Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Starting classes this soon bites. A lot. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: Books I read over the weekend as First Looks, but didn't buy, so can't really say much in detail about. DC has stopped having First Looks, so it's just Marvel and Image...and there's word that Diamond doesn't want to bother with the program at all anymore. Books for next week - Avengers the Initiative #5: Marvel - Rather than picking up from the end of last issue, we shift to picking up the pieces. :) Slott's still not up to his usual level, but it's good (one odd bit slipped past editing, though). Still not really keen on Evil Government plots, but Gyrich and "not a jerk" don't really go together, I guess. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Fantastic Four #549: Marvel - Love the resolution to the Frightful Four part (careful what you seed on Bittorrent in the MU, BTW), but then it's back to the cosmic plot, which is still in warmup phase. Nifty cosmic threat, at least. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn 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 #18 Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #2 (of 4): Marvel - Run and gun, with some good banter and plenty of pointless death. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Cable & Deadpool #44: Marvel - More "Skottie Young wants to be Sienkiewicz" cover spew, and Wolverine takes over the billing from Cable during Cable's sabbatical from life. Story's perhaps a little predictable, but it's fun, and I like how Bob's blog is the recap page (Hail Hydra!). Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Marvel Adventures Avengers #15: Marvel - Oooh, Malekith! Asgard! Storm the Thor fangirl! Heh. Fun done-in-one story from Parker and Cafu. It does tend to make Spidey look clever at the expense of everyone else looking a bit thick, but that's okay...especially since I wouldn't really expect Iron Man to be as good at bringing the idea of magic into his intuitions. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Superman #666: DC - Well, the demonic tie-in could have been made an obvious part of the Arion plotline, but Busiek decided to go with a done in one story instead. And it's Superdickery the Comic. :) Simonson's art is on the ugly end of his spectrum, but most of the time in this story ugly is called for. Recommended. $3.99/$4.75Cn Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #33: DC - (Aside: this is the off-week here for McD's LSH31C toys.) The Winath story wraps up, and we learn more fun facts about Bismoll in this continuity...looks like politics are just as weird as in preboot, as is the legal profession. The actual story seems a little too pat (even for superhero stuff), and I still don't care for Calero's art, but Tenzil makes it worth reading. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Blue Beetle #18: DC - A preview of Blue Beetle with the Teen Titans. There's a vital case of mis-colored hair early on that muddles things some (two undercover characters are really only distinguishably by hair color, since they don't have enough time on screen for subtle hair style differences to become apparent at that point in the story), but otherwise plenty of the sparkling scripting I've come to expect from Rogers. Albuquerque splits art tasks with David Baldeon (who does pages 13-14, not 12-13 as the credits indicate, although the lack of page numbers makes this less obvious). Fun issue, and a credible yet amusing reaction to and treatment of the immediate threat. Strongly recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Invincible #45: Image - Heh, don't throw me in the briar patch! Invincible's having a pretty bad day, and edging towards angst, but I suppose he's entitled to some at this point. But, as the cover suggests, this is really Allen the Alien's day to shine, even if he's only in a few pages. Recommended. $2.99/$3.25Cn Amelia Rules #18: Renaissance Press - This one comes with a study guide, and is intended to be used in classrooms to help kids deal with parents or other loved ones being shipped into warzones (Iraq is never actually mentioned, just fearful whispers about "bad places," but I expect that's less to avoid being political and more to keep it shelf-fresh through the next few wars). The After School Special parts do drag a bit, but most of the story in this oddly-short (as in, only 9.5" tall pages, not low on pagecount) issue makes up for it. Recommended. $2.95 The Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe (GD Sourcebook) #8: Antarctic Press - Kyle (such a nice boy) through Madrid (her eyes really ARE up here now). Ah, Leprechauns and OompaLoompas, measured in apples for height and weight. Some pretty big standard apples, to judge by the "to scale" images on the cover, though. Recommended. $3.95/$4.55Cn 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 8/22: Still missing and might come in: Fallen Angel #15, Transformers Timelines (wasn't available on the retailer order form in the first place!). Add Arsenic Lullaby Pulp Edition, but that looks to have been a publisher- level problem. (Correction: I wasn't missing Fallen Angel #18 after all.) Cancelled by Diamond (again): Dr. Debunko: the Short Stories, Devil's Panties #7-8. Awards: "RTFM" Award to Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #2 (of 4) "There Can Be Only One. Maybe Two. How About Three?" Award to Cable & Deadpool #44 "I Live To Smite, I Smite To Live, MUAHAHAHA!" Award to Marvel Adventures Avengers #15 "Where's The Miter?" Award to Superman #666 "Motion To Break For Lunch, Your Honor" Award to Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #33 "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" Award to Blue Beetle #18 "Viltrumite Divorce Court Must Require Bismollian Lawyers" Award to Invincible #45 "One Jillion Is Avogadro's Nunber" Award to Amelia Rules #18 "How's THEM Apples?" Award to The Official Handbook of the Gold Digger Universe (GD Sourcebook) #8 Dave Van Domelen, "Not to panic anybody but -- no. Panic is actually the appropriate response here." - Robin, Blue Beetle #18Back to the Main Rants Page.
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