Stackology- 11.11.09

Great, great week of new releases here, which maintains a much better sense of momentum and overall excellence than last week’s stack, prompting this week’s slight overuse of the word “great.” The books at the bottom of the stack showed up big time this week, with a great introduction to DC’s upcoming First Wave in the Doc Savage special, a great heroes death in GL Corps, a great new creative team for the Punisher, and a great finish to the second arc of Batman & Robin. Biggest surprise of the week was the first issue of Sword, which I liked quite a bit, and was my first exposure to Kieron Gillen, whose rep is slowly increasing every month. Had the same feeling as The Order, something with a very cool premise and a great (there’s that word again) cast of characters that I hope will stick around for a long while. Look for that to migrate further toward the bottom next month. A sharp debut, but like everything else, it ultimately falls to the proven pairing of Joe Kelly and Deadpool.

ROBERT E HOWARD THULSA DOOM #3 (DYNAMITE)
LUKE CAGE NOIR #4 (MARVEL)
RED ROBIN #6 (DC)
GI JOE MOVIE SNAKE EYES #2 (IDW)
ANCHOR #2 (BOOM!)
BLACK PANTHER #10 (MARVEL)
UNWRITTEN #7 (VERTIGO)
SWORD #1 (MARVEL)
DAREDEVIL #502 (MARVEL)
WALKING DEAD #67 (IMAGE)
BATMAN DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL #1 (DC)
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42 (DC)
PUNISHERMAX #1 (MARVEL)
BATMAN AND ROBIN #6 (DC)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #611 (MARVEL)

Amazing Spidey 611

Yeah, so that was plenty awesome. Been waiting for this particular issue since the minute it was announced, and the results are just as impressive as we all hoped. Joe Kelly made his name writing Deadpool, and has proven in recent months to be just as natural a fit for Peter Parker, and smashing all three of these things together makes for a gloriously berserk story that feels much longer than 22 pages. Seriously, the man uses every single panel of the appropriately titled “This Man, This Asshole,” and it shows—this isn’t a comic that you’ll blow through in five minutes, wondering all the short while where all your money went. It starts with Deadpool surrounded by strippers, faking a call from Obama, and ends with Spidey and Deadpool telling yo-momma jokes on a crowded playground. The stuff in the middle is just as insane, and features (among other things) the triumphant debut of Lady Stilt-Man. Can your other comics say that? Right, that’s what I thought too, and the art is fantastic on top of all this. Know some of you find Canete’s Spidey renderings a little abstract, but I will buy and champion anything he puts his pencil to, and no one can stop me.

Great job Mr. Kelly, please consider doing an entire mini-series featuring these two with Canete on the art chores and we’ll call it about even. Inspiring end to what was already an impressive week of comics. (by Joe Kelly and Eric Canete)

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2 responses to “Stackology- 11.11.09

  1. Peter Velez

    Completely agree that this week’s Spider-Man was pretty great. I’m not a Spider-Man reader, but Joe Kelly and Deadpool/Spidey meet-up easily put this issue in my last five. Plus a special appearance by Geoff Johns! Good times

  2. Yep, and this week we get two Spidey books—and one with art by Adam Kubert. Think it’ll be another great week of comics.

    B

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