Note to self: Add Amazing Spiderman to my pull list for the duration of Civil War, because apparently I want to read it. It was sold out at my LCS this week. Before 3 in the afternoon on Wednesday. Que sera, sera, I guess.
Style: More uninspired prose.
Reading music: Serenity soundtrack
--Warning: Spoilers ahead--
Blue Beetle #2: I read this twice in order to get the flashbacks straight, but that's okay. The story is worth it, from Jaime's confrontations with the mysterious Posse, to his utter confusion about his kickass costume, to the cliffhanger at the end. The "one year later" line was a little forced, maybe, but it still fit. I have no idea what Blue Beetle went through (or is going through) in the Infinite Crisis war (or whatever it is), but that kind of doesn't matter. Looking forward to the next issue.
Catwoman #54: Holly gets blood on her hands (literally) and is mighty depressed about it. And everybody knows about her act of violence. Well, everybody who sees it on television, anyway. Ouch.
The dream thing in Hawkgirl #51 seems a little overdone, but I do like the horror mystery aspect of this book. Not to mention the setting. It's hard to go wrong with Louisiana. I'll give both Catwoman and Hawkgirl another issue or two.
Doll & Creature #2 is really cool and very gruesome. It includes a very nice slugfest between Creature and a whole mess of Hydes; more insights into Creature's origin; and the grim aftermath of the fight with drug-crazed zombie people. Doll, ironically (due to her relative lack of interest in the dominant goth culture of her world), is turning out to be a fairly tragic character. Interesting social and religious commentary in this issue as well, and they don't hit you over the head with it.
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: A to Z #4 includes a two-page entry on Elf With a Gun, which I had never heard of. But it amused me greatly. Also, Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway.
Fantastic Four #537 shows us how Dr. Doom escaped from Hell (sort of), and how he cannot, in fact, lift Thor's hammer. Not a huge shocker. He didn't escape from Hell because it froze over, after all. (Also note that Ben Grimm can't lift Thor's hammer, either. Nice gag there.)
Four #29: The Four go on a mission to retrieve living pieces of a sentient satellite that have, for some reason, fallen in the Savage Land. According to Reed, they are the remains of the Godseye (?) satellite which was destroyed by the Incredible Hulk. How much of this story is actually true, I'm not sure, as I haven't been reading the whole Planet Hulk story. At any rate, it's a simple mission with no huge complications and a quick resolution.
The real story here is the growing tension between Sue (who thinks it's strange that the satellite pieces landed in Savage land of all places, and doesn't quite believe the cover story) and Reed. Nicely frame marital dispute, all told.
New Avengers Annual #1: Stuff comes in threes. Bad stuff like celebrity deaths and the leaves of certain poisonous plants; and good stuff, like... well, like weddings.
Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' wedding is the first, and probably the least, of the trio Marvel has planned for this Spring/Summer. (The big one, of course, is that of Black Panther and Storm; the best one will no doubt be Jennifer Walters and John Jameson, if there is indeed a wedding.) Anyway, the annual was mostly a big fight between the New Avengers and an AIM/Hydra-created Adaptoid creature. This was sandwiched between Luke's proposal to Jessica, and their ceremony. This ceremony took all of five pages, one of which was dominated by Jessica's long-winded marriage vows. The whole thing was kind of disappointing, to be honest. Oh well. The best nuptuals are yet to come.
Runaways #15: Molly has a Doop plushie! Heh. Anyway, the reemergence of The Pride continues, Victor is having nightmares, Nico is tired of cutting herself and has resorted to violent teeth-brushing for Staff of One summoning, and a Runaway is kidnapped.
Thing #6 included a major guest appearance by Spiderman, commentary on Spiderman's new costume, a nice little battle with Sandman and Trapster, a party, and a lovely little resolution with the Yancy Street Gang. Sort of. If you aren't reading this, why?
Ultimate Fantastic Four #29: This felt like an oddly hasty resolution to the President Thor story but, well, mystery solved, and the Ultimate Universe is back to being as normal as it ever was. The zombies are still looming, as is Doom.
Actually, the major development of the issue is the introduction of a certain blind sculptress, which hopefully means an Ultimate Puppetmaster will turn up at some point (if he hasn't already, in the Ultimates or something.) Yep. Alicia Masters is the highlight of this issue.
Week's most memorable moment(s): Thing #6 was actually full of memorable moments, but this one stood out for two reasons: (1.) Hercules being Hercules and (2.) The Damage Control logo on Herc's overalls. (Product placement parody? I want to think so.)
Actually, a close second was Thing's conversation with Spider-Man about the Iron Spidey costume. But if you want to read it, you'll just have to buy the comic. It's well worth it.
Tentative checklist for 3 May, 2006
Civil War #1
Doc Samson #5
Marvel Romance Redux: I Should Have Been A Blonde