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"New Comics This Week" for The week of May 26 to June 1, 2008


REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE THURSDAY 05-29-08
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Quick Reviews by John Judy
    (Did I mention everything's shipping a day late because of Memorial Day?)

    ACTION COMICS #865 by Geoff Johns and Jesus Merino. Featuring the return of the original Toyman. Not a hoax, not a dream!

    ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #11 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Superman is dead, but I'll bet there's more to it than that. This series is Pure Fun. Recommended!

    ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #6 by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard. Have you ever lost control of your powers, accidentally killed a beloved superhero and then that beloved superhero's team-mates find out? Does Hallmark even make a card for something like that? Recommended.

    BATMAN #677 by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel. "Batman R.I.P. the storyline that will change the Dark Knight forever" continues. And by "forever" we mean "not forever." It's Grant Morrison so you have to look.

    DAN DARE #6 of 7 by Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine. It's Dan and the Royal Space Navy versus that dirty Mekon and his black hole! Get your mind out of the gutter and place yer bets! Recommended.

    THE DANGEROUS ALPHABET HC by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly. A dark romp through the alphabet with pirates, sewer-monsters, and organs in jars! Highly recommended for fans of Charles Addams, Edward Gorey and the like. Great for kids who need literacy and a good scare!

    DAREDEVIL #107 by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. A new four-parter begins as DD must make his peace with his failure to save his wife from madness. Highly recommended.

    ESSENTIAL RAMPAGING HULK VOL. 1 SC by Lotsa Seventies Marvel Bullpenners. Okay, all you really need to know is that the Hulk had a black & white magazine back in the day and this book collects those issues. Sadly this volume does not include issue #23, the infamous "Bruce Banner almost gets raped in a YMCA group shower" issue. It does include RAMPAGING HULK #1-9, THE HULK #10-15, and for some reason INCREDIBLE HULK #269. We're gonna see a lot of this stuff for the next few months so brace yourselves.

    FINAL CRISIS #1 of 7 by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones. Not a lot of detail on this other than it's by Grant and the guy who did all the great covers on "52." Oh, and it involves a lot of redesigns on Kirby's Fourth World characters. Worth a look anyway.

    GIANT-SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. The grand finale of the Whedon/Cassaday run in which some will live, one "won't walk away", and the denizens of Breakworld finally start spinning on their heads and moonwalking! Recommended!

    GREEN LANTERN #31 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Yet another re-telling of Hal Jordan's early training by Sinestro, but this one's by Geoff and Ivan so it should be good.

    IMMORTAL IRON FIST #15 by Matt Fraction and Khari Evans. Another done-in-one Tale of Iron Fists Gone-By. I kinda like these. Recommended.

    JACK KIRBY'S OMAC: ONE-MAN ARMY CORPS HC by Da King! Collecting the entire eight-issue series for the Kirby Kompletist on your list! With a forward by Mark Evanier, author of "Kirby: King of Comics."

    JUDENHASS GN by Dave Sim. The creator of "Cerebus" takes on the holocaust and its cultural and historical roots. There's a preview on-line at http://www.judenhass.com/ and it looks extraordinary. Highly Recommended, but probably too intense for younger readers. Far and away the pick of the week.

    KING-SIZE HULK #1 by Jeph Loeb, Art Adams, Frank Cho and Others! Not "Economy-Size!" Not "Family-Size!" And especially not "Super-Size!" It's "King-Size Hulk #1" and three new tales and a bunch of reprints all to help the current Red Hulk storyline make sense! Gotta look!

    MARVEL 1985 #1 of 6 by Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards. It's complicated but evidently a bunch of super-villians have invaded our world and now it's up to a 13 year-old boy to get the heroes to saddle up after em! But it's 1985 so they're all too busy listening to Falco and getting their MBAs! Zoinks!


    NEARLY COMPLETE ESSENTIAL HEMBECK ARCHIVES OMNIBUS SC by Fred Hembeck. Thirty years of work, 900 pages, and a forward by Stan "Da Man" Lee make this a Must-Have for fans of Comicdom's most prolific cartoon humorist.


    NEW AVENGERS #41 by Brian Michael Bendis and Billy Tan. The New Avengers are doomed unless Ka-Zar can save them from 1980s Skrull versions of themselves! It's come to this.


    NORTHLANDERS #6 by Brian Wood and David Gianfelice. Prince Sven builds alliances against his Uncle. Unfortunately it involves Saxons. Recommended.


    SHE-HULK #29 by Peter David and Val Semeiks. In which we learn why She-Hulk was disbarred! She authored the White House torture memo! Kidding. It was nothing that bad. If it was she'd be teaching law at Berkley


    STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL.1 HC by James Robinson, Tony Harris and Others. A hardcover edition of issues #0-16 of the series that started the Great Revival of the Golden-Age DC heroes. Highly recommended.


    THOR #9 by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel. More of Straczynski's stories of Asgardian Gods adjusting to their new lives in Midgard. This one gets better each month. Highly recommended.


    TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD ARCHIVES VOL. 1 SC by Tom Beland. The collected autobiographical adventures of a free-lance cartoonist living in Puerto Rico.


    ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #122 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen. Quite a good little story about Ultimate Shocker. I'm not kidding.


    UNCANNY X-MEN #498 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Choi. In which we discover the source of the psychedelic disturbance in San-Fran and a bunch of Russkies learn it's never a good idea to mess with the X-Men. Fun stuff.


    WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #3 by Fred Van Lente and Salva Espin. Some early "untold" adventures of Kitty Pryde and Wolverine. Featuring funny animals that talk.


    X-MEN LEGACY #212 by Mike Carey and Scot Eaton. The untold origin of Professor X, guest-starring Gambit. Someday X-continuity will be figured out by someone. That person should be President of the World. Forever.


    All this and PREVIEWS from Marvel and Diamond Comics to boot!

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    Angel: Revelations #1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Adam Pollina. I really liked this story. I wasnít keen on the art, but itís a very distinctive style that youíre either going to like or not. At least it wasnít painfully generic. The story was a classic X-Men origin story with adolescence as a backdrop, like itís not painful enough. A teenager going through a mutation and keeping it from everyone is pretty standard, but the tone that was achieved was rather creepy. Even though it takes place at a rich boarding school, it feels like something Tim Burton would have filmed. The bookends of the stigmata girl just made the creepiness skyrocket. It is a great book.

    The Astounding Wolf-Man #6 by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard. I keep getting surprised that I like this book, but I donít know why. I like almost everything Kirkman writes, so this should be obvious. Maybe itís that the covers always seem uninspired. Anyway, this issue has to do with the pain of his family because of the whole secret identity thing. The consequences arenít limited just to the superhero, but to his family as well. His daughter hitting the other girl in the face with the tennis racket is pretty brutal because it feels more real and painful than any of the super powered fights. The girl begging not to be deactivated by her robot mom was particularly creepy and sad. This issue was all about the daughters I guess.

    Batman #677 by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel. Iíve always said that Batman is my favorite superhero because he has no super powers and is clearly off balance. He dresses up as a bat to fight crime but will never kill. He needs professional help. It shouldnít take this many years to come to grips with his parentsí death. Most people eventually get back into their regular lives. Of course, since this is comic book world, these sorts of things arenít often addressed. This issue has Jet convincing Bruce that perhaps he is his own worst enemy. Maybe he has completely lost touch with reality and is doing things without his own knowledge. Weíre getting into multiple personality disorder here, and Batman is definitely a prime candidate with his past behavior. However, the people attacking him are definitely real, so it canít all be in his head.

    Fables #73 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. The Fables go to war by taking the initiative. Instead of waiting for the Adversary to come to Fabletown again, theyíre going after the entire empire. Theyíre using a combination of Fable weapons and modern technology. Thereís plans within plans and everybody gets to play a part. We get to see everything going as planned, but of course, the final page is everything starting to turn. It looks like the next issue will be the empire striking back. It wasnít much of a single story. It felt more like they were just showing us the blueprints. As always, Willingham and Buckingham can pull it off and make it an engaging comic book.

    Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Hell must have frozen over, because this book finally came out. Itís the culmination weíve all been waiting for ever since Kitty brought Peter back in the first storyline. The opening pages stars Spiderman, and with the hilarious dialogue, Iím thinking we could stand with Whedon writing a Spiderman book. However, the delays in his books makes me think maybe not. Kitty proves her astonishing worth to the team by saving the freakiní day. In classic Whedon style, he makes something horrible happen to the characters he loves the most. Itís quite a spectaculkar ending to the best X-Men title out there.

    Marvel Illustrated: The Picture of Dorian Gray #6 by Oscar Wilde, Roy Thomas, and Sebastian Fiumara. The final chapter of Dorian Gray. This has been a wonderful adaptation of one of Oscar Wildeís masterpieces. The painterly style of the art compliments the style of the story. Dorian has been changed by his murdering of an old friend and wishes to change himself and live a better life, but with all the pain and horribleness that he has inflicted upon the years, a few simple acts of kindness is not nearly enough. His visage in the painting is more horrible than ever. The act of trying to destroy the painting is an act of suicide. He wishes to kill the loathsome creature that he has become, and he does by killing himself. There is no redemption for Dorian Gray.

    Rogue Angel: Teller of Tall Tales #4 by Barbara Randall Kesel and Renae De Liz. This book continues to amuse. I still really like the way the art will blend the Indian style with the American comics style. Itís a fun story that youíre not likely to find anywhere else either. The Indian archeologist whoís obsessed with Mark Twainís books is not a scenario that is often found. The magical sword gives a nice fantastical element to an otherwise realistic style adventure. This is definitely Indiana Jones but as a woman. The fight scenes are clear and not drawn out. I prefer a fight scene to have a purpose and then get out of the way for story. This is a fun book.

    Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor #3 by Mike Costa and Fiona Staples. First up, Iím really digging the art. Itís clear and illustrates the plot, but the sketchy style adds a temporary feel to the action and gives an edge even to the talky scenes The story continues to be top notch. I have no idea whatís going to happen and whatís really going on. Iím excited to find out, and thatís what a good mystery is supposed to be. The flashes of Hawksmoor being experimented on were rather unsettling as well. Itís nice to have a good Authority book out right now.

    Thor #9 by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel. This issue has hardly any Thor in it at all. There is mostly Loki and Balder. Loki as a woman is still taking some getting used to, but she is definitely still always up to no good. Apparently the whole point of this issue was for Loki to get Balder to go against Thor. It was a nice change of humorous interlude to have the regular townsperson wandering around Asguard and trying to describe basketball. Thor is still marching along to a good beat.

Here is the full list of This Week's New Comics!

2000 AD #1585
2000 AD #1586
2000 AD EXTREME ED #29
ACTION COMICS #865
ALETHEIA #1 Of(3)
ALIEN ORIGINAL VERSION 400 PERCENT KUBRICK
ALL NEW ATOM SC VOL 3 THE HUNT FOR RAY PALMER
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #11
ANGEL REVELATIONS #1 (Of 5)
ANGRY YOUTH COMIX #14
ARCHIE #585
ARMY OF DARKNESS XENA WHY NOT #3 (Of 4)
ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #6
BATMAN #677 RIP
BATMAN #677 VARIANT
BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #1 (Of 12)
BERSERK SC VOL 23
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #161
BEYOND #1 (Of 5)
BLACK ADAM THE DARK AGE SC
BLUE BEETLE #27
CALIBER #2 (Of 5)
CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #45
CINEMA RETRO #11
COMIC BOOK COVER PORTFOLIO #1 WOMEN OF THE DCU
COMIC SHOP NEWS #1093
COMICS JOURNAL #290
COMPLEAT NEXT MEN SC VOL 1
COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS SC VOL 1
DAN DARE #6 (Of 7)
DAREDEVIL #107
DARKNESS VS EVA #3 (Of 4)
DC UNIVERSE ZERO 2ND PRINTING
DRAFTED #7
DRAGON BALL VIZ BIG ED SC VOL 1
DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES VOL 3 #11 (Of 12)
DWELLING PORTABLY 1980 TO 1986
EMILY THE STRANGE II BE ALL YOU CAN BE #3
ESSENTIAL RAMPAGING HULK SC VOL 1
FABLES #73
FATHOM #0
FATHOM #0 MICHAEL TURNER VARIANT
FINAL CRISIS #1 (Of 7)
FIREBREATHER SERIES #1
FUTURAMA COMICS #37
GENE SIMMONS ZIPPER #6
GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE #35
GIANT SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1
GIANT SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 WRAPAROUND VARIANT
GREEN LANTERN #31
HEARTBURST & OTHER PLEASURES SC
HELEN KILLER #2 (Of 4)
HELLBOY SC VOL 8 DARKNESS CALLS
HERCULES #2 (Of 5)
HEROES MAGAZINE SPECIAL #4
HEROES SC
HULK #3 MCGUINNESS VARIANT
HULK POSTER BOOK
HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #2 (Of 6)
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #15
IMMORTAL IRON FIST PREM HC VOL 2 CITIES OF HEAVEN
INDIA AUTHENTIC #13 LAKSHMI
INDIANA JONES & KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL #2 MULTIPLE COVERS
INDIANA JONES ULTIMATE GUIDE LTD COLLECTORS HC
JACK KIRBYS OMAC ONE MAN ARMY CORPS HC
JENNA JAMESONS SHADOW HUNTER #3 MULTIPLE COVERS
JSA CLASSIFIED #38
JUDENHASS SC
JUGHEAD #189
JUGHEAD AND FRIENDS DIGEST #28
JUSTICE SC VOL 1
KING SIZE HULK #1
LEGEND OF THE BLADE HUNTERS KING DRAAKO BOX SET
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #42
MARVEL 1985 #1 (Of 6)
MARVEL 1985 #1 (Of 6) EDWARDS VARIANT
MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #36
MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #9
MARVEL ILLUSTRATED MOBY DICK #4 (Of 6)
MARVEL ILLUSTRATED PICTURE DORIAN GRAY #6 (Of 6)
MARVEL PREVIEWS JUNE 2008
MEGAMAN ZERO OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS SC
MINIMA SC VOL 2
MS MARVEL #27 SECRET INVASION
MUMMY MOVIE PREQUEL RISE & FALL OF XANGOS AX #2
NEARLY COMPLETE ESSENTIAL HEMBECK ARCHIVES OMNIBUS
NEW AVENGERS #41 SECRET INVASION
NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SEASON ZERO #8
NEW WARRIORS #12
NEXUS #100 SPACE OPERA ACT 2 S&N ED
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD SGN FILMBOOK
NIGHTMARES AND FAIRY TALES #23
NORTHLANDERS #6
NUMBER OF THE BEAST #4 (Of 6)
OKAMI OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS SC
PARALLAX SYMBOL II T/S XL
POWER PACK DAY ONE #3 (Of 4)
PREVIEWS ADULT VOL XVIII #6
PREVIEWS BACKLIST CATALOG 2008
PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #6
PRISM COMICS LGBT GUIDE TO COMICS MAG 2008
PROOF #8
RABBI HARVEY RIDES AGAIN SC
RESURRECTION #5
ROBOT SC VOL 5
ROGUE ANGEL TELLER OF TALES #4
ROSWELL TEXAS SC VOL 1
SABRINA VOL 2 #94
SALEM #1 (Of 4) MULTIPLE COVERS
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN SC VOL 3
SECRET HISTORY THE AUTHORITY HAWKSMOOR #3 (Of 6)
SENTINELS ANTHOLOGY SC
SHADOWPACT #25
SHE-HULK 2 #29
SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG #2
SKETCH MAGAZINE #35
SNAKEWOMAN CURSE OF THE 68 #4 (Of 4)
SONIC X #33
SORROW SC
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL #6 (Of 6)
SPEED RACER SC VOL 5
STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION INTELLIGENCE GATHERING #5 (Of 5)
STAR TREK YEAR FOUR ENTERPRISE EXPERIMENT #2
STAR WARS DARK TIMES #11 VECTOR PART 5
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF OLD REPUBLIC #29 EXALTED PART 1 (Of 2)
STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 1
STREET FIGHTER II MANGA VOL 2 SC
STUDIO SPACE HC
STUDIO SPACE SC
SUPERMAN WORLD OF KRYPTON SC
SUPERNATURAL RISING SON #2 (Of 6)
SWORD #8
TALES FROM THE CRYPT #6
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #50
TEEN TITANS #59
TEEN TITANS GO #55
TEMPLAR #1
THOR #9
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #122
UNCANNY X-MEN #498 DIVIDED WE STAND
USAGI YOJIMBO #112
VAMPIRELLA QUARTERLY SPRING 2008 MULTIPLE COVERS
VARGAV ONE SHOT
WHAT IT IS HC
WIZARD MAGAZINE #201 MULTIPLE COVERS
WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #3
WOLVERINE ORIGINS SC VOL 4 OUR WAR
X-FORCE #4 BLOODY VARIANT
X-FORCE #4 DIVIDED WE STAND
X-FORCE LEGACY OF VENGEANCE ONE SHOT
X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #12
X-MEN LEGACY #212 DIVIDED WE STAND
YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #5 (Of 6)
ZOMBIE TALES #1 MULTIPLE COVERS


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