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BO'S WEDNESDAY HEADS UP: 051706
"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: X-MEN FAIRY TALES #1 of 4
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: CB Cebulski,  Artist: Sana Takeda

For some reason Marvel though it would be a good idea to retell classic fairy tales (from many nations and cultures) and mix them in with the X-Men. This first installment is inspired by the Japanese tale Momotaro and tells us the story of a young lad who has been born with an abnormal eye. He was abandoned by his parents and washes up into the lives of an old woodcutter and his wife. They raise him (after he cracks himself out of a shell and blasts a hole in the roof with his strange eye) and watch as he grows into a young man (with a peach pit covering that troublesome eye). One day he and his family come across some travelers (guess who?) and from there we have an adventure that is pretty entertaining. The art is lightly colored and highly addictive. Adults will enjoy the story but kids will also think the book is pretty cool.

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MOON KNIGHT #2
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Charlie Hudson, Artist: David Finch

Last issue started with a lot of action before we were shocked by the last page revelation that Marc Spector was in pretty bad shape. He is in a wheelchair in a ratty place that he shares with a statue of Khonshu, the Egyptian God who gave him his powers. It was a major surprise and here in the second issue we see more of the adventures that he had before he got to this pitiful state. Finch is allowed to go to town during a battle sequence between MK and his nemesis, Bushmaster and we see just how brutal the fall was that placed Spector where he is. Hudson reintroduces Crawley to the family as well as Samuels, the butler. In the old days Crawley was a skinny guy with bugs constantly flying around him due to his bathing habits but here as it was he remains an urbane fellow (and bug less) who is quite shocked to see a statue by his crippled friend (who he occasionally calls Jake out of habit). Along with pills he brings word that would seem to be the impetus of Marc’s recovery and as was the case when wolverine regained his memory there are some who want the white suited one to remain on the shelf. It’s hard to say what’s better-the fight or the tautness of the storytelling. This is one hell of a book.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Wolverine: Origins #2 fills us in on the secret history between the Daredevil villain Nuke and Logan. We see here that the flag on Nuke’s head and his first encounter with Logan are connected and see what they both did in the Vietnam War. We are led along nicely and the evil team of Way and Dillon leave us right before some fighting begins…Captain America #18 places Cap in London where he gets himself reacquainted with Union jack and Spitfire as General Lukin and the Red Skull have a chat inside their conjoined head. The Winter Soldier is along to do a good deed while Crossbones and Sin make their way to London…X-Men #186 shows us another new Sentinel model and it shares the name of someone we have seen as part of the support team. The short story that follows shows us that something is happening with Apocalypse that involves the Celestials…Annihilation: Nova #2 gives us some bonding between Drax and Camimi. We see how Nova and the helmet communicate and see that the once happy-go-lucky Rich Ryder is going thru some serious stuff. Also inside is the return of a certain cosmic hero that Joe Quesada thinks needs retooling…Ms. Marvel #3 continues a string of strong issues with the conclusion (of sorts) of her fight with the Brood and the beginning of her comeback as a major heroine (okay, she was never a major heroine but she had her own book so lets give her the benefit of the doubt)…Marvel Adventures: the Avengers #1 is a cool into that adults can also enjoy. The line up here is a mix of X-Men, old members and a new ant like person.

DC ROUND UP…
There was nothing that outstanding in the pile of DC titles that warranted a larger review so here’s what to expect: Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy #2 still doesn’t do anything for me ( I just have never warmed to the character) but I can recognize that the book is done well…Batman: Year 100 #4 arrives and I am amazed the book is selling as well as it did since Paul Pope has more fans who hate him than those that love him…Batman: LODK #205 continues the story began last issue and shows us the man who is trying to drive Gotham insane…Bite Club: VCU #2 if you can believe it has even more nudity than last issue and the story gets better with every element that is introduced…Man-Bat #2 continues the creepy vibe of last issue and has a great sequence with Batman and the new police commissioner…100 Bullets #72 is another classic from a series that never disappoints no matter what the sales numbers are…DMZ #7 tries to answer the shockwaves laid out by the reveal that someone we thought was dead in fact, wasn’t. We also get to meet Matt’s dad and man, if that isn’t fun.

IMAGE ROUND UP…
The Jimmie Robinson Bomb Queen limited series ends this week with the end of the election, some nudity, a giant blue guy and very harsh language. The series wasn’t one of the best things I have read this year but it was entertaining on some level…Fear Agent #4 also arrives and as our hero recovers from his injuries we get a history lesson from the ape like people and an ending that is very bloody…Fell #5 finally appears and here Richard gets to interrogate a suspect in an issue that reminded me a lot of the series Homicide which is a very good thing…Retro Rocket #2 also arrives (most of these books are way late) and it includes a wonderfully drawn aerial battle sequence that should be seen…Rex Mundi #18 is the final issue coming from Image before the book moves over to Dark Horse.
 
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