Blackest Night #8|
Creative team: Story by Geoff Johns; Art by Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and Joe Prado
Villains to Watch: Nekron, Sinestro and Anti-Monitor
They say: The extra-sized conclusion to the most talked-about event in comics is here, and the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come. Earth has become the final battleground for life versus death, but how will our heroes fight back against the darkness of sentient space itself? And what does the future hold for Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of the world's greatest heroes and villains? Find out here as the stage is set for the next epic era of DC Comics!
I say: Well, this one is for all the marbles. I have to say, I've enjoyed this storyline much more than I thought I would when I was making snarky comments about the Care-Bears-esque nature of the rainbow corps. And I'm quite eager to find out how this ish shakes out. So I guess that's a mark of a darned good series.
Cloak and Dagger #1
Creative team: Story by Stuart Moore; Art by Mark Brooks
Villain to Watch: TBA
They say: Marvel's most-requested duo return in this all-new one-shot, spinning out of "X-Men: Nation X!" Cloak - dark, brooding teleporter. Dagger - deadly, shining mistress of light. Having quit the Dark X-Men, Cloak and Dagger find their partnership strained as they struggle to fit in among the mutants of Utopia. But when a new menace targets Cloak, Dagger must make a fateful choice for both of them. Guest-starring the X-Men.
I say: This is one that nabbed me on the strength of the art in the preview alone. OK. That and Dagger's costume. But mainly the art. Rumor has it there's a story, too. Bonus!
Fantastic Four #577
Creative team: Story by Jonathan Hickman; Art by Dale Eaglesham
Villain to Watch: TBA
They say: On the Blue Area of the Moon, the Fantastic Four discover that the history of the Inhumans runs much deeper, and richer, than previously believed.
It's big adventure on a cosmic scale, its Prime Elements part three: Universal Inhumans!
I say: Did I miss an issue? It seems forever since I picked up a copy of FF. Either that or this story has completely eluded me.
I need to catch up. Is Reed still on 'roids?
Gotham City Sirens #10
Creative team: Story by Paul Dini; Art by Guillem March
Villain to Watch: Riddler
They say: Is The Riddler friend or foe?
One thing's for sure - he definitely isn't making life easy for Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn!
I say: Strictly on the strength of the last couple issues -- and on a whim that Paul Dini's Riddler will perform up to expectations.
And to give you an idea of how confident I am in Dini in this regard, this knocked JLA off the top 5 for the week.
She-Hulk Sensational #1
Creative team: Story by Peter David and Brian Reed; Art by Iban Coello
Villain to Watch: Father Time
They say: You never ask a woman her age...especially when she can bench press tractor trailers! But She-Hulk's big secret is out, because Marvel's celebrating 30 years of the jade giantess and you're invited to the party! Join acclaimed Shulkie scribe Peter David for an anniversary tale unlike any other! And if you're still feeling savage, writer Brian Reed and artist Iban Coello are hosting an after party in honor of the buff bombshell and her most fabulous friends! With a classic John Byrne She-Hulk reprint as the nightcap, you're guaranteed to have a gamma-gamma good time!
I say: Color. Me. There. If that solicit doesn't scream "buy me," check your pulse.
JLA #43, Oracle: The Cure #1, PVP #45.
...And One To Pass...
Female Force Ellen Degeneres
Creative team: Story by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel; Art by Pedro Ponzo
They say: Ellen DeGeneres took the world by storm! Emmy awards! Endless accolades! It all seems so easy, but Ellen's journey to get where she is now was not always a smooth one. She's felt the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But through it all, she managed to stay true to herself and prove that she is a female force to be reckoned with!
I say: Yeesh. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
Prelude to Deadpool Corps #5.
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