Well, so far blogging daily about my comics reading hasn't turned out the way I'd hoped! Last week turned out to be especially hectic. A quick rundown of the week in my comics reading pile:
* X-FORCE 43: Yeah, that's right, from February 1995. Wanna make somethin' of it?
Here's the story. I'm a Deadpool fan, and I learned some years ago that Deadpool debuted in NEW MUTANTS #98. (By number #98, presumably they weren't so new anymore. I can never understand why comics -- and other things -- have "new" in their titles, when inevitably they will not remain new. "AGING MUTANTS"?) So I got that and then decided to read NEW MUTANTS/X-FORCE up to the point where the DEADPOOL series began (dated December 1996) as a prelude to re-reading those great Joe Kelly issues (not to mention the two mini-series). Turns out, though, that Deadpool didn't appear in X-Force all that much. And it also turns out that (surprise, surprise) Marvel wouldn't be content to let you read only one title -- they had to branch Cable out into his own series, and then have crossovers with NEW WARRIORS (there's that "NEW" again) and, of course, the X books. So I've been buying all these crossovers from back issue retailers, as well.
X-FORCE 43 brings us up to the beginning of the AGE OF APOCALYPSE event, during which they stopped publishing all the regular mutant books for FOUR MONTHS while publishing a scad of different books making up a million-part (give or take) series.
OK, the setup to the event was fairly interesting, but come on, I'm on a budget here. I ain't searching out the back issues or the paperbacks. Instead, I got a synopsis on the Web for free!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_Of_Apocalypse
This Wikipedia link has some other decent links listed at the bottom.
* "Five is the Perfect Number": Italian graphic novel. Soon to be discussed on the Deconstructing Comics podcast (http://www.globalcomics.net/podcast
* BLACK PANTHER 11: The best issue of this series since it began, basically. I was about ready to give up on it. I kind of liked the comedic angle. Reggie Hudlin is OK, but I still miss Priest.
* NEW AVENGERS 14: (Again with the NEW business!) This was a good issue. Much of Jessica Drew's story revealed -- and much of Jessica revealed as well, as she lies on an operating table. Not the sexiest of tableaus... drawn by Frank Cho, of course.
* DEFENDERS 2: My usual comics supplier couldn't get this issue for me, and it took me a long time to get around to ordering it from someone else. I wouldn't mind the comic tone of this miniseries, if it were actually... funny. The relationship between Dormammu and his sister is getting tiresome fast.
* THUNDERBOLTS 54: Dated Sept '01, a fateful month, this was a fateful issue, with the "return" of Humus Sapien, a character invented for a Marvel contest 25 years before but never used in a comic until this issue. Fun stuff.
* REVELATIONS 4: I picked up this Dark Horse miniseries because it was on the cover of Previews and looked interesting. Written by Paul Jenkins, drawn by Humberto Ramos. But it hasn't quite lived up to expectations... or rather, it's lived up to expectations EXCESSIVELY, because it's so predictable. As soon as the character Lucy appeared (in #2, if memory serves), it was utterly predictable that she and main character Charlie Northern would do the nasty before the series was over, and sure enough, issue 4, there they are, gettin' it on. But with virtually no actual emotion shown by either of them. They just seemed like friends who were discussing the murder case and suddenly, shagtime. There's a dimension that's just somehow missing from this whole series.
* CAPTAIN AMERICA 13: I had pretty much given up on Cap, but Marvel's hype that Ed Brubaker's run would be good sounded convincing, and it was right. This is one of Marvel's best titles at the moment. It's genuinely interesting. Certainly beats the crap out of "Spider-Man: The Other".
Today, I'm in post-Apocalypse X-land with CABLE 21. I'm continuing to slog toward DEADPOOL #1, but I'm now wishing I had just started re-reading DEADPOOL years ago! On the other hand, re-reading those Joe Kelly issues deserves a big buildup.