Thursday, June 22, 2006

News

What a Comic Book Day! June 22, 2006 Posted by Mookie
This was a big week of new comic books for me, so I'm going to get right into it because there's a whole lot to talk about.

The latest issue of The Ultimates 2 finally came out this week, and man was it ever worth the wait. America is under siege and Captain America kicks some major butt. There looks to be hope for Thor yet! And what a comeback by--! Well, I won't ruin it. Suffice to say it's a "smashing" entrance by one of my favorite superheroes. I only hope I don't have to wait another three months for the last issue of this storyarc to come out.

The third part of the five part Man-Bat miniseries came out yesterday, too. I'm really enjoying this, but it's moving further away from being a horror story and more of a detective story. Luckily I like both kinds of tales. This is still a good "man versus inner monster" story. Give it a look-see.

The Flash is back in his own book and I picked up the first issue. Currently the only Flash is the original one (the guy with the old-school Mercury helmet) and someone needs to take up the mantle. Great artwork accompanies a well-paced, character focused first issue. I have a good feeling about this new comic of a classic hero.

Bill Willingham, what're you doing to the Shadowpact? Is this even the same team that you originally wrote in the amazing Day of Vengeance miniseries? Because right now you're making them look like chumps. Are these the same misfit magic heroes who took on The Spectre and the seven deadly sins? Because they got beat down like chumps in the second issue of their own book. Now I understand that heroes need to be defeated in order to rise up and triumpantly vanquish their captors... but next time, I implore you to let them go down with more of a fight. This issue was incredibly disappointing but I have faith that it'll get better next month.

I eagerly purchased the latest issue of the bi-monthly Justice maxiseries (their term, not mine). Last issue had me absolutely floored with Captain Marvel's rescue of Superman, and this issue opens with the Big Red Cheese throwing the Man of Steel into the sun! And great moments like that don't stop for the whole issue. This is the stuff of the classic Justice League and it hits me in the same place Errol Flynn movies do.

At last. At last the fourth issue of All-Star Superman came out this month. Oh baby was it ever worth the wait. This is, without a doubt, one of the best comic books I am reading and contains more enjoyment per issue than any other series I spend my money on. This issue features Jimmy Olsen and has some fantastic science fiction. Not to mention Jimmy goes toe-to-toe with Superman himself (you've got to see this) and gets to wear one of the coolest jackets ever. If you're not reading All-Star Superman, start. You will not regret it.

And finally, it's week seven of the ambitious, enjoyable and addictive 52. Booster Gold and his robot sidekick, Skeets, continue to steal every scene in this series... until the Elongated Man pays him a visit and gets really, really mad at him for very good reasons. Renee Montoya's visit to her ex-lover had some great inner dialogue, and Starfire, Animal Man and Adam Strange look like they have more to worry about on that alien planet besides the fruit. As usual, a great issue. Read it if you aren't.