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The Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 08/31/05
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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.

Jordi Bernet: Solo (#6)
writers: various
artist: Jordi Benet

Don't let the cover fool you. Or maybe you should, because it will probably entice you into buying the book.

Of all the names that have merited the Solo treatment, Spanish artist Bernet's is probably the least familiar to American audiences. If there's justice, this book will change that. Clearly, the writers involved know Bernet and love his work, because each gives him a different chance to shine.

Equally at home on the dusty streets of a small town or the mean streets of Gotham, Bernet delivers simple beauty. He may be willing to mythologize America, but he won't romanticize it.

My favorite story in the book, however, actually takes place in a South American prison. An old-timers' club of prisoners don't exactly have their run of the place, but they have become integral survivors in the population. More than survivors, actually; the prison really has become their life and they live it better than could be expected. Bernet imbues each prisoner with a distinct personality, and a real sense of having lived awhile and seen things the rest of us might not want to. The tale takes a surprising turn that you'll find a bit thought-provoking. What makes Bernet a master, though, is that it might have been just as effective without the dialogue.

Of course, as the cover promises, Bernet has a way with drawing women, and many of the stories give him that opportunity. They're not always as ridiculously hot and come-hither as the cover image, but they are recognizably people. In the opening horror story, Bernet conveys a boarding house operator's loneliness with subtly, contrasting it with the spunk of her tomboyish daughter.

Eventually, he gets to Poison Ivy.

Okay, if you only want to buy these books if they have straightforward superhero stories in them, then consider yourself hooked. It's a provocative battle between Ivy and Batman, with more real sensuality in eight pages than all twelve issues of Jim Lee's "Hush." Bernet's women are beautiful, but not impossibly, ideally so. Maybe it's the European sensibility.

Not a single issue of Solo has been a disappointment, and I eagerly look forward to the Mike Allred issue. This issue marks a perfect case of a powerful comics company using its powers for good, exposing an artist to the masses who deserves the recognition. I admit I'm weak on European comics, and now I have a taste of what I've been missing.


Amazing Spider-Man #523: Every good Spider-Man story has a somewhat predictable arc to it, but Stracyznski has been able to (sometimes controversially) play with our expectations. It's good to see the awkward integration Spider-Man has with being an Avenger from his point of view. Andy Mead would also like to point out that JMS pulled off what could possibly be the greatest pun in Spider-Man history. The trade-off is that Spider-Man will never look fatter on a cover than he does here.

Astro City: The Dark Age #3: The last time around with Astro City, the book was a bit spotty. However, when Busiek has a big picture in mind, he fires on all cylinders. This is the big picture, and finding out what happened to the "...poor doomed Silver Agent" has some frightening things to say about how far we haven't come.

Captain America #9: Still a great plotline, but Ed Brubaker plays with the narrative's chronology for no particular reason other than doing so makes a story seem more important or cool. Michael Lark's art has a dynamism that he pulled back from on GCPD, once again proving why Marvel wanted him exclusive.

Runaways #7: How does Brian K. Vaughan keep spinning more gold out of what too easily could have been a one-note concept? It's not that this series just gets better and better, but it does deservedly get better read. Runaways proves that Marvel doesn't need Wolverine to sell a book; they just need to put out damned good books.

Wha Huh?: Re-solicited and re-solicited allegedly due to legal fears over the Identity Crisis parody, we finally get this hilarious book that offers up a ton of inside jokes and downright clever concepts from a variety of Marvel writers and the glorious Jim Mahfoud. My personal favorite is "What if Stan Lee wrote Ultimate Spider-Man?" but asking "What if the Black Panther was white?" has its moments, too. Ironically, the least funny piece is "What if Identity Crisis happened in the Marvel Universe?"

Young Avengers #6: So young a book, so soon to have actually affecting tragedy. And yet it does. Almost everyone I talk to agrees that they originally planned to ignore this book and find themselves unable to put it down. Most common comment: "It's better than it has a right to be." It's just good.

Sight Unseen:

Flash #225: Say good-bye to Geoff Johns, and who knows what members of the Rogues Gallery? I mean, the guy built up the Top as this incredible menace and then easily disposed of him. All bets are off.

Freshmen #2: Why does Fanboy Freddy Prinze Jr. garner nothing but hatred and Fanboy Seth Green get nothing but love? Because only one of them uses his powers for good, and that someone has given the world both Robot Chicken and Freshmen in the same year.

Hero Squared #2: Look, you know you loved Giffen and DeMatteis on JLA Classified and Defenders. This time out they're only defiling the memories of their own new creation, and if you're lucky, they'll also teach you a new vocabulary word: caliginous.

Hey, write to us and let us know what you think. Talk about it on the forums!

Derek McCaw

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