This Week’s Comics Haul

No time for love, Dr. Jones! And no time for thoughts on this week’s haul just yet.  Soon though, friends.  Soon.  This week though, instead of alphabetically, I’ll sort my acquisition list by the order in which I am most excited to read them, with number one OF COURSE being:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Century #03 – This requires its own post.

The Manhattan Projects #04 – How good is this series? Strong hints of Planetary here, and in all the good ways.

Batman Incorporated #02 – I’m slowly turning from a Marvel Zombie…

Hit Girl #01 – I can’t help it, I love Millars stuff (with the exception of The Unfunnies which was definitely truth in advertising.

Before Watchmen – Nite Owl #01 – I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the other BW titles, so I’ve some hopes for this.

Justice League #10 – Hopefully the snark from the Lantern & the Flash is met with furious Bat-fisticuffs in this issue.
Wolverine and the X-Men #12 – Go back to whimsy & cleverness, dammit!

American Vampire #28 – Read all of the back issues over the past two weeks; this is a solid series.

Fatale #06 – I can honestly say that I like everything Brubaker writes. Criminal, Incognito and now Fatale.  His fedora & moustache obviously contains all of his writing powers, I must have them!

Justice League Dark #10 – Don’t auite recall what happened last issue, but it was clearly interesting enough for me to pick up the following one.

Batman The Dark Knight #10 – Is Finch still on this book?

FF #19 – Think it’s going to be a wrap on this series too.  Do we really need two Fantastic Four/Future Foundation books?

Incredible Hulk #10 – Didn’t I say I was done buying this series?

Spider-Men #02 – If this is another 20 pages of set-up I’m going to be pissed.

Ultimate Comics Ultimate #12 – I hope everyone dies.

 

This Week’s Comic’s Haul also; What’s up WIth Marvel’s Man Thong Fascination?

Amazing Spider-Man #687 – Excellent cover art, so-so resolution to the story with the death of a “Who?  Oh. Who cares?” character.  Also, there was a blatant rip off of one of the most emotional and epic spider moments from the past, ever.  Look in the comments for details as again, no spoilers but this had nowhere near the poignancy that the orignal moment did. (Hint: It involves the Juggernaut.  The original, not this Colossus bastardization).

American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #01- So I picked this up, I just haven’t read it yet.  Have you been reading American Vampire? You should be.

Avengers #27 – I was never clear on who the Protector was in the first place, so him apparently getting the boot form The Avengers is no big deal.  The whole book moves so quickly from betrayal to betrayal to a non-resolution; the two best things about this book were: A) The cover and B)When it was over. They also completely gloss over HOW  this particular squad of Avengers managed to avoid burning up in the sun.  You have all of the members on the ship, preparing to fry, Thor is outside the ship, grimmacing and clearly prepping for the worst and then VOILA!  they’re on the Kree home world stomping the Protector flat.  Done with this book.

Batman #10 – WEAK SAUCE. How many times are they going to retcon the Batman mythos?

Batman & Robin #10 – Damien is a giant asshole and a wonderful character to read.  His casual dismissal of hardened criminals and more experienced Robin’s is balanced by his running off to get his dog for a portrait and as he dashes out of panel you can see his shoe laces are untied.  Balancing the psychotic assassin side with the 10 year old boy side is a clever little touch.  Details  like that let me know both the artist and the writer are actually putting some thought into their books.

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #01 – It’s not a bad read at all, though it has a heavy  Archie  vibe.  Still, I don’t get why these (and more coming) exist.  Well, okay, I get why they exi$$$t, but was Watchmen really begging for prequels?  No.  But what the hell, I’ll read them.  BONUS: Check after the jump for the oh-so-clever (ed.note: It’s not clever) facial joke.

Fantastic Four #607 – Another clever moment involving kids, this time a little punk bad mouths The Black Panther within T’Challa’s earshot and while walking backwards, backs into the king.  Like all loudmouths, he quickly goes mum and mutters something about wanting to ride Elephants with Franklin.  I found it to be a nice joke panel.  Otherwise, something about Egyptian gods and a well I don’t even know.

Incredible Hulk #09 – This series is so uneven! Hulk’s in Atlantis (well, the Atlantean version of a hick border town, really) where some stupid nonsense happens.  Best part: Sailor to Captain: “The cannons are loaded with hammerheads.  Crabs are whipped into a frenzy. And every Atlantean on board is heavily armed and drunk to the gills.” Moments later, Captain to sailor: “KEEP FIRING! KEEP DRINKING!” Otherwise, not important.  Skip this.

Invincible #92 – Totally getting this out of habit only.  Once issue #100 hits I’m out.

Spider-Men #01 – Complete and total set up issue.  Avoid.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #13 – Done reading the Ultimate Comics line. I don’t care about what’s happening, any of the remaining characters and the plots are stupid.

Uncanny X-Force #26 – Another X-book I’m going to stop reading.  A fleet of Omega Red variations show up, can’t kill Wolverine or alterna-Nightcrawler, Deadpool sucks now that he doesn’t have his healing factor anymore, I do not care about Fantomex or Psylocke sooooo….passing on UXF from here on out.

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This Week’s Comics Haul

Oof, last week’s reprieve was only temporary.  Here’s what I picked up this week.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #39 -Remember when annuals was synonomous with rushed out garbage aimed at collecting a fast $2/$3 trading, featuring terrible stories and worse art?  Clearly I don’t because I bought THREE this week. That’s what happens when you’re an adult with disposable income.

Animal Man Annual #01 – See above.  Also, please be good.

Batman Annual #01 – See above.  Also, please be good.

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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.