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CBF Quick Picks #44 : Thanos Imperative #6

Thursday, November 18th, 2010


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Seriously, why haven’t you picked this series up yet?

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning finished up another cosmic masterpiece in Thanos Imperative and what could possibly be the last of Marvel’s cosmic line for a long time (we’ll see for sure after the prologue issue and the Rocket Raccoon/Groot mini-series comes out). If that’s to be the case, then it ended with a bang. Big space battles, great character interactions, and a big sacrifice or two make for one great thrill ride. A shame this wasn’t picked up more in the stands – may the trade paperback fare better.

American Vampire #8 came very close to getting Quick Pick honors. Scott Snyder is really making a name for himself with this book and it’s all thanks to him not only juggling well-developed characters, but expanding upon a mythos that at one point thought it had nothing more to say. Rafael Albuquerque’s pencils are a big star in this too with the fantastic face and body renditions.

Bryan Q. Miller also continues to amaze me as to how much he brings to Batgirl with issue #15. The first 3 pages alone made me laugh out loud with Stephanie Brown’s take on the Batman family. Then it gets into her continuing adventures on campus and the mysteries she’s involved in. It says much to Miller’s talent when he can craft great stories out of a big character in the Batman universe and yet keep the stories self-contained so that it’s easy to follow.

Let us know your thoughts on everything that came out this week. Any stand outs to you?

CBF Quick Picks #40 : Thanos Imperative #5

Monday, October 18th, 2010


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My deepest sympathies to my wallet last week – it cried and went into the fetal position knowing how many books it had to get. Then I showed it the latest issue of Thanos Imperative and all was well. Fantastic space saga as one would expect in the capable hands of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Lots of character growth, great-looking battles, and unexpected twists. I have no idea what’s happening to the Marvel cosmic universe once this ends next month.

Too many other books to talk about, but I do highlight some goodies:

– This guy named Bruce Wayne is supposedly coming back if you look at the 10+ books that came out last week bearing his name. All of the Bruce Wayne : The Road Home one-shots were way under my radar, but it was good to see Return of Bruce Wayne back to form and taking us one step closer to what happens when a ticking time bomb gathering Omega energy returns to modern times. I’m sure there won’t be any pizza parties.

– If you’re not done with DC zombies, then Untold Tales of Blackest Night will satisfy your hunger. Apparently, we need to find out what happened to Donna Troy, Scarecrow, Animal Man, and a bunch of nobodies during last year’s epic Blackest Night event. As is the case with anthology books, you get your hits and your misses. Probably for the hardcore.

– Mark Millar is not done getting movies green-lighted as soon as new series of his comes out. Superior #1 came out (you can check out the preview for #2 here) and it definitely is not the most controversial of books if you’ve read Nemesis lately. Touching story so far of a kid with Multiple Sclerosis who is given one magic wish by a space monkey to become the super hero character he grew to love on the big screen. Yes, I did type all that AND said it was touching. Take that for what it is.

CBF Quick Picks #33 : New Mutants #16

Friday, August 20th, 2010
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Brightest Day and Green Lantern Corps came out this week, but I put those aside to highlight a couple of books that were saved by cool fanboy moments in Batman Beyond #3 and Secret Avengers #4, a welcome surprise in Supergirl #55, and then finally a bang-up job by Zeb Wells on New Mutants #16. This one is building up really good and setting itself apart from all the Heroic Age crap that X-Men now is finding itself under. And being able to tie into the Inferno storyline with brand new villains is no small feat, which speaks well to the talent of Wells and company.

CBF Quick Picks #28 : Thanos Imperative #2

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
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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.