Double Stack- 4.7.10 & 4.14.10

So it’s snap judgment time in this week’s oversized edition of Stackology…

After the quick entry for last week’s stack, this current week’s set of books includes a couple highly anticipated number one and/or zero issues that I’ll be using to determine my financial involvement with the books going forward. When I had a little more disposable income (and a few less adult responsibilities) I could afford to give books an entire arc to get me properly hooked, but in this The Recession Age, I can only pick up one or two issues, and then make a hasty decision from there. Either I’m totally down with picking it up monthly and possibly re-buying the trades for my permanent collection, or I’m kinda feelin’ it, but it isn’t something I have to have each and every month and will instead buy exclusively in trade, or I could drop it entirely, because either the story or art isn’t immediately grabbing me.

Wish I could go back to the old days when I was swimming in money, but as I’ve mentioned above I have this terrible habit of buying things twice anyway, so I’ve been slashing my monthly budget to the bare minimums. Despite all that, I’m always trying to add a new book or two (or three) to the monthly ranks, and hopefully I’ll be adding at least a couple of the ones premiering below. Let’s see what we got here, shall we?

4.7.10-

KING CITY #7
RED ROBIN #11
NEMESIS: THE IMPOSTERS #2
NEW AVENGERS: LUKE CAGE #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF FATHERS #1
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #34
SHIELD #1
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #12
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11

#1- Hopefully, DC will keep having Ivan Brandon write books about Nemesis, because he’s really great at it. This mini picked up the baton from Final Crisis: Escape, a mind- altering experience that everyone else in the DCU believes only happened within the confines of Tom Tresser’s damaged brain. An assertion which isn’t possibly true (maybe), but makes for some great interactions between Tresser and Batman—one of them a really nice fight when Tom quickly realizes the Batman he’s facing is not the one he knows, because of course Dick Grayson can’t fool a true master of disguise, and the other a really clever fake-out that Tresser pulls to allow his escape. But great character work, and some solid action that allows everyone to look cool at the same time, which is truly an impressive feat. (Nemesis: The Imposters #2)

#2- Fantastic debut issue from Hickman that reveals the secret history of Shield, and its role throughout the ages to ensure that “this is not how the world ends.” And while many of the figures throughout time that have answered the call to heroism are quite notable, the coolest participant is easily Leonardo Da Vinci, who discovers that something is growing inside the sun, then spends eight years building a flying suit and a secret weapon, then puts it on and flies off to meet this dark threat because if he doesn’t do it…who in the fuck will? Awesomeness, and this is before he makes a momentous return in the closing act even. Already my favorite book from Hickman’s rapidly expanding Marvel output. (Shield #1)

4.14.10-

ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #3
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #894
SIEGE YOUNG AVENGERS #1
BLACK WIDOW #1
DAYTRIPPER #5
DOC SAVAGE #1
CHEW #10
BRIGHTEST DAY #0
FLASH #1
SECRET SIX #20
POWERS #4

#1- And here I thought this series was filled with characters I didn’t really care about. Hard to pinpoint a precise favorite here, as there is a ton of it that’s well done, as the spotlight jumps from place to place and offers little vignettes of the resurrected, as they try to understand the central question—why them? No definite answers at this early stage, but the characterizations are razor sharp—whether it’s Captain Boomerang delivering his own Flash Fact, Max Lord pushing his powers to the breaking point, the Manhunter rebuilding Mars, Jason and Ronnie trapped in the Firestorm Matrix together, and Deadman’s powerful vision. Fantastic artwork from Pasarin, as well. Think I’m down with picking this up every two weeks. (Brightest Day #0)

#2- Still don’t understand what the big deal about Barry Allen is, but the scene that launches this debut issue is a great one, packed with a number of fantastic visuals that prove Manapul will be right at home in Central City. Johns is obviously capable of doing great things with this character, regardless of who’s under the mask, and I’m anxious to see even more of Allen’s forensic responsibilities as things develop. Nice cliffhanger, and the two page “trailer” for Johns and Kubert’s Flashpoint was also an unexpected surprise. (The Flash #1)

#3- Catman tells the people that kidnapped his infant son to shove their “deal” up their asses, and that he already knows all that he needs to find them and kill them. And I think he’s telling the truth. (Secret Six #20)

Also read: Spider-Man: Death and Dating, Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One…

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