The Week In Ink: September 26, 2007

Taken as a percentage of the whole, I’m pretty sure that there were more kicks to the face in this week’s comics than at any point since Deadly Hands of Kung Fu was cancelled. I mean really, the boot-to-face content in this week’s Batman titles alone could probably keep me going for the next month, but in a week that saw two issues of Immortal Iron Fist shipping, I’m pretty sure we’ve set a new standard here.

 

 

Yes, my friends, that is Danny Rand getting kicked in the face so hard that it not only creates an explosion, but turns the background into the Rising Sun. Truly, these are wonderful times to be alive.

But before we get on with the rest of the Internet’s Most Rolicking Comics Reviews for this week…

 

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…you might’ve noticed the allegedly hilarious video game-themed ad currently taking up space in the sidebar, which means that yet another round of ISB auctions have hit eBay. This week, in an effort to cut back on my collection and fund the complex process involving both reading comics and scanning panels I find interesting, I’m selling off a set of Batman: Year One (Batman #404-407), my copy of Ed Brubaker’s Batman: The Man Who Laughs, and six series worth of Dark Horse Gunsmith Cats issues, which allows you to fulfill your daily recommended requirement of Bat-themed origin stories and exploding cars. If that sounds like something you like, and you live in the good ol’ USA, cruise over there and have a look before they end on Sunday.

and then seriously, give me your money

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Of course, even with that out of the way, the looming spectre of capitalism still remains. Here’s the Free Market Sectors that got my hard-earned scratch this week…

 

 

…And here’s what I thought about ’em!

 


 

Comics

 

All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #7: So is it just me, or has anybody else out there started setting the dialogue in this book to music and reading it like the world’s most awesome musical? I think it might just be the chorus-like “Oh no, Oh Christ, Not Him, We’re Screwed!” of the opening page, but “I’m the Batman / Goddamn Batman” lends itself to Ride of the Valyries so readily that I can’t imagine it’s not intentional.

Anyway, there are those among us who would endeavor to convince you that ASBAR is the greatest comic book ever printed, and while I still believe that title properly rests within the gilded pages of Dark Xena, I can’t deny that it’s amazingly entertaining. It’s gotten to the point where I just pick it up and start cold reading it aloud whenever a new issue ships, and if you’ve never tried that, give it a whirl. I defy you to get through more than three caption boxes of Black Canary’s narration and/or any reference from Cranky Old Man Frank Miller to “texting” without tears streaming down your face. Can’t be done.

Anyway, as far as the requisite “plot” summary portion of the review, here goes: In this issue, the Goddamn Batman beats the crap out of a bunch of guys, which sets such a fire in Black Canary’s Irish loins that the only reaction she can think of is to wrap her legs around Batman and dry hump him in the middle of a thunderstorm. And then they argue about whether the word “Batmobile” is, and I’m quoting here, “queer.” And really, if DC’s marketing department had any sense whatsoever, those two sentences would’ve been the solicitation copy.

I love you, All-Star Batman.

 

Annihilation: Conquest – StarLord: Despite the fact that it focuses largely on an anthropomorphic raccoon rather than lesbian space-dragons, StarLord remains the best of the Annihilation books. BEHOLD! Such is the power of Mantlo!

Seriously, though, Giffen, Green and Co. have been doing a fantastic job on this one, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite mini-series of the year thanks to a sharp, action-packed script, fantastic art, and the fact that it’s a book where one of the Micronauts teams up with a giant Kirby-created tree-monster for a suicide mission to save the Kree. And besides, who would’ve thought Mantis would be able to pull off the fetching Rocketeer Jacket/Hula Skirt/World War I Stirrup Boots combo so well?

 

The Astounding Wolf-Man #3: Some of you may recall that when the last issue of Wolf-Man hit the shelves back in July, it was a decidedly cranky Chris Sims who reviewed it and found himself highly disappointed by the crazy over-the-top violence with which Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard closed out the story. Two months, later, and I’ve got to admit that I’m still just picking it up out of the hope that it’ll be as good as some of Kirkman’s other work, rather than devolving into yet another book that replaces actual plot points with full-color eviscerations.

Beyond that, though, it’s just not grabbing me. The fact of the matter is that I just don’t have the love of horror-type characters that Kirkman seems to have, and even with Howard’s fun, stylized artwork and dynamic action scenes, I can honestly say that if I didn’t have a hefty employee discount from working at a comic book store, I wouldn’t be picking it up at all, even with the promise of a vampire and a werewolf driving around in a sports car with a wolf painted on it.

I’d probably buy the trade if they were Tokyo Drifting, though. And that’s real.

 

Avengers: The Initiative #6: From Wikipedia:

It has been noted that Steve Harmon has no genitalia in his Slapstick form, much to his disappointment.

Okay, look: I don’t know where this bit of information was brought up as a plot point, and I’m pretty sure that I don’t want to know where this information was brought up as a plot point. All I’m saying is, that explains a lot about Slapstick’s barely-contained hostility.

 

ISB BEST OF THE WEEK

 

 

Batman #669: It’s probably been made abundantly clear over the past week here on the ISB, but I’ve read a lot of comics about Batman in my time, and that said, “Club of Heroes” is hands-down my favorite Batman story in the past five years.

I’ve gone over the reasons why as each issue came out, but for those of you just joining us, here’s the short version: I’ve been wanting to read more about the Knight and Squire ever since Grant Morrison’s flat-out awesome arc in JLA Classified, and their return alongside Man-of-Bats, El Gaucho and the rest of the Club of Heroes has been even better than I could’ve asked for.

For me, this is the perfect Batman: A direct descendant of the Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams version that’s equal parts globe-trotting adventurer and calculating detective, and it’s just taken to the next level by the fact that this story features six guys like that, all playing their part in a battle of wits against a criminal mastermind. And really, that’s what I love the most: Even the seeming throwaway characters like the Legionary still serve as reminders that–however briefly–they used to hang out with Batman, and are therefore a force to be reckoned with. They’re z-listers under pressure who come off like pros, and it makes for some of the most exciting scenes I’ve read all year.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the book’s beautiful, either. I’ll admit that I was skeptical about the chances of getting three straight issues with art by J.H. Williams III, but they shipped on time every month and were absolutely gorgeous throughout, from the different styles he used for each character to his customary dynamic page layouts that just look phenomenal underneath Dave Stewart’s coloring.

Also, Batman puts on a jetpack to chase down a mad billionaire in a luchadore mask. So really, no further explanation should be necessary.

 

Blue Beetle #19: It wasn’t that long ago that I mentioned that while I really enjoyed Blue Beetle, I wasn’t sure if it would ever quite measure up to Impulse, the gold standard of teenage super-heroics in the DC Universe. With this issue, though, I think it might have actually hit that high point.

Me, I thought writer John Rogers had peaked with Total Eclipso: The Heart a couple months ago, but it just goes to show you that things can always get a little better.

Anyway, I realize that I mention this virtually every month, but if you’re not reading Blue Beetle, you’re really missing out on one of the best books on the stands, and this one stands out as one of the best of the series so far. A lot of it has to do with how much happens in each issue: With this one, you not only get Jaime Reyes–who has quickly become the most likeable super-hero in comics–and his running crew facing down Giganta, but you get the Peacemaker (in his all-new fresh-for-2007 x-treme tattooed iteration that works out a lot better than it sounds), a long-awaited and genuinely touching advancement of the sub-plot with La Dama, and a cameo by Traci Thirteen, of Architecture and Mortality fame.

It’s a lot crammed into 22 pages, but what makes it great is how well Rogers, Giffen and Baldeon are able to pull it off. Everything about it’s done great, and the end result is one of the most fun, purely enjoyable comics you can buy. And you should be buying it.

 

Green Arrow: Year One #5: You know, it occurs to me that if this book had kept to its original bi-weekly update schedule, it would’ve been over and done with long before its principal character was stabbed through the neck on his honeymoon, and while I’m no marketing wizard, I’ve got to think that would’ve been a better idea than waiting until after. To be fair, I have no idea why it was pushed back, but at least a couple of people at the store yesterday were wondering aloud why they were even bothering to pick the book up, and I’m pretty sure that translates into other folks who didn’t.

As for me, well, I know exactly why I’m still picking it up: Because to my knowledge, Andy Diggle and Jock just don’t make bad comics together. It’s a handy rule of thumb that started with their amazingly underrated run on The Losers, and Ollie Queen’s almost assuredly brief absence from the land of the living isn’t going to change that one bit. Instead, their take on the first arrow-slinging adventure of everyone’s favorite left-wing vigilante continues to be a highly enjoyable action comic that does its work a lot better than it had to.

 

Immortal Iron Fist #9 & Immortal Iron Fist Annual #1: If someone had told me two years ago that there would come a day when I could walk into a comic book store and leave with fifty-eight pages ofIron fist in all-out all-new martial arts mayhem in the mighty Marvel manner, I would have fallen to my knees and wept tears of purest, manliest joy.

My friends, that day has come. Subtlety is a thing I’m rarely accused of, but I really cannot overstate my love of this comic book. Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction are easily two of my favorite guys working in comics today, and David Aja does an amazing job bringing their crazy, fast-paced fight scenes to life in the regular title as Danny Rand faces the first round of the tournament of the Immortal Weapons. See? I just got to type the phrase “tournament of the Immortal Weapons,” and if you can do that and not think there’s something totally awesome going on, then there’s a good chance you’re reading this website by accident.

As for the Annual, it goes without saying at this point that it’s awesome, especially in the way that it fits right after #9 as Danny ditches K’un-L’un to find out more about the awesome life of his predecessor, Orson Randall. Admittedly, I really wouldn’t have picked Howard Chaykin to draw this thing–given that I don’t often picture Iron Fist rolling around in high-cut paisley slacks–but he pulls it off better than anything I’ve seen him draw for Marvel lately, and Dan Brereton is just perfect for the flashback scenes. Brereton’s one of those guys that I’ve always liked a lot in theory, having never actually read that much that he’s worked on, but he does an amazing job with the pulp-action style of the Lightning Lords, the Bride of Nine Spiders, and–of course–the Harem Harlots of Harlem. It’s great, fun stuff, and if you made it all the way to this sentence without rushing out to buy it after “Harem Harlots of Harlem,” then for God’s sake, ge ton it. We don’t have all day here.

 

Justice League of America #13: The opening chapter to Dwayne McDuffie’s debut art on Justice League of America–which was actually printed in the JLA Wedding Special, for those of you who weren’t paying attention when I flipped right out about it two weeks ago–got me pretty excited about the idea that the Justice League was actually going to be a good comic book where things actually happened that did not solely revolve around Red Tornado crying, and on that front, McDuffie has delivered.

Story-wise, this book is awesome–and, not coincidentally, contains exactly zero references to GeoForce–with some great character moments and a setup that looks like it’s building to the big Justice League vs. Everybody fight that should’ve been in Infinite Crisis instead of the double-page spread of pretty clipart that we actually got. Admittedly, I don’t particularly care for the sub-plot of Vixen leeching other super-heroes’ powers rather than just using her own, but all things considered, that’s a pretty small part of what’s going on in this issue.

The downside, however, comes from the art, especially when it’s contrasted with the great job Mike McKone did on the Wedding Special. Joe Benitez comes off in a lot of places like a second-rate J. Scott Campbell, and considering that Campbell himself is a second-rate version of himself at this point, that’s not a great place to be. To be fair, it’s nothing that breaks the story–outside of some pretty rough panels of Black Canary that I’m guessing were based on a RealDoll–but a book like Justice League really ought to have a top-tier art team, especially now that it’s actually got a good writer working on it.

 

The Order #3: As I mentioned before, this is not the first time that the Champions–because really, they’ll always be the Champions to me–have battled an unstoppable army of super-strong mutated hobos in the streets of Los Angeles. That honor, of course, belongs to a Chris Claremont epic from the pages of The Champions #3. Having read them both, however, I can say with some certainty that Fraction and Kitson’s version is by far the best.

And not just beacause they’re battling hobos that are also zombies, either, but because it’s the strongest issue yet of what’s turning into a really enjoyable series. This time out, the focus is on “Calamity” James Wa, who joined the Order with a chip on his shoulder that turns into a pretty unexpected plot twist at the end, and brings the book’s already obvious comparison to Pete Miligan and Mike Allred’s X-Statix into sharp focus. And really, as anybody who read those stories’ll tell you, that’s not a bad thing. Instead, it helps the book to strike a good balance between the craziness of cybernetic bums and the more serious plot threads of the characters themselves, and it makes for a great read.

 

The Spirit #10: Here’s a fact that I desperately hope you guys are unaware of: This week’s issue of Genus, the comics industry’s most stalwart bastion of furry porn, has an homage cover to the iconic splash page of the first appearance of P’Gell. Only with animal-people about to have sex.

Needless to say, Darwyn Cooke’s version of The Spirit is significantly easier to take without a stiff drink and a handful of quaaludes.

 


 

And it’s probably best that I stop there, lest I run the risk of following that up with an an actual review of Tarot (surprise! It’s bad!) and permanently destroying my google hits. Anyway, as always, if you have any questions about something I read or skipped over, or if you just want to talk about whether X-Men: First Class is seriously the best X-Men book since the Dark Phoenix Saga (answer: Yes), feel free to drop a line in the comments section below.

Oh, and one more thing: That Metal Men Showcase? Trust me on this one: You’re gonna want to buy that.

46 thoughts on “The Week In Ink: September 26, 2007

  1. acutally, chris, one of my favorite things on this site was when you would give us a detailed breakdown on Tarot.

    that and Anita Blake.

    i miss those.

    plz. start giving annotations to Tarot again, at least. cant help Anita.

  2. I think you’ve given up on the Countdown titles, but Countdown to Adventure has what I believe can only be construed as blatant pandering to bring Chris Sims back to the fold.

    Not only does Forerunner kick a Nazi in the head, she kicks a Nazi in the head in such a way that it come clean off!

  3. Countdown has the Worst Art I Have Seen In A DC Comic All Year, but the spin-offs haven’t been bad.

    Especially McKeever writing Crime Society, because I am a sucker for evil alternate reality versions of superheroes.

    I should probably be reading Blue Beetle.

  4. I don’t understand why DC won’t commit the best to this newest JLA run. They got the right writer finally but the art is like a throwback to Image’s launch-days.

    I liked Howard Porter’s work when Morrison was on the title. It was odd definitely but there was a huge scope to his layouts thats been missing from the title since IMO.

  5. RE: Slapstick

    It mentions in the limited series (I forget which specific issue, I think #3?) that he’s not “anatomically correct” in his cartoon form. Mainly because he’s trying to score with the cheerleader captain at his high school at the time…

    And yes, I keep the Slapstick 4-issue series right next to my complete set of Damage Control (with the SIGNED issue of Wolverine getting smacked in the face with a pie, by Dwayne “Geo-Who” McDuffie). STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT! :P

  6. Other than being published by Marvel, does The Order have any relation whatsoever to the original Champions?

  7. “Madeley Says:

    Is First Class really better than any of Morrison’s X-Men issues?”

    Y’mean the Xorn/Evil Crackhead Magneto/Pheonix for two seconds Morrison stuff?

    Did you want that compared to First Class… or Tarot?

  8. I feel much the same way you do about this latest Batman arc, only I’d replace “past five years” with “past fifteen years,” I think.

    I don’t see why people would be adverse to picking up a Green Arrow origin comic just because he’s supposedly been killed off, but then, I’ve never understood fandom.

  9. “The Mutt Says:

    Other than being published by Marvel, does The Order have any relation whatsoever to the original Champions?”

    well, it was named the Champions until a bit of dispute. and the team name is a direct legacy. but other than in name…no.

  10. You’re really talking up this Blue Beetle thing. Since my local shop is having a sale, I’m totally going to have to look for the back issues.

    Re: The Order, what’s with Veda’s hair colour? Her thumbnail headshot on the recap page clearly shows her as brunette, but in the book itself she’s blonde. With Becky also being blonde it wasn’t immediately clear which one of them was staying behind and which was in the field. Until Becky shape-shifted into that dragon thing or whatever.

    It’s not that big a deal, but it was just an odd mistake for a book that’s otherwise well put together.

  11. I agree with Kyle – Tarot breakdowns are classic and well worth the wait.

    Don’t make us start a petition and letter writing campaign…

  12. Although there’s something, I dunno, extremely hypocritical about Dan Slott clowning Emo Self-harm Speedball in Deadpool/GLI and then turning around and doing DARK SLAPSTICK, The Initiative was the best book I read this week not written by Gilbert Hernandez or Matt Fraction.

    God, That Immortal Iron Fist Annual was awesome. A terrific tribute to the power of storytelling.

  13. If the DC editors worked together more cohesively, Vixen’s inability to tap into animal powers would somehow tie into Animal Man’s same inability.

    Here’s hoping!

  14. Yes to more reviews of Tarot! Seriously that’s why I keep reading this.

    Well really I read for amusing reviews of books about boots to the head I should be reading (but often don’t) and anaylsis of comic that just confuse the human psyche. I actually got a few Tarot just to stare at them like a monkey trying to solve a quantum physics equasion. The masses demand diatribes on the wacky witchery.

    *wanders off to look for something written by Simon Furman*

  15. PLEASE start reviewing Tarot again! It used to be the highlight of my month!

    Also, I didn’t read any of Annihilation and had no real idea of what was supposed to be going on with that whole story and yet I’m still able to read Starlord and enjoy it thouroughly without getting confused at all. I think that says something about how well written it is.

  16. Damn you Sims! That All-Star Batman-as-musical bit had me laugh out loud at work. Which inevitably leads to having to explain what you’re laughing about to co-workers. And there’s just no way to explain ASBaRtBW (at least, not that I’ve found), let alone why a musical version of it is even funnier.

  17. If you’re going to use my nickname for Batman & Robin, at least get it right. It’s ASSBAR. You’d think that would be self evident.

  18. C’mon Chris-your legions of adoring fans are demanding Tarot reviews! Don’t let us down.
    And speaking of RealDolls-what’s up with that chick on the cover of The Order?

  19. Chris, you’ve probably answered this before, but I was just wondering, how come you don’t buy American Virgin?

  20. So here’s the thing about Tarot:

    I almost didn’t buy this issue. Believe it or not, even with five solid years (as of this issue) of reading the book, my tolerance for awfulness only goes so far, and considering that last issue revolved around our title character pretty much succumbing to the pleasure of getting raped in one of the worst comics I have ever read in my life (and in fact, you can see my initial reaction here).

    Normally, Tarot‘s a book that I can have fun reviewing, but man, that was awful. Just awful. And this issue doesn’t really do a lot to bring it back, either, since nothing happens, except that:

    a) Tarot walks around naked for 22 pages, and…

    b) When goblins threaten to rape her, she strips naked and asks if they think they can handle it, and they run away.

    There’s also a lot of dialogue about witches and how people don’t like them, and really, I’m starting to see why.

    As for the other stuff…

    Is First Class really better than any of Morrison’s X-Men issues?

    I like the Grant Morrison run on New X-Men a lot, but to be fair, as good as it was, it was just a pastiche/homage to the original Claremont run. That’s not necessarily a bad thing (and is, in fact, really good), but Jeff Parker’s doing a lot of interesting, really fun stuff in his title.

    Also, Marc Silvestri isn’t drawing it. So there’s that.

    And speaking of RealDolls-what’s up with that chick on the cover of The Order?

    Well it is Los Angeles.

    Chris, you’ve probably answered this before, but I was just wondering, how come you don’t buy American Virgin?

    Because it’s not very good.

  21. a) Tarot walks around naked for 22 pages, and…

    b) When goblins threaten to rape her, she strips naked and asks if they think they can handle it, and they run away.

    There’s also a lot of dialogue about witches and how people don’t like them, and really, I’m starting to see why.

    I think I need to wash my brain out with battery acid now. Eesh. But hey, there’s Batman with one right n*THUD!*

  22. I thought that Chris Sims of all people might have something to say about this issue of The Spirit.
    Especially the disturbingly probable ending.

  23. Arse arse arse. I love the Slapstick miniseries – seriously, folks: in a world with a million Spider-Man and Batman ongoings, there should have been room for a Slapstick one – and was really enjoying The Initiative, but: Dark Slapstick? Sigh.

  24. Man, the Spirit was fuckin’ fantastic this week. Great satire and a really great commentary on the media.

  25. Chris Sims was at it again and this came out:
    “if you just want to talk about whether X-Men: First Class is seriously the best X-Men book since the Dark Phoenix Saga (answer: Yes)

    Jeff Parker hits it out of the park regularly on this book. I really like some of his selections of single sentences that hit me close to home: in the annual, where Jean had to leave Dragon Man on Monster Island with the last line to him being “World’s Greatest Dragon.” As the proud owner of the World’s Greatest Dog for 9 years, that one line drove home for me exactly what Jean was going through.

    Then, in this month’s issue, Hank and Bobby’s “pound me, dawg” hands with Hank’s “Is this what the cool kids do?” followed by a half-page panel of Hank and Bobby quietly going to sleep inside of an enormous igloo with a hurricane raging outside, with Bobby’s reply, “I have no idea what cool kids do.” With the implication that “it doesn’t matter. This is what we do.” Perfect. I want to read this book every month for the rest of my life.

  26. “…which sets such a fire in Black Canary’s Irish loins that the only reaction she can think of is to wrap her legs around Batman and dry hump him in the middle of a thunderstorm”

    Err… I’m pretty sure more than just dry humping went on. I believe what happened is what is referred to as a “quickie”

  27. I too was a bit sad by the turn of events in The Initiative. Made me about as mad when Morph on the X-Men animated series came back as a bad guy. . .

    However reading Iron Fist made my day a lot better and now I wanna have Iron Fist powers so I can punch people at work.

    I also recieved my BAD!: REAL BAD! t-shirt today in the mail and look forward to wearing it until I’m dead.

  28. >>>a) Tarot walks around naked for 22 pages, and…
    b) When goblins threaten to rape her, she strips naked and asks if they think they can handle it, and they run away.

    So, she got even more naked? Whoa.

  29. >So, she got even more naked?

    No, she briefly had a bikini on. Which lasted for, like, a page.

    And yeah, Chris, I also would like to ask/beg/demand/order you in the name of Great Cthulhu to keep reviewing the series.

  30. Truly, Iron Fist was a glorious smorgasborg of kicks to the face. And it is also quite true that everyone should be reading Blue Beetle, because Jaime is the man.

    I have to say, though, I really enjoyed the Punisher Max annual, even though it wasn’t written by Ennis. Seeing the complete and utter mind-breaking terror that Frank Castle inflicts on the criminal world from the perspective of one of his targets was pretty awesome.

    Also, would someone please tell me why my local comic store lacks in Cover Girl? I’m still missing Issue 5, dammit.

  31. I would assume it is because your local comic book store is run by miscreants and cretins, but that’s just me.

    According to the Internet’s Kevin Church, co-writer of the series, you can still order copies directly from BOOM! Studios online here.

  32. It’s true, it is run by miscreants and cretins. They have also been known to carry Anita Blake prominently while lacking entirely in Nextwave. It is most unfortunate that the comic store five minutes from my house sucks so much; I’m sure there’s a better one in LA, but it may require actual effort to get to.

    Thank you for the link. I may have to resort to that.

  33. Was Teen Titans any good? As of Daredevil 100, I no longer buy modern comics, but I’ve really liked everything I’ve read by Sean McKeever. That said, the only TT’s book I’ve read is the X-Men/Teen Titans team-up by Claremont and Simonson, so I have no real vested interest in the characters or anything.

  34. “X-Men: First Class is seriously the best X-Men book since the Dark Phoenix Saga (answer: Yes)”

    While I usually agree with quite a lot of your opinions on comics, can I get a

    FUCK, NO!!!

    I’d like to point you in the direction of Grant Morrison’s NEW X-MEN and ask you to strongly reconsider the statement quoted above…

  35. I wasn’t a fan of Morrison’s X-men. It had some good moments, but overall it didn’t do anything for me. The action was strangely wooden and I’m sorry but I can’t stand Emma Frost. The stories themselves seemed pretty forced with everyone acting like complete fools for no reason at points, especially in the “Riot at Xavier’s” story.

  36. That ASB&R as a musical observation is the greatest thing I have ever heard. We were reading it like that in the shop today. It’s perfect!

  37. “Riot at Xavier’s” is actually my favorite part of the run, but I stand by my previous statement. Like everything I say, it is undeniably correct.

    As for the Teen Titans, it was okay. My interest on the book is still pretty low, and I’m considering just selling off the run, but it wasn’t bad. McKeever seems to have a handle on where he wants to go with the characters, and considering how much I’ve enjoyed his other stuff, I’m willing to give him a few issues to see how it works out.

    The Wonder Woman Annual wasn’t bad–being that it was a big ol’ crazy fight that was very well drawn–although you know what could’ve made it better? Coming out six months ago.

  38. That was your favorite part of the run? I don’t know, the whole idea didn’t make much sense to me, starting off with the whole idea of opening up the school to non-mutants. The whole reason the school exists is so that mutant kids with potentially very dangerous powers can learn to control them; why needlessly endanger regular kids? And why would parents with non-mutant kids want their children to go there? It never seemed like they focused all that much on actual book learning.