Monday, June 01, 2009

What I’m Getting Wednesday June 3

One thing that happens to me and I’m sure other people is that when you criticize one thing, you are assumed to be for something else. I have experienced some people thinking that because I’m against what Obama has been doing so far to assume I was for Bush. It is annoying since I thought that the Bush administration was horrible. During Bush the government grew larger then ever before and he was spending us into oblivion. Add onto that the Constitution was apparently a nice document, but not really important. So imagine my chagrin when I thought Obama could not be any worse (I voted for Ron Paul – via a write in). Instead we get a spending bill that increases the size of the deficit by three times what Bush did and an expansion of the Federal Government to even more gargantuan proportions. Add into that the Obama administration is continuing the trend of trying to put more controls on us and further reduce true freedoms (see the internet bill they are doing now). My question is why are my only choices a soft form of Fascism or a socialist regime? Ron Paul for President in 2012 – I’m starting the campaign early.

The books I’m looking forward to most this week are:

Batman and Robin #1 – Finally we get to see Dick Grayson as Batman for at least a year (Prodigal Son hardly counted) and I have to say that having Damien as Robin makes for a more interesting dynamic for story telling then Tim Drake. My big hope is that Dick remains Batman for awhile even after Bruce comes back. The word “Written by Grant Morrison: Art and Cover by Frank Quitely. "Batman Reborn" begins here! With the reunited team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3,New X-Men), this first issue kicks off a 3-part story arc that can't be missed! The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!”

Chew #1 – The premise and the cover sold this baby to me. I love the odd premise and the cover art shows promise, all we need to see if the actual execution against the idea i s done well. The pitch “Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It's a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn't bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu's secret. They have plans for him... whether he likes it or not. Presenting a twisted new series about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants, written by JOHN LAYMAN (Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four and PUFFED) with mind-blowing art by astonishing comics newcomer ROB GUILLORY.”

Irredeemable #3 – Right now this series is the best new series of 2009 for me and I’m hard pressed to see anything that will be challenging it. Mark Waid and Peter Krause are doing a tremendous job with this story in what is shaping up to be a seminal run for both creators. Your are selling yourself short by not getting this book. The hype “Irredeemable dares to ask the question: what if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world¹s greatest villain? Does Plutonion's past hold the key to his current deadly rampage? Or does it even matter?”

The Mighty #5 – A different take on the Superman type character, but it is also a very strong book. This and Irredeemable are exploring the dark side of things, but both are there own thing. What’s inside “Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne; Art by Chris Samnee; Cover by Dave Johnson. After last issue's shocking finale, Gabriel Cole finds himself faced with a terrifying new threat. And it's the only menace on Earth that his ally Alpha One can't help him vanquish! Writers Tomasi and Champagne welcome the stunning art of new series regular Chris Samnee (CHECKMATE) as the saga of THE MIGHTY reveals its true shape!”

Scalped #29 – After two weak weeks I love having strong series like this show up to renew my faith in comics. Every book does not need to be a home run, but the last two weeks have been too many decent and bad books and not enough very good or great books. The marketing blather “Written by Jason Aaron; Art by R.M. Guera; Cover by Jock. Just when you thought Dash Bad Horse was already pushed as far over the edge as he could be, along comes the dramatic conclusion to "High Lonesome" to push him a little farther. The Crazy Horse Casino is being robbed, and a drugged-out Dash is forced to help in order to protect his greatest secret. But it's not just his secret that's on the line here – his life, his sanity and perhaps his very soul face dire consequences.”

Secret Six #10 – Gail Simone best work and every issue so far has been an enjoyable read. I’m never anticipating where Gail is taking us as I just trust it be fun and well done. The company line “Written by Gail Simone; Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood; Cover by Daniel LuVisi. Where have all the forgotten heroes and villains of the DCU been? The Six are blackmailed by someone claiming to be their old boss, Mockingbird, into a brand-new mission taking them into the heart of the metahuman slave trade! And former Wonder Woman Artemis returns in the most brutal Secret Six story yet!”

The rest of the list:

Agents of Atlas #6 - Disturbing visions plucked from the malignant mind of Norman Osborn lead the intrepid Agents to the darkest depths of the Atlantic Ocean, where Namora must have words with her infamous cousin - The Sub-Mariner! What happens next shocks her team, who must prepare to say goodbye to their aquatic avenger! Also Breast Book of the week!

Astro City the Dark Age Book Three #2 (of 4) - Written by Kurt Busiek; Art by Brent Anderson; Cover by Alex Ross. Royal Williams tries to keep his nose clean, and his brother Charles recovers from being shot. But Pyramid and E.A.G.L.E. are both after Royal, and Charles only makes matters worse. The shadows are closing in, and both brothers may be caught up in the coming storm...

Atomic Robo Shadow from Beyond Time #2 (of 5) - A true Lovecraftian horror rampages through New York City. Armed with nothing but Charles Forst and a pair of Tesla-built Lightning Guns, Atomic Robo must stop the Shadow from Beyond Time before it swallows the world in darkness - forever!

Authority #11 - Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning ; Art by Simon Coleby ; Cover by Simon Coleby. Apollo has been missing for weeks now, and the Midnighter and The Authority assume the worst. What's happened to their Sun God? And as the Carrier is slowly brought back to life, it's left the team with the unpleasant task of cleansing the lower decks of vermin. But what they find buried deep within could change their fortunes for good!

Conan The Cimmerian #11 - Not content to sit back and wait for Natohk to arrive to destroy the city of Khoraja, Conan leads his men to meet the Stygian wizard in open combat. As Amalric's mercenaries and the remaining soldiers of Khoraja march impressively out of the city, Natohk's horrifying army-backed by dark magic and otherworldly beasts-acquires yet another powerful weapon. What chance do mortal men have? Conan must deal with dissension and class conflict in his own ranks and the strange visions and revelations of Princess Yasmela before he can hope to defeat Natohk's hordes. Even though his men trust and respect him, the aristocrats resent his presence and are waiting for him to stumble so that they can fulfill their own selfish ambitions! And what news does a Zamorian thief bring out of the desert? Tim Truman (Scout, Grimjack), Tomás Giorello (Star Wars), and José Villarrubia (Kull, City of Others) continue their faithful adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "Black Colossus," with another stunning cover by Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Dark Ivory)!

Daredevil Omnibus By Brubaker & Lark HC Volume 1 - Written by ED BRUBAKER Penciled by MICHAEL LARK, STEFANO GAUDIANO, DAVID AJA, LEE WEEKS, MARKO DJURDJEVIC, JOHN ROMITA SR., GENE COLAN, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, ALEX MALEEV & LEE BERMEJO Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC Longtime DD fans will not be disappointed as the critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark leave their mark on one of comics' most enduring legends! For the past few years, Matt Murdock's life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, he finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell's Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall, just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? And if you think Matt's life is going to start getting simpler after that, think again! As he tries to find a way to move forward, a threat from his past begins to creep toward daylight. And with the post-Civil War fallout all around him, he finds himself fighting a battle on both fronts of his life: in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen! Nominated for three Eisner Awards - Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team! Collecting DAREDEVIL #82-105.

Dark Avengers #5 - When the public is reminded of Norman's terrible past, Norman's wheeling and dealing becomes a public concern. Plus, some of the Avengers are getting frisky with each other, and that can't be good. Plus the return of...the Cabal!

Dead Run #1 - "'All Speed. No Limits.' The end isn't's here. America has become a wasteland, leaving the few cities that remain transformed into impenetrable fortresses. Nick Masters isn't just a driver, he's the best there is. If you need something picked-up, delivered, or disposed of, Nick's your man. And he's all business. But when he fails to deliver an important package to a local crime lord, Nick's business suddenly becomes very personal..."

Farscape Strange Detractors #3 (of 4) - As the in-fighting intensifies with the Moya crew, time is running out for Crichton to put an end to the violence. Not mention the fate of a planet hangs in the balance (again)!

Final Crisis Aftermath Run #2 (of 6) - Written by Matthew Sturges; Art by Freddie E. Williams II; Cover by Kako. Cars explode! Fireworks explode! People explode! Surprise villains make appearances…and explode! Get ready to run as the Human Flame ends up finding a new "benefactor" who may grant him a fate worse than death. Did we mention the explosions? Good, because this issue has tons of them.

House of Mystery #14 - Written by Matthew Sturges ; Art by Luca Rossi and Jose Marzan Jr. and Gilbert Hernandez; Cover by Esao Andrews. As Fig's Dad and Harry make their way back home, Peter reveals one of the House's key mysteries – the identity of their captor – and Harry realizes he knew it all along. Meanwhile, Rina spills her guts, the Thinking Man's Army joins forces with the Coachman, and werewolves and suicide bombers wreak havoc. Plus, the short story "Maidenhead" illustrated by comic book legend Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, SLOTH)!

Jersey Gods #5 - Barock and the gods of Neboron have been caught in the aftermath of a cataclysmic explosion that has left them floating lifeless in space. Meanwhile, on Earth, the Chinese Mafia have kidnapped Zoe - and are threatening to end her life! Is there no one in the Universe who can save her? This is the stunning conclusion to the first arc of JERSEY GODS -- a story so HUGE that we had to push MARK WAID and JOE INFURNARI’s continuing back up tale to the next issue. You don’t want to miss this!

Jonah Hex #44 - Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray: Art and Cover by Cristiano Cucina. The "Six Gun War" epic starts here! Quentin Turnbull is out for vengeance on the man he believes is responsible for killing his son – and that man is Jonah Hex! Bullets, broads and banditos abound in this 6-part story arc. Guest starring El Papagayo, Tallulah Black and the always-charming Bat Lash!

Marvel Masterworks Avengers HC Variant Edition #117 - Written by ROY THOMAS with HARLAN ELLISON Penciled by JOHN BUSCEMA with SAL BUSCEMA, HERB TRIMPE & FRANK GIACOIA Cover by JOHN BUSCEMARascally Roy Thomas and Big John Buscema are back again with another batch of true Avengers classics! They've packed so many fantastic firsts into these pages, there's no time to delay so here we go: First you'll meet a new face in the Marvel Universe, the Native American hero, Red Wolf! Then, it's all-out invasion when the Zodiac take over Manhattan, followed by the first appearance of the Defender-to-be, Valkyrie and the Lady Liberators. Then comes a set of other-dimensional threats that helped defined a decade: the sword-and-sorcery menace, Arkon, and the evil super-team, the Squadron Sinister. Follow that up with the origin of the Black Panther, and a crossover classic penned by Roy and the award-winning titan of speculative fiction, Harlan Ellison, that pits the Avengers with the Hulk in an adventure that changed ol' Greenskin forever. With guest-star appearances by Peter Parker, Aunt May, the Fantastic Four, Black Widow, the Inhumans' Medusa, Professor X and Roy Thomas himself there's no denying that the entire Marvel Universe has fallen in for this one, so reserve that copy today, True Believer! Collecting AVENGERS #80-88 & INCREDIBLE HULK #140.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #25 - What would be the greatest heist of all time? Breaking into the First National Bank? The Tower of London? Fort Knox? No. It'd be knocking over the BAXTER BUILDING! But why would HANK PYM want to rip off MR. FANTASTIC? And are the other AVENGERS ready to become Earth's Mightiest Cat Burglars? Part one of the all-new MIGHTY AVENGERS/FANTASTIC FOUR throwdown starts here!

New Mutants #2 - “RETURN OF LEGION” One of the most dangerous X-Villains of all time is back and he’s targeted the New Mutants. Last time Legion reared his head, he created the Age of Apocalpyse. Do Cannonball, Karma, Magma, Moonstar and Magik have much hope of stopping him now?

Punisher Max HC Volume 5 - Written by GARTH ENNIS Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN & GORLAN PARLOV Cover by TIM BRADSTREET Barracuda's back. The most dangerous foe the Punisher has ever faced has found a chink in his enemy's armor, one even Frank Castle himself doesn't know about. Heart full of blackest hate and loving every minute of it, he's out to crush the vigilante to pulp - and take his time over killing what remains. But Castle has a lifetime of slaughter behind him, and who knows how lethal he might yet become? Then, watch as Garth Ennis concludes his seminal run on Punisher in style. Thirty-five years ago, the Fifth Cavalry disgorged their troops on an isolated Vietnamese hilltop and was met by a scene of utter devastation. The final body count ran to well over seven-hundred -- almost two-hundred of them American soldiers. Standing alone amidst the carnage, a sole survivor: Captain Frank Castle. Now, the Punisher is about to face his stiffest test: He's hunted big game in his day, but none as big as this. Five men with unlimited resources. Men who'd put anything between themselves and the Punisher's bullet. Men who know exactly who he is -- and how to fight him. Collecting PUNISHER #50-60.

Seaguy the Slaves of Mickey Eye #3 (of 3) - Written by Grant Morrison: Art and Cover by Cameron Stewart. Seaguy returns to Mickey Eye Park, and he's welcomed back by the most shocking challenge of all – the sensational Super Hero wedding of She-Beard and Seadog, captain of the Seadogs and maritime heroes of the Dad Age! Is Seaguy willing to destroy the world as he knows it to stop a marriage? You bet…

Strange Adventures #4 (of 8) - Written by Jim Starlin; Art by Manuel Garcia and Al Milgrom and Rafael Albuquerque; Cover by Jim Starlin and Rob Hunter. Adam Strange faces near omnipotent power, forcing him to seek out Comet for help. However, upon reaching Hardcore Station, Strange is brutally mugged, and Comet deals harshly with an uninvited houseguest. Bizarro arrives on Hardcore Station, but Chief Justice Max is not welcoming him with open arms.

Superman World of New Krypton #4 (of 12) - Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank. A new planet suddenly appearing in any space sector would demand the scrutiny of the Green Lantern Corps. When the planet in question is New Krypton and the space sector is 2814, it means Kandor City gets a visit from Hal Jordan and John Stewart, with Daxamite Sodam Yat along for good measure. But what starts as a good-will mission soon becomes a manhunt for some of the Phantom Zone's most deranged and dangerous criminals and leads ultimately to dire conflict between the Corps and Zod's Military Guild – with Superman caught in the middle!

Ultimate Spider-Man #133 - The end of an era? The last issue of Ultimate Spider-Man? Peter Parker is Spider-Man no more? Is Spider-Man dead and gone in the events of Ultimatum? This final issue will leave you jaw-on-the-floor shocked at the turn of every page!

Universal War One Revelations #3 (of 3) - The last survivors of the Purgatory squadron reach the end of their terrifying journey knowing who destroyed the Earth and why. The answers to these questions will haunt them forever. The Industrial Colonization Companies have done the unthinkable and irreparable by destroying the crib of humanity and its twenty billion inhabitants. Lost in this nightmarish future the Purgatory fleet will discover that their journey is only part of a terrifying vicious cycle. No matter what action they took, humanity was doomed. Will the first universal war ever come to an end?

War of Kings #4 (of 6) - The Shi’Ar/Inhuman war reaches its most savage level yet! Emperor Vulcan goes for the kill strike, but does he have more enemies on the field of battle…or at home? Meanwhile, Black Bolt discovers that the Inhumans are not quite the happy family he thought they were! It’s explosive action and universe-changing twists from the DnA/Pelletier War Of Kings team

Warlord #3 - Written by Mike Grell; Art by Chad Hardin and Walden Wong; Cover by Mike Grell. Darkness falls! The Warlord and his companions have made it to the Shadow Lands, but the evil power that has seized those lands isn't planning a warm welcome! Does their only hope lie with a surface-worlder?

Werewolves on the Moon versus Vampires #1 (of 3) - Through all of history, on the night of the full moon, the bloodcurdling cries of werewolves have pierced the night sky. For centuries, werewolves have had to content themselves with shortened forays of feral change as dictated by the source of their power -- the moon! But all that is about to change as three werewolf friends -- Ted, Jeff, and Stan, leave Earth and travel to the lunar surface in a quest to become kings of the moon! Unfortunately, Moon Patrol captain Maggie Pilgrim has other plans . . . as does the hive of vampires living on the dark side!

This week’s books that are on the bubble for being canned start with Conan. I doubt I will drop it as Truman is writing it well and the art by Tomas Giorello is great, but I have grown a little weary of Conan, but I think it will pass. Dead Run as a new mini-series is on the short list also as I can no longer consider buying a mini-series to see how it plays out, it must be a very good start, which also encompasses Werewolves on the Moon versus Vampires. Both Dead Run and Werewolves have creative people that I know and like, but I still have to enjoy the first issue. Oddly enough Chew which has a great and odd premise is both most anticipated and could be cut as it is also a new #1. Next up is Mighty Avengers. It is quirky, it has its' moments, I'm just not sure I care enough about it to continue much longer. Finally and most likely to be cut is New Mutants. The artwork was bland and last issue was not that exciting, it feels eminently ordinary.

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