QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 09-02-09
By John Judy
AGENTS OF ATLAS #10 by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman and Paul Rivoche. Don't you hate it when your ex-girlfriend turns out to be an international super-villain and she's got way cooler stuff than you?
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #28 by Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty. A submarineless slayer must strategize success sans sorcery! Recommended!
DARING MYSTERY COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY EDITION #1 by David Liss and Jason Armstrong. What's that? You say you want a previously untold solo story of Dick Jones, the Phantom Reporter? Buddy, you won't have to wait another 70 years! Enjoy!
DC LIBRARY: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY GEORGE PEREZ, VOL. 1 HC by Gerry Conway and George Perez. The first of two volumes collecting GP's run on JLA in the eighties. This one gives us #184-186 and #192-194, plus a super rare postcard set by Perez. A must for fans of a certain age.
FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH: RUN #5 of 6 by Matthew Sturges and Freddie E. Williams II. OK, forget that he helped kill the Martian Manhunter and taped it on his cell phone! I like the Human Flame! The kid's got moxie! Recommended!
GHOST RIDERS: HEAVEN'S ON FIRE #2 of 6 by Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi. "Save the Anti-Christ, save the world!" And it's got skull-faced dudes on burning motorcycles! Finish huffing that last bag of paint and read it!
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #2 of 5 by Cullen Bunn, Duane Swierczynski, Daniel Brereton and Travel Foreman. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Bride of Nine Spiders but were too petrified down to your soul to ask. Recommended.
INCOGNITO #6 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. The final issue of Zack Overkill's wacky hijinks. Highly recommended.
IRREDEEMABLE #6 by Mark Waid and Peter Krause. The Plutonian's old team mates are looking real hard for anything that will take old Tony down. So far they got bupkiss…
JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE #3 of 7 by James Robinson and Mauro Cascioli. At this time I would also like to cry for Freddie Freeman not to be called "Shazam" as his super-hero name. Honestly, it appears the whole Marvel Family is getting a bad case of Hawkman continuity…
MAGOG #1 by Keith Giffen and Howard Porter. The horn-headed, demi-god, ex-Marine, great-grandson of Franklin Roosevelt is off to work on some issues until he has to play a role in nuking Kansas in KINGDOM COME. Guest-starring the Justice Society of America.
MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN: SPIDER-MAN #1 by Fred Van Lente and Nick Dragotta. For those of you still interested…
MYSTIC COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 by David Lapham and Juan Doe. A little number featuring the Golden-Age Vision, who was frankly much more of a bad-ass than the modern-day android version ever thought about being. Gotta look!
NORTHLANDERS #20 by Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice. The return of Sven the Returned! Sven the Returned is awesome and we have missed him. Recommended.
RED TORNADO #1 of 6 by Kevin van Hook and Jose Luisi. If you like your androids possessed by the spirits of benign air elementals then this is the book for you!
STRANGE TALES #1 of 3 by Tons of Twisted Indy Comics Creators! Imagine what some of your favorite indy creators would do with Marvel's iconic characters if they had no fear of getting sued by Von Doom and Sons, Attorneys at Law! Well, you're gonna get three issues of it starting right here. How does "The Incorrigible Hulk" by Peter Bagge sound to you? Highly recommended.
STUDS TERKEL'S WORKING GN by Harvey Pekar and Various Artists. An adaptation of the late journalist's anthology of first-person accounts of what it was like working various jobs in 1974 America. Recommended.
SWEET TOOTH #1 written and drawn by Jeff Lemire. Sort of like "The Stand" meets "Island of Dr. Moreau." Lemire's been doing a lot lately and it's all interesting. Gotta look.
TORCH #1 of 8 by Mike Carey, Alex Ross and Patrick Berkenkotter. Okay, the good news is it looks like they're bringing the original Human Torch back (again). The disturbing news is they're allowing Alex Ross to do something other than paint it. Also, somehow Toro's not dead anymore either. Maybe in eight issues it'll make sense…
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Lafuente. Wow, it's almost like ULTIMATUM never even happened. Maybe there's a lesson there somewhere…
WEDNESDAY COMICS #9 of 12 by Lotsa People. Worth it just for Kamandi and Hawkman alone. Lots to love here!