Trying something new this week. We’ll see how it goes.
This week’s pull list is 9 comics, all Marvel except Unwritten (Vertigo/DC). Technically Supercrooks is Icon, but that’s just an creator-owned imprint for Marvel, so shush. As usual, I picked up my comics at The Source.
Details on this week after the cut:
Astonishing X-Men #53
Marjorie M. Liu, Mike Perkins, Dustin Weaver
Mysterious stuff is afoot! Not tied in to AvX event, just mutants investigating mutant-related stuff, good story, decent art.
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #4 (Final Issue)
Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajic, Kaare Andrews
You know, I almost didn’t read this series. It’s a fun character, but he’s a bit over saturated. He’s in so many damn books! Totally worth it, though. Good 4th-wall breaking insanity, which is darker than the usual Deadpool fare. Fantastic ending to the mini-series, very true to the character and meta.
Invincible Iron Man #523
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca
MORE! Sorry, this is probably my favorite ongoing right now. It has this crazy five year build up, and it’s going to end with something huge. Then Matt Fraction and Larroca will be handing the book off to Kieron Gillen and Greg Land. Damn good stuff.
Secret Avengers #30
Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, Arthur Adams
Remender writes a crazy story. It’s hard to describe this book as far in as it is in the story, but it’s exciting to know he’ll be taking over Captain America soon, from Ed Brubaker. I’m hoping for some excellent Captain America spy/SHIELD stories. It’s kinda sad that his artist will be John Romita Jr., though, as I’m really not a fan.
Supercrooks #4 (Final Issue)
Mark Millar, Leinil Francis Yu
You might know Millar from Kick-Ass, Ultimates, Nemesis, or Wanted. Say what you will about the guy, he does a lot in a few issues, and they’re practically written to be adapted to film. Supercrooks would make a great heist movie with powers, it even has a little Ocean’s Eleven twist at the end.
Uncanny X-Men #17
Kieron Gillen, Daniel Acuña
I love the way Acuña draws the X-Men. I’m kinda glad this is the end of the Sinister sub-plot of the AvX event. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, but it felt like it could have been something cooler outside the event. Still, fun and pretty.
The Unwritten #40
Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Yuko Shimizu
It’s hard to describe this book without referencing about 40 different literary classics, Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic, Harry Potter. Also, it’s going to sound like I’m describing a book that “borrows” heavily, or outright steals from other material. But that would be wrong. It’s original and brilliant, and for some reason Vertigo started printing it with shiny pages in the past issue or two, which I’m not sure I prefer for Gross’ art. C’est la vie, I still love it.
Wolverine Annual #1
Boring as fuck unless you’re one of the 13 ClanDestine fans left, which I’m not. Next!
X-Men Legacy #272
Christos N. Gage, Rafael Sandoval, Mark Brooks
I’m going to use this issue as an excuse to bring up a pet-peeve. Why can’t the X-Men seem to just stay the fuck on Earth? I love most of the X-Books, read pretty much all of them, but fuck man, stop putting them on other planets MUTANTS ARE INTERESTING ENOUGH WITHOUT INTRODUCING A NEW ALIEN RACE EVERY SIX MONTHS. Still, I love Rogue, and the way they’ve been drawing her lately is great. I like how strong of character she’s being portrayed, and I like that her powers are influencing her as a person (versatilely, perspective, leadership).