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Off The Rack #902
Kin  |  April 9, 2012

We had lovely weather for the Easter holiday and Passover here in Ottawa. That got a lot of people out of doors enjoying our nation’s capital. Penny got me to haul my butt off of the couch to go for a nice walk around our neighbourhood yesterday. I’m planning all the stuff I have to do to get ready for the fishing season now so that I’m ready for opening day.

AVX #1 – Okay, now we know why the two teams are going to have at it. The storytellers-Jason Aaron, Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction have overpowered the cynic in me that thinks this is just Marvel’s way of exploiting their two highest selling franchises to sucker us fans into buying more comic books with a solid story that makes sense. It’s too bad that A-John Romita Jr. made me wince a couple of times with Spider-Man related “what the?” moments. I think Avengers and X-Men fans are going to get their money’s worth with this story if the rest of this 12-issue maxi is as good as #0 and #1.

Fairest #2 – This book is gorgeous. P-Phil Jimenez and I-Andy Lanning really bring this fantasy land to life. I’ve complained about other artists drawing splash pages and two-page spreads in other books but these guys put in so much detail that I can happily linger just looking at the wonderful panorama. When this stuff is collected in a hard cover on glossy paper, I bet you anything it’ll look even better.

Fanboys vs. Zombies #1 – That was worth the special introductory price of a buck but I don’t know if I would have paid $3.99 for this new Boom Studios Comic Con zombie fest. W-Sam Humphries and A-Jerry Gaylord’s story reminded me of those teen cartoons my tween niece watches on the Family Channel. I’m guessing this is like Walking Dead with a laff track.

Amazing Spider-Man #683 – It’s the Sinister Six versus Spider-Man and his Avengers pals. Spidey’s new costume was designed to save the day and sure enough he’s the last man standing. Too bad Doc Ock has more tricks up his sleeves than Doctor Strange. We’re still headed for the Ends of the Earth here folks.

Men of War #8 – Sgt. Rock fans are going to be on the warpath after reading this issue unless they gave it a pass because of the Frankenstein cover. DC pulls the old switcheroo by making this a Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. issue and they had the audacity to still charge you $3.99. If I had wanted to read a Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. I would have bought a Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.

Supurbia #2 – My head was spinning after I finished reading this issue because of all the characters that I had to keep track of. W-Grace Randolph tries to focus on one and I do like Russell Dauterman’s art so I’m going to stick with this one to see if I will start to care more.

Whispers #2 – I don’t like this Sam guy but I do like this comic book. C-Joshua Luna adds some more weirdness with a possible demonic presence and a sympathetic girl next door.

The Boys #65 – This issue is a bloody mess, literally. The long running battle between the Boys and the Seven finally ends. W-Garth Ennis will wrap this series up with a 6-parter starting next issue. I remember when the end of Preacher was announced and wishing that it didn’t have to. I feel the same about the Boys. I console myself with the thought that Garth Ennis will come out with another fine series like he did with this one after he finished Preacher. Here’s hoping.

Batman & Robin #2 to #7 – Holy dysfunctional family Batman. Bruce and Damian make a very volatile father and son team given Batman’s no killing rule and Damian’s training with the League of Assassins. W-Peter Tomasi kept me guessing whether Morgan Ducard/Nobody would win or not. I think I’ll read the fallout issue when it hits the racks April 11 instead of waiting for a few issues to pile up like I did with this run.

Lone Ranger #4
– Last we saw, the bad guys shot Tonto and left him for dead and the Lone Ranger was standing on the gallows with a noose around his neck. W-Ande Parks and A-Esteve Polls set up the inevitable rescue in this issue. I can’t wait to see what happens to the bad guy.

Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars #1 – Here’s another excuse for Dynamite to put more pasties clad women of Bazzoom...uh...Barsoom rather, sorry, on the racks. Here we have the busty Princess heading an archaeological expedition with some of her equally busty girlfriends and running into a troop of bloodthirsty four-armed Martian apes.  I’m expecting some King Kong type nonsense where the women are spared dismemberment and must face a fate worse than death. I’m sure T&A fans would be happier if cover artists Ale Garza or Brandon Peterson had drawn the interiors instead of Lui Antonio.

Jennifer Blood #11 – From good girl to bad girl, here’s another one of my guilty pleasures. This title fills the void between Punisher Max books.

Fatale #4 – The mysterious Josephine remains an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. I am waiting patiently for W-Ed Brubaker to reveal the real Jo.

Wolverine & the X-Men #8 – Thank Thor for the recap page. I was wondering why Wolverine was in a wheelchair and needed to be reminded about what happened to him at the intergalactic casino. Gambling is bad, okay kids? I love Chris Bachalo’s art but I hate it when it’s muddied by dark colours. Every panel with the Beast was a struggle in trying to make out what’s what.

Ultimate Spider-Man #9 – I order enough copies of any given title so that we have them for sale on the racks for about eight weeks. This issue sold out in a week and I think it’s because of the art by David Marquez. Not since Sara Pichelli have I been so impressed with the art in this book. I hope Mr. Marquez does more stuff.
 
Action Comics #8 – That’s a neat trick they did with the costume there and all the little references to the pre-New 52 history made this issue a lot of fun.

Glamourpuss #24 – This book is more editorial than comic book but I love it because it always makes me think.

 

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Kin
Kin is the Manager of the Silver Snail in Ottawa, and has been since 1990.
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