Buy this comic or I shoot this planet! Way better than anything I could have come up with and downright awesome! Yes. I am still talking about the cover to SPACE PUNISHER #4 (OF 4). Which immediately becomes one of my all-time favorite covers. First off all, it’s Space Punisher, which is ridiculous enough. Then you got a giant Frank Castle. He’s got the whole world in his hand! And chalk up another worthy addition to the most insane “Bullet to the Head” copy-cat competition. “Bullet to the Planet” has to rank right up there! Comics. Gotta love ‘em!
Nominees! An even 10 this week.
AVX CONSEQUENCES #1 (OF 5) – Was not the best book of the week but I did appreciate and enjoy and I want to talk about it. Very matter of factly told us exactly what was going on with the former members of the Phoenix Five. Plus Wakanda, Namor and Magneto. Which was nice cause AVX is totally to be continued. And this is a spoiler. (Not really. It’s just the new status quo in the Marvel Universe. Saw it in multiple books this week. Sure you did, too). Cyclops has killed Professor X. He is in prison. Everyone is mad at him, especially Wolverine. Now, I understand being mad at Cyclops for his awful plan to contain the Phoenix and it was his agenda that got pushed from day one. But. But. They are not mad at him for that. They are mad at him for killing Professor X. Cyclops was being "controlled" by the Phoenix force when that happened. Totally willing to hear arguments that it was his own dumb decisions that got him to that point in the first place. But. But. They are not arguing that. He killed Prof X. Period. End of story. Anyone heard of the Winter Soldier? Mind control. Demonic possession. The Purple Man. Etc. Etc. Superhero 101, baby! If you’re not in control of your actions, it’s not your fault! FREE CYCLOPS!!! FREE CYCLOPS!!! FREE CYCLOPS!!!
BATMAN #13 – Was the best book of the week. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo start off the Death of the Family cross-over with an excellent first issue. Liked everything about it. Except for the die-cut cover. That really makes it a pain to read. But read it you should!
BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #2 (OF 4) – I really liked. Really two stories in one. If this decision is made, this happens. If this decision is made, that happens. And Dr. Manhattan, who supposedly knows everything that has happened, is happening and will happen already, was quite confused!
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #9 – End of the Border Fury arc. Excellent once again. Belit killed some wolves. Conan killed his impersonator. Can we go back to the ship now? It’s really cold in Cimmeria.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13 – Rise of the Third Army rolls on! The guardians elevate Guy Gardner to the title of Sentinel. And to show his appreciation, Guy quickly breaks the Guardians orders! Which was fortunate for Guy because the Guardians’ orders were: Kill Guy Gardner! Love that Mogo may be back. Jon Stewart is gonna fix it. As he should. He really did blow up a planet! And I’m diggin’ the Guardian army. What do we call those guys? Grey space zombie aliens? And Vandor is gone! Not sure who Vandor was but I’m sure he will be missed.
MASSIVE #5 – Called issue #4 the best issue of the series. Wrong! Issue #5 now pulls into the lead. Basically a stand-alone issue. Really only featured two members of the crew. They go to Antarctica in search of a source of clean water. Conflict arises. It was real good.
PUNK ROCK JESUS #4 (OF 6) – Was the best book of the week. Oops. Already said that. Hmmm. Okay. It comes in second to Batman #13. We’ll see how the poll shakes out. Both have had some dominating performances in the past. Good luck! Did actually get a full on Punk Rock Jesus this issue. Time sure flies when you’re reading Punk Rock Jesus. Sad to see Mom go, but did you have to kill the Polar Bear?
STUMPTOWN V2 #2 – We have found the guitar! Repeat. We have found the guitar! Wow. Dex is a really good detective. Solved the case in two issues! Nah. The guitar may have shown up but we’re just getting started with this one.
UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 – You want a new status quo. You got a new status quo. Picked up where AVX #12 left off. Opened with Professor X’s funeral. The Cyclops hatred mentioned above continued. Things I liked? John Cassady. Rogue. The Scarlet Witch. And the overall issue. Things I didn’t like? The crazy bird man shape shifter. Leave Wanda alone! And give Havok a little more credit. He’s got plenty of experience under his belt. Plus I was under the assumption that the “new” mutants would be "new" mutants. So Avalanche getting his powers back was surprising to me. Either way is fine. Clarification please. Thing I loved? The last page!!!! That’s why Chuck had to die. So they could do that. Awesome!
X-MEN #37 – The last Brian Wood issue? It might have been. Can’t tell if he’s just taking a break next issue or if he’s done. Lots of changes going on at Marvel right now. Gonna take a bit to get it all shook out. The aforementioned Uncanny Avengers #1 is the first Marvel Now title to come out. Plenty more headed our way in the weeks and months ahead. Gonna be interesting!