Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Forgot to change this bit last week, oops. An archive can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants Items of Note (strongly recommended or otherwise worthy): None. "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. Late Books: These are comics that were not listed as shipping during the week they were reviewed. Sometimes someone recommends a book to me that's already out, and I grab it over the weekend. Sometimes it's a trade paperback I ordered online rather than trusting Diamond. Sometimes the store screwed up or I was inobservant and I missed something I meant to get. USUALLY, though, it's because Diamond didn't ship what it was supposed to ship and I had to scrounge around or wait on a reorder. Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1 (of 5): Marvel - More of a Young Masters of Evil, with a motley collection of not-very-heroic sorts picking up the legacies of various members of the Masters and playing at being heroes as part of a big piece of performance art. It has a scattered feel, really not pulling together even by the end of the issue. In other words, writing for the trade. The concept is interesting, though, and I've liked Cornell's writing on Young Avengers in the past, so I'll give this another shot. Only mildly recommended on its own, though. $2.99 New Comics: Comics and comic collections that I got this week and were actually supposed to be out this week, as far as I can tell. These reviews will generally be spoiler-free, but the occasional bit will slip in. Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen #5 (of 5): Oni - And it finally wraps up. The main story finishes off what little arc the series could be considered to have, with the final battle with the Optiklons, while the flip-book backup is a cute little done in one on surveillance. All told, while I think it's possible to translate the Tek Jansen cartoons to comic form, this series wasn't it. And certainly not worth the wait. Neutral. $3.99 Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Official Movie Adaptation #1 (of 4): IDW - Wow. I've seen some pretty bad compressions in adaptations, but this one barely rises to the level of Cliff's Notes. I'm not sure reading it could even constitute spoilers for the movie, I've seem more details in the TRAILERS. It's like Furman's not even trying here, just taking X panels per minute of screen action and "adapting" it as lazily as possible. Avoid. $3.99 (As an aside, I'm reading the prequel novel now, and it's okay, although the redshirts are painfully obvious.) Transformers All Hail Megatron #11: IDW - And at last Megatron's Master Plan is revealed, in among the double page spreads (which, to be honest, are things that deserve the double page spread treatment). It's a huge retcon, but of the "good" variety (i.e. not contradicting anything that has gone before, but probably not what the writers were thinking of back at the time). In short, a good issue, but the sort of thing we should have seen months ago, rather than padding the series out they way it was. Recommended. $3.99 Mysterius the Unfathomable #5: DC/Wildstorm - Things start to tie together, but not before we get a flashback to a previous Delfi's career which may or may not be relevant later on. As "So, Mister Bond, allow me to explain my plan" issues go, it's okay. There's also a short preview of the StarCraft comic, which I skimmed and found ugly and utterly uninteresting. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Green Arrow vs. Black Canary #20: DC - Yes, the title was changed for this cover. The opening conceit is that they're in couples therapy, and it's used to put in some flashbacks to Dinah's latest-revision origin (parts of which we've seen in previous issues), although it goes outside the therapist's office soon enough. The Shield (the Archie/Impact character) makes a cameo, for those who follow such things. Recommended. $2.99 The Brave and the Bold #23: DC - Huh, not dead after all. Of course, with the story being written and pencilled by Jurgens, it's practically a side story for Booster's own title anyway. The other character in this not-really-a-teamup is Magog, who interests me even less now that he's not Terribly Mysterious. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Gold Digger Sketchcard Album: Antarctic Press - A bunch of sketchcards done as a promo for Gold Digger #101-2...but Perry ended up making them into two stories rather than a bunch of disconnected sketches. So it's almost like a new issue of Tangent, in that respect, although the art is even sketchier than in Tangent, if that's possible. :) The first story features Crush getting her first job after jail (along with a few short stories on the job), while the second features Avenger in a "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends" parody. It wraps up with Peebri's first weapon design and then some headshots (um, the depiction-of-character sort, not the kind one would attempt to make using Peebri's weapon). A bit hard to read in places and not exactly accessible to new readers, but fun. Recommended. $2.99 Gold Digger Ninja High School Maidens of Twilight #4: Antarctic Press - Well, the story wraps up, and I've definitely seen better from both Perry and Bevard. Not sure if J.L. Anderson shares any of the blame for the sometimes choppy pacing, but every so often it felt like a page had been lost. I can see where all the character arcs were trying to go, but...well, not much in the way of impact, unfortunately. Mildly recommended. $3.50 Invincible #62: Image - Pretty much Invincible and Conquest beating on each other, with a few half-hearted attempts by Invincible to stop the fight. No Startling Revelations about Conquest (although given the rather small Viltrumite population I half expect him to be Invincible's grandpa), but Cecil supplies his share. Recommended. $2.99 Timestorm 2009-2099 #2 (of 4): Marvel - The retconning continues, although a bit of retroactive butt-covering is deployed as well, handwaving the original 2099 date as being plus or minus a few decades thanks to the information lost in the Dark Ages. In places the story feels fanficky, but it's otherwise a decent read. Recommended. $3.99 Marvel Adventures Avengers #36: Marvel - The tension is a bit more artificial than even the norm for superhero stories, and there's not a lot of examination of the central premise (that heroes create the menaces they fight), just a surface treatment of the overt plot. Yeah, MA books aren't intended to have deep subtext, but that doesn't mean they can't have it. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Amazing Spider-Man #594: Marvel - Waid and Kitson conclude their 24/7 arc, resolving a number of mysteries and restoring the status quo thematically (i.e. Parker's life sucks more than he really deserves) if not literally (i.e. Vin's still in jail, but Peter gets a new roommate who's just as much of a hassle). Recommended. $2.99 Agents of Atlas #5: Marvel - Dark Reign banner. Spider-Man gets to show that he's the brains of the New Avengers, and the "Logan meets Jimmy Woo" backup from a while back gets some followup. The plan comes apart in many details, but hangs together in its goal, at least short term, and Namora gets to have some fun. :) Recommended. $2.99 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 5/20/09: Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #22, Transformers Maximum Dinobots #3, Ninja High School #169, Justice Machine vol 1 TPB, Gold Digger Tech Manual #3, Farscape Strange Detractors #2, Gold Digger v3 #105, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1, Gurren Lagann v1. Add Ninja High School #170, Incredibles #2. Awards: "Thor No Doubt Personally Exiled Her, Then Forced Her To Go On The Hembeck Show" Award to Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1 (of 5) "Even Hatred Itself Can Love" Award to Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen #5 (of 5) "Magic Nose Goblins" Award to Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Official Movie Adaptation #1 (of 4) "Someone Set Up Us The Bomb" Award to Transformers All Hail Megatron #11 "Burning Moose Is More Fun" Award to Mysterius the Unfathomable #5 "Someone Get These People The Phone Number Of Dr. Blink" Award to Green Arrow vs. Black Canary #20 "Magog's All Set To Fight Mumm-Ra" Award to The Brave and the Bold #23 "Bum-Looker!" Award to Gold Digger Sketchcard Album #1 "Strictly Speaking, They're Not All Maidens" Award to Gold Digger Ninja High School Maidens of Twilight #4 "Teach Yer Grandpa Ta Chew Planets, Why Don't'cha?" Award to Invincible #62 "Kron-O-Logical Disorder" Award to Timestorm 2009-2099 #2 (of 4) "Does Anyone Else Actually Want Those Sausages Now?" Award to Marvel Adventures Avengers #36 "He Should Just Move Into An Abandoned Goblin Base Or Something" Award to Amazing Spider-Man #594 "Well, Wolverine Has Plenty Of Excuses Not To Recognize 'Em" Award to Agents of Atlas #5 Dave Van Domelen, "How come my futures always STINK?" - Wolverine, Timestorm 2009-2099 #2 (of 4)Back to the Main Rants Page.
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