Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Comic shop got burgled Saturday night. 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 - Cable & Deadpool #46: Marvel - This time around (pun intended) it's the Kirby-era Fantastic Four that gets to have fun with Deadpool. They do use the reset gag once, but thankfully don't wear it out. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn She-Hulk v2 #22: Marvel - And Peter David takes over, radically changing the status quo and leaving explanations for later. Fairly straightforward story, wrapped around setup oddity. Recommended. $2.999/$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. There's an exclusive comic included with Target's special deluxe release of the Transformers movie DVD, it's reviewed as part of my overall review of the product at http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/BW/Artifacts/DVD07 Books of Note (Strongly Recommended or otherwise worthy): None. Transformers Beast Wars: the Ascending #2 (of 4): IDW - Well, still a lot of character parading, but there's a bit more solid of a plot than "there's a vague menace out to kill everyone". It's still a bit hard to follow if you don't have a really good knowledge of Beast Wars (and BW Neo, and BW II), but at least Furman's giving us something TO follow rather than playing around with splicing continuities together. Figueroa could stand to make some of the "same mold, different name" characters look a little more distinct in places, but otherwise good. Recommended. $3.99 Conan #45: Dark Horse - The long-and-intermittently-running young Conan story by Busiek is back, and it looks like they won't make us wait another four months for the next installment, it wraps up next month. Young Conan's various birds have come home to roost, and a lot of them are carrion birds. A bit talky, considering how much fighting there is, but a decent setup. Recommended. $2.99 Aquaman Sword of Atlantis #57: DC - The Secret Origin of the new Aquaman as Williams brings in his own set of mythic elements and, whether by retcon or by following notes Busiek left behind, makes sense of a bunch of the remaining danglers. Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn The Brave and the Bold #7: DC - Time for a new arc. This one's looking to be a bit looser, tied together by the Challs reading stories from the Book of Destiny as they slowly build a picture of a new threat. The story here involves Wonder Woman and Power Girl, and I'm amused that the seemingly generic cover image actually accurately portrays part of the story. :) Waid does a lot of hinting at the New Earth continuity's changes (and not-changes), but it feels kinda tease-y. On the other hand, it's nice to see Perez drawing these two characters. :) Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Shadowpact #18: DC - Sturges continues with his Protege arc, keeping the team split for now and throwing the other half against what looks to be an unrelated threat, but you never know. There's a mix of good stuff and kinda flat cliche stuff, I think Sturges is still getting the hang of the book. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Justice League of America #14: DC - This is mainly about Luthor goading Superman into doing something stupid, and Superman apparently obliging...but there's enough transition gaps to allow all sorts of clever plans to have been put together for later revelation. Art Adams does the cover, and gets to draw Grodd, so that's his gorilla fix for the month. :) And Benes gets to take care of his bondage fix, I suppose. Very much a middle piece of the story, which as I mentioned fairly screams that we're not even getting to see everything that happens. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Marvel Adventures Avengers #17: Marvel - Ty Templetone tells the MA-verse origin of the Vision, while Ag Guara draws. It was okay, but felt kinda pat. Trying too hard to be a done-in-one story, when it's really something that needs to fit into a larger arc. If not an Ultron one, somebody. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Miki Falls: Autumn: Harper Teen - Because "Miki Falls: Fall" would have been an awkward title. :) Anyway, autumn is often thought of as the time of dying, of ending, with winter's bleakness approaching. And that sort of desperation certainly suffuses this installment, as Hiro and Miki face the consequences of their forbidden love. But autumn is also when the harvest comes due, when you reap what you have sown. And sure, they're experiencing the consequences of breaking the rules, but what did they really sow? Love. And despite all the troubles they undergo here, their love is a bumper crop. It's even implied that despite the hopelessness of fighting the system, they may well find that the winter's frost will be thawed by a new spring. Recommended. $7.99/$9.99Cn 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 10/17: Still missing and might come in: Fallen Angel #15, Doktor Sleepless #2, PS238 #25, Transformers Beast Wars Sourcebook #1. (All of these have been covered in my CBR Special.) Cancelled by Diamond: Transformers Timelines (also covered in the CBR Special). Awards: "What's Up, Docbot?" Award to Transformers Beast Wars: the Ascending #2 (of 4) "Venarium, Vidi, Vici" Award to Conan #45 "Okay, So He DOESN'T Have His Father's Eyes...Neither Does His Father" Award to Aquaman #57 "Almost Nobody's Perfect" Award to The Brave and the Bold #7 "Zombie Jainists?" Award to Shadowpact #18 "Strictly Speaking, Not Cannibalism" Award to Justice League of America #14 "As Long As A Tornado Champion Didn't Get In There" Award to Marvel Adventures Avengers #17 "Who Wants To Live Forever When Love Must Die?" Award to Miki Falls: Autumn Dave Van Domelen, "Do you know how LUCKY she is there was a doctor around?" "But YOU'RE the one who SHOT her!" "Yes -- it saves time, doesn't it?" - Clownfish and Topo, Aquaman #57
Devil's Panties #7-8 (Books of Note) NeoShifters Ah, weird synchronicity. A friend of mine had been holding onto a comic extra out of one of his sister's YuGiOh magazines for me, and put it in with some trade stuff this week. And when I went to look for Devil's Panties #7-8 on the Silent Devil website last week I found they no longer sold single issues, so I talked to the creator and she sold me the issues I was missing. And both packages arrived on Friday. I'd have reviewed 'em last night, but between a cold, SciFi Fridays, and a kitbash that's been eating my time, I didn't get 'em all read until tonight. :) Devil's Panties #7-8: Silent Devil - There's a lot of convention strips in these two issues, and to judge from the endnotes (which are a big part of why I buy these and don't just read the online archives) this marks the part of Breeden's congoing life where she transitioned from fandom to prodom. With all the insanity that entails. And Pez. #7 also has some significant "Holidays With The Families" (both hers and Will's) sections, both amusing and ominous. #8's non-con parts were shorter and a bit more scattered...LAN parties, taking kids to renfest, some clubbing, birthday boots, etc. But you can really see how the pseudoautobiographical strip started to become dominated by the professional side of the author's fannish life. Jen was nice enough to do some con-style Sharpie sketches on the backing boards in the envelope (things tend to get crumpled in my mailbox unless they're reinforced, so I suggested tossing in a board...drawing on 'em was her idea) and tossed in a temporary tattoo, ooh. :) Both strongly recommended if you can find them, and you should be reading devilspanties.keenspot.com in any case. $4.95 each. NeoShifters: Mega Brands - This is not a comic available in stores on its own, as mentioned above it was bagged in as a freebie with some TCG magazine. However, it's also available online at http://www.neoshifters.com as a semi-animated thing (like the ExoForce animated comics on lego.com). Since the site is all flash-based, I can't provide a proper link, you'll have to click "Action Details" and then "Extra" in the upper left. Anyway, this comic goes along with Mega Bloks' new Bionicle-ripoff line, where the big robots you build all fold up into spheres, and have little pilot minifigs that also fold up into spheres that can be launched from the chest of the bigger bot. The comic tries to set up all the backstory (for instance, the little guys are Neos and the big bots are Shifters) but also tries to tell a story at the "present time" AND a flashback to the origins of the split in factions. In other words, it tries to pull of a lot of stuff at once, and the writers just aren't up to it. The art is very nice, either painted or CG with a paint-like filter, but it gets murky at times. It also doesn't help that the characters all look about the same except for colors and minor face details. And rather than sticking with the four characters who have toys, they bring in a bunch of non-toy characters, making it just that little bit harder to follow the action. Still, major flaws aside, there's some decent writing here and there, and the art does look nice. They should have used a different lettering font, though...even Comic Sans would have looked better. Worth poking at the online version. Awards: "Always Go With The Sexy Librarian Look" Award to Devil's Panties #7 "I Can Has Minionz?" Award to Devil's Panties #8 "Obsolescence Has Its Advantages" Award to NeoShifters Dave Van Domelen, "When did I get covered in Sharpie?" - Devil's Panties #7Back to the Main Rants Page.
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