QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 09-16-09
By John Judy
3 STORY: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE GIANT-MAN HC written and drawn by Matt Kindt. No relation to Marvel's super, size-changing scientist, this is the story of the world's largest man who keeps growing until he no longer fits with his life or anyone in it. Also growing until they no longer fit: certain metaphors.
AGENTS OF ATLAS #11 by Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman. Dragons, ex-girlfriends and killer robots clash! Big fight!
ARCHIE #601 by Michael Uslan and Stan Goldberg. Part 2 of 6, in which Archie and Veronica continue their hypothetical future walk down the aisle. Remember, gang: They're all imaginary stories.
BATGIRL #2 by Brian Q. Miller and Lee Garbett. Batgirl #6 just knows she's gonna be different! She's gonna make this work!
BATMAN AND ROBIN #4 by Grant Morrison and Philip Tan. Meet the Red Hood and Scarlet. They think they're so tough…
BLACKEST NIGHT #3 of 8 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. It's almost never a good time to be Firestorm the Nuclear Man. I mean, you're wearing a poofy 70s shirt and your hair's on fire all the time. Even so, at the moment it's especially not good.
BRAVE AND BOLD #27 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz. JMS comes on board with a rip-snorting tale teaming the Dark Knight and…. Robbie Reed, the guy with the Dial H for Hero doo-hickey? Dial A for Awesome! Gotta look!
CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #3 of 5 by Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch. Steve Rogers has come unstuck in time… Plus, the Red Skull and Dr. Doom have a meeting of the minds. A Nazi super-villain and the megalomaniac son of gypsies. What could go wrong? Recommended.
DARK AVENGERS #9 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. Ares, God of War discovers his kid has been working for the enemy. Hmm, how do Greek gods deal with their unruly kids again…? Recommended.
DARK REIGN LIST DAREDEVIL ONE-SHOT by Andy Diggle and Billy Tan. Norman Osborn sends Bullseye to kill Daredevil, which is sort of like sending George W. Bush to fix the economy. Or anything else. Might want to look deeper into that rolodex, Mr. O.
EX MACHINA #45 by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris. Hizzoner Mayor Mitchell Hundred has a new enemy and a mole in his team just in time for the final storyline to get underway. Only five more issues to go until the end of yet another great series by Mr. Vaughan. Recommended.
JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY: NANCY, VOL. 1 HC by John Stanley. Collecting the comic adventures of Ernie Bushmiller's famous tyke as written by John Stanley, the iconic Little Lulu scribe who some have called the greatest children's comics writer of all time.
MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #3 by Jonathan Mayberry and Jason Shawn Alexander. Zombie Wolverine finds his way to the "land of the rising son." No, not Nazareth! Japan, silly! Marvul kan makes tie-poz!
MIGHTY AVENGERS #29 by Christos Gage, Dan Slott and Khoi Pham. Scarlet Loki's mask seems to be slipping further and further down his/her nose. But will it be too late for Hank Pym and his band of rebels?
THOR ANNUAL #1 by Peter Millligan, Tom Grindberg and Mico Suayan. Thor's been turned out of Asgard and now some old enemies want a word. Hope they like the taste of hammer!
ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #1 of 4 by Warren Ellis and Steve Kurth. Bad guys are trying to jack Ultimate Tony Stark's ride. Un-cool, bad guys! It's Ellis so expect lots of alcohol and pain.
WALKING DEAD #65 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. "Fear the Hunters" part 4 of 5. In which we learn that non-zombie cannibals are way worse than zombie cannibals even if they don't smell as bad. Not for kids.
WEDNESDAY COMICS #11 of 12 by Various Creators. Almost time for the huge oversize coffee-table collection!
X-FACTOR #48 by Peter David and Valentine DeLandro. Okay, that's it. Madrox the Multiple Man has simply got to start cleaning up his mutant duplicates! I'm not normally one to judge but at least when I leave my laundry all over the floor it doesn't develop a will of its own and start trying to kill my teammates. Just sayin'…
X-MEN: LEGACY ANNUAL #1 by Mike Carey, Daniel Acuna and Mirco Pierfederici. This sort of begs the question: How much legacy can you have if you're only up to your first annual? But at least it has a cover drawing of Wolverine that looks like he's a fan-boy in a costume contest.