Here’s what I got last week:
- 28 Days Later #1
- The Last Days of Animal Man #4
- Avengers: The Initiative #27
- Batman and Robin #3
- Blackest Night: Titans #1
- Buck Rogers #3
- Dark Avengers #8
- Dark Reign: Elektra #5
- Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man #3
- Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3
- Detective Comics #856
- Fantastic Four #570
- Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink #4
- Green Lantern #45
- Justice Society of America #30
- Madame Xanadu #14
- The Flash: Rebirth #4
- The New Avengers #56
- The Red Circle: The Shield
- Runaways #13
- The story of The Red Circle intro issues comes full circle (heh) with The Shield. It’s pretty much the same super-soldier story: a bit of Cap, a bit of Magog and bit of Gauntlet (from Avengers: Initiative). The Red Circle titles are starting next month with The Web and The Shield. Inferno or The Hangman will be the backup stories for each of them.
- You can go no wrong with zombies, and Boom! Studios did well by picking up the 28 Days Later franchise. The original film was one of the best “nu-zombies” (haha that’s what I’ll be calling these new breed of zombies/infected that can run fast as hell) film ever. This new title will tell the story of a group of hardened journalists covering the infected UK with the help of a lone survivor. It has a strong female lead character, and a good setup—hopefully this will excel, just like all other Boom! titles. Having me reading Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and re-playing Left 4 Dead, it’s gonna be a zombie fest all over again!
- Let me just say here, that as always these titles are awesome: Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, Madame Xanadu and Runaways. So I’ll be reviewing these other outstanding titles below.
Fantastic Four #570: Marvel was promoting the hell out of this new run by Jonathan Hickman, and I decided to pick it up after such strong praises from other comic writers and artists. I thought that Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, written by Hickman as a lead-in to his arc was fairly decent, not exactly mindblowing. There were some cool moments with Franklin and Val, but the bit about the alternate universe versions of Sue, Johnny and Ben was a bit gimmicky.
However, after reading this one, I’m pleased overall with the story. Hickman is definitely borrowing from DC on alternate earths, especially the gathering of Supermen part in Final Crisis. It’s nice to see Marvel exploring these concepts too, and I’m curious to find out who the three founders of The Council are, and what our Reed will think when he found out that he isn’t the first Reed to make an initiative to save the world.
The art looks superb, except for Eaglesham’s drawing of Reed as the bulky hunk. I’m quite used with him being the skinny old nerd (with glasses and all), so seeing him look like Tom Strong just felt funny. Other than that, hey, tip-top start to a new arc!
Avengers: The Initiative #27: Christos N. Gage took a different approach to Initiative this time, and refreshed the tired title. Since being taken over from S.H.I.E.L.D. and now led by Taskmaster and The Hood, a lot has changed in The Initiative. The Shadow Initiative is no longer what it used to be, and this new reality was told from the perspectives of really-minor characters Johnny Guitar and Dr. Sax.
Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3: The main story sees Emma Frost peering into the mysterious mind of Namor, and finding things she didn’t expect in there. The pair Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk are charming as ever, delivering great dialogues and nice art.
There was a particularly clever panel where Emma found the three doors symbolising Namor’s strategies to cope with the surface world. The three doors had “Attack”, “Negotiate” and “SUE” engraved on them. Then we had Emma saying, “Odd. I never imagined you’d be one for legal action.” I couldn’t stop smiling remembering the cleverness of the whole thing.
For backup stories, we get one story where Wolverine was supposedly rampaging through the middle of the desert. Of course, we found out that it wasn’t actually Wolverine. But who was it? Finally. the most interest story is at the end, about the now almost forgotten Aurora dealing with her schizophrenia and disassociative identity disorder.