A good batch of comics this week. Here’s what I’m looking at.
- 50 GIRLS 50 #1 (OF 4) - Only for Frank Cho. Only for Frank Cho…
- ACTION COMICS #901
- ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #6 (OF 6) - I’m missing one issue from being able to dive into this. I imagine Jason Aaron’s Spider-Man is awesome, because his Wolverine is.
- BATMAN BEYOND #6 - I’m caught up through BB #4 and enjoying this as much as I did the mini. Starting off the ongoing with a Justice League appearance was a good call in establishing Terry’s place in the DCU.
- DETECTIVE COMICS #877
- FEAR ITSELF #3 (OF 7)
- FF #4
- FLASHPOINT #2
- GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #3- This title is everything I could possible want from a Godzilla book. The monsters are emerging and they’re not going to let humans stand between them and…well, doing whatever they want. The highlight of issue #2 was Anguirus turning into a spiky ball and rolling through the countryside. In this issue the monsters get named for dubious reasons, but at least we’re getting them named. The political commentary is boring me, but the story is still progressing nicely.
- GREEN LANTERN #66
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #60
- GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #10
- HERC #4
- HEROES FOR HIRE #8
- HULK #34
- KIRBY GENESIS #0 - “Even better than seeing Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross team up again is seeing them doing it with Jack Kirby’s characters. I’m really looking forward to this.” I wrote that last week, then I read the book. The creators are top-notch, but these are a hodge-podge of Kirby characters you’ve never heard of and don’t care about. I’m also tiring of the Kirby homages. To really honor the man, create a new universe from scratch, don’t recycle his. And yes, Ross and Busiek have both done this, so it’s a somewhat inconsequential exercise.
- SECRET AVENGERS #13
- SUPER DINOSAUR #2 - This is the only book on the list I’m not picking up. Issue #1 and the FCBD Orign Special were fine and all, but seemed to be a bit more dumbed down that necessary, even for an “all-ages” book. In fact, it reads more like a pilot for Cartoon Network’s Saturday programming than anything else.
- THUNDERBOLTS #158
- UNCANNY X-FORCE #11
- VENOM #3
- WOLVERINE #9
Unlike Super Dinosaur, Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors is an all-ages book done right. I picked it up on a whim, but I’m glad I did. The story is fun and uncomplicated, but not in a way that makes it a burden for a grown-ass man to read. Mark A. Smith’s story is not overly-complicated, but also not dumbed down. That is, just right. Armand Villavert’s art is stylized a la Mike Oeming, and he creates more cool, unique throwoff characters in the background than we could hope for. This book is a treat, and the secret behind Gladstone and the school leaves enough mystery to leave me
eager to find out where it goes next.
That’s it for this week. What are YOU looking at?