Monday, May 18, 2009
What I Read This Week
House of Mystery #13 -- A lucky #13 for this series, which takes a break from the main storyline of "The Space Between" to present a special one-off old school anthology, where every page is numbered "13." All three stories are are handled by different creative teams, and run the gauntlet from monsters on the loose to eternal love to ironic fates, all with some clever twists along the way. Bonus points for Sergio Aragones' hilarious "Activity Page" in the back. I'll be glad to read the next part of the main story, but this would make a great format for breaks between bigger arcs.
Storming Paradise #5 -- The seige of Japan is slow going for the Allies, but things are about to take a turn for the decidedly worst as a German superweapon is nearing deployment. I have liked this series from the very concept, and it is still a good read, but the big delay between this issue and the last made me lose momentum. Luckily, things pick right back up here as we move into the conclusion. There's also a preview of the upcoming Starcraft series which I cannot make heads or tails of, but looks pretty at least.
Invincible Iron Man #13 -- "Worlds Most Wanted" continues with no end in sight. This storyline, now in it's sixth issue, drags on and on here, as we get more pat resolutions to subplots, more "Dark Reign" silliness, and more basic information botched by Fraction (FYI: Madame Masque's name is Whitney Frost). But hey, Shockwave shows up. This is seriously trying my patience.
War of Kings: Ascension #2 -- The Secret Origin Of Darkhawk! Or, Everything You Think You Know About Darkhawk Is WRONG! Just where DnA are going with this is anyone's guess, although the developments with Talon and Razor in this issue -- and what that means for War Of Kings proper -- is intriguing. The only thing I didn't like was the $3.99 pricetag -- cmon Marvel, DC is at least giving us extra pages for the extra buck!
The Phantom: Ghost Who Walks #2 -- Te terror attacks continue as Kazi's jihad moves into it's next phase. Too bad for him that The Phantom is not so easy defeated. Moonstone's relaunch of the Phantom is shaping up to be every bit as good as their previous series, and actually ties back to that series as HIM is name-checked here. Definitely the cure for the common Superhero comic book.
The Pick Of The Pile is House of Mystery, although it was a close call again this week, with a lot of enjoyment spread across the board.
So, what did YOU read last week?