Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quick Reviews for Comics Due 10-21-09

By John Judy

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #609 by Marc Guggenheim, Marco Checchetto and Luke Ross.  The post- Clone Saga continues as we scratch our heads and wonder why everyone in the world hasn't figured out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man already.

ANGEL VS. FRANKENSTEIN ONE-SHOT written and drawn by John Byrne.  Should be listed as "Angelus vs. Frankenstein" but what are you going to do?  Read it!  For some reason Byrne is able to recapture his old comics magic when working on this character.  Recommended.

ARCHIE #602 by Michael Uslan and Stan Goldberg.  Archie and Veronica have twins!  Can a tummy-tuck be far behind?  Fun stuff from the land where they're all imaginary stories.

BATMAN: THE UNSEEN #2 of 5 by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones.  Oh, sure "skinless meat-man", go completely invisible! See if it helps.  Batman doesn't need to see your @$$ to kick it!

BLACKEST NIGHT: SUPERMAN #3 of 3 by James Robinson and Eddy Barrows.  In which we learn if a code against killing still applies when one's opponents are already dead.

BRAVE AND BOLD #28 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.  Barry "The Flash" Allen meets the Blackhawks!  He runs at the speed of light!  They fly planes!  It's spectacle galore!

CHEW #5 by John Layman and Rob Guillory.  The conclusion of the first story-arc of this twisted work of genius.  A cop who gains psychic information from everything he eats.  Read it before Hollywood screws it up as a movie!  Recommended!

DARK AVENGERS #10 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato.  You know trouble's a-brewing when all the main characters are on the cover looking up at you with fear and surprise.

EX MACHINA #46 by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris.  Mayor Hundred's newest foe plans on killing everyone on the planet!  And you thought teacher's unions were tough!  Recommended.

HELLBLAZER #260 by Peter Milligan and Simon Bisley.  You would think by now London crime lords would know not to screw with John Constantine.  And you would be wrong…

INCREDIBLE HULK #603 by Greg Pak and Ariel Olivetti.  Hulk and Hulk-Boy duke it out with Wolverine and Wolver-Lad.  Also that back-up feature with the crazy alternate-future She-Hulk in Thundra's costume continues.  If you're looking for characters you want to see die horribly this is the book for you!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #38 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley.  The new creative team begins this issue and it looks like some of the old guard won't be around much longer.  Gotta look!

MIGHTY AVENGERS #30 by Christos Gage, Dan Slott and Sean Chen. The Mighty, New, Dark, Young and Initiative Avengers all team up to hit someone!

SCALPED VOL. 5: HIGH LONESOME SC by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Davide Furno and Francesco Francavilla.  Collecting issues #25-29, in which Agent Dash Bad Horse descends into the chaos of drug addiction in the wake of his mother's murder.  Best ongoing series being published today.  Highly recommended.

SPIDER-WOMAN #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.  The lady in the skintight bodysuit heads to a sleazy city to work for a group called "SWORD."  This does not sound at all porny.

THE STAND: SOUL SURVIVORS #1 of 5 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins.  Once again we join the best Stephen King comics adaptation ever, already in progress.  Recommended.

SUGARSHOCK ONE-SHOT by Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon.  A rock band battles in space!  This won an Eisner Award for Best Web Comic and is awesome in all the ways one expects from the guy who gave us Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dr. Horrible.  Recommended.

THUNDERBOLTS #137 by Rick Remender and Mahmud A. Asrar.  Norman Osborn now has Luke Cage and Iron Fist as his personal assassins!  That guy…!

UNDERGROUND #2 of 5 by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber.  It's noir suspense set in a cave!  You want edgy?  This is cave-noir edgy!  Recommended.

X-MEN LEGACY #228 by Mike Carey and Daniel Acuna.  Emplate is back and he wants to suck mutant bone marrow!  That guy…!

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