New Comic Books For January 2, 2009

DC COMICS

BATMAN #684
FINAL CRISIS SECRET FILES #1
GREEN LANTERN #36
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #28
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #22
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #49
SUPERMAN #683
TEEN TITANS #66
TRINITY #31

MARVEL COMICS

AVENGERS INVADERS #7
CAPTAIN AMERICA #45
FANTASTIC FOUR #562
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #8
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #124
KICK ASS #5
MARVELS EYE OF CAMERA #2
WOLVERINE #70
X-FORCE #10

We have a total of 18 titles headed to the Bunker today. This week is evenly split between DC and Marvel.

Which DC comic book am I most looking forward to reading? We have several interesting titles headed our way from DC this week. I am interested in Green Lantern #36. Green Lantern should be the “must read” DC title this year as The Blackest Night event gets cranked up.

I am curious to see how Johns ends his seemingly never ending Kingdom Come/Gog story arc in Justice Society of America #22. After such a long build-up it is going to be tough for Johns to deliver a satisfying ending.

In the end, I had to go with Superman #683 as the DC comic book that I am most looking forward to reading. The New Krypton story arc is rapidly approaching its conclusion and I am curious to see what new twists and turns Johns and Robinson have in store for us.

Which DC comic book am I least looking forward to reading? I am not that excited to read Justice League of America #28. This title continues to showcase characters outside of this title rather than focusing on the Leaguers themselves. Of course, my complete lack of interest in the old Milestone characters also dampens my interest in this current story arc.

I am not all that excited for Trinity #31. This title continues to be a rather bland read.

However, the DC comic book that I am least looking forward to reading is Teen Titans #66. This title continues to decline with each issue. And the teasers for the new roster for this team do absolutely nothing for me.

Which Marvel comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Dude, this is a tough one to pick. We are getting flooded by an awesome selection of comic books from the House of Ideas this week! I am excited to read pretty much every single one of them.

I am looking forward to Avengers/Invaders #7. Krueger has hooked me with this stunning move by the original Human Torch to liberate and lead the LMD’s against the humans.

I am sure that Captain America #45 will be another excellent read. This title is so dependable.

I am interested in seeing the funeral for Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four #562. Millar has quickly made this title one of Marvel’s better reads.

I am sure that DnA will crank out yet another riveting read in Guardians of the Galaxy #8. This issue is going to be a lead-in to the War of Kings event. There is no doubt that we will get plenty of good action and a few surprises.

There is also no doubt that Pak and Van Lente will deliver another strong read with Incredible Hercules #124. This title is so much fun and I always look forward to reading it.

I am excited to read Kick Ass #5. Millar has crafted such a gem with this title. This is one of the most entertaining and off-beat interpretations of the super-hero genre.

However, the Marvel comic book that I am most looking forward to reading is Wolverine #70. Millar’s Old Man Logan story arc has been so entertaining. I love the rich and textured world that Millar has crafted as the setting for this story. And it is going to be so much fun when Millar finally lets Logan cut loose with a little bit of “the old ultra-violence.”

Which Marvel comic book am I least looking forward to reading? None. This is an absolutely fantastic selection of titles from the House of Ideas for this week.

1 Comments

  1. Teen Titans has become such a disappointment for me mostly because the writers (and DiDio of course) are making the same mistakes as they did with the Justice League.

    What made the most recent Teen Titans incarnation work was that they were always set up as the next generation of Justice League members. You had Robin, Superboy, Impulse/Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, the new Speedy, a “new incarnation” of Raven, and then Cyborg, Starfire, and Changeling serving as the “mentors” of the Titans.

    And then what happens? They kill off Superboy. They send Kid Flash into the future, have him grow up and become Flash, and then have HIM killed. They give Robin YET ANOTHER girlfriend through a really BAD rebound pairing with Wonder Girl (doesn’t he already have enough with Spoiler back?) on top all of the drama involving the Bat-family. SHE then leaves. Speedy’s Mia is M-I-A. Supergirl shows and then disappears. And we get loaded up with Kid Devil, the Blue Teen Beetle, a brooding female Captain Atom, a brooding Skrull… whoops! Sorry… White Martian pretending to be a female Martian Manhuntress, Deathstroke’s on-and-off antihero daughter, and to top it off, we get (insert Ted Knight’s voice here) “those three junior Superfriends: Wendy, Marvin, and (for one episode only) WONDER DOG!”

    WONDER DOG! They went from a roster of future greatness to a poor-man’s Scooby-Doo.

    The only way that they can make this even worse is if they move their base of operations to the old Justice League International embassy (aka “Club JLI”) on the living island of Kooey-Kooey-Kooey.

    And what didn’t help was to have the ORIGINAL Titans get back together. So much for that whole “mentoring” thing. I understand nostalgia and all, but wasn’t that torch passed back when Donna Troy was killed? Oh, wait, she came back, so I guess that deal was off, huh?

    In all seriousness, though, the Teen Titans have become a huge disappointment for me, much like a few other stories under DiDio’s watch, and the only way they can fix that is to bring back the core characters that they have killed or otherwise ran out.

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