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Comics for June 27, FL July 5 or 6


                    Dave's Unspoilt Capsules and Awards
         The Week's Picks and Pans, plus Awards of Dubious Merit

Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups.  Recommendation does
not factor in price.  Not all books will have arrived in your area this week.
My shop class problem's been resolved.  Rants, Capsules can be found on my 
             homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants 

First Look Comments:

     Books I read over the weekend as First Looks, but didn't buy, so can't
really say much in detail about.  DC has stopped having First Looks, so it's
just Marvel and Image...and there's word that Diamond doesn't want to bother
with the program at all anymore.

     Books for next week - 

     Books may be delayed until Friday by holiday

     New Avengers/Transformers #1 (of 4): Marvel - Stuart Moore writes, Tyler
Kirkham pencils.  Takes place at a divergence point before Civil War.  Mostly
the Avengers this issue, but parallels to the "standard operating procedure"
of IDW Decepticons are in place.  Mildly recommended.  $2.99/$3.75Cn

     Ms. Marvel #17: Marvel - Things fall apart, the center cannot hold
because it has this big gene scrambler bomb strapped to it...in some ways,
AIM got a big boost to its "interestingness" levels.  On the other hand, it's
not like any of the other many many AIM revamps of the past decade have
stuck, who's to say that a good one will have any more luck than the bad
ones? Still, recommended.  $2.99/$3.75Cn

     Thor #1: Marvel - If God did not exist, Man would have to create Him.
That seems to be a central conceit off this issue.  JMS has been steeped
enough in mythology through the decades that I don't doubt he can pull this
off, and he's had enough comics experience now that the pacing should be
acceptable.  The writing is  both portentious and pretentious, but isn't that
about right for Thor?  Recommended.  $2.99/$3.75Cn

     New Warriors #2: Marvel - Cute Heroes reference.  Anyway, this book
seems to be headed in the direction of an uncommon but not unheard-of plot
hook...seeking out those with experience as supers but who lost their powers,
and offering them new powers.  Kind of like the Darkstars snatching up
de-ringed Green Lanterns.  It's still moving kinda slowly, but in a promising
direction.  Recommended.  $2.99/$3.75Cn


Capsules:
     Short, relatively spoiler-free reviews of books I actually bring home
(as opposed to reading in preview form in the shop or online).  If I get a
book late due to distributor foulups or whatever, I'll put it in the Missing
section.

     Books of Note (Strongly Recommended or otherwise worthy): Blue Beetle
#16, She Hulk v2 #19

     Note, a LOT of Diamond flubs this week, see below.

     Transformers Official Movie Adaptation #4 (of 4): IDW - This opens with
a background element that always annoys me, the statement that all advanced
real world tech is reverse-engineered from some alien artifact.  An artifact
in the hands of only one government.  As if all new tech of the past century
has come solely from America.  Pfeh.  If they had some stuff more advanced
than real life tech (as used in the Ghosts of Yesterday prequel novel),
that'd work.  But while it worked as a laugh in Men In Black, it's just dumb
in a story trying to be taken seriously.  That aside, this is another muddled
mess with insufficient pagecount to really adapt the story, and it jumps from
scene to scene in such a way that if I hadn't already read the novel, I'd
have no idea what was going on half the time.  Pass on this adaptation and
just watch the movie or read the novel.  Neutral.  $3.99

     Fallen Angel v2 #17: IDW - Flipbook with Shi.  Joy.  At least PAD writes
both sides of it, and uses some effective parallel structure.  It doesn't
matter too much which side you read first, as both tell the tale of their
respective stars reaching the same point, but the Fallen Angel side does seem
to come "first" as such things may be reckoned.  It also has bare breasts on
the very first page, so careful about reading this in a public place.  ;)
And no, Shi doesn't show anything herself, just Li.  Recommended.  $3.99

     Teen Titans #48: DC - Amazons Attack tie-in.  And it looks like DC is
trying to out-do Marvel in terms of showing they can have the government into
more of an asinine strawman parody of the Bush Administration here, with
internment camps set up for anyone who's even associated with Amazons.  This
issue is so full of stupid that I have trouble believing that the main AA
book is worth buying even as kindling.  Avoid.  $2.99/$3.65Cn

     Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #31: DC - Bedard and so-so
artist Kevin Sharpe take over for an intermezzo of sorts, dealing with some
of the fallout from the Dominator War and maybe setting up for the next
storyline...or wrapping things up for cancellation and relaunch.  It's okay,
and I do like the way a Legion longtimer is brought into the new timeline.
Mildly recommended.  $2.99/$3.65Cn

     Blue Beetle #16: DC - And this one's an Eclipso tie-in, tossing us into
something that looks like it has nothing to do with Blue Beetle.  Other than
having a couple of his supporting cast in the background, that is.  But,
unlike the suckful Amazon Attack tie-in over in Teen Titans, this one's fun
to read even if I don't know what's going on.  :)  Just goes to show, the
right writer can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.  Rogers may need work
in the plotting department, but his ear for dialogue remains excellent.  And
he gets superheroes...there can be pain and death and sorrow, sure.  But
there's also hope and defiance and optimism.  And weirdness.  Albuquerque's
art is a little hard to follow in places, although when you're trying to
follow Cully Hamner's character designs for supporting cast, it can be tough
to make them recognizable.  Strongly recommended.  $2.99/$3.65Cn

     Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four #3 (of 4): Marvel - As Reed discovers
the true dangers of the Hirogen assimilation, Spidey shows that while he's no
Reed in the science department, he's plenty smart enough.  Recommended.
$2.99/$3.75Cn 

     X-Factor #20: Marvel - The whole Quicksilver/Terrigen plot resolves in
an unsurprisingly Monkey's Paw sort of way, and a few things about Layla
Miller are revealed in the process.  A decent story, recommended.  (Hey, they
aren't all gonna be mini-essays.)  $2.99/$3.75Cn

     Fantastic Four #547: Marvel - Gotta love lame "not really the title"
titles.  This wasn't put in my pull because it's "The New Fantastic Four" on
the cover, rather than "Fantastic Four" (which is how it's solicited and how
I ordered it).  At least it didn't get filed as "The Initiative The New
Fantastic Four".  Anyway, a transitional issue, as a couple of new threats
pop up and the whole Eon thing gets wrapped.  Some fun character bits,
especially regarding Ororo's hair and eyes.  Recommended.  $2.99/$3.75Cn

     She Hulk v2 #19: Marvel - Let's see...She-Hulk back in the law firm
setting, dealing with personal issues and weird law and no longer running
around as a SHIELD Agent, check.  Slott back on top of his game, check.  The
Leader may dominate the cover, but the true archvillain in this issue is
Mallory Book, who brings about conflicts both internal and external, ethical
and legal...and even manages to (in essence) stop a horde of robots.  Oh, and
excellent use of longboxes by the basement geeks.  Strongly recommeneded.
$2.99/$3.75Cn

     Marvel Adventures Avengers #14: Marvel - Okay, not quite as interesting
as the cover hints at (it's not an alt-version story), but still pretty good.
Parker and Kirk do a good job showing the Avengers doing a little more than
simply hitting the badguys, although they do plenty of that too.  Pretty
quotable too, but up against Shulkie and Blue Beetle, which means it's not
getting my endquote position, sorry.  Recommended.  $2.99/$3.75Cn


Gone Missing:

     Stuff that came out some places this week and that I wanted to buy, but
couldn't find for whatever reason, so people don't have to email me asking
"Why didn't you review X?"  (If it's neither here nor in the section above,
though, feel free to ask, I might have forgotten about it!) 

     Current list as of 6/27:

     Still missing and might come in: Fallen Angel #15, Mystic Arcana Book of
Marvel Magic, Aquaman #53.  Add Transformers Movie Magazine #1, Invincible
#43, Cable & Deadpool #42.  They also didn't ship G-Fan #80, bringing Diamond
below 0.500 for that magazine, I might as well subscribe directly.  In fact,
I just went to g-fan.com and did so.  Screw Diamond.
     Cancelled by Diamond (again): Dr. Debunko: the Short Stories, Devil's
Panties #7-8.


Awards:

"Speed Dial's Psycho Ex" Award to Transformers Official Movie Adaptation #4
     (of 4)

"Where's His Pogo Stick?" Award to Fallen Angel v2 #17

"When Clumsy Polemics Attack" Award to Teen Titans #48

"Tenzil For The Offense" Award to Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes
     #31

"To Be A Dennnnntist!  You Need A Talent For Causing Pain!" Award to Blue
     Beetle #16

"No, You Don't Get To Help Me Whitewash The Fence" Award to Spider-Man and
     the Fantastic Four #3 (of 4)

"THIS!  IS!  X-FACTOR!" Award to X-Factor #20

"Something Stinks Here" Award to Fantastic Four #547

"Because The 5th Amendment Only Applies To Criminal Liability, Not Making A
     Fool Of Yourself" Award to She-Hulk v2 #19

"For GOD'S Sake, Don't Let Hulk At The Ton Of Beans!" Award to Marvel
     Adventures Avengers #14


   Dave Van Domelen, "'Cuz you SUCK. I'm not the only one thinks that. Batman's file on you? 'Eclipso. Power: Sucking.'" - Traci 13, Blue Beetle #16
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