Sunday, May 23, 2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 05-26-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 05-26-10
By John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #632 by Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo.  Holy jeez, did the Lizard really eat his own kid?  Turn the page…  Recommended, but not for the easily creeped out.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #37 by Kurt Busiek and Patrick Olliffe.  A flashback tale of when Spidey met Captain America for the very first time!  Some villainous shmoes get a-pummeled, you bet!
BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #2 of 6 by Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving.  The original Dark Knight is fighting his way back from the dawn of time!  This issue he's fighting Puritans!  Go!  Go!  Go!
BRAVE AND BOLD #34 by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.  The Legion of Super Heroes meets the Doom Patrol in a contest to see whose series can get canceled faster!
CHIMICHANGA #2 of 3 written and drawn by Eric Powell.  The monstrous "Chimichanga" joins the circus!  From the creator of THE GOON.  Highly recommended!
CHOKER #3 of 6 by Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith.  The murder rate in Shotgun City continues to rise even as Choker's hopes dwindle.  Recommended.
DAZZLER #1 by Jim McCann and Kalman Andrasofszky.  Because for some fanboys PET AVENGERS just isn't enough…
DCS GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES VOL. 2 SC by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Others.  Collecting the best of the Batman "imaginary stories" from the 60s and 70s by Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger.  Good for all ages.
DOC SAVAGE THE MAN OF BRONZE SC by Many Creators.  This volume collects the entire series originally published by Marvel in 1972 adapting four of the Doc Savage pulps from the 1930s.  Neat stuff.
FANTASTIC FOUR #579 by Jonathan Hickman and Neil Edwards.  Reed Richards has had enough of your guff and is bringing the huge, Kirby-dotted hammer down!  For your own good.  Excelsior!
GREEN LANTERN #54 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.  In which we learn how the various spectra of Lanterns are adjusting to their new home on Earth.  Check out the cover.  Recommended.
THE GUILD #3 of 3 by Felicia Day and Jim Rugg. Will seeing her boyfriend kissing a dude finally get Cyd to wake up?  Will her on-line game quest involve getting a life?  These are the days of our lives…  Recommended.
INCORRUPTIBLE #6 by Mark Waid and Horacio Domingues.  Newly reformed bad guy Max Damage goes on a rescue mission that leaves you wondering if Max hasn't gone as crazy with the hero gig as his arch-foe the Plutonian has with the villainy.  Great, unpredictable stuff.  Recommended.
INVINCIBLE GENE COLAN HC edited by Clifford Meth and drawn by Gene Colan.  A tribute book and retrospective of one of comics greatest illustrators, featuring analysis from such creators as Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman and many others lucky enough to have worked with Gene the Dean.  Highly recommended.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #2 by Keith Giffen, Judd Winnick and Joe Bennett.  Maxwell Lord is back and screwing with the lives of the former JLI.  This series is turning out surprisingly well, maybe because the original creative team has been broken up, thus leading to less of the "Bwah-ha-ha" stuff that stopped being funny back in the 80s.
KEVIN SMITH'S GREEN HORNET #4 by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau.  The old Hornet is dead and now it's up to Kato to get the new one up to speed.  There's bad guys need to pay!
NORTHLANDERS #28 by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez.  The final chapter of the epic "Plague Widow."  Recommended.
PREVIEWS by Marvel and Diamond Comics.  Stuff in the future you can actually look forward to!  How great is that?
SCALPED #38 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera.  An issue set in the Vietnam War starring a character we finally get to know a little better.  Always highly recommended.
SECRET AVENGERS #1 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato.  Hey, if I had Moon Knight on my team I'd keep it a secret too.  It's Brubaker and he makes stuff like this work.
THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION #1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker.  I believe this is a one-shot that Thanos insists you set fire to.  A "burn after reading" thing, if you will.
THOR #610 by Kieron Gillen and Doug Braithwaite.  Thor dukes it out with his insane cyborg clone.  As if the sane ones aren't bad enough…
THUNDERBOLTS #144 by Jeff Parker and Kev Walker.  Luke Cage is now a parole officer for the worst villains on the planet.  If they want to see daylight they need to get their good behavior points from Mr. Cage.  It's almost as if it would be Suicide to be on this Squad!  Hey….  Gotta look!
ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #4 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval.  So it turns out this is the concluding chapter of Part One of a three-part trilogy which means, according to my public school math, we have eight more issues comprising two more mini-series to go until this story is finished.  Recommended for people with money, patience and a desire to see if Ultimate Ben Grimm blows up real good.
WEDNESDAY COMICS HC by Many Cool Creators.  An oversized edition collecting all the glorious hits and misses of last year's Great Experiment.  If you don't find something to love in these pages you haven't looked hard enough.  Recommended.
WOLFSKIN: HUNDREDTH DREAM #2 of 6 by Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer and Gianluca Pagliarani.  The prehistoric berserker travels north to chew bubblegum and fight monsters.  And bubblegum hasn't been invented yet!  Not for kids.
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #13 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.  Wolvie and Captain America have to take out a Deathlok army from the future without completely mucking up the timestream.  And they'd like fries with that.  Recommended.
WONDER WOMAN #44 by Gail Simone and Nicola Scott.  WW must thrash it out with her evil alien warlord cousin.  And, believe it or not, next issue is #600!  Just accept it!

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