It’s so freakin’ hot. Seriously. Cheryl Cosim said this morning that today, the temperature could reach 37 degrees Celsius. I suck at Science so I’ll just have to assume that that temperature is hot. Scorching even.
I always think hard before I decide to take a cigarette break during work. If I smoke, I’d have to endure the heat on my face, the sun on my bare head, and the stink of perspiring fellow smokers. I smoke anyway since I’m a slave to the nicotine. Feh.
This summer, there are only two options for me to keep myslef cool: the beach and white-hot ladies in bikinis, or an air-conditioned room, with a bunch of comics. If only life was that simple. *sigh*
What’s fun with the intense heat, though, is that when things get hot enough, you start to see things that aren’t really there. A mirage. It fucks with your brain. It changes your perspective. It gives you the hope of finding an oasis. Most of the time, you get disappointed. But sometimes, when you least expect it, you get surprised. There it is. Something real out of something that’s supposedly just bullshit.
Anyhoo, it’s been a slow week in the comics haul department so let’s just get on with it. SPOILERS ahoy!
52 #47: We get to see a lot of stuff this week. A lot, but it all feels like nothing. Another filler issue. The 52 series, after several weeks of kicking ass, slows down and loses steam.
We see Wonder Woman, Robin, and Batman contemplating and recollecting and concentrating and whatever. We all know that their stories won’t be told in full in this series, so why waste space when you can focus on the main characters of this book? Pfft.
We get glimpses of Intergang, the Oolong Island mad scientists, Animal Man, Steel and his posse, Renee Montoya, and Nightwing. Glimpses of nothings.
I give this 2 out of 5 geese inside bottles.
Birds of Prey #104: Again, writer Gail Simone and artist Nicola Scott give us an amusing and fun adventure featuring the Birds. But this time, they’re joined by a couple of new members. There’s also a surprising return of a super-hero. And the reason why this issue rocks more than usual is the guest-starring of the Secret Six.
I tried to look for flaws, but I just can’t find any. Barda bleeding and not giving a shit? Priceless. Catman and Huntress playing each other? Fun. Barda punching Knockout in the face? Awesome. Hawkgirl revealing herself to be the newest Bird of Prey and tearing the roof off the Secret Six’s car? Gold.
I give this 5 out of 5 Rocket Red suits containing supposedly dead super-heroes.
Fantastic Four #544: Now this is how “The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine” should be. Cosmic tussles, political intrigue, great team dynamics, smart people being funny, and funny people being smart. Pure comic goodness!
This is the first time I’ve laughed reading a Fantastic Four comic. And I laughed several times. And the Thing! Holy crap, the Thing is smart and funny. This is so going on my pull list.
Plus, with a movie coming up, we all know the Silver Surfer would be appearing sooner or later. And in this issue, he does. And no matter how much everybody’s expecting his appearance, that last page is still a “Holy shit! It’s the Silver fuckin’ Surfer!” moment.
I give this 4 out of 5 library cards for the Cyclopedia Universum.
Silent War #3: Frazer Irving once again gives us a moody, yet dynamic, comic. The art is depressing and beautiful and weird, all at the same time.
Quicksilver takes the spotlight here, while Madrox and Layla Miller (who knows stuff) provide the fun and the bizarre. The Inhumans, as usual, bring the creepy and the disturbing.
Black Bolt never looked this scary. And the Inhumans have never been in this situation where all things point to an ugly end.
Silence always makes me uncomfortable. No wonder this Silent War is making me uncertain of what to think. I love it.
I give this 5 out of 5 scary eyes staring at you from the dark.
Hmm. Just four comics this week. Weird.