Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Tornado-damaged asbestos tiles suck too. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: Books for next week - Squadron Supreme #1 (of 5, not that this info is on the cover...the IDW Syndrome is spreading!): Marvel - Howard Chaykin is give the property to play with. This series is set in the wake of the Ultimates crossover that didn't read...five years later. It looks like what Chaykin is setting out to do here is replace the thinly-veiled DC characters in the Supreme universe with thinly-veiled Marvel characters (we get Venom/Spidergirl, Captain America and the Fantastic Four, more or less). Could be interesting, but not enough to get me to pick up the series. $2.99/$3.05Cn Avengers/Invaders #3 (of 12): Marvel/Dynamite - Each of the time displaced Invaders gets some screen time, although as the cover suggests, Namor gets the most. There's a few nods here and there to the ongoing event crap at Marvel, but for the most part the story works independent of things like Civil War or Secret Invasion. And there's little bits here and there that suggest the ending won't just hit the Cosmic Reset Button. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #41: Marvel - Cute story by Sumerak, explaining in part why Peter Parker never got his driver's license (something that was a little easier to swallow decades ago when teen drivers in the city were really rare and driver's ed wasn't so pervasive). Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Amazing Spider-Man #564: Marvel - Oooh, Overdrive has powers, he's not just a loon in a tricked-out car (not that there's anything WRONG with loons in tricked-out cars). Gale, Guggenheim AND Slott tell this story, in a Rashomon-ish way from the POVs of Spidey, Vin Gonzales and Overdrive. Unlike Rashomon, thought, we get to see what really happens, it's just the narration boxes that spin the tale to favor the teller. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn 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): Young Avengers Presents #6 (of 6), Gold Digger: Tifanny & Charlotte #1 (of something). Project Superpowers #4: Dynamite - Still pretty aggressively writing for the trade here. The focus is too split for anyone thread to get very far in a single issue, plus no one character gets enough time at a stretch to do more than superficial development. Granted, there's a few cute bits that make it an enjoyable read, but Ross and Kreuger aren't handling their large cast as well as JMS is handling his over in The Twelve. Mildly recommended. $2.99 The Clockwork Girl #4 (of 4): Arcana - Well, it ends on several metaphors being made literal, but it all felt kinda anticlimactic. The final scene was nice, though. Mildly recommended. $1.99 US/Cn New Warriors #13: Marvel - Well, the Machinesmith fight wraps up, with some of the big guns being pulled out, but the whole "valiant last stand" idea set up at the end of #12 really doesn't go anywhere. The book feels like it's running out of steam, and Grevioux is trying to take an 8 or 12 issue concept and pad it out to more. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Ms. Marvel #28: Marvel - The entire issue is Ms. Marvel fighting no-name super-Skrulls and coming to an epiphany that all she really needed was to get la...er, get in a war. A fun enough slugfest with some reasonably clever Skrull-fighting tricks, but despite her epiphany it's kinda shallow. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Avengers the Initiative #14: Marvel - It's the Skrull Revelation issue, getting inside the head of the real Skrull plant in the Initiative (and thus explaining some of the stuff from previous issues that didn't really need explaining), spending some time with Crusader, and bringing back the old 3-D Man powerset (which included the ability to sense Skrulls, although it looks like they're going to mess with that to avoid the Big Event being short- circuited, sigh). Mildly recommended...decent enough storytelling, but I'm already sick of Secret Invasion and that colors my enjoyment of any tie-in that's too tied-in (Hercules being a notable exception because it takes a weird spin on things). $2.99/$3.05Cn She-Hulk v2 #30: Marvel - A Herc cameo during his cross-country drive of a few issues back (somewhere between "Beer" and "Beer"). Definitely closes out the first chapter of the "someone's messing with Shulkie" uberarc, laying down the truth about Bran and getting Jen back on the road. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Young Avengers Presents #6 (of 6): Marvel - Hawkeye (the young lady, not Clint "Ronin" Barton) gets the spotlight in this final issue. Every issue of this has been about identity in some way (legacies, family, the nature of humanity, etc), but this one is pretty overt about it, as Kate Bishop has to fight Clint for the right to keep calling herself Hawkeye. Alan Davis and Mark Farmer do the art under Matt Fraction's excellent story, and prove that even in the middle of sucky company-wide stuff, there can be hope. Strongly recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Teen Titans #60: DC - Well, the arc ends with the heroes escaping, but it's only to set up a Terror Titans miniseries. And while McKeever does some good stuff with the Dark Side Club crap sandwich he's been handed, he's still being limited by the ingredients...it's not always possible to pull a good story out of a company-wide event suckfest. Mildly recommended. Number of the Beast #6 (of 8): DC/Wildstorm - Heh. Daemonite with a pince nez. Said Daemonite provides exposition to nail down the last few bits of "what's going on here?" left in the backstory, just in time for the fight to come to the waking world. Hm, and given the filecard on Private Warr, I have to wonder if he gets his origin story by the end of this mini? It'd provide at least some closure for the DC-dictated never-ending-story syndrome that I fear may have taken hold here. Still, that concern aside, recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Gold Digger: Tifanny & Charlotte #1 (of I dunno...house ads in other AP books call it a miniseries, but there's no hint in the actual issue that it is, or how many issues): Antarctic Press - Like Peebo Tales and Tangent, this appears to be a collection of webcomics, short (mostly one page) bits focusing on Tifanny and Charlotte at school, a place that is The GDverse's equivalent of PS238. Yes, Charlotte looks adult, but she's still just a kid. Unlike Tangent, this is finished color work. Fred Perry draws and does layouts, J.L. Anderson (who's been kicking around AP for a while now, on and off) does the art and lettering. Anyway, in addition to being a place for the children of superhumans, this place also provides faculty jobs to those who might otherwise become evil mad scientists (so instead, they're just loopy mad faculty). A knowledge of GDverse stuff helps, but isn't necessary...and my favorite character (Miss Giggle) is new. Strongly recommended. $3.50 US/Cn Gold Digger v3 #97: Antarctic Press - The whole Dynasty/Abyssalisk conflict is clarified, and the Diggers girls are stuck right in the middle of it. There's also wedgies and angst, but not angst about wedgies. Yet. Recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #18: Antarctic Press - Now it's time for the gazetteer issues, or "Realms and Dimensions". This issue covers Aebra through Jade, and while many of the locations have gotten some treatment already, these entries go into a bit more depth give larger versions of the maps and diagrams we've already seen. Interestingly, there doesn't appear to be any new art in this book...the cover is all pieces assembled from other issues, and all the interior art is either excerpts from the series or larger repeats of stuff from previous OHOTGDUs. Still, a good treatment. Recommended. $3.95/$3.95Cn 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 6/25: Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #40. Correction: I got Fallen Angel #26 already, I simply got it before it was listed on Midtown's release list...and it stuck in my mind so poorly that I didn't remember I'd already read it. This may be a sign it's time to reconsider reading it. Awards: "Dude, I Thought Hydro's Costume Looked Gay Before I Was Old Enough To Know What 'Gay' WAS" Award to Project Superpowers #4 "Release The MARMOSETS!" Award to The Clockwork Girl #4 (of 4) "Just Don't Let Thor See That One" Award to New Warriors #13 "Bran The Blessed Should Meet Ms. Marvel" Award to Ms. Marvel #28 "Ze Goggles! Zey Do SUMPSINK!" Award to Avengers the Initiative #14 "Even Kirby Doesn't Think She's Gonna Call, Dude" Award to She-Hulk v2 #30 "I Shudder To Think What Else Mythbusters Does In The Marvel Universe" Award to Young Avengers Presents #6 (of 6) "What's The Matter, Don't You Have A Watch?" Award (that maybe one person reading this will get) to Teen Titans #60 "We Demand A Doctor Sin Ongoing" Award to Number of the Beast #6 (of 8) "Teachable Moment...INCOMING!" Award to Gold Digger: Tifanny & Charlotte #1 (of something or other) "Servicing Head" Award to Gold Digger #97 "Surprisingly Few Locations Have Been Utterly Destroyed" Award to the Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #18 Dave Van Domelen, "Central Park carriage ninja." - Kate Bishop, Young Avengers Presents #6 (of 6)Back to the Main Rants Page.
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