May 25, 2011

Dave's Unspoilt Capsules and Awards

The Week's Picks and Pans, plus Awards of Dubious Merit Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. An archive can be found on my homepage, Still no offers of employment, but had a decent phone interview today. This week, my local comic shop finished making the transition to pull list only for comics...not enough walk-in traffic for comics to risk having stock on the shelves. The only way new comics will hit the shelves is if Diamond mis-ships or if someone drops their pull. So from here on out, if I didn't order the comic, I'll only see it on the shelf if Hastings carries it. Items of Note (strongly recommended or otherwise worthy): None 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 5/25/11: Shadowland Power Man #4, Transformers Timelines G2 Redux, Gold Digger #127, Transformers Dark of the Moon Rising Storm #3-4, X-Factor #218, Transformers Foundation #3, Time Lincoln Jack to the Future, Science Dog Special #2. "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. Still haven't watched Tales of Asgard, was distracted getting caught up on new Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes (which is off to a good start this season). Time-Shifting: Sometimes I get a comic a week or two late because of Diamond's combination of neglect and incompetence. If it's more than a week late, though, I won't review it unless it's very notable. Additionally, I will often get tradepaperbacks long after publication or even sometimes before Diamond ships them, and those will go here. If I'm reasonably sure I'm reviewing something that didn't ship this week, this is the section for it. Nothing this week. I picked up the Bone YA novel over the weekend, and once I read it I'll review it in this space. 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. Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3: IDW - Still don't have #2, but I read it on the shelf and didn't much care for the direction the book was taking. This issue nosedives right into Total Suck, though. Did Powell set out to be campy-bad? Maybe. But the result is just plain awful. And keep in mind I willingly watch things like Godzilla vs. Hedorah or Gamera vs. Zigra. Avoid this titanic turkey. $3.99 Super Dinosaur #2: Image - Kirkman goes deliberately toyetic this issue, almost to the point of making me wish there really was a toy line associated with this book. Unfortunately, when you play that card and there *isn't* a toy line, it...doesn't always work. This issue is okay, but the book still wobbles for me. Great high concept, not so great execution. Mildly recommended. $2.99 X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: Marvel - This is an OHOTMU-style book, focusing on updating and filling in the gaps on the mutant books. In addition to new things like the 2099 Timestorm update, it's got entries on the Bamfs, Lords of Light and Darkness (from MTU Annual #1 in 1976) and the Warpies. There seems to be an assembly error, not sure if it's just mine or line-wide, a page was folded over before stapling so the entries for Saturnine and Shinobi Shaw are stuck in the middle of Madison Jeffries's entry. A useful resource, though. Recommended. $4.99 Power Man and Iron Fist #5 (of 5): Marvel - Well, it all wraps up and things are explained. Somewhat light and frothy all things considered, an amusing read but without a lot of lasting impact. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Spider-Girl #7: Marvel - Well, next issue is the final one, so the Raven plot is coming to a head (with the help of Spider-Man). The "trust me, I've been there" messaging is laid on a little thick, which feels a bit like Tobin had originally planned to spread some of this character development out but had to cram it in before the hammer fell. And while Anya may be without measureable superpowers, she's still hooked into the Comic Book Smart People field (i.e. all scientists can do any kind of science, all computer programmers can write code on the fly for an unfamiliar OS, etc). The art by Clayton Henry and Sergio Cariello is a bit wobbly in places. Recommended. $2.99 The Amazing Spider-Man #662: Marvel - A decent wrap-up to the Avengers Academy crossover, although there's a plot hole or two in the climax. The Infestation two-pager was okay, and Tieri's backup story was a lot better than I'd expected (I have low expectations of his writing in general). Recommended. $3.99 Awards: "This One Would Break Joel And The Bots" Award to Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 "As Long As SD Doesn't Start Dating One Of The Kingston Girls" Award to Super Dinosaur #2 "Xraven. Really. (forehead slap)" Award to X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes "Something Against Kerry Gammill?" Award to Power Man and Iron Fist #5 (of 5) "As Long As He Doesn't Access The Black Ones" Award to Spider-Girl #7 "So, Psycho-Man's Naked Now?" Award to The Amazing Spider-Man #662 Dave Van Domelen, (for the third time) "Bite. Me." "I am beginning to seriously consider it." - Skinhead punk and Iron Fist, Power Man and Iron Fist #5 (of 5)
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