QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 08-12-09
By John Judy
ACTION COMICS #880 by Greg Rucka, James Robinson, Julian Lopez and CAFU. Nightwing, Flamebird, Supes, Kara, Captain Atom. That's why they call it ACTION, folks!
ADVENTURE COMICS #1 by Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul and Clayton Henry. Conner Kent's not dead anymore and he wants you to know it! Plus, Starman, the schizophrenic hero from the future with the great costume and the power to make stuff heavier! (I have the same power but it only works on myself.)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #602 by Fred Van Lente and Barry Kitson. MJ's back but so is… the Chameleon!!! Yeah, you heard me: The Chameleon, master of disguise! That is totally impressive if you have no super-powers whatsoever and don't you forget it, mister!
BLACKEST NIGHT #2 of 8 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. My, but these Black Lanterns are saucy chaps and lasses, are they not? Dead clever stuff. Recommended.
DOMINIC FORTUNE #1 of 4 written and drawn by Howard Chaykin. A depression-era pulp adventure set in old Hollywood. A must for Chaykin fans!
FAHRENHEIT 451 GN by Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton. A graphic adaptation of Bradbury's classic story of firemen who really expand on the traditional definition of the job. Highly recommended.
JSA VS. KOBRA #3 of 6 by Eric Trautmann and Don Kramer. Much better than a typical mini, this one's exploring some interesting and timely aspects of religious fanaticism. Well worth a look.
MARVEL COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY EDITION #1 by Various Creators. A little something to honor the first appearances of the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Oh, and Ka-Zar, Lord of the Jungle. Him too.
MARVELS PROJECT #1 of 8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. The item of the week, hands down. Mr. Brubaker explains it all to you, all the hidden connections in the first days of what would become the Marvel Universe. First up: The race for the super-soldier! Highly recommended.
RED CIRCLE: INFERNO #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Greg Scott. It's about a guy who can catch on fire and not die. Finally!
RED HERRING #1 of 6 by David Tischman and Philip Bond. A little spy story from the guy who brought you BITE CLUB. And the artist's name is Bond. Gotta look!
SANDMAN BY JOE SIMON AND JACK KIRBY HC by Joe and Jack. What it sounds like. Collecting the run from 1942-1946 in which Wes Dodds switched costumes and got a boy sidekick. Neat stuff with lots of wild, Golden-Age appeal. Recommended.
STARSTRUCK #1 of 13 by Elaine Lee, Mike Kaluta and Charles Vess. Back in print after 20 years, this one's got it all: money, anarchy and gorgeous ladies vying for dominance in a space opera universe. Sweet!
SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2009 #1 by Various Creators. All the 411 you need to keep track of the players in the latest Supes sagas. Helpful.
ULTIMATE COMICS: AVENGERS #1 by Mark Millar and Carlos Pacheco. After ULTIMATUM let's face it, anything will be a vast improvement. Here it is.
ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and David LaFuente. Ultimate Spidey: Not drowned anymore! Possibly crushed! Certainly bruised, but (very likely) decidedly un-drowned! That warrants a new first issue, wouldn't you agree?
UNCANNY X-MEN #514 by Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson. Okay, since the Dark X-Men are led by Norman Osborn instead of Professor Xavier shouldn't they really be called the "O-Men?" Or would that be too creepy?
UNWRITTEN #4 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Someone's killing horror writers in the house where Mary Shelley created Frankenstein. Your future self is so mad at you for not having read this already! Recommended.
WALKING DEAD #64 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. The scariest words you can hear in a world of zombies: "A man's gotta eat." Not for kids.
WEDNESDAY COMICS #6 of 12 by Various Creators. Sunday newspaper comics from some alternate universe Utopia. Recommended.