Before I get to telling y'all what I thought of the comic books I bought yesterday, I feel it is my duty to tell you to keep an eye on the t-shirt section of ZeStuff today. There may be a couple of surprises there... available for pre-order.
Ghost Rider #5 offers us a look into Johnny Blaze's tragic origin. What struck me most about this issue is how much emotion artists Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira can manage to show from a superhero whose face is just a skull. It's difficult to do but powerful when captured. Ghost Rider was the first comic book I ever collected and this new series is rekindling my love for the character. I suggest you folks check it out.
Things continue to move at a brisk pace for my favorite magic superteam in Shadowpact #7. They've got hellhounds to track, a Congregation to battle and a doctrine to write. What I think I like most about this series lately is that the team is facing a new magical villain every issue, which is an old-school approach to superhero team books and keeps things moving along nicely. I only wish they'd settle on a regular artist.
Aquaman #45 was supposed to come out last month, which left off on quite a cliffhanger. I mean, geez, when I leave you all with a cliffhanger, you only have to wait a day to see what happens, not two months like me! *whimper* Anyhoo, lots of goodies in the conclusion to the first arc, including the secret to King Shark's alliance, what the Dweller in the Depths is hiding and the fate of Arthur's father. This is a solid adventure series, but I only have one problem with it (besides its recent delays). Arthur is clearly written to be a young man, and while Butch Guice is a great artist, he draws him to look around the same age as the rest of the characters, if not older.
And finally, it's Week Twenty-Eight of the always enjoyable 52. I was hoping to see Batwoman again soon, and this issue shows her off nicely. Also showcased is the bizarre fate of Red Tornado and the weird adventure in deep space, which happens to be one of my favorite storylines in this impressively large tale. I'm rooting for you, Animal Man!
I meant to pick up The Flash #6, but I couldn't find it at the shop I went to. I'll try to pick it up today.
And while I don't like the idea or the story of Marvel's Civil War, I still flip through the newest issues when I see them on the shelves. Looks like Spider-Man finally switched sides and The Punisher joined the fray. I'm just wondering how they're going to wrap this whole mess up in two more issues. We'll see.