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Off the Rack #934
Kin  |  November 19, 2012

The month of November is a kooky time for me. There’s the aftermath of Halloween, the first offensives of the Christmas shopping ads bombarding us, the American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the frantic running around for Christmas for real going into December. All reasons to sit down with a pile of comic books and just chillax.

I had my eyes checked last week and was told that my vision hadn’t changed much even though I had been using reading glasses that I bought from Shoppers in front of my glasses so that I could focus clearly while I read my comic books. Turns out that my glasses just needed adjusting. They are working great now after the slight tweak. That will teach me to consult experts earlier.

Fantastic Four #1 - Sue, Reed, Ben and Johnny embark on new adventures with their brood as the Space Family Richards in this relaunch. W-Matt Fraction, P-Mark Bagley and I-Mark Farmer will take Fantastic Four fans on a voyage of discovery. New fans can easily join the fun and old fans will feel like this is just Fantastic Four #612. Watch for FF #1 to hit the racks on November 28 for the continuation of this story.

Batman #14 - When they say Death of the Family, they mean Death of the Family. The Joker isn't fooling around this time as he plans on killing every member of the Bat Family. There are some shocking revelations in this issue with more to come. This is shaping up to be an epic Batman story.

Great Pacific #1 - Here we have a billionaire playboy, and I do mean boy, haunted by an inconvenient truth so he decides to do something about it. Trying to save the environment however will make you a lot of enemies. W-Joe Harris and A-Marin Morazzo have generated a great story about garbage in the Pacific Ocean. This appeals to the Earth Day crusader in me and I look forward to reading the next issue.

Thor #1 - Holy macaroni, I am duly impressed. W-Jason Aaron and A-Esad Ribic start off Thor's new solo book with a 5-parter called "The God Butcher". We meet a young Thor, a mature Thor and old man Thor in this millenniums spanning story. Holy geez, does this book look pretty and we only have to wait until November 28 for the next issue. Huzzah.

American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5
- How do you expect to sink a ship if you blow a hole in the hull above the waterline? That is the stupidest thing that I've ever read in a comic book. W-Scott Snyder really disappointed me there.

Jennifer Blood: First Blood #2 - Jennifer's meticulous plan is sure to go awry and it starts to unravel right here.

All New X-Men #1 - AAAGGH! I knew that W-Brian Bendis was going to bring the original X-Men (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Marvel Girl) from the past into the present for this book so there's time travel involved so I've got to stop thinking about stuff like "If Warren, Hank, Scott, Bobby and Jean are here now, what happens when they go back to their own time and have all those adventures that we've already read about? Won't they be affected by knowing their future?" I need to turn off my brain to those thoughts and just enjoy reading this book. Bendis is my favourite writer and Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger are one of my favourite pencil and ink teams so this wasn't a hard sell for me.

Point of Impact #2 - Not a lot of clues are given this issue to help us figure out why the woman was killed in the first issue but there are a lot of people trying to figure that out.

The Creep #3 - The mystery deepens in the deep woods.

The Boys #72 - This wonderfully twisted series ends with my favourite character from issue number one finding the happiness that he deserves. The tragedy of Wee Hughie's girlfriend started this whole thing off when W-Garth Ennis made super heroes and the corporation that created them look like a bunch of wankers. This conclusion made me happy and I hope to see Hughie on the racks again some time.

Saga #7 - Wow, it's been 3 months since the last issue? Seems like no time at all has gone by and that's the beauty of how well this book is written and drawn. If you haven't joined the ranks of the swelling legion of fans of this series, then rush out right now and buy the first trade and grab this issue off the racks while you're at it. Where else are you going to see a naked three-eyed giant? Not even in my much beloved Fables, I'd wager. W-Brian K. Vaughan and A-Fiona Staples bring it every issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #697 - Ws-Dan Slott and Christos Gage came up with a nifty way for Peter Parker to protect his Spider-Man identity. They also managed to save the day and let the villains survive to menace another day too. The teaser at the end keeps the momentum towards issue #700 going at break neck speed. I want to go on record here and say that I do not like the name Superior Spider-Man. Nope, not one bit. I did like Harry Osborn's new look though.

Bedlam #1 - This is some bleeped up bleep right here. Bedlam is the name of a city that was terrorized by a psycho who would make the current Joker look like Mister Rogers. His name was Madder Red. They think he died but I don't think he did. W-Nick Spencer and A-Riley Rossmo have created a crazed killer who may help the police catch himself. I said this was bleeped up.

Thief of Thieves #10 - There's a new heist coming up with a zero payoff. I think Ws-James Asmus and Robert Kirkman will come up with a way for Conrad to monetize this caper.

New Avengers #33 - It's only been a week between issues as this story of revenge ramps up to a dual to the death. Don't be bamboozled by the bogus cover. Luke and Jessica are fine. Those of you who are fans of W-Brian Bendis and A-Michael Avon Oeming's Powers will get a kick out of this, although I hear some fans were disgruntled by the art.

Ex Sanguine #2 - The monster may be the killer but the real bad guy will surprise you. The vampire flossing on the cover will give you an idea of how twisted this story is.

The Massive #6 - There's a fine line between piracy and honesty when shopping for supplies on the high seas. Getting shot should entitle you to some sort of discount.

Archer & Armstrong #4 - W-Fred Van Lente throws in a tease about Archer's origin this issue. The two heroes save the day but there's a steep price to pay. Now they're on the run from an unknown killer.

Punk Rock Jesus #5 - This is so well written and the characters so well defined that I feel like I'm reading a biography. I think I'm enjoying this mini so much because I agree with a lot of what W&A-Sean Murphy has to say about religion. The story ends next issue and I really hope that Chris doesn't get crucified.

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