Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) wrote,
Dave Van Domelen

Comics for May 4, 2011

No big flood of backorders this time, but at least I got Avengers Academy #12 in time to read it before #13. :) And finally got an Atomic Robo on time again.

                   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.
An archive can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants 
    Way to be knuckledraggers, City Council.  Yay single-issue voters.

     Items of Note (strongly recommended or otherwise worthy): Atomic Robo
Deadly Art of Science #5 (of 5)

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 5/4/11: Shadowland Power Man #4, Transformers
Timelines G2 Redux, Gold Digger #127, Transformers Dark of the Moon Rising
Storm #3, X-Factor #218, Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2, Transformers
Foundation #3.  Add Transformers Rising Storm #4.

"Other Media" Capsules:

     Things that are comics-related but not necessarily comics (i.e.
comics-based movies like Iron Man or Hulk), or that aren't going to be
available via comic shops (like comic pack-ins with DVDs) will go in this
section when I have any to mention.  They may not be as timely as comic
reviews, especially if I decide to review novels that take me a week or two
(or ten) to get around to.

     Nothing this week.  I did get the Revoltech Iron Man the other day, but
if I review it, it'll be later.

     Sometimes I get a comic a week or two late because of Diamond's
combination of neglect and incompetence.  If it's more than a week late,
though, I won't review it unless it's very notable.  Additionally, I will
often get tradepaperbacks long after publication or even sometimes before
Diamond ships them, and those will go here.  If I'm reasonably sure I'm
reviewing something that didn't ship this week, this is the section for it.

     Avengers Academy #12: Marvel - Just in time for #13 and Giant-Size #1.
Hearkening back to the old "Adult Legion" stories, but with the twist that
the minds are still young.  Cosmic time travel type stories always come with
the hazard of meaning nothing in the end, but most of the team came away with
some sort of permanent change...if only emotional.  Recommended.  $2.99

New Comics:
     Comics and comic collections that I got this week and were actually
supposed to be out this week, as far as I can tell.  These reviews will
generally be spoiler-free, but the occasional bit will slip in.

     Secret Six #33: DC - I liked how the Catman thread worked out, but
otherwise it all felt like the forces of Hell weren't really trying, just
going through the motions.  While some of that could be explained as being
the setup of the ending zinger, it still...rang a bit hollow.  Even the Six
themselves, for the most part, seemed unimpressed.  Mildly recommended.

     Adventure Comics #526: DC - The lead story wraps up the Black Mace story
and touches on the Academy graduations, while the backup features Phil Moy
drawing an XS story...but both lead and backup are subordinated to
foreshadowing for the whole Blue Flame thing kicked off in LSV.  On their own
they were perfectly serviceable stories, but lacked weight.  Mildly
recommended.  $2.99

     Captain America: First Vengeance #1 (of 4): Marvel - Van Lente runs two
stories in parallel.  One is a mission against Hydra in 1944, the other is a
series of flashbacks Cap has during that mission.  The flashbacks are largely
a retelling of the standard Steve Rogers life story prior to Project Rebirth,
but with the addition of him being long-time friends with a Bucky Barnes who
is his own age.  I guess the movie people wanted to entirely avoid the "teen
sidekick" issue.  It makes for an interesting twist on the dynamic between
them, and I'm curious to see how it translates into the costumed identities
of both, but that's yet to come.  Recommended.  $2.99

     Herc #2: Marvel - The Thor movie bug in the upper left is amusing here.
The issue is dominated by the fight between Herc and Hobgoblin, and Van Lente
gives freer reign to his humorous side.  The twist on the two new women in
Herc's life was perhaps a bit obvious, but I'll give it a few more issues to
see how it plays out before passing judgement on it.  Recommended.  $2.99

     Avengers Academy Giant-Size #1: Marvel - 80 pages, eight bucks.  Mind
you, unlike a lot of Giant-Size issues, it's all new material, practically a
3-issue mini in one package.  Written by Tobin and drawn by Baldeon, it has
three of the Young Allies teamed up with four of the Academy kids out for a
day on the town...Arcade-style.  This actually takes place before the Korvac
arc in Avengers Academy, but if you don't read it until after AA #13 (as I
did) it's not a big problem.  Interestingly, Tobin *doesn't* spend much time
introducing the characters, managing to work most of that stuff into the
story fairly smoothly (although Toro gets the short end of the stick, with
very little actual characterization or even screen time).  Recommended.

     Avengers Academy #13: Marvel - Ah, prom season.  While not as whacked
out as Operation P.R.O.M., it has its moments.  I would have avoided inviting
Harball, thought.  A LOT of plot threads come to a head this issue, with
loose lips blowing ships into tiny pieces.  Metaphorically, at least.
Usually.  And, as befits a prom, there is a certain amount of hooking up.  As
Pym notes at the end, while it may not be Happily Ever After, it's good
enough for today.  Recommended.  $2.99

     Atomic Robo Deadly Art of Science #5 (of 5): Red5 Comics - Yay, on time
for once!  Hard to say anything about this issue without it being a spoiler,
so let's just cut to the chase and strongly recommend this issue, yes?  $3.50 


"Veiled Threat" Award to Avengers Academy #12

"Poker?  I 'Ardly KNOW 'Er!" Award to Secret Six #33

"Dear Princess Celestia..." Award to Adventure Comics #526

"The Deadly Science Of Art" Award to Captain America: First Vengeance #1
     (of 4)

"Yeah, Kingpin And Greeks...Bad Combo" Award to Herc #2

"Hanging Out With Finesse Is Starting To Rub Off On Reptil" Award to
     Avengers Academy Giant-Size #1

"Speedball vs. Vinyl Scratch In A DJ-Off?" Award to Avengers Academy #13

"What A Ridiculous Sentence" Award to Atomic Robo Deadly Art of Science
     #5 (of 5)

   Dave Van Domelen, "But don't worry, there are no cameras in the living quarters." "Okay, but she's your EX-GIRLFRIEND and she knew you were IN MY ROOM." - (spoiler) and (spoiler), Avengers Academy #13
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