I’m a little late with my review this week, but I’m writing my “retarded” thoughts anyway.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #566 – Part 2 in Marc Guggenheim’s arc featuring the new Kraven. After the twist of last issue, this one takes a sort of unexpected turn with a Daredevil costume. Vermin shows up who I could have sworn died awhile ago. Maybe that’s part of the whole “Brand New Day” environment that they’ve sort of avoided telling us so far. While I’ve dug these stories, I feel like Marvel is skirting the issue of telling us what the new status quo is really all about. There are still a ton of questions that are unanswered, so maybe they’re just trying to figure them out for sure before they let us know? Anyway, the issue was pretty good and I’m looking forward to next week’s conclusion.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Captain America #40 – Ed Brubaker’s epic story continues. Bucky as the new Captain America fights the fake Captain America with the Red Skull and his allies looking on. This entire story has been fantastic and this issue is no different. I have no idea where things are going to go after act 3 wraps up, but I have a tremendous amount of faith in Brubaker. The art is also dead-on for this issue. There’s a fantastic cliffhanger as well. This is my favorite book of the week.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Final Crisis Rogues Revenge #1 – My only DC title this week. Written by Geoff Johns, we take a look at some of the loose strands that have been left hanging after the death of Bart Allen. Johns really knows the Rogues well and it shows in this issue. The art works tremendously well too. This issue picks up with the Rogues gathered once more in the Flash’s hometown looking to pick things up again. Inertia returns and has a run-in with another Flash villain. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this mini-series. My one qualm with this was that they kept calling Bart “Kid Flash.” Yes, he was at one time Kid Flash, but Bart died as a Flash, not as a kid. He was wearing the Speedster mantle and he did it well. That should be acknowledged.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Marvel 1985 #3 – Mark Millar’s simple story continues as more Marvel characters invade our world. I’m astonished by how simple this entire idea is, but I’m even more surprised by how good it’s turning out. This issue moves a little slowly, but I feel that it’s worth the wait. These first few issues have been build up as the villains have slowly invaded our world. I want to see some heroes bust in now though. Let’s get this battle started!
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Mighty Avengers #16 – Another look back at how the Skrulls wiggled their way into the lives of our heroes. This issue shows how and when Elektra was replaced by a Skrull as well as who hired Electro to attack the Raft in the first issue of New Avengers. I love that this story is coming together. Bendis has done a great job with it overall. The tie-ins are starting to get a little annoying though. I’m skipping the Fantastic Four and Front Line mini-series, but since I’ve been reading both Avengers books from the beginning, I’m really enjoying the overall story. This issue reads pretty quickly, concentrating mainly on Elektra. I’ve never been a big fan of her as a character, so the issue had a few boring parts for me. Thankfully, it’s mostly action and in this case they speak louder than words. It seems that the Elektra Skrull was always supposed to be a sacrifice. That’s a really interesting idea.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Spike After The Fall #1 – Spinning out of the Angel: After the Fall mini-series, this one takes a look at how Spike got from the last episode of Angel to a lord of Beverly Hills. (At least I think it was Beverly Hills). The Angel mini-series has been pretty disappointing so far and this spinoff is no different. The art is very mediocre and that’s being generous and the dialogue lacks the wit and humor that is seen in the Buffy comic. It might be because Joss Whedon isn’t as involved in this one as Buffy and it might be due to the fact that Angel is based on a Hell on Earth, but either way, it’s missing something. It’s just not that good. This issue gives us a little bit of insight, but I’m probably not going to pick up the next one. Sorry Spike.
    Rating: ★½☆☆☆
  • X-Factor #33 – Tying into Secret Invasion, this issue kicked off a quick arc crossing over with Peter David’s other book, She Hulk. While I haven’t read Shulkie in awhile, I’ll be picking up the next issue to see how things crossover. This issue introduced Longshot and Darwin into the cast. It also gave us a peek into the lives of XF Investigations now that they’ve moved to Detroit. While I loved Peter David’s writing, the art in this issue really killed it for me. It was just bad. There’s no way around it. Everyone looked like their heads were based on silly putty molds of frog’s faces. The entire thing just looked awkward and wrong. I really hope that the artist doesn’t stay on this book (or any other for that matter).
    Rating: ★★★☆☆