Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Comic Day 3.23.2011

I'm finally getting caught up on my backlog from the last few weeks, and I've been trying to figure out if I should do some sort of mega-post to cover all my reactions after reading them, or if I ought to just cut the cord. Start over fresh, y'know?

Anyway...This week's books.

Batman: Incorporated #4 $2.99
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE
Cover by JH WILLIAMS
Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

Superstar writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette have sent The Dark Knight on a trip to Japan and Argentina, but now Batman's taking a brief breather back in his home base of Gotham City for a team-up with Batwoman! And don't miss the first issue of BATWOMAN's new monthly series, on sale this month!

It's so odd, when you get behind on reading...I JUST read issue #3, and now #4 is coming out?

Is it just me, or is something really odd happening at DC? Last week had the solicit for an issue of Batman that absolutely, in no way, resembled the issue that actually hit the stands. Now, we jump back to Gotham, and some sort of run-in with Batwoman? The Argentina adventure from last issue wasn't done, and, it's been a long time, but did they ever wrap up the Japan story from the first two issues?

Batman: The Dark Knight #2 $2.99
Written by DAVID FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH & SCOTT WILLIAMS
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY CLARK

Batman faces the Penguin in the search for his childhood friend Dawn Golden…but what The Dark Knight finds sends him on a far darker and more desperate path. Now he's forced to reach out to Etrigan, the Demon for help – a favor that may come at too high a price! 

Worst drinking game in the world: When a "hot" creator is set up on a high-profile, much-hyped book, take a drink when each new issue comes out.

Ridiculous.

Green Lantern #64 $2.99
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE & CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by IVAN REIS & OCLAIR ALBERT
1:10 Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM & BATT

"War of the Green Lanterns" ignites with part 1 of the blockbuster event that'll burn into the summer! A malevolent force has usurped control over all the power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it's up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control – but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe.

Ahh, another issue of "DC Comics Crossover Factory," I mean Green Lantern. Look, the crossovers with this book have been a textbook example of diminishing returns. I mean, look at Brightest Day...in the end did that really have ANYTHING to do with Green Lantern or the Corps? Other than being another color of ring?

Self.

Contained.

Stories.

I'm ready now.

Justice League of America #55 $2.99
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by BRETT BOOTH & NORM RAPMUND
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
1:10 Variant cover by DAVID MACK

"The Rise of Eclipso" continues! With the Spectre fallen and darkness spread throughout the DC Universe, no one is safe from Eclipso's control! Not any of DCs shadow-based heroes and villains. Not Alan Scott and the magical beings of the moon's Emerald City. Not even the World's Greatest Heroes! And when Eclipso's ultimate goal is revealed, they'll see that it's scale is even bigger than the DC Universe. One lone hero has the power to make sure all be well however...for he has hope. Introducing Blue Lantern Saint Walker to the Justice League of America! In the remains of New Krypton, Doomsday tears through Batman, Supergirl and Alpha Lantern Boodikka in his search for Cyborg Superman as "Reign of Doomsday" rampages on! 

...and here we go again. You had a nice Eclipso story going on, and then somebody at Editorial says, "we need to tire into this Doomsday thing..."

No, you don't.

I think I just need to rip off the band-aid with this series. Keep my money until somebody puts Morrision, or Giffeen and DeMatteis back on it.

Captain America #615.1 $2.99
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MITCH BREITWEISER
Cover by DANIEL ACU√ĎA

START READING with this Point One issue. Steve Rogers emerged from the super soldier program to become the first Captain America, the Sentinel of Liberty. When he died, Bucky Barnes took up the shield to become a new kind of Captain America. With Barnes on trial, who will wield the legendary weapon—who will become the new Captain of America? This is the start of a new era for the famed Avenger! 

Bucky's on trial with the Russians.

OK, the movie ain't far off, and we know the "House of Corporate Synergy" ain't gonna want anyone but Steve Rogers in that costume. Bring it.

HATE the ".1" program. Stupid.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #156 $3.99
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by Mark Bagley

DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN, CHAPTER ONE

The wait is over!! THE most shocking Spider-Man story you will ever read!  Young Peter Parker has led a heroic life and tried to live by the simple and powerful philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility, but will that philosophy be enough to save him from the horror that awaits him here?  This is easily the most important story in Ultimate Spider-Man history and maybe the most important story in the Ultimate Universe. Who better to illustrate it than Ultimate Spider-Man legend MARK BAGLEY, making his mighty Marvel return!! Bendis and Bagley back together again and just-in-time!!

Again, wierd. I JUST read the last issue of this. But who cares? Bagley's back! 

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