Monday, June 29, 2009
What I Read This Week
Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion #6 -- The Lost Battalion is surrounded and out of food, water, and ammo, but they will not give up the line -- and reinforcements have finally arrived! A strong conclusion to a strong series, Tucci wraps everything up nicely and makes a few references/homages to the old DC War books which fans should enjoy. Those who skipped out on this series because "if it ain't Kubert, it ain't Rock" missed the point and should buy the inevitable collected edition.
Guardians of the Galaxy #15 -- With the Inhuman Elite on one side and the Imperial Guard on the other, the Guardians are in it deep! It's hard to imagine, but things then get worse! Enjoyable (as always) sci-fi romp from DnA and Brad Walker, and the connective tissue back to War of Kings is always appreciated. Not the deepest comic book you will read all month but certainly a fun one.
Nova #26 -- Richard Rider is back as Nova Prime! (You didn't think he would stay as Quasar forever, did you?) But he has chosen a rough time to come back, as he is forced to dismantle the hastily rebuilt Nova Corps and deal with the fallout from their ill-advised incursions into the Kree-Shi'ar War. DnA deliver again, with Andrea DiVito handling the art chores nicely. This ties back a bit to the first Annihilation, nicely showcasing the organic nature of these cosmic stories under DnA. Great series month in and month out.
Invincible Iron Man #14 -- Tony Stark is still on the run, heading to Russia and getting help from his old comrade Dmtiri Bhukharin. Meanhwile, Maria Hill's behavior gets more and more bizarre, and Pepper Potts finds herself with a new identity. Better than some of the other issues in this seemingly interminable story, but Fraction and La Rocca only hit to about average. This title has tons of fans, but in my book it could be so much more. My nitpick for this installment: Dmitiri hasn't worn the Crimson Dynamo armor for years, comic-time, so why is he wearing it now?
The Pick Of The Pile is Sgt. Rock, which while a different experience from any other Rock project I have ever seen, is a true labor of love and really delivers the goods.