It feels like it’s been forever since we last saw this series, but it doesn’t take away from the quality that Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra continue to bring to this critically acclaimed Image title. The crazy ideas continue to flow out of Hickman’s mind and it’s a wonder to behold when you combine them with the details behind Pitarra’s pencils. There are also many sub-plots to juggle when you consider the cast involved. It makes for one big thrill ride. You can catch up with the first trade.
And to add to the craziness – I read Deadpool #1. This actually happened. And it was funny as heck. Deadpool fighting dead presidents will do that for you. And Tony Moore on art is always a big helping hand too.
Music provided by Possible Oscar – Wolverine
Nothing too spectacular this week, but solid nonetheless for these 3 books.
First, we enter the penultimate issue of Justice League Generation Lost #23. This series has been known to be a great homage to the JLI of old with its characterization and interactions. That sort of took a back seat to the action involving Max Lord’s Omacs hunting down Wonder Woman, but still moves the story to the endgame where the JLI will hopefully get Max once and for all.
We then talk about Flash #10 and its lead-up to DC’s next big event, Flashpoint. The lead-up was actually minimal and made me question if the pacing of the plots was affected by the delays in getting this out. Still, I trust in Johns and if anything, you should check it out for Francis Manapul’s art alone, who continues to impress with his watercolor artwork.
Finally, Uncanny X-Force #7 wraps up the Deathlok arc and sees the team confront the “Father” of the alternate reality cyborg race looking to carry its cause to X-Force’s world. It says something that Rick Remender can make you sympathize with Deadpool, as he continues to wrestle with devotion to the team since the Kid Apocalypse story arc. A great group of characters to play with, all leading well into the Dark Angel arc planned for this summer.
Green Lantern #60 heads towards the end of the New Guardians storyline and gives us another great battle with Hal Jordan trying to match wits and strength with a Parallax-infested Flash. We then get the big reveal of who’s been stealing all of the Lantern Corps’ entities – those who know their DC history will be glad about this one.
Meanwhile, Uncanny X-Force #3 continues to be one of the few Marvel books I’ll enjoy nowadays. Owe that to the quirky characters that make up this new X-Force story, the new take on Apocalypse, the slick writing of Rick Remender, and the sharp pencils of Jerome Opena. I thoroughly enjoyed the violent take on the previous X-Force series, but this one’s starting to look like it will one-up that.
We’re mere hours away from the behemoth that is called New York Comic Con, but that doesn’t stop me from talking this week’s books.
This week, Uncanny X-Force #1 really made me believe a second iteration of X-Force could work. This could have fallen flat on its face putting Wolverine and Deadpool in another book, but it doesn’t and you have the capable tandem of Rick Remender and Jerome Opena to thank for that. Good mix of humor, banter, action, and plot that harkens back to the early 90′s X-Men days.
Not to be outshined, American Vampire #7 continues its epic run from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque in 1930′s Las Vegas. The action take a break this issue, but it leaves room for getting to know new characters and sets up new plots for recurring ones.
And lastly, Brightest Day #11 rears its Black Lantern-infested head back into the picture. Call it Blackest Night Volume 2 if you want – I’m on board for what seems to be this new war of the light specifically involving Black and White Lanterns. Aquaman and Aqualad’s story though is developing really well as we come to learn more about the new kid’s past and powers. More fanboy goodness from the likes of Johns and Tomasi.
Enjoy your books this week – we’ll hopefully catch you at NYCC!
I debut a new monthly segment I’ve been looking forward to doing for a while. Given how much I’ve devoted to new books each week for Quick Picks, I decided to give graphic novels its own series of podcasts. This month, I bring up a spectacular Joe Kelly piece in I Kill Giants – a book I’d recommend to anybody, including those that either are bored with the superhero genre or are completely new to the medium as a whole. The tale Kelly weaves and how he mixes fantasy and reality is astounding. And when you add JM Ken Nimura’s breathtaking manga-inspired art, it brings a whole new level of creative imagination in a medium that has a lot of it. Give I Kill Giants a shot and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
With Blackest Night only two days away from making its presence known and a Green Lantern animated movie coming to DVD on the 28th, it’s needless to say that DC is really pushing Green Lantern mythology to be the next big cash cow.
That said, IGN Comics has now confirmed who will take on the live screen version of GL. Check out the article here. Interesting choice, though I as well am curious how this will affect his time spent on the Deadpool spin-off movie he’s planning to work on as well. I’m all for it as long as the source material is adhered to.