Monday, September 8, 2008
What I Read This Week
Another XS Edition. For those who don't remember, that means "eXtra Short."
Adam Strange Special #1 -- More on the comings and goings of the DC Cosmic Set and the "Abberant Six." Pretty good story is derailed by a very strange, herky-jerky delivery.
House of Mystery #5 -- The first arc comes to a close as our main character may not be who we thought it was. Also notable for the inclusion of a text story, meaning that we have 3 features in this psuedo-but-not-but-kinda-still-anthology title. Top flight as usual.
Secret Six #1 -- The Villians are United once again as Catman, Deadshot, Scandal, Ragdoll and some new friends take on a hugely dangerous and insane mission. Supremely impressive ongoing debut from Simone and Scott.
Storming Paradise #3 -- The invasion of Japan weathers on, pushing towards Christmas '45, and the Allies have new troubles brewing. Pretty much unlike anything WildStorm has ever published.
Tor #5 -- Tor and his companions run afoul of the Hairy Tribe once more, but are there bigger problems on the horizon? Continues to be just a hugely enjoyable series which has gotten very little attention from DC.
The War That Time Forgot #5 -- New mysteries are revealed as it seems that the soldiers, warriors, and dinosaurs are not alone on the island. Fun yarn which pushes the plot in a new direction.
Invincible Iron Man #5 -- Trying to stop Zeke's gambit from destroying everything he stands for, Tony Stark has to make a gamble of his own. Good story and art, but with an obvious cliffhanger to anyone who has read an Iron Man story in, oh, 15 years or so.
Iron Man: Golden Avenger -- A Marvel Adventure title without the Marvel Adventure cover... maybe because Marvel cancelled it? Maybe you should remove the house ad for it, too... anyway, lots of baddies are working for a mysterious and not-overly-competant benefactor in this enjoyable AA comic.
Marvel Apes #1 -- Three-time loser The Gibbon is tossed into an alternate dimension where simians rule the evolutionary chain. An absolutely fun story to read, with lots of jokes and gags, but there's a real story here, too.
Venom: Dark Origin #2 -- Eddie Brock makes a name for himself by covering the Sin-Eater story for the Globe, but will his desire for fame blind him to reality? This issue is much better than the first, and reads like a Venom series of old (that is a compliment). Be interesting to see where this heads, and if it incorporates Jenkins' ridiculous retcon from a few years back.
The Pick Of The Pile is Secret Six, which did not disappoint in the least.
So what did YOU read this week?