QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS 11-04-09
By John Judy
AGE OF BRONZE #29 written and drawn by Eric Shanower. No promotional blurb could top the original: "Special Music Issue. Achilles headlines with a song about cosmic sex as Cressida has her heart ripped out." Not for kids. Recommended.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #609 by Marc Guggenheim, Marco Checchetto and Luke Ross. Spidey fights the dinosaur dude. No, the other one. "Raptor."
ASTONISHING X-MEN #32 by Warren Ellis and Phil Jimenez. Sentinels! Zombie Sentinels! Brood! Oh, Ellis!
BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE #3 of 6 by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan. "Guest-starring Aquaman!" No fair making it irresistible, DC!
BLACK WIDOW: DEADLY ORIGIN #1 of 4 by Paul Cornell, Tom Raney and John Paul Leon. What it sounds like, but Cornell is so darn clever he'll find a way to make it work!
THE BOYS #36 by Garth Ennis and John Darick Robertson. The Awesome Origin of "Mother's Milk" at the conclusion of which you will please stop screaming. Please. Recommended. Not for kids.
BOYS: HEROGASM #6 of 6 by Garth Ennis and John McCrea. At last, the devastating climax! (Hides head in shame…) Not for kids.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #30 by Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty. I'm starting to think the goal of these stories is to get the number of Slayers on Earth back down to one. Recommended anyway because it's Jane Espenson and she writes real good.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #4 of 6 by Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch. Doctor Doom and the Red Skull have made a pact, so maybe this whole "reborn" thing is a tad premature… Gotta look!
CRIMINAL DELUXE EDITION HC by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Collecting books 1-3 and a bunch of extras. Why wait for Christmas? Get it now! Highly recommended.
DEATHLOK #1 of 7 by Charlie Huston and Lan Medina. Marvel's classic killer cyborg gets the Moon Knight treatment: A full reboot with lots of violence! Hey, it's Deathlok. Not like we were ever gonna see him on "Super Hero Squad." But wouldn't it be great if we did?
ESCAPISTS SC by Brian K. Vaughan, Michael Chabon and Various Really Good Artists. Inspired by "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and the comic book capital of the world, Cleveland Ohio! Recommended.
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #4 of 5 by Duane Swierczynski and Khari Evans. Tiger's Beautiful Daughter. Don't let the name fool you! Her kung-fu is tough! Recommended.
MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #1 of 8 by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young. Picking up where they left off with WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ, Shanower and Young take on L. Frank Baum's next epic. Forget the movie! Read the comic! (Always good advice.)
SECRET SIX #15 by John Ostrander and J. Calafiore. Guest-writer John Ostrander returns to Deadshot and Deadshot returns to killing lots and lots of people! OK, technically you need to leave something before you return to it, but you get the idea.
STRANGE TALES #3 of 3 by Various Creators. Indy artists and writers take a crack at their favorite Marvel icons with interesting results. Verrry interrresting….
STUMPTOWN #1 by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth. When a private dick with a gambling problem finds herself on the hook for big money to a casino the best way out is probably to do the casino owner a favor. Because that always ends well. Highly "Rucka-mended!"
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #9 of 12 by James Robinson, Greg Rucka and Pete Woods. Jemm, Son of Saturn wants a word with the New Kryptonians! No, seriously…
TORCH #3 of 8 by Mike Carey, Alex Ross and Patrick Berkenkotter. Darn! The original Human Torch is back but he's a mind-controlled bad guy now! Sure hope that doesn't last!
X-MEN ORIGINS: ICEMAN ONE-SHOT by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Phil Noto. What it sounds like but Aguirre-Sacasa's so darn clever he'll find a way to make it work!
X-MEN VS. AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 of 2 by Jeff Parker and Carlo Pagulayan. Just go with it….
YELLOW LANTERN PROMOTIONAL RINGS by DC Comics and the Sinestro Corps! Powered by Fear and Evil so turn on FoxNews and let 'er rip!