COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 07-28-10
By John Judy
ABE SAPIEN: ABYSSAL PLAIN #2 of 2 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg. "We're all dead in a commie submarine, a commie submarine, a commie submarine!" Recommended.
ACTION COMICS #891 by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods. Lex Luthor has taken over as the star of this book and is up to some insanely depraved stuff even for him. Can Lex regain his Orange Lantern juice? And who's gonna be dumb enough to get in his way? Highly recommended.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #5 by Stephen King, Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. Wrapping up the first arc with some fang-tastic payback! Recommended. Not for kids.
BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #4 of 6 by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart. Bruce just hopped the DeLorean into the wild, wild west! Will the Time-Masters catch up with him before he actually makes it back? Or will he??? Recommended.
BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE #6 of 6 by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan. Ha! I knew there was a Smith title that hadn't come out in a while! I knew it! Issue #5 was out in March! BTW, did you know there's going to be a second volume to this story? Supposedly it will run from July through December 2010 "after a six-month hiatus." Thank-you, Kevin Smith! My world feels normal once again.
BUZZARD #2 of 3 written and drawn by Eric Powell with a back-up feature drawn by Kyle Hotz. A solo adventure of your favorite mystery man from THE GOON. Highly recommended.
FANTASTIC FOUR #581 by Jonathan Hickman and Neil Edwards. Reed's dad shows up during his son's college years to press Reed, Ben and young Doc Doom into service. It's a retcon road trip!
FLASH #4 by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul. Captain Boomerang is back from the dead and ready to make you stop laughing at his name! Flash-fact!
GREEN LANTERN #56 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke. Hector Hammond and his huge head get back in the game. Creepy cover.
INCORRUPTIBLE #8 by Mark Waid and Horacio Domingues. Reformed super-creep Max Damage has to keep two sidekicks above ground. A difficult task considering some non-reformed creep just let some daylight through ol' Max. Recommended.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #47 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley. The latest JLA/JSA cross-over continues! Original Green Lantern Alan Scott has gone nuts and it's gonna take both teams to chill him out! Big fights and lots of 'em!
LIFE WITH ARCHIE: MARRIED LIFE #1 by Michael Uslan and a Team of Fine Artists. A continuation of the popular stories in which Archie married both Betty and Veronica. Who knew Archie was a Mormon?
NORTHLANDERS #30 by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. Bonnie and Clyde in the time of the Vikings! Highly recommended!
PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics. Imagine yourself reading these comics outside on a cool Fall day three months from now… Nice.
PUNISHERMAX #9 by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon. Bullseye finally goes too far. Think about that one for a minute.
RASL #8 written and drawn by Jeff Smith. His back to the wall, science-punk Rasl lashes out. Highly recommended.
SECRET AVENGERS #3 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato. Nova's gone nuts and now the gang's gotta duke it out on Mars. Big fight!
THOR #612 by Kieron Gillen and Doug Braithwaite. Thor goes to Hell. But enough about the post-Kirby years…
ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #1 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval. "Umm, why is Marvel still doing this line of books?" Wait! No! It's the sequel to ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY! Y'know, the one where they never told you who the bad guy was even after you bought all four issues! Not to worry, they'll clue us in at the end of the next four-issue mini-series after this one fer sure! Excelsior!
UNCANNY X-MEN #526 by Matt Fraction, Alan Heinberg, Olivier Coipel and Whilce Portacio. Five new mutants have popped up. That requires an extra creative team in my book. "Five Lights" no waiting.
WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #15 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney. The final chapter in the Deathlok story. For now… Recommended.
WONDER WOMAN #601 by J. Michael Straczynski, Don Kramer and Michael Babinski. Love him or hate him, JMS doesn't go half-way on an idea. Here he completely revamps the Amazon Princess. Will it work? Time will tell… Gotta look.
X-MEN LEGACY #238 by Mike Carey and Clay Mann. This is set in India. Apparently there's a new mutant whose power is answering the phone.