I went up north for the first time in a long time with Penny to celebrate her brother’s 70th birthday. Thanks to Helen, Heather, Rebecca and Becky for allowing me the peace of mind to get away from the store for a couple of days. It was a beautiful weekend for driving through Algonquin Park but I suffered twangs of envy every time I saw someone towing a boat. I imagined them on their way to go fishing and wished that I could go with them.
Not many comic books read this past week so another little off the rack column.
Hit-Girl #2 – This is like a Spider-Man Punisher team-up.
National Comics: Eternity #1 – DC is doing a bunch of $3.99 one-shots under the National Comics banner and this first one by W-Jeff Lemire and A-Cully Hamner stars Kid Eternity. This kid hasn’t been on the racks in a while and I’ve forgotten what his shtick is but Jeff and Cully did a great job making things crystal clear. It’s a nice little murder mystery that made me want to see more Kid Eternity stories by these guys.
Elephantmen #41 – Some might wish that people convicted of crimes against humanity could be sentenced to the form of punishment shown in this issue. It is certainly fitting.
Avengers #28 – There aren’t many artists better suited to draw an epic battle between the Rulk and the X-Men than Walter Simonson. George Perez maybe. You might think you got ripped off by being forced to buy an issue of The Hulk, but the Avengers are in here at the end. Really.
American Vampire #29 – If you think politics make strange bedfellows, try vampire slaying.
Resident Alien #3 – W-Peter Hogan and A-Steve Parkhouse reveal the killer’s identity in this conclusion. I don’t remember seeing the killer before but this is more about the alien among us that the murder mystery. I hope to see Doctor Harry on the racks again.
Amazing Spider-Man #690 – I would like to see Madame Web show up just once with good news instead of ominous portents of the future. Doesn’t she ever see happy things happening to people? It was great how Carlie Cooper used her investigative powers of observation to out Doctor Connor even though my own Spidey sense alerted me to the old Nick Fury eye patch switcheroo too.
Before Watchmen: Comedian #2 – This issue is called “I Get Around” as the Comedian gets sent to Vietnam just before the war starts there. That Beach Boys song is timely but it’s too bad Kansas’s “Carry On My Wayward Son” came out in the next decade because it’s a more accurate title for this story.
Aquaman #11 – Black Manta reveals what he’s really after and now we wait to see what he’s going to use it for. Yeah, I know Aquaman will beat the villain in the end but it’s fun watching the progression of his revenge.
X-Treme X-Men #1 – W-Greg Pak and A-Stephen Segovia have found a way to give Dazzler her own book, sort of. She’s one of a handful of super heroes on a mission to save the multiverse. We need another team of X-Men on the racks like we need a hole in the head but hey, this one isn’t half bad. That would be the half with Dazzler and a bodiless floating head Professor X and a kid Nightcrawler. Wolverine and Emma round out the team. I like their first opponents so I just might read the next issue to see how they fare.
Spaceman #8 – One more issue to go to see if Orson saves the kid. A lot of readers told me they got tired of the future speak in this story and stopped reading it. I hope the last issue rewards my tenacity.
The Punisher #13 – Frank and Rachel go undercover to infiltrate a super villain weapons auction. I don’t know why we’ve seen a drop in sales on this book. I think W-Greg Rucka is doing a great job with this team up.
Fury Max #4 – I really miss W-Garth Ennis writing Punisher Max but this is even better. Nick and Frank are cut from the same cloth but Colonel Fury’s emotions are more complex. Here we see Nick getting sucked into the Cuban Missile Crisis. We know from history their plans for Castro fail but I want to see how.
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