Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Rounding up the usual exam averages. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: Squadron Supreme #3: Marvel - Slowly, the Avengers/Ultimates/whatever Chaykin's gonna call this bunch start to assemble, while the FF analogues fall apart and Spider-Girl explores her powers. Some good moments, but they don't really add up to a story that interests me. $2.99/$3.05Cn Captain Britain and MI13 #5: Marvel - Getting the new team together now that the whole Secret Invasion silliness is over with (at least in Britain). Decent story by Cornell, good art by Olliffe, but not good enough to suck me in quite yet. $2.99/$3.05Cn Amazing Spider-Man #572: Marvel - Ah, Osborn slides farther into his usual madness, and all the other pieces on the board shift around in interesting ways. I don't are for some of JRjr's new designs (especially the Last Page Shocker character), but otherwise Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn X-Factor #35: Marvel - Ah, double-bluffs and mining Secret Invasion for real storylines. Exxxxcellent. Lots of snappy banter, and Stroman's getting the hang of the cast. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn The Incredible Hercules #121: Marvel - BWAHAHAHAHA! Great issue from Pak, Van Lente and Henry. Strongly 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): None T-Bird & Throttle #0: Viper Comics - Impulse buy, to be honest. A sort of space pulp series with art that sits somewhere between DCAU and Penny Arcade. T-Bird's costume/uniform makes it look like he's an "Only Human" Autobot (i.e. one stuck in a human body but wearing an outfit evocative of his old robot form). The story's an odd mix of goofy golden age stuff and more modern relationship conflict stories, but it's hard to tell from this "Origin Special" how it'll play out in the regular series. Still, it's enough to get me interested in reading more. Recommended. $3.25 Igor Movie Adaptation #4: IDW - Really cramming the plot points in, it ends up being a total anticlimax. The prequel series was ten times better, and hopefully the actual movie will be better-paced. Neutral. $3.99 Transformers Animated the Arrival #2: IDW - I got cover B, with the big Sentinel Tick, er, Prime looming over a holo-image of the space bridge repair crew. The lead story answers the question, "With all the human supervillains running around Detroit, what about human superheroes?" It seems to be set shortly after Total Meltdown, and follows a fairly stock plot, so-so. The backup looks at what happened to Starscream between "Transform And Roll Out" and his next appearance in the cartoon. Heh. No Sentinel Prime in either story, ah well. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Ms. Marvel #30: Marvel - One more issue of smashy-smashy and this title's involvement in Secret Invasion wraps up as well, with the last few pages taking place several months later. Sound, fury, and a Skrull gorilla, signifying not a whole lot. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Marvel Adventures Hulk #15: Marvel - Continuity! So the cameo last issue wasn't a throwaway reference, huh. :) Peter David pulls out a bunch of silver age tropes, and makes it clear that this series is definitely set well before MA Avengers (given that the villain who has his origin here appeared early on in MAA). Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #43: Marvel - Orka is the featured villain, but Sumerak sets up a plausible excuse for Spider-Man to fight the Atlantean villain. Of course, there's plenty of aquatic puns. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Amazing Spider-Man #571: Marvel - Part four of New Ways To Die. Mostly a series of running fights, but with some good revelatory dialogues and internal monologues in there, plus post-fight wrapup stuff. Good writing from Slott, good art from JRjr. Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Gen13 v4 #22: DC/Wildstorm - More post-apocalyptic fun by Beatty and Huddleston. Well, "fun" in a sarcastic sense, except for Grunge. I'll give it a couple more issues, but the new setting isn't really doing anything for me. Oh, and the line-wide backup story this month features a bunch of characters I don't recognize (I think they may be CyberForce) and don't care about, so don't bother explaining them to me. :) Mildly recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Green Arrow and Black Canary #12: DC - The fake League of Assassins arc wraps up, although a larger over-arc of those trying to kill GA continues. Oh, and there's a Big Damn Fight Scene, but it's not all that entertaining. Mildly recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Booster Gold #12: DC - Second pass through the day, and our heroes start to go through some significant contortions to avoid creating new paradoxes. Of course, it's made clear by the end that it's not over yet (although it looks like this plot gets put on hold for an issue, to judge by the next issue box). Fun twisty time travel story, though. Recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Invincible #52: Image - The cover's a bit misleading, but then again, it's kinda hard to make a dynamic cover out of a *philosophical* conflict. Do be warned, this issue gets a touch gory, which happens every so often in this title, but I think this is the first serious gore since the most recent jumping-on point. :) Recommended. $2.99 Dynamo5 #16: Image - The new Dynamo5 in action, and while they're largely strangers to each other (mother-daughter Firebirds aside), the interactions feel unforced...if not exactly cameraderie, at least the sort of thing you'd expect from people who have reason to want to get along and have not yet found any reasons not to. Poor Quake may want to up his meds, though, to survive hanging around four powerful women (especially if he's gonna try hitting on any of them!). 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 9/10: Nothing that I haven't utterly given up on. Awards: "Where's The AllSpark?" Award to T-Bird & Throttle #0 "Sunny Side Down" Award to Igor Movie Adaptation #4 "I Am A Pretty, Pretty Princess" Award to Transformers Animated the Arrival #2 "Monkey See, Monkey Do" Award to Ms. Marvel #30 (and yes, I know gorillas aren't monkeys) "Hulk No Take -1/4 Limitation, Puny Powergamer!" Award to Marvel Adventures Hulk #15 "Did He Graduate From Sham U?" Award to Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #43 "But Can He Cleanse People Of Their Talking Points?" Award to Amazing Spider- Man #571 "Toddler Hiway" Award to Gen13 v4 #22 "So, New Sidekick Time?" Award to Green Arrow and Black Canary #12 "All Shook Up" Award to Booster Gold #12 "Youth Culture Killed My Supervillain" Award to Invincible #52 "One Hot Mama" Award to Dynamo5 #16 Dave Van Domelen, "I guess [spoiler] WAS bluffing about blowing up his digs." "Wait for it." COOOM! 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