Monday, June 28, 2010
What I Read This Week
Superman #700 -- Three tales of the Man Of Steel to celebrate the milestone: First, Lois and Clark are reunited after Clark's year on New Krypton. Second, the original Robin teams up with Big Blue despite Batman's protestations. And finally, Superman begins his journey across America to reconnect with his adopted home. Rounding out the book is some preview/hype of the upcoming Superman family of titles. I liked this issue quite a lot. All three stories were fun to read for different reasons. As a coda to the New Krypton story, Robinson's tale was great. I'm a sucker for Lois and Clark as a couple. The Dan Jurgens piece was like a classic issue of The Brave And The Bold or DC Comics Presents, and Jurgens art always looks good to me. And JMS's prologue to "Grounded" has whet my appetite for that story. I would have liked a reprint or something instead of the hype, but overall I thought this was well worth the money.
ShadowHawk #2 -- Paul Johnstone wanders the streets of New York, out of place and out of time, trying to find ShadowHawk's role in this strange new world he finds himself in. The cliffhanger from the last issue is handled in a surprising way, we meet a few other costumed adventurers, and learn some details of how he came back to life. A solid issue, I get the feeling that this issue would have been better served by Image United actually coming out, but that is neither here nor there.
Iron Man: Legacy #3 -- Tony Stark is enslaved and forced to build weapons once more, but Dr. Doom's agent Dreadknight is in Trasnia to take him out once and for all! I'll approve of any comic which uses Dreadknight so effectively, but this was a very strong bit of Shellhead comics. Things are building to another big throwdown, and this book is really the antidote to what Fraction is doing over in the "main" book, which means that Marvel should cancel it any time now.
Darkwing Duck #1 -- The Duck Knight Returns! It's been a year since the city of St. Canard last saw their defender Darkwing Duck, instead they have put their faith in Duckworks Corp.'s enforcement droids. But evildoers can't stay in hiding forever! If you are like me, then you remember Darkwing Duck and his adventures very fondly. If that is the case then you need to buy this comic! Just about everything you could ask for in a relaunch of Darkwing Duck. Also, this image really cracked me up.
Re-read Pile: Superman, ShadowHawk, Iron Man: Legacy, Darkwing Duck (4 for 4!).
The Pick Of The Pile is Iron Man: Legacy, which kit it out of the park, although Superman and Darkwing Duck were superlative as well.