Sunday, September 23, 2007

New feature: QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS by John Judy

Many moons ago, probably when comics came out on Friday like they were meant to, John Judy worked at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda, and we'd run into each other every week. John moved to the other coast to pursue his acting career. He keeps his hands, and wit, in comics working at a store in Los Angeles called HiDeHO, and writing the following Quick Reviews which he's given me permission to post. So courtesy of John, and through the intermediary of Big Planet Comics, enjoy!

By John Judy

ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #7 by Frank Miller and Jim Lee. “Things fall apart, the center cannot hold…”

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #3 by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard. So you’ve just ripped the guts out of a beloved super-hero. Do you take it on the lam or just hope you get a Hollywood jury? Fun stuff from Kirkman. Not for younger kids.

ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE BOOK TWO #4 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson. Gang War, Astro-style! “Sweet Christmas!”

AVENGERS DEFENDERS WAR PREMIERE HC by Steve Englehart, Bob Brown, and Sal Buscema. One of the earliest big team cross-over fights and still one of the best. Beloved by Fan-Boys of A Certain Age. *sniff* Recommended for all ages.

AVENGERS INITIATIVE #6 by Dan Slott and Steve Uy. A mystery at Camp Hammond with an ending you’ll never see coming. Dan Slott continues his rise in the Pantheon of must-read writers. Recommended.

BART SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #13 by Various Folks. Tales to chill your funnybone from the good citizens of Springfield.

BATMAN #669 by Grant Morrison and JH Williams III. The Club of Heroes strikes back!

CAPTAIN AMERICA CHOSEN #2 of 6 by David Morrell and Mitch Breitweiser. The creator of Rambo continues the story of America’s greatest “dead” hero.

CRIMINAL #9 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. “Counterfeit?!?” Highly recommended.

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #9 by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and David Aja. The best Iron Fist series ever continues even though Our Hero gets slapped around by a fat guy.

IMMORTAL IRON FIST ANNUAL #1 by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Howard Chaykin, and Dan Bereton. For lovers of the pulp adventure and completists of the latest series. Fun stuff.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #13 by Dwayne McDuffie and Joe Benitez. After everything that went on at Green Arrow’s wedding, you know the JLA’s looking to hand out some hurt. It happens here.

MARVEL ZOMBIES BOOK ANGELS DEMONS & MONSTROSITIES by Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe. What it sounds like, kids.

MARVEL ZOMBIES COLONEL AMERICA ACTION FIGURE. “He eats people and he’s missing half his head, heh, heh, heh…” Not for kids you care about.

PUNISHER PRESENTS BARRACUDA MAX SC by Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov. Collecting five issues of the most twisted boys adventure stories ever to come from the mind of Garth Ennis. Think about that. Not for kids.

SHOWCASE PRESENTS METAL MEN VOL.1 SC by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito. The earliest Silver-Age adventures of Doc Magnus and his robot creations can be found here. Recommended.

SPIRIT #10 written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. Someone’s killing TV personalities and the Spirit has to pretend it’s a bad thing! Recommended.

WALKING DEAD VOL.7: CALM BEFORE SC by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. Imagine trying to remember a Lamaze class you’ve never had after your hand’s been chopped off and you’re surrounded by flesh-eating zombies. Highly recommended. NOT for kids.

WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 by Allan Heinberg and Friends. Wrapping up stuff from two years ago. At last!

X-MEN #203 by Mike Carey. Okay, any story where the Big Bad has a name like “Mister Sinister” is not my cup of meat. Still, the back-up story with Beast and Dark Beast is worth the price of admission. And yes, “Dark Beast” is a way cooler name than “Mister Sinister.” So is “Wavy Gravy” or “Urkel.”

Plus this week is PREVIEWS week from Diamond and Marvel Comics.

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