Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This week's comic expectations

This is another one of those weeks when there is almost too much going on... There's never truly too much going on, as long as you have time to read it, but you know what I mean.

And, unlike many weeks when it's a big day for DC comics or a big day for Marvel, this week has a little something for both sides of the camp. So, without further ado, let's get to the lightning round version of the weekly expectations!

Action Comics #861: The best Action arc continues, as the "Justice League of Earth" has the Legion of Super Heroes rebels under siege, included a de-powered Superman. I'm not even a regular Superman reader, but am loving what Geoff Johns is doing with this book right now.

Black Adam: The Dark Age #6: Don't let the solicitation-typo fool you, this is issue six-of-six, meaning we get to see the last link in between his search for Isis' Amulet and his appearance in "Countdown." Will Teth Adam save his dead wife?

Captain America #34: This is a must-read for any fan of the Marvel Universe -- Bucky's first action as Captain America, going after the Red Skull. One word: CLASSIC.

Countdown to Final Crisis #13: Superman Prime vs. Monarch... DUN-DUN DUN!

Fantastic Four #553: Dwyane McDuffie's final issue on the book will hopefully be a satisfying conclusion to the current storyline, featuring a future Dr. Doom claiming Reed's post-Civil War plans cause future troubles. Enjoy this issue while it lasts, who knows what we get out of Mark Millar's 16-issue run!

Green Lantern #27: OK, the fallout from the "Sinestro Corps. War" is now officially over, but I'd stay with this book for a while, if I were you. This issue explains who are the "Alpha Lanterns"? They seem to be the GL Corps.' version of internal affairs...

New Avengers Annual #1: Required reading for Avengers fans, as the annual promises to tie-up plenty of plot threads. Personally, I am not a fan of an annual having such pertinent material, but I guess Marvel had to do SOMETHING to draw readers in...

Project Superpowers #0: The first part of Alex Ross and Jim Kruger's latest epic drops this week, and it only costs $1! To be honest, I don't have any expectations for this book, other than great art and great story, no matter what that story is.

Spider-man: With Great Power #1: Hey! Finally a story about Peter Parker unencumbered by marriage and grown-up problems, and carefree and -- what? You say Marvel just made their mainstream Spidey like this? Wasn't he married? And didn't they already have Ultimate Spidey? Huh? Well, I guess I won't be buying this mini-series after all.

X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #5: The conclusion to the surprisingly strong mini-series, as an all-powerful Vulcan now turns his wraith to the Starjamming-X-Men, led by Vulcan's brother Havok. I am actually looking forward to this book as much as any this week.

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