Sunday, September 30, 2007


By John Judy

ACTION COMICS #856 by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner, and Eric Powell. “Good-bye, it am Bizarro story, NOT by director of “Superman The Movie” and creator of “The Goon!” It am very serious by talentless creators! It am must-skip! Lowly recommended!”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Georges Jeanty. Faith’s gonna whack someone! “Five by five!” Recommended.

COUNTDOWN PRESENTS: THE SEARCH FOR RAY PALMER: CRIME SOCIETY #1 by Sean McKeever and Jamal Igle. Oh, where does one even begin….? Recommended for Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, and anyone else with an encyclopediac knowledge of DC continuity.

ESSENTIAL MOON KNIGHT VOL.2 SC by Various Folks. An oxymoron collecting issues 11-30 of the original canceled series. Okay, some of it looks great. The stuff by Miller and Sienkiewicz: “Woo!”

HARVEY CLASSICS RICHIE RICH VOL.2 SC by Various Creators. Hot on the heels of the “Friendliest Ghost You Know” comes your favorite “Poor Little Rich Boy!” No, not George Bush! Savor the early adventures of the kid with the best super-power ever: Money! Lots of it! Highly recommended!

HOWARD THE DUCK #1 of 4 by Ty Templeton and Juan Bobillo. It’s “American Splendor” if Harvey Pekar was a duck. Also starring MODOK. Everyone loves MODOK now. He’s coming back strong, you watch.

JLA/HITMAN #2 of 2 by Garth Ennis and John McCrea. Part two of the story that reminds us of how much we miss the only “Bloodlines” character who didn’t suck. Tommy, we hardly knew ye. Recommended.

METAMORPHO YEAR ONE #1 of 6 by Dan Jurgens and Jesse Delperdang. A deluxe re-imagining of the DC’s hippest freak, the guy who can be anything except normal, Metamorpho, the Element Man! Gotta look!

MS. MARVEL #20 by Brian Reed and Aaron Lopresti. Our Heroine pimp-slaps that pimpy little pimp, The Puppet Master. Also featuring inner turmoil and ominous sub-plots. Fun stuff. Not for pimps.

OMEGA THE UNKNOWN #1 of 10 by Jonathan Lethem, Karl Rusnak, Farel Dalrymple, and Paul Hornschemeier. Okay, there’s a lot of cooks in this kitchen even without mentioning Omega creators Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes. It’s also not the prettiest book out there. That said, it is just too darn compelling not to read. Recommended for
fans who like material that’s off the beaten path.

QUESTION: ZEN AND VIOLENCE VOL.1 SC by Dennis O’Neil and Denys Cowan. Before he died of cancer and got replaced by a woman, Vic Sage had himself some times. Collecting the first six issues of this 80s kung-fu noir series. Very much worth a read.

SUPER-VILLIAN TEAM-UP: MODOK’S 11 #4 of 5 by Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela. The penultimate chapter in this caper story featuring actual capes! Okay, nobody has a cape, but they do have tights and it was a good line. Also a good comic. Recommended.

TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS PRESENTS: CYBORG SUPERMAN #1 by Alan Burnett and Patrick Blaine. DC’s doing an awful lot of “presenting” lately, don’t you think? In this case it’s the story of Superman’s most resilient and hard to draw foe: The Cyborg.

UNCANNY X-MEN #491 by Ed Brubaker and Salvador Larroca. People who live in a mansion versus people who live in a sewer. Guess who wins. Also, the Beast meets Doctor Strange and they discover how badly the Scarlet Witch has screwed up Steve Ditko’s art.

WOLVERINE ANNUAL: DEATHSONG #1 by Gregg Hurwitz and Marcelo Frusin. It takes real guts to try mixing a T.S. Eliot poem with a Wolverine story. This issue is blissfully set apart from all the disagreeable things currently being done with Logan and can best be enjoyed if you first have a look at “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Google it, kids. It’s all over the net for free. And it’ll put hair on ya. “Til human voices wake us, and we drown.” Recommended.

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