Thursday, January 25, 2007


Comic Bookery rides again! January 25, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I picked up Moon Knight #7 yesterday. It's the beginning of a new arc, so not much happens in this issue, mostly relying on stuff that's happened before and teasing stuff that's going to happen. Still, I like the "I'm a violent lunatic who sees things" take on Marc Spector this time around. Be warned... from what I've heard about issues one through six, this book is not for the faint of heart. Or face. *rip*

The Helmet of Fate is making its rounds around the DC Universe until it finds a new wearer. The Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible #1 has the helmet in the clutches of the dark god Set, and it can only the new Ibis can rescue it! I thought the writing was a little clunky when it came to the new hero, though I liked that the kid was actually Middle Eastern and not a white kid with with an Egyptian costume. Thoth was hilarious.

I picked up Robin #158 yesterday. I'd picked up the previous issue last week while browsing through the shelves, and since a new storyarc had begun I thought it was worth a look-see. The writing is really solid and it makes Tim Drake a really likeable teen superhero. The art makes him look a little dorky, but it fits with the mystical nature of this short story, not to mention the appearance of the creepy Klarion the Witch Boy. I think I'm going to stick with this series.

Mystery in Space #5 of 8 reveals the shocking and gruesome secret of the psychic monks! The Weird has a revelation about Hardcore Station (with a simply adorable break of the fourth wall)! This is a fun sci-fi read, but I'm having problems getting behind the redesign of Captain Comet's costume, not to mention the name change to just "Comet." It's very reminiscient of the extreme nineties era of comics. At least he doesn't have a tattoo on his eye. Still, Captain Comet proves he is the best psychic in space, and that's some good old-fashioned comic bookery!

The Flash #8 has the fastest man alive falling right into Inertia's trap! That little punk gets all literary on The Flash, but the scarlet speedster beats it quickly. Hee hee. The Flash. Quickly. I make pun. Anyhoo, there's also a showdown with Mota, a glimpse of things to come, and a split-second rescue with an appropriate reward from the damsel-in-distress. I like The Flash and I'm enjoying this series. I'm curious to see what happens next month when a new writer hops on board.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #14 is, like, totally my guilty pleasure in comics. This charmingly written series never fails to make me smile, but in this issue nobody's really smiling. Is Peter's secret out? Did Gwen betray his trust? Skipping class, locker room confessionals, dashed hopes for breakups... high school drama has never been so entertaining to read! Look out, MJ! Pete's maaad at you.

I love, love, LOVE Doctor Strange: The Oath #4 of 5. He hasn't been written this well in ages. From his "ghastly" defeat of the Marrakant Hellguard to a shocking revelation about The Ancient One and the Panacea, this series is building up to quite a climax! The Sorcerer Supreme is really shining again, and I could not be happier. I particularly liked Night Nurse's notes on Strange's powers. My friends in Boston would be proud.

And finally, the end is near in week thirty-eight of the amazing 52. We finally discover just what the hell those mad scientists have been building on Oolong Island! Who knew Egg Fu had such a lovely reading voice? There's trouble within Infinity Inc! Luthor's plan is nearly exposed! And Renee Montoya makes a last ditch effort to save Charlie in Nanda Parbat... if she can only find it. Heartbreak, adventure, mad science. I love this book.