Looking To The Stars: Snap Shot Reviews

Robert Burns once said “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Well, that’s what happened this week. No sooner do I say farewell to my life as a professional comic book guy am I informed that my refusal has been rejected… at least until after the holiday season is over. Apparently they are a bit more willing to work with my schedule having realized how hard it would be to train someone new in the middle of the busiest shopping time of the year. So for a while, I shall be librarian and comic book guy.

So much for a smooth and graceful exit, eh?

Ah well. While my occupational transition has proven less peaceful than I had hoped, I can promise a much smoother and more amusing bit of reading for you all this week. Though I haven’t had the time to start the first special project I promised I would start once I had more free reading/writing time, I did manage to read quite a few of the hot and new titles this week. And for the sake of brevity, I shall handicap myself and limit myself to two sentences to describe each book. All the better to speed you along to reading the good stuff for yourself.

All Star Superman #1 – Superman as he should be. All the classic elements of the character are balanced evenly with a wacky Grant Morrison plot, wrapped in a Quietly shell that makes the whole thing one sweet piece of candy.

Books of Doom #1 – Finally, Dr. Doom done right! If this is any indication of the future quality of his work, I can’t wait for Ed Brubaker’s Daredevil.

Birds of Prey #88 – While I’m still a bit hazy on the recent timeline involving the Ollie/Dinah relationship, Simone is the only author who has accurately captured the dynamic between the two since Kevin Smith’s run on Green Arrow. That is fact, not opinion, and I will gladly explain why to any who dare challenge me on this point.

Do you REALLY want to challenge the hate mail gods in such a cavalier fashion Matt? Are you SURE? -Editor K.

Fables #43 – So good I got my girlfriend into regular comics fandom on this book alone. Worth the price of admission just for the joke on respecting the customs regarding the treatment of slaves and the treatment of slavers.

Fantastic Four #532 – JMS continues to be the only writer at Marvel who can deliver a consistent level of quality across multiple books. A notable issue, if only for being the first time I think it was outright stated Reed Richards uses his powers in the bedroom.

Green Arrow #56 – The good news is that we only get to see Winick mangle Ollie’s character for two pages. The bad news is that he and the editor STILL haven’t been corrected on the fact that Killer Frost’s powers absorb heat (so fire arrows won’t hurt her) and they spend the Ollie-Ollie-free rest of the issue screwing up Mia and Connor.

Green Lantern #5 – Johns is building things slowly here and I wish he’d speed up a bit. This issue is amusing superhero fare, but hardly as filling as his usual works.

Hellblazer #214 – The beginning of the end for Mike Carey’s run as he takes away a major part of the Constantine mythology. I can’t wait for next month to see what else goes up in smoke.

Jon Sable Freelance #5 – Why must every other book I read this week torment me with images of the days when Green Arrow was under the hands of a competent writer and artist? If you aren’t already reading this series by old pro Mike Grell, do yourself a favor and track down the back issues.

Supergirl #3 – For fans of old school comics with a sense of fun, this is one of the best books on the market. Ignore the haters on the message-board who dismiss this as fluff.

The Thing #1 – Leave it to Dan Slott to give me some brief hope that there may be someone else besides JMS at Marvel who gets it. This book is a treasure, with a sense of fun that is all but dead at Marvel and starting to be revived at DC.

One final review, but not a comic book one. If you were planning to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but haven’t or if you weren’t planning to see it., go see it. Now. Um, sorry to butt in again Matt, but as I work in a movie theatre, I must advise people to hold off seeing HP:GoF for at least a few days. Most theatre workers are coming off three days and four nights of double shifting just to keep up with the demand for the nearly three hour film. If you viewers put off seeing the movie until say Wednesday, the theater will be quieter, cleaner, and its staff will be more helpful. And the film won’t get pushed to the slightly smaller theatres until Friday at the earliest. Sorry to barge in again M-Money… -Editor K. If the fantasy isn’t your thing, it’s worth the price of admission just to see the trailers for Superman Returns on the big screen. Of course if you can’t wait that long… check this out.

Tune in next week. Same Matt time. Same Matt website.