Monday, July 19, 2010

What I Read This Week

Human Target #6 -- Christopher Chance is back in the US, but he still has to deliver his human cargo to the Feds in one piece!  Strong ending to a strong series, these six issues have done a lot to mitigate my waiting for the series to pick up again this fall.  I need to go re-read the backups and check to see if the device they use in this one was there the whole time, though.  That, and hope that the closing comment of "The End... for now" really means what I hope it does.  

The Mighty Crusaders #1 -- On the 4th of July in Washington DC, the United States reveals their superhero team: The Crusaders!  But will the Mechanistas ruin the debut?  What role does The Hangman play?  And how does an assassination attempt on a California Senator tie into the Red Circle?  Extremely well put together debut for the Crusaders proper, with everyone sounding exactly like themselves (a benefit from hacing Trautmann and Jerwa handling the scripting chores), and even more mysteries being introduced.  Shield is great as usual, Inferno's apparent military training plays very well, Web quips his way around, and new character War Eagle is very intriguing.  There's a ton of stuff going on between the Special and this debut, and it makes me lament that this is only 6 issues! My only complaint is the $3.99 pricetag, which seems to have been for the shiny cover.  DC, I don't want shiny covers if it means an extra buck!  

Robocop #5 -- When Officer Lewis is wounded, Robocop must search Old Detroit for a doctor to treat her, as healthcare has actually gotten worse in the US (hard to believe).  Harsh done-in-one story, which seems to push Robo in a new direction.  Makes very effective use of hallucinations on the part of Robo, including Dick Jones, Clarence Boddiker, and Emil from the first movie.  Should be interesting to see how the changes play out.

Re-Read Pile: Human Target, Mighty Crusaders.

The Pick Of The Pile is Mighty Crusaders, which, despite the inflated price tag, was pretty awesome in every dimension.  I really hope that these characters catch on somewhere after this miniseries, not unlike what DC managed to do with the Secret Six.

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