So I have a little bit of a rant against the accepted wisdom of the day. Two things, the recession is over and global warming (climate change) is a man made problem. The second first, many papers outside the US have said it the whole global warming stuff and all the brouhaha about what man has done is not proven fact. A few things have always lead me to believe that to be true, number one the climate has always changed and our measurements are based on seconds in geological time. Also I have lived through dire predictions of food shortages, new ice age coming and overpopulation will destroy the world and none have yet. Finally our climate is so complex and influenced by so many factors it is the pinnacle of hubris to assume we know what causes what. The recession is over is another joke. The government needs us to believe this is true, but what our government has done over the last couple of decades has moved us into an unsustainable position. We have spent more than we can ever pay. We are going to face a reckoning at some time in the future, how that shakes out and what impact it has on our society is still to be determined. The financial meltdown still needs to happen and it will make the last one seem like a minor hiccup. These are my opinions and they are based on more than belief. No real strong reason why I opened this week with a rant other then I get tired of hearing the “news” be given by certain outlets with too much of a viewpoint as opposed to a report on facts.
Okay kicking over my soapbox and getting back to comics, last week was awesome and this week also looks to be full of great stuff. I have to say the winter doldrums are gone and we are roaring into March.
First Wave #1 (of 6) is coming out from DC and since it has one of my favorite artists, Rags Morales, and is about a new continuity I’m really looking forward to it. Brian Azzarello has been inconsistent in his super hero stuff but a world full on non-powered heroes where the thirties and modern technology go hand in hand sounds like a winner. Plus we have a new Spirit and Doc Savage series coming out soon that will round out this new universe.
Wildstorm has a new mini-series starting also with Sparta USA #1 (of 6) with David Lapham as the writer. The tag line is Lapham exposes the rotten core of the American Dream. Not 100% sure I like where that maybe going, but I question many premises of our government today and want to at least check out what is going on in issue #1. I actually have a rarity with 3 Wildstorm books being on my list with Astro City The Dark Age Book Four #2 (of 4) and The Authority #20. Since the revamp with Wildcats and The Authority this issue will have to be really good as I have already cancelled this series after last issue, but I’m giving it a last shot before I drop it.
Vertigo seems to be well represented every week and this week we have Demo #2 (of 6), Cinderella From Fabletown With Love #5 (of 6) and Sweet Tooth #7. The first issue of Demo had a mixed reception from some fans and I agree it was not the strongest story, but having read the Demo trade before I was thought it was still a solid read, if uneventful. Each issue is a one and done, so judging this book is an issue by issue deal. The Cindy mini-series has been enjoyable, but I was hoping for something more spy oriented then action adventure oriented. Finally Sweet Tooth continues to be a solid series and I’m looking forward to learning more about exactly what is going on with the half animal children.
From the regular DCU we have Adventure Comics #8 which promise to get deeper into why some any of the Legion of Super Heroes are hanging out in the 21st Century. Of course anyone who reads my columns knows what a fan I am of the Legion and seeing this Legion is just icing on the cake.
The rest of the DCU is a mixed bag with Batman Confidential #42, continuing Sam Keith’s arc, Detective Comics #862 as Batman and Batwoman are involved in cases that will connect, the Great Ten #5 (of 10) continues to impress as each issue highlights one of the characters. Also coming out is Milestone Forever #2 (of 2) ending the Milestone Universe I believe and ushering those characters into the main DCU and Warlord #12 which I’m still on the fence about continuing. The rest is Jonah Hex #53, JSA All Stars #4, Justice League Cry for Justice #7 (of 7) and Nemesis the Imposters #1 (of 4). Nemesis is interesting as they tried to make him Wonder Woman’s boy friend and that did not work and have now trotted him out in two mini-series almost back to back. Not sure how he become a favorite inside DC but they are giving this character a chance.
A solid week for indies with the always enjoyable Chew #9, Sword #22, Underground #5 (of 5), Grendel Behold the Devil HC and Crossed #9 (of 9). Crossed has been the bleakest post apocalyptic story on the market and I was surprised to hear that a second series by David Lapham is coming out after this book. I’m very curious to see how Garth Ennis is going to wrap this up as he has made this book be about people who survived the event, but really have no hope left in their lives. This is a very tough book mentally in addition to the scenes of the Crossed’s depravity.
Marvel has Invincible Iron Man #24, Mighty Avengers #34, Realm of Kings Son of Hulk #2 (of 4), Spider-Man Noir Eyes Without a Face #4 (of 4), Starr Slayer TP A Star is Born and Ultimate Comic Avengers #5 coming out. My friend Rusty was singing the praises of Star Slayer so I decided to just wait it out and get the trade to read it all at once. Still the price point sucks as it was four issues at $4 per book which should equal $16, but Marvel has jacked the trade price to $20, a hefty jump and one I’m usually unwilling to make.
For whatever reason this is a lighter week for me and depending on my mood and what a brief flip through of the book shows me I may pick up Girl Comics #1 (of 3) from Marvel, X-Men Hope One-Shot, Stephen Kings N #1 (of 4), and Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #l. An odd week as normally I have either committed to try something or not, but lighter weeks allow me to consider trying different stuff.