Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This Week's Comics - 5/9/12

Happy New Comic Day, one and all. Last week the biggest movie opener in history was the final Harry Potter. O how the world has changed, and only for the better.

But superhero movies, while fantastic, take some planning to go see and generally don't get enjoyed between the hours of 9 and 5. Their source material, however, is a different matter, so it's time to get back to the basics and buy some new comics over lunch.

Pick of the Week is a tie. AvX has been kind of letting me down so far, and I'm pretty happy we're getting away from Utopia and finally setting the scene in Westchester, at Wolverine's school. The tie comes from the fact that both Wolverine & The X-Men #10 and X-Men Legacy #266 feature this storyline, and between Gage and Aaron it's just too tough to tell which will be better. So I picked both. (Honorable mentions include the new Buffy, X-Force and even Batman.)


Read on for full listage.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 9 #9:  Andrew's retarded plan has come to light, and now Buffy('s soul trapped in a BuffyBot) is on her way to see Buffy('s body without her personality seemingly living a normal happy life full of gardening and tea.) Also, Simone, the slayer slash NRA spokeswoman (seriously, the Buffyverse's complete prejudice and aversion to guns is rather funny when you think about how she beat the Judge) has joined the fray and looks to get her Emily VanCamp on. But with a hairstyle like that, we all know she's doomed to fail...aside from being the bad guy and all. Loving the main cover's' semi-shout out to Ringer.


Batman #9:  The Court of Owls. Last I checked they were attacking every semi-important public official in Gotham (they're libertarians) and also occupying Wayne Manor (they're both the 99% and the other 1...they're the 100%). Not sure how their assassination blitzes have been going, because I don't read any other Bat-books anymore, but I'm pretty sure I don't need to. In Snyder I Trust. He's got mood, history, excitement, and a firm grip on Bruce. Not in a John Travolta-masseur kinda way, cause Alfred probably does all the physical therapy, and that would just be gross.


Journey into Mystery #637:  Exiled, Part Two, in which we hopefully find out what exactly connects the New Mutants to the fate of the Asgardians', aside from Dani Moonstar being an off-again on-again Valkyrie. Also cannibal zombie hoards of myth wander through San Fransisco (fairly indistinguishable from their rampant hippie bum epidemic.)

New Avengers #26:  The secret history of the Phoenix...again. More K'un L'un history telling us stuff we somehow never knew about the Phoenix force and its connection to the line of Iron Fists. Also they continue their introduction of yet another red-headed, identical female character who shall possess the Phoenix force. And Danny Rand connects with Hope, even though he's supposed to be in Wakanda, over his own connection to the force, ostensibly just a throwback to the Fist's history. I don't really know what's happening, just BS-ing, but hopefully this week we get more than just a bunch of pretty pictures and an actual, solid, believable, interesting backstory that fits into AvX and Marvel History.

Uncanny X-Force #25:  25 already? Impressive. This issue kicks off a new (equally epic, I'm told) arc called The Final Execution, featuring some characters called the Omegas who must be hunted down by X-Force. Sounds like some of the most powerful mutants in the world who have yet to join up with any X-organization, but that's just speculation. Mostly I'm hoping for some more emotionally shut-down and incapable due to using her brother to kill her other brother Pyslocke action. Despite all the fantastic character work and fun stories, Remender's done his best work on Betsy. She hasn't been so besieged, mature and strong....well, ever. Kudos.

Wolverine & the X-Men #10:  Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School. So do a bunch of Avengers. Iceman, with his fancy new super-powerful be-amazing ingeneous ice powers vs. the Red Hulk. 'Nuff said.

X-Men Legacy #266:  The other side of the AvX Jean Grey School tie-in, albeit with a lamer lineup. She-Hulk, Falcon and Moon Knight are tasked with 'securing' the school. Frankly an insulting team deployment when you consider the powerhouses defending the students and what they've accomplished historically, but that's Avengers hubris for you. Some Frenzy She-Hulk beat down action might be fun, but Falcon can't have a chance against Cannonball, and Moon Knight may be crazy but Gambit's even slicker. Still, as usual, I trust Gage and hope for a fun one here.


Walking Dead #97:  I guess I've found another excuse to buy this snoozefest; mainly that it's almost at #100 and after all that I feel obligated, nay, slightly interested to see what happens. Considering that if it lives up to Walking Dead history, something horrific and violent and disgusting and did I mention horrific? will happen to a character I've read for years. And Kirkman's not even trying to be subtle about it. I mean, check out this cover. Hands up (see what I did there?) if you think Rick's finally gonna bite it (see what I did there again?)

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