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  COMIC REVIEWS FOR THE MONTH OF: MAY 2002
  ORIGIN #6
Writer:  Paul Jenkins  Artist:  Andy Kubert
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics  Shipped On: 052202
MSRP: .$2.95 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
MARVEL'S SYNOPSIS:
Is there more tragedy waiting for Logan or could his Origin actually have a happy ending? Don't miss out on the final chapter that will have people talking for years!
BO'S REVIEW:
CEO/co plotter Bill Jemas wants to do Origin 2 sooner rather than later but Joe Quesada (one of the other co plotters) wants to wait for a while so we must wait to learn how Logan got so feral.
 
When we last left Logan (or James Howlett, as we now know) the man we thought was Logan (Dog) was given the assignment of chasing the missing Logan and Rose down. Rose and Smitty have decided to get married which annoys Logan to no end. This issue has Logan fighting in a cage (just like in the movie) and taking on other members of the mini's supporting cast including the annoying company cook. This story ends badly for one of them and that places Logan out where we see him on the cover.

This series was to have ended in January but some things take longer than others to produce. The art/color team of Andy Kubert and Richard Iscanove move on to the Neil Gaiman mystery project 1602 so if there is a sequel it may not involve them. The techniques the two used was so incredible that Marvel may be willing to wait for them.

Paul Jenkins is still working on Spider-Man but may not be working on Peter Parker much longer. When this was announced Jenkins talked to a friend of mine at last year's Wizard World and he laid out what this series would entail. We now know Logan's real name, where he was born and how old he is, when he first learned about his claws and who his first love was. There are more questions but answers are forthcoming.
  WAY OF THE RAT #1
Writer: Chuck Dixon  Artist: Jeff Johnson
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Crossgen Comics  Shipped On: 051502
MSRP: .$2.95 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
CROSSGEN'S SYNOPSIS:
Beginning a martial arts epic that spans from the back-alleys of a fortress city to the throne room of the Emperor. Join Boon Sai Hong, a common thief, as he steals two artifacts that will challenge him to become the greatest fighter of his age. The beautiful Princess Mai and a talking monkey named Po Po are his only allies as the entire world turns against him.
BO'S REVIEW:
The latest series from Crossgen is the first new title Chuck Dixon has created since leaving DC. The story has some elements of the Top Cow mini No Honor-thief vandalizes something that causes him more trouble than it is worth.
 
Way of the Rat is loosely based on the character of Boon Sai Hong, the basis of the Jackie Chan character in Drunken Master, also seen in Iron Monkey and played by Jet Li in the Once Upon A Time in China trilogy. That character carried an umbrella as a weapon; this one has a talking monkey as a sidekick. The story takes place in a walled city that Boon glides into in order to steal one thing but ends up getting something else instead.
 
That something is a ring and once he places it on his finger he becomes a martial arts master. He also makes himself wanted by a larger number of people including a mysterious woman in white who may want to kill him.
 
Chuck Dixon's story is outstanding and this is the best Jeff Johnson art since his debut many years ago on the cancelled Wonder Man series. This issue also contains extra pages of story as well as biography pages of the entire creative team, which shows you what each member did.
  ULTIMATE X-MEN #18
Writer: Mark Millar  Artist: Adam Kubert
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics  Shipped On: 051502
MSRP: .$2.25 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
MARVEL'S SYNOPSIS:
The students hit Colossus's home turf -- and wait until you see how the steel-skinned strongman handles the visit! Plus: Professor X's biggest secret comes back to haunt him -- with a vengeance!
BO'S REVIEW:
The 'regular' Marvel version of the Proteus saga is one of comics all time classics which placed a major obstacle in Mark Millar's path. In the concluding part of the World Tour he shares with Chris Claremont the tool of Proteus's destruction but does it in a more mundane way. Charles' son, David is inside Betsy (Psylocke) Braddock's body and he uses her to create damage on an Arizonean scale thus creating a world full of death. Millar has him screw with everybody by showing them better versions of their lives. He also shows the team at rest wondering if Charles has been screwing with their minds in order to get them to join the group.
  SPIDERMAN BLUE #1 (of 5)
Writer: Jeph Loeb  Artist: Tim Sale
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics  Shipped On: 050802
MSRP: .$3.50 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
MARVEL'S SYNOPSIS:
Take a bittersweet look at Peter Parker's college career, his first days on the job at the Daily Bugle, and his lethal battles with the Green Goblin! You saw the first five pages in Wizard #126, but now you can feast your eyes on Loeb & Sale's interpretations of Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy and more!
BO'S REVIEW:
Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale's second Marvel project (the third and forth have not been revealed) involves the $200 million plus man-Spidey. The Blue of the title involves a state of mind, not a color prominent in the series. The story revolves around the death of Gwen Stacy and the events that led up to it. We also see that Spidey places a rose on the George Washington Bridge every year on the anniversary of her death. Norman has discovered Peter's identity at that point then had apparently lost his mind soon after. He loses it here by page 10. Pete and Gwen haven't hooked up yet; he has yet to meet MJ and he's about to buy the bike he rode during John Romita Sr.'s tenure on the book.

Tim Sale plays around with panel size a lot here; he uses full page spreads to establish characters, half pagers to convey emotion in a way similar to editing a film. In what could be a homage to Romita he also never shows MJ's face until the moment Pete sees it a few issues down the line.

Loeb moves through his story casually-he knows the history and assumes you know it too so he has fun with it. This is another in a series of incredible Loeb/Sale projects and any self-respecting Spider-fan shouldn't miss this.
  QUEEN & COUNTRY #8
Writer: Greg Rucka  Artist: Leandro Fernandez
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Oni Press   Shipped On: 050802
MSRP: .$2.95 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
ONI'S SYNOPSIS:
Beginning the first monthly-shipping Queen & Country story arc, with a new artist and a whole new playing field for Tara Chace! Following the events in New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001, the world of international intelligence has changed dramatically. The SIS has been following the trails of terrorists for months, seizing their money and shutting down their operations. Word travels through channels, however, that something big is on the way, and Tara must go to Cairo to meet up with the one man who may be the key to stopping the attack.
BO'S REVIEW:
Bill Willingham's last Vertigo project: Proposition Player didn't sell well at all but it at least reminded us who he was. He was the man behind the ultra-popular Elementals series at Comico, the creator of Eros' Ironwood and the father of the comics' swimsuit issue as well as superhero adult comics. The problem with Prop Player was that he didn't draw it; he isn't going to draw any issues of this series either but he chose talented people to do it. Newcomer Lan Medina and comic veteran Steve Leialoha team up here for this story of murder, sex and mayhem involving characters of the fable world.

Willingham has taken Snow White, Prince Charming (who could be called a hoe here), Jack (without a beanstalk) and the rest of the bedtime story folks and landed them in the middle of New York. The citizens don't know this and the fable folks try to keep it that way. They like to take care of their own so when Jack arrives at the offices of the Big Bad (and now chain smoking human) Wolf's office to report the murder of Snow White's sister, Rose Red the adventure begins.

The Willingham story is cool and the art is awesome to look at. Medina gives us some heavily detailed stuff and Leialoha darkens the pages admirably. This could develop into Preacher type sales numbers if you are willing to take a chance on it.
  FABLES #1
Writer: Bill Willingham  Artists: Lan Medina and Steve Leialoha
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: DC/Vertigo Comics,   Shipped On: 050802
MSRP: .$2.50 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
DC/VERTIGO'S SYNOPSIS:
A new VERTIGO series takes a decidedly dark spin on familiar fairy tale characters. Led by Snow White, a reformed Bigby Wolf, and a slew of others, the secret community of Fabletown is adjusting to life among the "mundanes." But this is no fairy tale, and when Snow White's estranged sister, Rose Red, goes missing - her apartment a grizzly, bloody scene - it's up to her sister and Mr. Wolf to find the culprit. But the question remains, will they find Rose intact, or will the cryptic message on her wall come true: "No More Happily Ever After?"
BO'S REVIEW:
Bill Willingham's last Vertigo project: Proposition Player didn't sell well at all but it at least reminded us who he was. He was the man behind the ultra-popular Elementals series at Comico, the creator of Eros' Ironwood and the father of the comics' swimsuit issue as well as superhero adult comics. The problem with Prop Player was that he didn't draw it; he isn't going to draw any issues of this series either but he chose talented people to do it. Newcomer Lan Medina and comic veteran Steve Leialoha team up here for this story of murder, sex and mayhem involving characters of the fable world.

Willingham has taken Snow White, Prince Charming (who could be called a hoe here), Jack (without a beanstalk) and the rest of the bedtime story folks and landed them in the middle of New York. The citizens don't know this and the fable folks try to keep it that way. They like to take care of their own so when Jack arrives at the offices of the Big Bad (and now chain smoking human) Wolf's office to report the murder of Snow White's sister, Rose Red the adventure begins.

The Willingham story is cool and the art is awesome to look at. Medina gives us some heavily detailed stuff and Leialoha darkens the pages admirably. This could develop into Preacher type sales numbers if you are willing to take a chance on it.

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