QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 12-09-09
By John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #5 by Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway and Francis Manapul. Superboy-Prime versus the Black Lanterns! Boy, who do you root for there?
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #614 by Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta. Spidey and J. Jonah Jameson must work together to stop Electro! This would be a great time to be Electro. Recommended.
DARK X-MEN #2 of 5 by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk. Nate Grey, X-Man, is back and Norman Osborn's Dark X-Men are nervous. As well they ought!
DAYTRIPPER #1 of 10 by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. A couple of Eisner winners tackle the meaning of life in graphic form. Gotta look! Oh, and it's about a Brazilian obituary writer with a famous dad and how can you screw that up? And it's named after a Beatles song and features an amazing cover! Recommended.
DOOM PATROL #5 by Keith Giffen and Other People Who Are Not Keith Giffen. The Doom Patrol versus their dead teammates. One group outnumbers the other.
EX MACHINA, VOL. 8: DIRTY TRICKS SC by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris and Others. Collecting issues 35-39 and the Halloween Special, this one features a terrific arc about a masked woman who wants to disrupt the 2004 GOP National Convention in New York. (And then four years later they ran her for Vice-President! Pow!) Highly recommended.
GOD COMPLEX #1 by Michael Avon Oeming and John Broglia. Greek god Apollo is living on the down-low among mortals, much to the chagrin of Big Daddy Zeus who would rather see him dead than slumming. A book about families with issues, just in time for the holidays! Awesome!
GOGO MONSTER GN written and drawn by Taiyo Matsumoto. A little something from VIZ, a story of a boy who lives in two worlds; one where he's a ridiculed loner with an overactive imagination, another in which he's the only one who can see monsters vying for control of his school. OK, that sounds like one world to me…
INCREDIBLE HULK #605 by Fred Van Lente and Ariel Olivetti. Next on the bout card: Tyrannus and the moloids! Hey, it can't be all A-listers all the time. Hulk Junior needs to ease his way up with a few palookas now and then. And let's not even discuss the Thundra-Shulk back-up feature. Just like anything with Jar-Jar Binks, this never happened…
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #21 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca. Tony Stark's friends must bring him back from his brain-dead, vegetative state. Can they pry the copy of "Going Rogue" from his fingers? Can they twist the tea-bag hat off his head? Switching the TV from Glenn Beck to Cartoon Network is only the first step back from the abyss! Recommended!
NATION X #1 of 4 by Various People. There's X-Men in this!
NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Mayhew. The ladies of the Avengers have to bust Hawkeye out of jail. I guess that would make them the Lady Liberators or something. Superchicks + Jailbreak = WIN!
PUNISHERMAX #2 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon. After sparing the Punisher's life last issue Wilson Fisk continues engineering the rise of the (til now) mythological Kingpin of Crime. If you liked Garth Ennis writing PUNISHER you'll love this. Highly recommended. Not for kids.
SECRET SIX #16 by Gail Simone and Peter Nguyen. Black Alice, the super-powerful goth chick who can do pretty much anything except make goth cool again, wants to join the Six. Sadly, the math requires her to knock it down to Five first. Great cover. Recommended.
UNWRITTEN #8 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Tommy Taylor's still in prison, which is a tough row to hoe if you're a guy who might really be a whimsical storybook character. Recommended.
WALKING DEAD #68 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. Rick and his crew meet another survivor on the way to DC. Why does he look so cheerful? Cue violins… Highly recommended. Not for kids.