QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 11-18-09
By John Judy
ADVENTURE COMICS #4 by Geoff Johns and Jerry Ordway. Superboy-Prime meets the Black Lanterns to see who can be more over-the-top creepy. Plus, a Legion back-up story.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612 by Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta. What if Electro didn't suck anymore? Watch how Waid does it. Recommended.
BRAVE AND BOLD #29 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz. Batman and Brother Power the Geek. Need I say more? No. No, I do not.
CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST 60th ANNIVERSARY HC by Various Creators. Going back to his first appearance in 1949, this one collects rare and charming highlights from the Friendliest Ghost You Know. Good stuff for all ages. Recommended.
DARK AVENGERS #11 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. Molecule Man don't take no mess! Ow!
DARK REIGN THE LIST: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ONE-SHOT by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert. Norman Osborn has had it! Up to HERE! With that darn Spider-Man! Time to get down to business. This one's written by Dan Slott so expect the unexpected. Recommended.
DR. HORRIBLE ONE-SHOT by Zack Whedon and Joelle Jones. The dirty little secret origin of the internet's favorite mad scientist! Huzzah! Highly recommended.
DRIVEN BY LEMONS HC written and drawn by Joshua Cotter. A sketchbook from the guy who gave us SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST. A little different for them that likes it that way.
FIR TREE GN by Hans Christian Andersen and Lilli Carre. The story of a fir tree who ends up celebrating Christmas the hard way.
FLASH: REBIRTH #5 of 6 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. Further game-changing by Geoff Johns. This is awesome. Flash-fact. Recommended.
GIFT OF THE MAGI GN by O. Henry and Joel Priddy. An adaptation of the classic tale of giving. Great gift for the season.
HELLBLAZER #261 by Peter Milligan and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Constantine meets Bollywood and neither shall be unchanged! Milligan madness!
IRREDEEMABLE #8 by Mark Waid and Peter Krause. Well, the Plutonian sure got a surprise last issue didn't he? Now it's his turn. A terrifying story of what would happen if a superman went bad and just kept on going. Recommended. Not for kids.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA 80-PAGE GIANT #1 by Everybody. Okay, not quite Everybody, but darn near. Seven stories about JSAers, old and new.
KIDNAPPED SANTA CLAUS GN by L. Frank Baum and Alex Robinson. Demons kidnap Saint Nick! Must! Have! (And yes, it's that L. Frank Baum.)
MIGHTY AVENGERS #31 by Christos Gage, Dan Slott and Sean Chen. Many super-types gather to beat up on a bad guy. Amazed no one ever thought of that before…
PICTURES THAT TICK SC by Dave McKean. A graphic brain-bender from the guy who brought you every single cover of SANDMAN among too many other works of genius to mention here. Gotta look!
POWERS ENCYCLOPEDIA VOL. 1 by Bendis, Tim Daniel and Michael Avon Oeming. A little… okay, a lot of backstory on the POWERS universe, plus a peek into what's coming up. For Bendis fans new and old alike.
SPIDER-WOMAN #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Skrulls, Hydra, Madripoor, lots of wayward elements of the Marvel Yoo coming together in the context of a Big Fight!
THE STAND: SOUL SURVIVORS #2 of 5 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Mike Perkins. Larry Underwood meets Nadine Cross and Joe the feral kid. What better time than now to read a comic about the flu killing the world? Curl up with a jug of Ny-Quil and enjoy! Recommended.
THE NAM, VOL. 1 SC by Doug Murray and Michael Golden. Collecting issues #1-10 of this pivotal war series from the late eighties. Recommended.
UNDERGROUND #3 of 5 by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber. Bats! There's a cave full of bats in the dark and our heroes have to cuddle up with those rats with wings. And their filthy teeth… Recommended.
VICTORIAN UNDEAD #1 of 6 by Ian Edginton and Davide Fabbri. Sherlock Holmes fights zombies! Why did Conan-Doyle not think of this?! Highly recommended!
WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #7 by Jason Aaron and Yanick Paquette. "Wolverine in a nuthouse." It's the one you've always wanted to read and Jason Aaron writes it good. Recommended.
Also this week: Blue and Violet Lantern/Star Sapphire promotional rings! For those of you keeping score, we now have available: Orange, Yellow, Blue, Indigo and Violet Lantern Rings. (Black Lantern rings came out a while ago, before this latest promo tie-in.) This just leaves Green and Red until we can all have a huge nerd party, chanting the Green Lantern oath and wondering why we can't get a date.