Sunday, July 20, 2008

Was it worth it? July 20th 2008


A new feature where I sum up the weeks releases, as seen here.

Marvel have been releasing some fantastic Avengers material this last few months, tying in with the main 'Secret Invasion' title. This week saw the release of 'Mighty Avengers #16, with the back-story on how Elektra became a Skrull. This issue was not as involving as recent issues, there were no real revelations, no 'wow' moments. For that, you needed to be reading 'Marvel 1985 #3', because there were some disturbing scenes, not least a woman cradling her baby, singing a lullaby and......i'll say no more. It has to be seen, not spoiled. Best title of the week, getting an 8.5 out of 10 from me.

Elsewhere, another Zombie title surfaced, 'ZMD Zombies of Mass Destruction', which was okay - a decent enough premise, nicely paced, reasonable cliffhanger (that you could see waaay off, but anyway). Worth getting #2 for anyway. 'FoolKiller - White Angels' #1 (Marvel Max) sees white supremacists loose in LA. Great art and a nicely paced story. A bit generic, but in a good way, because it is so well told. It will also make you angry, but that is probably the point. Up there with the best this week.

So was it worth it? Well, 2 great titles, 2 good titles. 'Foolkiller' and 'ZMD' are worth following up on, and 'Marvel 1985' gets better and better.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Listening for the Letterbox, July 16th, 2008


A regular feature where I look ahead to what I have on order from the releases of the week. This is obviously not a definitive release schedule - for that, try Diamond for the list of next weeks releases and this weeks releases (updated every monday).

Quick post this, as there is nothing that really grabs me this week......

Mighty Avengers #16 (Marvel)


More Secret Invasion! One of the best titles on the market at the minute - better than the main title etc....This one tells the back-story of the Elektra Skrull.

Preview here

Marvel 1985 #3 (Marvel)

The mysterious house, the super villains, the old comics, the estranged father etc etc

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Listening for the Letterbox, July 9th, 2008



A regular feature where I look ahead to what I have on order from the releases of the week. This is obviously not a definitive release schedule - for that, try Diamond for the list of next weeks releases and this weeks releases (updated every monday).

It's Captain week!!!

Captain America White #0 (Marvel)


Loeb & Sale bring their 'colour' treatment to bear on the USAs finest soldier. Intriguing, exciting and it will be interesting to see if knocks Secret Invasion into a cocked hat (likely..)

Captain Britain & MI13 #3 (Marvel)

The not-so Secret Invasion of the UK continues, but where is Brian Braddock?? After the great opening issues, I still have a lot of faith in this.

Shark-Man #3 (Image)

Wasn't the last one out about 6 months ago? Whatever - although the story seems a bit hokey I can live with it if the artwork is as good as the last couple of issues.

Oh, and we get Secret Invasion #4 (Marvel), but lets face it, everyone would rather read the Avengers tie-ins. Saying that, #3 had the return of Nick Fury and his new squad, so maybe it will just be a bigger and better scrap this time round.



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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Review - The Walking Dead #50 (Image)



Carl steps out of the shadow of his Father

The best that can be said about this issue is it brings on the progression of one of the major, but hitherto underdeveloped, characters in this title. As Rick Grimes drifts in and out of consciousness, his son Carl is hostage to his emotions, as helplessness, anger, grief (especially in light of what happened in issue #48) and fear take hold. When unexpected visitors turn up at their hideout, Carl has to make some tough decisions. After that we are left with Carl questioning his relationship with his Father and the dynamics of responsibility and duty of care that bind any parent and child. There is some great artwork, especially the final frame - for once, something other than a cliffhanger, but actually all the better for it. I read the thing twice, and I got it more the second time around. The recent 'no-one is safe' arc was such a relentlessly violent and brutal series of issues that the change in pace in #49 and #50 is a bit of a jolt, and this issue is more thoughtful and relies more on the personality of the characters. It does work. It works well as what we are witnessing is another character taking the centre stage, some character progression. When Carl speaks, his monologues just stay the right side of 'perhaps a young kid would say that'. Thank you Robert Kirkman.


Review - don't expect fireworks, but this tale is moving and moves the overall story on. 8.7 out of 10.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Listening for the Letterbox, July 2nd, 2008





A regular feature where I look ahead to what I have on order from the releases of the week. This is obviously not a definitive release schedule - for that, try Diamond for the list of next weeks releases and this weeks releases (updated every monday).

It's Walking Dead week!!!!!!!

Walking Dead #50 (Image)

A one-off special story that will apparently warm our hearts while chilling us to the bone - there is a 5 page preview here. It feels like another looong wait since #49, but that is part and parcel of following the comics as opposed to the trades for Kirkmans' apocalyptic drama. Waiting for the trades must be even worse (#8, 'Made to Suffer' is finally out now). There will be a review of this as soon as it gets read.

Batman #678 (DC)

Batman RIP continues, as the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together. Shaping up nicely, and the tie-in issues (Nightwing, Robin etc) kick in soon...

The Boys #20 (Dynamite)

More revelations about the Boys and the Seven as 'I Tell You No Lie GI' continues. This title gets better and better, in both the story and the art.





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