Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Issue #75: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, November 4, 2009!

Late comic book for the week of Wednesday, October 14, 2009:

Adventure Comics #3/503 (DC) * * * 1/2

I was very negligent as a Legion fan when I didn't notice this issue came out last month. But I've made amends by getting this issue this week. The first story continued the Superboy feature, The Boy Of Steel, where Conner Kent adjusted to like again, both as a student at Smallville High and as a super hero. There was a humorous scene with Superboy about the problems with playing fetch with a super pet. The rest of the story was Conner reconnecting with Tim Drake / Red Robin. They worked together on their twin searches for Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor. I especially enjoyed the character moments between Tim and Conner as they shared each other's burdens. At the end of this chapter it turns out that Conner and Tim aren't the only ones searching for someone, which bodes ill for future issues. I would give this story 4 (*)'s.

The Legion story was okay. It had some humorous moments between Sun Boy and Polar Boy at Polar Boy's very hot home planet of Tharr. They are there to search for Cryo-King. The rest of the story is a super battle. The best part of the story was the reveal at the end. Overall I would give it 3 (*)'s. It was a good action story but nothing to push it over the top to rate it higher. That's why I split the difference with rating the issue overall.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, October 28, 2009:

Invincible presents Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1 (of 3) (Image)
Superman #693 (World Against Superman #13) (DC)
Superman: World Of New Krypton #9 (World Against Superman #14)

Invincible presents Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1 (of 3) (Image) * * * *

This mini-series, as the title implies, gives the origin story of the relationship between Rex and Eve. This is done by the same creative team that did the previous Atom Eve mini-series. The new one begins with the story of Rex Splode as a boy. I thought Eve had a rough start, but she experienced nothing compared to Rex's childhood. How he came to possess super powers is a long and sad story, but I won't spoil the plot here. The art has improved from the first issue of the previous Eve issues. If you want to learn more about Rex's background, even if you don't read Robert Kirkman's other hero title Invincible, this mini-series won't disappoint. Knowledge about Invincible isn't necessary to enjoy this story, but it may pique your interest. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Superman #693 (World Against Superman #13) (DC) * * * *

This is the most satisfying issue of Superman or Action Comics in the last few issues. As the cover indicates, this issue fills in the story about what happened to Mon-El when he was taken down by Gen. Lane's agents. It is a dark and sinister story of a character who was captured by the enemy and what he endures. This story ties into the time immediately after Brainiac and Luthor escaped Gen. Lane several issues ago. The issue ends with the Guardian and the rest of the Metropolis Science Police facing the latest threat to the city.

Superman: Secret Origins #2 (of 6) (DC) * * * * *

As much as I've enjoyed Superman: World Of New Krypton, Secret Origins has quickly become my favorite comic book series of 2009. This issue combines elements of the original Superboy meeting the Legion stories combined with the early 1990's special issue Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography. We see the beginnings of Superboy's career, which is not as smooth as the silver age indicated. We are introduced to Chief Parker, who appeared in old Legion stories when they traveled back in time to Smallville. As the cover indicates this issue presents an updated introduction of Superboy to the Legion, complete with the location of their original headquarters. It also introduces us to the origin of another familiar member of Superman's, or Superboy's supporting cast. This mini-series is a perfect example of the best Geoff Johns story, taking familiar elements of past continuity and weaving them together to form a new tapestry that will be revealed in future issues and rekindling enthusiasm for the Superman world of comic books.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, November 4, 2009:

Superman: World Of New Krypton #9 (of 12) (World Against Superman #14) * * *

As enthused as I have been with this mini-series, this was the first one that did not move the plot along at a cosmic pace. It wrapped up one conflict and set up the next one. It finished the conflict between the Kryptonian forces and Jemm of Saturn. He has some history with Kal-El as Superman, but I am not that familiar with this character. His past with Superman was an advantage in resolving the conflict, although I won't say how it is wrapped up. There are seeds of discontent of some New Krypton citizens who were allies of Kal-El. The issue ends with the introduction of another classic DC character who has a grudge against New Krypton. The line seems to extend around the block at this point. The ending does pique my interest for the next issue and seems to hint of big things to come. So even though the issue wasn't as action packed as previous issues I am still excited about this series, and what is to come for Superman in 2010.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Issue #74: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 21, 2009!

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, October 14, 2009:

Action Comics #882 (The Hunt For Reactron part III / World Against Superman #11) (DC Comics)
Adventure Comics #3/506 (DC Comics)

Action Comics #882 (The Hunt For Reactron part III / World Against Superman #11) (DC Comics) * * * *

General Lane's machinations continue with Reactron and Squad K in their hunt for Supergirl, Nightwing and Flamebird. Lois meets with Chris and Lana while Thara and Kara try to mend their friendship. Reactron and Squd K set their trap for the three Kryptonians. This was a more satisfying issue than recent ones have been. The infighting between Supergirl and Falmebird has ended as they refocus their efforts to finding Reactron. The action and character development was more satisfying.

Adventure Comics #3/506 (DC Comics)

It's embarrassing to admit but I can't find the issue and I don't remeber reading it, so I must have missed picking it up at Acme Comics (http://acme-superstore.com/). It will have to wait until I go there next time.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, October 21, 2009:

Graveyard Fairies: Candy Caper #1 (of 1) (Half Moose Media) * * * * *

This comic book was written by Marc Hammond and painted by Denise Manara McCabe, with design and lettering done by Derrick Fish. Marc works at Acme Comics, Denise is a mural painter and Derrick has his own web comic Dandy And Company http://dandyandcompany.com/. This comic book continues the story of a group of characters Marc and Denise created in the hardbound book Graveyard Fairies, available at Amazon.com. The previous book is not necessary to understand that characters or the story of the comic book. Candy Caper is about Max, who has the misfortune of becoming sick just before Halloween. The Graveyard Fairies, introduced at the beginning of the issue through a very nice poem, help out their friend by creating a Halloween costume that they will all operate together, so everyone will think there is a child inside. The main story happens when the fairies approach the last house of the neighborhood, which scares even the fairies. It is a very nice story with fantastic colorful art, suitable for all ages. It is simple enough for kids to understand and great characterization to involve adult readers. I don't know if issues are still available, but you can contact Acme Comics at http://acme-superstore.com/, or at http://graveyardfairies.com/.

Marc, Denise and Derrick also have their own facebook pages, so you can contact them there as well. If you live in the central Florida are and are looking for a mural artist, you can check out Denise's web site at http://www.denisetheartist.com/. You can also check out art for Derrick's upcoming comic book the Wellkeepers at http://www.thewellkeepers.com/. (They did not ask me to plug their work here, the decision was all mine.)

Supergirl #46 (The Hunt For Reactron: Conclusion / World Against Superman #12) * * * *

As the story title states, this is the conclusion of this storyline. the final battle was brutal, and the tide turned several times, but it was another satifsying issue. Not only was the battle with Reactron resolved but the relationship between Thara and Kara as well. Of course, the larger story of General Lane, as well as Lana's health. While this storyline isn't necessary to follow the entire World Against Superman storyline, it was its own satisfying story and did not read as an unnecessary tie-in. It also was a satisfying story on its own.

Invincible #67 (Preparations For War part II of II) (Image) * * * * *

This two-part story was a nice reunion for Invincible co-creators Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker. Nolan Grayson and Allen the Alien continue their quest to gather weapons to use against the weakend Viltrumite empire. This issue contains the usual mix of action, character and plot development. the leader of the Coalition of Planets has a surprise of his own for Nolan. I have yet to read a disappointing issue of this title. Kirkman is not afraid to take risks with his characters, which is why he is one of the best comic book writers today.

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