Seeing as how I have missed this column for two weeks, we’ll have a double edition today! Here’s what I got in the past two weeks, enough titles to make you puke too!:
- Agents of Atlas #9
- Astro City: The Dark Age Book 3 #4
- B.P.R.D.: 1947 #2
- Blackest Night #2
- Blackest Night: Batman #1
- Captain America: Reborn #2
- Chew #3
- DMZ #44
- Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #2
- Doom Patrol #1
- Echo #14
- Fables #87
- Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #4
- Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #4
- Greek Street #2
- Green Lantern Corps #39
- Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #5
- House of Mystery #16
- The Invincible Iron Man #16
- Iron Man: Armor Wars #1
- JSA vs. Kobra #3
- Justice League: Cry for Justice #2
- Marvel Divas #2
- North 40 #2
- Secret Six #12
- The Authority #13
- The Boys #33
- The Marvels Project #1
- The Red Circle: The Hangman
- The Red Circle: Inferno
- The Unwritten #4
- The Walking Dead #64
- Ultimate Comics Avengers #1
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
- Wednesday Comics #4
So what’s new? Up in DC, we have the introduction of newly acquired Red Circle characters handled by J. Michael Straczynski. Inferno is the more interesting story of the two while The Hangman is just a bit too familiar, not to mention his resemblance to Astro City’s Hanged Man.
Blackest Night’s stories are centred around Aquaman’s family dealing with his resurrection and Deadman’s involvement with Batman. Over in Green Lantern Corps which is now starring Kyle and Guy, we see the Black Rings invading the Green Lantern Crypt in Oa.
In Marvel, Agents of Atlas became the first title to actively break away from the current Dark Reign crossover, going into its Terror of the Jade Claw story. It’s an ambitious month for Marvel with the relaunch of the Ultimate imprint with Ultimate Comics Avengers and Spider-Man, and including the anticipated The Marvels Project (more on them in a bit).
Over at WildStorm, Book 3 of Astro City: The Dark Age finally ended, with the series losing its lacklustre after a couple of years. Fans are waiting for a new arc—The Dark Age has overstayed its welcome.
Doom Patrol #1: Oh, Doom Patrol, how I’ve missed you! It seems that after Grant Morrison’s stellar run, only Rachel Pollack managed to finish a successful season. John Arcudi’s and John Byrne’s run crashed and burn before they took flight, but I’m pretty confident this is it.
This is the Doom Patrol comeback.
We have the essential core members: stoic Cliff, troubled Rita (who goes by Elasti-Woman now) and delightful Larry, including the shady Niles Caulder. We get to see Bumblebee a little later in the book and a few new support members, one of them being Rocky from Challengers of the Unknown. Byrne’s characters were easily disposed off, and I have heard that even Mento and Vox will make an appearance later. No more eccentric mind-trip, it’s a straight-up action title now, and they look better than ever.
And ooh! Bonus Metal Men feature! Together, they are enough to get me shrieking! Wheee!!
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1: Let the rumours that Peter Parker is Spider-Man no more pass! Well, at least for this issue. This is becoming more like how a Spider-Man book should be: Spidey actually looks like a 16-year old kid! I’m loving David LaFuente’s drawings—he draws Spidey as a short runt (with round head)—and brings with it a totally new vibe.
The new story is great (as always, Bendis): Peter now works at a fast food joint, he’s shacking up and doing naughty things with Gwen, we get Kingpin in town, there’s a new anti-hero Shroud (looks like Crimson Cowl to me) and a newly-reinvented Mysterio. It’s a blast, I guarantee!
Ultimate Comics Avengers #1: UC Spider-Man is definitely not the only good title in the new line. We get Mark Millar back! Fuck you Jeph Loeb!
After Ultimatum, Nick Fury’s no longer running S.H.I.E.L.D., but Hawkeye is still in his gimp outfit, ARGH! Then we get a Cap action scene which ended with him finding the gory rebooted Red Skull…and a secret was revealed.
Chew #3: Cibopathic Tony Chu met his match in food reviewer Amelia Mintz, a saboscrivner (where do they get these terms): someone who can write and describe food so vividly that her readers can essentially imagine how the food actually tastes like.
It’s a bad idea to piss her off, we find, as we see shots of people puking their guts out after reading her detailed description of horrible restaurants. She used this “power” to save her colleagues in a stick-up, and Tony fell in love immediately.
The Marvels Project #1: I have never known the full story of the original Invaders, so I found myself enjoying this miniseries by Ed Brubaker very much.
It tells the origin stories of Namor the Sub-Mariner and Human Torch (the original android, not Johnny of Fantastic Four) in the dawn of superheroes age in the Marvel universe. The book is told through the eyes of a Dr. Tom Halloway, who treated the dying Two-Gun Kid.
Hopefully they’ll feature Cap, Bucky and Toro later, but for now it’s already an exquisite title.
The Walking Dead #64: For some issues already, Rick and co. are constantly on the run, tracked by another new group proficient with their weapons and stealthy enough. We have found out that that group is hunting them for food, as they enjoy cannibalism immensely.
Dale was caught by the group and part of him was eaten, but he had the last laugh as he claimed that his meat had been tainted from the undead’s bite. The cannibals decided to bait Rick and everyone else with Dale, and that was their first mistake.
Finally, the battle is brought to Rick, and as readers know, theirs is the wrong group to fuck with.