Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 08/03/05
Each 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
Derek is still on a "working" vacation in Southern
California following Comic-Con. I'll be filling in for him
on Preview Spotlight for the next few weeks. As per my contract,
whenever I fill in for another writer, I have carte blanche
to make fun of them until they return.
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Pencils: Pete Woods
a huge Batman fan but the last major event "War Games" was
a big disappointment. It was too long, too dull and really
only accomplished the goal of killing Spoiler/Robin #4 who
never should have been a Robin in the first place.
the ashes of that failure however comes the promising four
part story "War Crimes". It begins here with the repercussions
of Spoiler's death and how it is perceived by the media,
including a reporter who used to be a Batman ally. His arguments
are logical and reasonable enough that I found myself agreeing
with him and siding against Batman (albeit briefly).
Gabrych has a sold background in Batman lore. His work is
always enjoyable even if it's not always memorable. Pete
Woods' shadowy art style also seems at home in Gotham although
he has an unusual habit of skipping over facial details.
surprise on the last page is hardly a surprise, but does
leave me wanting to read the next 3 issues. As an added
bonus each part will ship weekly so the story only has to
hold your attention for a month, rather than 4 months.
Redemption #6: I didn't start reading this 6 issue story
until I realized that I'd have to say something about it
here this week. Luckily for me I was able to find the first
5 issues and catch up.
the mold of Brian Michael Bendis' work on Daredevil,
writer David Hine tells a story that is more about the adventures
of Matt Murdock rather than his leather clad alter ego.
Still, the story is enjoyable as Matt travels to a backwater
town to help a wrongly accused boy avoid the death penalty
for a murder he didn't commit. Hine handles the dialogue
and plotting nicely and Michael Gaydos delivers the same
outstanding work he's been doing over in Daredevil
for years now. At this point it would probably be easier
and cheaper to wait for the trade paperback but it's worth
checking out when it's released.
Man House of M #2: Andy, our local comic book dealer,
posed the question "If the plot of House of M is
that Scarlet Witch gives everyone the reality they want,
why does Tony Stark want his abusive Father to come back
and make his life hell?"
can't answer that, but I'm really enjoying reading about
it. I haven't read an Iron Man comic in several years. If
they have been on par with this issue, then I've missed
We Would Buy
The Last Man #36: Month after month this book is outstanding.
As much as I want to rush though to the end, I still want
to savor each issue.
Central #34: Another quality book month in and month
out. This issue guest stars the Teen Titans as the Gotham
police department believes they have Robin's body in the
morgue. With the way Robins have been dying and coming back
to life lately, what's the big deal?
#2: It's Joss Whedon, baby. My pick for No Brainer of
1602 New World #1: Greg Pak and Greg Tocchini (aka The
Gregs) pickup where Neil Gaiman left off. Gaiman's mini
series was interesting enough that we'll be buying this
out of pure curiosity.
Spider-Man #81: We bought the last 80 issues. Why stop
Appearing soon on Derek's Amazon Wish List.
Greatest Imaginary Stories: A collection of some of
the best imaginary stories featuring Superman, Supergirl,
Batman, and the Flash from 1946-1967. Derek's erotic Plastic
Man/Aquaman story not included.
Else Shipping Wednesday August 3rd, 2005
Amazing Fantasy 11
Daredevil Father 1 Director's Cut
Fantastic Four House of M 2
Marvel Team Up 11
New Avengers 8
New Avengers 8 Incentive Cover
Ultimate Iron Man 3 (For real this time? You said that last
Uncanny X-Men 463
X-Men Unlimited 10
Blood of the Demon 6
DC Special: Donna Troy 3
Son of Vulcan 3
Swamp Thing 18
Common Foe 2
CSI NY Bloody Murder 1
Emo Boy 2
GI Joe America's Elite 2
Grimjack Killer Instinct 6
Hero Squared 1
Hunter Killer Dossier
Karma Incorporated 1
Knights of the Dinner Table 105
Kolchak Black White & Red
Metal Gear Solid 11
Monster War 3
Night Mary 1
Oddly Normal 4
Random Encounter 4
Robert Jordan New Spring 1
Season of the Witch 0
Shaun of the Dead 2
Soulfire Dying of the Light 1
Strangers in Paradise 79
Stupid Comics 3
Cannon God Exxaxion vol. 4
Dragonball Z vol. 21
Naruto vol. 7
Ranma ½ vol. 19 2nd Ed.
Ranma ½ vol. 20 2nd Ed.
Rurouni Kenshin vol. 17
Trigun Maximum vol. 6
Yu Gi Oh Duelist vol. 7
Yu Gi Oh Millennium World vol. 1
Aaron Lopresti Sketchbook
Avengers: Vision & Scarlet Witch
Ballad of Halo Jones
Complete Crumb vol. 17
Fantastic Four Unstable Molecules
Justice League Elite vol. 1
Legend of Grim Jack vol. 3
Marvel Visionaries John Romita Sr. HC
New Avengers vol. 1 HC
Sandman Presents: Thessaly Witch for Hire
Top Ten: 49ers HC
X-Men Vignettes vol. 2
Archie Double Digest 163
Justice League Unlimited 12
Looney Tunes 129
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man vol. 1
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man 6
DC Secret Origins Figures Series 1
Scarlet Witch Statue
Derek is gayer than a fruit pie. He will also be back
next week and I needed to get that in before my time expired.
write to us and let us know what you think. I think fruit
pies actually have no sexual identity at all, but I don't
know if that's more insulting to me or not. Talk about it
on the forums!