All-New Invaders, Archer & Armstrong, Avatar, Brian Wood, Fred Van Lente, Garth Ennis, Greg Rucka, Image, J. Michael Straczynski, James Robinson, Jeff Lemire, Lazarus, Marvel, Michael DiPascale, Michael Lark, Pere Perez, Peter Milligan, Roberto De La Torre, Rover Red Charlie, Shadowman, Sidekick, Trillium, Twilight Zone, Valiant, Vertigo, X-Men
My clever introduction has been postponed indefinitely due to snow.
- Trillium #6 (DC/Vertigo): #5 was flippin’ fantastic. The balance between the two realities was rendered in a ridiculously meticulous manner. In many ways, even more impressive than #1 in execution. Can’t wait to get into this one.
- Lazarus #6 (Image): #5 ended on a naturally disastrous note, one that echoes still, boding a symphony of construction–of resurrection. Lucky for us, reigning master builders Rucka and Lark are a pair of heavies who always deliver as promised.
- Sidekick #5 (Image): Engaging enough, though not J. Michael Straczynski’s best monthly. That distinction goes to…
- Twilight Zone #2 (Dynamite): #1 was a bit of a revelation, wasn’t it? Terrific tone–totally Twilight Zone!
- All-New Invaders #2 (Marvel): I’m sure that you’re a lot like me in thinking that it’s got to get better–that James Robinson is a lot better than his cliched riddled initial offering. Sure, I’m going to try this one; but I’m not going to suffer through growing pains just because I know in my heart it should be good; so, if it doesn’t do it for me here, I’m out.
- X-Men #10.NOW (Marvel): Another one I’m down on. The series started off really well. Brian Wood affected a strong, recognizable voice; in fact, it actually sounded like an X-book, with hints of Claremont, especially in the high notes. Unfortunately, the “Battle of the Atom” smashed the title’s early momentum, leaving us with scattered neutrons, electrons, and promises.
- Archer & Armstrong #0.2014 (Valiant): I’m guessing the story of Wee Obie Archer is going to buck the trend of zero-issues having zero value–if only because I expect nothing less from Fred Van Lente and Pere Perez. Yeah: no throwaway here.
- Rover Red Charlie #3 (Avatar): #2–like #1–had some really affective moments and some really awful moments. Not expecting anything different; it’s the nature of the beast, innit?
- Shadowman #15 (Valiant): Of all the books I get on a monthly basis, this one confounds me the most. I don’t care a lick about the characters, but for some reason I really like the series. Doesn’t hurt that Milligan and De La Torre have come together like peanut butter and chocolate. Dark, dark chocolate.
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?