Ok, I'm a few days behind schedule here, but I'm having to pull a long shift at my office and finally have a chance to review this weeks comics. This was a pretty decent week for comics, what with the new Blue Beetle and Wolverine, not to mention the launch of the new Skrulls vs Power Pack series. And, as you may have noticed, I've been trying to fit one new-to-me series into my pull list every week, based on suggestions from my fellow bloggers (or readers, post a suggestion in the comments!). This week's recommended buy was Green Lantern #33. Hey look! A list!
BLUE BEETLE #29
Another fun issue for this series. I don't really understand the need to include the new werewolf villain at the start of the story, since he never really ties into the rest of the plot for this issue. Hopefully they'll bring that storyline back around again, because it could be pretty interesting. But, I suppose super-powered illegal immigrants will have to do for now.
FANTASTIC FOUR: TRUE STORY # 1
A large part of me wants to say this book sucks out loud. The art looks very much like something by James Allen, and the dialog is terrifyingly unnatural. But the plotline of this story is really freaking fun. Enough so that it kind of makes up for the shitty parts. I'd say it's definitely worth a read, but I don't know if I'd recommend actually spending the money for it.
GREEN LANTERN #33
According to Stephen, this story is perfect. So, I decided to give it a shot, and, well, he was right. This book is pretty damn good, and this is coming from someone who doesn't really care much about the subject matter. Don't get me wrong, I dig the Green Lantern in concept, but I've never found a GL story that has kept me entertained enough to keep up with. This one, though, is not half bad. It makes me curious enough to go back and buy a few back issues to catch up on the story.
SECRET INVASION FANTASTIC FOUR #3(OF 3)
And thus marks the end of one of the only good Secret Invasion tie-ins that I've really enjoyed. This one is mostly the backstory of why Lyja re-joined the skrull army, why she came back to teleport everyone to the Negative Zone, and why she's got emotional issues. The moral? Don't date foreign chicks.
SKRULLS VS. POWER PACK # 1
Let's be honest, Power Pack is one of the worst ideas in comics history. There's just something about a bunch of kids with stupid superhero names like "smarty pants" that really makes me wonder what the folks at marvel are thinking when approving these stories. Granted, I understand that this book is meant to be geared for a much younger audience than myself, but I think it's safe to say that I'm usually a pretty big fan of kid-friendly books. And I still think this book is bad. It's not just bad because it's for kids, it's just bad because there's nothing else it can be. But I think I might be completely wrong. See, the next issue of this series is called "Universal Gangstaz", and features the team with gold teeth and big chains, so logic would dictate that this series is slamtastic. This is the series that should have taken Power Pack out of the land of camp and into the future as a team of angsty super-powered high school kids. But instead we get yawnsville. Regardless, I choose to remain in blissful ignorance until the next issue.
TRUE BELIEVERS # 1
This is a comic book in which a group of super-powered digilantes (that's digital vigilantes, for those of you not up to date on words I just made up that are immensely popular with today's youth). Anyways, it's about a bunch of super-powered digilantes who bust up an LSD-powered bikini girl fight club run by a group of politicians and fortune 500 CEO's who enjoy dressing like super heroes. Yeah, you read that right. I've still not really heard anything about this series before or since reading the issue, so I'm not 100% on how it ties into continuity, but the book is pretty damn cool. I'll be giving it shot, and I recommend you do the same!