Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/159017125X/. 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 - Captain America #27: Marvel - Well, even without Cap, the book goes on. The wake's over, time to get on with revenge and guilt and stuff, with a macguffin hunt. Brubaker does seem to do a better job on the book without having to deal with Cap. $2.99/$3.75Cn Annihilation Conquest Prologue: Marvel - Sets up the new threat, which at least isn't the Annihilation Wave coming back already. There was a bit of misdirection, what with the baddies neither looking nor really acting like they normally do, but at least it's a new threat. :) $3.99/$4.75Cn 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): Ninja High School #150 Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron DVD: Every version of this release comes with a short Hellboy Animated comic, "The Yearning". This is kinda haphazard in storytelling, most amusing for the cameo of the dagger from Alec Baldwin's "The Shadow" movie (okay, maybe both took it from a common source, but that's where I know it from). The Wal-Mart version comes shrinkwrapped with the 80 page digest "The Judgement Bell" (cover price $6.95). As with the previous volume, it's one long story, a one page Mignola pin-up, and then a short "Hellboy as a kid" story. The main story is confusing to anyone not familiar with the setting, and would have been helped IMMENSELY by a simple footnote pointing out that Professor Broom's real name is Trevor Bruttenholm. In any case, the art is just messy enough that I wasn't sure for a while if they were the same guy or not (1935 flashbacks). Both the Judgement Bell and Yearning stories have in common the solution "give the macguffin to the monster that wants it"...which works okay once, but not twice in rapid succession. As for the DVD itself, the Blood and Iron story wasn't as memorable as Sword of Storms. It does come decent-looking extras, though, but I haven't watched them yet. Mildly recommended, but try to get the Wal-Mart version if you can. $14.44 at Wal-Mart. Cable & Deadpool #41: Marvel - The crossover continues, but with more Deadpool and less "you had to read the other comic". Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #21: Marvel - Very cathartic, especially the Robbie Robertson scene. It's a pity PAD's being booted off soon to make room for some New Direction nonsense. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn [Later note: turns out FNSM is simply being cancelled outright, with PAD moving over to She-Hulk.] Transformers Official Movie Adaptation #2 (of 4): IDW - You know, I've seen these scenes enough times in other adaptations that any new presentation has to be really good to impress me. And this ain't. Too compressed, and while Milne generally manages to make sense of the storytelling with his art, some panels simply look bad. Has another pull out poster, a Barricade pinup, pictures of Deluxe Brawl and an interview with the writer of the comic. Very mildly recommended. $3.99 Green Arrow #75: DC - Final issue. Pity McDaniel is still on it, given how bad his art tends to be. The guy can't even draw convincing swords, and there's a lot of swords in this issue...some of which look like pieces of Hot Wheels track painted gray. Dude, swords should look sharp, if nothing else. Anyway, Winick wraps up the ongoing plots reasonably well, although there's a huge deus ex machina or two in the A story. The B story twists around nicely, though, a good bit of mousetrapping. To Be Continued in a miniseries I'm not buying. :/ Mildly recommended. $3.50/$4.25Cn Gen13 v4 #9: DC/Wildstorm - This is Rainmaker's spotlight issue, although the captions are a bit confusing in places. Fourth Wall goes right out the window in a few places as the Worldstorm or whatever impinges on things. Generally good issue despite the problems, though, and they finally make it to Tranquility. Oh, I am disappointed in the terribly generic cover, though. They could have gone with a cover based on a particular scene in this issue and sold a lot more copies. ;) Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Ninja High School #150: Antarctic Press - Quibble if you will about the specifics of the numbering...any company other than Marvel or DC getting a book up to #150 is pretty impressive. This one is marked by a series of vignettes covering a large number of characters (but by no means all NHS characters), catching up on where they've been and getting some of their core bits of business out for any new readers. A couple of the stories are weak (especially the not-really-haikus one), but most are quite good. Strongly recommended. $2.99/$4.05Cn 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 6/13: Still missing Dr. Debunko: the Short Stories, Devil's Panties #7 and #8, Fallen Angel #15, "You Can Draw Transformers", Transformers Ark Compendium. Add Mystic Arcana Book of Marvel Magic. Giving up on the two Transformers books and ordering them off Amazon. Together I get free shipping anyway. Awards: "Let the Wookiee Win" Award to Hellboy Animated comic pack-ins "This Is Why It's Important To Save Some Points For A Movement Power" Award to Cable & Deadpool #41 "Acceptable Levels Of Bizarre Weirdness Exceeded" Award to Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #21 "HUGZ!" Award to Transformers Official Movie Adaptation #2 (of 4) "I Know, I KNOW, But I Can Only Do It Once!" Award to Green Arrow #75 "Beetroot!" Award to Gen13 v4 #9 "No, That's Not The Ark, Guys" Award to Ninja High School #150 Dave Van Domelen, "Maybe if I'd given up YEARS ago, my aunt wouldn't have taken a bullet! My wife wouldn't be living in fear! Everyone I've ever loved has SUFFERED because I wouldn't give up! Wouldn't give up helping cops or crime victims or innocent people! Wouldn't give up the good fight! God in heaven...you talk to me about GIVING UP? CAPTAIN AMERICA gave up. He wound up on a SLAB. What do you say to that?" - Spider-Man, FNSM #21Back to the Main Rants Page.
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