Weekly Recommendations for 2/11/09

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So much awesome out this week, that I couldn’t pick a single one for the Weekly Spotlight. So I’ll just cover it all in Weekly Recommendations!

DC Comics

All-Star Superman Vol. 2- Collects the second half (issues #7-12) of what people have called the best Superman series in years, and not without good reason. All-Star Superman is kind of Superman you can give to just about anyone, including people who don’t like the character. It’s accessible, mythic, epic and touching. It also has a very funny take on Bizarro (whose dialogue may not be easy to figure out, but you’ll have fun trying) and plenty of crazy, brilliant Morrison ideas running around. If you haven’t bought All-Star Superman Vol.1 yet, get that and then get this. You’ll be glad you did.

Batman #686- Part 1 of Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” has finally arrived, and I can see the bulge in Rob’s pants already. Frankly, I’m just as aroused excited. If you’ve read Gaiman, you probably are too. Admit it. Don’t lie: you know I hate it when you lie.

Batman Confidential #26- this issue introduces KING TUT KING TUT I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S KING TUT DON’T YOU KNOW WHO KING TUT IS HE’S KING TUT NO THAT KING TUT IN FACT YOU KNOW WHAT JUST CLICK HERE.

I’m assuming they’re going for a more serious version in the comics. Either way, I’m totally giving him the same voice in my head.

Booster Gold #17- in which our hero visits “a seminal day in the history of the Flash.” Without spoiling, it’s probably the day you’re thinking of. New Booster Gold is always good, so buy it!

Green Lantern #33- get it because Spiffy told me to. Also, it looks like lots of things are happening this issue: for one, Mongul takes over a whole planet of would-be Supermen.

Nightwing #153- one of three Bat-series ending this month and possibly one of the last times we’ll see Dick Grayson as Nightwing (exclusing “Battle for the Cowl,” of course), seeing as another prominent hero is going to be picking the name. I’ve generally heard good things about Peter Tomasi’s run and frankly, this isn’t a bad place to end the series, given what’s happened to Nightwing’s pointy-eared mentor. So this might be worth picking up. Although I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll see of Dick Grayson: I mean, one of the upcoming new Bat-titles is called Red Robin, and Dick is a prime contender for Batman’s cowl…

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1- I’m sure some of you are wondering just what this is. It all began with L.E.G.I.O.N., a series that lasted from 1989 to 1994 about an interplanetary peacekeeping force, the Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network. Lead by Vril Dox II, the “son” of Brainiac, these guys were sort of adult, 20th-century versions of the Legion of Super-Heroes that patrolled the spaceways: think Green Lantern Corps, but harder-edged. When L.E.G.I.O.N. got taken over by Vril Dox’s evil son, the guys who rebeled, Dox included, were called R.E.B.E.L.S. Now Dox is back, courtesy of Tony Bedard and Andy Clarke, recruiting old members and new to fight a L.E.G.I.O.N. that has once again been snatched from him. If this interview and preview pages are any indication, we’re going to be in for quite a treat.

Super-Friends #12- The Super-Friends (not quite the ones from the 70s show) versus “Starro and the pirates.” Can you really go wrong with that premise? The cover alone is made of win.

Vigilante: City Lights, Prairie Justice- wow, talk about coming out of nowhere. This was a five-issue mini-series James Robinson did in 1995, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it until now! Anyway, this series came out around the same time Robinson was writing Starman, so there’s a chance this mini-series is quite good. Plus it’s got a 20th century cowboy fighting gangsters. Capone doesn’t stand a chance.

Wonder Woman: Who Is Wonder Woman TPB- this collects Allan Heinberg’s brief run on the title. I got it in single issues and it was generally pretty good, but didn’t really go anywhere. It did set up her current status quo, though. I just have the feeling Heinberg had more ideas for this title that he just kind of crammed into the last issue (in the form of almost every major Wonder Woman villain ever).

Marvel

Incognito #2- I forgot to review issue #1, so I’ll do it in two words: it’s good. It’s by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, so what did you expect? Anyway, this series stars a super-villain in the Witness Protection Program who, well, unintentionally reveals he’s alive to the people who want him dead. It’s superhero noir, Brubaker-style, and as I said before, he doesn’t disappoint. Like his straight crime noir series, Criminal, this series will include extras that won’t be in the trades (issue #1 had a pretty good article about the pulp hero The Shadow), so don’t trade-wait! Catching up will be easy: Incognito is only on issue 2, after all!

Marvel TV: Galactus- The Real Story #1- the premise for this title sounds pretty fun. Basically there’s a TV show in the Marvel Universe called “Monsters, Marvels and Myths,” which is dedicated to exposing Galactus and other seemingly unreal, out-of-this-world threats as, well, unreal. Frank Tieri’s writing it and he’s kind of 50/50 with me, but I can’t deny this idea has a lot of potential. 

New Warriors #20- it’s ending. That’s all I got.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #3- Shanower’s a great creator (Age of Bronze, anyone?), so someone please give this a shot. If I remember, I’ll do it. 

Thor #600- By Odin’s beard! The Odinson has reached his six-hundredth issue! Well, sort of: honestly, returning the series to its original numbering is really going to confuse people. Still, reaching #600 is a pretty big achievement.

Thor: “Aye! An achievement of godly proportions!”

Not only that, but this issue is supposed to be a “major culmination” in JMS and Oliver Coipel’s highly-acclaimed run on Thor AND includes an all-new story by Stan “The Man” Lee and Doug Braithewaite. Oh, and a Mini Marvels Thor story by Chris Giarusso (you may remember him from last week). This issue looks monumental in every sense of the word.

Thor: “Tis like holding mighty Mjolnir in thy hand!”

Funny, that’s what your mom said about my–

Thor: “HAVE AT THEE!” *throws Mjolnir*

X-Men Origins: Sabretooth #1- My first reaction is to say, “who cares?” but Kieron Gillen, writer of the award-winning Phonogram, is writing this series. So maaaybe it’ll be worth it…

The rest

Darkness #75 All-Beef Edition cover- for the ladies.

Blake & Mortimer GN: Strange Encounter- one of two comics this month about one wild night between Spiffy and David. The other, of course is…

Striptease- You can find it on YouTube, if you look hard enough.

Devils Panties GN- The Powerpuff Girls were ahead of their time. So was Elizabeth Hurley.

Zombies Bag O’ Babes- pick your favorite:

  • “All of Kyle Rayner’s ex-girlfriends in one affordable package!”
  • “You’ve tried ’em red, now try them dead!”
  • “The stuff Necrophiliacs’ Dreams are made of!”
  • Something wittier

That’s it for this week!

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3 Responses to “Weekly Recommendations for 2/11/09”

  1. hypergraffic Says:

    I’m very curious about:

    Nightwing’s fate…
    NEIL GAIMAN AND ANDY KUBERT ON BATMAN.
    Incognito. It sounds great!

  2. gokitalo Says:

    If I go a’shoppin’ this weekend, you will hear about AT LEAST one of those!

  3. spiffyithaca Says:

    Incognito was pretty great this week. I read a friend’s copy. I’m not completely engrossed as everyone else is, for whatever reason. But I do love the superhero noir style.

    Sorry I didn’t do recommendations this week Goki, but as always, you performed admirably in my stead. I got Green Arrow and Black Canary, Booster Gold, Batman and finally the X-Factor issue you guys crave about.

    And also, I’ve read up to #9 on Thor, and it’s fucking great. I’ve only read some of JMS’ runs on his titles (Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, other things), but this is the best I’ve seen him. And Coipel is fantastic, so much better than his House of M/Avengers days, and he was good even then.

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