Monday, October 15, 2007


By John Judy

52 THE COMPANION SC by Various Folks. A hodge-podge of earlier stories featuring the stars of 52. For all of you who need to bone up on your Metal Men and Rip Hunter back-stories. A quirky kick.

52 THE COVERS HC by J.G. Jones. All 52 “52” covers along with thumbnail sketches and production notes. A must-have for all fans of great comic book cover art. Recommended.

THE ABYSS #1 of 4 by Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon. A little super-hero action from the writer of the on-line Star Wars spoof “Troops” and the artist of “Tag and Bink.” If you’re looking for something off the beaten path of established universes check it out.

ARMY @ LOVE VOL.1: THE HOT ZONE CLUB SC by Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine. Collecting the first story-arc of this controversial, subversive series. Lots of adult content. NOT for kids.

BOOKHUNTER GN written and drawn by Jason Shiga. A cool little indy about hard-boiled library police tracking down a stolen book in the means streets of Oakland circa 1973.

BOYS #11 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The Boys go to Moscow. Not enough red ink in the world, ladies and gents. Not for kids, highly recommended.

BRAVE AND BOLD #7 by Mark Waid and George Perez. Wonder Woman and Power Girl team up to fight something. Excellent! What, you want more?

CAPTAIN AMERICA #31 by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark. Bionic Bucky gets the treatment from Doctor Faustus, the most evil and fattest of the Marvel U shrinks. Fun stuff.

DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #1 of 8 written and drawn by Jim Starlin. As Dorothy Parker said upon hearing of the death of President Coolidge, “How could they tell?”

EX MACHINA #31 by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris. Will Mayor Hundred kill the Pope? And what’s with the gorilla on the cover? Gorilla covers are awesome. Recommended.

JSA ALL-STAR ARCHIVES VOL.1 HC by All Kinds Folks. This one collects all the golden-age solo adventures of Johnny Thunder, Hour-Man, Atom, Dr. Mid-Nite, Mr. Terrific, Wildcat, and Red Tornado from the years 1940-1942. Buy this and laugh at all the back issue vendors at the next convention! Recommended!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14 by Dwayne McDuffie and Ed Benes. Injustice League, big fight, possible death. With chili-fries please.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AVENGERS VOL.7 HC by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Gene Colan, and Barry Windsor-Smith. A heck of a classic run here, collecting AVENGERS #59-68. For those of you keeping score, that’s the first Yellowjacket, the wedding of Giant-Man and the Wasp, Hawkeye becoming Goliath, and Ultron before he became a naked girl!

MARVEL ZOMBIES 2 #1 of 5 by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips. They’re back with the best opening line of the year! Highly recommended. NOT. FOR. KIDS.

MARVEL ZOMBIES HULK ACTION FIGURE. “Hulk is the hungriest one there is!!!”

MIGHTY AVENGERS #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho. The new improved naked girl Ultron is trying to launch nukes while the Sentry kicks his/her ass. Just write your Summer movie already, Bendis!

PENANCE RELENTLESS #2 of 5 by Paul Jenkins and Paul Gulacy. Dark Speedball reveals what’s up with his numbers obsession. It ain’t good. Rated “C for Creepy.”

SHAZAM MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL DELUXE HC written and drawn by Jeff Smith. All four issues collected here. “Yes, please!” Highly recommended.

UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #2 of 6 by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. Yeah, it’s a comic written by the guy from My Chemical Romance, but it’s a really good one and it’s coming out on schedule! Definitely worth a look if you like your super-stuff a little twisted and dark. Recommended.

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #18 by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon. Daniel Way is the George Bush of comics. Steve Dillon must cry himself to sleep each night remembering what it was like to draw “Preacher.” That is all.

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