Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Shane Talks Previews: July 2009 - Independents

Time for my final (and delayed) post, talking about every company besides DC and Marvel, where I'll tell you all about the comics you aren't paying attention to (but should be anyway!)

POE #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Why Should I Care?: Because anything with Edgar Allan Poe is infinitely more interesting.  Dean Kotz, the artist, is also an incredibly talented local whose art is absolutely perfect for a book like this--you can take a look at some of his samples here.

The Muppet Show: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Why Should I Care?: Because the first Muppet miniseries BOOM! published was basically hailed as amazing, and this is just the next chapter by the same writer/artist.  BOOM! is doing great with licensed properties right now, and by all indications, this is the best of the bunch.

Creepy Comics #1 (Dark Horse)

Why Should I Care?: Creepy was a rather famous horror anthology published way back when by Warren Publishing, before ultimately dying due to bankruptcy.  After a few failed attempts, the book makes its grand return.  It's a quarterly book, meaning that it isn't a big expense, but for horror fans it's a must.

Noir (Dark Horse)

Why Should I Care?: Remember how I said that Creepy was essential for horror fans?  This is the exact same thing, except for noir fans, and even moreso.  Look at some of the creators attached--Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, David Lapham, M.K. Perker, and more.  A-List talent.  This is going to be great.

Savage Dragon #150 (Image Comics)

Why Should I Care?: Okay, so call me a little kid of the 90's (although to be fair, I had next to no interest in Savage Dragon, apart from watching a few episodes of the cartoon because...I was a kid, it was a cartoon, it was on), but this book?  Good.  Like, really.  Erik Larsen was probably the steadiest creator of the original Image crowd, and he's continued this book all on his own for those many, many years.  He's been trying a lot of new things lately, and the current arc brings the Dragon back to basics, returning him to his cop roots, just as his most famous villain returns.  It's better than standard superhero fare, but will give you the same excitement.

Fallen Angel: Reborn #1 (IDW)

Why Should I Care?: Because Peter David considers Fallen Angel his best work, and here it makes its return.  The plots are complex (but in a good way!), the character work is top-notch, and there's insightful religious commentary without it being overbearing.  The art is incredible, too, painted digitally by the talented J.K. Woodward.  Also, for those interested, it's got Buffyverse stuff.  If you're interested.

Stuff of Legend #1 (Th3rd World Studios)

Why Should I Care?: Because...just look at it.  Adorable and creepy!  What more can you want?

Road Trip!

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Where to buy our comics now




If you made it to Bill's BC Closure party last Saturday you would have heard some interesting and engaging conversation on the topic of where to buy comics now.




Dan mentioned going to Showcase Comics (I think I got the name right) in Bryn Mawr. The shop inside Granite Run Mall was also mentioned. (I've been there in the past and I just can't remember the name). Several in our group have been to "West Chester Comics" (I know that's not right either, but you know which place I'm talking about) but the owner seemed indifferent and lazy (by 3:30 p.m. he still didn't have the Wednesday new books out on the shelves and wasn't in any hurry to do so). And Aaron found a place with no personality, that seemed in a hurry to have him pay for his books and leave asap. Some of us are going online to buy from Amazon, etc. and concentrating on just purchasing trade editions now instead of single issues. There was even some discussion about Gary's proposal to create a buying group, obtain a ship to / drop off site, and set up an account with Diamond distribution.




I'm now getting my new books through

CAPTAIN BLUE HEN COMICS in Newark

(280 E. Main Street, Newark DE 19711

phone 302-737-3434). You become a

member for $10 and they order and hold

books for you. The owner and employees

seem knowledgable and are friendly and make the extra effort to learn about you and what books/titles you are interested in. They keep extensive computer records, and seem to have their inventory as well as Diamond's in their database. They have a good-sized store with plenty of shelf space for a wide variety of new titles, plenty of back issue bins and clearance ($1.00 books) bins, as well as bookshelves all over with the biggest assortment of trade editions that I think I've ever seen. Their store is only about 17 miles from my home in Oxford, PA so they are actually closer than BC was (I used BC because my work finds me in the West Chester area often and I really liked the employees and service there).

Some of our shared information on Saturday was related to how much of a discount was being offered. The Granite Run Mall store was list price, Showcase offered a discount (correct me if I'm wrong about this, Dan), the slacker in West Chester could be talked into 15% off, and Bill and some others were buying the annual premium membership at Amazon.com ($70-$80 I think it was) and then getting 30-35% off on trade paperbacks and hardcovers. Captain Blue Hen hasn't offered any discount, and I haven't asked for one. (I don't think that they discount). Personally, I have mixed feelings about that - - it's not the number one priority for me, but I do realize it may be the most important service for others.

I personally admire anyone who is trying to make a go on their own in the comics store business and I'm willing to support them, especially when they seem to care about their customers as well as have a keen interest in this industry and this hobby. And that's the impression I've received at Captain Blue Hen. They really care. If I was a hardcore collector with a serious monthly expense in comics I would probably have to find someplace that offered a discount. But I'm not. In fact, what I've found is that the more comics I read the less I enjoy them. (Hey, I've been reading comics for over 45 years!!! and a lot of stories, especially super hero titles, seem too familar to me.) I can get jaded easily. BC offered me a discount to become a monthly subscriber/use Previews and the net result was it enticed me to take a chance and order more books - - so I just spend the extra money anyway. If I pay list price, I'm going to be more selective, probably read less, and hopefully enjoy what I read more.

Another thing I like about Captain Blue Hen is the way that they are using the upcoming Free Comic Book Day to generate interest and activity. This store has a lot of neat and interesting scheduled activity going on this Saturday, May 2nd and I encourage you to visit if you have the time and don't mind the drive. I'm planning to talk Denise into checking this out with me on Saturday.

There is a presentation on independent publishing by the publisher and an artist from Th3d World Studios, Scooby Doo artist Scott Neely and Tiny Titans artist Franco will be there as well as Buz Hasson and Ken Haeser (Living Corpse from Zenoscope). Spider-Man and Darth Vader aer there. A local charity is selling food, and the Arts Alliance is providing some nearby meeting room for these workshops. Face painting for kids, etc.

You can read more about it and learn about the store at www.captainbluehen.com.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Shane Talks Previews: July 2009 - Marvel Comics

I haven't been following Marvel as closely lately, so what I see here may not be the big items other people are seeing, so if there's something special, please, point it out to me!

Unfortunately, Marvel's website doesn't have the great solicit format DC's does, so the images here won't be as good.  Sorry!

Back when the thrice-monthly schedule was announced, people quickly figured out that we'd be rapidly approaching issue six hundred, and it's finally here, with plenty of events.  s you can see, major returns with major creative teams, and best of all, as they're sure to note--no reprints.  Too many of these anniversary specials force you to spend extra money for material you already own, and I'm so very, very glad to see that's not the case here.  And really, five dollars for a over a hundred pages of material?  That's great stuff.

July's other #600 issue.  There are people that aren't fond of the renumbering, but I'm all for it.  It brings Marvel's major titles back to the iconic status that they deserve.  I'm also very happy to see that the book is Incredible Hulk again, as I worried that it would continue to be titled simply "Hulk" after the renumbering, but fortunately, not the case.  Supposedly we'll learn who the Red Hulk is, finally.  I wonder if Bruce Banner will return to the lead role, though?  Actually, has he been out of the spotlight here lately?  I haven't kept up.  Now the downside--a reprint.  Bah!

Here's a book that surprised me when it was announced.  This is just an introductory miniseries, but it appears as if the Dark X-Men will be showing up in Uncanny for awhile, before likely getting their own book--I'm not sure if they'll take over an existing book (could this be what Legacy becomes?) or if they'll launch a new title.  Or maybe I'm wrong and they'll just go in and out of other books, without a title to call their own.  Who's to say?  Still, though, this is an intriguing line-up--although I'm disappointed that this apparently prevents the Cloak and Dagger miniseries from publication.

The book that absolutely nobody demanded!  In all seriousness, though, I'm completely puzzled by this.  Deadpool will have three books being published this month.  He's not selling that well.  Even more perplexing is that this isn't just another miniseries--it's been confirmed as an ongoing.  Is it really necessary?  With that said, though, my sister is excited.  Perhaps she's the target audience.  I'm sure it will be enjoyable, but I just...don't understand.

I'm so very glad to see that Immortal Iron-Fist isn't actually canceled, but rather on temporary hiatus while this miniseries is published.  I'm rather behind on this though, so I can't really comment on anything else, other than to note that I'm glad David Aja is at least providing a cover!

Another book that I was a bit surprised to see, but it could be fun.  I'm a fan of all four characters (it's always good to see Photon and Black Cat, and I'm glad that Hellcat will remain active, and it looks like Firestar's come out of retirement).  There's almost no chance that this book will be serious or have any long-lasting effects on the Marve line, but it looks like a good time.

I...have absolutely no idea.  They're reprinting the Civil War trades for what are probably the two lowest-selling titles attached to that event.  A few years after the fact.

Other books to note!

The big one here is obviously Reborn, by Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch.  Everything else about it is classified, but the suggestion is obvious.

We're getting a few hints as to what X-Men: Legacy will be after it ceases to be Legacy, with Rogue, Gambit and Danger in the spotlight.

Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch end their Fantastic Four run with a double-sized issue.

Ultimatum concludes with an incredible five covers.

Captain America sports another double-sized issue that's also a flashback.  I wonder if that's connected to Reborn at all?  Maybe they'll be just marking time until the miniseries concludes?

It also looks like they'll be collecting all of the new material from the 70th Anniversary specials into a single trade.  That makes me feel better about not buying any of that.

Next time, I'll go on and on about titles none of you care about, even though you should!  That's right, the independents!

Jeff’s Reviews: Week of 4/22/09, Part 1

I’m still busy with work, so I haven’t had a lot of time this week, but I’ll go through what I’ve read (and watched) so far and do another post later.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures (Nicktoons, Fridays @ 7pm): I saw the first 2 episodes of this on the Internet a few months ago after they aired in Canada and I didn’t care for it, but I watched it again when it premiered here this week and I liked it better the second time. I’m still not in love with the “Teen Tony” idea, and the computer animation is still a little stiff (though it has improved a lot since the MTV Spider-Man series a few years back) but the writing is pretty good. Kids will probably like this more than adults, but I plan to keep watching it for now. (Write your own joke about my maturity level here.)

Doctor Who: The Forgotten TPB: This is mainly of interest to long time fans of the TV show, but I mention it here because it is artist Pia Guerra’s first published work since Y: The Last Man ended. Unfortunately, she couldn’t draw the entire series because of a family emergency – this is one of those cases where the publisher should have waited for her because the middle chapters by another artist are not as good has her work.

JSA Thy Kingdom Come Part Three HC: This is a part 3, and an ongoing series to boot so you probably already know whether you’re buying it or not, but there are a few things that might make it of interest to people not following JSA that I want to mention. (1) It contains the Kingdom Come Superman special written and pencilled (not painted) by Alex Ross. (2) For Kingdom Come fans, there’s some actual sequel material here – Ross paints some scenes of what happens when the KC Superman returns to his world. (Not a spoiler because he was plucked out of the middle of the KC story.) Some of these scenes are reinterpretations of the original, but they extend into the future beyond what has been shown before. (3) All the beautiful Dale Eaglesham alternate covers that you may not have seen are included.

Marvel Apes HC (oversized): Mock me if you will (and I know you will), but I actually like this. Not the silly Spider-Monkey story that’s at the front, or the goofy “History of the Marvel Apes Universe” backup stories, but the actual miniseries itself. It’s a real story, not a vehicle for the writer’s sense of humor (*cough* Marvel Zombies *cough*), and it has something to say about how the ape world is different from and more brutal than our world. There were also some plot twists that surprised me and almost any story that can do that these days makes me happy. Of course, all the "monkey variant” covers from across the line are included too. (The one below is my favorite.)

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Amazing Spider-Man #592: When I have more time, I want to talk about how those of you who are still pissed off at this book are missing out, but for now I’ll just say that this issue has a last page that you never expected to see in a Marvel comic. I also had a (somewhat spoilery) question about the events of this issue that I asked Mark Waid on his message board here.

Trinity #47: Not much to say here except that I thought Mark Bagley’s art was especially good this week, and that I look forward to those of you who have been waiting for the collections being able to enjoy it. Those of you who are reading this (Shane) may enjoy Tom Bondurant’s weekly annotations over at Robot 6. (Be sure to check the comments, because Kurt Busiek often responds.)

Supergirl #40: I wish I had predicted Superwoman’s identity publicly, because it is revealed this issue and I was right. (Not that it was that difficult.)

Detective Comics #853: Second half of the Gaiman/Kubert story, which I liked better than the first. I think they will read well together in the hardcover that’s coming in July. (Which I would wait for if you don’t already have the first half of this – the art alone is good enough for the permanent shelf treatment so why pay for it twice?)

Buck Rogers #0: The first few pages of this really annoyed me, but it turned out that was intentional and I really enjoyed the rest of it. I’m not in love with the Adam-Strange-meets-Tron character design, but I’ll definitely check out the ongoing series when it starts.

Daredevil #118: Another book you don’t need a recommendation from me about, so I’ll just say that this issue has one of the best Matt/Foggy scenes ever and that I think I’m starting to see the outline of what Matt’s situation will be when Andy Diggle takes over.

Friday, April 24, 2009

A new space for reviews

Hello everyone . . . .
Jeff has invited us to join the BC Refugee Blog as fellow posters/reviewers - - and now I'm in!
It was much easier to get here than I thought it would be.
I don't have anything to write about at this time. I just wanted to test the waters and see how this works.
I plan to post my thoughts on the newer books right here. . . and for awhile at least I'll probably send an email out to the comics chat email address for anything that's not so new that I want to comment on . . . and I certainly have a backlog of older titles waiting for me.
Right now I want to read Jeff and Shane's reviews. Shane, I hope you can share with us how you inserted those images into your review. What a great enhancement!!!
Hope all is well with everyone . . . . . . . . . mike

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shane Talks Previews: July 2009 - DC Comics

I figured, I'm probably not going to be able to contribute reviews for awhile, but this blog needs discussion, and this was one of the things we did at the store, so here it is--I'll highlight some of the "big things" from each month's Previews.  Some of it will be the standard "Here's the main event", or "Here's a new series you should check out", but it'll also include collections that I find interesting, or graphic novels, or a book that's just criminally underrated.  Because I'll be including pictures, I'll do this in three segments--one for DC, one for Marvel, and one for everything else.  If I didn't, it would be insanely long.  I can always change it later if necessary, though.

Alright!  Here we go.

Blackest Night #1 (of 8)

DC begins their summer event, Blackest Night.  I'm a bit surprised to see it at eight issues over the seven that Final Crisis got, but then again, Ivan Reis is a much faster artist than J.G. Jones.  We're already beginning to see the tie-ins, as well, with a 3-issue miniseries focusing on the Green Lantern Corps.  It looks like each miniseries will be published within a month--at least, that's the impression that I'm getting.  Quite a few of them, though.  Also, Titans will be tying into the event, at least somewhat.  Why Tempest is involved, I'm not sure--he's certainly not dead--but.

Wednesday Comics

This is the comic that I'm excited for.  All-star creative teams working on, for the most part, characters I love?  I'm particularly interested in Kamandi (Dave Gibbons, Ryan Sook), Adam Strange (Paul Pope), Metamorpho (Neil Gaiman, Mike Allred), The Demon and Catwoman (Walt Simonson, Brian Stelfreeze), and Hawkman (Kyle Baker).  And then there's Sgt. Rock (Adam Kubert, Joe Kubert) which looks very impressive, and I'm sure quite a few of you can't wait!

Justice League: Cry for Justice #1 (of 6)

Although I'm still a bit puzzled as to why they downgraded this to a miniseries (sure, the painted art, but you'd think DC would want another strong, reliable seller like this will probably be), this looks very good.  James Robinson is obviously no slouch, and Mauro Cascioli is very talented--I just finished reading Trials of SHAZAM!, and he was really rather good there, taking over for Howard Porter and even surpassing him in that style.  It looks like he's even improved, if the cover is any indication.  I think that this book, if done right, could be a very important story to the DCU, and I look forward to reading it.

Justice Society of America #29

Now that Geoff Johns is gone, the new writing team has some pretty big shoes to fill.  I'm still a bit skeptical, but after reading some interviews, they at least seem to understand what makes the Justice Society special.  Will that translate well into great stories?  Maybe, maybe not, but I'm cautiously optimistic.  I'm also glad to see Jesus Merino getting work, because he's very talented.  The preview pages look incredible.  Jesus Merino is usually paired with Carlos Pachecho, but he's a very talented artist in his own right.

Other little tidbits from DC:

Action Comics #879 introduces the Captain Atom co-feature.  The fact that both Action and Detective now have co-features makes me wonder if Adventure Comics will have one as well.  Nothing's been announced, of course, but it seems like it would make at least some sense.  Also of note--all of the Superman books seem to be going into another crossover next month.  I wonder if they'll all interact, or if it will just be a shared theme?

Brave and the Bold #25 is another fill-in issue featuring a Milestone character--this time, Hardware meets the Blue Beetle.  Although I'm glad that the Milestone characters are being used, I have to wonder--just when is JMS going to take over this book?

Green Arrow/Black Canary #22 begins the Black Canary co-feature.  Although it was suggested earlier by DC that the book would revert to having just Green Arrow's name on the cover, the solicits say otherwise.

Len Wein continues writing stories for Justice League of America.  Good for him.

Gail Simone writes Black Canary again in Wonder Woman #34.  That should be interesting!

There's a new printing for Absolute New Frontier.  As someone who bought the original printing, I hope that they don't include the one-shot published recently--that would be rather inconvenient for me!

The Rick Remember issues are skipped in the Booster Gold: Reality Lost trade (which also is softcover, suggesting that Booster Gold won't be doing hardcover for the first print run anymore).  As someone who enjoyed the plotlines Rick Remember and Pat Oliffe used during their Atom/Booster runs, I'm disappointed.  I'd hoped that they might continue them elsewhere, too.

DC Comics Classic Library: Batman - A Death in the Family will include not only the death of Jason Todd, but the introduction of Tim Drake as well!  These new hardcover collections are great, I'd recommend them.  Bonus materials and commentary in an attractive package, great to introduce somebody to the characters and the major stories.

Superman: New Krypton Vol. 2 skips the one-shots (Jimmy Olsen, Guardian), just like the first collection.  I'm not sure how I feel about that.  They weren't major parts of the storyline, sure, but they did introduce important plot points that are felt in the books right now.  Maybe they'll be included in the next Superman collection?

J. Torres and J. Bone take over Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the tie-in comic to the television show.  I wasn't a fan of the comic so far, but I'll gladly buy these!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Jeff's Reviews: Week of 4/15/2009

Welcome former BC Exton customers! This will be a work in progress, but my plan for now is to write a brief paragraph about the comics and/or books I read each week, and hopefully some fun discussions will happen below. Since I don’t know yet whether people have found another weekly source for comics (or have switched to trades), I’ll try to have minimal spoilers in what I write and please try to avoid them in the comments too. Later, if it doesn’t bother anybody maybe we’ll open up the discussions to explicit plot points. Off we go, in no particular order…

SECRET INVASION AFTERMATH: BETA RAY BILL – THE GREEN OF EDEN #1: Yes, that’s the actual title. There’s nothing particularly wrong with this book, and I like the idea of exploring how the religious factions of the Skrulls are dealing with the failure of their god, but it’s kind of pointless from Bill’s point of view. He’s worshipped by a bunch of Skrulls, and then he isn’t, and then there’s an ad for the next one-shot. Die hard Beta Ray Bill fans (Shane) will want this, but for the rest of you I recommend waiting for the rest of the chapters of the story and seeing if it makes a good trade, because so far this isn’t nearly as good as Bill’s appearance in the Thor Secret Invasion mini.

SUB-MARINER COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1: I haven’t always been thrilled with what Roy Thomas has written in recent years, but this story of how Namor decided to side with the Allies instead of the Nazis in WWII shows that he’s still got it. Maybe he should only be writing war stories, because this is the best thing he’s written in years. The Mitch Brietweiser art is terrific as usual, except for the cover where I prefer the Marcos Martin variant. Accompanied by a 1940’s reprint, and a new story done in the 40’s style, both of which are forgettable.

X-MEN LEGACY #223: Essential reading if you’ve been following this year-long story, otherwise probably impenetrable except to note that Mike Carey tweaks Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men story a little bit to show Xavier as a little less of a complete bastard about how he treated Danger. (Whedon implied that Xavier basically kept her prisoner against her will, and Carey says that he wanted to free her but didn’t have the technical knowledge to do so.)

X-FACTOR #42: They finally got the art fixed, so the great stories aren’t being undermined by panels that don’t make sense anymore. Some nice progress in the story in both time zones, and another patented X-Factor surprise ending. I’m not that familiar with Longshot, so I’m unclear about what happened with the two different shooting scenarios on the same page – is he actually able to jump back in time like that? I thought he was just lucky, so I’m not sure if we’re supposed to think something weird is going on or if what happened is “normal” for Longshot.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #591: I won’t spoil the last page, but the mainstream media was all over it last week so you probably already know who the mayor of New York in the Marvel Universe is now. (Hint: not Bloomberg.) Anyway, they finally go into some detail about how the wipe of Spidey’s secret identity works although we still don’t know when and how he did it. (It has always been separate from the Mephisto thing, which Marvel has done a bad job of explaining until now.) It appears to have been done through science, not magic, since Reed Richards is able to analyze the effect. I hope this two-issue story gets collected in a trade with Dan Slott’s Human Torch/Spider-Man miniseries from a few years back because the two stories complement each other nicely.

ORACLE: THE CURE #2: This was the only book I really didn’t like this week. Lots of utterly pointless and ridiculous virtual reality stuff between Oracle, the Calculator and a bunch of throwaway characters made to be cannon fodder between them. Fortunately so far “The Cure” seems to refer to the Calculator’s (previously unseen?) daughter, but I still worry that they’re going to try to get Barbara out of the wheelchair at the end of this. The only good thing is that it’s only a three-issue miniseries.

VIGILANTE #5: Again proving that the old guys have still got it, this Marv Wolfman-written chapter of the Titans crossover is way better than the chapters that have appeared in Titans or Teen Titans so far. We still don’t know a ton about the new Vigilante, but we’re starting to get an idea of why he’s doing it. Presumably, there’s an as-yet unrevealed connection to Adrian Chase that will explain why he chose the Vigilante identity as opposed to starting a new one or working in secret.

PUNISHER #4: I thought this was the issue where this incarnation of the Marvel Universe Punisher really started to come together. It’s got a tone that’s less silly than Matt Fraction’s Punisher War Journal, but not quite as grim as the Punisher MAX version. The story also has some nice schemes-within-schemes plotting, and the surprise return of an old supporting character in the Hood’s employ.

REBELS #3: (I refuse to put the periods in until they decide what the acronym stands for.) Lots of nice stuff in here for Legion fans (and L.E.G.I.O.N. fans for that matter) but skillfully done in a way that fans will notice but new readers won’t be put off by. For instance, the way he combines the legacy (or whatever the opposite of legacy is because it’s in the past) of two different Legionnaires into one made me smile, but it wouldn’t seem too “inside baseball” to someone who didn’t know the history. Fun stuff, and of course Dox is still a complete bastard with the added bonus of a copy of Brainiac 5 in his head to argue with. We also get a glimpse at what’s behind Dox’s exile that JLA fans will get a kick out of.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #49: As usual, I can’t say enough good about this. It’s an all-Sharon Carter issue that gives us a picture of her current mental state, and a little glimpse of what the Red Skull was using that time machine for when he had her. Next is #50 and then #600 (or is it #500?), so those should be fun. I don’t think we’ll see the actual return of Steve Rogers in those issues but I wouldn’t be surprised to catch a glimpse of him.

UNCANNY X-MEN #508: I wasn’t reading X-Men during the Psylocke era, so I’m not 100% clear about what Fraction is doing with her here but I’m glad the Red Queen plot is finally moving along. I’m not as bothered by the Greg Land art as a lot of the online community seems to be, but it’s not my favorite either – for instance, I like the Northstar scene but he doesn’t look anything like the way he’s usually drawn. I probably will switch to trade on this after the Dark Avengers and Messiah-fill-in-the-blank crossovers are done.

ACTION COMICS #876: This is good Rucka/Robinson stuff – I’m not sure how thrilled I am about Chris Kent’s current status (trying not to give it away) but it does put him in a position to have some nice emotional scenes with his Mom and his adopted Mom. (And I guess we now know what the latter will be up to while Superman is away on New Krypton for the year.)

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35: Hard to tell yet whether this is essential “Blackest Night” stuff, but it’s well done and well integrated with the main book. Recommended.

TRINITY #46: Not a lot to say here since you’re already into this or you aren’t at week 46, but I enthusiastically recommend the trades for those of you who haven’t been following it every week.

GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #19: I love that (a) Ollie’s stalker is completely nuts and (b) Dinah kind of blames him for it even though intellectually she knows it’s not his fault. I like them together, so I’m not sure how I feel about the plan to split them into a lead feature and a backup. (Sorry, DC wants us to call them “co-features”.)

INCOGNITO #3: If you’re a fan of Brubaker & Phillips’ Criminal you have no excuse to not be buying this – remember you get extra stuff in the singles that won’t be in the trade – and if you aren’t reading Criminal because you prefer books with superheroes you should be reading this too.

That’s all for this week. I see the paragraphs got shorter as I got tired, not that I necessarily will have a lot to say about every single book, but maybe I’ll split it into two posts next week. Enjoy, and feel free to tell me below what you think.