Comic Reviews For 13 & 20 July, Plus Incoming

Comics of 20 July Casanova #2Fraction keeps to the page limit with this issue of Casanova, packing it full of action, funny dialogue and mad ideas. Ba’s art copes with it all with ease, drawing some sexy and cool art that serves the story. I’m not completely sold on it yet, but this definitely showed that the idea works in the format and there is great potential. Runaways #18Underwhelming. A nice sleight of hand to begin with, but the actual death left me shrugging my shoulders. I can see it was heroic and tragic, but it didn’t affect me the […]

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Solicitations, Inventory, And, Erm, Stuff

A lot to get through today, so let’s crack on and commentaritating (and making up words): Marvel solicitations for October As Marvel ploughs on with the massive Civil War crossover, there are only a few items worthy of merit that deserve mentioning, for whatever reason I see fit. Ultimate Power #1 Bendis starts off this bizarre crossover, with the Ultimate U meeting the Squadron Supreme U. Shouldn’t DC be suing for stolen ideas – isn’t this a Marvel version of the JSA meeting the JLA? It should be interesting seeing Marvel do something like this, especially with the multiple writer […]

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Inventory, Good News, A Great Film

Incoming Inventory – 13 July To make up for last week’s barren list, this week the publishers of the ninth art provide me with periodicals: 100 Bullets #74 I’ve been reading this for too long to switch to the trades now, so I look forward to my monthly hit of Bullets, as we head towards the last quarter. Fables #51 I hope that this keeps up the hit of last issue, which was great. I worry that Willingham might be stretching himself, what with his work in the mainstream DCU and the spin-off, so I hope he keeps up the […]

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Marvel Solicitations and Incoming Inventory

Marvel solicitations for September here. Like the DC soliciations, a selection rather than a long rundown: Ultimate Spider-Man #100 I don’t read Ultimate Spider-Man (although I did start out reading it), but you have to admit that it’s an impressive feat for the same creative team to continue for 100 issues straight in this day and age, especially on a Marvel book. It could be said that it is an easy job, retooling the old stories for a modern audience, but Bendis and Bagley have been doing a great job on this title for quite some time, and that deserves […]

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Incoming Inventory and Bonus Links

Incoming Inventory 100 Bullets #73 I’m seeing this series through to the end, rumoured to be the appropriate issue 100, and enjoying it as it comes out. It probably reads better in the trades, but it’s too late for me to switch now. Ex Machina Special #2 Ex Machina was easily one of the best new series of last year, so any more Ex Machina comics are warmly welcomed in the Clandestine Critic household. Sprouse brings his usual quality to the Mayor Hundred universe; could this be the start of other artists’ interpretations of The Machine? Fables #50 Three cheers […]

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Comics on my shopping list (if I make it to the shop …)

Pulse-pounding Periodicals for Perusal! Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes #18I’m still intrigued by the ‘Supergirl thinking it’s all a dream’ concept, which has shook things up quite nicely. I still have faith in Waid, although it faltered a little in the middle of this run, so I hope I’m not piling on the expectations. PvP #26I still enjoy Kurtz’s gaming magazine sitcom, for all its geeky references. I read the preview of Truth, Justin and the American Way, but felt it was TOO much like an ‘80s US sitcom for my liking; I didn’t particularly like them then, […]

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Whose Side Am I On? I’m On The Outside, Looking In …

My shopping list for the week: …………………………….. NOTHING! Damn. And it’s not even a skip week. So, what is there this week that I COULD buy? I could get the third Gotham Central trade, if I didn’t already have all the issues of a series that has been cancelled, and was screwed by DC in its turnaround time for trades in the first place. I could buy Infinite Crisis #7, if I cared about the DC Universe the way some people do, and so I could understand what most of the internet comic book chatter is about these days. (Or […]

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Bring Me The List of Clandestine Critic

The comics are still impossible to access due to the move, so blogging detours to another topoic where the research is provided online – this week’s list of my pulse-pounding purchase: Tag & Bink: Episode 1 Revenge of the Menace There can never be enough Star Wars comedy, in my opinion. I know it’s an easy target, but Rubio does it with affection, which is the best way. Usagi Yojimbo #93 It is always a good week with new Rabbit Ronin to enjoy. How does Stan Sakai keep up the consistency? The quality is impeccable and the stories continue to […]

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Incoming…

(As I already give too much love to Ellis, cover of the week goes to Stan Sakai and his brilliant creation.) Comics filling my fiction fix for this week: Usagi Yojimbo #87Stan is creating another epic storyline, so not an issue for those wanting to pick up their first issue. Still wonderful stuff, though. Gotham Central #36One of the best DC mainstream books of the moment. Fell #2First issue was a cracker and I don’t expect number two to be any different. Jack Staff #9When was the last issue of this? I’ll have to dig out the old ones to […]

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Comics in my near and not-so-near future

Books I want this week: Strangehaven #18When was the last time this came out? Always a pleasure to see this appear on the New Comics List. Jack Cross #2I never watched 24, so the comparisons some have made mean nothing to me. Even if Erskine isn’t at his best, the first issue was taut stuff, so looking forward to more. Legion of Super-Heroes #10Hopefully, Kitson is back on art duties, as we see what happens next in this interesting take on the LSH. PvP #19I’ve read the entirety of the online comics so this is my way of paying Mr. […]

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