Foilball’s Review Roundup #60 – 5 Books I’ve Enjoyed Since The Move And Some Other Stuff…

Secret Six #2 (*****)

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Who doesn’t love this book? Kudos to Simone for seeing something cool in a character (Bane) that most of us wrote off years ago.

Detective Comics #849 (****1/2)

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Morrison’s Batman, while epic and enjoyable is a complete mess compare to Dini’s run on this book. Seriously, if you’re looking for great, straight up Batman stories, this is for you. And! This Hush arc is the best yet. I don’t think any write has ever really justified Batman’s rage as well as Dini has. Fucking brilliant!

Wonder Woman #25 (****)

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Gail Simone writes the best Wonder Woman ever, which makes me really sad, because as cool as it is to have an awesome WW for a change, I hate that it just proves that men can’t write her. It’s as sexist as saying that only men can write Superman, which, I’m not sure can be proved either way since men are the only ones who ever GET to write Superman. Sigh.

Green Lantern Corps #29 (****)

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I think my enjoyment of this book is based solely on whether or not Gleason is doing the art. Well, he did the art for this issue and I loved it.

Eternals #5 (****)

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It’s getting good, guys! I love how the old dude was indifferent to the kid and then he got to know him and some atrophied sense of parenting manifested and he got all invested in the kid and then the kid goes bad and he’s all sad but because he acted like such a jerk at the start his daughter doesn’t believe him when he tells her how sorry he is… AWESOME!

(Run-ons can be fun!)

Some Other Stuff:
• No Hero #1 (***): More of the same? Is Ellis repeating himself?
• Green Lantern #35 (***): This was not a satisfactory ending. At all.
• The Invincible Iron Man #6 (***): Fine, the fight was cool but the end didn’t punch me in the gut. Punch me in the gut, FRACTION!!!
• Fables #77 (***1/2): I liked this, it’s a fine start to the post-war era of Fables. I especially liked the letter in the middle of the book from Bill Willingham. That was definitely what the doctor ordered. I was thinking about dropping the book, but Bill has convinced me to stick around. Good show.
• Robin #177 (***1/2): I mean, this would be cooler if we RIP was over already, as it stands, I just can’t get into it. I need context, damn it.

Foilball’s August Previews Order

100 BULLETS #96 (MR) MARVEL 1985 #6 (OF 6)
ACTION COMICS #870 MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #1 (OF 4) 
AGE OF SENTRY #2 (OF 6) MIGHTY AVENGERS #19
AIR #3 (MR) MOON KNIGHT #23
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #573-575 MS MARVEL #32
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 NEW AVENGERS #46
ASTONISHING X-MEN GHOST BOXES #1  NEWUNIVERSAL SHOCKFRONT #4 (OF 6)
AUTHORITY #3 NIGHTWING #149 RIP
AVENGERS INITIATIVE #18 NO HERO #2 (OF 7)
AVENGERS INVADERS #5 (OF 12) NOVA #18
BATMAN #681 RIP (NOTE PRICE) PUNISHER #63 (MR)
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #12 RIP PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #24
BATTLEFIELDS NIGHT WITCHES #1  ROBIN #179
BILLY BATSON MAGIC OF SHAZAM #4 RUNAWAYS 3 #3
BOYS #23 (MR) SAVAGE DRAGON #141
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #19 SECRET INVASION #7 
CABLE #7 SI AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 
CAPTAIN AMERICA #43  SI FRONT LINE #4 (OF 5)
CAPTAIN AMERICA ZERO POINT SI INHUMANS #3 (OF 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE #1 (OF 6) SI THOR #3 (OF 3)
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #6  SI X-MEN #3 (OF 4)
CIVIL WAR HOUSE OF M #2 (OF 5) SECRET SIX #2
CRIMINAL 2 #7 (MR) SKAAR SON OF HULK #4
CROSSED #1 (OF 9) (MR)  SKRULLS VS POWER PACK #4
DAREDEVIL #112 SPAWN #185
DEADPOOL #3 SPIDER-MAN BRAND NEW DAY #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #849 RIP STORMWATCH PHD #15
DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #11 SUPERGIRL #34 
ECHO #7 SUPERMAN #681 
ETERNALS #5 SUPERMAN BATMAN #53
FABLES #77 (MR) SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON SPECIAL #1 
FANTASTIC FOUR #562 SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1
FINAL CRISIS #5 (OF 7) THUNDERBOLTS #125
FC LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #3  TWELVE #8 (OF 12)
FC RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS #1  ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1
FC RESIST #1 ULTIMATE HULK ANNUAL #1
FC REVELATIONS #3 (OF 5) ULTIMATE ORIGINS #5 (OF 5)
FC SUBMIT #1 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #127
FOOLKILLER WHITE ANGELS #4 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #3
GHOST RIDER #28  UNCANNY X-MEN #503
GREEN LANTERN #36 WALKING DEAD #56 (MR) 
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #29 WILDCATS #4
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #6 WOLVERINE MANIFEST DESTINY #1
HULK #7 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #29
I KILL GIANTS #4 (OF 7) WONDER WOMAN #25
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #122 X-FACTOR #36
INVINCIBLE #57 X-FORCE #8
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 X-MEN LEGACY #217
IRON MAN DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #34 X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #2
JACK OF FABLES #27 (RES) (MR) X-MEN ORIGINAL SIN #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #26 YOUNG LIARS #8 (MR)
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #20  

Cancelled Green Arrow, X-Factor, She-Hulk and Birds of Prey. This will also be the last month I order Batman and the Outsiders and Punisher War Journal (unless Remender’s first solo issue blows me away). I’m giving Moon Knight and Ghost Rider one last shot, but I ain’t holding out too much hope.

October Tidings: All the cool Final Crisis one-shots, the almost end of Secret Invasion, more Bucky in Cap, and this little book by the Knaufs…

The first in a series of specials covering the length and breadth of the larger-than-life legend of Captain America, as told by the industry’s leading experts in the field! First up, it’s 1944, and wouldn’t you know it? Them sneaky Nazis have managed to crack the secrets of electro-magnetic physics…yeah, that’s right: apples may fall down in the free world, but schnitzels are falling up in the skies over a mysterious lab in a Polish forest, thanks to a little help from a nearby forced-labor camp. Sure, we could send in the Marines, but why bother when we’ve got Captain America?! But even Cap may be meeting his match against the lab’s sadistic cybernetic commandant. Because everyone knows, the only thing worse than a Nazi is a Robot Nazi!

OMG! How could you NOT want to read this?!?