I got a lot of new comics yesterday.
Some good. Some bad.
Lots to talk about so let's get right to it.
The Amazing Spider-Man #535 was a whole lot more of the same since Civil War started. Peter Parker is torn about the side he's chosen, and every day he's shown more evidence that he's on the wrong side. And he talks about it. A lot. This has been going on for a while now. I kinda get the idea that he's torn. Something of significance finally happens, but it's the very last page of the issue.
Hawkgirl #56 was a big stinker. The artwork and the writing are continually disappointing. This issue is the finale of the museum mystery storyarc, and it was quite a let-down. The only reason I'm sticking with this is because I'm insanely loyal to Hawkman and Hawkgirl and I'm hoping next month (which sees the return of penciller Joe Bennett!) things will pick up a little.
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #10 is, on the other hand, continually charming. The problems, dilemmas, and villains are refreshingly low-scale and character development is big. It was great to see football players portrayed in a light other than "big, tough bullies." While I'm not a fan of the sport myself, it was just something nice to see. This is a delightful book and I recommend reading it because it will simply make you smile.
Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters #3 was impressive. I'm a big fan of the writing team on this book and they're writing a solid title here. The Human Bomb is freaking scary, The Ray cracks me up, the names of the members of First Strike are bitingly clever, and the new Black Condor is, just, wow. Take a look at this mini-series. It's worth the money spent.
Justice League of America #2 is building up to something great. Brad Meltzer floored me with Identity Crisis a few years ago and he's got me hooked on the JLA so far. I've never found Red Tornado as compelling as I do now. Such. Good. Writing. And the artwork is pretty stellar, too! You can't go wrong with a solid combo like that. Who's going to be in the new Justice League? We'll just have to wait and see. Oh yeah. And apparently "The Bomb Squad" is a stupid name.
I am so sad to say that, in my opinion, Ultimates 2 #12 was a gigantic disappointment. The artwork was amazing. It always has been. The writing was good. Hell, a drunken Iron Man is comedy gold. But this was supposed to be the big finale. The culmination of everything the past twelve issues has been building up to. There was mystery, intrigue, betrayal, spying and counter-spying... and all we got in the end was a big, big fist-fight. No big reveals. No witty way to beat the bad guys. The good guys just hit the bad guys in the face really hard for about forty pages. And it didn't even end! The "big finale" ends in a "To Be Concluded...!" I've loved The Ultimates for years, but this finale really gave me a case of the comic book blue-balls.
Action Comics #843 is another finale I was looking forward to... the conclusion of Superman's fight against the intergalactic Auctioneer. Very solid finish. Superman got to show off to the world that he really is the world's greatest hero. He also teamed up with a bonafide motley crew of superheroes, both A-list (Aquaman, Nightwing, Firestorm) and Who?!-list (Shockwave, Blue Jay, Livewire) and they kicked some butt. Thumbs-up from this fan of The Man of Steel.
The Trials of Shazam! #2 is very, very promising. There's a new keeper of the Rock of Eternity and a familiar member of the Marvel Family must endure the trials to become the new Shazam. Normally I'm not a fan of changes to old classics, but Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family really did need to "grow up" a little, and this book is doing it with a great deal of respect for the legacy of the world's mightiest mortal. I'm not sure how much I like the new "techno-magic" look of the Rock of Eternity, but I have faith that this will be a good series. "H.P. Lovecraft on steroids" indeed.
And finally, I don't think I need to tell you that I loved week twenty-one of 52. I'm warming up to the idea of Ralph Dibny as the new Doctor Fate. Most of this book deals with the "new" Infinity Inc., the product of Lex Luthor's superhero program. While I normally find the storyline around Steel and his niece the least interesting, this issue turned that around for me. Man. Lex Luthor is a dick.
Whew. And that's all from me for now!