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Deadpool Merc with a Mouth #11
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Creative team: Story by Victor Gischler; Art by Bong Dazo
Villains to Watch: More zombies
They say: Zombie Ice Man is HUNGRY! And Zombie Firebird is feeling peckish too. Mmmmmmm. A Slice of Dr. Betty sounds good ... with a side of Bill, Agent of A.I.M. You really think Deadpool is gonna let that happen? Cue gratuitous violence. Following Headpool's half-baked plan to get back to the 'normal' universe, Deadpool and pals must first fight their way through the hungry of hungries. Which of Deadpool's compatriots gets zombie-fied? Tune in to find out. Same Deadpool-time. Same Deadpool channel.
I say: See… to anybody else, those are just two random picks from the Marvel Universe. But to guys my age, those are Spider-Man's Amazing Friends! And that's what keeps setting this book apart, month after month. The knowing winks from fellow fanboy Victor Gischler -- who is proving himself to be the best at delivering Deadpool's unique voice (er… "voices"). Paired with the sleek, sexy lines of Bong Dazo, this is definitely one to pull. Besides. I just like saying "Bong Dazo."
Justice League Generation Lost #2
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Creative team: Story by Keith Giffen & Judd Winick; Art by Joe Bennett
Villain to Watch: Maxwell Lord
They say: DC's new biweekly event begins here! Someone is targeting the old members of the defunct Justice League International. Now, surviving members Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire and Ice have to figure out what unseen mastermind is threatening to destroy the entire Super Hero community! There are no gray areas here - it's black and white and red with blood all over for this lost generation of Super Heroes as original Justice League International writer Keith Giffen is joined by superstar scribe Judd Winick for a new era in excitement!
I say: Longtime readers of DC comics will appreciate Maxwell Lord's plan -- as it was unveiled in the first issue: Maxwell Lord is out to erase his memory from the minds of Earth's mightiest heroes. Remember when Zatanna erased the knowledge of certain heroes' secret identities in ? This is that -- in reverse: it's a reverse mindwipe. That's gonna make for some meaty story-telling. Now for the part I'm not so crazy about: Max's speech to Booster Gold that he's just out to save the world, and that even the most horrible things he's done (like murdering Blue Beetle) was done because he had to do it for the greater good. Um. Norman Osborne called. He wants his schtick back. That's a road we've seen travelled phenomenally well in the past year. I'm really hoping this story branches off and takes a path less traveled.
Power Girl #12
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Creative team: Story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; Art by Amanda Conner
Villain to Watch: Satanna and Ultra Humanite
They say: All the pieces of the puzzle come together as Power Girl faces friend and foe in the no-holds-barred climax of the Ultra-Humanite's mad grab for control of Earth!
I say: This is a sad pull, indeed… the final issue in an amazing run for co-creators Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner. Scott Kurtz kindly introduced me to Amanda at C2E2 a few weeks back, and I have to say, I was awe-struck. I don't know that there are better artists working in comics today, but I'm confident that there are few who are kinder and more genuinely affable. I really hate to see this series end, but if it gives Amanda, "time to sleep," as she phrased it in Chicago, then rest well, Great One. You've earned it.
Secret Avengers #1
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Creative team: Story by Ed Brubaker; Art by Mike Deodato
Villain to Watch: TBA
They say: Who are the Secret Avengers? Are they a covert team of heroes working the darkest corners of the globe to stop disaster? Are they part-spy, part-superhero? Are they XXXXXXX's newest idea to save the world...or all they all of the above? A new era begins as Marvel's hottest team takes a 21st century twist!
I say: Creators Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato set the hook deep within the first three pages of Secret Avengers. It's Black Widow and Valkyrie in an undercover mission that, as so often happens, goes awry. The art is Deodato's finest yet, and the characterizations of the Norse goddess and the Russian superspy make for impeccable dialogue. Valkyrie stand behind only Plastic Man as the licensed character I'd most like to do a limited series about. But I can't draw horses for schniekies, so I'd have to off Pegasus within the first few pages.
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Creative team: Story by Jeff Parker; Art by Kev Walker
Villain to Watch: Juggernaut
They say: The new era for Marvel's always-evolving, always controversial team kicks off here! It's a beginning, a return, a departure, and an arrival of a new artist all rolled into one in a fresh, shocking status quo! The most dangerous people on Earth are now all in one hellish prison, and the only way out is through rehabilitation and contribution to society via The Thunderbolts...under the leadership of the steel-hard-skinned Avenger named Luke Cage! So bring on the first participants: Juggernaut! Crossbones! Ghost! Moonstone! And...Man-Thing? Against the sordid recent history of the group as a black ops kill squad, can Power Man restore the Thunderbolts to their rightful potential?
I say: I almost expected Marvel to ditch the T-bolts at the end of the Dark Reign storyline. I'm so happy to see the series continue. And I'm happier still to see a fresh, new direction for the team of super-baddies. Luke Cage's new assignment is to turn this gang of ne'er-do-wells into a force for good. Take a little Dirty Dozen and add a dash of Suicide Squad. I have a very good feeling about this.
Amazing Spider-Man #632 , Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #2 , Doomwar #4 , Fantastic Four #579 , Gotham City Sirens #12 , Green Lantern #54 , Green Lantern Corps #48 .
...And One To Pass
Amazing Spider-Man Complete Clone Saga Epic TPB
Creative team: Story by Tom Brevoort, et al.; Art by Mark Bagley and others
Villain to Watch: Several
They say: Villains die and debut in the nineties' pivotal Spider-saga! Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider are both fighting crime, and there's plenty to go around when the Jackal arises - with more clones in the wings! But following a team-up with Daredevil - who's having an identity crisis of his own - Spidey faces a fate that could wrap up his web-slinging days forever! The answer may come down to one of Spider-Man's deadliest enemies - but what price will he pay for it, and what prize will he leave behind? Plus: Mary Jane's revelation! Aerial crime warfare, terrorism and a funeral for a fiend! Guest-starring Kaine, Puma and the enigmatic Nocturne!
I say: Fanboys argue over lots of stuff: Marvel vs DC… Superman vs Batman… the One More Day storyline… and, when going to a comic convention, how much deodorant to leave at home. But there's one thing that seems to be nigh-universal: The Spider-Man Clone Saga is one story for which we'd happy accept one of Zantanna's mind-wipes. TEGROF SENOLC!
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