Hot reading action! Or, brief thoughts on recent comics.

I made a pretty good stab at cutting down the "To Read" pile over the past few days. At least until I got that pile of Free Comic Book Day books, anyway (speaking of which, anyone get a spare copy of the Buzzboy/Roboy Red book? I couldn't find that one and I really wanted it). So here are some super-brief thoughts (a sentence or two, Tegan-style) on the books from my recent DCBS order.

Supergirl & the Legion of Super-Heroes #s 28 & 29 - So Waid and Kitson left earlier than expected... anyone know why? Anyway, despite a mid-storyline creative team shift, still good fun, and that allays my fears about the new directions a bit (though I still say they should give the book to Christopher Bird).

All Star Superman #7 - Probably the issue of this series I've liked the least so far (probably because it wasn't a done-in-one), but still better than just about everything else around, so I'll not complain. Even with my misgivings, there are lots of great moments (I'd love to own the Sun-Eater original pages; such a brilliant sequence), and I'm looking forward to learning about Zibarro, the imperfect Bizarro.

Green Lantern Corps #11 - More space-faring, Hal-less Green Lantern fare, and I'm digging it. Loved the interplay between Soranik Natu and her new partner, Guy's completely justifiable anger, and the Kilowog subplot; I just wish they'd let John Stewart join the regular cast and use Mogo more sparingly, though.

Optic Nerve #11 - I was afraid I'd be lost here, having read part two of this story when it came out last year, but I got back into the swing of things quickly, and I was happy to see all the characters get what they more or less deserved. Though at a whole calendar year (or more) in between issues, I think Tomine needs to stick with single issue stories from now on.

Brave and the Bold #3 - A book that plays in the entirety of the DC sandbox where no one gets their head punched through on-panel? Non-asshole Batman, nervous rookie Blue Beetle, the Lord of Time, the Fatal Five, and one of the better last page splash panels I've seen in years? Yes, please; I'll take two.

Spirit #5 - Sure, Carrion and Julia are creepy, but they were back in the Eisner originals, too; maybe not to this degree, but still, it was definitely there. Consistently one of my two favorite books published by DC right now - the other being All Star Superman, and this was actually better this month - and it had one of the best lines ever in any book not called Nextwave: "Don't be stupid, kids need sugar like hobos need bathtub gin!"

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #1 - I wished it had been an original story, rather than a slightly different take on the premiere episode of the cartoon, but it was a fun introduction to the characters, and this is probably the best that Chynna Clugston's artwork has looked on any of her major company projects.

Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #1 - All set-up, but it was a lot of fun, and great to see Wieringo drawing both Spidey and the FF again. Parker came through with some great beats in the script, including one of the best-ever Thing/Torch practical jokes, and the interaction between Spidey and the Impossible Man. Can't wait for issue 2.

Marvel Adventures Avengers #12 - Ego the Loving Planet is a great concept on paper, but it didn't quite play out as well as I was hoping it would. Still a lot of fun, but it didn't quite manage to recapture the inspired lunacy of the MODOC issue. But to be fair, that's a lot to live up to.

Johnny Hiro #1 - Book about a guy in bunny slippers forced to save his girlfriend from a Godzilla knock-off? Sold. Hilarious book, well drawn, well-paced, smart, and fun in every sense of the word. The non Morrison-and/or-Cooke highlight of this shipment.


  1. I think I read somewhere that Kitson signed an exclusive with Marvel and Waid didn't want to keep doing the book (SG and the LSH) without him.

  2. Shelly: yes, true, but Waid and Kitson were supposed to be on the book until #30. And my understanding is that #30 will be by Waid and Kitson; Bedard and Sharpe were just filling in for #29.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what Bedard can do with his own six issues... but I'm not impressed with Sharpe so far.

  3. Something I'm not understanding in the new Green Lantern Corps book:

    Soranik Natu is ostracized for being a GL, even to the point where her fellow doctors were willing to let a patient die rather than help her. Where did all this GL hate on Korugar come from?

    I know the collective population is ashamed of Sinestro and his general assholery, but are they forgetting Katma Tui, who brought nothing but honor to the Corps before her death?

  4. Shelly & Matthew - I read that about the Kitson exclusive, too, but I didn't know that would lead to an early departure, or at least skipping straight to issue 30, if that is indeed the case. I liked the story, though, and am also looking forward to Bedard's run. Sharpe didn't wow me on the art, but it was decent (some pages were better than others, though).

    De - I think in the GL Corps: Recharge mini, they say that Sinestro is indeed Korugar's great shame, and he soured them on GLs forever, and that they came to view Katma as being cursed since she replaced Sinestro and later died. A lot of that may be a retcon, I don't know; but Katma did spend a lot of time outside of her sector as time went on (either on Oa or Earth), so maybe that reasoning was always in there somewhere, even if it wasn't always explicitly stated?