New Comic Books For October 8, 2008





Normalcy returns this week after an incredibly small shipment of comics last week. We have 11 titles headed to the Bunker today. It is a bit heavier with DC titles than Marvel titles. There are several titles this week that have the potential to be real gems.

Which DC comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Detective Comics #870 should be another solid read. Dini has done a fine job with this current story arc. Of course, I have no idea why these issues are being billed as RIP tie-in issues when Dini’s story arc has absolutely nothing at all to do with Morrison’s RIP story. Having said that, Dini is still crafting an interesting read and I am excited to see how he wraps up this story arc.

Still, I had to go with Action Comics #870 as the DC comic book that I am most looking forward to reading. Johns has done a fantastic job with this story arc involving Brainiac. Johns has managed to gently integrate much of Superman’s Silver Age continuity back into existence.

Having said that, I feel like I am going to have a huge problem with this issue since it is obvious that Jonathon Kent is going to die of a heart attack in this issue. I find that to be incredibly lame. First, I hate it when the comic book follows a movie or TV show. We saw Jonathon Kent die of a heart attack in Smallville and I see no reason for Action Comics to follow that same path.

Second, what made Superman so special is that he actually had two great parents. Almost all superheroes these days have either no parents or just one. It was cool to see Superman buck that trend. It is part of what made him special. I guess Johns cannot resist his natural urge to make a title grim and dark. Plus, Johns loves to kill off characters.

Which DC comic book am I least looking forward to reading? That would be Trinity #19. This title has not been terrible. This has just been a resolutely average read.

Which Marvel comic book am I most looking forward to reading? Avengers/Invaders #5 should be another solid read. Krueger has done a nice job delivering a story that has plenty of kick-ass action in addition to quality character work and sound dialogue.

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3 should be a blast to read. I owe a debt to several of the Followers of The Revolution for turning me onto this title. I am glad that I gave it a try because this has been a high-octane adventure. And the artwork is simply gorgeous.

In the end, I had to go with Big Hero 6 #2 as the Marvel comic book that I am most looking forward to reading this week. I love manga and Chris Claremont did an excellent job of delivering a story that is true to its shonen manga roots. Also, it is enjoyable to read a comic that is just pure fun.

With all the Death Porn and Torture Porn that I seem to be getting on a weekly basis from Marvel and DC, it is nice to read a comic book that remembers that it is okay for comic books to just be fun. And since it appears that DC has even more death slated for me this week, I think I will enjoy a fun title like Big Hero 6 even more than usual.

Which Marvel comic book am I least looking forward to reading? No surprise here. I am going with Invincible Iron Man #6. Fraction is serving up a story that is just flat-out dumb. And, again, I hate it when a comic book looks to a movie for its source material rather than the comic book’s past issues and continuity.

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.

1 thought on “New Comic Books For October 8, 2008

  1. Remember that for about 50 years both Ma and Pa Kent were dead before Clark reached manhood. It was often portrayed as an important passage of rite for a young Superboy …

    So, the movie and television show were just following what was originally established in the comics, when Superman’s back story had a bit more gravitas than what the Byrne revamp established.

    (I mean, who cares if he was the Last Son of Krypton if the planet was so crummy that even Kal-El didn’t think much of it?)

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