A Little Xmas #5

Xmas comes but every few weeks when I can be bothered, and this is one of those weeks.

This week is all about Cap. After a ten week gap since the sell-out, media frenzied Captain America #25, we’re finally getting the promised post-mortem. Brubaker would have had a hard time selling this as a real death anyway, but with the bait-and-switches he played with the ‘deaths’ of the Red Skull in this book and Foggy in Daredevil, he’ll have to do something pretty special to convince us that Steve Rogers is really dead, even temporarily. Still, Brubaker’s two years on the title have been excellent, and it looks like this event has brought in the flocks of readers that the title deserves. Here’s hoping that with Civil War and other distractions out of the way Brubaker and artists can get back to telling their story on a steady schedule. I suppose Criminal, Brubaker’s other title out this week, counts as a Marvel book, but I find it hard to think of Icon books as part of Marvel. Still – Criminal is good, new arc starts with this issue, so buy it.

Also at Marvel there’s the last issue of the highly entertaining but drastically sales-challenged Wisdom, a book which might have been better served outside the Max imprint and in the main Marvel line. Writer Paul Cornell’s Doctor Who episode Human Nature, the first half of his adaptation of his own novel (the best Who book ever ever ever) on TV this Saturday, so a big week for him. Back in mainstream Marvel Mike Carey’s X-Men hit #199, with big things promised for the next issue. Carey’s run has been a good one, so hopefully the arbitrary celebration of a big number will cast a spotlight this way. There’s also Irredeemable Ant-Man #8, like Wisdom another Marvel book beleaguered by poor sales. Guess I’ll be having some cheap weeks in a few months time.

Outside of Marvel and its imprints it’s a pretty quiet week for me. The only mainstream DCU title I’m buying this week is Countdown #49, and that’s mainly because I have faith in lead writer Paul Dini. The first two issues have been better executed as individual comics than much of 52, but I’m even less convinced with this book that it’s going anywhere interesting. Rich Johnston over at Lying in the Gutters has heard that this is counting down to Final Crisis, a title which indicates a yawning gulf of tedium swallowing up the whole DC line. I’m sick of alt-universes and reset buttons already, and may find myself dropping Countdown sooner rather than later, Dini or no Dini.

Elsewhere in DC’s output there’s The Spirit, which is supposed to be DCU but feels like a bubble all of it’s own, a wonderful Darwyn Cooke-sculpted world where comics don’t suck. Over at Vertigo there’s the third issue of Andy Diggle’s so-far-enjoyable run on Hellblazer.

No indies for me this week, as there doesn’t seem to be anything interesting out on that front.

Mark

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May 23, 2007. Tags: , . Uncategorized.

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