Friday, March 23, 2007

What I Got - 3.21.07

Still trying to wake up after Wednesday night. As I alluded to below, I went to see Sebadoh @ the Metro and man, I am just not built to be out on the town 'till 1am anymore. Very, very good show, always happy to see a band I loved in college that can still bring it.

As for comics, it was a pretty good week, four titles on my list came out in the same week, that's probably a new record (granted, one of them is 52, so that doesn't really count). I had a good find in the bargain bin, so I may pull that out for a more in depth look this weekend, depending upon my will to get the ol' scanner out of mothballs. ANYWAY, here's what I got:

52: Week 46

This week: Black Adam fucks some shit up on Oolong Island, get called a "prick" and finally, gets his ass kicked by a bunch of geeks. Also Will Magnus get some! From a human!

Overall, a good issue, though I was more excited that the tease for next week promises some Animal Man action.

The Brave and the Bold #2

All right, this is excellent. More slam-bang Super-Heroics from Mark Waid and George Perez. GL and Supergirl are on Planet Ventura , essentially Las Vegas in space (check out this post from Jake for more), tracking down the Book of Destiny before some one can clean up like Biff in Back to the Future 2.

We also get Batman and Blue Beetle teaming up the other alien left behind on Earth.

I sure do love this series, it reads like Superheros 101. (Cool Heroes + Wild Locales) + Punching = Awesome

Detective Comics #830
[Note: this is not this week's cover]

We finish up the two parter started two weeks ago, and everything pretty much happens as you would expect. That's a good thing. There's a clumsy attempt to paint the mad bomber, who's trying to blow up Wayne Tower, as Batman's opposite number (he uses terror against innocents to fight injustice, while Batman uses terror against the wicked), but overall, it's just a good Batman action story. I like that Robin is being treated as Batman's partner again, rather than as his lackey, as he had been used in the last few years. Dare I say Batman is fun again?

The Spirit #4

More fun with the Spirit. Well as fun as things can be stranded in the desert (with a beautiful CIA Agent). I haven't read enough of the Eisner strips to know Silk Satin's history, but she's obviously a formidable character as written by Cooke.

Between this, Detective and The B&B, the theme of the week definitely seems to be a return to fun, uncomplicated comics. What a fantastic development.

X-Factor #17

After two or three pretty much self-contained issues, this story arc gets down to brass tacks. Something bad is about to happen (as the last few issues seem to be omens of) and Jamie has to get his ass back to Mutanttown to try to defuse the situation. Luckily, there's plenty of ice cream waiting for him.

I really have no idea where this story is going, but I'm happy to sit back and enjoy the ride (though I may be covering my eyes as we get towards the end).

So that wraps up this week's damage to the old bank account. Hopefully, I'll actually venture out to see 300 this weekend, so I may post some thoughts on that. I did watch Casino Royale last night and that movie completely kicked ass. I am very, very angry that I did not see it on the big screen. About half-way through the movie I wanted to chuck my 27" and run out and get a LCD TV just so I could watch it in its full glory.

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