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I may end up hitting the size limit here because I've got a lot of Hauls here. Since this is primarily a list, a very, very, VERY long one, I'm putting it behind a cut. I have additional notes on some things, but I'm going to do separate larger entries on some of the most significant things.

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Avengers Prime #2 of 5 – Brian Michael Bendis + Alan Davis. Gorgeous but, with having separated the three main players, the point of this series is eluding me. I thought it was to reconcile them, but they are spending a fair amount of time apart. We'll have to see how it works out in the end. In the meantime, the open Asgardian plot threads were better handled in Thor by Gillen than they are here.

Daredevil Black & White one-shot – Peter Milligan + Jason Latour give us a fight with Bullseye where Dd i handicapped with a returned ability to see. Rick Spears + Mick Bertilorenzi follow the manipulations of one of the Kingpin's men. Lastly there is a text piece by classic DD writer Ann Nocenti with accompanying illustrations by David Aja.

Deadpool #1000 - Another super-sized collections of short stories. “Luck Be a Lady” by Adam Glass + Paco Medina. “The Maltese Bunny” by David Lapham was the longest piece, surprised me at how much enjoyed it, and got me excited about the upcoming Deadpool MAX series written by Lapham. “Appetite for Destruction” by Rick Remender + Jerome Opena. “Silentest Night” by Fred Van Lente + Denys Cowan pokes some well-deserved fun at Blackest Night. “A Day in the Life” by Peter Bagge. Yes, Peter Bagge. “Today I am da Man” by Howard Chaykin was probably the weakest in the book, but I've never been too impressed by Chaykin. “No Longer in a Relationship” by Tim Hamilton was a fun short Facebook inspired piece. “Canada, Man!” by Rob Williams + Phil Bond is probably the greatest bit of parodic fun. “Mouth of the Border” by Cullen Bunn + Matteao Scalera. “Too Many Deadpools” by Michael Kuppermann. And lastly “Nightmare on Elm-Tree” by Dean Haspiel. The whole thing is topped off by a collection of the Deadpool variant covers that graced a lot of the books earlier in the year. Unfortunately the joke of some is lost without the comparison to the original cover.

Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #3 of 4 – Duane Swierczynski + Jason Pearson. Hilariously twisted and manically unpredictable.

Doomwar #6 of 6 – Jonathan Maberry + Scot Eaton. A great finale based upon depth of character and hard decisions, leaving a lasting change in Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda. It's unfortunate that this series was overshadowed by the other events going on, I'm hoping it won't completely disappear.

Gorilla-Man #2 of 3 – Jeff Parker + Giancarlo Caracuzzo. More details on Gorilla-Man back from before he was a gorilla, as well as some Agents of Atlas related action. Good stuff.

Hercules: Twilight of a God #3 of 4 – Bob Layton + Ron Lim. I can't tell if this is more irreverently campy than the old series because, even though I only read them last year I immediately contextualized them to when they were written. That said, there are serious, dramatic moments in this series, but it's also a whole hell of a lot of fun.

Marvelman Family's Finest #2 of 6 – Mick Anglo + Norman Light/George Parlett/Don Lawrence/Mick Anglo. Dropped. Somehow it's easier to take than Silver Age DC comics, but it just doesn't hold me. I just don't care. Give me the Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman stories.

Marvel Universe vs. The Punisher #1 of 4 – Jonathan Maberry + Goran Parlov. It's The Omega Man starring the Punisher. I went with Omega Man instead of I Am Legend or The Last Man on Earth because, well, Charlton Heston is more like the Punisher than either Will Smith or Vincent Price are. Despite the lack of originality, and despite some story telling failings, it's a nice creepy tale of violence that I enjoyed.

Shadowland: Bullseye one-shot – John Layman + Sean Chen. This special is the funeral for Bullseye, and it's pretty weak. Would have much preferred if Daniel Way and Stve Dillon could have done it owing to the strength of the pair of Bullseye miniseries done a few years back. Anyway, a bunch of personality free thugs will vague motivation gather a bunch of innocent people to throw a funeral for Bullseye. One of those gathered happens to be hallucinating Bullseye's ghost throughout the affair. And, of course, since he has to get dragged into every DD related thing, Ben Urich was also grabbed so that he could write up the funeral for the paper.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 – Jonathan Hickman + Dustin Weaver. Just because you've got Galileo saving the world from Galactus doesn't mean you've got the awesomest comic ever. You still need a narrative. Narrative, dammit!

Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #2 of 4 – Christos Gage + Mario Alberti. Spidey's alien costume has escaped and taken over Mr. Fantastic. That's just the start. The story could easily be slid between issues of John Byrne's FF run, but it also stands on its own.

Spitfire one-shot – Paul Cornell + Elena Casagrande. Follows up on some open elements from Captain Britain & MI:13, so that made me happy. The story sees Spitfire exploring her vampirism a little bit as she hunts other vampires alongside Blade. It's a complex relationship between the characters, and I hope it doesn't get lost.

Thor: The Rage of Thor one-shot
– Peter Milligan + Mico Suayan. A tale from olden times highlighting Thor's feelings of alienation from his brethren. Also, dude's a Viking god, don't you forget it.

Batman: Odyssey #2 of 12 – Neal Adams. Too many narratives with the narrative. Geez, some books have too little, and some have too much.

Doom Patrol #13 – Keith Giffen + Matthew Clark/Ron Randall. The truth about Rita! Sort of. I'm still confused. Doom Patrol's history is a little... convoluted.

G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #157 – Larry Hama + Agustin Padilla. Cobra has the US government thinking that they are the good guys, so that leaves the Joe's out in the cold. Or the fire, as the case may be. Exciting stuff that moves about 400 times faster than the regular series. I just wish they had a better artist doing this. It's most obvious when you compare the artist's version of the cover against the writer's sketch, Agustin has missed a lot of the dynamic energy that is inherent in Larry's original. If I was Larry I'd be seriously frustrated.

Transformers: Ironhide #4 of 4 – Mike Costa + Casey Coller. Delivers some loud, super-sized action that is totally freakin' awesome, but keeps in focus the heart that makes Ironhide such an endearing character.

Creature Tech graphic novel, new edition – Doug TenNapel. Probably one of the best graphic novels that I've read. Funny, creepy, quirky, and touching. We've got the Shroud of Turin, a mad scientist's ghost, cat demons, giant space eels, and an alien Jesus. That just barely scratches the surface. The main character is a scientist charged with examining the US's collection of mysterious artifacts. He's unfortunately based in the same small town he grew up with, leading to tension with both his ex-scientist, now preacher father as well as the redneck townsfolk. Then there's the burgeoning feelings that he's developing with the daughter of the local freaks and oddities show. But first he's got to stop that mad scientist's ghost's fiendish plans.

discounted back-issue buys
Black Panther: Secret Invasion trade paperback – Collects issues 39-41 by Jason Aaron + Jefte Palo. 40% off the cover price. A perfect example of why Wakanda has never been successfully invaded. Don't F with the Black Panther.

Namor: The Sub-Mariner #26 (May 1992) through 40 (July 1993). John Byrne (26-32)/Bob Harras(33-40) + Jae Lee(26-30)/Jimmy Palmiotti & Howard Rourke (39)/Scott Kolins(40). The whole pack for $7.95, a real bargain since I've been wanting to get Jae Lee's arc for years and, lo and behold, it's all here plus the conclusion of the storyline. It was really interesting watching Lee develop his style, sometimes with dramatic changes between issues as he experimented. It was also interesting seeing the dramatic story switch when the writer changed, Byrne had an amnesiac Namor battling ecoterrorists (he disagreed with their methods not their philosophies) while Harras quickly returned his memories but had him dealing with a coup led by a long exiled dark magic sect of Atlanteans.
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Cable #25 – Duane Swierczynski + Paco Medina. The final issue of Cable is a disappointment. They're trying to recall the feeling of the Cable & Deadpool series, even listing this as Deadpool & Cable on the cover, and though this does have a couple of laughs it is all meaningless. It's a flashback to the very beginning of Messiah Complex, and considering that anyone that cares already knows how that ended up, there is zero tension here. Without tension and the ability to surprise, the few laughs just don't hold it together.

Deadpool Corps #1 – Victor Gischler + Rob Liefeld. Another disappointment. Again, overall misses the humor mark that it is aiming for. The naming of the DPs' ship is really the best gag. The fact that Liefeld doesn't bother to draw Deadpool like there's actually a face under the mask (the creases in the middle just make it look like a butt, not a face) becomes impossible to ignore when three of the characters have the same look.
Also includes the Deadpool story by Frank Tieri + Matteo Scalera from How to Break Into Comics the Marvel Way #2, as well as some of the files from the Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul book.

Marvel Zombies 5 #1 of 5 – Fred Van Lente + Kano. This issue takes place in the Wild West and involves zombies described as the Romero type. But it should have been better. There was too much on the new character, and on setting up a world we probably won't ever see again. Machine Man didn't even show up to do anything until page 21. But his mystery sidekick is priceless. Looking forward to our heroes taking more direct action next issue.

Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #3 of 4 – Scott Reed + Miguel Munera. This series is working much better than the couple of issues of the Son of Hulk series that I read. Hiro-Kala is a villain, and stories that only feature him are missing an important element. Namely, a hero. And though Arcturus Rann isn't much of a hero, both Marionette and Jentorra count very well. Again, the Micronauts and Jarella's world elements are much more interesting than the Son of Hulk elements.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – Jonathan Hickman + Dustin Weaver. If this was the first thing I'd ever read by Hickman I'd be dropping this book and not looking back. There isn't even an attempt at characterization or a cohesive story, all we get is a series of snippets of stories. If this was a prelude comic or teaser that woud be enough, but for being an actual first issue of a series, that's crap.

Spider-Man: Fever #1 of 3 – Brendan McCarthy. Part of me would have liked to have seen a more complex, modern take with the story. But I can also appreciate the intentional retro take Brendan is employing. Frankly, if you stripped away the modern coloring I think most people would be hard pressed to realize that this was not actually done in the 60s. Speaking of, the art is simply brilliant and I'm enjoying every second of it.

Thor and the Warriors Four #1 of 4 – Alex Zalben + GuriHiru. Power Pack, in an effort to get the Golden Apples of Idunn for their ailing grandmother, come across Frog Thor and the pet Avengers in their search for Asgard.
The back-up written and illustrated by Colleen Coover is a thing of wondrous awesomeness – Hercules babysits the Pack.

Ultimate X #2 – Jeph Loeb + Arthur Adams. We meet the second character of the cast, and the comic is really, really good. The art continues to be Art's best, and the writing, surprisingly, stands up there as well.

Uncanny X-Men #523 – Matt Fraction + Terry Dodson. Second Coming part 2. Classic X-Men crossover action. Nice.

Wolverine: Weapon X #12 – Jason Aaron + Ron Garney. The second part of “Tomorrow Dies Today,” featuring an army of Deathloks, builds upon the mystery of the first part with action and satisfying revelations in various time periods. This series should be selling twice of what Wolverine: Origins and Dark Wolverine combined bring it, but it's actually much less than either one. Because people are stupid.

World War Hulks one-shot – Is pretty much just a space filling disappointment. The A-Bomb story by Jeff Parker + Zach Howard is the strongest one, allowing for some actual characterization for A-Bomb and how Rick Jones's transformation into the monster has affected him and his relationship with Marlo. But the stories featuring Glenn Talbot, by Harrison Wilcox + Ben Oliver, and the Cosmic Hulk, by Scott Reed + Aluir Amancio, which also happens to feature Talbot, add nothing to the main tale. The Samson piece by Paul Tobin + Ramonn Rosanas at least adds some background to the Intelligencia's plans. The Red She-Hulk one by Harrison Wilcox + Ryan Stegman is all sound and fury without anything new. The book is capped off by a Deadpool tale by Jeff Parker + Ig Guara that shows the lead up to DP working for Red Hulk and also acts as a prologue to Hulked-Out Heroes.

Muppet Show Comic Book #4 – Roger Langridge. Continues to be a gag-filled experience with heart, just like the source material.

28 Days Later #9 – Michael Alan Nelson + Leonardo Manco. Another good issue of a very good series. Manco's art has a looser texture here than I've usually seen him employ, but it certainly works.

Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War #3 of 6 – Randy Stradley + Rick Leonardi. Keeps the tension building as an alliance is forged between the humans the Predators against the other Predators.

Batman Confidential #43 – Sam Kieth. The story was as full of Kiethisms as the art, and I'm OK with that. Taken as a Batman story, you could shred this thing to pieces in seconds. But taken as a Sam Kieth story that uses Batman, it works for me.

Doom Patrol #9 – Keith Giffen + Matthew Clark/Ron Randall. The series is starting to hit its groove as Danny the Brick, formerly Danny the Street, finds his way back to the team. And a cameo at the end lends the promise of some real bizarre times ahead for the team. The cameo also inspired me to pick up the character's latest miniseries which I had originally planned to wait for until it was collected.

G.I. Joe Origins #14 – Scott Beatty + S. L Gallant. Part two of Ripcord's origin is as well done as the first, and keeps this series higher on my list than the regular one.
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