• Hinterkind #2 (DC/Vertigo): I’ve heard most of the notes before.  Hoping the composition’s more complex–starting with this measure.  If it ain’t, I’m out.
  • Superman Unchained #4 (DC): No longer sure what this is supposed to be, especially since it’s been established that this maxi-hyped title is now a mini-series.  No.  You know what?  I know what this was supposed to be–what it is: it’s a marketing scheme gone awry.  Scott Snyder has offered enough premise-wise to nudge me toward good buy; but Jim Lee’s typical pin-up-per-panel letdown has led me to good-bye.
  • Trillium #4 (DC/Vertigo): Jeff Lemire made some interesting–and by interesting, I mean questionable–choices in #3.  No matter: the first two were masterful.
Trillium #4

Trillium #4

  • Alex + Ada #1 (Image): I’m not familiar with the creators, but it is an Image #1, so…
  • Fatale #18 (Image): Still one of the best books around.  I wonder, however, if the book will be affected negatively now that Ed Brubaker’s doing double duty with Velvet.
Fatale #18

Fatale #18

  • East of West #7 (Image): As of #6, I’m completely sold on this.
  • Ten Grand #5 (Image): J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith have put together a book worth every penny.  I hope it doesn’t lose value now that there’s a new artist on board.  C.P. Smith’s got some big panels to fill.
Ten Grand #5

Ten Grand #5

  • Department of Monsterology #2 (Renegade): P.J. Holden, the artist on the recently wrapped up Numbercruncher, is the draw here.  I missed #1, but I’ve been given some assurances that I won’t be without it for too long.
  • God Is Dead #3 (Avatar): This is as much Hickman’s playground as the Earth is the gods’. It’s not as polished–nor as engaging–as TMP or East of West, but there’s something about it–maybe a hint of Jenkins’ Deathmatch, but with sadistic supernaturals–that’s keeping me around.
  • Uber #7 (Avatar): Gillen’s shining on this series.  He hasn’t missed a beat even as he’s gotten more Pacific.
  • Hit #3 (BOOM!): Retro done right.  The voice is authentic and gritty thanks to Bryce Carlson and Vanesa Del Rey.
Hit #3

Hit #3

  • Quantum and Woody #5 (Valiant): Fun!  In fact, survived the Valiant purge because of its rollicking irreverence.  (Can’t say the same about Bloodshot, which got cut because of its very sudden irrelevance.)
  • Shadowman #12 (Valiant): How’s this for a change: Ales Kot’s casting an issue’s worth of shadow, keeping the writer’s seat warm for the new Shadow man, Peter Milligan, who’s on board with #13.

What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

Turning pages,

Scott

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