting the 2099 timeline to his advantage and having the sort of unintended consequences that always crop up. Reed's writing is a bit opaque at times, but generally good, and Eric Battle's art ic quite nice. An OHOTMU entry for Mig O'Hara "Classic" is included that goes into quite a lot of depth. Provisionally recommended. $3.99 eXiles v4 #1: Marvel - This is one of those times I follow a writer onto a property I've lost interest in. :) Parker goes back to basics, recruiting another eXiles team from across realities, etc etc. This time, though, it's people yanked from just before their deaths, so there's no going back at all. One character's backstory is conspicuous by its absence, though, although having skipped v3 I couldn't say for sure how obvious Parker's being. Recommended. $3.99 All New Savage She-Hulk #1 (of 4): Marvel - Dark Reign banner. This is the daughter of Hulk and Thundra from that Hulk one-shot a while back. Essentially Thundra with green skin. But Fred Van Lente's writing it, so I'm giving it a shot. And we're three for three with timeline monkeying Marvel comics this week! It's made even more clear that the Thundra in Hulk: Raging Thunder isn't from any previous Thundra reality, but instead from a possible future of Earth-616 (although it's got its own altiverse label, Earth-8009). Van Lente uses the ARMOR group from Marvel Zombies for the chorus and initial fight scene cannon fodder, but most of the issue is a series of flashbacks to Lyra's (the new shulkie) homeworld, flashbacks that are likely to continue through the entire series given that they don't reach "and then she came back in time" point yet. Recommended, but that largely because I like Boudicca the bossy virtual pet. $3.99 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 4/8/09: Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #22, Transformers Maximum Dinobots #1-4, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: Alliance #2, Jersey Gods #1-2, Booster Gold #17, Gen13 v4 #27, Dynamo5 #20, Cthulhu Tales #12, Gold Digger Maidens of Twilight #2, Transformers Spotlight Jazz, New Mutants Saga. Add Transformers Spotlight Drift. Awards: "I Still Blame The Goa'uld" Award to Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Defiance #4 (of 4) "His Eyes Have Mask-Holes" Award to Doktor Sleepless #12 "Suck Rogers" Award to Ignition City #1 (of 5) "Why Is Every Complaint About Being Treated Like A China Doll Inevitably Followed By Doing Something Stupid That Justifies That Treatment?" Award to Booster Gold #19 "That Never Happened To Spridle" Award to Secret Six #8 "Vending Machines Are NEVER Your Friend" Award to Timestorm 2009/2099 #1 (of 4) "Conspicuously Absent From The Design Sketches, Too" Award to eXiles v4 #1 "This Is Probably Why ARMOR Didn't Pick Up On The Timestorm Thing" Award to All New Savage She-Hulk #1 (of 4) Dave Van Domelen, "We Lowlies had a saying. 'Hope is the heart of pain, and only fear is eternal.'" "That's quite a sad philosophy, Insignificus." 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