Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 02/15/06
week we look through the upcoming releases to offer our two
cents as to what's hot and what's not. You can agree with
us or not, but spend your money wisely.
brought to you by Brian's Books of Santa
writer: Dan Slott
artists: Juan Bobillo
Greg Horn covers certainly don't hurt, because if you've
thumbed through The
Art Of Greg Horn, you can't quite shake the feeling
that somewhere out there, there might really be a She-Hulk.
But that's not why this title reaches the spotlight over
Hex across the corral at DC, She-Hulk tends to
tighter single issue stories. Though Dan Slott still weaves
a couple of subplots through his narrative, they never overwhelm
the main thread, and then he's done. More importantly, Slott
leaves you with a great story. If I had been a kid who managed
to sneak that cover into the house, I'd have been satisfied,
not titillated, by my purchase.
Odd, then, that
She-Hulk just came out of a situation in which she'd been
accused of mucking too much in continuity. The consequences
of that story play out in this issue, as she has brought
Matt Hawk, the Two-Gun Kid, from out of a temporal cell
and into the twenty-first century, at the risk of messing
further with the time stream.
Why the Two-Gun
Kid shouldn't go back into the Old West remains unexplained.
character has a history with the Avengers, but not knowing
what that history is never gets in the way of enjoying the
story. No matter what we know, Matt Hawk is a man out of
time, yet not quite as out of time as you might think. He
knows what a CD is from his previous jaunt, but cannot recognize
Slott uses Hawk's
predicament to good effect. A lawyer in his secret identity,
he discovers that over a century of lawmaking just may have
removed his idea of justice from the equation. Until he
gets a license for his weaponry, the law forces Hawk to
become the No-Gun Kid. Finding a place in She-Hulk's law
firm will be rather hard.
for recurring character Awesome Andy, Matt Hawk finds a
place in the firm's society quite easily. It seems that
the block-headed android has developed a crush, and the
Two-Gun Kid has shot all his hopes.
Bobillo has gotten a lot of attention for the delicate cheesecake
he draws, it's the characters like Andy that really should
make his reputation. Andy has no face, yet every emotion
is writ as large as the letters on his chalkboard. Inked
by the subtle Marcelo Sosa, Bobillo's art only gets better
Let me not fail
to mention that Slott manages to work Hawkeye in again.
And again, his brief appearance here gives him more of a
personality than most of his time spent taking up space
in The Avengers. He proves himself worth more dead
than alive. Sorry, George Bailey.
up She-Hulk #5. You'll be as happy as the horse on
that Horn cover (that Marvel left off of their website;
trust me, he's grinning).
vs. Dracula #1: Throw in Abbot and Costello, and you
just might have a franchise there. Yet surprisingly, this
isn't stupid. Frank Tieri sets up both title characters
in such a way that it's hard to know who to root for, because
they both have a point. Of course, it's also one of those
"we lose" scenarios, because once they're through with each
other, they'll notice that the humans are still standing
around. And neither one will like it.
#82: Following a run that some already deem legendary
is daunting. But Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark are up to
the task. On the heels of Matt Murdock being thrown in prison,
someone else dresses up as Daredevil and kicks some butt
in Hell's Kitchen. Nobody knows who it is, but it is scant
consolation to Murdock, trying hard to not get a shiv in
prison. Someone gets a shiv. The only weak point here arises
in the shoehorning in of Dakota North, minor Marvel heroine
getting a massive relaunch this year because, well, they've
relaunched just about everybody else.
Hi Hi Puffy
AmiYumi #1: DC's Cartoon Network books have the same
rhythm that old Gold Key books had, but with a better track
record for actually having the same feel of the source material.
I don't watch Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi on television,
but you might know a young child who does. This book is
for her, and for Puffy AmiYumi
Hellblazer #217: New writer Denise Mina has done the
worst thing she possibly could do to Constantine - make
him feel for his fellow man. Of course, it's one of the
best things she could do for us. An uncomfortable Constantine
is an entertaining one, with artwork that just keeps bringing
on the creep factor.
Lex Luthor towers above the citizens, his silky smooth voice
booming through the populace. The super-villains have changed
their ways; the Legion of Doom might as well change their
names to the Legion of Hope. It's all about perception,
and the people are about to get boondoggled to the hilt.
Speaking of perception, I hate to feed the perceived ego
of Alex Ross, but with this issue, he makes the Super
Friends version of the Toyman cool.
#13: Brian K. Vaughan offers a solo story that makes
this issue a perfect time to jump onboard. The youngest
Runaway, Molly Hayes aka Princess Powerful, has been
separated from the group, and falls in with a Fagin-like
gang with a metahuman twist. Revel in the fun of this issue
before Vaughan puts his young heroes through Hell again
with an all-new Pride. Or are they all new?
The Prophecy #2: The first issue was old school, pretty
to look at with decent storytelling, but nothing spectacular.
Now that Joe Kubert got the business of re-introducing Easy
Company out of the way, he proves his talent as a storyteller
still towers over the industry. This is a hard-hitting and
angry war book. We might consider World War II to be simple
and honest in its morality, but Kubert burns that away with
one panel, few words and a devastating expression as Little
Sure-Shot compares a synagogue burning to Wounded Knee and
realizes that it's the same.
Swear To God #16: Tom Beland passed this over to me
at WonderCon this weekend after I thanked him profusely
for the enjoyment I got out of Web of Romance. It's
full of heart. Better yet, this particular issue covers
Beland's first time at WonderCon. Aside from the book doing
my usual job of lauding Keith Knight, it also offers inspiration
to anyone who believes they have a story to tell and want
to do it in comics.
One Hundred #1: Paul Pope tells a tale of Gotham's future.
Whenever Paul Pope does Batman, I'm riveted, even though
I really don't like the way he draws Batman himself. That's
some damned good storytelling.
#16: It's The Goon. Though not for everyone's
tastes, it does what it does real good. So if you like the
taste of zombies, mobsters and Spanish-speaking demons,
Eric Powell's The Goon is for you.
#16: The Marvel solicitation promises Alpha Flight in
its final battle. While I might not believe that bit of
hype, I do believe that Brian Michael Bendis will make it
Causes #17: It's a nifty book. I've praised it before;
I'll praise it again, and Andy Mead will be happy with me.
Brigade #1: Spun off to the left of Hero Squared,
this Boom! Studios team book from Keith Giffen and J.M.
DeMatteis promises to be the Justice League…their way. Never
mind that they already did that and it was called Justice
League. When these two writers get together, I always
have room for more.
Genesis #4: The villain should hail from a time when
I could keep my X-Men straight, and yet his mystery remains.
I don't know about you, but I keep picking this one up in
hope of answering just who the hell IS that?
Dead Girl #2: Though really about Dr. Strange, the first
issue was a hoot. And now Dead Girl might actually star
in the book that claims she does.
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