QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 11-11-09
By John Judy
ABSOLUTE JUSTICE HC by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite. Collecting the 12-issue series in which the JLA fights bad guys and everyone looks like people on TV from the seventies. Hear your coffee table groan from the strain!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #611 by Joe Kelly and Eric Canete. Guest-starring Deadpool and Lady Stilt-Man. Now just calm down, fan-boys…
BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 by Grant Morrison and Philip Tan. It's the big finish for the Red Hood and Scarlet! Recommended!
BATMAN DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL #1 by Brian Azzarello and Phil Noto. The Man of Bronze and the Dark Knight mix it up good and pulpy! Gotta look!
CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD: LAST BATTLE #2 of 6 by Garth Ennis and Oscar Jimenez. So should Danny the Anti-Christ be worried when his best friend Jay the Second Coming starts getting his wits back about him? And what about Jimmy the talking rabbit? Not for kids.
COMIC BOOK COMICS #4 by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey. The Evil Twin boys are back with their comic about comics! This issue features stories about the rise of Marvel Comics, Robert Crumb and Tin-Tin! More fascinating than a lot of imaginary stories being published today! Highly recommended!
DAREDEVIL #502 by Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre. When dealing with depression and grief some people turn to faith, others to appropriate medication. Still others take over the leadership of an international guild of ninja assassins. And this is why Daredevil is way cooler than any of us will ever be. Recommended.
DARK X-MEN #1 of 5 by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk. Admit it, you've always wondered what a team of the most depraved second-string mutants working for a government-backed psychopath would be like! Okay, fine, it's just me then. This is by the guys who did CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 so it is awesome. Recommended.
GHOUL #1 by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson. When things get too weird for the LA cops they gotta call in… The Ghoul. From two of comics' heaviest hitters! Recommended!
HOT POTATOE HC written and drawn by Marc Bell. No, it's not a Dan Quayle bio-comic, it's a decade's worth of indy-man Bell's wildest works. This one's all over the map so you're bound to find something to love and (if you're really lucky) something to hate.
INSOMNIA CAFÉ HC written and drawn by M.K. Perker. A disgraced rare book expert seeks redemption in the only thing he knows. Neat stuff. Preview pages available on the Dark Horse website.
LUNA PARK HC by Kevin Baker and Danijel Zezalj. A former Russian soldier turned junkie leg-breaker for the Brooklyn mob and his hooker girlfriend try to find a way out. Your noir is served. Recommended.
PUNISHERMAX #1 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon. An "explicit" series setting up a battle royale between the Punisher and the man who would be Kingpin! Recommended. Not for kids.
STRANGE #1 of 4 by Mark Waid and Emma Rios. A peek into what Doctor Strange is up to since losing the title of Sorcerer Supreme to Brother fricking Voodoo. I mean seriously, how much must that suck? Is there enough Ny-Quil in the universe to make that pain go away? Anyway, Mark Waid is writing it so count on lots of Inside Geekball references and awesomeness. Recommended.
STRANGE SUSPENSE: STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 HC edited by Blake Bell. The complete two-year run of all Ditko's pre-code horror comics from the earliest days of his career. You must have this.
SUPERGOD #1 of 5 by Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastony. Warren Ellis does terrible things to people in capes and everyone else. Again. A must for blasphemers. Recommended.
SUPERMEN: FIRST WAVE OF HEROES (1939-1941) GN edited by Greg Sadowski. A look back at the first batch of characters trying to cash in on the phenomenal success of Superman. Many of these have not been reprinted since DC sued them out of existence back in the day. A true gem for golden-age buffs.
UNWRITTEN #7 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. The mysteries keep unfolding as Tom Taylor makes his way to Donostia Prison. You can tell the creators are having a ball with this. Highly recommended.
WALKING DEAD #67 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. Rick and Carl have some father-son time and Eugene starts talking. Not for kids, always recommended.
Also out this week: Orange and Indigo Lantern rings!