Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Tornado cleanup still going on at work. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: Books for next week - Nova #15: Marvel - The Galactus and Harrow story wraps up, and Nova gets a new status quo. While I'll admit I'm always rather down on Abnett & Lanning as writers, this one really didn't have any of their usual strengths...or weaknesses, for that matter. It just sort of WAS. $2.99/$3.05Cn Guardians of the Galaxy #3: Marvel - Lotsa fight scene, some snark from Rocket Raccoon and Drax, and some really annoying villains acting like they stepped out of a Warhammer 40K RPG session. Eh. Still a better read than Nova, though. $2.99/$3.05Cn Iron Man Legacy of Doom #4 (of 4): Marvel - Huh, they usually don't put the last issue of a mini in the first looks pile. Well, they fight the big demon, Tony has a Moment of Insight and they manage to win out. Didn't particularly impress me one way or the other. About the only real selling point is that it's Not Post-Civil War Tony. $2.99/$3.05Cn Hulk Chronicles #1: Marvel - A reprint of Hulk #106, Hulk: World Breaker, and a short "saga" piece summarizing how things came to pass that Hulk declared war on Earth. Decent stories being reprinted, at least, and they're intersplicing the pages to tell it all in chronological order. $4.99/$5.05Cn (okay, now they're just taunting Canada) Invincible Iron Man #3: Marvel - Well, they can't make Tony not be Director of SHIELD, but Fraction does what he can to evoke the Iron Man movie in this issue, with an extended flashback on the Stane/Stark conflict of the 1980s (realtime) and waving around a piece of tech that looks like the Arc Reactor movie-Tony put in his chest. And, as long as we're having 80s flashbacks, they update the Raiders (those guys in lame blue and gold armors from the Hammer/Stane days). Recommended, largely on nostalgia. $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): None. 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 Legion of Super-Heroes #43: DC - You know, "superheroes versus bureaucracy" stories are almost never as interesting as their writers seem to think they are (unless the story goes over the top and makes the bureaucracy into some sort of mystic/noetic menace, but even that has its pitfalls), and this is no exception. Yet another issue of Lightning Lad sitting in his chair dealing with paperwork and surly officialdom...it might be realistic, but it's deadly dull. And it leaches the energy out of the extensive fight sceneage in the issue, too. Neutral. $2.99 US/Cn Blue Beetle #28: DC - Pfeifer writes this "waiting for a new regular writer" issue, Baldeon pencils. A done in one tale of a menace fought by both Dan Garrett and Jaime Reyes (although the timing is a little weird, since this is WWII Dan Garrett, not 1960s Dan Garrett, apparently). It's an okay story, but lacks a certain oomph. Mildly recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Doctor Who #5: IDW - Second last issue of the current arc before they restart at #1, not that they admit any more on the actual comic if it's a miniseries. I spent a lot of the early part of the issue wondering if I'd missed an issue...the pacing's rather off, and Russell plays things a touch too coy. The random artist wheel comes up with a decent one this time, but nothing outstanding. I seriously doubt this story will wrap up in any way that convinces me to pick up the followup series, though. Very mildly recommended. $3.99 Star Trek New Frontier #4: IDW - Another penultimate issue, and a bunch more characters get tossed into the mix to confuse things. The humorous scenes and the dark scenes don't really mesh, and the art continues to be pretty ugly. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Igor Movie Prequel #3: IDW - Another pair of stories. The first just has our trio of protagonists having an adventure (of sorts) while giving another background-character mad scientist some screen time. Fun fluff. The second helps establish what will no doubt be the main motivating conflict of the movie (well, the main motivation for the majority of people in the setting, if not necessarily for the title character). Recommended. $3.99 Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen #2 (of 5): Oni Press - Looong delay between issues, explained in the text page as being a combination of switching artists and a solidarity co-strike with the TV writers. It's a flip book, with the main story being on the side with the black and white Matt Wagner cover, involving the fallout from Tek's screwups in #1's main story. I have to say, I kinda prefer the enthusiastic "Tek's always right" tone of the original cartoons over the "Tek's a screwup who lucks into solutions, and his superiors know he's a screwup" tone seen here. The backup on the flip side is short and somewhat restrained, but more the sort of thing I like out of a Tek Jansen story. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Dynamo5 #14: Image - In the wake of the team being blown to bits and back, most of 'em are trying to salvage the remains of their personal lives, with varying levels of success, but the city itself is falling apart. A new hero (who may be a previously-seen character in a new outfit...there's no real clues of this, but it has that feeling to it) is trying to hold things together, but villainous presence has passed a tipping point. Even if the entire Dynamo5 were up and ready to go, they'd be hard pressed to deal with the chaos. Yildiray Cinar pitches in on about half the issue's art. Recommended. $3.50 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 7/2: Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #40. I did see the Myth-Told Tales comic, and passed on it. It's an adaptation of one of the newer Myth Adventures short stories, and I've been rather disappointed by Asprin's more recent works in the setting, that particular piece included. And while the art looked decent, it lacked the charm that Foglio or Valentino brought to the old Myth comics. Awards: "Let My People Go" Award to Avengers/Invaders #3 (of 12) "Drive Offensively" Award to Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #41 "Rashourmon Traffic" Award to Amazing Spider-Man #564 "Did Shooter Spend Too Much Time In DMV Lines Recently Or Something?" Award to Legion of Super-Heroes #43 "Son Of A B...You Know" Award to Blue Beetle #28 "You Are Far Too Trusting" Award to Doctor Who #5 "Rough Tradecraft" Award to Star Trek New Frontier #4 "Well, It Certainly Disintegrates" Award to Igor Movie Prequel #3 "Cover Charge" Award to Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen #2 (of 5) "She Needs A Tricked Out Motorcycle" Award to Dynamo5 #14 Dave Van Domelen, "Ah, Captain. Are you here to KILL me?" "No, Lucius, I am not." "Damn you. Damn you to Hell." - Lucius and McKenzie Calhoun, Star Trek New Frontier #4Back to the Main Rants Page.
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