New Comic Books for January 30, 2008





I stumbled across Money Magazine’s listing of the Top 10 best places to live in the United States. In compiling this list, Money Magazine took into consideration economic opportunity, safe streets, good schools, things to do and a sense of community. Here are the best places to live:

10. Suwanee, Georgia
9. Nether Providence, Pennsylvania
8. Chaska, Minnesota
7. Milton, Massachusetts
6. Papillion, Nebraska
5. Claremont, California
4. Lake Mary, Florida
3. Louisville, Colorado
2. Hanover, New Hampshire
1. Middleton, Wisconsin

I have had the pleasure of visiting some of these towns. And these are some nice places to live and no doubt much nicer than the city I’m currently living in. But, I have to say that I wouldn’t want to live in almost any of these places. Why? For one simple reason: They are just too damn cold! I’m from the 305! I have to layer on sweaters and jackets the minute the temperature dips below 70 degrees. Out of that list of ten cities, I’d have to pick Claremont, California since they have nice weather most of the time. And maybe I could find my very own Julie Cooper to shack up with.

All right, let’s check out the comic books for this week. It looks like we have a total of 12 titles headed to the Bunker this week. This week’s shipment of comic books is a bit heavier with Marvel titles than DC titles.

Which DC comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Green Lantern #27 is sure to be an excellent read. Johns has done his best to make Green Lantern DC’s strongest title. We get to learn a bit more about the Alpha Lanterns as Johns builds toward the events of Final Crisis.

Normally, the latest issue of Green Lantern would be the DC comic book that I would be the most excited to read. However, this week I have to go with Action Comics #673. Johns appears to finally have this story arc on track and we should be in store for a wild ride now that our heroes are in the clutches of an evil Brainiac 5. And I’m hoping that at some point Johns explains how this version of the Legion fits into the DCU.

Which DC comic book am I least looking forward to reading? Oh this one is just too easy. It has to be Judd Winick’s craptacular Trials of Shazam #11. This title has quickly become a gruesome car wreck where I simply purchase just to see how horrible this story can get.

Which Marvel comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Daredevil #104 is sure to be a quality read. Brubaker always delivers a well written issue on this title. But, as much as I enjoy Daredevil, I will admit that this current story arc is missing that something special that makes it a title that I eagerly and impatiently wait to read each month.

Ultimate Spider-Man #118 should be an absolute blast to read. Bendis is bringing us the Ultimate universe version of the old Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends cartoon. That’s right, we get to see Web-head slinging into action with Iceman and Firestar by his side. If you are unfamiliar with this classic cartoon then you can check out this great website dedicated to Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends right here. I’m sure that Ultimate Spider-Man #118 will put a smile on my face.

Of course, obviously I’m going to have to go with Captain America #34 as the Marvel comic book that I am most looking forward to read. This is going to be a huge issue as Brubaker finally unveils the new Captain America. And man does Bucky cut a great image as Captain America. I love the new outfit and I dig that Bucky is packing a heater. Brubaker has made Captain America the most consistently good comic book that Marvel publishes. And Brubaker is really cranking up the intensity on this story arc with the Red Skrull’s evil plans. This is defiantly one issue that you should not miss.

Which Marvel comic book am I least looking forward to reading? This is an easy choice. It has to be Mighty Avengers #8. In general, Bendis has not impressed me with his handling of the team. Throw on top of that the shipping schedule delays and the fact that we have already seen the entire re-cap of the Venom symbiote battle and the conclusion over on New Avengers a couple of months ago. This all leads me to be less than enthused to read Mighty Avengers #8.

I’ll try my best to start posting reviews as soon as possible. I hope everyone enjoys their new comic books for this week.

3 thoughts on “New Comic Books for January 30, 2008

  1. Rokk, I have to agree with you. Captain America tops all the Marvel titles this week. Brubaker’s handle on this book is simply amazing and I too can’t wait to read his take on Bucky as Cap. Should be a hell of a book.
    Ditto also on Might Avengers. The books is consistently late and Bendis has underachieved with the team, which is weird considering what a bang up job he’s done with New Avengers. Maybe two Avengers books a month is too much to handle?

  2. Woo, Claremont Baby! My wife is native (claremontian?) and I’ve spent many a happy summer there back in our dateing days. Lovly little town.

  3. I picked up:

    Green Lantern
    House of M: Avengers
    Mighty Avengers
    X-Men: Emperor Vulcan

    The “House of M” thing has been kind of hard to rate, because it’s more than competent in art and writing, but it just can’t escape how inconsequential the whole thing is.

    Emperor Vulcan fulfilled the solicit’s promise of surprising us with how it ends: it doesn’t. That notwithstanding, it was a very enjoyable miniseries (Yost writes the best Ch’od ever).

    The other three books I thought were quite strong; Mighty was maybe my favourite issue of that series yet. The pacing has gotten much better.

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