My brother Ken and I had another fun time fishing Sunday morning landing 22 fish in just under 3 hours before windy conditions forced us to stop. Sunday afternoon’s comic book reading time was pre-empted by the end of the London 2012 Olympics. Penny and I watched live coverage of the closing ceremonies until we had to leave for a Jee family BBQ at my brother Kelly’s house. The Canadian athletes made me feel proud.
Spider-Men #4 – This is the best Spider-Man team-up story ever. W-Brian Bendis and A-Sara Pichelli should make this an annual event like the old JLA/JSA team-ups. Miles and Peter as rooky and veteran could develop over time into student and mentor. This comic wins “Most Times Taking Off My Glasses To Wipe Away Tears” award. Geez the scenes with the UU Aunt May, Gwen and MJ near to killed me. Maybe it’s because I’m getting up around May Parker’s age. I really don’t want Peter to leave the UU and return to his home dimension now but I know that’s what’s going to happen in next issue’s conclusion. Poopypants.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #3 – There are bad Homo Abomibus and the there are not so bad Homo Abomibus. What a fun name for monsters. The not so bad ones are the ones that Agent Hobbes is trying to recruit for his Dracula hunt.
Archer & Armstrong #1 – W-Fred Van Lente and A-Clayton Henry bring the mismatched duo back to the racks and I thought it was pretty good. I remember this being my favourite Valiant book during their heyday because I liked the characters a lot. I liked this enough to read the next issue. Didn’t Peter David write this back in the day for a while?
The Creep #0 – Oxel Karnhus is a private eye who has a medical condition called Acromegaly, hence the nickname. He looks a little like Andre the Giant. When an old flame contacts him about her son’s suicide he can’t resist helping her out. I love mysteries and W-John Arcudi and A-Jonathan Case have hooked me with this one.
Sensational Spider-Man #33.1 – Why the Hades didn’t they just number this 34? These point one issue numbers must drive collectors crazy. We’re seeing this title on the racks again because it’s Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary. Here we have a human trafficking story featuring Carlie Cooper and the newest Vulture. Continuity carers should note that this story takes place soon after Jonah Jameson became mayor of New York City. W-Tom DeFalco and A-Carlo Barberi do a stalwart job on this story and I will read the next issue to find out what happens.
The Massive #3 – Violence is inevitable. We can be striving for world peace and sing “All You Need Is Love” all we want but sooner or later someone is going to want something that you’ve got and there’s going to be conflict. It’s just natural. The ideas espoused in this comic book are admirable but impossible to achieve. I wish these people luck. Otherwise this is a terrific story and I can’t wait to see where the Kapital is sailing next.
Conan #7 – I’m amazed that W-Brian Wood can go from modern eco-warrior in “The Massive” to sword wielding barbarian stories so adeptly. Conan and Belit’s relationship is stressed as the lovers return to Conan’s homeland of Cimmeria. They are back in the harsh north to clear Conan’s name. Belit is like a fish out of water and I can’t wait for her to cut loose on some barbarian butt.
Fury Max #5 – W-Garth Ennis shows what might have happened if the C.I.A. actually had a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro during J.F.K.’s administration. Now Nick is deep in enemy territory.
Creator-Owned Heroes #3 – This is worth reading for the fascinating insights into some of the creators featured here. Oh, and the stories are a lot of fun too.
Buffy Season 9 #12 – In part 2 of “Guarded” one of Buffy’s allies pull a double cross. One can never trust a demon ya know.
The Strain #7 – These monsters are scarier than zombies, vampires and werewolves. It’s the body piercing tongue that gets me.
Punk Rock Jesus #2 – I keep waiting for the fundamentalists to come out of the woodwork to condemn this mini.
Fairest #6 – The first story arc ends with a touch of happily ever after.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2 – Wow, I haven’t been this impressed with Len Wein’s writing since I was a wide eyed teenager reading his Swamp Things 40 years ago. Most writers from that era make me roll my eyes as I read their work now, but Len makes me wish the issue would never end. I can’t wait for the next one.
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