Stackology- 11.4.09

This was something of a light week by my usual standards, but there were some really good books spread throughout, especially near the end. Your first time to Stackology, you say? Quickly peruse the 101 installment for further details, and then return back here. I’m assuming this will make a little more sense afterwards, but who can ever be sure? Here’s what I brought home…

HAUNT #2 (IMAGE)
STAR WARS INVASION #5 (DARK HORSE)
VAMPIRELLA SECOND COMING #3 (HARRIS)
TITANIUM RAIN DOUBLE-SIZED #3 & #4 (ARCHAIA)
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #4 (MARVEL)
DOCTOR VOODOO AVENGER OF SUPERNATURAL #2 (MARVEL)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #30 (DARK HORSE)
UNKNOWN DEVIL MADE FLESH #2 (BOOM!)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #610 (MARVEL)
GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #4 (MARVEL)
STUMPTOWN #1 (ONI PRESS)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #4 (MARVEL)

Ultimate Spider-Man 4

Again, the artwork becomes the deciding factor this week, cause while Stumptown #1 was so obviously a Greg Rucka comic (and I mean that as the highest possible compliment), the work of David Lafuente once again proves an exciting match for Brian Michael Bendis’ fresh new volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. This fourth issue is the book at its best, serving up the great balance between intense action and teenage angst that it’s always been known for. By bringing Johnny Storm into the mix, along with the new relationships with Gwen and MJ, the book does feel worth the slight revamping, while still maintaining the core of this always reliable and often taken for granted book. And the art is just fantastic—the kids look like kids, they dress like kids, and even Peter’s hair (which reminds me of Cruise’s look in MI2) really works, even though it probably shouldn’t. Know some folks are still harping on Lafuente’s version of Spidey, but it’s gotten just a little more developed with each ad every issue, and the nice little action sequence with the Hulk is just gorgeous. How can you look at that splash page (if you read the book, you know the one) and think that this guy can’t draw a great Spider-Man?

Really great work that temps me to start buying the oversized hardcovers again. (by Brian Michael Bendis, and David Lafuente)

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2 responses to “Stackology- 11.4.09

  1. Peter Velez

    I enjoyed your column on Newsarama and I’m finding myself really enjoying the new blog. I especially love the stackology bits. As soon as I read the first one I immediately thought “Oh my god, I’m not the only one.” We even shared the same major rule, best to the back. These are great.

  2. Thanks, man. New one posts tomorrow afternoon, and this week’s haul is shaping up to be a great one.

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