QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 10-14-09
By John Judy
ABSOLUTE DEATH HC by Neil Gaiman and Various Really Talented Artists. If you are a Goth and a Neil Gaiman fan (but I repeat myself) you need to have this for your coffee table. Or for that place on the floor where a coffee table one day will be. Recommended.
MARVELS PROJECT #3 of 8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. The Super-Soldier gets infiltrated, the Torch becomes a hero and Namor shows up looking for a fight! A big one! Recommended!
PUNISHER: FRANK CASTLE MAX #75 by Various Creators. An anniversary issue containing five stories about the day Frank Castle lost it all and the world gained the Punisher. And best of all, an eight page preview of the new Punsher series by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon. Recommended. Not for kids.
SCALPED #32 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera. Another mind-roasting issue of Indian Reservation Noir as Dash Bad Horse finds himself the object of attention of a jailed murderer and a drunk mystic (who is also a murderer). And you think your Facebook stalkers are bad! Highly recommended. Not for kids.
UNCANNY X-MEN #516 by Matt Fraction and Greg Land. Magneto!
UNWRITTEN #6 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Tommy Taylor, having barely escaped the horror story murders last issue, must now get himself in tune with the Song of Roland. And he's better be on tempo or else! Recommended.
WALKING DEAD #66 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. Last issue Rick and the gang got the jump on the cannibals who ate Dale's leg. This issue, are they really gonna do what Rick said? Just when you think Kirkman can't twist the emotional knife any deeper…. Recommended. Not. For. Kids.
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 by Various Creators. It's a new Spidey number one!
YOU ARE THERE HC by Jean-Claude Forest and Jacques Tardi. A classic little something from Fantagraphics: An English language release of a key French book from the eighties, sort of a weird riff on Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard" about a once well-off landowner who loses the family plot to new money. High-brow comics that look good. Recommended.
And finally, perhaps the best geek news of the week: More DC Promo Green Lantern rings! But not just in Green! This week, in honor of the wildly successful and exciting "War of Light" storyline in the Green Lantern books, your finer retailers across the land will finally have Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet power rings!
I'm not saying that one out of every hundred of them really work, but I'm not denying it either…