QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 08-26-09
By John Judy
BATMAN AND ROBIN #3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Professor Pyg gets his. You don't go up against Batman with a name like Professor Pyg. Even the Calendar Man feels bad for guys named Professor Pyg.
BATMAN: WIDENING GYRE #1 of 6 by Kevin Smith and Walter Flanagan. They're letting Smith write Batman again. Be sure to ask your grand-children yet unborn to bring you issue six at the home.
BOYS: HEROGASM #4 of 6 by Garth Ennis and John McCrea. What exactly did Black Noir do to Wee Hughie? Thumbs down? Not for kids.
DARK AVENGERS #8 by Matt Fraction and Luke Ross. Something vile, kinky and yet strangely exciting is going on in San Francisco. Just another day really…
DARK X-MEN: THE BEGINNING #3 of 3 by Jason Aaron, Paul Cornell, Humberto Ramos and Jock. Don't even pretend you don't want to read an X-Men story by the guy who writes SCALPED. Mutant Madness. Recommended.
DETECTIVE COMICS #856 by Greg Rucka, JH Williams III and Cully Hamner. The continuing adventures of Batwoman and the Question! A perfect gift for the tough as nails lesbian crime-fighters in your life! Recommended.
FANTASTIC FOUR #570 by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham. Reed Richards explains it all to you. New creative team starts here! Gotta look!
FLASH: REBIRTH #4 of 6 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. Barry Allen continues his triumphant but ominous return from Speed Force/Death.
GREEN LANTERN #45 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke. Is there anything better than seeing old friends you never thought you'd see again? Johns' masterpiece continues. Recommended.
HULK #14 by Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill. Apparently Red Hulk has his own team now. It is called "Code Red" and I think the best course for all concerned is to start treating this stuff as taking place in an alternate universe far, far away from anywhere in which "continuity" is a recognized word.
INCREDIBLE HULK #601 by Greg Pak and Ariel Olivetti. I'm kind of hoping that this whole "Son of Hulk" business ends with the Hulk's son and Wolverine's son hooking up and finding a nice little cabin together in the Negative Zone or Counter-Earth or wherever Spider-Clones go to die. For pete's sake, did we learn nothing from "Superman Returns?"
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #30 by Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham and Jesus Merino. The return of Dr. Fate! Because this team can never be too big!
KING CITY #1 written and drawn by Brandon Graham. Drugs, aliens and super-cats. Save room for dessert!
NEW AVENGERS #56 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen. Okay, who turned off all the Avengers' powers in the middle of the Big Fight? Fess up. We're not leaving here until somebody puts this Deus back in the Machina….
PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics. To help you plan what you'll be begging, nagging and guilting your loved ones for this holiday season. Excelsior!
RED CIRCLE: THE SHIELD #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Scott McDaniel. JMS completes his relaunch of four classic heroes originally from the ARCHIE line of comics. And this ain't Riverdale, pal…
SCALPED #31 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera. In which crooked, vicious, insane FBI Agent Nitz learns to be careful what he wishes for. Highly recommended. Not for kids.
SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN SPECIAL #2 by James Robinson and Bernard Chang. It's all up to Jimmy Olsen. Does anything else promise Comic Book Excitement in quite the same way? Hide your daughters.
WEDNESDAY COMICS #8 of 12 by Lotsa People. Still weekly. Still mostly awesome. Recommended.
WONDER WOMAN #35 by Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti. WW and Black Canary continue with the bad guy spankage! Great fun! Recommended!