After a week on the East Coast, Jim and I are back at home. We had a very nice time visiting his family, and enjoyed a change of scenery. With that in mind, I didn't get to look at my new comics until last night, so bear with me if I am a bit rummy. It is snowing here like crazy, and I shoveled with a head cold.
Wonder Woman #3- Finally, this book hits the shelves. While I find the premise interesting and inventive, nothing about this book is so special that it screams "3 month delay" to me. The book is okay, but it didn't knock my socks off. Grade B-
The Boys #5- Now this is a book worth talking about. The Boys is classic Garth Ennis goodness with a new school twist put on it. I love Darick Robertson's interpretation of Ennis' daring script, and would really like to see this become a longtime partnership. Filled with creamy goodness, The Boys is the freshest title on the shelves. Grade: A
X-Factor #13 (cover pictured)- Peter David brings Doc Samson back to interview the team for psychological purposes, and it works very well. After the last time around in X-Factory #87, I didn't think David could top himself, but he actually does it here. I laughed and shrieked, enjoying every last minute. This is THE X-title to read. Grade: A.
Ultimate Spider-Man #102- Now this book is out there, big time. The plot is far-fetched as heck, and the multiple things going on are a bit hard to track, but I find myself liking it anyway. It's got to be the... well, I don't want to spoil it other then to say "opposite sex clone". Yikes! Grade: B.
Daredevil #91- This is a book that lives up to the Wizard hype of getting named title of the year. With Matt in Europe hot on the trail of Foggy's "murderer", the plot gets even thicker in this issue. This is incredible. For great reading and consistently excellent art, Daredevil is an easy pick. Grade: B+.
JSA Classified #19- part one of a two parter focusing on Dr. Midnite. Written by Scott Beatty with art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair, this book works well all the way through. Dr. Midnite interacts with the DC universe to solve a crime involving metas being robbed of crucial body parts that their powers hinge on. Creepy but interesting. Grade: B.
Connor Hawke: Dragon's Blood #1- The reason I picked this book up can be summed up in two words: Eddie Fyers. Sometime nemesis and sometime friend to Oliver Queen, Eddie played a seminal role in Connor's turn as Green Arrow. He is a great second tier character, and the fact that he was popping up here was enough to sell me. That aside, I quite enjoyed the first issue, and look forward to seeing Lady Shado as this six issue mini-series continues. Good stuff. Grade: B-.
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #5 (of 8)- This book is trippy but interesting. Pitting old school Freedom Fighters against new characters is a great way to go. The surprise return of a character long forgotten gives this comic that extra something special. Grade: C+.
Jack of Fables #5- the end of the first story arc is here. Jack must escape from the home he has been captured and brought to. There is so much irony and wicked humor in this book that it is almost impossible to digest it all in one reading. This is a great spin-off of Fables, and I am enjoying it greatly. Grade: B-.
That's it for the week. Have a wonderful Sunday evening and great week back at work!