Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Weekly Comics to Come - June 25, 2008

I've been so busy, I keep forgetting to do these. So again, this is after having already read my books for the week. Or at least, some of them, as I forgot to nab some of them at the store, and haven't had a chance to read some of the others. It's a *huge* week.

Bprd Ectoplasmic Man One Shot (Gorgeous artwork from Ben Stenbeck, an intriguing look at the "secret origin" of psychic Johann Kraus)
Conan The Cimmerian #0 (A terrific opener for the new Conan series, as good as the #0 from 2003)
Immortal Iron Fist #16 (Fantastic finale for Fraction and Aja... frustrating that they're setting up a really intriguing status quo, and then somebody else is going to follow up on it. I'm crossing my fingers that Swiercynzski and Foreman can deliver, but I'm not optimistic based on Cable thus far)
Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite TP (Liked this in single issues, *loved* it as a trade, and now I can't wait for more. Gorgeously produced trade, too)
X-Men First Class Vol 2 #13 (After a couple lackluster issues, an issue guest-starring Machine Man and starting a two-parter reinvigorates my love for the series)

Captain America #39 (As always, this is compelling, noir espionage stuff with a great use of Cap's supporting cast)
Demo TP (Nice trade from Vertigo... back matter text not there, though, glad I have the single issues)
Final Crisis #2 (Surprisingly, I kinda dug this second issue. It's got the death/mutilation fetish of Didio's DC, the occasional incomprehensibility of Morrison's in-continuity DC stuff and lame villains, but it's also got some really great moments and a nice epic sense of scale)
Hulk #4 (This really is stupid, over-the-top fun... and McGuinness's art is gorgeous)
Indiana Jones Adventures Vol 1 TP (A fun adventure starring Indy Jones with terrific artwork, I look forward to more of these)
Jim Butchers Dresden Files #3 (A solid companion to the books... nothing stellar, but solid)
Madame Xanadu #1 (Man, did I want to like this more than I did. Subject matter and approach just bored me to tears, though)
Mighty Avengers #15 (Of course, I didn't hate it and want to throw it across the room like I did with this book. Haven't Hank Pym and the Wasp had enough character assassination? I had hoped that Skrull Hank was going to reverse that, instead Bendis uses it to heighten it further, and turn the Wasp into a slutty alcoholic to boot)
New Avengers #42 (This one, on the other hand, was only mildly annoying, as Bendis continues to rewrite recent continuity to fit his stories)
Pigeons From Hell #3 (Beautiful art, creepy story, I'm really digging this)
Previews #18.7 (Down the Line coming soon... unless I forget that too)
Secret Invasion Runaways Young Avengers #1 (Nice art from Takeshi Miyazawa, kind of meh story)
Superman #677 (James Robinson's return focuses on the Science Police, Atlas, Krypto and Hal Jordan... not terribly inspiring)
Teen Titans #60 (Running out of steam for me... I'll give the next story arc a try, but I think a few issues was all the interest I had)
Thor Ages Of Thunder Reign Of Blood (Loved the first one of these, was kinda bored by this one... maybe there was just too much other good stuff this week)
Thunderbolts #121 (Nice finale to Ellis's Thunderbolts... can't help but feel that there was so much more story if only Ellis's attention span wasn't so damn short)
Uncanny X-Men #499 (Decent, if somewhat uninspired, finale to the San Francisco story. I'm not loving any of the X-Men books at the moment... but I am finding them casually readable for the first time in many years)
What If Fantastic Four Tribute To Mike Wieringo (A fun, beautiful looking book)
Wolverine First Class #4 (Kind of fun... not as engaging as X-Men First Class, but still kind of fun)
X-men Legacy #213 (I should hate this book, given that it stars the worst of the '90s X-Men detritus, but nice artwork and Carey's ability to weave a compelling conspiracy/thriller narrative is working for me)

Avengers Initiative #14 (I want to see how Gage explains the Hank Pym situation, and I'm digging his use of weird third- and fourth-stringers on this book)
Caliber #3 (Wasn't wowed by the second issue of this fantasy/western, but I love the concept and really enjoyed the first issue and I want to keep up with it)
Ex Machina Deluxe Edition Vol 1 HC (Probably won't buy this, as I've got the trades, but I'm hoping to read the extras from a friend's copy)
Gantz Vol 1 (Curious to check out this new manga)
House Of M Avengers TP (Not sure I'm going to buy this, but it was such a fun use of some of my favorite Marvel characters, I think I will)
Jack Of Fables Vol 3 The Bad Prince TP (Competely spaced picking this up, but I've switched to reading in trade, so this will be all new to me)
Love And Capes #7 (I think I'm actually two issues behind on this... I need to catch up)
Proof #9 (Given how into this book I am lately, I can't believe I forgot to read it... hope we didn't sell out)

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