My ever-shrinking comic pull list got a little smaller this week. I almost didn’t go to Alternate Realities this week since there were only 5 comics that I wanted to pick up, but with the conclusion to Secret Invasion amongst them I figured I should probably make the trip. So here’s what I think of this week’s books. Feel free to skip to the end to call me retarded.

  • Batman #682 – I thought that the previous issue (which I didn’t really care for) would be the end of this whole Batman R.I.P. thing. Unfortunately, I was incorrect. It seems that there’s this issue and one more that basically consist of Grant Morrison trying to make sense of DC’s embarrassingly fucked up continuity. See, Batman R.I.P., this story that’s supposed to completely change the Batman stories forever and ever, takes place BEFORE the current crapfest, Final Crisis, where Batman (Bruce Wayne) is currently held captive and strapped to some weird machine. So all the thought of Bruce dying or in any way leaving the Batman cape and cowl behind is for naught because we know he’s still running around later on in Final Crisis. This issue jumped around like a crazy person and I still don’t really understand it. I think it’s supposed to be told from Alfred’s point of view and it basically jumps from weird point to weird point in the life of Bruce Wayne / Batman. I was going to pick up this and the next issue to make sure I had the issues that were in the trade. Now? Eh. I’m good with this. I don’t need anymore.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Criminal 2 #7 – This is the end of the current Bad Night arc on Criminal and holy shit, is it ever awesome. Ed Brubaker is the shit on this book. Since I’m stopping my single issue subscriptions, I told the comic shop owner that I was dropping this book with this issue. The guy’s jaw nearly hit the floor and I don’t blame him. It’s nothing against this book because it’s incredible. This issue wraps up the arc and really puts everything into place in a really satisfying way. It’s a perfect pulp story with betrayals, femme fatales, and corruption. There’s a nice little twist at the end too. To top it off, there’s a great essay in the back looking at the career of a crime novelist / lawyer. Great stuff all around.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • Justice Society Of America #21 – Now we’re getting somewhere! I’m not usually one to criticize Geoff Johns’ work but I felt like this “Thy Kingdom Come” arc has sort of meandered a bit. I guess there’s just a lot to tell because at the end of it there’s something like 10 issues including 3 one-shots for the whole story. So this issue shows us that Gog gives and Gog can taketh away. He’s something like a version of Galactus in this story now and I really dig it. Next issue is the last one of the story and wraps up everything with Superman from Earth-22 and hopefully this Gog stuff.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • New Avengers #47 – I’m glad I’m getting out of the single issues now. Even though Secret Invasion was a big payoff for plot threads that have been bouncing around in New Avengers for years, I felt like a majority of the issues that came out during this crossover sucked. This one is no exception. Aww…it’s a flashback story to when Luke Cage fell in love with Jessica Jones. There’s no Avenging of any kind and hey! It’s the same stuff that happened at the end of Secret Invasion. Great, because I love reading the same exact panels again. Billy Tan’s art, which seemed to have improved in other books, is back to it’s shaky and sloppy style here. It just looks unfinished. Plus, the cover which features a bunch of Skrulls, most notably one in a Hawkeye costume, is rather misleading as there isn’t a single Skrull in the book and no Hawkeye. It’s like they had an extra Secret Invasion cover and needed to use it somewhere.
    Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
  • Secret Invasion #8 – This is it! The end of this huge saga that’s going to shake the Marvel Universe to it’s core (Again). Does it deliver? I guess. I was expecting really earth shattering changes here and all we got was a dead giant Wasp and some secret evil society. Everyone that was a Skrull? Yeah, they’re all safe and back now. Good thing that that one ship that Tony Stark didn’t just fly straight through contained EVERY SINGLE PERSON that was replicated on Earth (including Elvis). I feel like they wasted a huge opportunity for another story here. They could have captured some Skrulls and forced them to tell them where the people were. This would have led to a big story where a bunch of Earth’s heroes go out to space on a hunt for their friends and allies. The Skrulls invaded them, now they’re invading the Skrulls. No need for all that though because everyone is safe and sound and back to normal. OK, so Norman Osborn is now the head of all kinds of stuff in the Marvel Universe. I saw that coming after the second page of the issue. There’s some evil Illuminati now and something like 8 Avengers teams coming out of this. You know, I’m good now. I’m glad I’m getting out of comics for the time being. I’m tired of these big crossovers.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
Be Sociable, Share!