Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. "Green behind the ears"? What the...? Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: Squadron Supreme #4: Marvel - The move from DC-homage to Marvel-homage continues, with Emil Burbank putting on a Doom-ish mask. :) Still, the extended Origin Story stuff does tend to make the other plotlines take a back seat or even wait for the next bus. $2.99/$3.50Cn (Oops...I guess Marvel has decided Canada's free ride is over, all the books for next week have pumped up the Canadian prices.) 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): Secret Six #2 Cthulhu Tales #6: Boom! Studios - I got cover A, with the "sexy" nurse (who doesn't appear inside). Messner-Loebs gives us a funny piece in which Cthulhu gets involvined in a reality TV show. Fultz's story is a clever twist on the old witch-hunter tale, and Cadigan's story has Cthulhu upgrade his software. All three stories are good. Recommended. $3.99 Fallen Angel #30: IDW - A fair amount of philosophical banter, some explosions, and a bit of general plot advancement. Some decent bits, but nothing to really impress me. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Galaxy Quest #3: IDW - I got the photo cover B, but forgot to check for alternate covers. The three chapters per issue structure goes a bit disjointed this issue, but the middle one is probably the emotional core of the issue. The third one has a space dominatrix, though. :) Recommended. $3.99 Transformers Spotlight #19 (Sideswipe): IDW - I got cover B, liked the look better. End of the Revelations Arc, so it comes with pretty high expectations that something will be, you know, revealed. Of course, it also comes with the expectation that Sideswipe won't get a whole lot of spotlighting, and at least that one is met. As for the Big Reveals, it was a confused mess. And the whole Gorram Prime renaming thing came out of left field, Furman tossing in an overly clever bit and not explaining it enough for it to actually BE clever. EJ Su's painted art is okay, but I prefer his traditional stuff. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Transformers Animated the Arrival #3: IDW - My store only got cover B, oddly. The first story is essentially Nanosec done with a new character. Megatron arranges for human to get powered gear, she field-tests it as part of Megatron's rebuilding program, she gets hoist on her own petard. But with a lot less personality. The second story is the cover piece, featuring Oil Slick in a flashback to Ratchet's days in the Great War (and set before the Arcee story, so Ratchet still has a bit more of his innocence). Recommended. $3.99 Marvel Zombies 3 #1 (of 4): Marvel - First off, I didn't like the original Marvel Zombies series, and I think the concept was good for about one use, having used that up over in Ultimate FF. That said, between Van Lente on writing and Aaron Stack on the cover, I decided to give this one a try, Funny right off the bat...Siege has apparently gotten himself trademarked, and the TM even shows up in his cybereye display. :) A lot of obscure characters show up, and some of them get horribly killed, but you kinda have to expect that in a zombie book. Recommended. $3.99/$4.05Cn Invincible Iron Man #6: Marvel - Mixed-style retro cover. The cliffhanger resolution is pretty much As Expected, albeit with a slight twist. Pyrrhic victory time, in spades, which bodes ill for the rest of Fraction's time on the book, however long that is. Having victory turn into ashes in your mouth every so often is fine, but making a habit of it kinda goes against the point of escapist literature, yes? Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Marvel Adventures Hulk #16: Marvel - The Abomination gets his origin this issue. It's a so-so issue, nothing really stands out one way or the other. Competent, but...eh. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #44: Marvel - A little kaiju action, of sorts, for the week of Monsterpocalypse's release, heh. :) Good script y Sumerack, decent art from Meyers (although I think he mixed a bit too much Red Skull into one of the character designs). Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn Avengers/Invaders #5 (of 12): Marvel/Dynamite - A good mix of humor (mostly involving Spider-Man) and eerie pathos (mostly involving the Human Torch, but some with Iron Man). Perhaps a few too many irons in the fire, but they DO have 7 more issues in which to sort things out. :) Recommended. $2.99/$3.05Cn The Twelve #8 (of 12): Marvel - It seems to be the week for Marvel retro stuff. :) It's nice to see one of the Twelve finally gets away without wholesale retconning of their origin, although another has theirs retconned this issue as well, so I guess it's a wash overall. I'd still like to see Amadeus Cho show up in this title, but I guess we're getting too close to the actual plot resolution to muddy the waters now with guest shots. Recommended. $2.99/$3.50Cn Gen13 v4 #23: DC/Wildstorm - Cute Big Daddy Roth homage cover. A break in the action, the quintet goes looking for food and shelter, meanwhile talking about how they'd pictured living life after the end of the world. A good look inside their heads for any new readers, but a little repetitive for those who've been around a while. Interestingly, Roxy just seems to assume Tranquility would weather the apocalypse just fine. The backup story chunk is forgettable and stars yet another Wildstorm character I don't know. Recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Green Arrow and Black Canary #13: DC - Fallout from the big 12 issue arc, alternating between Mia and Dodger's relationship and Connor's recovery. Pretty good "downtime" issue. Recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Secret Six #2: DC - Again, it's all about the dialogue and character interactions, with the plot being something of an afterthought. But Simone does the dialogue and interactions so well. :) Strongly recommended. $2.99 US/Cn Invincible #53: Image - While there's plenty of punching and supervillain plotting, the real conflict continues to be Invincible versus the disturbingly inhuman morality of his little brother. And make no mistake, Oliver has a strong ethical core...it's just not one that Mark is particularly comfortable with. Recommended. $2.99 Gold Digger v3 #99: Antarctic Press - There were two ways this could have gone, given that #100 is the Big Blow Up. One, the Dynasty gets dealt with in some way that renders them allies for taking on Dreadwing and/or Negative Infinity in #100. Two, the Dynasty IS the big blow-up for #100, and Dreadwing gets to wait for #150 or something. :) I suppose a third option would have Dreadwing just sort of drop into the big Dynasty fight and get slapped down, but that seems unlikely. Anyway, Perry manages to pace things so either of the first two options is plausible until practically the end of the issue, which is a Good Thing, writing-wise. Recommended. $2.99 US/Cn 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 10/8: Atomic Robo v2 #2 (Diamond now lists it as "Backordered, not stocked"), Transformers Saga of the AllSpark #4. Awards: "Um, That's Not An Immunity Idol" Award to Cthulhu Tales #6 "Thank You, Oolon Colluphid" Award to Fallen Angel #30 "What If It's A Two-Part Episode, Though?" Award to Galaxy Quest #3 "Not So Much Epic Tale As Epic Fail" Award to Transformers Spotlight #19 (Sideswipe) "At Least There Was No Space Scarab" Award to Transformers Animated the Arrival #3 "When The ****head Hits The Fan" Award to Marvel Zombies 3 #1 (of 4) "A Few More Victories Like This, And I Will Be Undone" Award to The Invincible Iron Man #6 "Does No One Learn The Lesson Of Ronnie Raymond?" Award to Marvel Adventures Hulk #16 "How Nature Points Up The Folly Of Man" Award to Marvel Adventures Spider- Man #44 "I Am Sparkacus" Award to Avengers/Invaders #5 (of 12) "The Devil Went Down To Hollywood" Award to The Twelve #8 (of 12) "Things To Do In Denver When It's Dead" Award to Gen13 v4 #23 "It's 'Vegans Eating Meat' Month At DC!" Award to Green Arrow and Black Canary #13 "Yes, Listen To BANE About Father Issues" Award to Secret Six #2 "My Honor Is PREDACON Honor!" Award to Invincible #53 "The Light In Darkness's Heart Is An Oncoming Warship" Award to Gold Digger v3 #99 Dave Van Domelen, "As it turned out, an official elimination ceremony wasn't necessary that week." - "Cthulhu House" host, Cthulhu Tales #6Back to the Main Rants Page.
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