New Comic Books For March 19, 2008


Batman and the Outsiders #5
Brave and the Bold #11
Countdown to Final Crisis #6
Flash #238
Justice League of America #19
Superman Batman Annual #2


Amazing Spider-Man #554
Captain America #36
Captain Marvel #4
Ghost Rider #21
Immortal Iron Fist #13
Iron Man #27
Thor #7
Wolverine Origins #23

CQ Press released their state crime rankings. Their rankings take into consideration more than 500 crime-related categories including categories like arrests, corrections, offenses, courts, juvenile justice, drug and alcohol treatment, crime clearances, law enforcement expenditures, etc. The Top 15 most dangerous states are as follows:

15. Alabama
14. Texas
13. California
12. Delaware
11. Arkansas
10. Michigan
9. Florida
8. Alaska
7. Maryland
6. Tennessee
5. Arizona
4. South Carolina
3. New Mexico
2. Louisiana
1. Nevada

I have to say that I was surprised that Delaware made the Top 15. I always thought that Delaware was a pretty mild little state. I was also surprised to see Alaska up in the Top 10. Honestly, isn’t it too damn cold to go outside and try and commission a crime? I just had this image of Alaska being a very peaceful and rustic state.

I was stunned that Arizona and New Mexico were in the Top 5. I didn’t see that coming at all. I have never thought of those two states as high crime areas. And I was definitely surprised that Nevada claimed the number 1 spot. Maybe the old 1800’s outlaw history of Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada is still alive and well.

On the other hand, outside of the aforementioned five states, I was not at all surprised with the other ten states on this list. And the Northern states only placed two states on this list compared to seven states from the Southeast and four states from the Southwest. I knew that the states south of the Mason-Dixon Line would dominate this list. And I’m sure that my home town of Miami contributes greatly to Florida’s poor crime statistics.

All right, let’s check out the comic books for this week. We have another large week with 14 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? That would be Justice League of America #19. This issue deals with the conclusion of the Salvation Run mini-series. This issue should provide an action packed and interesting read.

Which DC comic book am I least looking forward to reading? The Revolution continues to be horribly unimpressed with the Flash ever since Wally West returned. And that is a stunner since I am a big fan of Wally. However, the fact is that reading about a super hero with a wife and two kids is dull and uninteresting. Tom Peyer hops aboard this title with Flash #238. Let’s hope that Peyer can do something to get me engrossed in this title.

However, the DC comic book that I am least looking forward to reading is Countdown to Final Crisis #6. This train wreck of a title continues to be a dreadful read. There is just no reason at all for me to expect a quality read with this issue.

Which Marvel comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Thor #7 should be another enjoyable read. JMS has found a home for his writing talents on this title. I have enjoyed the rebirth of Asgard and all of the Asgardians. With a sound foundation having been laid on this title, I am certain curious to see what JMS has in store for Asgard and its inhabitants.

I am extremely confident that the Knaufs will crank out another gem with Iron Man #27. This story arc involving the Mandarin has been incredible and I’m exiting to see how the Knaufs resolve everything.

However, the Marvel comic book that I am most looking forward to is Captain America #36. I am eager to see our new Captain America butt heads with Sin and her Serpent Squad. This issue should certainly provide us with plenty of action.

Which Marvel comic book am I least looking forward to reading? I hate to say it but I’m not all that excited to read Captain Marvel #4. And that pains me because I am a huge fan of the one and only true Captain Marvel. I really had high hopes for this title as I have been waiting forever for Marvel to bring back Mar-Vell. However, at this point this min-series has been rather lackluster.

Amazing Spider-Man #554 is another issue that I am not all that thrilled about reading. This title continues to be a dull read ever since Joey Q’s Mephisto fueled retcon. Well, too be fair, this title was a dreary read for quite some time under JMS prior to the retcon. Out of my childhood love for all things Spider-Man, I am going to give this title a couple more issues to win me over before it falls victim to the dreaded axe.

The Marvel comic book that I am least looking forward to reading is Wolverine Origins #23. I’m not a huge fan of Deadpool so his insertion into this title does little to increase my interest. And I’m also not impressed with how Way writes Deadpool’s character. I cannot wait for Way to leave this title.

As always, 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 March 19, 2008

  1. A big thing happend this week in Canada. After our dollar is at par with the US, DC has finally matched prices. Now we pay $2.99 as well per title. After paying up to a dollar more, we finally get some relief. I was shocked to see the joint price of US/Canada at $2.99.

  2. Yeah, I was pretty happy to see the prices go down. I mean, its only 65 cents or so, but if your like me and you buy up to 10 books a week, then you are saving a lot of money in the long run. Rokk, its not just your recession that is fueling these changes, our dollar is also rising. This of course, does have implications for us as well. We have lost billions on American shoppers crossing the borders. When our dollar gains ground against the U.S. dollar, Canadian exporters lose ground because their products become more expensive for U.S. buyers. Canadian companies also gain opportunties to invest in American companies.

    But my thinking is “oh well! Im saving money on comics” LOL

  3. Wow! Im also suprised that Alaska made the list. Perhaps the dangers do not pertain to crime, but nature as well. Then that may make sense, as Alaska could be preceived to be dangerous.

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