841391-42_superStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #42: Better than it’s been lately with an Easter Egg for fans of the video game (Malak invites Jarael to join him in the Mandalorian War) and the suggestion of a new direction (Zayne suggests to Jarael that they take down the Crucible slavers’ guild instead) but still not as good as it was when it was at its best.

Mighty Avengers #26: This is the book I’ve been waiting for ever since Kurt Busiek left the Avengers in 2002.

Invincible #63: My high school English teacher criticized one of my short stories by telling me there’s a difference between depicting something gory and reveling in it. Kirkman is reveling in it.

Dark Reign: Young Avengers #2: The original Young Avengers confront the new Young Avengers about stealing their name, though they’re conflicted because that’s what the original Avengers said to them when they started out. Annoying verbal tics and poorly defined powers abound.

300px-Captain_Britain_and_MI-13_Vol_1_14 Captain Britain and MI:13 #14: We find out that Dracula’s victory last issue didn’t really happen but in a way in which we don’t feel cheated (at least, I didn’t). A great issue from a great series (I’m going to miss it).

Angel #22: I like the new cast-mates (a were-jaguar and an actual angel) but that’s pretty much the only nice thing I can say about this unevenly plotted and poorly drawn arc.

Captain America #600: Wow. Just wow.

Justice Society of America #28: I thought that the first half of this story in issue 27 wasn’t bad. The conclusion in this issue, however, made me wish I skipped the whole thing altogether. I could have done without the Spectre, the souls of Hiroshima and especially the almost-relationship between Atom Smasher and Stargirl.

Superman #689: Around the world in 80 hours with Mon-el, the Guardian frees Tellus and General Lane makes his move against John Henry Irons: the Superman-less Superman comic continues to be a great read with multiple stories on the go and beautiful Renato Guedes art.

Amazing Spider-Man #598: Makes the best of a bad situation. I’d be happy completely ignoring Dark Reign but at least Spidey makes with the jokes and the story focuses on Harry’s conflicted relationships with Lily, his dad and Spider-Man.

Dynamo5_22_coverDynamo 5 #22: Still one of my favorite comics month after month. And I love the introduction of a World War II sergeant actually made of rock.

Green Lantern #42: I’m enjoying Hal’s journey through the spectrum and I liked the twist on the formula by having him grab the power battery instead of putting on a ring.

Farscape: D’Argo’s Lament #3: Not very funny. Not very exciting. Not very good.

Star Wars: Legacy #37: Plots and intrigues abound as Legacy manages to keep the quality up even after the climactic battle against Darth Krayt. Of course, the luscious Jan Duursema art helps.

Uncanny X-Men #512: I’m not sure. Inserts James Bradley as a major player in the history of mutant-kind despite the fact that I’d never heard of him before this arc. Otherwise a fun little time travel romp with a sympathetic twist at the end

Wolverine: First Class #16: One of the better Peter David issues, though he’s set the bar pretty low on this title. The Gurihiru art is fun, as is Kitty’s rivalry with Teresa. But the conclusion is really forced (and dumb).

Xfactor45cthX-Factor #45: Twists and turns galore make this one of the best X-books of the moment, with
intersecting stories in two time periods, Ruby Summers, Dr. Doom, Shatterstar
and an ending that makes Guido say, “Uh-kay.
Didn’t see that coming.”

Wolverine: Weapon X #3: A bloody romp in the jungle with Wolverine vs. a platoon of humans
augmented with facsimiles of his powers from Jason Aaron, the writer of “Get
Mystique” and “Manifest Destiny” and Ron Garney (who is always much better on
solo titles than team books). Thumbs up
from me.

Astonishing X-Men #30: The promising beginning (mutants from another dimension with three
strands of DNA) fizzles out at the end with a not-quite sane Forge, a really
big laser from an outside source and no actual appearances by the
other-dimensional beings.

Wildcats #12:
All-out action where anything can happen in this after-the-end-of-the-world
title. Great stuff!

Wonder Woman #33: Prehistoric beasts, bravery and betrayal.
That’s how you build an exciting conclusion.

Action Comics Annual#12: The twin origins of Nightwing and Flamebird tie this book for the best of the bunch (with Captain America,of course).

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Comment by Rich Lane on July 3, 2009 at 12:03pm
I'm THIS CLOSE to dropping Invincible for exactly the reason you point out. This last issue has Invincible sporting a compound fracture on the frigging cover. I was initially drawn to this book because of the old school fun it engendered. It's not so much fun anymore.
Comment by Chris Fluit on July 3, 2009 at 7:31pm
You've been complaining about this for a while, Rich, so I'm honestly surprised that you haven't already dropped it. I hadn't been as bothered by it but (and this could be a huge SPOILER so stop reading) the scene in which Conquest punches his arm all the way through Atom Eve was way too much for me. However, it wasn't just the gore that bothered me. It did, I won't deny that. But the gore also undercut the emotional impact of that scene. It's difficult to feel sympathetic about the death of a major character when your automatic reaction to the scene is nausea.

And I am putting Invincible on my probation list. I won't be pre-ordering any more issues and whether I continue with the series depends on the quality of the next couple of issues.
Comment by Rich Lane on July 4, 2009 at 12:12am
I've been annoyed by it in recent months to be sure, but it wasn't until this issue that I was absolutely repulsed by it. It's fine in Walking Dead, but that's a whole different tone. Same with his Destroyer book at Marvel Max. It just doesn't fit with Invincible.

Geez, I never thought I'd be longing for the old days where all we had to deal with was Geoff Johns' decapitation fixation...
Comment by Martin Gray on July 7, 2009 at 5:12am
A fine bunch of capsules!


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