The first batch of reviews for 2012! I read quite a few books I did not particularly like this week. Luckily for me though, I did find a handful of comics I loved. It was touch and go there for a little while, but I found the good stuff anyway. As always beware of Spoilers!
THE DEFENDERS #2
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry & Rachel Dodson
I was not terribly impressed with the first issue of this book, but with the second issue I am happy to say that all has changed. Where the first issue threw the characters together in a haphazard way trying to be humorous as it did the required work of getting the team together, this issue simple sits back and has lots of fun watching the Defenders take on the villains of the piece.
Nul, a destructive force dubbed the “black Hulk,” is headed for Wundagore Mountain to destroy a concordance engine, a science/magic hybrid device. This device upon its destruction will open a rift in time/space and allow Prester John and his people a chance to escape while the rest of our world is decimated. Prester John is a bit insane and thinks that all of this is quite all right.
The Defenders take on Prester John and his fellow beasts/warriors. Last issue Iron Fist was shot in the chest and we see his prowess to channel his Chi has only improved since the last time Fraction wrote the character. The heroes are on the verge of a win when Prester John uses his “evil eye” device to capture the Silver Surfer. Soon the rest of the Defenders are captured as well. By the end the Defenders escape their jail using Betty and just as they are about to throw down with Prester John and his men again the black hulk arrives.
A lot of love for a new story arc in American Vampire #22 in last week’s poll, but ultimately it wasn’t enough love to overcome the excellence that was Secret Avengers #22 from writer Warren Ellis and artist Alex Maleev. A time-jumping romp that left most us here at the store agape with pleasure.
This week we are heavy on the quality. Rusty reeled off about 17 different books in his nominees post yesterday and I added a few more to round out the field (Go Peanuts!). But now it’s your turn! So…
What was the best book of the week?
Animal Man #5 (7 Votes)
Rachel Rising #4 (7 Votes)
Uncanny X-Men #4 (6 Votes)
Action Comics #5 (4 Votes)
Avengers Annual #1 (3 Votes)
Wolverine and X-Men Alpha and Omega #1 (3 Votes)
Goon #37 (2 Votes)
Fatale #1 (2 Votes)
Sweet Tooth #29 (2 Votes)
Penguin Pain and Prejudice #4 (of 5) (2 Votes)
Swamp Thing #5 (1 Votes)
Solid picks, one and all! But not solid enough! The real best book is... (1 Votes)
ANIMAL MAN is a second-rate super hero struggling with real-life issues and moral dilemmas. Doesn’t sound intriguing? In the hands of Scottish comic book scribe extraordinaire Grant Morrison, the so-called second rate Animal Man becomes one of the most interesting characters the DC Universe has ever seen, as he literally (and we do mean literally) transcends the comic book medium. The three volumes in Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, all of which feature very cool covers by Brian Bolland, make up our Trade Paperback Spotlight.
Buddy Baker is a caring husband, devoted father, animal activist and super-powered being. But as he attempts to live up to all of his roles, he soon finds that there are no black and white situations in life. With a strong focus on storytelling, these thought-provoking and innovative tales make the reader question the actions of Animal Man as well as their own behavior in similar situations. Collects Animal Man #1-9.