Another Wednesday, another large pile of comics to read!
Comics taught me this week that Spider-man watches classic movies, I trust Scott Snyder in all future endeavors now, seven hundred years dosen't have to be a long time, I'm not sure if Reed Richards is rasict, there's no stopping Sinestro and I'm a glutton for punishment.
This week we review Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1, Spider-Men #1, Batman #10, Amazing Spider-Man #687, Invincible #92, Buffy Season 9 #10, Fantastic Four #607, Green Lantern #10 and Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #3.
If anyone has any specific titles you'd like me to review here, sound off in the comments. I'll try to get to all I can!
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Watchmen prequels roll on, as we see what Laurie's life was like when she was a teenager in the 1960's.
Darwyn Cooke proves again that he really "gets" Watchmen. The characters are written perfectly here. This most definitely feels like it fits in the Watchmen universe. Amanda Conner provides her usualy beautiful art. Characters are extremely expressive and the panels are full of details but not overwhelmed by them.
The story will seem a bit slow here but it's a very well written character piece so far. Laurie butts heads with her controlling mother, falls in teenager love with a boy and they run away together. Presumably hi-jinx will ensure.
While this is shaping up to be a good story, I feel Minutemen will give you a little more bang for your buck. There's still plenty of time for this book be ge great though.
Is the world big enough for two Spider-Men?
Spider-Men is a cross over between the two versions of Spider-Man currently being published by Marvel. One is Amazing, the Peter Parker we all know and love. The other is Ultimate, the controversial Miles Morales.
Amazing Spidey is swinging around New York City, as he's want to do, when he stumbles upon Mysterio. During their scuffle a mysterious piece of technology is destroyed and Peter finds himself in the Ultimate version of the Marvel Universe.
Don't expect too much in the way of Spider-MEN here. Miles doesn't even show up until the last page.
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Brian Michael Bendis's writing, and I do have my problems with this issue, but it was an enjoyable little romp. Here's hoping the rest of the series is the team up we've been wanting!
Holy M. Night Shyamalan, Batman! Bruce finally takes the fight to the Owls as a major twist is thrown at us that people will be talking about for years.
Batman has had it with these monkey fighting owls in this Monday to Friday city and breaks their location wide open! With Batman closing his grip on the court we get some huge plot developments that I couldn't dare spoil for you here! Let it just be said that if you're not reading this book, this issue could be Batman's biggest game changer since the introduction of Robin.
So I guess I enjoyed it.
Spider-Man reaches the end of the Earth to save you, but at what cost?
Spider-Man and his amazing friends team up with Mysterio to take out the mind controlled Avengers and take down Doc Ock once and for all.
After finally cornering Octavious in his underwater base, he and Spider-Man finally fight it out while Silver Sable makes the ultimate (not Miles Morales) sacrifice to stop the Rhino.
I've gotten on this story's case a few times and I'm glad to see it ending. Its felt too big and bloated for its own good. The climax of this issue however felt much like a climax in a classic Spider-Man tale and for the first time in a long time he's felt like the Spider-Man I know and love.
As much as I love Invincible, and it seriously is one of the best ongoing comics in production, it really is hard to review here.
This was a really solid issue. We follow three main plots. The first is with Invincible dealing with surviving the scourge virus. A second is Zandale dealing with his parents coming to dinner. The last follows the hidden story of what happened to Robot and Monster Girl when they were stuck in the Flaxian home dimension.
All the stories converge as the Pentagon, where Mark is recovering, is attacked as Zandale and the Guardians of the Globe intervene.
This is still a highly recommended series that you owe yourself to read. Just a slightly less interesting issue.
The "A Part of Me" story comes to an end.
Real Buffy in a robot is the prisoner of robot Buffy in Buffy's real body and the renegade slayer Simone. Yeah, it's that kind of book now.
Spike and Andrew mount a rescue attempt and stumble upon Simone's larger plans.
This issue is par for the course of Buffy Season 9. Should be awesome but ultimately underwhelming.
The FF go on a vacation to the country of Wakanda but something ancient threatens to destroy everything.
T'Challa invites Reed Richards to Wakanda to help him solve a mystery problem. Reed brings his wife and the kids of the Future Foundation along as well. I'm sure that will be a plot point at some point.
Meanwhile the story is interrupted by these flashbacks showing some crazy Egyptian deity story.
During the welcome banquet some skeleton monsters from the flashbacks attack, as Black Panther starts to go on a knowledge adventure with Reed.
I know how weird this issue sounds, but I actually really enjoyed it! It's nice to have an issue that's not a stand alone story with no consequence, as this starts the next Fantastic Four adventure.
Hal and Sinestro manage to restore the Indigo Lantern's power while a great threat re-emerges.
The lunatic horde that was the Indigo Tribe is unleashed as Hal and Sinestro attempt to restore the Indigo battery to once again make those psychos feel compassion.
There are some great character moments as Hal proves to Sinestro that his methods aren't perfect. Sinestro on the other hand gets to play the total bad-ass as he fights the entire tribe without the use of a power ring.
This was a satisfying conclusion and had a great cliffhanger that leaves you with no idea what might happen next.
Who's on the fight card this time? Black Widow and Magick? Oh, that an... interesting pairing. Thing and Colossus? Haven't they already fought people in this series? Oh well here we go again...
The ever lovin' blue eyed Thing vs. the rampaging ruskie Colossus! It's heavy metal vs. hard rock in the Blue Area of the moon! Who will win when this titanic twosome throw down?
The Thing is plenty strong and all, but Colossus was one of the strongest mutants ever born and that was before he became the unstoppable and completely invulnerable Juggernaut. Who do you think wins this round?
Master spy and assassin Black Widow vs. demonically powered Magick! When these two soviet senoritas slug it out, we all win as we see two buxom babes brawling in the Blue Area of the moon!
Seriously though this was an interesting fight. Their two diametrically different skill sets serve to make a more interesting clash than many of the fights we've seen in this series so far. Another cool thing is that they talk to each other in the native Russian, which you can translate using the Marvel AR app. That's a rad idea.
I think the only reason I keep getting this series is keep writing these silly mock fight promoter reviews for it. I get way more satisfaction and enjoyment out of these than I get out of the actual comics.