Last year, around the holiday season, I was totally on a Neil Gaiman fixation. I was always lurking around Powerbooks in Alabang to look for everything Gaiman. I started with Endless Nights, which is a kickass graphic novel, and then I moved on to his prose. I devoured Good Omens (co-written by Terry Pratchett) and Stardust in a couple of weeks. The fourth Gaiman book I purchased was not really written by him. Book of Dreams is a collection of short stories by 18 (21 if you count the frontispiece, the preface, and the afterword) writers, inspired by Gaiman’s The Sandman graphic novels.
By the time I started reading Book of Dreams, I was already in the process of starting my addiction to comic books. And since it was a collection of short stories, it was okay for me to take my time reading the book. Next thing I know, it’s been almost a year since I started with the first story. Just goes to show that if there are no pictures, I’m a slowass reader. Anyway, I just finished the whole thing this week and right now, I’m hungry again for more Gaiman goodness. I’m craving particularly his works involving The Sandman and his Endless brethren. Thank god for the Christmas bonus.
And now, for this week’s haul:
52 #32: A yeti versus a former superhero who can stretch his body and a new superhero named Accomplished Perfect Physician. Oh, and there’s also a floating magical helmet. I know. It’s weird. But it’s very fascinating as well. There’s also a talking alligator, a dolphin floating in space, and the secret of death, dying, and the dead almost being revealed. Just another week for DC’s 52. Seriously, all of this may seem “What the–?!” weird for people who don’t normally read comics, but trust me, it can be very brilliant. For this week though, it doesn’t really shine. I do like how the tension in space is building up. I hope when the big space battle comes, it will be worth it.
I give this 3 out of 5 Teen Titans.
Justice League of America #4: I’ve been waiting since the first issue to get the variant cover (pictured) for this issue, but I got the Michael Turner one instead. Don’t get me wrong, I like his art, especially his women, but the variant is simply more awesome! Anyway, things are becoming more interesting for the new iteration of the League. Black Canary is so badass this issue. Hot. I enjoyed how Arsenal was given the new name “Red Arrow”. But I like “Arsenal” better. Four issues in, and finally, we get to see Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman doing something else other than sitting around a table looking at pictures of other superheroes. They strike a “We’re sooo gonna kick somebody’s ass!” pose. We got to see how scary the new Amazo is, and the big bad villain is finally revealed! Hooray for progress!
I give this 4 out of 5 Starros.
New X-Men #33: Since I’ve been curious of this title for quite a while now, and since this issue is a start of a new story arc, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m happy with my decision. I love the art and I’m enjoying the humor and characters. Plus, Emma Frost is gorgeous as ever. Not to mention snarky with a hint of care. This is basically the first time I’m reading about the X-Men-in-training: Surge, Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, Dust, David Alleyne, X-23, and Elixir. Rockslide gave me a good chuckle with his line “Awww. Hulk sad.” when Mercury refused to take him along outside. Yes, I’m shallow like that. I also liked the little twist in the end. But I guess I should have seen it coming, given the title of the story arc Mercury Falling and all. Yes, I’m slow like that. I think I’m going to like this one. If next issue is as good as this one, or better, this title’s going to my pull list.
I give this 4 out of 5 Danger Room scenarios.
X-23: Target X #1: First of all, I was drawn to this title because of the art. It’s simply fantastic. Kudos to Mike Choi and Sonia Oback. They’ve drawn X-23 in a way that makes her totally hot, yet badass. Kids, there’s nothing wrong with having a crush on a completely fictional person. Being a clone of Wolverine, it’s a given fact that X-23 is a lean, mean, killing machine. She’s as badass as Wolverine, only hotter. That X-23 versus a grizzly bear scene was awesome! You can almost feel the pain as the uncaring bear slapped X-23 around like a rag doll. But she whooped the bears ass real good. You’ll really believe that if this hot chick wanted to, she can and will kill you even before you hear the “SNIKT!” Oh, and the two guest stars at the end makes me hunger for issue #2 so bad. I think I’ve found my new favorite character.
I give this 5 out of 5 dismembered body parts.
X-Factor #14: This is now officially my favorite title on my pull list. I’m not a big fan of Peter David when he writes other books, but as the writer of X-Factor, he’s The Man. I would love to be Madrox the Multiple Man right now. Sure, two hot women are pissed at him. One of them threw him through a glass window last issue. But the bottom line is, he got to do the nasty with both Siryn and M. At the same time. This is the only book that makes me chuckle out loud every month. The watering hole scene is hilarious. But aside from laugh-out-loud moments, there’s also the poignant scene with Strong Guy, and the thought-provoking scene with Doc Samson and Madrox at the zoo. As for the art, Pablo Raimondi did a great job especially on the facial expressions. I can’t stress enough how I love this book.
I give this 5 out of 5 agents of Hydra.
X-Men: Phoenix – Warsong #4: I’m disappointed with this book. Sure, the action is fast, but not intense enough for my taste. And the drama… well, there’s just not enough for me. No chuckles either. If this is a monthly title, I would’ve dropped it after issue #3. But since this a 5-part miniseries, I might as well finish the whole thing. I guess the Phoenix is just not as interesting as it is when it’s inside Jean Grey. Well, the cover’s nice though.
I give this 2 out of 5 Stepford Cuckoos.
Overall, it’s been a good week for my reading pleasure. It would have been better if Spider-Man: Reign #1 and Agents of Atlas #5 were available at my comic shop. I hope Santa can deliver next week.