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ALL STAR WESTERN FEATURING: JONAH HEX #28
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti – Writers
Staz Johnson and Fabrizio Fiorentino – Art
Another, maybe final, part of Hex’s travels through time that starts quite jarringly when you realise the change in art. Moritat has been such a integral part of this book that it did take me a few pages to get use to the new style. But that being said there was certainly nothing wrong with the new art and I’m sure Moritat will be back soon. The big reveal of Jonah’s scarless face is not exactly kept a secret as several pretty big hints are dropped here and there before the unbandaging (the most obvious being the cover) but it’s still a shocking moment. This is a fun little issue that shows Hex spending some time in a 21st century hospital – which doesn’t sound fun but trust me, it is.
Greg Pak – Writer
Jae Lee – Art
I’m so glad that Jae Lee is back on art for this comic. I have nothing really against Greg Pak’s writing but his work alone is not enough to keep me coming back. This is the first part of the First Contact crossover with Worlds’ Finest (see below) and it’s a pretty good start. I really loved the interaction between Superman and Power Girl. It was a nice change for pace from Batman just telling Superman how much of an idiot he is which is what makes up the usual dialogue for this comic. Batman and Huntress’s infiltration of the President’s Ball in New Gamorra was straight out of a Bond film, if the girl on 007’s arm also happened to be his daughter from a parallel universe that is. Like I said, a good start. We’ll see how it pans out.
WORLDS’ FINEST #20
Paul Levitz – Writer
RB Silva – Art
Part two of the First Contact crossover (see above), that picks up where the last part ended. Huntress and Batman save Superman and Power Girl in a Bat-Plane that looks completely different from the one in the last part but whatever –then Bruce puts the Kryptonite ring on Clark and robs him of his powers...or something and some guy who looks like a Power Rangers villain shows up and Huntress kicks his ass. There’s a lot going on in this issue. Power Girl puts Batman in his place, which I liked but I’ve got a feeling that Batman is going to turn out to be right, as usual, and then ends up going all doe-eyed at the bad guy because he’s her ex from her old universe and ends up walking right into a trap. They explain away the six issue long plotline about Power Girl’s powers going haywire in three panels (it was nanites all along!) and then her and Batman get attacked by a bunch of super powered clones. Now you think that that would be the shocking cliff hanger at the end of this issue but instead we get one last panel of Superman and Huntress having trouble getting over the border in New Gamorra because they don’t have Visas. Thrilling. All that being said, it’s a fine issue.
“The Original Writer” (Alan Moore) – Writer
Alan Davis and Garry Leach – Art
I don’t really need to review this do I? It’s Alan friggin' Moore! Sorry...I mean “The Original friggin' Writer”. You’re buying this right? No? ...fine... Miracleman (known as Marvelman originally) is a story by Moore from the 1980’s that has been tied up in far too much legal mumbo jumbo to get into here and thus hasn’t been in print for years. It’s the story of Michael Moran who one day remembers that he used to be a superhero called Miracleman. It’s a dark deconstruction of the superhero story and it’s tropes and would later be taken over by Neil Gaiman. Marvel have finally sorted out all the rights and legal stuff and given it a spiffy new colour job. It’s expensive at 4.99 an issue but there’s a lot in here and worth a pick up if you’re interested.
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
James Robinson – Writer
Leonard Kirk – Art
Oh god. What an ominous start. The beginning of The Fall of the Fantastic Four storyline sees so much set up for bad things to happen that all I can do is cover my eyes and peek out at their impending downfall – but in a good way...I think. We start off with a teary eyed Sue telling us about how the family has fallen into their darkest time and then we skip back to see the team in their prime, battling Fin Fang Foom and showing off all their skills. Next we get a look at the gangs private lives and see the Future Foundation again, which I’m very happy about because I love them kids but at the same time a tad worried. Robinson has shown in the past that he has no problem killing off children *cough-LianHarper-cough* so I don’t know if having them here is a good thing or not yet. Then some weird bug type things turn up and everything explodes. World’s greatest comic magazine everybody! I do like Marvel’s first family when they’re having fun not falling into despair and I’m not the biggest fan of Robinson but...We’ll see. This looks interesting.
Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggen – Writers
Mike Hawthorne – Art
Posehn and Duggen continue to blend comedy and some genuine emotion in this great series. Wade and Agent Preston are set to be separated and her essence downloaded into an LMD (Life Model Decoy) body with the help of Doctor Strange and Agent Phil Coulson. Inside Deadpool’s mind the gang are attacked by a bunch of Deadpools of all shapes and sizes. After realizing the attacking ‘Pools is due to the fact that part of him doesn’t want to let her go, Wade helps her escape and Preston is reunited with her family. OR IS SHE?! Seriously this is such a good comic. I never thought I could care for Deadpool but I have found myself going “awww...” for him more times than is normal for a man my age. Next issue is a MARVEL NOW! Jumping on point so get on board!
THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28
Dan Slott – Writer
Giuseppe Camuncoli – Art
Peter’s on his way back! For those of you who don’t know, for over a year or so now, Peter Parker has been “dead” and Otto Octavius has been running around in his body being Spider-Man. And it has been one hell of a fun story. It’s a testament to how good Slott is as a writer that he has actually made me care about Dr Octopus’s problems and personal life. And even his love life. This is the second part of the Goblin Nation story arc, the final arc in this book before it goes back to being Amazing Spider-Man after number 30. While Otto struggles with the Green Goblin’s assault on New York and Mayor J. Jonah Jameson’s new “Goblin Slayers”, which look an awful lot like Spider-Slayers, Peter is trying not to get lost in Octavius’s memories and fight his way back. There’s also an awesome moment when Mary Jane pulls out some web shooters and kicks some mini goblin ass. (She looks really hot doing her best Spider-Man pose for some reason!). The Wraith turns up, Spider-Island is destroyed and poor Anna Maria is kidnapped by Menace. Looks like life as Spider-Man isn’t as easy as Otto thought it was going to be.
UNCANNY AVENGERS #17
Rick Remender – Writer
Steve McNiven – Art
What the...what just...did that just...oh my god. Remender is one of my favourite writers working at the moment. He keeps raising the stakes so high that you end every issue wondering: “How the hell are they going to get out of this?” Uriel of the Apocalypse Twins has been killed by Thor and he now struggles against his sister, Eimin with the fate of the Mutant race and the Earth in the balance as the Celestial Executioner, Exitar closes in. Oh yeah and half of the team is dead...and more die this issue. This is genuine heart in the throat stuff. I have no idea where this story is going and I love it. I really don’t want to talk about it anymore. You should be reading this book.