• Angel After The Fall #12 – I could have sworn that this book was supposed to end with this issue. Unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky. I mean, that was really the only reason I was holding on at this point. There was just a couple more issues so I stuck by the horrible art and the convoluted story. Well, no longer. Angel is off the list. As much as I loved the show, this book has been a huge disappointment. It’s taken too long to get to the point and by now I have no idea what’s going on. It seems like Wolfram & Hart have been behind everything forever which is sort of a bummer and also sort of expected. At this point though, I don’t care. Let Gunn just kill Angel and everyone else and then himself. That’ll make for a satisfying ending. Otherwise I’m just going to try and forget this whole thing ever happened and just use the TV show ending as the one I stick to.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Astounding Wolf-Man #8 – While I’m a big fan of Robert Kirkman’s work, the lateness of his books is starting to get irritating. I think this book was supposed to go monthly but I don’t see how that’s possible at all. The last issue had a great cliffhanger and this one builds up from that. It just took me about half the issue to remember what the hell happened. This is definitely not as strong as his other books and as a result, I’m going to cut this one out of the list now. I might look into it for the trades because the art and the story is rather interesting. It’s just not enough to grab me each month.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Boys #22 – Wrapping up this arc with some more back story and some more questions. I’m a little confused as to who the Legend’s other son was that Hughie killed. Was it that guy from Teenage Kix? As usual, we’re given some more peeks into the lives of the characters. Also as usual, the superheroes are a bunch of assholes. Not a bad issue, but not the best.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer #18 – As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t read Fray, so a bit of this story arc that might be super geeky cool is lost on me. Things progress and the super hero team up that started with fighting has gone into more fighting between Fray and Buffy. Only this time Fray has the upper hand with some help from Future Willow. Meanwhile, Present Willow gets it on with Kennedy in order to talk to creepy snake lady. Who knew that’s how magic communication worked? Oh, and there’s some werid wood nymphs or something outside the Slayer castle. They encounter Xander and Dawn and talk it out.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Criminal 2 #5 – Goddamn this book is good. This gritty film noir-esque story is amazing. So the cartoonist is your typical down on his luck, cop-avoiding, lonely man and after he gets suckered into helping an asshole and his girl in robbing a local mob boss, it looks like he’s going to get iced. Of course, it doesn’t go down like that because any plan is bound to fall in a crime book. I love everything about this book. The art, the story, the dialogue, the characters. Amazing. The fact that the cartoonist (who’s name escapes me) sees his own creation as a form of conscience is also a great idea. As a backup we’re treated to two brief essays. These have all been pretty good and a great way to find out about film noir movies and pulp novels that I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise. The first is about a film called One False Move while the second is about a pulp novelist that died under mysterious circumstances in Chicago. Needless to say all of the stuff mentioned has been added to my wishlist.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • Ex Machina #38 – The Evil Republican National Convention looms in New York City as Mayor Hundred is faced with decisions. I can’t help but think that this issue went through some last minute editing to be a bit more relevant to current events. That being said, the layers have continued and it looks like Kremlin’s plan might begin to unfold. I really dig this book and while it’s got the crazy powers every so often, I love how “real” it feels. In the end, it’s like a big “What If?” story about NYC. I don’t normally care all that much about politics and what not, but the decisions that are left up to Mayor Hundred are somehow insanely interesting. Can he justify speaking at the convention being an Independent and holding on to his views? Or will he deal with this psuedo-terrorist female leaping from buildings? Decisions!
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Invincible #52 – Wow. While I wasn’t as impressed by Astounding Wolf-Man, Invincible just continues to get better and better. When a spontaneous fight with the Mauler twins turns ugly, Kid Omni-Man (Mark’s half-brother) arrives on the scene and rips them to shreds in some pretty brutal fight scenes. Covered in blood, he argues with his brother when he’s reprimanded for killing. Why can’t he kill the bad guys? Is it just because he’s a good guy? What if their father was right? The shock of this child brutally killing these intelligent behemoths pales in comparison to Mark’s response. Holy shit. Where can this go? Has Invincible started down a road that he can’t turn back from?
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • Transformers All Hail Megatron #3 – OK. We get it. The Decepticons have invaded. Humans are being killed. It’s been 3 issues and we have no idea why or how. They just sort of showed up. Megatron hints at a betrayal that allowed him and his troops to do such a clean sweep. Is this a human or an Autobot betrayer? While the fights have been a little interesting and the response from the humans has been pretty cool, I’m still not really digging this book. I crave explanation. Plus, where does this fall in the Transformers mythos? Everyone seems to not know what the hell the Transformers are, so is this their first encounter with the Robots in Disguise? I have no idea, but damn, these covers are awesome, aren’t they?
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Walking Dead #52 – Speaking of Kirkman being awesome, Walking Dead gives us another chapter with just a few zombies and a whole lot of character driven story. Rick starts to accept that he might not make it much longer and as he’s teaching his son Carl (who’s like 10? 12 maybe?) to drive, he runs into Michonne. She uses her samurai sword fighting skills to dispatch a few zombies. In a last glimmer of hope, they all continue on in search of Hershel’s farm. When things look lost they run into Glenn and his wife (who I think is Hershel’s daughter?) on horseback. There’s hope again. Maybe Rick won’t lose his mind, but I won’t bet on it. Things have been pretty harsh for these guys recently so let’s hope things get at least a little better for them soon. I’ve said before that I’m actually a little afraid to read this book each month. Kirkman pulls no punches with these characters.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • War Heroes #2 – Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, there’s a penis in this issue. It’s there in two different angles for all to see. Was it necessary? I didn’t think so. Will I drop the book in disgust? No. I don’t really care. The book wasn’t about a penis. This issue felt like the planning part of a heist movie. The group has infiltrated the army training camp and they’re ready to get their super power pills. They go through extensive and painful training and just as they’re ready to be deployed, we’re let in on the next step of their plan. And holy crap, it’s a doozy. That last line is un-fucking-believable and I cannot wait for the next issue.
    Rating: ★★★★½
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