Friday, August 24, 2007

AWtC Weekly: 08/24/07

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.

Nothing too eye-popping this week, so I figured I'd let Captain Marvel Jr. sock it to ya.


Lately, it seems that Spider-Man’s life couldn’t get much worse. Luckily, this is comics, where we can just magically reboot the timeline if things get too gunked-up. I’m predicting that “One More Day” builds on a glimpse of his future self that Spider-Man got in Amazing Spider-Man #500 a couple of years back. In that story, Spidey got a guided tour of his future and his past, courtesy of Doctor Strange. Future Spider-Man was a hunted fugitive, who gave Present-day Spidey some cryptic clues of events to come, so I’m guessing that’s Future Spidey’s hand on the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #545. I’m not a fan of the magic reset button, but it does seem that J. M. Straczynski has been building to this since day one, so at least it doesn’t just come out of left field. We’ll probably see all the major developments of the last few years undone, like his unmasking, Aunt May’s knowledge of the secret, maybe all of that “The Other” stuff, and of course, the marriage.


New Comics this Week:

Batman #668
Batman’s reunion with the League of Heroes continues, as another one bites the dust. Everyone is working at top form here, making for a great, memorable tale.

Blue Beetle #18
Blue Beetle gets to meet some peers in this issue, and his pals get some time in the spotlight. It’s nice to see a modern book integrate a group of operatives into the main hero’s life, hearkening back to the pulps.

Spirit #9
Another solid issue. Gonna miss Darwyn Cooke after he leaves.

Amazing Spider-Man#543
Back in black draws to a close with no questions answered and a miserable sense of despair. This arc has really dragged on, and if the point was to make us long for simpler, happier stories, well, mission accomplished. Bring on the magic reset button!

Thunderbolts #116
I get a perverse sense of amusement at the way Warren Ellis just keeps upping the crazy ante on Robbie Baldwin. “A walking pile of scabs with legs sticking out” heh heh.

Strangers In Paradise Vol 19 Ever After TPB
Stick a fork in it, 'tis done. Now I need to get caught up on the last few trades, so I can read this concluding chapter.


Again With the Comics Eagerly Awaits:

Brave and the Bold #8 features the great George Perez drawing one of my favorite DC teams, the Doom Patrol, as they team up with the Flash. Perez has never had much opportunity to draw the misfit team, so this is a rare treat.


Maxo said...

God, I'm loving this relaunch of Brave and the Bold. Along with Blue Beetle, it's become one of my favorite DC titles.

Brian Hughes said...

Why any monthly book with George Perez art isn't in the top ten is beyond me. It's one of DC's best.

Billscomics said...

Also can't wait for B+B - it's nice to read a superhero comic that has a traditional feel without seeming horribly dated.