New Comic Books For May 29, 2008

DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #865
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #11
BATMAN #677
FINAL CRISIS #1
GREEN LANTERN #31
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #42
TEEN TITANS #59

MARVEL COMICS

DAREDEVIL #107
GIANT SIZE ASTONISHING X-MEN #1
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #15
MARVEL 1985 #1
MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #13
NEW AVENGERS #41
THOR #9
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #122
UNCANNY X-MEN #498
X-FORCE #4
X-MEN LEGACY #212

I have to admit that The Revolution is all kinds of geeked up tonight. I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve eagerly waiting for Santa to show up with a bundle of presents. Now, I always look forward to each Wednesday. I truly love comic books I am normally excited for the newest weekly shipment of comic books. However, tomorrow is different. Why? Final Crisis. I cannot wait. I hate to admit this but I will probably have a hard time falling asleep tonight because I am so amped up. I cannot wait to see what Morrison has in store for us.

All right, let’s check out the comic books for this week. We have a monster week this week with a total of 18 titles headed to the Bunker. This week’s shipment of comic books is still Marvel heavy. But, that doesn’t mean anything as DC is doing more with less as the titles that they are rolling out this week are some serious heavy hitters.

Which DC comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Look, I don’t want to waste our time. The selection of DC comic books for this week is loaded with excellent reads. You have my sentimental favorite in Legion of Super Heroes #42. You have the second installment of the Batman RIP story arc in Batman #677. And we also have Green Lantern #31 which should be a solid read. And then there is All Star Superman #11 which should continue Morrison’s excellent story on this title.

Normally, this would be a tough choice, but it isn’t this week. That is because Final Crisis #1 comes out this week and this issue absolutely dwarfs all others. Now, I had low expectations for Secret Invasion. That was due in part because the general premise to Secret Invasion did not seem all that original or intriguing. I also had my reservations for Secret Invasion because Bendis has failed to earn my faith due to his unimpressive work on his last big event in House of M and his inability to handle a title with a large roster of characters.

On the other hand, Morrison has earned my trust and faith. A large reason that Morrison has my trust with Final Crisis is due to his incredible run on Animal Man. I adored how Morrison used the Psycho Pirate to deliver his own little commentary on the original Crisis and all the worlds and characters that were wiped out of existence. Morrison’s Animal Man was mind-blowingly good and shows that Morrison gets the Multiverse. Combine Morrison’s Animal Man with his strong work on 52 and I am confident that Morrison is more than capable of delivering a complex and captivating read dealing with the Multiverse in Final Crisis.

Now, I’m not saying that it is a lock that Morrison is going to deliver an epic tale with Final Crisis. It is certainly possible that Final Crisis will be a huge disappointment. It is just that I feel safer betting that Morrison delivers a hit big event than Bendis delivers a hit big event.

Which DC comic book am I least looking forward to reading? That would be Action Comics #865. This issue screams filler issue to me. Maybe I will be wrong, but I don’t think so.

Which Marvel comic book am I most looking forward to reading? The House of Ideas is rolling out several nice titles this week. New Avengers #41 should be a good read. Bendis has yet to fail to deliver a quality read with any of his Secret Invasion tie-in issues on New Avengers and Mighty Avengers. I’m curious to see how Bendis ties the Skrull invasion into the events of the very first New Avengers story.

I am confident that Brubaker will deliver another nice read in Daredevil #107. Now, I will concede that Daredevil has tailed off a bit as of late. For a while there I would have said that Brubaker’s Daredevil was as impressive as his Captain America story. However, Brubaker seems to have lost a bit of his focus ever since he resolved the monster storyline involving Vanessa Fisk. Still, Brubaker’s Daredevil remains a quality read that is better than your typical comic book.

Marvel 1985 #1 piques my interest. I am curious to see what Millar has in store for us with this title. Now, I am definitely keeping my expectations low for this story. But, seeing 1980’s era Marvel heroes in action should be fun.

However, the title that I am most looking forward to reading is Thor #9. I have really enjoyed JMS “rebirth” of Thor into the 616 Universe. Having said that, now that JMS has brought back Asgard and all the Asgardians, it is time for him to step on the accelerator and get this story moving. I hope that JMS has something interesting in store for us.

Which Marvel comic book am I least looking forward to reading? A four month wait between Astonishing X-Men #24 and Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1 has pretty much killed my interest in this story. I’m sure that Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1 will be a pretty looking issue with a technically well constructed story. But, the fact is that I’ve moved on and turned my attention to other comic books due to Astonishing X-Men’s pathetic shipping schedule.

Still, the Marvel comic book that I am least looking forward to reading would be X-Force #4. This title has proven itself to be nothing more than a rather generic action themed comic book that worships at the altar of the grim killer hero. Unless X-Force #4 manages to blow me away, it appears that this title is going to fall victim to the dreaded axe.

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.

8 Comments

  1. I feel like I’ve been waiting for Final Crisis forever so I’m glad it’s finally here. But surprisingly I’m more excited to see the next part of Batman RIP. That first issue was insane.

  2. Final Crisis has me intrigued as well — despite that tiny, persistent question that lingers in my mind: “Is this FINALLY, REALLY going to be THE Final Crisis? No more Crises after THIS one? NO MORE?!? FINALLY!?!? AT LAST?!?!”

    My husband calls the DC Universe “Perpetual Crisis.”

    I still think DC should do a “Mid-Life Crisis” series.

  3. Lol a mid life crisis would be hilarious. The book that i am looking forward to the most is definately fables 73, the invasion of the homelands starts and i am pretty sure that fables is the best series i have ever read. Other than that, i am looking forward to Ultimate spider-man and 1985, as well as kick-ass… i dont really read dc very much but ill probably pick up final crisis.
    -hobosk8er

  4. My MySpace deafult picture is me in a Conner Kent shirt with the tagline “Infinite Mid-Life Crisis”. Laugh or cry, as you see fit.

    As far as this crisis being “Final,” we already know that it extends into the future with the Legions and involves the Time Trapper, so pieces of this same crisis can keep popping up throughout time, giving DC an excuse to get all crisisy whenever they feel like it.
    This thought does not comfort me….

  5. “I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve eagerly waiting for Santa to show up with a bundle of presents.”

    Look, um I’m really not sure how to break this to you, but see, that was actully your parents. It’s hard to swollow I know.

    It really is a good week to be a comic nerd though. I had a geekgasm myself when I realized what was comming out.

  6. Re: X-Force; I’m not totally sold on it yet, but I thought the newest issue was very strong.

    Though UXM stole the X-Men show this week; the “hippie X-Men” at the end were priceless.

    A pretty good week of comics, generally; I got ten, a nice round number (1 DC, 2 Vertigo, 7 Marvel).

  7. What people nowadays call “filler issues” are what in youth we called “stories”.

    And in this case, a very good one.

  8. Christmas Eve, eh? Feels more like eight nights of Chanukah gifts! A huge week of comics that I will need at least eight days to read them all( and since we lost a delivery day to Memorial Day, it will be a miracle to finish before next Wednesday!) This was one expensive trip to the comic store but worth every penny! Hope you enjoy the magic of comics this weekend!

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