Meant to have this up earlier, but I was feeling ill last night after I bought this week's new comic books. Oh well. Better nate than lever, right?
Legion of Monsters: Werewolf by Night #1 is a one-shot comic spotlighting the classic Marvel monster, Werewolf by Night. Shoulda kept the poor wolf in the dark. Sheesh. I had no idea that hillbilly shut-in girls were natural smoking hotties and homeless drifers were sculpted (and perfectly stubbly) male models. Guh. I mean, woof.
The Amazing Spider-Man #538 ties directly in to the conclusion of Civil War, so if you're not reading that you'll have absolutely no freaking clue what's going on in this issue. Come to think of it, I haven't really enjoyed Spidey all that much these past few months. Lots of spider-angst and dramatically repeating the last few words of every sentence. Character development through tough times and introspection is all well and good, but not all the time. Not all the time.
The Helmet of Fate: Black Alice #1 is so far the best issue in the Helmet of Fate series of one-shots that documents the helmet's journey to its new owner. The artwork here is really solid and the writing (done by Gail Simone, who's currently writing The All-New Atom which I love) is fantastic. If only all the goth girls I knew in high school were as magical as Black Alice. Le sigh. It's a one-shot and stands strongly by itself, so do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You'll love it.
The Spirit #3 just blew me away. I love Darwyn Cooke's old-fashioned artwork, but it was the writing, the pacing, and the seamless switching of narrators that hooked me in this issue. And the way the flashback sequence was drawn? Very stylish and very cool. Man, I am loving this series so far. This is classic comic bookery at some of its finest. I hope the momentum continues on this one because it's awesome.
I can only wish that any of my first dates in high school (both of them) were as exciting and eventful as Tim Drake's in Robin #159. The world's most ridiculed sidekick gets as much pop-culture ribbing as Aquaman, but to actually sit down and read his book, which is very well-written and drawn, you get a new look at him. Besides Tim being a likeable guy, in this issue we get to see Batman be both a badass and a father-figure. This is a good series and I'm glad I started reading it.
Things look bad for my favorite magical superhero team in Shadowpact #10. Etrigan beat the snot out of them last issue and stole Blue Devil's trident. Now he can't stop rhyming, Ragman's powerless, Nightshade's got stitches and Nightmaster is on death's door with his own sword through his chest! To top it all off, Blue Devil's gone and made Hell "cool." I'm interested in seeing how this "replacement Shadowpact" will fare against Etrigan, but I just wish the actual team would get the spotlight more often instead of this constant stream of side-characters. Ah well. I still enjoy the book and it's a good, fun read.
I said it last month, but the Fisherman is a dumb idea for a villain. I do, however, appreciate the attempt to make him much freakier and scarier in Aquaman #49 by giving him Lovecraftian motivation and powers. I would've liked more time spent with Aquaman and his buddies this issue, but the "creature-out-of-space" inner monologue was entertaining enough. We'll see what the new creative team does with next month's extra-sized issue. The cover alone has me all giddy.
Superman #659 reminded me why I love the Man of Steel so much. While I didn't like the "Fall of Camelot" storyarc and all of its doom-and-gloom implications, this issue brought me right back where I wanted to be... watching Superman help people because it's the right thing to do. In this issue he recalls a time when a fiercely pious woman believed he was an angel, and all the implications (and complications) that followed. This story could've gone in a hundred bad directions, but the tale turned out to be fantastic and very well-written. I'd recommend picking this one up by itself. You'll enjoy it.
And finally, there's not much I can say about this week's 52 except... wow.