THE WEEK (OCT 3-9, 2012)

Reviews
Action Comics #13
(Morrison, Foreman)
The Phantom Stranger makes a guest appearance this month, as well as Krypto: The Super Dog! I’m not sure there’s a big fan base itching for Krypto to be included in the ‘New 52’, but Grant Morrison does, so why not.


Avengers vs. X-Men #12 of 12
(Aaron, Kubert)
It’s the final chapter of Marvel’s half-year-long event that’s going to completely change the landscape of the Marvel universe. Okay, probably not, as Charles Xavier is already dead, we’ve had enough time to process it, and now we just want to see a cool battle between Dark Phoenix Cyclops, The Scarlett Witch, and Hope. Plus, we already know that Cyclops survives from October-December solicits, so what’s the big change going to be? Well at this point, change for change’s sake may not be so ridiculous.


Green Lantern #13
(Johns, Mahnke)
“Rise of the Third Army” is here, at last! Geoff Johns & Co. have been teasing this crossover event for some months now, and while the first Third Army solider was seen last at the end of Green Lantern Annual #1, it’s time for the army to grow. Plus, new Green Lantern Baz makes his first appearance in his costume, and fights the Justice League.

Hawkeye #3
(Fraction, Aja)
Seriously, if you’re not reading this series already, do yourself a favor and pick up the first two issues along with this third. Matt Fraction and David Aja have a clear and distinct vision for Clint Barton, and the first two issues are absolutely some of the best comic book work I’ve read in a long time (on par with Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga). This is about Clint being himself, not an Avenger and not in the public eye. It’s engrossing, relatable, grounded, emotional, and just plain great.

Uncanny X-Force #32
(Remender, Noto)
I finally started reading Uncanny X-Force and now I don’t want to stop. Unfortunately, Rick Remender is stepping off the title he’s taken two years to craft into one of the finest series currently available soon to focus on Uncanny Avengers and Captain America, both of which I’ll be covering here on “The Endless Reel.” The good news is, there’s still a few issues of UXF left with Remender at the wheel, so I’ll be covering these as well.


Leagues Beyond
It’s the debut post of ‘Leagues Beyond’, the column that focuses on Justice League-related titles each week. This first week’s offerings include two Earth 2-based titles, the eponymous series and World’s Finest. I’ll be talking about the formation of the Justice Society as they stand up against Grundy and the military-backed Atom, as well as Power Girl and Huntress’ attempt to get back to Earth 2 via the boom tube that brought them to Earth 1!

Earth 2 #5
(Robinson, Scott)

World’s Finest #5
(Levitz, Perez)



Shadowy Happenings
It’s my first column of ‘Shadowy Happenings’ which covers all the ‘Dark’-related titles DC releases. This week, both Animal Man and Swamp Thing delve into “Rotworld”, each in their respective kingdoms to fight against the Rot and stave off a worldwide decay. In The Phantom Stranger, Dan Didio will introduce us to Raven, a character fans have been clamoring for since the ‘New 52’ relaunch, and the recent subject of Scott Lobdell’s plans for an upcoming Teen Titans spinoff focused on a new team led by Raven herself.

Animal Man #13 – “Rotworld: The Red Kingdom”
(Lemire, Pugh)

Swamp Thing #13 – “Rotworld: The Green Kingdom”
(Snyder, Paquette)

The Phantom Stranger #1
(Didio, Anderson)

Extra! Extra!
4-SENTENCE REVIEWS are no more, as they are being replaced by ‘Extra! Extra!’, the section of titles that don’t get standard reviews and also don’t fall into an specific category of new columns. This isn’t to say that these issues are any less good (or bad, in some cases) than the titles featured under the standard REVIEW header, it just means that I found a way to more eloquently talk about them in four sentences better than I could in four paragraphs. It’s lika a haiku – sometimes creativity comes out of restrictions.

AvX: VS. #6 of 6
(Gillen, Immonen)

Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2 of 4
(Azzarello, Higgins)

The First X-Men #3 of 5
(Adams, Gage)

Stormwatch #13
(Milligan, Conrad)

Uncanny X-Men #19

(Gillen, Garney)
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