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Finally, the list has narrowed down to a more sane number, at least for this week. Here’s what I got last week:
- Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3
- Captain Britain and MI13 #15
- Dark Reign: Hawkeye #4
- Dark Reign: The Hood #3
- Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man #2
- Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink #3
- Invincible #64
- Justice League of America #35
- Justice Society of America #29
- Madame Xanadu #13
- The Incredible Hulk #600
- Wednesday Comics #3
Isn’t it a pity that Tales of the Corps was only three issues long? I think there are more stories that can be told, but apparently the writers didn’t think so since they padded this issue out with a commentary of Blackest Night #1 by Geoff Johns and the editors. Meanwhile, JLA is really slipping in quality, they needed to convince readers by putting not-really-related Batman shadow on the cover.
Over in Dark Reign, they’re doing a good job in changing the status of The Hood from feared criminal messiah to a much weaker opponent. DR: The Hood is exploring his fragile ties to his family and the burden of Dormammu while Mr. Negative is moving into his turf in another book.
Hulk #600 makes it the third time I got a number 600 issue of titles that I do not regularly read. Compared to Captain America and Spider-Man, there’s not much happening or worthy about this one. The main story tells about Hulk’s struggle with the mysterious Red Hulk, without ever answering who Red Hulk actually is—something which was much teased in the beginning. There’s another story about the new She-Hulk, a delightful (as always) story by Stan Lee and a reprint of the whole first issue of Hulk: Gray by Loeb and Sale.
Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man #2: Of all the Dark Reign titles going on, this one (and Hawkeye) has managed to catch my eye. Chris Bachalo is doing a great job drawing in a semi-cartoonish style, which matches the zany tone of this title. It’s just like Amazing Spider-Man, just evil. Much more evil. In this book, Mac Gargan looks more content in his role as Spider-Man, enjoying his time by chomping on whatever he feels like (this time, it’s squirrels). He is unrepentant in his role as a rockstar-like superhero, bashing villains and getting the hot chicks afterwards.
To match Gargan, we have as the antagonists a much more zany group of crippled supervillains led by the misguided Redeemer: Hippo, an anthromorphic hippo which used to be a…hippo; General Wolfram, the man in wolf suit who thinks he’s a wolf experimented by Nazis; the psychotic Eleven, the Doc Ock-like Dementoid; and Doctor Everything, who is an obvious dig at Dr Manhattan, right down to his nudity. What a riot!
Invincible #64: Invincible is good. Like, really really good. If you haven’t been reading it yet, do pick it up.
What’s really good about Invincible is its relatable story. But this issue is not about the story.
It’s pure mayhem. Brutal fight to the death between Invincible and Conquest. On every page there are splattered blood and broken bones, culminating in the violent murder (shown above).
And in the end, the good guys won. Good enough for me.
Justice Society of America #29: This marks the start of the new creative team led by the mythical partnership of Willingham and Sturges, with pencils by Jesus Merino. I love seeing the great legacy characters one last time (before they get scuttled away to JSA All Stars), but I am really not feeling the new characters All-American Kid and King Chimera. I couldn’t even care much about Tempest, Citizen Steel, Magog and Mr. America, and they’re bringing in more boring characters into the crowded roster.
Discounting that, we get a great fight where the organised group did what most couldn’t do: beat the JSA’s ass. Even with their numbers, JSA lost. I think that alone makes this issue a worthy read.