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BO'S WEDNESDAY HEADS UP: 041906
"These reviews are based on the Sneak Peek titles sent out by Marvel, DC & Image. 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: WOLVERINE ORIGINS #1
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Daniel Way,  Artist: Steve Dillon

The second Wolverine title begins this week and it shows that Logan is much more dangerous to certain people than we thought. He is back in his brown costume here and the bulk of the issue is a cat and mouse game with SHIELD in the middle of Logan’s need to have a friendly chat with a member of the President’s staff. Way and Dillon tell the story slowly so that we can get a sort of hint of what is going on and add another piece to Logan’s life before bringing back a villain not seen since Frank Miller was on Daredevil. Here we see that Logan has intimate knowledge of the inside of the White House and that he is pretty good with a sword. This title will focus on some but not all of the knowledge that was bestowed on the Canadian at the end of House of M so that learning doesn’t distract on his regular adventures. The title should make perfect use of the particular talents of Dillon because Logan has all the traits that Dillon is good at showing. He’s tense, efficient, grim and when need be capable of destructive action. Dillon is best with this type of character and unsuited for team books. This issue also has the second most striking cover of the week next to the Bite Club offering.

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ANNIHILATION: NOVA #1 (of 4)
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, Artist: Kev Walker

Four days have passed since Nova became the last of his kind and here he wakes up in bad shape but with the computer that runs Zandar talking to him and suggesting something that isn’t really a high priority for him. One of the main things that this event is supposed to accomplish is the upgrade in importance to each of the subjects of the limited series that support it and here we see that Nova is moving farther away from the ‘Green Lantern clone’ status that some have suggested he had. Former Legion writers Abnett and Lanning add layers to the character upgrade his abilities and instill a sense of tragedy that could make the character a lot more interesting as well as a lot less flippant (which gave fans a Spider-Man feel but didn’t fit a cosmic hero). They do know their Nova continuity as well. Drax and his little friend pop up at the end to begin connecting the main players in the major game. Kev Walker began his career in England as like most he has taken a shot at Judge Dredd but when he worked on Exiles you didn’t really see that-here you can see how he handled the character.

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BITE CLUB: VCU #1 (of 4)
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Howard Chaykin/David Tischman, Artist: David Hahn
 

The folks from Bite Club return here (as does cover artist Frank Quitely) with the tale about the police unit that covers crime in the vampire community. The lines of demarcation between crime families, vampires and humans are still intact but that doesn’t mean that vampires aren’t supposed to die like everyone else. Here we begin things with an amazingly brutal crime scene that is quite hurl worthy and that sets the mood for the rest of the issue. The writers dance us from one tightly written scene to another while leaving us trying to catch up to the stories behind the stories but follow the basic rule of police procedurals-keep the story moving and give the audience what they need while holding on tightly to what they want. There is a lot going on in this book so make sure you give it your full attention. Hahn has the perfect style for this. He loves shadows and mood so he fills each page with half looks and angles that enhance the story. There is a major amount of nudity here (as well as realistic language) so if you are the weak willed type then pass this book on by and pick up something gentle like the Power Pack book that also ships this week.

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IRON MAN #7
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Daniel and Charlie Knauf, Artist: Patrick Zircher
 

The monthly (yes I said monthly) adventures of Iron Man resume with the debut issue of the new team of Knauf, Knauf and Zircher. As fans of the Ellis/Granov arc know Tony has experienced a major upgrade and is more connected to his armor than ever and here we see that that may or not have been a good thing. The Knauf’s introduce a series of events that precede the first appearance of Iron Man that result in violent and smoky death before having Tony enter in the middle of a fight with the Crimson Dynamo. The fight shows just how much more powerful Tony is and also shows a personality change that isn’t good at all. His method of defeating the Dynamo is a bit ‘different’ and leads to an appearance of Luke Cage and Captain America that gives us a harbinger of Civil War. We also get a Nick Fury sighting as well as a hint of future badness before the next victim in the murder parade is chosen by the shadowy game players. This is a wonderful story and reminds me a lot of the David Michelinie days but with the added push of modern day spy fiction. The new writing team has signed on for at least a year and from reading their first issue I think their run is going to be much longer than that. I have always been a fan of Zircher and this may become the book that pushes him higher up the food chain.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Captain America #17 finally reveals why Steve Rogers has never been hit with bullets and ties the Crossbones/Sin arc in with what has gone on before…Daredevil #84 somehow things get worse for Matt Murdock and everyone he is in prison with…Nextwave #4 continues the controlled insanity that has made the book hot and tells the bizarre origin of the Captain which proves you can’t just give super powers to anyone…X-Men #185 continues the results of last issue where the team discovered that Gambit became one of the Four Horsemen (and no, he isn’t the Arn Anderson of the group). The issue is mostly a non stop fight with a few changes to what we have seen before (with a few shocks at the end) and is the next to last issue for the Milligan/Larroca team. Larocca is going to change his style after this run which is good because his doing everything has really taken away from his art.

DC ROUND UP…
Justice #5 is beautiful and filled with iconic moments that really wish the thing would come out monthly. The dialogue is dead on to keep pace with the art…Man Bat #1 was one of the first things planned when Bruce Jones signed on at DC and here he begins things with a dark, subtle mystery story with lots of death and appearances by Hush and Batman. The Coffin’s Mike Huddleston does the art here and he gives the book the gloomy tone that it deserves…Manhunter #21 spends most of its time in court where Kate has to defend Dr. Psycho (with a witness on the stand in full costume which couldn’t happen even in fantasy land). Writer Mark Andreyko also introduces future elements in an issue that doesn’t drag at all
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