Oh I'm in a good mood. It's a great week for comic fans. Spider-Man 3 opens (I've got my midnight ticket for tonight!), it's Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, and EVERY GOOD COMIC EVER came out this week. Like, seriously, more comics came out this week that I wanted to read than any other week ever. There's no way I'll be able to write about all of them. I'll just say right now that Avengers: The Initiative #2 was really great. I think it's going to be a really fun series. Especially if you like teens with superpowers. And I do. Jonah Hex #19 was also excellent. So was Hellboy. And I haven't gotten to read either of the Hulk comics yet. I probably wouldn't have much to say about them anyway.
Better get started. Several new additions to the line-up this week.
52: Week 52
Nothing makes you realize how quickly a year goes by like a weekly comic series. I can't believe it's over already.
This issue was crazy. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a little confused. I'm glad that big dumb Booster Gold was along for the ride. I didn't feel alone when I kept thinking "huh?"
It was a good conclusion. A clever conclusion. And now we have a brand new mysterious "megaverse." I was really happy that Booster and Skeets saved the day. And I loved Rip Hunter saying "this moment is remembered as the beginning of Booster Gold's glory years." Yay! And I get to witness them!
This was so rad:
And Skeets didn't even really die! Magnus made a new one! Everything is awesome!
Of course, what I really loved, is the scene between Booster and Ted Kord. Did anyone else cry all over their comic?
And I guess Ralph Dibny really is very dead. I am sad. But this panel was so very sweet:
He had a good death. I guess I can find comfort in that.
Oh, and Batwoman is still alive. We'll see how I feel about that as time goes on.
Good job, Team 52! It was a fun ride! I look forward to Countdown!
Green Lantern #19
A new addition to the Living Between Wednesdays weekly haul. I finally go caught up on this delightful series. It's totally the Harlequin Romance Novel of comics. Every issue I'm just like "Oooo...who is Hal going to be making out with this time? And what will his hair look like?" As ridiculous as Star Sapphire and her amazing glowing vagina looks, it does kind of work with the story. I mean. No. The costume is horrible and they could have done a lot better designing it, but I can overlook it because the comic is so fun. I love that one of Hal's greatest enemies is an alien sex goddess who wants only to mate with him and spawn. She leaps into the bodies of human females that he's into, in hopes of attracting him, but that's, like totally exhausting because he likes a different woman every day. That is very funny.
And the art has been solid throughout the series. I love Daniel Acuna's work on these last couple of issues. Very pretty. And I love this:
I also love that Carol asks Hal to make her a suit with his ring and he makes this little number:
I could look at Pacheco's art all day. It was a really good week for art in a lot of comics. This Busiek/Pacheco run is going to make for some excellent-looking trades. And I think the story will flow really nicely when it's all collected. There are a lot of details to remember, and it's been going on for a long time now, so sometimes I have a hard time keeping track of what's going on. Or maybe it's just because I am staring at the pretty pictures and not paying attention:
Actually, I was paying attention at least a little. This little scene between Superman and a man he met in a vision of the future shown to him by Arion the sorcerer was really good:
I love the little piece of narration there. Very funny. I like Busiek's Superman voice a lot.
The All-New Atom #11
I also picked up the All-New Atom trade this week because this series rules. Gail Simone has created a fantastic nerdy, funny hero who effectively eases my pain as I mourn the absence of Ray Palmer. In this issue we get to see him being funny:
And next: the hunt for Ray Palmer begins! I think it speaks volumes about how good this series is that I am kind of thinking "Maybe he could stay missing...just a little longer?" I don't want Ryan Choi to be the new Kyle Rayner.
Detective Comics #832
Fill-in! Ok, I've made a decision about Andy Clarke's artwork, which I was on the fence about previously. It's really good. This issue looked fantastic. It was well-written too. And it was a Terrible Trio story, which is rare and an interesting choice.
Look at these pages!
Lovely! Even the alternating blue and green borders are very aesthetically pleasing. Here's another stunner:
A+. I also liked Bruce Wayne's fierce sideburns:
Not bad at all!
The Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1
Oh man, speaking of excellent artwork, this comic was really beautiful. Not just the art, either. It was just a really nice book about a really nice love story. I read it right after Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane, which was perfect. It's a nice re-telling of the history of their relationship that ties into current continuity. I can't stress enough that it was really good. And you know how I feel about Spider-Man these days.
Of course, he isn't usually so dreamy:
There are some really great-looking flash back scenes like this one:
And, like I said, the writing was fantastic. Very witty and fun and heartfelt. I really loved this scene:
Man, annuals are great.
All caught up on this one too! Yay! I'm very glad because this issue was totally awesome. Whedon really is rocking this thing in the way that he rocks everything (and I didn't even watch Buffy).
Ok, seriously. Is anything funnier than The Punisher getting punched in the stomach by a super-strong little girl?
The answer is no. Except maybe the aftermath:
I love the Punisher War Journal commentary running thoughout the scene. Especially when he says "Punisher War Journal: Hhhhhhh..." after getting punched. Comedy gold, people.
Molly is funny:
And Chase is funny:
This series rules.
This was my favourite issue of Scalped yet. Really great. I loved getting some of the back story, and learning about Agent Nitz's plans for Dash. Plus, it was crazy raunchy as usual, and just really, really good.
Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil #3
Oh man. I can't believe there's only one issue left of this series. Twelve more! Please! A hundred more! It's perfect!
Adorable Captain Marvel and plucky Mary Marvel!
God that's really funny. And maybe a little creepy.
I also really liked this scene with the helicopters because it totally looks like the helicopters themselves are talking:
Helicopter body language!
Man, so good.
Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane #18
I can't stand how cute Firestar and Spider-Man are. In this issue she decides to take their relationship to the next level, which, in superhero terms, means to take the mask off:
Awww. She lives in Jersey.
Spidey's not so into how fast things are moving:
How can anyone not love this series? It's not possible I tell you!
The thing about Midnighter is that he is gay, and has a husband, but the Authority comics have always kind of downplayed it. In a positive way. It's never been gratuitous. The character happens to be gay, but that's not all he is. I respect that, and I think it's great. But I also respect opening a comic with this page:
Oh, Brian K Vaughan. You come on to write one issue and you just...rule...so much. I said there were a million good comics this week, and there were, but this might actually be my pick of the week. And not just because of that first page. The detail to pay attention to there is actually in the top left corner. The End. This entire comic, as a way of playing with Midnighter's ability to calculate every possibly outcome of any situation in advance, is told completely backwards. You can read it either way and it's still a great issue. But by reading it front to back (which is actually back to front), you get all sorts of clever jokes. It's really a lot of fun. Page five we see a badguy say "Holy God! Did you see what he just did to Boyson?" and on page six...we see what Midnighter did to Boyson. Holy God.
Page 14 we have a woman begging Midnighter for her life. On page 19 she confidently says to Midnighter "I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to defiling your corpse."
Midnighter rules. And so does Brian K Vaughan.
Astonishing X-Men #21
Oh man! This comic came out this week too??!! What a time to be alive!
More Whedon rocking the house. Being hilarious.
Cyclops made a funny!
I loved all of the conversations between Scott and Emma in the fighter plane. I love Colossus trying to deal with being a messiah. I love Beast's bickering with Agent Braind:
Speaking of "Oh my," how about that sexy scene between Kitty and Colossus? Hot stuff! I love those two.
Phew! Done! Enjoy Spidey 3 everyone! I'll try to get some more Free Comic Book previews up tomorrow. It's been a very busy week.