Not too much pre-game commentary this week, as I’m working feverishly on the massive conclusion to the This is Why showcase for New X-Men, re-reading and taking excellent notes on Astonishing X-Men, and looking after the brand new puppy we just adopted on Saturday. That last critical element has changed around my writing schedule for this week somewhat, but she’s terrible cute, and getting along well with big brother Drake, so all is forgiven. Pictures, you say? Oh all right…but right after that onto the business of the week.
Here’s my sequence for this past Wednesday…
NOMAD GIRL WITHOUT A WORLD #3 (MARVEL)
DEADLOCKE #1 (DARK HORSE)
NOLA #1 (BOOM!)
COWBOY NINJA VIKING #2 (IMAGE)
BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #6 (DC)
VIKING #4 (IMAGE)
IRREDEEMABLE #8 (BOOM!)
AIR #15 (VERTIGO)
AZRAEL #2 (DC)
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #29 (DC)
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #7 (MARVEL)
SPIDER-WOMAN #3 (MARVEL)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612 (MARVEL)
DARK AVENGERS #11 (MARVEL)
DARK REIGN LIST AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (MARVEL)
As interesting as it’s been to watch the entire Marvel Universe pulled around by the nut sack during Norman’s Dark Reign, I’m really glad to see that it’s rapidly coming to an appropriate end. Cause really, no widespread dose of Slott’s cleverly referenced “stupid pills” could explain why the big guns wouldn’t eventually get their shit together, and close Norm down for good. Gladly accepting the relay baton from Invincible Iron Man, Dan Slott and Adam Kubert team-up to deliver another public embarrassment for Osborn, who is only a couple dumb moves away from the end all lying, murderous, psychotic scumbags always receive in superhero comics.
The art and storytelling here is just superb, and Slott manages to cram in an entire years’ worth of plotlines and developments to make this one-shot the most essential of the bunch. Spider-Man finally makes a big move against his ageless foe, gets into an exciting and well choreographed battle over and on the streets of New York, but in the end, it’s Peter Parker who proves the enemy that Norman doesn’t have an answer for. Spidey is a fugitive terrorist that can be arrested or shot on sight (depending on whoever’s mood), but Parker is an American citizen with unassailable rights that Osborn can’t intimidate in front of a crowd of witnesses. Only in a world controlled by the Green Goblin, could Peter Parker become more powerful than Spider-Man. Great final touch there, and good to see things continuing to move along to their logical conclusion. (by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert)
Quick note—the Stackology for 11.25.09 likely won’t post this time next week, both because of the Thanksgiving holiday, and because of a terribly packed (yet exciting) shipping list that should see at least 17 books coming home. Whew.