What’s I&N Store (10/22)

I’m so depressingly behind in my reading.  I can barely think about what’s bound for my bad this week.  Ugh.

  • Colder: Bad Seed #1 (Dark Horse): I had the hots for Colder through the first two issues; yeah, I sweated over Juan Ferreyra’s gorgeous artwork, which remained at a high degree through the rest of the series.  I cooled to the story, however, as the series made its way to its ultimate frozend.  Based on that, maybe I should let it go, let it go…
  • Bodies #4 (DC/Vertigo): Issue #3 was an improvement over a #2 that struggled to live up to the promise of #1.  The transitions–the all-important transitions amongst the four time periods–are becoming more intense.
  • Catwoman #35 (DC): Big fan of Garry Brown.  No other reason why I’d bother.
Catwoman #35

Catwoman #35

  • Dead Boy Detectives #10 (DC/Vertigo): A solid read.  This arc isn’t blowing me away, but I’m still very much interested in the goings-on.
  • Multiversity: The Just #1 (DC): Let’s be honest: I’d buy Multiversity: The Feces.
  • Superman #35 (DC): This is the Superman we’ve been waiting for.
Superman #35

Superman #35

  • Lazarus #12 (Image): Rucka and Lark have yet to disappoint.  Thus far, we’ve enjoyed eleven issues of top-notch storytelling; and they’ve given us every reason to expect another–and another…
  • Sheltered #12 (Image): Close to the end now.  Good thing, too: as much as I wanted to know how the story ends, I’m not sure if I would’ve stuck around if there were another, say, twelve issues to go.
  • Starlight #6 (Image): At this point, I’m still wishing upon Starlight #1, hoping Millar’ll recapture the magic.  He’s not going to recapture the magic, is he?
  • Stray Bullets #8 (Image): Can’t say I liked #7 as much as I did #6.  I really liked #6–enough to name it one of our Top 5 Books of August.  (You did catch that, right?)  I don’t know: things were too…convenient, I suppose.  Can’t knock the end, though.  (See what I did there?)  Oh, David, you ambiguous bastard.  You’re the Raymond Carver of comics!
Stray Bullets: Killers #8

Stray Bullets: Killers #8

  • The Wicked & The Divine #5 (Image): Has been divinely wicked!  #3 won me over and #4 did nothing to change my mind.  Regarding Gillen: I’m finding that I can no longer say, “Sure, but Über…”; and the team of McKelvie and Wilson is doing a terrific job of bringing out the pop gods’ star power.
  • Zero #11 (Image): Out of nowhere, really, Ales Kot has delivered back-to-back issues that make the most of a minimalist writing approach–thanks to the maximum efforts put in by artists Tonci Zonjic and Michael Gaydos.  They spoke to us so much that we named them–#9 and #10–our #1 books of July and August.  An amazing feat, indeed!
Zero #11

Zero #11

  • Crossed Special 2014 (Avatar): Credit the all-star panel at NYCC–comprised of series creator Garth Ennis, Si Spurrier, Kieron Gillen, Justin Jordan, and Avatar’s president William Christensen–for sparking my interest.  I’m going to try this–an installment by Jordan–and then jump into the trades.
Crossed Special 2014

Crossed Special 2014

  • The Delinquents #3 (Valiant): Hasn’t been as much fun as I hoped it’d be.  Feels a bit forced, doesn’t it?  Certainly hasn’t delivered what A&A and Q&W delivered on their own.
  • Southern Dog #2 (Action Labs/Danger Zone): The first issue was pretty heavy handed.  Perhaps if it were let off its leash…  Isn’t that what being in the danger zone is all about?  Credit–blame?–Dry Spell for raising the bar for this Action Labs imprint.
  • Stumptown Vol. 3 #2 (Oni Press): I didn’t like anything about #1.  Rucka’s earned my attention, however.  He didn’t come through with Veil, but I’d be a fool to give up after such a meticulous set up–even if it was boring as all get out.
  • The Twilight Zone #9 (Dynamite): Straczynski’s been in the zone–as evidenced by the way he wrapped up the Diana Westby arc.
The Twilight Zone #9

The Twilight Zone #9

Avery’s Pick of the Week:

  • Bee and Puppycat #5 (BOOM!): Duh.
Bee and Puppycat #5

Bee and Puppycat #5

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (10/15)

I’ve got the post-New York Comic Con blues.  Time to power up.

  • Dark Horse Presents 2014 #3 (Dark Horse): Buying it for Brenden McCarthy’s story.  Anything that reminds of The Zaucer of Zilkone of our favorite books of 2012–is OK in my bag.
  • Veil #5 (Dark Horse): This has been a loyalty buy.  Rucka’s earned my business; but if I’m being honest, I’m glad this one’s done.
  • Batman and Robin #35 (DC):  Hasn’t been good of late.  The Future’s End tie-in, for instance, was pretty terrible.  My aforementioned loyalty is being tested–but could easily be resurrected with a single solid issue.  Here’s hoping.

 

Batman and Robin #35

Batman and Robin #35

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #39 (IDW): TMNT has been good for a while now.  It was really good for a stretch, but now it’s not so much really as it is just good–which is, well, good, but maybe not good enough for me to keep shelling out four bucks a month.
  • Daredevil #9 (Marvel): #8 was a treBendis return to form!  The Purple Man and his Purple kids were convincing as horrifying antagonists–particularly the latter, with their frighteningly adolescent impulse control.  It’s the Children of the Scorn!  This month brings another great cover from Chris Samnee:
Daredevil #9

Daredevil #9

  • Loki: Agent of Asgard #7 (Marvel): Figured that the Axis crossover would spell doom for Loki.  In the end, #6 wasn’t so terrible; in fact, the end of #6 was a smart play.  I guess I’m doomed to another issue.
  • Magneto #11 (Marvel): Magneto vs. the Red Skull, who just so happens to have Professor X’s telepathic powers?  Yes, please!  Guess I’m not really so down on the Axis crossover after all.
Magneto #11

Magneto #11

  • Ms. Marvel #9 (Marvel): Despite a playful case of Lockjaw, I’m no longer feeling rabid for Ms. Marvel.  Oh, it was bound to happen.
  • Uncanny X-Men #27 (Marvel): Has felt forced of late.  Sad considering that I was really getting into it.  My hope is that the transition out of Original Sin has been made and we can carry on.  God knows I want to be psyched about Cyclops!  Maybe this ish’ll act as my pep rally with Bachalo as the head cheerleader.
Uncanny X-Men #27

Uncanny X-Men #27

  • The Last Broadcast #6 (Archaia/BOOM!): Hasn’t hit the high note struck by #2 but has still been quite good.  I’m a little dubious about the cliffhanger offered up at the end of #5.  Even still, I’m hopeful that Andre Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark have another trick or two up their sleeves.
The Last Broadcast #6

The Last Broadcast #6

  • The Life After #4 (Oni Press): Hemingway as Virgil: clever.  Jude as a mash-up of Dante, Truman Burbank, and Jesus: strained; Christ, it seems like they’re acting at cross purposes.  Know what I want?  I want this issue to erase any doubts.  Thing is, if it doesn’t, that’ll be three–and then you can call me Thomas.
  • Magnus: Robot Fighter #7 (Dynamite): It’s been a solid read.  Sure, it ain’t Van Lente at his best, but it’s still worth the space in my bag.
  • The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #3 (Oni Press): Stockpiling the mini alongside the ongoing.  Comes from my having come to the Gun through trades.
  • Wild’s End #2 (BOOM!): Fun anthropomorphic fare with an overriding sense of dread.  A fable for our time from Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard.
Wild's End #2

Wild’s End #2

What are you looking forward to this week?

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Scott

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A quick review of The CW’s The Flash, Superhero Friday! style:

The characterization was all thumbs--up!

The characterization was all thumbs–up!

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What’s I&N Store (10/8)

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OK, so, my wife finally cracked and asked me how much I spend on comics every week.  The ever-growing stack of unbagged books in the computer cabinet kinda sparked her curiosity.  I swallowed down a few bucks before breezily offering, “Oh, you know, like between $50 and $60.”  She asked me if I were being honest, her eyes falling on the stacks, which seemed to impossibly rise along with my blood pressure.  I swallowed down another dollar or ten and–got to work on this modest little list, which in no way–no way–will cost me more than $60.  See, baby!  Just like I told ya!

  • Astro City #16 (DC/Vertigo): Nothing robotic about Busiek’s storytelling; the dude’s a master.  Heck, he needed only two issues to make me love a little old lady–one I’ll probably never see again!  Now for another new hero: Starbright.  I’m sure I’m not the only one singing a little Madonna right about now.
  • Batgirl #35 (DC): I don’t normally get sucked into reboots–especially of books I don’t read or of characters I couldn’t care less about.  But Batgirl’s reboots are made for reading, and that’s just what I’ll do; and one of these days her reboots are gonna keep me around for more than an issue or two.  Yeah, that got a bit wonky; but point still made: this looks good.
Batgirl #35

Batgirl #35

  • The October Faction #1 (IDW): Another horror show–and I mean that in the best way possible–from monster Steve Niles and madman Damien Worm.
  • Copperhead #2 (Image): I liked Copperhead #1 a lot.  The story’s a familiar one, but Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski have done a terrific job telling it–so far, anyway.  I’m not ready to call it my new favorite comic–as Brain K. Vaughan has so ebulliently blurbed–but I’m open to the possibility.  Sheriff Bronson’s one to watch.  I took to her as I did to President Blades from Letter 44.  (Note: My love for Blades clouded my better judgment for 5 or so issues.  As it turned, that was a letter better left unopened.  But you know what they say: better to have loved and lost $20 than to have never loved at all.)  So the bar’s been set.
Copperhead #2

Copperhead #2

  • The Manhattan Projects #24 (Image): Beat these bookends: #23 opened with a crazy Kennedy and wrapped up with a tasty Cuban sandwich.
  • Punks: The Comic #1 (Image): You down with JHF?  Yeah, you know mef.  That’s right: the mind behind The Bunker is an out of the closet punker!
  • Wytches #1 (Image): Scott Snyder horrified us in a good way with Severed and in a not-so-good way with Batman and The Wake.  With Wytches, he’s supposedly returning to his horror roots, and I’m supposedly excited about it.  Wondering: how much of Severed‘s success can be attributed to Snyder’s collaboration with Scott Tuft?  I’m thinking we’ll find out here.
Wytches #1

Wytches #1

  • Miracleman #12 (Marvel): No doubt: this will be the best comic in my bag.
  • Annihilator #2 (Legendary): Liked most of #1.  It’s pretty much Morrison being Morrison, which is always refreshing, sometimes frustrating.  RE: the twist at the end: it ain’t unlike Happy!; in this case, however, it’s damn dour.  One thing for sure: the book’s beautiful.  Frazer Irving is a digital demigod!
Annihilator #2

Annihilator #2

  • Black Market #4 (BOOM!): The first issue was pretty good.  Unfortunately, the succeeding second and third fell flat.  This one finishes it off–and probably ends for good my attempt at building a relationship with Frank Barbiere.  As it turns out, I should’ve listened to the familiar dissonance of the disappointing track record that Barbiere has himself pressed, including Five Ghosts and White Suits.
  • Caliban #7 (Avatar): During #6, I was like “No, he di’int,” but then I was like “Of course he friggin’ did.”  Carry on, Garth.
  • The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage #2 (Valiant): More like The Expectation-Defying Dr. Mirage.  I liked #1 a lot more than I thought I would.  Expectations reset.  Defy away Ms. Van Meter!
  • Dry Spell #3 (Action Labs/Danger Zone): This book has no business being under anyone’s radar.  It’s that good, folks.  #1 was our favorite book of May; and #2 will be showcased in our Top 5 of August, you know, when we finally get around to it.  Major kudos to Ken Krekeler, who’s supin’ up something special with his story of the rebirth of The Black Baron.
Dry Spell #3

Dry Spell #3

  • The Extinction Parade: War #4 (Avatar): The evolution of warfare continues as the vampires bring out the big guns.  From the very first issue of this second parade, Max Brooks has been kicking ass–well, heads, but, whatever–and, umm, chopping ass, and, umm, now will be shooting ass.  Better watch yours!
  • Thomas Alsop #5 (BOOM!): Still enjoying this fantastic series from the boys at Trip City.  It’s got a spirit that just can’t be denied.
Thomas Alsop #5

Thomas Alsop #5

  • War Stories #1 (Avatar): Garth Ennis is back where he belongs: telling war stories.  Yes, please!
War Stories #1

War Stories #1

  • X-O Manowar #0 (Valiant): You know what they say: nothing’s for certain but death, taxes, and zero issues.  In terms of X-O, I see #0 and it makes me think of throwing on the brakes, especially following the high-octane Armor Hunters crossover.

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

Superhero Friday!

I am woman, hear me Thor.

Shut up, Sigmund!  I don't want to hear it.

That’s Freudulent!

Yup: Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman have hit the mythological mother lode with their roll out of the Goddess of Thunder.

Nailed it!

Who are you wearing today?

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Scott

 

What’s I&N Store (10/1)

I’m just going to get right to it; you know: give you what you want.

  • Green Arrow #35 (DC): I’ve given each creative team at least one issue since the New 52 misfired with J.T. Krul, who seemed to quiver under the pressure of the big launch.  Kinda smart to bring the TV team to the book.  Definitely worth a look.
Green Arrow #35

Green Arrow #35

  • Wonder Woman #34 (DC): Azzarello’s godlike run is almost done.  Not gonna lie: I’m getting a little weepy about it–because with #35, I’m done, too.  That’ll bring to an end an equally epic run: WW‘s the only New 52 title I’ve stuck with from #1.
  • The Squidder #4 (IDW): I’ve enjoyed Templesmith’s wild, post-cepholopocalyptic world and am sad that it ends here.  Gosh, if I had ten arms, I’d wrap ‘em all around The Squidder and wouldn’t let go for anything!  Clearly, my measly two just ain’t gonna cut it–especially since I need to keep one free for all the scratching.  Yeah, I’m super itchy as a rule.
The Squidder #4

The Squidder #4

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 (IDW): OK, so I think the glamour is starting to wear off.  It’s been a few months now; I’m just not as psyched about it as I had been.  Definitely sad about that.
  • Alex + Ada #9 (Image): Ain’t nothin’ to be sad about here.  Well, maybe there is–but it’s for all the right reasons.  (I mean, come on: the cover’s even got rain falling like tears–presaging my own, perhaps?)  Ada’s walking out the front door at the end of #8 offers up so many possibilities–and many of them crappy for her and Alex.  It’s a familiar story, right: the naïve girl from Kansas steps off the bus and the big city smells her innocence and pounces.  I’m nervous for her–and kinda excited.
Alex + Ada #9

Alex + Ada #9

  • The Fade Out #2 (Image): It’s Brubaker and Phillips very own Satellite Sam!  Felt like Fatale, too, which is fine by me.
  • Rat Queens #8 (Image): Can’t imagine I’ll be sticking around much longer.  I mean, come on: it wasn’t ever going to be a long term relationship, was it?  Nah.  Things have already gotten stale; the Queens’ crowns have tarnished.
  • Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel): Ales Kot and Marco Rudy?  Would be stupid not to try one, right?  Thing is, Kot’s struggled with his hero books.  Says a lot that I know that: I’m willing to give him a shot no matter what he’s on because he’s got a strong voice.  And I don’t want to miss it when it finally sounds super in spandex.
Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier #1

Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier #1

  • Captain America 25 (Marvel): Oh, why not?  Seriously.  I can’t really Remender why not.  Someone remind me!  Please!
  • Miracleman#11 (Marvel): OK, so, the best book on the shelf is one that’s thirty years old.  Considering the number of quality books being pumped out on a monthly basis by big and small publishers alike, that’s damn impressive.
Miracleman #11

Miracleman #11

  • Moon Knight #8 (Marvel): Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey are gone–and no doubt will be missed.  Maybe not too much, however–especially if Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood continue to carve out their own little moon kniche as they have with a confident first issue.  Certainly woodn’t have been as effective an issue if they had tried to simply ape the previous cycle.  Nah.  Wood has already chipped away at Moon Knight’s perfection; and Smallwood–who amazed us on Dream Thief–offered up some sick paneling.  Yeah, gimme more!
  • Silver Surfer #6 (Marvel): Doesn’t get more fun than what Slott and Allred are doin’ here.  Easily one of our favorite titles of the year.
  • Thor #1 (Marvel): Thor’s a woman!  I say thee okay.  I’ll try it.  We’ll see how Aaron and Dauterman hammer out the most heavily hyped sex change in comic book history!
  • Cloaks #2 (BOOM!): Looking forward to this.  I liked #1 a lot.  Put creators Caleb Monroe and Mariano Navarro on my radar.  It was plenty fun, nice to look at, and certainly “[left] me wanting more.”
Cloaks #2

Cloaks #2

  • Brides of Helheim #1 (Oni): Helheim didn’t blow me away like I hoped it would.  I make this vow: if Bunn doesn’t propose something magical here in the first issue, I’m going to divorce myself from all things Helheim.
  • The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1 (Dynamite): I’m doubly damned: I’m drawn to the title–and the Francavilla cover.
The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1

  • Holmes vs. Houdini #1 (Dynamite): Aw, hell: how can I pass this up?  It’s no mystery; it ain’t magic: it’s mystery and magic!  Doesn’t hurt that a similar note has been struck in the terrific The Last Broadcast from Archaia.
  • Über #18 (Avatar): Gillen’s still killin’ it.  It’s Überlicious!

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

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Here’s an autumnal Superhero Friday to test your metal, man.

And your patience with puns.

I'm falling and I can't get up!

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Aren’t you the least bit mercurious?

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What’s I&N Store (9/24)

Kicking off a four-day weekend with a bag!

  • The Massive #27 (Dark Horse): #26 ended on a MASSIVE note.  What’s been lost–what’s been an afterthought, really, despite the title!–is finally found.
  • Mind MGMT #26 (Dark Horse): Some spectacular moments in #25–none more so than Dusty’s Army rolling through with a promise to Meru.
Mind MGMT #26

Mind MGMT #26

  • Bodies #3 (DC/Vertigo): Loved #1 enough to name it a Top 5 Book of July.  Bar set.  #2 fell short but was still pretty good.  Got a bit chunky in spots, which only served to make #1 look even more effortless, more effective.  Still super interested to see how it all comes together.
  • Dead Boy Detectives #9 (DC/Vertigo):  I’ve been enjoying the read without any real investment in the characters.  Some of the enjoyment is coming from–as I’ve mentioned–its reminding me of The Books of Magic ongoing from back in the day.  Some comes from the well affected voices.  Might have to think about any further investment in the book, however–especially if I still find myself unable to warm up to the Dead Boys themselves.  One thing I have no trouble warming up to: the covers from Mark Buckingham.
Dead Boy Detectives #9

Dead Boy Detectives #9

  • A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1 (Image): My feelings about AVitD have been well documented–save for how I felt about the final issue of the first arc.  As I told Larime Taylor: I thought it pulled everything together well and, in doing so, reminded of #2, the high murder mark of the series.  Going forward, hoping for sharper knives and sharper pacing.  Someone very important to the development of the series promised the latter, so…
A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1

A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1

  • Low #3 (Image): OK, so, how low can I go?  How about one more.   Chalk it up to my digging Greg Tocchini’s art–and my not having been turned off my Remender’s writing.  Not yet, anyway.
  • Outcast #4 (Image): Has been slow but not uninteresting.  I’ll give it another whirl; I mean, something’s bound–Skybound, even!–to happen.  Right?
  • Roche Limit #1 (Image): I dunno.  I’m not excited about it.  I didn’t like Michael Moreci’s Curse all that much.  I’ll thumb through and make the call from there.
  • Saga #27 (Image): Has gotten a bit bloated–as evidenced by the farty first page of #26.  Hmm.
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard #6 (Marvel): You wanna talk sin?  How about the eighth deadly sin: Original Sin: Thor & Loki.  Yeah.  Give me a break!  Er, no!  Not another break.  Not another Norse goddamned crossover!  AXIS shmaxis!  Let’s get back to it–back to the metro-immortal Asgardianhole I’ve come to like a lot more than I ever thought I would.  (Blame-thank Al Ewing for that!)
Loki: Agent of Asgard #6

Loki: Agent of Asgard #6

  • Magneto #10 (Marvel): Mostly back to form–save for the arrival of the Red Skull (Not-zi what I was hoping for, that’s for sure) and the threat of a Genoshan Death March to AXIS, which promises to suck.  Hard.
  • Armor Hunters #4 (Valiant): “The Final Hunt.”  Ain’t complaining.
  • Brass Sun #5 (2000 AD): #4 had me thinking Top Book of August as a top book was fetched by a Bookworm at the urging of Whisper–“librarian, second class.”  No, really: so good.  Trailed off a bit after that, knocking it out of contention; but it ended on a strong note with a Nominal Charge.  I mean, come on: who doesn’t love sky pirates?
Brass Sun #5

Brass Sun #5

  • Butterfly #1 (BOOM!): More espionage stuff!  Velvet‘s been good; so I’m gonna give this one a try.
  • Evil Empire #5 (BOOM!):  Wow!  #4 delivered the goods–er, evils!  Oh, brother: this time, the twist was twisted.  And, as expected, another righteous cover from Jay Shaw:
Evil Empire #5

Evil Empire #5

  • Rachel Rising #28 (Abstract Studio): Pains me to say this: the only reason I’m picking this up is because I feel obligated to–not because of any loyalty at this point, but because I forgot to take it off of my pull list.  Yeah, it’s been that bad.  And it was sooooooo good, too.  Seems like forever ago that we named it one of our Top Ten Books of 2013.
  • The Sixth Gun #43 (Oni): Still stockpiling ‘em.
  • X-O Manowar #29 (Valiant): I’ve enjoyed the Armor Hunter diversion.  Usually, crossovers kill momentum; this one, however, has fed it.  Kudos to Venditti & Co.

Avery’s Pick of the Week:

  • Bee and Puppycat #4 (BOOM!): Plenty of fun from Anissa Espinosa.  Oh yeah, it’s weird!  But in the wild world of Avery, weird is wonderful!  Nothing’s as wonderful, however, as when my girl says, “Daddy, read it!”
Bee and Puppycat #4

Bee and Puppycat #4

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What’s I&N Store (9/17)

Being a bit choosy this week, but maybe not choosy enough in some spots.

  • Batman & Robin Future’s End #1 (DC): It’ll be in my bag, but I couldn’t care less.  If that makes me a heretic, so be it.
  • The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1 (DC): With The Multiversity #1, Grant Morrison effectively dangled a Captain Carrot on a stick and for that and a multitude of other reasons I’m going to follow him–and artist Chris Sprouse–to the ends of the Earth–in this case, Earth-20.
The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1

The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1

  • Wonder Woman Future’s End #1 (DC): Same as B&R.  One good thing as I peer into the future: my relationship with Future’s End ends with these two titles.
  • Clone #20 (Image): I’m still hanging onto the cliff, baby!  These guys know how to build tension and expectations, and aren’t afraid to “go there.”  In that, it’s not unlike Saga.  As consistent a book as you’re going to find.
Clone #20

Clone #20

  • Satellite Sam #10 (Image): #9 was a strong issue from every angle.  I know that Sex Criminals gets more attention, but it’s masturbation compared to this orgy of compelling characters and taut storylines.
  • Stray Bullets: Killers #7 (Image): We’ve been kinda down on the reload since a .44 caliber Magnumicent first shot, which we named our #1 book of March.  #5–the return of Amy Racecar–was fun, but it failed to satisfy.  #6, however…  OK, so, for just about the entire issue, I felt as if I were reading #2 or #3 or #4; and I wasn’t excited about it–until the final page.  THAT’S what I’m talking about, Mr. Lapham!  That’s Stray Bullets, baby!  And, darn it, I’m going to fight for its being represented in our Top 5 for August.  It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to try.
Stray Bullets: Killers #7

Stray Bullets: Killers #7

  • Trees #5 (Image): Speaking of a lack of excitement: ugh.  It’s like watching a tree grow.  A really boring tree.  What I should do is prune it from my picks.  Probably won’t, though.
  • The Wicked & The Divine #4 (Image): I liked #2, but I loved #3.  Yeah, I had my doubts at first; but now Gillen’s got me good.  Toss in some terrific art from McKelvie (lovely layouts, splashes, and double-page spreads) and wow, wow, wow!  Another book that deserves to be in our Top 5 list for August.  I’ll do my best to fight for it.
The Wicked & The Divine #4

The Wicked & The Divine #4

  • All-New X-Men #32 (Marvel): I’m getting nervous about the Ultimate storyline.  Damn, man!  If you’ve been following along, then you know I’ve been really enjoying All-New–when I’ve been able to get it, of course.  This could very easily kill it for me.  (I don’t want it to kill it for me!)
  • Daredevil #8 (Marvel): #7 wasn’t very good.  Is Original Sin to blame?  Or is the bigger sin Waid’s turning DD into a monthly PSA?  Instead of being excited about the next issue, I’m thinking more about what issue Waid’ll focus on next.  Not where I should be.  For example: #8 offers up a new “menace”: the Purple Children.  So, where are we headed?  Homelessness?  Adoption?  Child abuse?  It’s getting to be so forced, so processed, ham handedness just doesn’t speak to it–it’s more like Spam handedness.
  • Original Sin #5.5 (Marvel): Here’s the real truth: the first .4 issues of this misguided diversion have been underwhelming and painfully obvious.  Why have I bothered?  Well, I bet on Al Ewing and Loki–and lost.  Should’ve listened to you, Derek!
  • Uncanny X-Men #26 (Marvel): #25 was an overpriced, forced effort that was more transition than climax.  I don’t know what’s happened.  I finally gave myself over to Bendis and I get this and All-New #31?  OK, so, the cover’s cool.  Would say we have a plethora of Cyclopses?
Uncanny X-Men #26

Uncanny X-Men #26

  • The Delinquents #2 (Valiant): #1 was fun but just not as fun as I had hoped it’d be–especially considering the star power in charge of this light brigade.  Sure, we’re only one issue in, but it’s kinda clear: Asmus and Van Lente are neither the Archer & Armstrong nor the Quantum and Woody of writing teams.  Highlight: Kano’s artwork!  No surprise: the guy can sell a story–even one forced into being–with the best of ‘em.
  • The Last Broadcast #5 (Archaia/BOOM!): There’s nothing nonchalant about the way these fellas tell a story. Yeah, this book’s about to Doyle over!  Plenty of threads have been spun together; can’t wait to untie them!
The Last Broadcast #5

The Last Broadcast #5

  • The Life After #3 (Oni):  I’ve enjoyed the casting of Hemingway as Virgil in this Truman Show for suicides.  The Christ twist at the end of #2 was made tolerable by a plugged-in–and brazen–presentation of God.  I’m intrigued.
  • The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #2 (Oni): Starting a new Sixth Gun pile!
  • The Devilers #3 (Dynamite): Not sure if I’m long for this.   It’s fine for what it is; I’m just not sure if I need it.

Avery’s Pick of the Week:

  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #9: Avery’s gonna be excited to get a hold of her favorite comic from Josh Elder and Adam Archer!  But she ain’t gonna be happy that this is the end of the Scribblenauts.  Poor baby!
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #9

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #9

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

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