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.

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This Week’s Comics Haul

GIGANTIC is the word.  Good thing I get paid tomorrow.  I picked up the following (a few more on the way, I wanted Bloodshot #1 but no dice):

Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (one-shot) – Maybe it’s good?

Avengers vs. X-Men #04 – This I know isn’t good; in fact it’s stupid.  The Cap vs. Wolverine scrape from last issue was ridiculous and not in a good way.  This is just a dumb hero v hero battle comic, shades of the marvel/DC crossover where fans voted on whether Logan could beat Lobo, etc.  Stupid on another level too, ’cause I keep getting them.

Dancer #01 – I had all but written Image off but someone they’ve come back strong with a varied line of interesting super-hero/non-super hero material that’s kept me intrigued.  I’ll at least pick up a first or second issue of a new series. Speaking of:

Danger Club #02 – hooked from the first issue.

Daredevil #13  – This new quasi-lighthearted take on DD has me looking forward to this every month.  Let’s hope Waid can string together a run like Bendis.

Fantastic Four #605.1 – Impulse purchase.

Fury Max #02 – I loved both Punisher MAX series, so if Ennis is involved I’m there.

Hardcore #01  – See Dancer and Danger Club.

Incredible Hulk #07.1 – Where did you go Marc Silvestri???

Justice League #09 – I swore for years I would never read a Justice League comic and yet here we are. Stil marveling (heh) at the fact that the New 52 gamble seems to have paid off.

Locke & Key – Clockworks #06 – When I first heard Stephen King’s kid was getting into comics, I gave the news an eye roll and that’s it.  That was before I started reading L&K.  Now I tell everyone about this.  Read it.  It’s good.

Pigs #06 – I forgot to get this issue at some point, so this is backfill.  Another very intriguing pick from Image.

Saga #03 – The art isn’t exactly my thing, but hell, BKVaugh is writing it so I’ll give it a good, oh, 20 issues.

The Manhattan Project #03 – I LOVE this so far.  The closest thing I can compare it to is Planetary, which I could read on a daily basis.  That series might be in my Top 5 All Time.

Uncanny X-Men #12 – See AvX #4. I’m a sucker for crossovers, especially ones staring the X-Men.  I believe this affliction started way back at X-Cutioner’s Song.

Winter Soldier #05 – Impulse.

Wonder Woman #09 – Another favorite New 52 title.  I can honestly say I’d never picked up a Wonder Woman book before this reboot but I’m glad I gave this book a chance.

X-Factor #236 – I didn’t really check the cover too carefully, ’cause I thought it was Gideon on the cover.  What can I say, I lie his name and I like his topknot.  Sadly, it’s some doucher named Scattershot which sounds like your run of the mill mid-’90’s Image character.  BloodStryke! HellWulf!