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  COMIC REVIEWS FOR THE MONTH OF: JUNE 2002
  SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #1 (Of 4)
Writer: Kevin Smith  Artist: Terry Dotson
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics,   Shipped On: 062602
MSRP: .$2.99 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
MARVEL'S SYNOPSIS:
The mysterious disappearance of an old friend brings Felicia Hardy to the Big Apple in search of answers. But, as luck would have it, a certain web-slinger -- who also happens to be her ex-lover -- is following the same trail! How long will it take before they do some... catching up?
BO'S REVIEW:
You heard Kevin Smith talk about it on the Tonight Show and here it is-the next big thing in comics. Smith begins the issue with a death and then revs things into overdrive.

A young woman found in a dumpster was apparently a friend of former Black Cat Felicia Hardy, now a citizen in the City of Angels. She doesn't do the costume thing anymore but when a friend calls about a mutual missing friend she decides to pack it and take it with her to New York.
 
Smith brings Spidey in by way of having one of his student's die so we meet him swinging around the city looking for clues. After apprehending a guy driving Starsky & Hutch's old ride he gets a lead that crashes him into his old girlfriend and introduces us to the ruthless Mister Brownstone.
  JIST WITH WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN
Writer: Stan Lee, Michael Uslan  Artist: Walt Simonson
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: DC Comics,   Shipped On: 062602
MSRP: .$5.95 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
DC'S SYNOPSIS:
The penultimate JUST IMAGINE... one-shot introduces an incredible new hero, courtesy of living legend Stan Lee and artist Walter Simonson (ORION, Thor)! When Earth is menaced by a "coma plague" dooming humanity to eternal sleep, only the newly chosen hero of the Dream Realm - the Sandman - can offer any hope. But will astronaut Larry Wilton be up to the challenge? Plus, an "On the Street" backup illustrated by Richard Corben.
BO'S REVIEW:
As we move toward the conclusion of JIST the art keeps getting better and better. This time around comics legend Walt Simonson helps Stan deconstruct DC in his image.
 
This version of Sandman is an astronaut we meet while he's drifting in space. When he was a kid he dreamed of a world with beautiful maidens and demons and after falling through the power giving green mist he ends up there. The maiden tells him he's the new Sandman but by way of some lame dialogue we see that he doesn't take any of this seriously until he has to. The villain of the series, Reverend Daark is involved in this somehow and Stan is finally making all this tie together.

The Crisis storyline is also introduced during the issue and in a short Richard Corben story that steals liberally from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  CAPTAIN AMERICA #3
Writer: John Ney Rieber  Artist: Chris Bachalo
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics,   Shipped On: 062602
MSRP: .$2.99 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
MARVEL'S SYNOPSIS:
With hundreds of people held hostage in a small town, Captain America must make a fateful decision -- one that will forever change his role in the world!
BO'S REVIEW:
Tons of things go down during this issue that will change the dynamic of the team as well as the team's existence. Guest penciller Chris Bachalo inks his pencils for the very first time which when combined with Dave Stewart's exquisite colors makes him welcome back any time.
 
Steve Rogers' quest to free the captives of the pseudo Bin Laden in the town of Centerville ends with this striking issue. When we last left Cap he was surrounded by weapon bearing children and here we watch him reluctantly take them on.

John Ney Reiber continues the device of letting us read what Cap is thinking while action sprouts up all around him, which gives us a more complete picture of the man. The children he fights are damaged both physically and emotionally, Cap realizes this but they're also dangerous; thus making it a 2 pronged battle.

After dealing with them he moves towards the church where Reiber shows us that the townspeople aren't completely innocent of the crimes they have been accused of. There is, of course, a final fight that has a shocking ending. This sets up one of those famous Captain America speeches that leads us into another shock that seems to be part of a new policy at Marvel.
 
John Cassaday's art is so detailed it will make you cry with the turning of each page. The coloring of Dave Stewart stands out here as well. It's like he's using colors that no one has ever used before.
  JSA #37
Writers: David S. Goyer & Geoff Johns  Artist: Leonard Kirk
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: DC Comics,   Shipped On: 061902
MSRP: .$2.50 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
DC'S SYNOPSIS:
An extra-sized issue features the dramatic conclusion to the 5-part "Stealing Thunder!" Johnny Thunder has caught the wrong end of a Marvel-ous fury, and the world must cope with the repercussions of Ultra-Humanite's mad dream. The JSA learns the hard way that to stop the Ultra-Humanite, the ultimate price must be paid.
BO'S REVIEW:
The story is tight and loaded with jokes so funny you may lose control of yourself when you read it. The art by the husband and wife team of Terry and Rachel Dodson is beautiful and makes you wonder why they never got a shot at Spidey when they were at Marvel years ago. The "Steal-ing Thunder" story arc concludes with some changes to one of the team's members and more additions to the team. Last issue ended with the Thunderbolt being separated from the ruler of the new world the Ultra-Humanite; unfortunately this action screwed up Johnny and returned him to his actual age. While most of the team comforts him while Sand, Icicle and the new Crimson Avenger track down Humanite's body to capture him.

Writers David Goyer and Geoff Johns wrap things up in a bow that's a little too tight but the events of the last few pages are pretty cool. Two new members join the team while Sand visits Icicle to see if he's really reformed. The regular team of Leonard Kirk and Keith Champagne do a damn fine job illustrating the arc.
 
Former Starman penciller Peter Snejberg contributes a short story about Crimson Avenger that picks up on a thread seen in the main story. It seems she has a new target for vengeance and this person is a team veteran. She looks to be a very interesting addition to the team.

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