COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-17-10
By John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #621 by Dan Slott and Michael Lark. More Dark Aunt May! Finally! Are those wheat cakes or carb-loaded disks of death?! Gotta look!
AVENGERS VS. ATLAS #2 of 4 by Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman. The original Avengers are in the modern day and ready to rumble with the Atlas gang! Big fight!
BLACKEST NIGHT: THE FLASH #3 of 3 by Geoff Johns and Tony Daniel. Barry dukes it out with Black Lantern Professor Zoom while the rogues try to figure out whose side they need to be on. Good times!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #603 by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross. Bucky America and the Falcon take on a group of violent racist anti-government nuts who (honest!) bear no resemblance whatsoever to the tea-baggers who got so steamed up over the depiction of tea-bagger signs and slogans last issue that they got in Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada's grill about it. Sadly, Joe Q immediately groveled for tea-bagger forgiveness and promised that the tea-bagger signs would be redrawn for all subsequent printings of these stories featuring these evil scum who are (really!) not tea-baggers despite sharing many of the views openly espoused at tea-bagger rallies! Point is: your first prints of these issues are now collectibles. (BTW, Captain America would never put up with this stuff, Joe. He'd bounce his shield off their heads and call it macaroni.)
DAREDEVIL #505 by Andy Diggle and Marco Checchetto. DD heads to Japan to talk to the Hand.
DARK AVENGERS #14 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. Ripping the Greek God of War apart with his bare hands will be a tough act for the Sentry to follow, but… Well, let's just look shall we? Not for the younger kids.
DEVIL #1 of 4 by Torajiro Kishi and Madhouse Studios. "A vampire virus rages through Japan! This disease will devour mankind." But it will be hungry again an hour later.
DOOMWAR #1 of 6 by Jonathan Maberry, Will Conrad and Scot Eaton. Doctor Doom fights everyone for six issues starting NOW!
GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS: HAPPY VALLEY #3 of 3 by Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra. It's the final mission for our heroic WW2 bomber crew. One way or another. Highly recommended.
GREEN LANTERN #51 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke. So Hal's Parallax again by choice, which is kind of a "Hail Mary" thing if you ask me. Still a great spandex epic. Recommended.
HELLBLAZER #264 by Peter Milligan and Giuseppe Camuncoli. John Constantine wraps up an adventure in India. Cue the dance number!
HULK #20 by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. Okay, everyone raise your hand if you are NOT a gamma ray-powered, green, red or sometimes gray or blue rampaging monster. Right, both of you go talk to Loeb, get him to fix you up, write you a maxi-series or something…
IGNITION CITY SC by Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani. A gorgeously illustrated sci-fi noir set in earth's last spaceport. This one reads like "Blade Runner" only with more alcoholic perverts. Look at the credits and go figure. Not for kids.
INCORRUPTIBLE #3 by Mark Waid and Jean Diaz. The companion title to Waid's superb IRREDEEMABLE, this one is the story of Max Damage, a bad guy driven to virtue by a hero turned monster. In this issue Max shuts down a mad scientist who's giving out super-powers for money. And killing people. Recommended.
INCREDIBLE HULK #607 by Greg Pak and Paul Pelletier. The Red She-Hulk fights everyone and then gets a back-up feature. The real Hulk appears too but only on the variant cover. Excelsior!
JOE THE BARBARIAN #2 of 8 by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy. "Toy Story" meets a diabetic coma. We shall see….
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42 by James Robinson and Mark Bagley. Lots of adjustments taking place in the wake of Red Arrow getting his arm ripped off. Plus, Doctor Impossible!
KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. All the violent, vulgar visuals collected in hardcover! Suitable for reading AND throwing short distances!
MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA #6 of 6 by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern and Jay Anacleto. Having reached my weekly limit on Marvel-bashing, I will say only that Kurt Busiek is a great writer, the art looks very nice and issue #5 was released on April 22nd 2009.
SKIM GN by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. This coming of age tale about a mixed-race Canadian Wiccan goth lesbian has won a bunch of awards. Read it and see why. Highly recommended.
SPIDER-WOMAN #6 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. SW is fighting Skrulls, apparently unaware that she's seriously dating herself.
THE STAND: SOUL SURVIVORS #4 of 5 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Mother Abigail versus the rats of Flagg! Highly recommended.
STARMAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 4 HC by James Robinson and Friends. Collecting all kinds of adventures starring Starman Jack Knight and the heroes of many worlds! Recommended.
UNCANNY X-MEN #521 by Matt Fraction and Greg Land. Mutant mischief and mayhem, Part Infinity.