Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. My conference notes were 66 pages. 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 - Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar #3 (of 4): Marvel - Ehn. Kinda plot devicey and change for its own sake. $2.99/$3.75Cn Captain America #30: Marvel - Things continuing to slowly come together in the various threads. Decent enough story, but not enough to get this on my pull. $2.99/$3.75Cn Penance: Relentless #1: Marvel - Well, I guess they spent enough time with silent emo Baldwin, this book is about building him a new personality, while also providing a few mysteries. I don't hate it, but neither do I like this specific execution enough to overcome my general distaste for the backstory. $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): Justice League of America Wedding Special #1 New Avengers/Transformers #3 (of 4): Marvel - Moore plays up parallels in this issue, between Autobots and Decepticons, humans and TFs. And we do get to see giant Iron Man kick some tail. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Thor #3: Marvel - Thor would have words with Iron Man. And that's about all you need to know. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn X-Factor #23: Marvel - Pieces fall into place all over the place, although not all the SAME places. It is a tad "time to reveal everything to the reader, even if the other characters still don't know what's up" in places, but not enough to hurt the story. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Cthulhu Tales: Tainted #1: Boom! Studios - Third anthology book, but they're pushing for the #1 sales every time, I guess. The usual mix of serious and darkly humorous stories, although the balance seems to be more towards the dark humor this time. I especially liked "Respect Your Elders," which managed to be very creepy while also funny. Recommended. $6.99 Fallen Angel #20: IDW - Dennis Calero uses a mix of techniques (or computer simulations of those techniques) to tell Peter David's story focusing on Jude, the young priest who fell from grace to the top of the heap, only to find that the top of the heap is still part of the pile. Lee herself barely appears, and I suppose this could mostly be a "meanwhile" during the Shi crossover. Definitely a Cain and Abel sort of story. Recommended. $3.99 Ninja High School #153: Antarctic Press - The focus shifts to Tetsuo, who is on a Quest. And as with most proper quests, the outer journey is just a pretext for the inner journey. While facing external challenges, Tetsuo makes significant progress on his internal flaws. Recommended. $2.99/$4.05Cn Superman #667: DC - And we're back to the Arion plot, #666 just being wedged in awkwardly and pretty much ignored here. Things come up here that make it clear that Arion is just the appetizer...he may be wrong on a number of levels, but he's right on enough stuff that once he's dealt with there's still a bigger threat behind him. Along the way this issue there's plenty of poisoned choices for Superman to make. Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Justice League of America Wedding Special #1: DC - Okay, going into this I know that there's loads of problems with the whole Arrow/Canary wedding. But Dwayne McDuffie's writing this particular book, so I'm giving it a chance. And I'm glad I did. Sure, the bachelor and bachelorette parties (complete with strippers in both cases who are dressed and coiffed in ways to evoke non-DC supers, such as the strippers who look like Roxy, Fairchild, Rogue, Emma Frost, etc.) go on in this, but it's really set up as a lead-in to McDuffie taking over JLA proper, setting up the revamped Injustice League Unlimited. Yes, he's drawing heavily on his JLU stuff...but given how good that was, I have no problem with that. :) (Minor nit: there's a mis-aimed speech balloon on page 9 that kinda messes with an otherwise good gag.) McDuffie even manages to pick up on some of his danglers from Firestorm. Strongly recommended. $3.99/$4.75Cn Justice Society of America #9: DC - Power Girl's on the cover, and she gets the initial focus, but the issue isn't completely a spotlight. The Wildcats get some good development, Citizen Steel gets to angst, and Starman learns it's not nice to fool mother nature. Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Booster Gold #2: DC - Heh. Booster may not have the kind of intelligence needed to figure out the sort of elegant temporal meddling plans some have advocated, but he definitely shows he has the way of people now. While there's plenty of fight scene to go around, he wins his battles with his mouth rather than his fists, and I like that. After all, the premise of this series isn't really the sort of thing where you *should* be able to just punch your problems away. Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn StormWatch Post Human Division #11: DC/Wildstorm - With the first year coming to an end, Gage is wrapping up a lot of danglers...although I haven't been watching solicitations carefully, Gage could be in "series finale prep" mode too. It certainly feels like it. The capekiller plot gets wrapped up perhaps a little too quickly and easily, to the point that it almost has to be a red herring unless cancellation looms. Andy Smith continues to draw more like he's trying to become Alan Davis. Mildly recommended, but with some good bits here and there that rise above the plotting issues. $2.99/$3.65Cn Welcome to Tranquility #10: DC/Wildstorm - Big ol' zombie battle with some Big Background Revelations and an interesting conceit at the core. Simone and Shaw do a Scooby Doo homage backup tale which was...eh. Still, good main story. Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Gen13 v4 #12: DC/Wildstorm - Finally, we get to Grunge's dark, hidden past. And some amusing side effects of his powers. Still, while there's Big Dramatic Developments in the fight against the Authoriteens, it's not over. Hey, with a title like this, you don't end a big arc on #12, you end it on #13, capice? Recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn 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 9/12: Still missing and might come in: Fallen Angel #15, Doktor Sleepless #2, PS238 #25 (both of which the store manager knows were ordered). Cancelled by Diamond: Transformers Timelines. Awards: "Sorry, The MegaMorphs Are From A Different Continuity" Award to The New Avengers/Transformers #3 (of 4) "Fear A Man Brave Enough To Wear A Disco Ball Wrapped Around His Body" Award to Thor #3 "The Cold Shoulder" Award to X-Factor #23 "I Like To Think I'm At Least A Pretty Good Old One" Award to Cthulhu Tales: Tainted #1 "Of The Cloth Or Out Of It, Whatever" Award to Fallen Angel #20 "I Have Seen The Top Of The Mountain" Award to Ninja High School #153 "Tide And Time" Award to Superman #667 "I'll Let Y'all Just Google 'Kinsey Scale'" Award to Justice League of America Wedding Special #1 "Goth Sucks" Award to Justice Society of America #9 "Time Monkey!" Award to Booster Gold #2 "Hey, Not All Giant Green Killers With Split Personality Are The Hulk!" Award to StormWatch Post Human Division #11 "My Galabal Salabal" Award to Welcome to Tranquility #10 "Percy, Vale" Award to Gen13 v4 #12 Dave Van Domelen, "Mind you, they ARE nicely PERKY." - Grunge, Gen13 v4 #13Back to the Main Rants Page.
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