Captain America 616 - Holy shit. 104 Pages and not a single bad story. It is really saying something when Ed Brubaker's two stories are the weakest of the lot. The stand-out was by Cullen Bunn and Jason Latour, where Steve helps an Oklahoma town recover from a series of tornadoes only to discover a hidden AIM bunker. Bunn needs to have a Captain America book right now. Crossfire by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Pepe Larraz is just a fantastic old fashioned Captain America/Union Jack team-up in WWII. Hell, even Frank Tieri does a great job, bringing in a clone of a certain evil dicator.
I haven't read anything else yet but oh my god guys, buy this. Seriously. 104 pages of pure quality for 4.99
There was also a fake reality made by Mxyzptlk's daughter that Jimmy snaps out of because of the power of love cue Huey Lewis.
*clap clap clap*
and Action Comics #899 does two things that have been sorely needed:
it only makes Brainiac be in a coma
And those black spheres summon a demon type thing, but Luthor uses Lois to steal his energy and become a god like so:
Anyway, the Cyclops one-shot goes places, pretty much a retro feel throughout, it's fun and doesn't make a lick of sense continuity wise:
nice use of Marvel Adventures Batroc effects
it all leads back to a house with a bomb shelter, where Cyclops beats up Heinrich Zemo. Yeah, it's totally retro, daddy-o
Forget Gillen's Batroc from last week, this is how he should always be.
I thought that was pretty funny/strange.
Also? Butcher Baker was quite good. Not especially complex, but Mike Huddleston's art sells the whole thing, and it looks like it's leading somewhere good. It's one of those comics that really seems like pure emotion and excitement, spilled out across twenty-two pages.
With dicks 'n titties.
The second story was a Spider-Man one by Jim McCann, and it was great:
the mutant hunters come for Peter, he tells MJ to run:
and the last page is Peter, captured, smiling because he knows she got out of the country with their kid.
Some day, that will be in the regular universe.....sniff......
Surprise Frank Quitely Batman in the back of all my DC comics
Very disappointed to find out that this month was Deadpool Team-Up's last issue. There were a few flops in there, but overall I enjoyed the series. On the bright side, this was probably the best issue of the series so far: Deadpool becomes a herald of Galactus. Plus, cover art by Skottie Young!
Walking Dead is the only comic that ever genuinely surprises/shocks me with what happens since it's so NOT the norm for comics/movies/TV shows with what happens.
As for where they went, they are now trapped inside the World Tree itself. Tyr and Balder are there because they were atomized by whatever funky energy source the marauders use.
I really, really loved this arc. It was a return to the Simonson/Kirby school of sci-fi fantasy stories.
Butcher Baker isn't exactly some huge, creative opus that'll change how one looks at superhero comics, but it does have a very visceral energy to it, and I have to give Casey points for that.
That art. Look at it. Just. LOOK. at it.
Fuck yeah Strange Tales!
I forgot to get Jimmy Olsen and Cap after seeing them mentioned here, but I did get Scarlet (:^:) and some other Marvel stuff. Shout out to Ken for linking the Cyclops one-off, which has that fun faux-indie marvel vibe like when you have someone like Mike Allred doing x-people. It's fun to watch Cyclops getting into lighthearted hijinx.