Doctor Strange: The Oath #5

Weekly Haul #4: Tabula Rasa

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OK. There was so much going on at work lately and I was also busy rekindling my romantic obsession with UPLB. In fact, I still haven’t recovered from my org’s activity last Saturday that ended the way it usually does: dozens of beer bottles inside and outside a small apartment, and several wasted bodies scattered all over the floor. More on that activity in a later post. Anyway, the point is I didn’t have the time to geek out on the web last week so I have yet to catch up on the latest news and rumors in the comic book world. So this week, I’m going straight to my weekly haul. And I’ll be doing it short and sweet. SPOILERS! I think.

52 #43 52 #43: A rumble in the heart of the Rock of Eternity. Marvel Family versus the Black Marvel Family (who aren’t really black). They kiss and make up.

Animal Man is resurrected and apparently uses the powers of the Sun Eaters to go back home. Lady Styx is reborn in a very gross way.

The fourth Horseman is revealed to be Osiris’ sidekick crocodile, Sobek. After going all emo and shit, Osiris gives up his powers, making him Sobek’s main course. Yum.

I give this 4 out of 5 yummy ribs stuck in Sobek’s teeth.

action comics #846 Action Comics #846: Continuing the run of Geoff Johns and Richard Donner (yes, the director dude of the first two Superman movies), this issue feels like I’m watching an episode of Smallville. Which isn’t a bad thing.

Nice origin story of the Phantom Zone villains. Nice art too. Too bad the next chapter won’t be coming soon. Bummer.

It’s going to be a long wait, especially with this issue’s cool cliffhanger: Superman trapped in the Phantom Zone and dozens (or even hundreds!) of freed prisoners from that prison dimension rain down on Metropolis! Wicked.

I give this 4 out of 5 freckles on Jimmy Olsen’s stupid face.

daredevil #94Daredevil #94: I’m not a Daredevil fan, but the chance to read a stand-alone story before a new arc begins, plus an old school John Romita cover is just too good to pass up. But like I expected, I didn’t quite enjoy the issue. It’s not that Ed Brubaker sucks as a writer, because he doesn’t. It’s just that I’m a superhero-slobberknocker-type story fan.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for a good love story, but this one is just too emo for me.

I give this 3 out of 5 highly visual flashbacks of a blind woman.



doctor strange the oath #5Doctor Strange: The Oath #5: My bet for best mini-series of the year (even though it’s just March) reaches a magically awesome conclusion.

Seriously, this could work as a backbone for a Doctor Strange movie script!

I hope Brian K. Vaughan will do more Doctor Strange stories, and I hope I’ll see more Marcos Martin art soon because I’ve fallen in love with it’s simplicity and elegance. I just hope that the rumors aren’t true about Vaughan not being able to do another mini about the good doctor because Brian Michael Bendis has plans for him.

I give this 5 out of 5 out-of-the-blue Iron Fist references in a Doctor Strange comic.

the immortal iron fist #3The Immortal Iron Fist #3: I missed this issue’s debut last week, and I’m glad my store got a second shipment.

Another fascinating Iron Fist flashback opens the issue. I dig the idea of several Iron Fists existing before, and all of them have interesting backgrounds. Well, so far.

David Aja’s art, as always, is both moody and fun. Great facial expressions complement dynamic action scenes. He should stay with the book for the long haul.

I give this 4 out of 5 Kung Fu invisible target circles.

runaways #24Runaways #24: The second “final” issue for Brian K. Vaughan in a week, and both are awesome like a lesbian Skrull orgy.

Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s run ends the way it should: rockin’. One whole package of comic book perfection, topped with a nod to incoming writer Joss Whedon: a Fastball Special by Molly and Victor. Awesome.

The last page is a surprise, which just leaves the Runaways’ creators’ departure on a high note. I’m so looking forward to Whedon’s run. I hope it comes out monthly.

I give this 5 out of 5 witty comebacks from Molly.

x-factor #16X-Factor #16: I’m getting tired of saying this month after month, but this book is so good. There’s no other fancy word for it. It’s just damn good.

Madrox the Multiple Man ponders if he really wants to deny one of his dupes a nice and happy life by absorbing him. He decides not to. Also, he ponders if you fool around with your duplicate’s wife, will that be considered cheating?

I rarely feel real tension and suspense in a comic book, and this issue gives me one of those rare moments. God bless Peter David.

I give this 5 out of 5 hot rebel mutants in Paris.

x-men #196X-Men #196: Humberto Ramos’ art looks fine. His women are hot, but do they all have to have huge breasts?! I don’t complain about huge breasts much, but sometimes it’s just ridiculous. But hey, this is comics. Meh.

Mike Carey is doing a great job in keeping this X-Men unit exciting and fun, not to mention unpredictable and kick-ass. I mean there’s nothing normal and boring about Sabretooth being the team’s secret weapon.

Just like Carey’s run so far, the issue ends with a cliffhanger that means the action won’t stop and will go on until we’re all out of breath. Bring it on Carey! But lose Ramos already! Hey, it rhymes.

I give this 4 out of 5 boobie close ups.

Damn it, I’m tired. I hope next week I’ll be back to my normal giddy comic book geek self again.

Here are the rest of the posts in this series:

  • Weekly Haul #1: X-Week
  • Weekly Haul #2: After the War
  • Weekly Haul #3: NYCC ’07
  • Weekly Haul #5: R.I.P. Cap
  • Weekly Haul #6: Not So Weekly
  • Weekly Haul #7: Movements
  • Weekly Haul #8: Roasted
  • Weekly Haul #9: War Is for Heroes
  • Weekly Haul #10: Giant-Sized
  • Weekly Haul #11: My Name Is Drinky
  • Weekly Haul #12: Dirty Dozen

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