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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fables #99 (Vertigo/DC)

"Yes, I do believe a teaching moment is upon us."~The Dark Man

Writer/Creator: Bill Willingham
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Colors: Eva de la Cruz
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover: Joao Ruas
Associate Editor: Angela Rufino
Editor: Shelly Bond

Comic Book Week: October 20, 2010

Umm..............omg! 8O ❤

I know I reviewed the last issue of this book, but "Dark City" was just soooooo much more deserving I had to give you the scoop on this book!

I mentioned the villain the Dark Man last time (bit.ly/buHRzV)-he's a very bad guy who is about to face off against the heros-and in this issue he takes the front seat as we only see the regular Fables in passing. The story is told from the perspective of the witch Ozma's familiar in the form of a black cat, who is spying on the Dark Man for Ozma (btw-Ozma is probably Princess Ozma from the Land of Oz by Frank Baum! Cool beans! ;) ).

Willingham tells perhaps his best story in about half the series in an almost stand alone tale that is nonetheless leading into a bigger showdown. But in this issue its the artwork that blows me away! Klein & de la Cruz contribute but Miranda's linework depicting the architecture & people of New York city as pawns of the Dark Man is fabulous! The cover by Raus is hot but the first inside panel of the New York skyline just puts it to shame!

I'm dying to read the next issue! I hope Miranda is back! X9 ❤

RATING: 8 black cats out of 10!
Happy Halloween everybody! ツ*

Here is my favorite way to celebrate Halloween........Michael Jackson's Thriller!!!!!!!! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

ツ❦ Autumn Extravaganza! ツ❦

Comic Book Week: October 6, 2010

Hi! Guess what? I missed a week! Kay so that is a bad thing. But to make it up I am going to do the short review thing again & run down all of my fabulous reads from this week!

American Vampire #7 (Vertigo/DC)
(Scott Snyder & Rafael Albequerque, American Vampire created by Scott Snyder)

I AM STILL LOVING THIS SERIES!!!! I went back & realized this was my favorite book the last time I did these short reviews too. Well it has not lost any steam even with the loss of Stephen King......which says a lot!
"Devil in the Sand, Part Two" continues a vampire tale set in the early days of Las Vegas as it is becoming Sin City (not the Frank Miller 1, the actual 1). The art is wonderfully graphic & the story pulls me in......Eric Northman who? Skinner Sweet is the badboy sexy vampire for this gal! :9 ♥
I'm going to use the same rating system as last time cause I think it worked so very well (bit.ly/9FLZHa)......
9 ½ sunny days!!!!!!
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iZombie #6 (Vertigo/DC)
(Chris Roberson & Michael Allred, iZombie created by Roberson & Allred)

I am really loving this series too! I have more than once mentioned how great Roberson's writing is on this series & Cinderella, & Allred is like a living legend on the art. "I, Were-Terrier" is all about the supporting character Scott who turns into a were-terrior during the full moon. He is of course friends with Gwen the zombie & Ellie the ghost. And in this issue we find out how he became a were-terrier & meet his grandfather who looks to be the newest cast member in a strange way. This book is just so much fun which says a lot for a comic centered around dead characters!
9 ½ sunny days!!!!!!
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Hawkeye & Mockingbird #5 (Marvel)
(Jim McCann, David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez, Nathan Fairbairn....& I have to mention Paul Renaud for that beautiful cover! )
I said after the first issue of this series that I hoped it stuck around & for 5 issues it has just gotten better! The art is beautiful! The story is character driven & action packed! And that cover is worth framing! ♥
"Ghosts Part 5: Let Go" seems to end the series' first story arc where Bobbi & Clint have been fighting off a new Phantom Rider.....the first of whom Bobbi (Mockingbird) let fall off a cliff......& Crossfire.....the villain from Clint's (Hawkeye) first miniseries where Bobbi & Clint got married. But saying that, the letter column seems to imply next issue is the last & that that was always the plan! Not according to the first issue letter column! Boooo!!!!!!
9 sunny days!!!!! (ignoring the last ish announcement!)
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Secret Six #26 (DC)
(Gail Simone ♥ & Jim Calafiore)

I cannot possibly gush over this book any more than I already have! Read it! It is funny & exciting & touching & beautiful & just consistently the best "mainstream" comic book that is currently being made! "The Reptile Brain Part Two of Four: Forced Merger" sees 2 Secret Six teams fighting in Skartaris where Warlord was once set (it is like DC's version of Marvel's Savage Land). This is not the best issue in the series but this book not at it's best is still very much better than almost everything else.....& it makes Bane look formidable again!
8 ½ sunny days!!!!

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Incorruptible #10 (Boom!)
(Mark Waid & Horacio Domingues, Incorruptible created by Mark Waid)
Incorruptible is a spinoff of Mark Waid's other series Irredeemable. In the other series a Superman standin goes bad & kills a lot of people. In this one Max Damage was one of his worst villains who decided to go good to balance the scales. In many ways it shares a lot of the same character as Secret Six. The art is not quite to the same level but the way the story is proceeding is fascinating with a villain who is trying to not be a villain anymore mostly because he just does not seem right in the head! And in this untitled issue he must face a white supremacist cult devoted to the Plutonian....the "hero" I just mentioned.
8 sunny days !!!
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37
(Joss Whedon, Scott Allie, Georges Jeanty; based on the television series created by Joss Whedon)

What more can I say about this series? I love Buffy. I love Joss Whedon. I have grown to love Georges Jeanty. The art is great & you can see the characters from the television series brought back to life, & the story is by Joss (& Scott Allie) so it cannot be anything but good. But "Last Gleaming Part Two" is kind of a place filler story where nothing much happens.....just travel time mostly......but it does have both Spike and Angel (♥!) so that makes up for a lot!
8 sunny days!!!
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Superman: The Last Family of Krypton #3 of 3 (DC Elseworlds)
(Cary Bates & Renato Arlem, Superman created by Siegel & Shuster)
This is the final issue of a 3 issue miniseries about what would have happened if Jor-el (Superman's father) had a chance to build a rocket big enough for his son & his wife (Lara) & himself instead of just Kal-el (Superman). Jor-el advances the science of the Earth while Lara brings the religion of Raoism to its people. The story is quite interesting and the art is quite pretty......kind of sketchy but realistic. In this issue the Guardians confront Jor-el & tell him he has changed the proper order of things because no superheroes but Superman came into being because he removed the necessity. This seems kind of odd in that the Guardians seem to have no problem with Superman being a hero just Jor-el. Then Lex Luthor basically shows himself to be the same as "our" Luthor & Superman saves the day. Good but not great.
7 sunny days!!
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I think a low mark of 7 out of 10 makes for a great week! I hope you agree & thanx for reading! ツ*