MARVELDeadpool Corps #2
of 5 – Victor Gischler + Rob Liefeld. I keep expecting this series to be even more madcap than it is, probably Gischler is just spread too thin doing this, DP: Merc With a Mouth
, and the new X-Men
series. That said, I guess I'll reveal here part of why I actually like Rob Liefeld – he reminds me of Jack Kirby. As opposed to many people who think learning from Kirby means drawing in his style, Rob knew that's not what's needed. He draws in his own style (which is admittedly not to everyone's taste, and is often of inconsistent quality) but injects every scene with a ginormous amount of dynamic energy. And since he finally got away from doing a splash page every couple of pages (done cuz the original art for a splash pages sells better, natch) the flow of his stories has much improved. Halo: Blood Line #5
of 5 – Fred Van Lente + Francis Portela. This series is about a family unit of Spartans, a team that group up together and have developed some of the same issues that siblings often have. I like the fact that when looking at the Spartans through the eyes of another one, we see them sans armor and as young teenagers. It's an excellent way to illustrate the familial bond. Well written and well executed, though works much better once all the pieces are together. Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #4
of 4 – Scott Reed + Miguel Munera. Still not completely clear on everything that happened here, I did enjoy the Micronaut action and am glad to hear there will be a follow-up.
Spider-Man: Fever #2
of 3 – Brendan McCarthy. Psychedelically awesome as Spider-Man loses his sense of self in the outer planes and Dr. Strange quests to find him.
Thor and the Warriors Four #2
of 4 – Alex Zalben + GuriHiru. Power Pack in Asgard, and Katie, the youngest, is convinced that Beta Ray Bill is a horse. She not only dubber him Thorse, but also asked to ride him... Anyway, in the meantime, Loki is up to mischief.
And the Hercules back-up by Colleen Coover is a piece of brilliance. Ultimate New Ultimates #2
– Jeph Loeb + Frank Cho. It's nice that Frank Cho can draw women that actually look physically powerful enough to take down Captain America and the other male members of the Ultimates... now if he could just work on having a variety of faces. Aside from hair, outfits, and, uh, proportions, they all look like the same woman. The writing is surprisingly enjoyable.Uncanny X-Men #524
– Matt Fraction + Terry Dodson. Second Coming part 6. A moment is taken for the fallen hero before the the action explodes again. These kind of big, epic crossover events are one of the things I enjoy about the X-Men, and I'm loving the hell out of this one.
X-Men: Hellbound #1
of 3 – Chris Yost + Harvey Tolibao. Second Coming tie-in. A group of X-Men travel to limbo to retrieve Magik, who was teleported there during the battles. All their other teleporters have been incapacitated or killed, so the hope is they can get her to help defend against the large scale, coordinated attack that they are under. Of course, things don't go as planned.
Contains a reprint from issue #4 of the Magik
miniseries by Chris Claremont + Sal Buscema that features the origin of her Soulsword.ARCHAIAFraggle Rock #1
of 3 – Heather White + Jeff Stokely. Katie Cook. Jeffrey Brown + Michael DiMotta. Cute, but nothing special. Might appeal to adults that still adore the Fraggles, or to kids, but doesn't offer much more.BOOM!Muppet King Arthur #4
of 4 – Paul Benjamin/Patrick Storck + James Silvani. Very well done. Like the Muppet Peter Pan story, the characters take on a life of their own, and the Muppets don't stick to the roles they've been assigned, instead they follow their own direction. It leads to some unexpected moments, and some very expected moments, but all are delightful.Muppet Show Comic Book #5
– Roger Langridge + Amy Mebberson. Continues to be entertaining from beginning to end. Even the bad puns are perfectly placed for true Muppetude.28 Days Later #10
– Michael Alan Nelson + Declan Shalvey. As if it wasn't bad enough trying to not got killed by the infected, now there are a bout of heavily armed men with mysterious motives moving about... men that seem to want to capture the infected alive.DCBrightest Day #1
of 24 – Geoff Johns/Peter Tomasi + Ivan Reis/Pat Gleason/Ardian Syaf/Scott Clark/Joe Prado. As I'm typing this I've already read issue #5, and I'm still undecided. The problem is that while I find the plot interesting, very interesting, I just don't care about the characters. At all. My favorite of the batch, the Martian Manhunter, has only gotten a couple of pages so far. Other than him we've got Aquaman, Firestorm, Hawkman & Hawkwoman, and Deadman. Essentially, a bunch of characters that had been killed off because they have trouble carrying their own series. Doom Patrol #10
– Keith Giffen + Matthew Clark/Ron Randall. Enjoyable, but little plot movement as the villain first assault is enacted but his motivations remain shrouded.IDWG.I.Joe Origins #15
– Merrill Hagan + Klaus Scherwinski. Sometimes this is less a series of origins and more just solo spotlights, this is one of those times. Despite the misnomer, the issue is a good one. We get a one-off story featuring Snowjob, the Joe's Arctic specialist, taking a mission well out of his element in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. The coloring is frustratingly dark, as it seems the art could be some of the best in any of IDW's Joe comics so far. Thankfully the story still works, highlighting the character's skill at adapting to an environment and mission that is outside of his area of expertise.UDON COMICSDarkstalkers: The Night Warriors #2
of 3 – Ken Siu-Chong + Eric Vedder/Joe Vriens/Joe Ng. This is a comic series based on a Japanese arcade fighting game... describing the plot will just sound like the mad ramblings of a delusional psychotic on LSD. Instead, I'll just say that it's gorgeously violent fluff.