I’ve got the September blahs. I am hoping for one more fishing trip before storing the boat but it will be dependant on weather. It was pretty cold Sunday morning so I was glad not to be out on the lake shivering my butt off with the duck hunters blasting away. I still needed to get outdoors so I took a nice bike ride and hung out with my brother for a while at his house. We were back there for dinner and celebrated my mom’s 75th birthday along with a belated one for our niece. I ate too much again.
AVX #11 - The penultimate issue was an awesome display of W-Brian Bendis, P-Olivier Coipel and I-Mark Morales's power to produce an amazing comic book reading experience. The seed for A+X begins here. I predict suicide by Phoenix Force to be how this story ends.
Team 7 #0 - I heard someone ask "What's Team 7?" on Wednesday and I would describe them as the Boys of the New 52 U. If you haven't read the Boys by W-Garth Ennis you should check out his take on one way to deal with super-powered people. DC’s team of seven extraordinary people have been assembled to protect humanity from the metahumans. It's a mix of old DCU and Wildstorm characters and should have a broad appeal for fans of spandex comic books.
Jennifer Blood: First Blood #1 - W-Mike Carroll and A-Igor Vitorino translate Jennifer's diary for us in comic book form. This is the diary that got Jen's husband Andrew in so much doo doo. It's an interesting back story detailing the start of her journey to avenge her father's murder by her uncles. Too bad the interior art wasn't as nice as the Mike Mayhew cover.
Avenging Spider-Man #12 - It's Spidey and Deadpool in dreamland. A-Aaron Kuder really impressed me here. I almost thought that it was A-Frank Quitely that drew this issue. W-Kevin Shinick uses the perfect landscape for a Deadpool adventure as Peter and Wade go back to high school. The next issue looks downright psychedelic man.
The Shade #12 - Wow, this is the best origin story I have ever read. W-James Robinson and A-Gene Ha made this so intensely intimate that I felt like I was there in the London of 1838. Gene drew every character as unique and distinct people and his depiction of Richard Swift and Simon Culp's wives actually made me jealous. I have always thought that the Shade as written by James Robinson should be an A-list character and I will continue to introduce this quirky hero to fans for as long as I'm selling comic books.
Buffy Season 9 #13 - I was happy and sad at the conclusion to "Guarded". Happy for the client, but sad for Buffy. Can anyone afford to walk away from a steady pay cheque in our current economic environment?
New Avengers #30 - Well it's a good thing I read AVX #11 before this because I would have had a "Huh?" moment when I saw who the prisoner was. Why is Iron Fist on the cover? He's in one tiny flashback panel. This "big huge fight" issue has Luke, Daredevil, Mockingbird and the ever loving blue-eyed Thing battling religious zealots in high tech battle suits to protect their prisoner. The outcome of this battle will leave Power Man fans a bit sad.
Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #2 - The cargo is revealed at this time but a new mystery man is introduced. W-Mark Waid and A-Chris Samnee has the Master proposing a silly way to terrorize Manhattan. Only in comic books folks.
The Massive #4 - I found myself thinking of Paul Watson while I read this issue since it concentrated on the leader of Ninth Wave, Callum Israel. We at the Comicshop used to see Paul every now and then when the Sea Shepherd was in port. He would come in to pick up his Savage Sword of Conans and hang out briefly. I wonder if W-Brian Wood based the Kapital's captain on Paul.
The Strain #8 - These blood-suckers with the hooked tongues are super gross, but the death by sunlight thing is lame. I'm still reading this series because I want to see how they beat these vampires and I'm too lazy to read the book.
The Creep #1 - I love a good mystery and W-John Arcudi has me hooked with this one. It's just a coincidence that there's a kid fishing in this issue.
Conan #8 - Conan and Belit continue to track the ruthless imposter through the harsh Cimmerian wilderness. A-Vasilis Lolos did a great job of conveying the bleak unforgiving landscape and I love W-Brian Wood's portrayal of Belit out of here element but still Queen of the Black Coast.
Batman #0 - W-Scott Snyder and P-Greg Capullo do a little Batman prequel in the front half that was very entertaining. The back half introduces some of the other members of the Bat family before they put on their costumes. W-James Tynion IV and A-Andy Clarke did a nifty job of giving us a glimpse into the lives of Barbara Gordon, Tim Drake, Jason Todd and Dick Grayson. This leads into "Death of the Family", which features the Joker. Don't say I didn't warn you all.
Swamp Thing #0 - The new bit of information that W-Scott Snyder and A-Kano gives us in this retelling of the Swamp Thing's origin story is how Arcane was involved from the very beginning.
Epic Kill #5 - Song's execution was discordant in that it made it easier for her to cheat death. It's like W&A-Raffaele Ienco is hedging his bets that there will be a sequel to this mini.
Mind the Gap #4 - This story may be populated by way too many characters for my liking but a new one shows up this issue that makes me want to keep reading.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #4 - The chase continues as the Lord of Nightmares heads towards his seat of power. We don't want him getting there because things will really be bad. This would make a great Indiana Jones movie.
Before Watchmen: Comedian #3 - Now that I'm getting to know Eddy better, I'm sorry he was killed at the start of Watchmen.
Punk Rock Jesus #3 - This story about cloning Jesus might start a riot if fundamentalist Christians got their hands on it. I hope no one tells them what a great read this is.
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