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Saturday, January 06, 2007
Best of the week: Comics bought 5 January
It was a bigger shipment than last week, in part to it kinda being a shipment and a half, due to comic shortages around the place (the US West Coast, and Australia - probably other countries too). If it weren't for this, it would have been quite small.

This week was quite the mixed bag. Same great stuff, some good stuff, some adequate stuff, and some crap.

Previous weeks:

Cover of the week:

52 Week 35, by JG Jones
(This is not the final cover - it was the solicited image with the flames covering a spoiler - still, it's about 90% there)

Quote of the week:

"Jonathan Kent taught me that the strong have to stand up for the weak and that bullies don't like being bullied back. He taught me that a good heart is worth more than all the money in the bank. He taught me about life and death. He taught me that the measure of a man is not in what he says but what he does. And he showed me by example how to be tough, and how to be kind and how to dream of a better world. Thanks, Pa. Those are lessons I'll never forget."
- Clark Kent eulogises his Pa, All-Star Superman #6.

Best of the week:

52 Week 35
DC Comics
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid
Art Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
Art by Phil Jiminez, Dan Jurgens, Andy Lanning, and Norm Rapmund

Cover by JG Jones

Wow. This is the third utterly amazing issue of 52 in a row. It's always a solid read, but once again, the creators have gone above and beyond with a spectacular issue.

This issue kicks off exactly one second after the previous issue, where Lex Luthor ushered in the new year with the push of a button. While it's been known that over the period of 52, Luthor would be responsible for a crime that would royally piss off the world, and the logical guess was that it would revolve around his Everyman Project - giving people super powers - the fallout presented in this issue was amazing. Hundreds of people losing their powers, resulting in mass death and destruction - powerful stuff.

Following throughout the next few days presented in the issue, we see some of the repurcussions, as well as an interesting twist with Starfire, Animal Man, and Adam Strange's adventure in space. I wonder whether the next issue will keep up the brilliant momentum.

All Star Superman #6
DC Comics
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Frank Quitely

Cover by Frank Quitely

On the complete opposite side of the coin from 52 - yet written by co-writer Grant Morrison - is a very small, personal story.

I'll ignore the fact that these issues always feature a "to be continued" tag, which makes this issue being a flashback with no indication apart from the story itself be a little confusing. Because, every issue in this series is standalone. And it's a great story.

Set prior to Clark officially becoming Superman, we're given a quasi-Superboy saving the day in Smallville. Some strange visitors show up at the farm, all leading up to Jonathan Kent having a heart attack. The mystery works, but the kicker of the issue is the emotion over his death. A touching, somber story.

X-23: Target X #2
Marvel Comics
Written by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost
Art by Michael Choi

Cover by Michael Choi

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of X-23. She's one of the most interesting recent additions to comic books. And thankfully, this latest miniseries is highlighting it beautifully.

Locked up and being interrogated by Captain America, X-23 continues to tell him about her past, focusing on her trying to make a normal life for herself, and go to school. There are some humourous results, but the undercurrent is quite dark, with the final pages leaving the reader with a sense of forboding.

Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost continue to prove that they're capable of better than what they provide on New X-Men, and Michael Choi's art is nothing short of amazing. This is a great miniseries, and continues the fine tradition of X-23 in X-23 and NYX.


I grabbed the Dabel Brothers Free Sampler, which includes some previews of their comics. Thankfully it's free, because it doesn't pretend to be anything but advertising.

What I missed last week, but got this week:

I didn't realise that the reason for last week's smaller lot of comics was due to the delayed shipments to half of the US and (presumably) the rest of the world. The following is what I caught up on this week:
  • Batman #661 - John Ostrander is capable of writing far better comics than this. It really makes the filling in for Grant Morrison and Adam Kubert annoying.

  • The Boys #6 - A funny issue, including the disgusting use of a hampster! Not quite up to the level of most of the other issues, though.

  • Dabel Brothers Free Sampler - I mentioned it above, but figured I'd list it here, just to be thorough.

  • The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #7- Just as painful as always. I'm counting down til the day Bilson and DeMeo are no longer writing it.

  • Justice League of America #5 was a great continuation of the story.

  • Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25 - A fun issue, and it looks like it's building to something bigger soon.

  • Superman/Batman #31 - Man, as this continues, I find it harder and harder to defend Mark Verheiden's writing.

What I missed this week, and will hopefully get this week:

Strange Girl #13 was the victim of more delays this week. Hopefully it'll be better than the last issue.

I read the originals:
  • Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Bludhaven took a little while to get going, but when it did, it was pretty cool. Never brilliant, but the latter half was often enjoyable.

  • Ghost Rider: The Road to Damnation is an excellent read from the always great Garth Ennis, and featuring amazing art from Clayton Crain. Great action, funny humour, excellent characterisation, with the right amount of suspense. Excellent.

  • JSA Volume 12: Ghost Stories is proof that Paul Levitz should never write a comic, ever again. Adding insult to injury is that he took over from the great Geoff Johns for this arc, instead of simply finishing the series.

  • Outsiders: The Good Fight collects the first One Year Later arc, and is a good read. Judd Winick knows his stuff, and managed to keep the year long jump and new team interesting, while maintaining the spirit of the title.

Other bits and pieces:
  • Civil War was cool, but not great. It builds nicely to the final chapter, and had a couple of amusing punisher moments
  • Amazing Spider-Man was the weakest it's been in a long while, and the worst Civil War tie-in of the week
  • Nightwing wrapped up the arc nicely
  • Superman continued it's post apocalyptic tale well

Everything I got this week:
  • 52 Week 35
  • All Star Superman #6
  • Amazing Spider-Man #537
  • Batman #661
  • The Boys #6
  • Civil War #6
  • Civil War: Front Line #10
  • Dabel Brothers Free Sampler
  • The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #7
  • Jack Kirby's Galactic Bounty Hunters #4
  • Justice League of America #5
  • Newuniversal #2
  • Nightwing #128
  • Punisher War Journal #2
  • Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25
  • Superman #658
  • Superman/Batman #31
  • Superman Confidential #3
  • X-23: Target X #2
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