My Stack o’ Comics for 21.5.08

“My Stack o’ Comics for…” is a new feature I want to start here, where I’ll list the comics I got this week, and talk a little about each. These are sorta reviews, but they’re not really in-depth reviews, more like general opinions. If you’re looking for reviews, then I have some good news – I’m back on reviewing comics (!!), since Silver Bullet Comics died, my new home is Comic Addiction. My first batch of reviews has already been sent in, so expect those to go live on the site soon!

So, let’s get started.

First up, Justice Society of America #15. This book is the latest in the long-winded Kingdom Come seqeul by Geoff Johns and Alex Ross. It’s really getting kind of tiring, I could’ve swore they’ve been doing this for 10-15 issues, so imagine my suprise when I realized it’s only been 6. I’m ready to get this over with and move on to other stories. This horse has been beaten, throughly. That’s it for DC, I’m a Marvel guy.

Ultimate X-Men #94, wow, what a great issue. My opinions may be skewed as we’re coming out of the hated Kirkman run, but I thought this issue was superb. Great ultimate twists on existing concepts (Banshee, which is not a person, but a drug akin to MGH or Kick), some great character moments, and a kick-ass new team (well, two kick-ass new teams, actually). Mark Brooks’ art kicks major ass! Elsewhere in the Ultimate U. we’ve got Ultimate Fantastic Four #54. The story really hasn’t kicked off yet, as the issue spends most of its time setting up the various plot threads that will run through this arc, the art’s not as good as it could be, the
book desperately needs an inker to step things up a bit.

An issue of the “regular” Fantastic Four (#557) hit this week, as well. Honestly, I don’t get the hype around this book. Sure, it’s Millar and Hitch, but the book is not Ultimates. So far, I have yet to be blown away. I found the “Giant Robot” story to be pretty lame, the one good thing were the aftermath scenes, those were very well written. And that last page, whoowee, what a last page.

We’ve got 2 Avengers book this week. Mighty Avengers #14 took a look at the Sentry and how he fits into Secret Invasion. The Sentry is one complicated character to get a handle on, due to an extremely convoluted back story, but once you get into the groove of things, it’s pretty entertaining. It seems Sentry still has role to play in Secret Invasion, and not what people expect (i.e., I blink and everything is fixed). Over at Camp Hammond things aren’t so bright. This week only proves that Avengers: The Initiative really depends on its creative teams. We’ve had several issues with fill-in artist Steve Uy, and the quality of the book always dropped when he showed up. This week (#13), however, has Dan Slott handing the writing chores over to Christos N. Gage. The result is boring, uninspired, and a complete waste of time.

Marvel’s mutants got two books this week, X-Factor #31 and X-Men: Divided We Stand #2. Both were depressing. X-Factor showed us the very bleak Mutant Town being blown to bits, things aren’t looking up for the members of X-Factor, as their home seems headed for the crapper. Divided We Stand showcased some characters revving up for things to come, we’ve got things like the return of Magik, Havok in prison, Beast closing up shop at the Mansion and several other stories, if this is a look of things to come – I’m on board.

Lastly, some solo books. The latest installment of Brubaker’s masterpiece came out. I’m talking about Captain America #38 of course. This book is just epic. For over 3 years Brubaker has masterfully weaved an ongoing storyline that just works perfectly. I’m not to crazy about the real identity of “Other Cap”, but I’m willing to take it, “In Brubaker we trust”. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #29 hit, and while it was good, it didn’t even come close to last issue, which was the single best Iron Man issue I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Invincible Iron Man #1, which came out a couple of weeks ago, was also better. Lastly, Amazing Spider-Man #560. I must say that since the beginning of Brand New Day, Paper Doll is the only one of the new villains that even comes close to Spidey’s classic villains. Mr. Negative was close, but there’s a certain creepy charm to Paper Doll, and I hope they expand on her beyond the stalker-aspect she seems to be showing in this arc. And that last page is one hell of whopper, if only it would have been drawn better, it would be the perfect last page.

Best book of the stack would go to Ultimate X-Men #94 and I gotta say I am absolutley psyched to give it that honor, the book has been sucking for far too long. Worst of the bunch goes to Justice Society of America #15, this book is for die-hard DC fans, which I am not.

See you next week.

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