We’ve hit the end of August with some intriguing books on the market:
– I gave Avengers another shot with issue #4, but it still didn’t gel with me. Too much funny dialogue detracts from the story and whatever it is, John Romita Jr’s art is lacking in detail in some areas.
– Action Comics #892 continues Luthor’s quest for the Black Lantern energy. A continually good character study of the popular DC villain from Paul Cornell, although Pete Woods’ art took away from some of the action scenes. I expect more when you have Deathstroke as a guest star.
– Superman/Batman #75 gets a super-sized special and while the main story from Levitz is decent enough, it’s the back-up pieces that steal the show. Anybody who’s read the Luthor/Joker 2-page short here knows what I’m talking about.
But when it’s all said and done, Justice League Generation Lost #8 is the clear winner. Judd Winick and company has made a believer out of me with this series of many former Justice League Int’l alumni banding together to pursue and capture Maxwell Lord. Each character gets standout moments and the dialogue between them is laugh out loud hilarious. It says something when this bi-weekly series has enough chops to compete with the main Brightest Day book (and sometimes surpass it).
Two weeks of books to catch up on, folks. I breeze through last week first to give you the hands-down pick in Scarlet #1. Good to see Bendis back in the creator-owned realm after being in Avenger land for so long. Bringing back his Daredevil artist cohort in Alex Maleev is always a welcome treat too.
From there, a swarm of excellent books came out this week, making it very difficult to establish a Quick Pick. In the end, I gave it to the latest chapter in Marvel’s summer cosmic adventure, Thanos Imperative. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (or DnA as the interwebz is calling them) continue to bring epic material to their takes on the Marvel cosmic heroes and villains that fight in their own little corner of the universe. The only thing that stinks is not having monthly series like Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy along for the ride (they’re on hold for this mini-series) because there is just too much to enjoy with these characters.
Enjoy the show and keep a lookout for more cool stuff soon on CBF!
You can check out Thanos Imperative #2 right here.
There was too much going on in DC land to limit this to one or two books to Quick Picks this week. As much as Return of Bruce Wayne deserved a good amount of hype, I was thoroughly impressed by a bunch of DC offerings. DC is hot right now and I’m glad they’re continuing to build other franchises beyond the Batman and Green Lantern names.
This is not to say that Marvel didn’t have a good week too – just that DC did things one better. Marvel wrapped up Siege and officially began their march into Heroic Age. It was nice that they finally wrapped up all those threads, but my review here on iFanboy can give you some insight as to why I felt it could have done a whole lot more.
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C2E2 is under way and already comic book land is dropping bombshells. As reported on IGN Comics, Bendis is working on a new creator-owned booked on the Marvel Icon imprint entitled Scarlett. It asks the questions what if everything you believed in the world betrayed you and what if your response to it caused a revolution? How political this will get remains to be seen – comics always tend to tread a thin line when it comes to those topics.
Bendis’ work lately on all things Avengers has kind of worn off on me (I’ll stay positive though and expect the best for the Heroic Age), but I am definitely excited about him getting back into creator-owned work. Powers is one of my favorite series and is what made me aware of the potential Bendis could bring to the Marvel universe when they signed him over to the company. And working with a top notch artist like Maleev, whom Bendis has collaborated with before on Daredevil and Secret War, will only make this piece much more intriguing.
It’s scheduled to hit in July around SDCC week.
I braved a foot of snow to bring you this podcast…
A double dose of Quick Picks comes to you this week to make up for the lack of one last week. 2010 has been excellent so far for the comic book medium and made it difficult to choose which one to talk about. Ultimately, I approved of a new creator-owned effort from Grant Morrison and forgave Marvel for flooding their 1st entry in the Siege series with ads and features after they put out a stellar 2nd part.
NOTE: I’m still working on the audio issues, so I’m hoping you all can bear the echoing and scratching sounds here. Pretend it’s your cat howling and scratching at your legs…