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02/21/11 Trip to the Comic Shop, Reviews- Detective Comics #873, Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #2

Captain America: The First Avenger movie 07/22/11- Story, Casting, Pics, News

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In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is deemed too physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army and fight the Nazis in World War II. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-soldier dubbed Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), he fights the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract.

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01/26/11 This Week’s Hot Comics- Fantastic Four #587, New York Five #1, Infestation #1… and more!

Fantastic Four #587

Written by- Jonathan Hickman
Art by- Steve Epting

One of the four will fall

New York Five #1

Written by- Bryan Wood
Art by- Ryan Kelly

There’s nothing more exciting than college life in the big city. But complications can follow you from dark places – and not just from your boring hometown. In THE NEW YORK FIVE, Riley’s sister Angie is making a name in the Lower East Side with her new band, and now Riley is the black sheep of the family. Lona’s murky past appears to have been hiding an alarming proficiency for stalkerism, and Merissa and Ren will confront uncomfortable situations involving older men. But who is the ‘five’ in THE NEW YORK FIVE?

Infestation #1

Written by- Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Art by- David Messina

It begins here! The first-ever IDW event, which affects the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek universes! This dimensions-spanning storyline begins with a specially priced 40-page story by Abnett & Lanning (The Thanos Imperative) and David Messina (True Blood). Something goes horribly awry in the Zombies vs Robots universe, threatening to tear many of IDW’s biggest realities asunder! Don’t miss the IDW event ten years in the making!

X-Men Age of X Alpha #1

Written by- Mike Carey
Art by- Various

Mutantkind’s final war starts here. If you don’t know which side you’re on, check your DNA.

Glamourpuss #17

Written by- Dave Sim
Art by- Dave Sim

Glamourpuss ‘tees off’ on ‘honor killings’ by certain unnamed South Asian and Middle Eastern religions while Dave Sim provides the cover feature, ‘The Wit and Wisdom of JFK.’ In the History of Photorealism in Comics section, the events of September 6, 1956 continue to unfold.

01/05/11 Best New Release Comic Covers

The best covers for the week of 01/05/11 have been added to the Best New Release Comic Covers page

The best covers for the week include-

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #4(of 9)
Captain America: Hail Hydra #1(of 4)
Superboy #3
The Walking Dead Weekly #1

01/12/11 This Week’s Hot Comics- Amazing Spider-Man #651, Batman and Robin #19, Infinite Vacation #1

Amazing Spider-Man #651

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas, Joseph M. Damon

The HOBGOBLIN’S fight for power continues! Which side will SPIDER-MAN and the BLACK CAT be on… and why?

Also: a surprise for AUNT MAY, and the SPIDEY versus KINGPIN rematch you’ve been dying to see!

Included in this issue: an 8 page story featuring the return of Mac Gargan… as THE SCORPION!

Batman and Robin #19

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Scott McDaniel and Rob Hunter

Batman and Robin have found The Absence, but a deathtrap awaits them. How do you prove a negative? How do you escape nothing? When there’s nothing at the center of a life, madness can stick its claws in!

Infinite Vacation #1

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Christian Ward

Mark lives in a world where alternate realities are up for sale, and buying and trading your way through unlimited variations of yourself is as commonplace as checking your email or updating your status. But when other “hims” start dying suddenly and he meets a mysterious girl who wants nothing to do with “life-changing,” he’ll learn the truth about the universe he stumbles through, and what happens when your vacation turns on you.

The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Batman: The Dark Knight #1, Spider-girl #2 and more!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! The books I picked up this week are DC Comics Presents T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #1, Spider-girl #2, Thunderstrike #2, and Heroic Age: X-Men #1.

THE GOOD

Batman: The Dark Knight #1– David Finch’s first (I think) full issue as writer and penciller is good, but not great. A childhood friend of Bruce (love the retcon kid friends Bruce has been given the last few years, how about you?) has been kidnapped and he becomes obessed in trying to find her. He encounters Killer Croc who is high on a variation of Venom, and is given a name. He’s on the trail, but is it a trap?? If so, who set the trap? Like I said it’s ok, but not great. I’ll give it another couple of issues, and hope that things will get better. This title is on my pull list, but nothing is in stone.

DC Comics Presents THUNDER Agents #1– For the last couple of months, DC has been collecting certain story arcs and reprinting them with the “DC Comics Presents” banner. Most I already have original, but jumped at the chance to get this. This books reprints issues 1, 2, and 7 of the Tower Comics that were original published back in the 1960s. The origins of Dynamo, NoMan, and Menthor, plus the inclusion of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. squad is here. It’s like the Justice League meets Mission Impossible. For someone who hasn’t read these books before, but heard a lot about them, this was great. It was a fun read and it’s great to see classic artwork from Wally Wood, Gil Kane, and George Tuska among others here. RECOMMENDED!!!

Spider-girl #2– Anya and the Fantastic Four are battling what appears to be the mind-controlled Red Hulk. Unfortunately, Anya’s father is part of the collateral damage and dies. Anya decides to quit being Spider-girl until her friend Rocky tells her how are her mother died being a hero during a battle between Spider-man and the Green Goblin. I won’t reveal what is on the final page, but we are given a clue to what’s going on here. However, the questions who, and why will have to wait to be answered.

Thunderstrike #2 – The aftermath of Kevin’s transformation as Thunderstrike and battling the Rhino starts the book. Kevin is not interested in being Thunderstrike since that’s what killed his father. A possible romantic interest enters as well as a friend for someone who wants to be alone. Meanwhile, the mysterious stranger who wants the Thunderstrike sends a strike team to get it. At which Gruenhilda of the Valkrior appears to assist Kevin and informs him that she is here to instruct him of the Thunderstrike and its abilities. Unfortunately, the team obtains the mace at the worst possible time for Kevin…

THE NOT-SO GOOD

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THE UGH

None

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Heroic Age: X-Men #1– So sue me, I kinda like these “database” books. Steve Rogers assess the mutants, former mutants, and mutant sympathizers as well as their enemies. I put this in a “Not Applicable” because these books never really fit a Good, Not-So-Good or Ugh category. If you’ve never read the mutant titles, or (like me) haven’t read them in a long time, this gets you back in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews -Incredible Hulks #619, Secret Avengers #8 and more!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! The books I picked up this week were: DC Universe Legacies #8, Dead Avengers #2, Incredible Hulks #619, Larfleeze Christmas Special, Secret Avengers #8, The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle, Part 3.

THE GOOD

DC Universe Legacies #8– The Death of Superman, Knightfall and Emerald Twilight are the focus of this issue. I have really been enjoying this miniseries, and saddened to realize that there are only two more issues left. It’s not just the history of the DC heroes, but also about a police officer who was inspired by their actions. Lein Wein has done a great job writing the main story and backups (btw – this issue’s backup involves the New Gods with art by Frank Quitely).

Green Lantern Corps #55– “The Weaponer” part three. I bought parts one and two last week and really enjoyed the arc so I’m continuing the story. The GL honor guards have gone to the planet Qward to rescue Sora from the Weaponer. It is revealed how the Weaponer is able to create the right weapon at the right time. Gathnet also reveals what’s been going on in the Emerald Warriors title. The thunderers see their chance to get rid of the Weaponer. I won’t reveal the cliffhanger, but I expect to see a lot of yellow in the final chapter of the story.

Larfleeze Christmas Special – This is cute. Larfleeze wakes up Christmas morning to find out that he did not receive any gifts from Santa. So he heads out attacking anyone wearing a Santa suit and causing a lot of damage until he’s told that Santa lives at the North Pole. Hal Jordan shows up to contain him and tells him about the Christmas spirit. I won’t ruin the ending, but it’s sort of a typical Christmas story ending. Also included are: a recipe for orange cookies, a Larfleeze Christmas ornament, a maze game for you to help Larfleeze find the North Pole, and a two-page short story featuring Glomulus.

Incredible Hulks #619– It is revealed that Zom is controlling Doctor Strange. Team Hulk is still trying to protect Marlo since she has been touched by Death. She decides to use what abilities she has to help the team by bringing additional help in the forms of Doc Samson, Jarella, Glenn Talbot, and Hiroim the Oldtrsong. The Abomination decides that two can play this game by bringing back…I’m not telling. As I’ve stated before, I’m not reading Chaos War, just a couple of one-shots and the Dead Avengers miniseries (the latest issue reviewed here as well). I was worried about not being able to follow what’s going on, but for the most part that is not the case.

The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle, Part 3– The toys are still in the jungle trying to find their master and rescue him from the Bogeyman. The animals have a problem with the toys as they see them as slaves to their master (the boy). They are very resentful of Jester and Harmony as they have a human appearance. Meanwhile we find out what the armies of the Boogeyman are doing after the attack of the Golems last issue. Questions are answered and new ones are asked. It seems like it has been at least two months since part two came out. I don’t know why there was a delay outside of the fact that it’s a small independent company. If you are not reading this, do yourself a favor and get the Volume I collection and read it. It won’t be a waste of money I swear!

Secret Avengers #8– The team may have discovered Fu Manchu’s origin and the reason he needs his son Shang-Chi. They are alerted to an attack in downtown Hong Kong. However, the attack was a diversion so Max (the Nick Fury LMD) and John Steele (a WWII ally with Steve Rogers) can kidnap Agent 13 to use as trade bait to get Shang-Chi. A little more action in this one, but this is a covert/espionage book so there are times were there would not be a lot of action. I like the Shadow Council as the foil to the Secret Avengers instead of pulling out A.I.M. or HYDRA. HYDRA is being used enough with the Avengers cartoon and the upcoming Captain America movie.

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Dead Avengers #2– This is the second part of this three-issue mini-series. Newly resurrected Mar-vell, Vision, Swordsman, Deathcry, Doctor Druid, and Yellowjacket are hanging in trying to not to be killed again by the Grim Reaper and Nekra. Storywise, not a lot happens; the focus was more to the individual backstories and the interactions between the members of the group.  Part of me wishes that it were a four-issue mini because there seems to be too much of the flashbacks packed into this issue.  However, as I said, story-wise nothing really happened until the end. So, three may be enough. There’s been rumblings about an Avenger or two remaining alive after this story ends. I doubt it, but if it is the case – MAKE MINE MAR-VELL!!!

THE UGH

I won’t be a Grinch this week and say UGH. 🙂

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