Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. I seem to have the Con Crud from Canada. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: None. Wasn't feeling too well, decided to grab my books and go home to lie down. 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): Blue Beetle #29 Project Superpowers #5: Dynamite Entertainment - A lot of "second verse, same as the first" stuff, and skipping over things it would have been nice to see. The pacing, frankly, bites. It's reading more and more like just a flimsy excuse to draw the characters in fight scenes, with minimum lip service to a story. Neutral. $2.99 Ms. Marvel #29: Marvel - Ms. Marvel kills super-powered Skrulls. Then she finds out a little more about the tactical situation, and kills more Skrulls. Then she relocates to a potentially more defensible position and finds that there's a really scary Skrull that needs killing. Fight scene padding, no real character insight or development, eminently skippable. Neutral. $2.99/$3.05Cn Thor #10: Marvel - Mostly about Loki using the truth to deceive everyone, particularly Balder, but with a little bit of the Bill/Kelda plot advanced. Kinda leisurely in its pacing, but a good read. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn newuniversal 1959 #1 (of 1): Marvel - Jumping around through the 1950s, we're shown what happened to the last set of superhumans (the Nightmask, Justice and Spitfire avatars show, but no Starbrand), and it's tied even more firmly into the Marvel Multiverse with the 1950s Tony Stark playing a pivotal role. While the cover suggests a sort of pulp or noir story, it's a bit on the dry side most of the time...I suppose a sort of emotionally flatter noir. H.P. Lovecraft's Haunt of Horror #2 (of 3): Marvel MAX - Corben adapts a short story (a fairly long one, compared to the one in #1) and two more sections of the poem "Fungi From Yuggoth" this issue. "The Music of Erich Zann" is pretty good, but "The Canal" and "The Lamp" (both from the Yuggoth poem) feel kinda perfunctory, although at least the Canal takes a visually interesting route. Recommended. $3.99/$4.05Cn Justice Society of America Annual #1: DC - The story here (written by Johns, drawn by Ordway at his most Silver Age DC) follows Power Girl after she was sent away by Gog, who supposedly sent her home. But you cannot set foot in the same river twice, and all that. It's got some nice nostalgia for fans of the early 80s Earth-2 stuff, but for all its extra size it's just the opening of a story. Mildly recommended. $3.99 US/Cn Teen Titans #61: DC - Kid Devil and Blue Beetle teamup, against old Booster Gold foe Shockwave (who's gotten a new suit since his appearance in Teen Titans #56). A decent done-in-one story by McKeever and Rodriguez. Recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Blue Beetle #29: DC - For some reason Rogers has his name on the cover, but this is actually the first issue for new regular writer Matthew Sturges (with Albuquerque staying on as regular artist). And, to my relief, Sturges seems to have the hang of the characters right out of the gate, with a tone very similar to what Rogers brought (my main previous experience with Sturges was Shadowpact and Salvation Run, which were necessarily a bit darker, so it may be that Sturges isn't trying to write like Rogers...that this is just how he writes when not dealing with as much evil). Oh, and 2.8 kiloTesla will do about what Sturges shows it doing (heck, 28 Tesla will). A very promising start to the new run. Strongly recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Dynamo5 #15: Image - While there's a short bit with a couple of the other D5'ers, this issue is mainly Scrap and the new heroine Vigil dealing with the chaos that has sprung up in the wake of Dynamo5 vanishing from the scene. But it's not just puncheminnaface, the issue is really about Scrap coming to a decision about where she needs to go with her life, even as everyone else on the team seems to be trying to pretend like everything's back to where it was before #1. Oh, and some much appreciated guest stars in the final scene, too. :) Recommended. $3.50 Just an "old books alert," I got my hands on all three volumes of Action Philosophers from Van Lente and Dunlavey from deepdiscount.com, and while I haven't had time to read 'em yet, just frim skimming they look fun. I may do a Rant Special on the books over the weekend, or just fold them into next week's Capsules. 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 7/30: Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #40, Scud the Disposable Assassin: the Whole Shebang. Awards: "Heels On Wheels" Award to Project Superpowers #5 "Do Dry Cleaners Do Skrull-Blood Stains?" Award to Ms. Marvel #29 "The Best Liars Need Only The Truth" Award to Thor #10 "The Stark Effect" Award to newuniversal 1959 #1 (of 1) "That's What You Get For Building On A Floodplain" Award to H.P. Lovecraft's Haunt of Horror #2 (of 3) "The Killing Choke" Award to Justice Society of America Annual #1 "Weaponizing CuteOverload.com" Award to Teen Titans #61 "Not A Great Idea To Take The Name Of A God Without Asking First, Though" Award to Blue Beetle #29 "MILF-tastic!" Award to Dynamo5 #15 Dave Van Domelen, "Is it lame that I'm still excited about having a secret identity?" "Yes." - Blue Beetle, Peacemaker, Blue Beetle #29 (runner up was "You are not Johnny Cash." - Peacemaker.)Back to the Main Rants Page.
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