Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Last week before final exams, woot. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants "Other Media" Capsules: Things that are comics-related but not necessarily comics (i.e. comics-based movies like Iron Man or Hulk), or that aren't going to be available via comic shops (like comic pack-ins with DVDs) will go in this section when I have any to mention. They may not be as timely as comic reviews, especially if I decide to review novels that take me a week or two (or ten) to get around to. Nothing this week. I didn't get any version of the Dark Knight (single-disc is totally without extras, two-disc didn't have any extras that appeal to me, Wal-Mart's exclusive comic is reprints of the first appearances of Joker and Two-Face but comes with the one-disc...even the Blu-Ray doesn't have much in terms of extras that interest me, making me think there'll be a super duper deluxe edition next year). Comics 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 Amazing Spider-Man #580: Marvel - Roger Stern pops in for a done-in-one story that brings back a fairly obscure villain. It stands alone pretty well, to the point that it could happen just about any time since BND started with only minor tweaks needed. :) A good story from Stern with solid art from Weeks. Recommended. $2.99 Green Arrow and Black Canary #15: DC - New writer Andrew Kreisberg (who I've never heard of before) takes over, and it's like he had a checklist of new-writer cliches in front of him when he plotted this out. Flashbacks to the character's origins? Check. Snapshots of the important major events in both title characters' lives? Check. Shuffling supporting cast off-screen as quickly as possible? Check. Foreshadow the next big threat? Check. Have all of this worked around an extremely minor threat? Check. Still, Kreisberg hangs some good scripting on the cookiecutter plot, and seems to have a decent handle on the characters, so I won't drop the book just yet. :) Mildly recommended. $2.99 (yeah, DC stopped listing Canadian prices too.) Justice League of America #27: DC - Well, the bad news is that Ed "Hideously askew anatomy" Benes is still on the book. The good news is that McDuffie's now past the meandering plotline that was trying to pass itself off as the previous arc, and into writing the Milestone characters he clearly loves. Oh, and I get the feeling that Black Canary is speaking for the writer when she chews out the Trinity. In short, there's a feeling that a sigh of relief is running through the writing of this issue. I would have appreciated some sort of note about how the Milestone characters got into the main DCU, as it's lazy writing to assume all readers have been reading all DC books. Still, it gives me hope that this arc won't follow the previous one into my "books to give away" bin. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Ambush Bug Year None #5 (of 6): DC - AB pops about the multiverse and discovers the Dire Threat To All Reality posed by Dan Didio. He mostly ignores this, though, given that he's Ambush Bug. The issue in general is pretty uneven, as the last several have been. There's a definite impression that the creators find it all hilarious and don't really care if anyone else does. Sometimes they're right, sometimes not. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Booster Gold #15: DC - Jurgens returns to the museum robbery plot as promised, but it's starting to get kinda meandering. While the opening scene was kinda cute, most of the issue seemed to be merely a setup to let Booster be all angsty. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Secret Six #4: DC - Bane's paternal side continues to be the creepiest thing about this book, which is saying something. Story-wise, the macguffin is spelled out for anyone who might missed its importance...to the point of belaboring it. Yes, yes, one card, five (or more) people, the Devil gets his jollies. Hammering this home detracts from the script in places, but it's still good enough to be Recommended. $2.99 Gen13 v4 #25: DC/Wildstorm - Well, the mall zombie thing wraps up, more or less. Lots of splattergore, as one might expect, especially since Roxy figures out some new uses for her powers. The backup seems to be about a guy who helped them put heroes in Number of the Beast, but it still manages to have no one I recognize despite having read NotB. Mildly recommended. $2.99 Invincible #56: Image - Wow, does this issue ever suffer from mood swings. From the cutely charming, "Your mom totally knows we had sex" "No, she doesn't, shhh" bit that keeps popping up, to domestic abuse and back. And toss in a brief slugfest scene with Oliver that seems to have a backstory I'm not familiar with, so I now go grab my OHTOIU and see if the golden armored guy is in it...okay, it's Rampage, and he has probably the shortest entry of anyone who actually gets their own entry. Total cipher, although it looks like maybe he'll get fleshed out a bit. Heck, another 100 issues and he might show up enough times to get a full backstory. ;) Recommended. $2.99 PS238 #36: Do Gooder Press - The Order/Chaos arc wraps up nicely, while spawning all sorts of danglers for Williams to pick up on later. Tyler's Clone gets a name (Toby) and his situation normalizes. Well, to the extent it possibly can. A few important bits do happen off-screen, though, but may well show up in flashback later once they become more immediately relevant. Recommended. $2.99 Official Handbook to the Gold Digger Universe #21: Antarctic Press - Well, #22 was supposed to ship today, at least I got #21 (and yeah, I had them doublecheck to make sure there weren't copies of #22 hidden among the #21's). Anyway, this issue continues the "Realms and Dimensions" phase of things, focusing on locations that aren't cities or states. Arenas, secret lairs, other homes, airports, etc. All of these are on Earth, and most of them are places where the heroes can find a fight or a tomb. Or, given this series, both. Again, no new art aside from the cover's background (which repurposes some character art, although not characters whose lair appears in this issue, oops). Recommended. $3.95 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 12/10: Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #22, Love & Capes TPB, Transformers Maximum Dinobots #1. Awards: "I Used To Own That Guy's First Appearance, But Traded It Away For A Monkey King Cel Book" Award to Amazing Spider-Man #580 "Sometimes They Forget Mia's Old Career" Award to Green Arrow and Black Canary #15 "No, But He'd Probably Get Along With Static's Father Pretty Well" Award to Justice League of America #27 "I Did NOT Need The Mental Image Of Ambush Bug Yuri" Award to Ambush Bug Year None #5 (of 6) "Museum Attendance Is Up This Year" Award to Booster Gold #15 "It's Only One Rep, But It Really Works Your Delts" Award to Secret Six #4 "Only Letting Idiots Have Certain Powers Is The Universe's Way Of Protecting Itself" Award to Gen13 v4 #25 "This Is Not How We Solve Our Problems!" Award to Invincible #56 "This Looks Like A Job For Lethargic Lad!" Award to PS238 #36 "The Second Entry's An Arena Too, Really" Award to The Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe #21 Dave Van Domelen, "That's IT. You are SO out of the Bureau." "What Bureau?" "Good attitude. 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