COMICS ON THE RACK
Quick Picks for Comics Due 02-03-10
By John Judy
BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #3 of 3 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. WW's had her world rocked from fighting Black Lanterns, being a Black Lantern and then becoming an honorary Star Sapphire. But no matter things get, she makes it look good.
THE BOYS #39 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. New story arc kicks off here with everyone getting closer to knowing stuff they ought not. Awkward moments galore! Recommended. Not for kids.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #32 by Brad Meltzer and Georges Jeanty. "Chapter One: Buffy Has F#@$ing Superpowers." Worth it for the tribute cover alone. Recommended.
CRIMINAL: SINNERS #4 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Ex-Army bad-ass Tracy Lawless has been busted by Uncle Sam, which leaves him almost as screwed as disappointing the gangsters he's been working for. What's an AWOL royal executioner to do? Highly recommended.
CROGAN'S MARCH HC written and drawn by Chris Schweizer. How long has it been since you've read a good French Foreign Legion story involving flesh-eating monsters? Too long, obviously! From Oni Press.
DEMO #1 of 6 by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan. A series of done-in-one stories, each one sketching pivotal events in the lives of their unique protagonists. From the author of NORTHLANDERS and DMZ.
DISNEY'S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES #1 by Riccardo Secchi and Stefano Turconi. No, this is not the first Avengers comic under the Disney logo. This is the all-ages adventures of Super Goof, the Duck Avenger, Eega Beeva and the Red Bat. And they don't meet Wolverine until next issue. From BOOM! Studios.
DOOM PATROL #7 by J.M. DeMatteis and Matthew Clark. One of the greatest DP members ever, Crazy Jane, is back. But will she bring her multiple personalities and Morrisonian weirdness with her? Plus, Metal Men!
GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN SC by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. What it sounds like. Collecting GL #29-35 with some nifty foreshadowing of the current "Blackest Night." Recommended.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #23 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca. Tony Stark remains comatose while Norman Osborn's assassin draws ever closer. This one's got three variant covers so it must be awesome!
JUSTICE SOCIETY ANNUAL #2 by Keith Giffen, Matthew Sturges and Tom Derenick. The JSA thinks Magog's responsible for a prison break and he's miffed. Expect fisticuffs and zappage.
MARVEL HEARTBREAKERS #1 by Various Creators. Four Valentine's Day tales featuring the heartache of hormonal heroines. Starring Dazzler, MJ and Gwen, the Nextwave gals and Snowbird. That's right, Snowbird! You got a problem with Snowbird? Take it up with Dazzler, I say! Gotta look!
MILESTONE FOREVER #1 of 2 by Dwayne McDuffie and Many of Milestone's Original Artists. In which we see the merging of the Milestone Universe with the DCU from the Milestone POV. Gotta look!
THE QUESTION #37 by Greg Rucka, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz. Vic Sage is back from the dead and looking to mix it up with the new Question. I loves me some Rucka but what a shame they couldn't get Dennis O'Neil to write it.
SCALPED #37 by Jason Aaron and RM Guera. When last we left our heroes Chief Red Crow was voluntarily having his guts kicked out by the Hmong gangsters. Is it possible they have him right where he wants them? Highly recommended. Not for kids.
SIEGE #2 of 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada. For some reason someone thinks it would be a fine idea to invade a city full of gods. This in turn is guaranteed to result in an Avenger dying. Tough break, Living Lightning. (Note: I'm kidding about Living Lightning, but if Bendis did off him would people have to start calling him Dead Lightning? Because that actually sounds cooler.)
SEIGE: EMBEDDED #2 of 4 by Brian Reed and Chris Samnee. Y'know, you can't have a really great company-wide cross-over without a title devoted to the brave reporters who are covering all that stuff you've already read in the other titles. Sorta goes without saying.
SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #12 of 12 by Greg Rucka, James Robinson and Pete Woods. Supes and Adam Strange unravel the Kryptonian conspiracy but at what cost? Plus, it looks like Brainiac is back for seconds. Big finish!
TORCH #5 of 8 by Mike Carey, Alex Ross and Patrick Berkenkotter. They should change the name of this comic to TORCHES because there's three of 'em in this issue. Nobody can turn a one-shot into a maxi-series like Alex Ross!
ULTIMATE COMICS X #1 by Jeph Loeb and Art Adams. So it appears Ultimate Wolverine has an Ultimate Kid or he's pretending to be dead while masquerading as a surly blonde teenager. In spite of Loeb's recent output, this one merits a look because it is drawn by the great Arthur Adams. And Loeb likewise always merits a look, if only to see if he's getting his game back. Fingers crossed.
WOLVERINE: SAVAGE ONE-SHOT by Ryan Dunlavey and Richard Elson. Wolvie's fighting monsters at sea! Big ones! Maximum choppage!
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #10 by Jason Aaron and C.P. Smith. Nobody writes Wolverine better than Jason Aaron and this one introduces a new woman into his cursed life. Good luck, lady! And may god have mercy on your immortal whatever… Highly recommended.