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Uncanny X-Men #500 – I had great expectations for this issue, and that probably explains why I’m disappointed. Maybe there was just too much going on and it felt like an extra-sized preview book. Maybe it’s the distracting art. I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong, I love Terry Dodson’s art and I don’t hate Greg Land’s “lightbox style”, but they just don’t mix, is all I’m saying.
Maybe I just put too much pressure on myself to like it because I loved the hell out of Brubaker and Fraction’s previous collaboration, The Immortal Iron Fist. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m not used to seeing the X-Men smiling so much. I guess I’ll have to wait a few months to see if this is blockbuster group of creators can shake off the rocky start.
Justice Society of America Annual #1 – I’ve always been fascinated by the Earth-2 characters even though I haven’t really read anything that prominently features them. So technically, this is my introduction to Earth-2, and I love it already.
I love Power Girl too, so this is definitely a good read for me. I felt happy for her when she finally returned to Earth-2. I geeked out when she and Huntress took down the Joker’s gang. I was afraid for her when the twist came as the issued ended. I’m now seriously considering picking up her new solo ongoing series. I just wish she gets a costume update. I hate it.
It’s nice to see Jerry Ordway’s art again. Last time I read a comic with his visuals was during my early years as a comic book junkie. I think it was a Superman comic right around the time when he just came back from the dead. I think it’s old school awesome with a modern flair. Love it.
X-Factor #33 – A crossover with She-Hulk and a Secret Invasion tie-in. It gives the book a breath of fresh air and I’m digging it. Not too crazy about the art, though.
The Incredible Hercules #119 – The God Squad discovers the Skrull in their midst and then they’re attacked by 978 pantheons of past and present imperial worlds. I’m thinking I’ll stick with this title even after Secret Invasion.
Secret Invasion: Skrulls! – This is Encyclopedia Skrullannica. I never thought I’d be this interested in Skrulls before this invasion thing started. Also, I love the title.
She-Hulk #31 – Continuing the story that began in X-Factor #33, Peter David doesn’t miss a beat with this issue. But unlike the X-Factor issue, I down with the art on this one.
Avengers: The Initiative #15 – Connecting directly to the events in the main Secret Invasion book and then moving the spotlight on Crusader, it’s another solid read from Slott and Gage.
Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3 – It’s sort of anti-climactic, but it’s a fun read nonetheless. I wish the monthly Fantastic Four book would be this fun, but alas, we’re stuck with Mark Millar until next year. Ugh.
OTHER FACE-ROCKING COMICS
X-Force #5 – As good ol’ Jim Ross would say, “Business is about to pick up!” And I want to be there when the shit (and blood) hits the fan.
Captain America #40 – AGENT 13, NOOOOOOOO!!!
X-Men: Legacy #214 – Seriously, Mike Carey and Scott Eaton are firing on all cylinders on this book! Although that last page is kind of a “WTF?!” moment.
X-Men: First Class #14 – A fun story bookended by a simply yet funny recap page and a touching short wordless story drawn by Colleen Coover. God I love this book.
Thor #10 – It baffles me that I’m thoroughly enjoying this book even if it lacks some hammer-based violence.
Green Lantern #33 – For longtime Green Lantern fans, this may seem hella boring. But for me? I’m enjoying the hell out of it!
And that, my friends, is my comics haul for the past 3 weeks. Things are starting to get really Skrully around here and I’m loving it.