Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 08/10/05
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.
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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.
#0 & Supergirl #1
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Pencils: Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund
Jeph Loeb and
his art team from Superman/Batman try to work the same magic
on this relaunch of Supergirl. While we haven't actually
read the first issue, it's a safe bet that this will be
good stuff. Loeb is always solid and with a clean slate
to work from, he has no obstacles in his path to drive his
& Norm Rapmund have proven they can not only create some
kick ass art, but also deliver a super hot Supergirl. The
number of creative ways they are able to shift her skirt
to avoid showing off her super thong is astounding. That
alone is enough to earn our pick of the week.
#0 and #1 hit the shelves this week, however if you are
a regular reader of Superman/Batman, you can skip
the #0 issue. It's a reprint of Superman/Batman #19
with a new cover that they are charging full price for,
again. Those clever bastards.
#40: This is the issue that regular readers of Fables
have been waiting for. The Adversary's identity is finally
revealed and it is glorious.
Arrow #53: GA #52 ended with Green Arrow and Black Lightning
teaming up against the Mirror Master. Despite what DCComics.com
says, issue #53 is not part two of that story. Rather this
is a one shot written by William Messner-Loebs about an
encounter GA has with Solomon Grundy.
not bad for a meaningless one shot (and Messner-Loebs needs
the work), regular readers are going to feel totally left
hanging on the Judd Winick plotline. What gives, DC? What
prompted the need to insert this one shot? Did Winick kill
another conventioneer at Comic-Con and his jail time interfered
with his writing duties?
Part 2 of War Crimes is just as good as part one,
but fails to pick up on the key component of the cliffhanger
that ended part one. Stupid multi-writer crossovers.
#3: This "new hero in town" story has heart to it. It's
a solid read even if it does smell like an Ultimate Peter
Parker rip off with different powers. They're both Marvel
so I guess they can rip themselves off all they want.
#830: Although not clearly marked as such, this is a
Villains United tie in which is also written by Gail Simone.
I guess everything she writes is technically a Villains
United tie in so…let's just move along.
had a nice story arc going setting up Mystique joining the
X-Men and then it fell flat on it's face like a paraplegic
on a slip & slide. What a complete let down.
Strange: Planet Heist: A book in which Adam Strange
is not a total dork is rare. Actually this is the only one
I can think of, since it's actually collecting the mini-series
The Return of Adam Strange which led into The
Rann-Thanagar War. So you'd better rush out and get
it before DC changes their mind.
vol. 1 Hardcover: Runaways was a surprise hit that Marvel
decided to relaunch in the hope of getting more readers
on board. While the first volume has been out in trade form
for awhile now, this hardcover edition would make a lovely
gift for your wife, your mistress or just someone who has
taken over writing your column while you've been down in
Southern California for 4 weeks going to Disneyland and
banging fashion models…you prick.
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