THE WEEK (OCT 31-NOV 6, 2012)

FEATURED REVIEW
Aquaman #13
(w) Geoff Johns
(p) Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Even though this issue got pushed back a week, I won’t hold that against it. Aquaman #13 finally wraps up “The Others” and starts on the path toward the “Throne of Atlantis” crossover with Justice League starting in December. While this arc has been fun and interesting, it’s really time for it to be done, especially after having to wait an extra month due to “Zero Month”.

A+X #1

(w) Jeph Loeb, Warren Ellis
(p) Dale Keown
I was planning on making this ‘Marvel NOW!’ title the FEATURED REVIEW of the week before I remembered how difficult it was to pump out five paragraphs of writing focused on two very short stories in the pages of AvX: VS. A+X is basically the same premise – two stories, ten pages each, one Avengers and one X-Man – except this time the Avengers and X-Men are teaming up instead of whooping each other til the cows come home.

Action Comics Annual #1

(w) Sholly Fisch
(p) Cully Hammer
Grant Morrison takes a break and let’s Sholly Fisch – regular back-up story contributor – take a crack at the main tale of Action Comics in this Annual issue. This story apparently takes place directly after the Brainiac events and features a villain known as the Kryptonite Man. Maybe he has some connection to Metallo? Maybe it’s just a completely new character. Only Fisch and DC editorial knows!

AvX: Consequences #2-4

(w) Kieron Gillen
(p) Steve Kurth
I’ve been only somewhat impressed by Kieron Gillen’s AvX: Consequences, mostly because it very much feels like a lot of the happenings in these pages could have easily been integrated into other Marvel titles. Instead, we get a weird anthology series that throws us multiple stories whose only connection is their timeframe. If we connected things like that in the real world, there would be no organization. At all.

Justice League Dark Annual #1
(w) Jeff Lemire
(p) Mikel Janin
It’s the explosive finale to “War for the Books of Magic”! And it guest-stars new JLD team member Frankenstein, as well as Princess Amethyst from Sword of Sorcery! Lemire is such a talent, and adding Frank and Amy into the mix is just a deft move. I love this series the more and more I read it each month.

Swamp Thing Annual #1

(w) Scott Snyder
(p) Becky Cloonan
While this issue doesn’t fit directly into the current “Rotworld: The Green Kingdom” arc, Swamp Thing Annual #1 does give readers an in-depth look at the origin of the rivalry between Swamp Thing and Anton Arcane. Maybe it’s just me, but it often feels like Scott Snyder is just constantly jumping back in time to explain current events. This isn’t bad when done sparingly, but Snyder seems to be over-saturating Swamp Thing with ghosts of the past, as it were, instead of building the character as he is now.

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