Before I get to the comic books, let me spread some love for the comic webs... er, webcomics.
With a slick new layout and the war begun anew, check out Swordwaltzer for some high-quality fantasy warfare.
Mac Hall lives on in Three Panel Soul. Matt Boyd is the voice of his generation. Like a Pepsi. With alcohol.
What else can I say except that Minus is a real gem.
On to the comic bookery.
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #16 was, like every other issue, a breath of fresh air for Spider-Man. You almost forget that he started doing this whole superhero gig when he was fifteen, and this title really captures the high school drama and gossip that rules everyone at that age. And Firestar is adorable in her "retro duds."
The Flash #10 is continuing to really impress me. The new writer that just started last month has brought a real solid voice to Bart Allen and looks to be setting up one hell of a storyarc. The choice to make him pursue the life of a police officer lends a great detective edge to the character. And who thought the Flash could get stuck in Los Angeles traffic? I guess no one is exempt from that.
Shadowpact #11 brings us the showdown between the second-string Shadowpact and Etrigan. I like this title, I really do, but I'd like to see the whole team work together again like they did in the Day of Vengeance miniseries. Singling out team-members and bringing in new recruits is good every so often, but it seems to be happening a lot lately. Oh well. This was still a quality issue with plenty of demon-butt getting kicked and a particularly pious moment for Ragman... but then again, I'm partial to him because he's my favorite.
The spotlight also shifts in The Spirit #4, where our narrator is the hardened and lovely CIA agent Silk Satin. Man. I love this title so much. It's one of the few books that successfully combines old-fashioned comic bookery with modern appeal. Not to mention that the two-page spread of the title in every issue is just plain awesome. This book is a must-read.
I was really looking forward yo Aquaman #50, what with its new creative team, and I can't help but feel a little disappointed. It's a double-sized issue, so that's cool, and the artwork is really unique, which is another bonus. The writing, unfortunately, felt like it was still trying to get its sea-legs (pun intended). The former artist for this book didn't draw the new Aquaman to look young enough, but the new writer is writing him to be too young. In the middle of an undersea sword-and-sorcery epic, it was a bit jarring to get an internet joke. And Topo is quickly becoming the Jar-Jar Binks of this series. And this was his first appearance! I really hope things look up from this rough start, although Aquaman's oath on the last page was pretty nifty. I'm keeping my fins crossed on this one, because Shadowpact had an equally choppy beginning, and now I love it all over again.
Justice Society of America #4, however, lives up to everything I had hoped for. Wildcat's son is awesome and fuzzy. Cyclone's and Damage's inner monologues are not only well written but genuinely affecting, especially given the big mistake Damage makes. I especially got a shiver up my geekhood when I saw the new team assembled at their table, old vets and rookies alike. I give the JSA a big thumbs-up.
And finally, things were definitely looking bad for the mad scientists of Oolong Island in week forty-six of 52, but their stand against Black Adam was not only surprisingly effective but freaking hilarious. And Lex Luthor? I never knew I could love and hate a villain in the same breath while he eats a sandwich. Only six issues left and I do not want this masterpiece to end. *whimper*