This Week’s Comics Haul – Sweltering in the City Edition

It’s too hot to even move; best thing to do is find solace in some air conditioning with a stack of comics. What I picked up this week (And a rare show of restraint!); what did you get? Tell us in the comments!

AvX 08

Before Watchmen Silk Spectre 02

Daredevil 15

Fables 119

Invincible Iron Man 521

Justice League 11

Saga 05

The Dark Tower: The Man in Black 02

Wonder Woman 14

X-O Manowar 03

Books I’ve picked up in the past but this week I was able to show restraint and not buy:

Wolverine ($5 bucks??! C’mon) & Fantastic Four. . Granted it’s only two but it’s a start!

A strong crop of books this week; it’s difficult to pick out which one or two could be the stand-outs this week. But picking two, I’d say it’ll be X-O Manowar and… Daredevil. Daredevil ?!? Yes, DD. I like the current arc, hell, I’ve liked the entire relaunch. It’s a fun book that still feels dangerous for the characters. It’s a delicate balancing act and Mark Waid pulls it off.
Reviews and thoughts on these in the next few days, along with the kick off of the MB Interview series!

This Week’s Comics Haul featuring MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

AvX #6 – – reminiscent of The Authority.  Cyclops still auditioning for lead singer of Cameo. Hope actually looks like a teenager. Emma is wearing something wholly impractical. Thor v. Cyclops! Ok, this book has definitely redeemed itself, especially with the final panel & Cyclops pronouncement. This could actually be leading to something bad-ass! I will definitely stay tuned.

Before Watchmen: Comedian #01 – I’m starting to come around on these Before Watchmen titles. This offered some interesting twists on established ’60’s myths, so I applaud them for that.  The one thing that always bugged me about Watchmen  was, if seemingly everyone knew Eddie Blake was The Comedian at one point in time, why was everyone then so mystified & amazed when Rorschach uncovered Blake’s secret costume stash in Watchmen#1? Did everyone forget? Answers people! I need them!

Daredevil # 14 : A Date with DOOM!: Ok, it’s not really called that, but Dr. Doom does show up up.  In fact, last we saw Matt he was trapped in a box in Castle Doom in Latveria. HOW. WILL. HE . ESCAPE? I ain’t saying nuthin’ beyond “clever premise.”

Fables #118 – a terrifying twist I didn’t see coming. Much creepier than expected.

Grim Leaper #2 – Still an interesting premise, but the last panel, while disgusting, also introduced a brand new character  that had me leafing back through the book trying to figure out exactly who was being talked about. Hate that.  Though I dug the little 4 part EC Comics-esque story in the back, which featured a whole new disgusting way to kill someone.

Saga #04 – I guess Vaugh takes a while to get going.  The story is definitely ramping up and there’s super bizarre things popping up in every issue.  I just hope he starts to unveil a bit more of the narrative soon.

The Dark Tower: The Man in Black #01 – First off, The Stand  is one of my ALL-TIME favorite books (the unabridged version, of course). Odd then that it took me until just two years ago before I picked up The Dark Tower. While the comics were cool and some beautifully illustrated, they just felt like re-treads on something I’d just read.  I picked this up as a way to hopefully shine more light on one of King’s strongest creations, Randall Flagg a.k.a The Main in Black a.k.a The Walking Dude.

The Punisher #12 – Frank still has one eye, but that doesn’t stop him from stomping his female quasi-partner senseless in a trash-filled alley over a picture. Why am I still reading this?

The Walking Dead #99 – Set up set up set up.  Issue #100 promises to be huge.  At this point, how can they not kill Rick?  I think that’s the safe bet.  Or even crazier, EVERYONE gets eaten and they just end the series that way, on the darkest note possible.

Uncanny X-Men #14 – Did Mr. Sinister just say he was a eunuch? Regardless, an XCELLENT (see what I did there? That’s called laziness.) return to form here.  Mister Sinister, here in his current role as devilish 19th-century English gentleman, shines as a an almost unparalleled mastermind.  Really, like Lex-Luthor-from-Red-Son type shizz. From the interesting twist on “let loose the hounds!” to learning how far his genetic manipulation & cloning goes, Sinister as a serious threat is back. Pick this issue up.

Wolverine #308 – I can already tell this is going to be terrible…(opens cover) yep, I was right.  This is clearly House of 1000 Corpses / The Devil’s Rejects, just set in the Marvel U. & starring Wolverine.  It also seems that the “brain-wash Wolverine to be a secret killer thing” has gone beyond trope & into the realm of cliche. This was was much better done in Mark Millar & John Romita Jr’s Wolverine: Enemy of the State. 

Wonder Woman #10 – Not as good as past issues but it does feature an interesting escape from Hell and a dog-headed medusa gets head-butted by an Englishman. HEADBUTTS FOR ALL.

Side Note: What’s with the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ? Read With Leather’s Best & Worst of Raw to find out.  It’s one of the highlights of my Internet week.

This Week’s Comic’s Haul

Light one this week, but compared to last week’s get I believe it’s a blessing.

Aquaman #09 – Still think this is a top 5 New 52 book.

Batman Incorporated #01 – How completely unreadable was the Bat-family of books prior to the new 52? Really, how unreadable was DC in general?  But the Bat books just stood out as particularly awful. So…Batman was killed by Darkseid, but not really, he was shot through time (a la Steve Rogers?) and time traveled somehow back to present day to find out that his Dad was alive! Not only alive, but he was the head of a criminal empire?  Or wait, he was the Devil! No, wait, he was neither!  But then he/Bruce Wayne/Batman/someone died in a helicopter crash! But then came back wearing a purple/red/yellow costume from the 50’s! But that was just him segmenting his brain for just such an occasion…or something.  Dude. DUDE! You screwing up the program. Rich guy in bat costume assaults crazy people in non-bat costumes. GO. Long way around but here’s hoping this is decent. Weren’t there riots or something because there was a Muslim Batman right before the relaunch of all the titles?  Makes sense.

Chew #26 – I get the same feeling reading this book that I used to get reading Invicible. Get all the back issues.

Fables #117 – I remember I bought the first trade at Forbidden Planet, started reading it in the store, went across the street to get some coffee, finished the trade, went back to Forbidden Planet and bought the next six trades. I now read this out of habit; it doesn’t grab me as much as it used to.

Fantastic Four #606 – Never cared for the FF.  Pick up a couple of runs here and there, most recently when Spider-Man joined up.   Guess what? I don’t care again. Such a shame too, after last weeks aweseom .1 issue.  Maybe this is just a fluke.  Maybe.

More issues on the way tomorrow, potentially, depending on how fast I burn through these.  Could they please hurry up with the Valiant relaunch rollout?  I’m trying to relive the ’90’s over here!

This Week’s Comics Haul

Batman #09 (Night of the Owls tie-in)

Batman and Robin #09 (Night of the Owls tie-in)

Fairest #03 (Fables spin-off)

Fatale #05 (C’mon, if Brubaker is writing it chances are I’m buying it)

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #05 (not a huge Dark Horse fan or Mignola/Hellboy for that matter, but the name caught my attention)

Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #10 (madness in the Ultimates universe)

Ultimate Comics: X-Men #11 (ditto)

Uncanny X-Force #25 (i don’t know why I keep reading this.  It started off as a pretty cool series, but this last story arc was a muddled mess)

The Walking Dead #97 – less talk, more zombie murder

Wolverine and the X-Men #10 (one of my favorite new books going, alongside Wonder Woman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing & Aquaman.)

For someone who swore up and down that the New 52 was a terrible idea, that it was yet another DC fiasco, etc etc…I find myself looking forward to those books more than just about anything else on the shelves most weeks.