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ALL THE RAGE

It's time for this week's Comic Revue!

My pick of the week goes to Fantastic Four #540 by Straczynski and McKone. The problem so far that I've found with the entire Civil War run is that it seems very obviously biased towards the Cap side. It feels like everybody on the side of the law, Reed, Peter, and the others are constantly lying to themselves to keep on going with this. I think, at the end of this, there's going to be an obvious dwindling of Reg Act supporters, and the ones that are left will be so far out of whack, we won't recognize them anymore. It's hard to now.

My lone DC pick for this week is Detective Comics #824, by Paul Dini and Don Kramer. I particularly like the idea that the Penguin would put Batman in a crappy old-fashioned "Death Trap" just for the sake of propriety.

I'm such a Vaughan mark. Doctor Strange: The Oath, drawn by Marcos Martin, is a really solid book. We know who shot the good Doctor, but don't know how. We don't know why our mystery villain wants to destroy this mystery panacea. And we don't know why Wong is still all riddled with tumor. It's only five issues, and with Doc Strange in the capable hands of Vaughan, I'm stickin' it out.

It's a heist book! Criminal #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is out. There was some really great internet advertising for this one... and it worked. So yeah, like I said, this looks like its going to be classic heist story, maybe a little darker than Hollywood. This first issue is the "putting together the team" phase, and its already looking interesting. I'd check this one out.

The Crossbronx #2. 'Nuff said. This is only a four issue, dark as hell, full of supernatural and mundane mystery cop book by Micheal Avon Oeming and Ivan Brandon. Just go get it.

Finally... we've got Giant-Size Wolverine. This seems to be the new Marvel thing: A new short story, and reprinted material. You get X-Men #'s 6 and 7 in the back of this, which is alot of reprinted material, more than usual. The new story is... pretty good for a short story. It feels disconnected from anything you'd normally associate with Wolvie, but its still good. That's my two cents. The book is $4.99, so I'll let you make the call.

Well, that's all I've got for this week. I've still got to catch up with my 52's, and I picked up a number of awesome trades (V for Vendetta, Sin City: The Hard Goodbye, Pride of Baghdad, and Essential X-Men Vol. 1), so I've got plenty of reading to do in the next couple days.

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you all on Monday.

-Bill
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