Scott Kurtz has just passed along the sad news that Robert Culp, star of such formative TV hits as I Spy and Greatest American Hero has died at age 79.
Among his more recent credits was exhibiting next to the Halfpixel booth at Comic Con International, a story I recounted here.
They say: Hiya, Retailers, Fred Van Lente here to tell you we could never let 'The Gauntlet' get by without the return of another classic Spider-Man foe...The Scorpion! She has brand new powers, a new modus operandi, and you won't believe her reason for tangling with Spidey-- Hm, what? Yes, we said 'she.' Why? Who did you think we meant?
I say: I was starting to wane on this series until last week, when the phenomenal handling of the Rhino subplot roped me right back in. I have to admit that I'm not exactly thunderstruck with the idea of "reinventing the character with a gender-switch" thing, but last week's issue bought a considerable amount of leeway from me. Besides, this series has been rock-solid.
Villain to Watch: Sinestro... The White Lantern(!)
They say: Blackest Night's penultimate chapter is here, and you do not want to miss this issue. Trust us on this one.
I say: "'Blackest Night's' penultimate chapter?" I'm so in. Not because this has been the best blockbuster arc between the two major publishers, mind you (because I really do think "Dark Reign" has been the far superior series). But I've invested so much in this series simply through reading DC's line that I'm desperate to see where everything finishes up.
They say: The Avengers' greatest threat returns! And he's not alone... A rag-tag team of Mighty Avengers are thrust onto the front lines of Seige...with no one to lead them! And where's Hankl Pym? Trapped in Pym-Space with his greatest enemy, his sinister cybernetic 'son', Ultron! A war on two fronts, a team divided, and when it's over...not everyone will be coming back! Big threats, big changes, and the biggest Avengers surprise of them all revealed!
I say: I think I'm still going to prefer Frank Cho's version of Ultron, but this appearance has been teased out for the past few issues. It's time to get on with it. Besides that, this series' development of Hank Pym as the Earth's "Scientist Supreme" has made the title itself one to watch.
Power Girl #10 Creative team: Story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; Art by Amanda Conner
Villain to Watch: Satanna
They say: Power Girl squares off against Satanna and her Animal Army just as Terra enters the fray!
This should be a good thing, but somehow it looks like Power Girl's got a new enemy!
I say: This and "Amazing Spider-Man" are the only consistent performers on the shelves outside of the "Dark Reign" and "Blackest Night" events.
The Satanna storyline has been an extremely fun read, so there's no reason to jump off the train now.
They say: As the Mighty Avengers clash with the Thunderbolts in the Siege of Asgard, surprises abound. What are everyone's true motivations, and when push comes to punch, where do their loyalties lie? Will this most twisted version of the team produce any heroes - or will the Thunderbolts' tradition of redemption get stomped into the muddy battlefield that is The Siege?
I say: Speaking of series on the wane (and I hate to admit it) "Thunderbolts" is starting to slow down a little bit for me. As with a couple other titles, though, I'm hanging with it based on past performance. This ish shows some potential, so it stays on the List for a while longer.
They say: In the Marvel Universe Handbook style, this one-shot has everything you need to make sense of Deadpool! (Is that even possible?) In this issue, there are more all-new profiles than 'Pool has voices in his head -- from 'allies' (Outlaw, Weasel, Zombie Deadpool), to enemies (Ajax, Dr. Bong, Madcap), to the hotties (Dr. Betty, Blind Al, Big Bertha) and the sheer awesomeness of the Sack! How could you pass this up? You know at least one of your personalities will love it! Featuring NEW ART for dozens of characters! More fun than a barrel of gun-wielding monkeys!
I say: It's official. They've milked the Deadpool thing dry. It was a nice few months, though.