Double Stack- 2.10.10 & 2.17.10

Brought home so few books last week that I decided to jot some quick thoughts down, and combine them with this week’s haul, which was a bit more plentiful. Also finished reading 100 Bullets start to finish, and am working on an Ambidextrous column to celebrate the true completion of the first Vertigo title I ever read. Until then, here are my favorite scenes from two weeks’ worth of books….

2.10.10-
X-MEN PIXIE STRIKES BACK #1
UNWRITTEN #10
SWORD #4
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #620
DAYTRIPPER #3
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #7
BATMAN AND ROBIN #8

#1- The mystery girl from the previous issue leaves Bras after their seven year relationship turns sour—leaving nothing but a stream of harsh words and an empty apartment in her wake. Our title character’s frequent flashbacks of the argument to end them all is good stuff, but the true standout occurs a full year after that when Bras sees a pretty girl in a corner store, and suddenly comes back to himself. His sadness drifting away like a fog, he charges down the street after her, because he’s decided right there on the spot that she’ll be the girl he spends the rest of his life with, and it’s only fair that she should know. Unfortunately in his mad dash, he’s hit by a truck and killed, which would be shocking enough really, but the fact that we saw him killed in a botched robbery on his 32nd birthday poses some interesting questions going forward in the series. And here I thought that was the only big twist the twins had in them. My mistake. (Daytripper #3)

#2 Good ol’ Grayson thought he was doing a good thing by dropping what he thought was Batman’s actual body into an actual Lazarus pit. But how was even he to know that Darkseid pulled a fast one way back in Final Crisis—replacing the real body with an already psychotic clone of the Dark Knight, whose mental state was only made worse by a short bath in the pit, setting the stage for the promised Batman vs. Batman scenario.  Which is quite awesome in the hands of Morrison and Cameron Stewart. Fantastic bit when Batman stops Beryl from launching her attack, and then squares off with the insane clone of his longtime partner and mentor in a hail of expertly rendered punches and kicks. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, clones can be fun. (Batman and Robin #8)

2.17.10-
AZRAEL #5
SUPERMAN BATMAN #69
AIR #18
BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #9
DAREDEVIL #505
DOOMWAR #1
JOE THE BARBARIAN #2
UNCANNY X-MEN #521
SPIDER-WOMAN #6
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #45
GREEN LANTERN #51
DARK AVENGERS #14
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #621

#1- This continuation of Black Panther finishes strong with T’Challa and Shuri, flanked by members of the X-Men and a revamped Dora Milaje, charging into Wakanda with the ever familiar warning to the people that have stolen their country—step aside or die. As always, the bad guys refuse, but in something of a departure from typical superhero comics, the new Panther responds by decisively killing the leader of the opposition in full view of his troops and supporters. Man, that’s cold-blooded…and just the right moment to set the stage for a war with Doctor Doom. (Doomwar #1)

#2- Extra cool reveal of what exactly Magneto is up to on that secluded mountaintop— especially in light of the great (though contentious) exchange between him and Scott from the last issue. If the guy really is committed about “doing the right thing” this go round, I’d say bringing back Kitty from the deep reaches of space is an excellent start. (Uncanny X-Men #521)

#3- Any part of the story that Victoria Hand is present for is great, and I hope someone finds a nice place for her in the upcoming “Heroic Age.” Her ability and willingness to step hard to Osborn whenever he starts teetering on the edge has been one of the most successful aspects of this entire series. You believe her when she says that she genuinely cares about Norman, and wants to see his agenda succeed, but she’s fully aware that she’s working for a guy who could completely lose his mind at any given moment. Also good to see her smack Moonstone down with little problem. (Dark Avengers #14)

#4- After taking another beating at the hands of Mr. Negative, Spidey ominously points out that Negative was the one to first cross the line and invade the web-slinger’s home—New York. Very cool “empire state of mind” from Mr. Parker. (Amazing Spider-Man #621)

Also read: 100 Bullets, Vol. 7-13…

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