Once again a day late, but here they are nonetheless.
These are the new comics I bought this week.
Martian Manhunter #8 of 8 brought this tale of intrigue, conspiracy and race-relations to its conclusion. I loved this series but had mixed feelings about this last issue. Most of the "big reveal" ending, which was a joyously unexpected twist, relies on the reader already knowing a lot about Martian Manhunter's history. There's plenty of exposition to bring you up-to-speed, but it just didn't have the same effect on me, who's only just recently gotten to liking J'onn J'onzz. This series ended on a high note, however, and I'm a sucker for optimistic endings. Overall this was a great mini-series that really showed off just how freaking awesome the Martian Manhunter is. Pick this one up if you get the chance.
Tales of the Unexpected #6 of 8 really disturbed me and made me laugh my ass off. I was disturbed with the subject of the first tale, which always features The Spectre, because it deals with the broad-daylight kidnapping of children by disgusting perverts. I like some reality in my comics, but this was just a little too dark and gritty for me and left me with a chill, even though the ending was both subtle and horrifically brutal. I laughed my ass off, as I usually do, with the adventures of the hapless Doctor Thirteen and the group of DCU rejects. Between the ghost pirates battling Mount Rushmore and a talking vampire gorilla with fascist leanings... man. This is pure gold.
Thunderbolts #112 has, once again, a lot of people talking about what already happened and what's going to happen next. Granted the last issue (which I forgot to review) was an awesome, action-packed, beautifully drawn and ultimately very sad. Poor Jack Flag. Still, while nothing actually happens in this issue, the dialogue is fantastic and the artwork is beautiful. The one page featuring Stan Lee was worth buying this issue alone.
It takes a lot to make the world's biggest pop-culture superhero joke respectable, and it takes a whole lot more to make him downright badass. Robin #160 shows that Tim Drake is a great detective, a smart fighter and a compassionate superhero. I never thought I'd turn a page and say, "Wow, Robin looks pretty intimidating in that picture." It should be noted that Robin doesn't wear the little green shorts anymore. Now he's got a cool red-and-black outfit with a cape resembling Batman's. With solid writing and artwork, this book will seriously surprise you. Give the Boy Wonder a chance.
Ghost Rider #9 was a disappointingly quick read. I guess that happens when an issue is mostly brawling and not much dialogue. The story didn't advance too much here, but the sequences were pretty nifty and the very last page was just plain jaw-dropping. It's nice to see Ghost Rider on the move again.
Moon Knight #8 technically takes place in the past, since it's set during the Civil War and, oh yeah, Captain America's not dead. Again, there's a lot of standing around talking about stuff in this issue. Which is good, because it really established that Moon Knight is a lunatic and a "hero" in the very loosest of terms. I also happen to agree whole-heartedly with Moon Knight's stance on Civil War as a whole. Bad because I wanted something to happen. The rant on the last page about the current state of superhero costumes was hilarious, though.
Mystery in Space #7 of 8 is bringing the conflict over Hardcore Station to a head. The corrupt Eternal Light Corporation ("Praise the Profit!") is out to get Captain Comet by any means necessary, even killing an entire sector of people. Captain Comet is an old-school hero, but this series has made him young again and much more like a tough-guy action-star superhero. He solves everything by beating the bad guys up with his mind. And The Weird always seems to be getting the raw end of the deal, either getting knocked out or brainwashed or psychically tricked, this poor guy deserves a break! His inner monologue is some of my favorite writing in this entire series.
Superman #660 showcases one of the Man of Steel's more colorful opponents, The Prankster. He's an old-fashioned type of villain who's more of an artist and a performer than a badass thug or a lunatic murderer, so I immediately like him. I just wish this issue had more, y'know, Superman in it! He's only got the book named after him! And the "Camelot Falls" story had very little Superman, too! I swear, I'd like to pick up this title one day and actually see the big guy himself in the spotlight. Sheesh. The Prankster is pretty cool, though, so I can't be too upset with this month's issue.
And finally, things just all go straight to hell in week forty-five of 52. Black Adam was doing so well with his own family. He really was. Now he's gone all loony-toony and basically kills everybody in a neighboring country. Literally. Everyone. That's pretty much all that happens in this issue, besides the entire world going "Holy crap!" Still, it's not pleasant to read and it's just sad to see how far he falls and how quickly it happens. I can't wait to see what happens next.
I'm heading off to visit the ladyfriend's family this weekend, and I'm leaving today. I've gotten enough strips finished to cover my absence so hopefully y'all won't notice that I'm gone.
Oh yeah. I guess I didn't get to putting up a new forum this week. Whoops. :(