5 Stars: WARNING: Morrison X-Men
4 Stars: Scott Lobdell X-Men
3 Stars: Robert Kirkman X-Men
2 Stars: Claremont X-Men
1 Star: Chuck Austen X-Men
*my scanner is being lame so, no panel scans today. Sorry.
Green Lantern #29 (*****)
It’s been about two and a half years since Green Lantern re-launched with Geoff Johns at the helm and Hal Jordan in tow. If someone had told me back then that GL would be one of my favorite books in 2008, I would have told them to, quite frankly, go #$%& themselves. Johns has taken this mid-level, boring piece of wood of a character and really made me love him. The more Johns Hal I read, the more I like him, maybe even more than Ron Marz Kyle Rayner. Oh… and yeah, I said it. Hal Jordan, along with Barry Allen, was one of the most boring characters alive or dead. Sorry Hal fans, your boy sucked. And really, isn’t that why you all hated on Kyle Rayner so much? Because he was an actual character with hopes, dreams and fears? Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked… the art has also been fantastic, with Ivan Reis improving on perfection with every issue. The origin story: lots of people are bitching about this… I say, necessary evil. Just think of all the new readers we picked up during and after the Sinestro Corps War. Those guys need attention too. And anyway, I like getting this semi-untold tale of Hal’s boyhood from Johns’ perspective. I mean, that guy can write drama. It’s well written and well drawn… why wouldn’t you enjoy this? And… Abin Sur’s kind of a badass! Can’t wait for more!
Invincible #49 (****)
Wow, this is how good Invincible used to be… it’s how good it’s SUPPOSED to be! Hated that last few issues, so I’m glad we got a nice, fast wrap up of last months crappy story. I mean, is it bad that I don’t even remember who this Seismic guy is? Or who the black Batman dude is supposed to be? I was pretty confused, but the scene ended quickly enough and Kirkman got us where we needed to be for the next startling revelation… Cecil betrays Mark. Is anyone shocked by this? Me neither. I never trusted that guy, not since day one. Predicable, but still, the execution was flawless. Especially that last page where Cecil has tricked Mark into “the white room” and into a trap. Killer. It’s also nice to see Mark get pissed about something for a change. He’s been a “yes-man” for so many years, I was beginning to wonder if he had any guts at all. Also, if I don’t get some closure on this Atom Eve situation soon, my guts are gonna burst. Word. I’m thinking maybe issue 50 could be a 5-star book next month… there’s a good shot.
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #26 (****)
Mandarin… you sneaky bastard. Although it was very obvious what was going on, I mean as soon as Tony Stark asked her to unlock extremis you had to know it was actually Mandarin, it was still well played. Just like this month’s Invincible! DING! This has to be the best super hero espionage book right now, replacing the currently lackluster Checkmate. UGH, Checkmate… why?!?!? I hope Maya gets a happy ending. I don’t know why, but I really like her character. I guess next issue should see some big shake-ups now that the Mandarin has his “extremis-bomb”. And although I love the plot device of forcing Stark to fight in his old armor, we really need him back in the modern tech soon so he can kick the shit out of old Mandy. Because, you know… Iron Man’s a good guy.
X-Men Legacy #209 (****)
For me, Carey may be entering the pantheon of great X-Men writers very soon. His X-Men has been great lately, especially this trip down memory lane. Hmm, maybe his referencing all the great stories of the past is making me rank this arc higher than I would normally? Whatever. My real question is: why does his Ultimate Fantastic Four suck so hard? It’s probably the artists he gets stuck with. I bet his scripts are really good. His characterizations have been super crisp, especially Magneto and Exodus. I don’t think Exodus even had “character” before this arc. I think we get two more issues of this story, and the final page leads us to believe Carey is promising an epic Professor X/Exodus showdown next issue. Obviously, count me in.
- Black Panther #35 (**): I used to love this book… Killmonger’s back and he wants to kill BP, what else is new? Oh, apparently T’Challa has forgiven Tony Stark. Whatever.
- Daredevil #106 (**): Wah wah wah, my pee pee hurts. Could we give this guy a break, please?
- Robin #172 (****): Seriously, why did Dixon ever leave this book? I know all the back patting is going on over at the Nightwing table, and that’s kind of deserved, but the improvement in Robin since Dixon came back by far blows Dick Grayson out of the sky. Spoiler? Know what, I’m fine with her coming back. Explain it as a “Superboy-punch” and I’m good. I can’t say enough good things, next month I’ll probably do a full review… again.
- WWH Aftersmash: Warbound #4 (***):I love these characters but this story blows. Still waiting for it to get better. Only one issue left…
- Wolverine Origins #23 (****):I don’t care what they say, I love this arc. And the imagery just keep getting better and better, especially that last page. Logan slicing off Wade’s trigger fingers was brilliantly played. Bravo Mr. Way, bravo.