I am looking forward to DC’s Zero Month in September. This week’s BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #12 promised us “The Truth Behind the Death of the Waynes” next issue. And SUPERMAN #12 is threatening to tell us “What Went Wrong on Krypton.” And I am very curious to find out what the official New 52 explanation is for both! Plus we’re gonna get tons of origin stories and I love me a good origin story!
Nine Nominees this week.
BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #1 (OF 4) – Was a very good origin story. I guess lots of it has been revealed before but I thought it was done great. And it time jumped (and quantum jumped) the entire issue. Which I normally hate. But that is so central to Dr. Manhattan’s character that they had to do it, and I thought they did it very well.
BRILLIANT #4 – So late. Lots of late shipping books this week. Never helps any series. First issue was not good. Second issue was better. Thought issue #3 was great. Thought this issue was even better. A fantastic bullet to the head totally changed the plot once again. For Bendis fans only! Multiple 12-panel talking head pages appear! And there is a conference table involved! But I totally think it’s worth reading.
COBRA ONGOING #16 – Zowza! It was bookended with some plot. It had a 13-page fight scene in the middle! Zowza! It was great. Second “OK Corral” dust-up for Lady Jaye and Ronin. Cosmic Madness will feature the Greatest Female Superheroes next year. We’re gonna have to do some cheatin’ and get them in the tournament! “Please get me out of this chair. My foot is bleeding onto my face” and “Need immediate medical response at the Zurich extraction point” sum up the issue nicely. Third best book of the week!
DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE #4 (OF 4) – Is now a must read mini-series. Taskmaster was awesome. And Man Thing was awesome. And the ending was a very nice touch. Actually gonna get some 2nd prints of issues #1 and #2. If you don’t want to wait for the trade, if you do want to read it now, let us know we can have you all four issues in two weeks!
I VAMPIRE #12 – HA! Explained/recapped everything. Perfectly. And Stormwatch showed up. James will be happy to hear that the question of, “Who are we supposed to be stopping?” was answered with, “Just look for the guy with the white hair.” HA! And according to Mindnighter — he had binoculars and a much better look — Mary is indeed naked. HA! And the non-fight with Apollo was great. As was Twig. As was the ending. Second best book of the week!
SCALPED #60 – Just decided to win. Easily the Best Book of the Week. A great last issue caps off an extraordinary series. Even with the shipping delay I fell right back into the story and the issue reinforced to me just how good Scalped really is. And now was. Thank you, Jason Aaron. Thank you, RM Guera. Thanks to everyone involved for giving us one of the Best Comic Book Series of All Time!
SUPERCROOKS #4 (OF 4) – Had plenty of Mark Millar twist to it. It was a superhero robbery story in essence. Will have to read it in its entirety again to see how well those twists and turns actually worked. But it was very cool when I was reading it and had a very interesting ending. Will totally be a trade paperback spotlight. Keep your eyes peeled!
UNCANNY X-MEN #17 AVX – This was my complaint about the Mr. Sinister story four months ago when it started! It’s so far behind current events at this point the story doesn’t matter! But… BUT… it was good. And how they “Phoenix’d” Mr. Sinister was incredible! Plus it does look like Uncanny will catch up with the timeline next month.
Besides that, all I got to say is I hope you enjoyed your delayed copy of BATMAN INCORPORATED #3. I did like it but shipping delay and Grant Morrison do not belong in the same sentence. Not your fault, Grant! Still see no reason why we had to hold it.
And although there will still be a Voodoo Zero issue coming out and her adventures will continue in the pages of Grifter, I would like to say goodbye to my beloved Voodoo this week. VOODOO #12 summed up my feelings with one simple line. “I feel bad for you, Voodoo." As do I. If you want to know the real Voodoo, read this… or this. It will make you feel better.