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?

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