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"These reviews are based on the Sneak Peek titles sent out by Marvel & DC. It's not everything that's shipping for the week, but it is a real good cross-section of this weeks releases. Check the bottom of the page (after you read my reviews) for a link to some SNEAKY PEEKIES of future titles"
BOOK OF THE WEEK: SGT.ROCK the PROPHECY #1
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer/Artist: Joe Kubert

Comic book legend Joe Kubert returns to comics after his collaboration with Brian Azzarello with the first issue of The Prophecy, a new Sgt. Rock tale. Beginning with a cover that seems to have been done with one of his famous sons (although it is impossible to determine who since the name is obscured) this limited series involves Rock and Easy Company in a 1943 Lithuanian village called Vilnus. Joe starts us off by introducing, of all things, a dog. Easy parachutes in and once all are accounted for the mission is discussed. The village is in the middle of the Russia/Germany conflict and they have been sent there to retrieve something and get it out of harmís way. There is a dry almost world weary feeling around the company with men there just to do a job with limited and terse conversation between them. The company encounters their contact, gets into a professionally fought battle and yes, encounters the dog. Their contact and the people he works with are grim and have been through a lot. They do things that Easy have a slight problem with but it is always hammered in that this is their country and only they know what they have been thru. Kubert gives us another well done battle and then we get to the place the Company needs to get to and see what the Ďpackageí is that they have to deliver. We donít get a front view but see that the Ďpackageí is a woman who may or may not be pregnant. The issue moves swiftly and is told with great professionalism. Kubertís art is much smoother than it was when I was ignoring his work when I was younger and he was in his prime, or maybe his prime is now. I do question DCís decision to make this a limited series since his fan following consists of older readers more likely to buy a hardcover or trade instead of a limited series. This project, like it or not, has a very limited appeal. It isnít an X-book or involved in any way with Infinite Crisis but is very well done.

MSRP:  $2.99
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KNIGHTS 4 #26
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Artist: Valentine DeLandro

This review will be a little weird because it is the second part of a story arc but when the book was dropped in my lap someone didnít realize that until it was too late (Editor's note: That would be me) so go with me here and pretend you have read the first issue. Valeria Richards isnít feeling well and as we begin this issue she is being examined by Doctor Strange (yes, he appears in something else this week). It seems that she had been temporarily possessed but she is fine now. There are some weird magical occurrences taking place here though and one of them is the return of Salemís Seven, last seen in New Salem around the time that Agatha Harkness and Nicholas Scratch died. It seems that the Seven want to bring someone back from the dead (again an amazing coincidence this week, huh?) and to stop them the Four have to go to the mansion that Agatha lived in. Since we are dealing with magic you would assume that Strange would go and help but unfortunately he is trapped at home with a spell so the Four are on their own. We learn something once they are out of the mansion that bears an important part in the issueís conclusion but before we get there we get a well paced battle sequence as the Four get to the mansion before the ultimate plan is revealed and the group finds itself in a pretty bad spot. Plot and dialogue are Aguirre-Sacacaís strong point so the issue is well laid out with little drops of humor laced in with his tight story. The artwork is decent but not incredibly spectacular. DeLandro has a good sense of placement but his art on occasion looks slight and awkward. His cover, however, is damn good.

MSRP:  $2.99
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X-STATIC PRESENTS: DEADGIRL #1
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
 Peter Milligan, Artist: Nick Dragotta/Mike Allred
 

There is a warm feeling in the heart around the Marvel offices about X-Statix. The book never sold in incredible numbers but they were steady and the readership was pretty loyal. It also did well with the college market and in mainstream bookstores so it isnít much of a surprise that the team would be brought back for this limited series. Well, actually the main character here is Dead Girl and she is needed to save the world from zombie characters from the Marvel universe. Our twisted tale begins years back with the discovery of what is left of an obscure villain by a couple of kids during the Vietnam era. The kids come across the body and have a damn interesting conversation about the limitations of being a super villain. The next thing we know there is this guy rummaging thru a massive trash pile where he finds what he needs to make a name for himself. The book then goes to Dr.Strangeís mansion where we encounter a much different version of the Strange we know. He is questioning himself and seems to be suffering from a painful ailment that even his magic canít cure. Thru magic he sees that something isnít right in Hell and then we see that this guy we saw rummaging thru trash has found something that can revive dead characters. With his band of revived ones (including an X-Statix member) the villains head towards the UN where they have a grievance to file. Doc is brought to them to talk and their demand is pretty simple-they want to return to life. Needless to say things donít go well and Doc needs to return to the mansion to do some research. He realizes he will need some help and we finally see Dead Girl on the last page along with some other long dead females. Once you read this you understand why Marvel has an appreciation for the concept. Itís witty and pokes fun at Marvel conventions as well as life itself. Stephen Strange here is confident, confused, suave and somewhat snarky at the same time. The Ďdeadí villains are fully aware of Marvel history and wonít accept that some Marvel characters can return from the dead and some canít. This project will do well in the trade market and entertain folks for years to come.

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