Ack, what a heavy week, but full of the good:
Batman: Streets of Gotham #1 – The first of DC’s titles that I’ll be picking up with a co-feature, which looks like its going to be miscellaneous-Gotham-happenings-plus-Manhunter-backup, is off to a solid start, in the front half of the book, we see the straight-for-the-moment Harley Quinn(in a great casual outfit) at the center of a minor scuffle before Commisioner Gordon clears things up, and the new Dynamic Duo give her some words of advice. Then its on to the co-feature, which flashes back and forth just about every other page as Kate transitions to the new role. Setup’s quite nice, the ever-noble attempt to be a DA on the straight and narrow in dirty, dirty Gotham while investigating the murder of the previous DA. Lots of stuff packed into its 10 pages, and well worth the extra dollar to keep her tales going.
Final Crisis Aftermath Dance #2 – Okay, first, how the hell did I not catch Stanley “Artgerm” Lau on the covers for this? That’s completely awesome. As to the story within? Super Young Team continues to be pimped as the image of Japan to keep everyone’s eyes off of whatever horrible post-Crisis state Japan is in, Most Excellent Superbat continues to be most excellent, and Shiny Happy Aquazon sells out. Another solid issue, and I like the angle of the book, unfortunately, there isn’t really much more say about it.
Green Arrow Black Canary #21 – What’s this, an issue with Black Canary front and center? Quite the pleasant turn for me, and perhaps something of a lead-in to the book splitting into the Feature/Co-Feature format in the nearish future (presumably not before this arc finishes). Unless the run’s supposed to have covered a decent chunk of time, that seems like a mighty quick turnaround from traumatic injury to technological supervillain, but whatever, its a clever gimmick that he’s got and this has probably been my favorite arc of the series’ run so far (help by being about, y’know, the title characters).
Outsiders Vol 4 #19 – I’m still undecided on continuing the book, having started picking it up for Cassandra/R.I.P., but now that it seems clear she’s not going to be a part of it, Alfred is the main thing keeping me with it for now. Its a curious cast, but not one I can completely get behind, so its looking more and more likely that it’ll be slipping by the wayside soon.
Power Girl Vol 2 #2 – Outside of perhaps Booster Gold (which I’ve not been keeping up with) and Secret Six, this is easily one of most amusing books DC has going at the moment, and we’re only two issues in! Lots of Power Girl beating up the giant white gorilla, as the Ultrahumanite tries to make good on his plan to put his perfect brain in her perfect body (made rather difficult with her Kryptonian invulnerability). We also get a look into his past, where its revealed that after overcoming the terminal illness that is his ever growing brain, he made sweet, bloody, monkey love to his assistant post-OP.
Cable Vol 2 #15 – The X-Force / Cable crossover is almost at its conclusion, as Stryfe continues to go on about how much better he is, Apocalypse gets back into form, and the bulk of the X-Force squad (plus Deadpool) come across the wholly unexpected appearance of NYX’s Kiden Nixon. Next X-Force sees the conclusion as our team is out of time, Apocalypse is angry, and Hope is in some serious trouble. The crossover’s been pretty fun, and my only real complaint is that I still don’t like the look of Ariel Olivetti’s artwork, just rubs me the wrong way for some reason.
Invincible Iron Man #14 – Heigh ho, heigh ho, its off to Russia we go. Tony’s slow process of wiping his brain continues as makes his way from base to base, Pepper gets herself a codename and finally decides to track Tony down, and Maria, well, Maria seems to be going a bit off the deep end, as she makes attempts to get in touch with Natasha Romanov, the original Black Widow. Highlight? Russia telling Osborn to go and fuck off. A great read, but the inconsistent art (which I’m mostly attributing to the coloring) continues to gnaw at my eyes, argh.
Marvel Zombies 4 #3 – In true zombie fashion, things quickly continue to go from bad to worse. The zombie virus has become a literal storm of body parts, raining blood and gore as it goes, and then sucking it all back up again to continue on its way as it seems to follow Zombie Deadpool and his silent buddy, yummy. Morbius is having an internal meltdown over this, leaving the rest of the team, and Hood, to try figuring out how to get themselves out of this before A.R.M.O.R. decides to nuke the island from orbit. Unfortunately things just got a bit more complicated, Werewolf-by-Night’s just gotten the hunger (go figure), causing Jennifer Kale to make a rather poor decision… On to the finale (and please let there be something other than that horrid Greg Land cover!).
War Machine Vol 2 #7 – Augh, what’s happening with the art! All over the place thanks to the huuuuge number of people on the book, some mandate to make sure it ships on time for some reason(aside from it being a nice thing to do and all that)? War Machine continues his hunt for whoever’s playing with the Ultimo virus, only to find the giant head of Ultimo himself, and really, you can’t go wrong with a fight against a giant robot head. American Eagle shows up again (making Osborn giggle like a little girl over their Thunderbolts tussle), and it seems that War Machine‘s squad of helpers may be getting armors of their own, interesting. Beyond that though, not much to write home about.
Wonderful Wizard Of Oz #7 – The wonderful adapting continues, as Oz grants Dorothy’s companions their heart’s desires (or their heart itself, in one case), while pondering how to get her home (something which the flying monkies are unable to assist with, alas). Finally the balloon is hit upon, but a wayward Toto foils that plan, as they watch Oz disappear forever over the horizon. But all hope is not lost, for its time to go see Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Though the journey is long and perilous, we at last reach her land’s mighty walls… and have to wait for next time, argh. Its an absolutely delightful and gorgeous book, full of whimsy, and I’m seriously considering double dipping to pick it up in its collected fashion.
Executive Assistant Iris #1 – Shameless, I know, but I’m a sucker for tough women and new Aspen books. It’s certainly been the subject of mockery around the internet, but the promise of her not staying in that role very long, combined with the idea that there’s be no small amount of dust ups was enough to get me to pick up the issue. Unfortunately, it hasn’t really done anything to redeem itself in the first full issue, and took a step backwards by ending the issue with her showing us just how much of a ‘perfect servant’ she is for her boss, breaking off a date with a board member that he OK’d to have her come back and be his sex toy, which pretty much makes this an entirely misogynistic work so far. That pretty much assured it getting dropped, and they’d have to come up with something epic in having her break from this lifestyle to make it worth even the slightest bit of further attention.
Groom Lake #3 – The scifi hijinks continue as our little drunken Grey pilots his UFO out of the Groom Lake facility with cohorts in tow, evade capture by nonexistant military super aircraft, and make with the sightseeing before deciding that maybe they better do something about the angry spooky secret agents hunting them down. And then its Klaatu, Barada, Niktu time as the giant alien robot gets loose and calls home. Bring on the angry alien invasion!
Incognito #4 – Brubaker’s superpowered pulp villainy continues, as Zack Overkill finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place, having been discovered letting his frustations out both by his former villainous cohorts and the ‘good guys’ who, after this issue, aren’t nearly so cut and dried good as the would seem. A great read and highly recommended, highly curious to see what other twists are in store as life continues to get worse for the poor man.
Phonogram 2 Singles Club #3 – I’ll get around to reading this eventually, just like the first two issues, I swear… Actually, the nature of the book leads me to think that I’m going to just hold off and read it in one go once its complete.
Red Mass For Mars #3 – Finally! After a 10 month delay, Hickman’s superhero tale sees the light of day once more. It certainly isn’t wasting any time either, as we cover events in 4-5 different time periods showing the sad life of Mars. Given how brutally fast he moved through things here, I can only imagine the remaining issue will deal with his death? Anyhow, go, buy, read. Hickman earns every penny, always. Let’s just hope we don’t have as long a wait on the finale.