Double Stack- 12.2.09 & 12.9.09

Okay, so here’s what happened…the Wednesday before the last I went to the comic shop, as I typically do every Wednesday of course, but stay with me. I came home from this particular trip with only seven books, which is probably my lowest weekly tally in the last couple years. So I’m thinking that I should have enough time to both read the entire stack and post an edition of Stackology in the exact same afternoon with little problem. But then the mailman delivered the copy of Madden ‘10 I ordered for my brand new Playstation 3, and then things went a bit gloriously hazy. Combine that with the major shift in my daily writing schedule because of the new puppy, and the iBook recently dying, and my writing window is a little shorter than usual. But seriously…it’s really probably definitely because of Madden. So this week features two installments of Stackology smashed together for my convenience. And hopefully yours. We begin with the order for 12.2.09, which had so few books in it that it prompted me to violate some of my cardinal rules.

KING CITY #3 (IMAGE)
BLACKEST NIGHT WONDER WOMAN #1 (DC)
DARK AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 (MARVEL)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #5 (MARVEL)
UNCANNY X-MEN #518 (MARVEL)
SCALPED #33 (VERTIGO)
SIEGE THE CABAL #1 (MARVEL)

Things were obviously in Bendis’ favor this week, but he and Michael Lark’s exciting Siege prologue just barely edges past his Marvel Boy spotlight in the Dark Avengers Annual, which featured a new mission statement for the popular character and some great Bachalo art. Again I’m overtaken by Siege fever, just very excited at the prospect of a Marvel Universe that’s officially reached the other side after being gradually pulled apart by the events of Disassembled, Civil War, and the like. And the closer we get to that, the more excited I get for both the creators and the characters, as they’re freed from the gravitational pull of successive crossovers and over-arcing events. Who knows what kind of stories we’ll get from a post-Siege environment, where the heroes have finally reconciled, and are turning their attention back on the things (and people) they should’ve been on all along?

This is yet another important domino falling, and it’s obvious things aren’t going well as this issue starts with Osborn receiving a pep talk from his Green Goblin mask. And continues with the revelation that he’s begun replacing members of his broken cabal with people like the Taskmaster. It’s not long before Norman clashes with Doom, their secret meeting room no longer big enough for their clashing egos, but I was surprised at the scope and aftermath of Doom’s assault. Truly the beginning of the end here, and as enjoyable as Dark Reign has been, see thoughts above on my grand expectations for the future of Marvel’s flagship books. Great art from Michael Lark as well, who successfully turns things up a notch as Norman’s tower is dissolved in a haze of hungry Doom beetles. (by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Lark)

Now, onto the next week’s haul, which enjoys a much healthier number of books, I’m happy to report…

RED ROBIN #7 (DC)
VAMPIRELLA SECOND COMING #4 (HARRIS)
DAYS MISSING #5 (ARCHAIA)
PILOT SEASON MURDERER #1 (TOP COW)
UNWRITTEN #8 (VERTIGO)
DAYTRIPPER #1 (VERTIGO)
THE WALKING DEAD #68 (IMAGE)
GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #5 (MARVEL)
SWORD #2 (MARVEL)
PUNISHERMAX #2 (MARVEL)
SECRET SIX #16 (DC)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #614 (MARVEL)
NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3 (MARVEL)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #21 (MARVEL)

Love it when something in the middle of the pile clearly establishes itself as the frontrunner, and nothing else is able to ultimately push it out of that position. There’s some great stuff at the bottom there, but Daytripper was even better than I had hoped. Soon as this was announced I was all over it, as I was quite obsessed with Casanova at the time, and had bought the little De:Tales graphic novel the brothers had published through Dark Horse.

Again their writing proves more than a match for their tremendous artwork, and this is a series I will gladly purchase monthly, and then in whatever trade version Vertigo deems appropriate. My vote is for hardcover naturally, as this series starts with a bang, as we’re introduced to ambitious (yet somewhat blocked) writer Bras de Oliva Domingos, whose literary pedigree has been well established by his famous father who never remembers his birthday. Just some really great character work (and art) to be found here, and Bras is the kind of protagonist that you can easily build an entire series around. I might be projecting a bit because of his ambition to write things that really matter to him, or because of his daddy issues, or because of his cool dog and devoted significant other, but I wouldn’t mind reading about the ten most important days of this guy’s life. Great twist at the end, as well. Go and buy immediately. (by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon)

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2 responses to “Double Stack- 12.2.09 & 12.9.09

  1. Peter Velez

    How was Murderer?

  2. I liked it, and am probably picking up all of Kirkman’s Pilot issues. The ending of the book is really what sold me though, offering up a clever little twist that could give the premise some real potential.

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