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Off The Rack #899
Kin  |  March 19, 2012

The weather outside was delightful yesterday. I got my bike out and rode to the Rehab Centre to visit with Dave. It was amazing to see him walking again. He is using a walker but is getting stronger. The next step is to master stairs. His new bike is ordered and he’s looking forward to upgrading from the one he’s using now, which is about as old as he is.

I said my fond farewells to an ex-staff member last week since she is moving to White Horse. Kayla’s enthusiasm and positive outlook helped to make my work day brighter and I will miss her. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

There has been a lot of excitement over the announcement that Ottawa will be having its own Comicon this May. I think it’s a great thing for Ottawa fandom. I hope it’s a success so that Ottawa fans don’t have to go to Montreal or Toronto to have that Comicon experience.

Avengers Assemble #1
– I don’t know if May 4th is when the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, but that’s the date that the Avengers movie opens. Here we have another Avengers book to whet your appetite before the big day. W-Brian Bendis and A-Mark Bagley start things off by introducing the bad guys. They are called the Zodiac, twelve spandex clad super villains who want to rule the world. Aquarius and Taurus are featured in this issue and I’m sure the others will get their chance to kick Avengers butt soon. I’m a sucker for all things Bendis so this goes on to my “must read” list.

Saucer Country #1 – Politics is full of wing nuts and this book is about one of them. The Governor of New Mexico, Arcadia Alvarado, has decided to run for the Presidency and she believes that she was abducted by aliens. Cue the X-Files theme. W-Paul Cornell, who got me to read Supergirl again, hooked me with this offbeat concept by making Ms. Alvarado a compelling character. A-Ryan Kelly impressed me with his layouts and facial expressions. The little green men are coming to getcha.

Saga #1 – We sold out of this even before filling all of our special requests because I was a big weeny when ordering this. I should have looked at how many copies of “Y the Last Man” we used to sell when it ended in 2008 to determine how many copies to order, but I went with how his last series “Ex Machina” sold. Needless to say W-Brian K. Vaughn’s “Y the Last Man” fans were just waiting for this newest project and they all came out of the woodwork. We’re not the only store that under-ordered because Image has announced a second printing. I will order some and increase my order for #2 so that we’ll have plenty because this book is really good. I think it’s better than Y, and I loved Y. This is the story of the love child of an inter-species romance. I loved the interaction between the parents Alana and Marko and I’m looking forward to seeing their daughter grow up. A-Fiona Staples has total control over the art and it shows. This book is going on my “must read” list too.

Punisher #9
– This book is climbing the charts again and would continue to gain fans if A-Mirko Colak drew it full time. I like his stuff a little better. Frank takes on a temporary sidekick as he continues to pursue the bad guys, the Exchange. They are after something that Daredevil is currently in possession of so look for some crossover action next month.

My Greatest Adventure #6 – Robotman’s adventure, Garbage Man’s adventure and Tanga’s adventure all end on sad but hopeful notes. Were they the greatest? Not even close, but great enough that I finished reading them. I was surprised by W-Matt Kindt and A-Scott Kolins Robotman because of the new powers they gave Cliff and not being a big fan of Scott Kolins art to begin with. I thought Scott did a good job in this story. I like Aaron Lopresti’s art but his writing didn’t wow me. Tanga was my favourite only because I’m a sucker for Kevin Maguire drawing cuties in spandex and I liked the humour in the story. It helped that each story came in small doses. I don’t think I would have read the Robotman and Garbage Man stories if they were in a regular $2.99 comic book.

Conan #2
– I loved the way Robert E. Howard wrote fights scenes in his Conan novels. I felt like I was there alongside the black-maned barbarian as he cleaved his way through his enemies. W-Brian Wood and A- Becky Cloonan stirred those feelings in me again in this issue. I prefer this lithe steely-eyed swordsman over the Muscle and Fitness bulked up version popularised in the past.

Thief of Thieves #2 – I really like this Conrad character. This might be the start of a fine bromance. He’s cocky but A-Shawn Martinbrough shows that he’s sensitive too. The back story with his ex-wife has got me intrigued.

The Shade #6 – I want to know how the Inquisitor came back from his defeat by La Sangre back in 1944 so I’ll keep reading.

Avengers #24 – W-Brian Bendis got me good with his reveal of how Norman Osborn gained the upper hand against our heroes. You younguns may not know the super villain that Normie copied his powers from but I wanted to find my old Avengers comic books and re-read the ones where this villain fights the team. It was a satisfying end to the Avengers vs. Norman Osborn story. Now onward to the Avengers vs. the X-Men story.

Nancy in Hell on Earth #2 – This is so insanely messed up it’s fun.

Scarlet Spider #3 – I may not have a soft spot in my heart for Kaine like I do for good old Peter Parker but one is starting to develop. There’s an assassin’s guild in the Marvel U? Is Ra’s Al Ghul gonna sue?

Wolverine and the X-Men #7 – The big grey galoot is an evil zoologist. That’s hilarious. Quentin and Logan don’t quite save the school from the financial brink, but they don’t have to close the school because their money woes are solved quite cleverly by someone else. This new book just keeps getting better and better. I’m still waiting to find out what the Bamfs are about.

The Strain #4 – The body count mounts in this issue but that won’t stop horny scientists from hooking up. If the world is ending, might as well get some coitus in.

Buffy Season 9 #7 – There’s Buffy-bots?

Powers #9 – One reason I love W-Brian Bendis books is that they almost always have something unexpected in them. His books are never boring. Here we have a twist to the Internal Affairs investigation into Detective Walker. There’s also an ominous portent to the serial murders that he and Detective Sunrise are investigating. It leaves me wanting to read the next issue as soon as possible.


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