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BO'S WEDNESDAY HEADS UP: 030106
"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: MS.MARVEL #1
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Brian Reed,  Artist: Roberto De La Torre

Carol Danvers returns after her appearance in House of M with this 1st issue that begins the move to make her into a major player in the Marvel Universe. The character was introduced as a supporting character way back in the first appearance of Captain Marvel. She gained powers in the 70's leading to her own series of adventures. She became an Avenger, a drunk and changed her name to Warbird (in almost that order). Here we see Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew having lunch at chatting about a recent adventure that had Stilt-Man insult her as she stopped him because honestly she never really made that much of an impression or had a major foe. In an attempt to change all that we see her get an agent/publicist as well as see her follow some flying light that gets her face to face with the Brood in Georgia. And from there we are left to see what she can do about being outnumbered and not passing out over the tightness of her costume. The story is engaging and suggests that the tone will be more serious than in She-Hulk but not Daredevil serious. The cover is from Frank Cho but the interiors are from newcomer De La Torre who shows here that he could be a real big deal for Marvel in 2006.

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BATMAN SECRETS #1(of 5)
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer/Artist:
Sam Keith

The first project of his DC exclusive is a limited series pitting Batman and the Joker against each other for about the 20,000th time. This time around the Joker has a book out and a new sidekick in the form of Deborah Parisi, of the parole board and she is doing the Harley Quinn deal. Now we donít actually know what the secrets are but it seems to have something to do with Bruce Wayne as a child and I hope he isnít going where I think he is. Of course, the art is hyper-exaggerated and Kiethís Joker seems to have a head the size of the big sign outside the new ABC newsroom downtown. His Batman has a small head but massive body and unless you are a fan of his work you arenít buying this anyway. With the upcoming OYL stuff at DC it probably wasnít a great idea to start a Paul Pope Batman limited series and a Kieth mini a week apart so when the sales figures come in DC may have figured out they made a mistake here.

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the PORTENT #1
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer/Artist:
Peter Bergting
 

The latest new Image title is a mystical sword and sorcery one with a strange visitor (Milo) arriving to a wooded town that happens to be populated by the spirits of long dead people. It seems that there had been a happy coexistence between the spirits and the living but nor any more. Milo is watched as he wanders thru the town and basically told to get his business done and then beat it. The hooded, shadowy Milo has been summoned to the realm by a coven (or at least they think so) to defeat an ancient monster who has risen from the depths. He thinks they are full of crap and doesnít believe that he is the Portent but they are pretty sure heís the one even though he sure doesnít act like it. The head of the coven has a daughter named Lin and she has a chat with Milo then decides to come with him on his monster hunt even though it is quite clear he wants nothing to do with her. At issueís end we see the start of his task right before the bridge he is on gets blown up with him already a half length across it. We assume that when next issue ships he will have saved himself but since this is a new book and we know nothing about Bergting we donít know what he is going to do with him. For that reason alone a certain number of fans should return. His art isnít that shiny, flashy stuff that made Image the perpetually late shipping wonders that they are but you can easily follow his story.

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STAR BRAND: UNTOLD TALES OF THE NEW UNIVERSE
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Artist: Javier Pulido

Letís get this out of the way right now-the New Universe (NU) generally sucked. Most of the concepts were lame (football players fighting crime?) but there were gems in the pile of rocks that EIC Jim Shooter came up with. Star Brand was one, Justice and DP7 were the others. For those that forgot the heroes of the NU were created by something called the White Event and the results gave their world the first super heroes and villains they had ever seen. Star Brand eventually blew up Pittsburg and here we get a hint that maybe he may have not been the right choice for the brand and sometimes you need to keep some things secret. The man with the brand was mechanic Ken Connell (and his origin was a Green Lantern rip off) but he wasnít really thrilled to get it. Our story is told by an observer who has been assigned his Earth and investigates when she encounters the Gladiator. Gladiator was also given powers and was using them to destroy communism before he went too far and was tossed out into space by Connell. Our observer thinks she is invisible but it seems that Connell can sense her so he grabs her and gets her to spill about what she does and how many Earths there are. Writer Parker tells the story in a light manner that makes fun of the styles of the NU era (such as Kenís haircut) and comic conventions in general (such as sidekicks). Our tale ends with discovery and a prediction that came true in the Pitt. I wonder if anyone will ever get Gladiator back from space or will he just float there forever? The cover is from someone who drew the title in its heyday (okay, there was no such thing with the NU), John Romita Jr. None of this will have anything to do with the Warren Ellis "nuuniversal" book but think of these stories are like reconnecting with someone you knew in grade school; you kind of remember them but not why you lost contact with them in the first place.

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