Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 03/29/06
Out This Week:
1 -- Justice #5, Avengers/Power Pack #1 and Big Max
Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark haven't exactly made us forget
about Bendis and Maleev, but they're still running hard
with the challenge left to them. In some ways, their arc
riffs off of something Frank Miller did during his
run, but thanks to changing times and mores, this will be
a hell of a lot more hardcore. Luckily, it's also really
well written and drawn. If you're not buying this book,
you're a chump. Yes, that's what I said, a CHUMP.
Special #1: Actually telling a tale from "The Great
Machine's" active superhero days, this two part special
is good but nothing special. The fun of Ex Machina
is watching a man in a role where superpowers rarely do
him any good combined with glimpses of his past. Putting
us firmly in that past makes Mitchell Hundred just another
superhero, except with one of the worst costumes in history.
Iron Man #7: Infected by "Extremis," Tony Stark has
himself become a powerful machine. His friends worry about
him, though he thinks that just comes from resentment. Certainly,
when he stops and restarts a villain's heart just because
he can, things may be tipping over the edge. While writers
like Bendis enthuse about Tony's forward thinking, it looks
like Daniel and Charles Knauf may have picked up on something
else about his mindset: Tony Stark is an alcoholic. He may
not drink anymore, but there are still addictive elements
to his personality, and the very thing that drives him to
success may also lead to a hard downfall.
What else can you do with Man-Bat, really, but make him
into a horror character? Something terribly gruesome is
happening outside of Gotham, and while all signs point toward
Man-Bat, Dr. Kirk Langstrom just can't be sure. Perhaps
by editorial mandate, writer Bruce Jones throws in a couple
of more mainstream villains, but their presence only ensures
that this book will get bloodier and bloodier. If you want
a little splatter mixed in with your Batman title, this
would be the book.
#21: This issue makes it a little clearer just how the
status quo has changed one year later for the character.
It's a good change, and just why she's doing it seems to
be a good mystery. You'll have your theories, sure, but
Marc Andreyko will tell us slowly, and he's a writer worth
The Prophecy #4: Hollywood seems interested in Sgt.
Rock again, with talk about a feature film hitting the trades
today. So it's a good thing that DC has this really good
mini-series on the stands, written and drawn by one of the
giants of the industry. The story is clearly personal, and
it gets better and better with each issue. Remember that
the Kuberty Dynasty starts with Joe.
Origins #1: Daniel Way and Steve Dillon do a good job
with a story designed to really just dazzle us with smoke
and mirrors. It wouldn't be much of a series if they actually
explained some of what Wolverine remembers in the first
issue, would it? Whatever it is, it somehow involves intimate
knowledge of the layout of the White House, which leads
me to believe that Logan slept with JFK on more than one
occasion. At any rate, the sound and fury of this book doesn't
take away that it's more of the same old same old mystery.
Marvel might as well retitle this one Wolverine: Suckers,
because you and I both know it's still going to sell like
The possible retooling of Apocalypse's role in the grand
scheme of things actually makes the character interesting.
Though the first few issues of Peter Milligan's run kind
of stumbled to find their footing, X-Men has actually
got some direction and, despite being mired in all the things
that make non-readers cringe, readability. It's still no
Astonishing, but then, nothing else is.
7 Days To
Fame #3: This book creeps me out, because I just know
it's only a matter of time.
Prey #93: If you're not reading this book, trust me,
it's the best book you're not reading.
#17: When a co-worker saw an issue of this book on my
desk, she laughed. "You're such a boy!" Yeah, 'cuz boys
like zombies and monsters and mobsters and damned good writing
and art. This book may, just may, be my answer to Goodson's
man-crush on Bendis.
Lilo & Stitch
GN #1: I don't even know who's putting this out. I mention
it only because I know I'm probably going to have to buy
it for my kids, since they went as Lilo & Stitch for Halloween.
Let's just say I'm doing my part to build the next generation
of comic book readers; are you?
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