Published on June 28th, 2012 | by Cosmic Comix and Toys3
Best Book Nominees for Wednesday, June 27
I was a little disappointed in some of my comics this week. INCREDIBLE HULK #10 promised me Russian bears in space! And while I got Russian bears in space, it really wasn’t very good. Bummer. Then ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #12 had Iron Man outsmarting City of Tomorrow Reed Richards with a brain tumor hologram! Which is even more ridiculous than Russian bears in space! Sigh. And I must say that I am a little annoyed with SCALPED #59 these days. The delayed shipping schedule — don’t expect to see the final issue (#60) anytime soon — has almost ruined the ending to one of my all-time favorite comics. And at this point I just want it to end so I can read it all again! Patience, Rusty, patience.
Still plenty of books that didn’t disappoint. Nominees!
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #28 – The Blacklist Part One! What else can I say about American Vampire? It’s so consistent. Everything that happened in this issue tied into everything that’s gone on before, while still telling an engaging story and it is absolutely worth reading. And it looks like this arc will be about Pearl and Skinner Sweet teaming up to hunt vampires in the Hollywood hills. Bring it on!
ANGEL & FAITH #11 – I really enjoyed. Willow is back. Gunn is back. Connor is back. And they are off to the alien world, Quor’thoth, where Connor grew up. It was wordy. It was long. And it might have been the best issue of the series so far.
BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #1 (OF 4) – J. Michael’s turn! And once again totally different than the previous three titles: Minutemen, Silk Spectre and the Comedian. Tied into the original Watchmen series far more than the others. They’ve already caught up time-wise and some of the pages looked almost identical. Did get more Nite Owl back story. Would have to put it in a tie for third. Silk Spectre is still winning. With Minutemen in second place. Although I have liked them all. BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #1 comes out next week. Then we will start seeing some issue #2’s.
BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 – I loved. Batman was only in a couple pages. It was the history of Talia Al Ghul. Damian’s Mom. If you knew the history, I thought it worked. If you didn’t know the history, now you do. It was great.
HIT-GIRL #1 (OF 5) – Very subdued for Kick-Ass. Story takes place right after the first mini-series ends. Picks up with Hit-Girl going back to school, living with her parents, and planning to take down more mobsters! All I ever want from any Kick-Ass comic is to see Hit-Girl taking out bad guys left and right. Well, she didn’t kill anyone this issue and it was still awesome.
I VAMPIRE #10 – Seriously. How can you not love this book! The conversation between Professor Troughton and the leader of the Van Helsings was fantastic. Who deserves to live. Who deserves to die. And why. But. But. The Van Helsing’s bomber brigade napalmed Andrew Bennett and his merry gang of Vampires. And then parachuted down for an all-out battle. In which most of them died. And then… oh… I’m not even gonna tell you. Plus the double page spreads were incredible. It’s cool. It’s whacked. It’s I Vampire!
RESIDENT ALIEN #2 – So simple. So good. Got some back story on our Resident Alien. And the murder mystery seems to be solved, although the perpetrator has yet to be located. But the best thing about this issue was the following statement in the back. Next Issue: The finale to our first Resident Alien story arc. Which made me so happy. One more issue is nowhere near enough. We totally need more Resident Alien and it looks like we will get it.
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #12 – I loved. Rachel Summers is great. Loved what they did with her in this issue. She’s a hound! Featured a prolonged fight between the Avengers and the X-Men. Kid Gladiator was great. Thor was great. Wolverine. Captain America. Iceman. Beast. Wolverine. Liked the end with Rachel and Hope. It was great.
X-MEN #31 – The second issue from Brian Wood! Really just continued the story he set up last issue. Does need a “these events happened prior to AVX #1” box but other than that it was all good once again.
How many is that? Nine. Room for one more. Let’s see. Could go with FATALE #6, a very high quality comic which I enjoy reading every time out, although I’m still not quite sure what’s totally going on, trade paperback also came out this week, a re-read may be in order, or JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #10, Jeff Lemire’s second issue takes Constantine and his gang on a trip to the House of Mystery, or MANHATTAN PROJECTS #4, which featured some freaky aliens at the beginning and a brand new Einstein at the end, or SPIDER-MEN #2, which was way better than the first issue and I really liked the interaction between Peter Parker and Miles Morales, or X-MEN LEGACY #269, which of course would be almost purely for personal reason as Rogue fights Ms. Marvel!
But my last nominee has to belong to JUSTICE LEAGUE #10. The entire Justice League now lies dead at the feet of our mysterious new villain! Which can only mean that next issue we will get nothing but 40 pages of the Shazam! story. Which is good news indeed.
PS — Oops. Almost forgot. Best Book of the Week. I don’t know…I Vampire was off the hook! And will most likely get my vote. Thinking the poll might just come down to Batman Incorporated, which might get dinged for lack of Batman, but was fantastic, vs. Wolverine and the X-Men, which might get dinged for the art although I thought Chris Bachalo did a great job. See who wins! Vote it up!