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Secret Six #1, Secret Invasion, and Other Face-Rocking Comics

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Looks like I’m on a one-post-per-three-weeks schedule with these reviews. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, and I don’t want to spend a whole paragraph on figuring it out. So let’s get right on to the reviews.

Secret Six #1: I enjoyed The Six’s guest appearance in Birds of Prey so much back when Gail Simone was still writing that series, I decided to check out their first ever ongoing. It’s now on my pull list. I guess I just got to have a Gail Simone book in there at all times (I dropped Wonder Woman because it just wasn’t working out for me).

I’m intrigued by the four main characters; Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and Scandal. There’s a dynamic between them that I think is exclusive to this group. They’re not straight up villains, and they’re not Justice League material either. Add Bane and an unrevealed sixth member and it seems like the awesome party is just starting to get more awesome. Also, Nicola Scott is getting better on the art chores since I last read an issue of Birds of Prey. I love it.

SECRET INVASION

Avengers: The Initiative #16 – The Skrull-eating Skrull Kill Krew is back, and they’re fucking up Skrulls everywhere they go. HUZZAH! Their arrival brings the fun factor of Secret Invasion up a notch. And Ant-Man’s discovery of the weird happenings in Camp Hammond makes things more interesting. Need I say this book is awesome?

Deadpool #1 – I wasn’t planning on picking the first issue of the Merc-with-a-Mouth’s new ongoing series since I’m not sure Daniel Way can pull it off, not to mention he disappointed me with Ghost Rider, but after reading a couple of reviews, I decided to get it. I’m glad that I did. This issue screams FUN! And the Deadpool Saga backup is also nice.

Secret Invasion #6 – Is it wrong to feel orgasmic when you see Thor calling down lightning to rally all available heroes and villains in New York to face an army of Super Skrulls? Seriously, that’s something I’ve been looking forward to since the series started. Seeing Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America standing together again is a treat. Also, when Iron Man shouted “Avengers assemble!”, I got chills down my spine. Also Jr., GALACTUS SKRULL!

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #2 – The Inhumans have never looked this good and bad ass. I love how Crystal uses her powers here, and I love how Medusa becomes the Inhuman version of a female Jack Bauer. Also, just like #1’s, the cover is gorgeous.

Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #3 – I’m going to miss reading the adventures of the Runaways. See, I’m not sold on their new series especially with Humberto Ramos doing the art. I guess I’ll just have to stick to re-reading my old issues of Runaways and their Civil War and Secret Invasion team-ups with the Young Avengers.

Secret Invasion: X-Men #2 – The issue is almost flawless, except for a couple of things. One, we see two versions of Warren Worthingthon III here. His classic Angel persona and the Archangel one from X-Force. Two, Warren is no longer Archangel as of X-Force #6. So yeah, that prevented me from fully enjoying this otherwise awesome issue.

OTHER FACE-ROCKING COMICS

Green Lantern #34 – I’m enjoying the Secret Origin arc, but why was I disappointed that there’s still one more issue in the arc?

The Invincible Iron Man #5 – OK, we all know Tony Stark isn’t dead, but that last page just made me go “HOLY CRAP!”

Justice Society of America #18 – The new Magog cometh! And I didn’t see that coming. I love it.

Punisher War Journal #23 – After 23 issues, I’m finally saying goodbye to Frank Castle. It’s just not awesoming my face anymore like it used to.

X-Force #6 – I didn’t expect it, but I totally enjoyed this first arc of this new series. I’ll be back for more next month.

X-Men: Legacy #215 – Who knew a confrontation between Professor X and Cyclops can be this exciting? Also, Rogue!

X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1 – I think I’m the only one who remembers Nuwa from an old X-Force annual that featured the Mutant Liberation Front going to China. Good to see Meltdown again.

And that’s a wrap! See you in a couple of weeks for another comic booky good time!

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