Thursday, January 11, 2007

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The triumphant return of Comic Book Day! January 11, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I bought some great new comics yesterday.
Let's get right to telling you folks what I thought about them.

With a new storyarc starting and a new team roster, I picked up Thunderbolts #110. Norman Osborn is putting together a new team to track down Jack Flag, and things don't look good for this "unregistered combatant." Great artwork and fantastic dialogue, but nothing really happened in this issue. There was a lot of talk about what was going to happen, and there were a annoying lot of "war on terror" parallels, but I picked this up because I like Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato, Jr. Not because poor Speedball is now "Penance." Guh.

Speaking of superteams, a new storyarc begins in Outsiders #44, so I decided to give it a look-see. I'm not too familiar with the team or what's happened to them, so it's handy that this arc explains how they got to where they are now. The unique artwork really shines when Nightwing and Red Hood go toe-to-toe. Go former Robins!

I picked up JSA Classified #21 because it finally let me know what Hawkman has been up to for the past freaking year. While I'm not a terribly big fan of the writer/artist, he really lets Hawkman fly around Planet Rann doing what he does best... being a brutal barbarian with wings strapped to his back. Go Hawkman!

Tales of the Unexpected #4 gave me the shivers and had me laughing out loud with the stories of The Spectre and Doctor Thirteen, respectively. The Spectre gets creepier by the issue, and watching him put Batman in his place was downright awesome. On the other hand, the misadventures of the hopelessly skeptical Dr. Thirteen get funnier with each issue! From Nazi gorillas to French cavemen to *giggle* "Infectious Lass," this mini-series has me in stitches.

Things look bad in Martian Manhunter #6. Everyone tried to warn J'onn J'onzz. They really did. Now he's getting last-ditch help from Superman, Batman and even Alfred. But, as the Manhunter himself says in the last pages of this issue... "I saw what I wanted to see, not the truth, and the whole world is going to pay for my mistake." And y'all wonder where I my inspiration for cliffhangers.

Justice Society of America #2 was awesome. Someone is hiring supervillains to eliminate the bloodlines of great superhero legacies! Wildcat meets his long-lost son! And Maxine, my favorite of the new recruits, gets something I've always wanted... a superhero costume. And when Starman takes his mask off... well, I won't give it away.

And finally, it's week thirty-six of the astounding 52. It's Renee Montoya's last chance to save The Question. Osiris finds solace in his alligator-mutant-best-friend. Look out, Rip Hunter! Skeets is a dick! But what got me the most in this issue was the hero who fell in valiant battle against Lady Styx. *sniff* Dammit.