Thursday, August 16, 2007

AWtC Weekly: 08/17/07

SPOILER WARNING: This is the "current events and gossip" part of our presentation. New comics, comics news, and gossip can and will be discussed. Don't freak out, but we got SPOILERS, baby. Heavy, heavy SPOILERS.

Again With the Comics: Rocking your face with Truth Bombs for almost fifteen months.

New Comics This Week:

Nexus: Space Opera #1
Not a new comic this week, but still in stores, I wanted to plug the hizzle out of this book while I still can. Simply put, I cannot recommend Nexus highly enough. The long-running title returns after a ten year hiatus, and I'd like it to not be another ten years before the next installment. If you were worried, Mike Baron and Steve Rude have still got "it", and they ramp up the tension big time, with the birth of Nexus' son and some major civil unrest on Ylum. Great, great stuff.

Booster Gold #1
I've been a Booster booster since his solo series in the '80s, so I'm glad to see him back in action. This issue provided some great moments with a more mature, focused Booster seemingly ready to meet his destiny as one of The Greats, before having the rug yanked unceremoniously from under his feet. He's a better hero than I, because I would have probably gone ahead and joined the JLA. Hey, it was only Hal Jordan, big loss. So now Booster has to be the greatest hero of all, and no one can know about it-quite a conundrum for such a vain character, and a time-travel setup rife with possibilities.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man:
Well, if they're going to push the reset button and un-reveal Spidey's secret (as I suspect) at least they published this story first. I've been waiting for a showdown between unmasked Peter and J. Jonah Jameson, and this issue delivered. Jameson is really a fascinating character in the right hands, and Peter David shows an understanding of what makes the blustery publisher tick.

Flash #231:
Wally and his family have a sort of Incredibles thing going on here, which is not bad at all. The family scenario is new enough that Mark Waid's return doesn't seem redundant.

Planet of the Vampires #1 and #2
A world gone mad! Six astronauts return to Earth and find it ruled by vampires!

Also out this week: The plot thickens and a starling deception is revealed in Super-Villain Team Up : MODOK's 11 #2, the outgoing writer leaves a mess for the next guy in Justice League of America #12, Army@Love #6 continues the sexy, cynical tale of motivation and morale in a near-future Army, Captain America remains dead and Falcon gets crispy in Captain America #29, the Book of Destiny saga concludes in Brave and the Bold #6, Trickster and Piper get itchy in Countdown#37, and Jimmy gets a new Pal in Action #854.


I'm still stunned by the death of Mike Wieringo. Taken far, far too soon. Ugh - what a world, where toxic cretins thrive and prosper, while this guy trying to work out, stay in shape, and eat right gets struck down early.

Rest in peace, 'Ringo, you'll be missed.


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