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BO'S WEDNESDAY HEADS UP: 052406
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BOOK OF THE WEEK: NEGATIVE BURN #1
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Various,  Artist: Various

The fine folks at Desperado (by way of Image) after missing their deadlines on early issues of the Negative Burn collections realized that it made more sense to issue quarterly books than tag them to seasons so here we see the first installment of a regular book. The issue is a mixed bad with work from creators Brian Bolland, Phil Hester, the Goon’s Eric Powell, comedian Patton Oswalt (w/Girls’ Jonathan Luna), Greg Ruth and Matthew Smith. Oswalt starts things off with a cute tale that is also a commentary on the education level in this and other countries but he tosses in some aliens to make the tale even better. The Bolland offering is a single page one about waiting and yes, it does move but you have to pay attention to the last panel to see that. Matt Smith’s take on memory and relationships stands out here on a few levels. Hester goes back to his horror roots with his story and his art takes on a blocky quality needed for the story. We even get a giant seagull story from a guy named Will Volley that is more absurd than scary but somehow it is effective. The best story in the book involves a fan trying to get a sketch from the legend Moebius at a convention and shows how some fans need to learn things the hard way and it is from the team of Mark Askwith and R.G. Taylor. Back in the day when Burn did this all the time something like this was actually the norm. You would get a collection of short stories from creators that had either just started or felt like doing something different from what they were doing at the big two. This isn’t unique anymore but it shows that something like this can work as opposed to what DC was doing with Solo where the choices of creators there seemed too arbitrary and pointless in half the cases.

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LOVELESS #7
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Artist: Danijel Zezelj

The high quality book Loveless has two main characters, Wes Cutter and his wife, Ruth and this issue tells us how Ruth came to be the way she is. Azzarello starts things off with Ruth pausing at a stream for a drink of water and that takes us back to another part of her life before the war. We see that during that point in time she had hard decisions to make as her husband did and get a clue as to why she was dressed as a man when we first saw her in #1. We also learn more about Wes’ brother Johnny who was at home while Wes was off supposedly dying during the war. Our trip down memory lane leads to a final sex scene that shows us that Ruth is a woman of many passions and isn’t afraid of dealing with them as they arrive. We get a great sense here of the bond between the couple. The compelling Marcelo Frusin cover sums up the story quite well.

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X-FACTOR #7
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Peter David, Artist: Ariel Olivetti

This single-issue story contains many moments that will play out over the months to come and when you sum all of them up you get a damn good piece of work. David teases us with a repeat of the cover image of Madrox falling out of a window after being tossed out when a meeting with his competition, Singularity Investigations doesn’t go well before setting up just how that came to be. We also see just how Siryn is doing after her beating and get a visit from Scott Summers with some bad news that gets a reaction that must be read to be believed (but makes sense in comic world). That thread pops up around the meeting and there we meet the head of the company (and see his son again) to add even more intrigue to the soup. Each page is a treasure and the art here is by Ariel Olivetti but you wouldn’t know it from looking at it. There is generally stiffness to his work (look at the All New Atom covers and see if you can sense even a hint of movement) but here I had to keep looking back at the credits to make sure that this was he. Due to next issue bringing in Civil War (and Quicksilver) we can assume that most of what we see here will be placed on the back burner but that means the book will take us through the year and keep us on our toes.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Daredevil #85 if there is anyone who dropped this book after Bendis/Maleev left I must question their sanity. This book is still one of the best comics on the market and where else can you see Matt Murdock, Frank Castle and the Kingpin all sharing quality time? As to the new Daredevil well we see him but are no closer to finding out who he is but learn that he has a connection to a lawyer...Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family is a good story that reinforces the bond between the team on a regular day that results in a tragedy that can be fixed. The book also contains a reprint of the John Byrne classic Childhood’s End that shows us an adult Franklin and why he will become the most powerful mutant ever...Iron Man #8 is the second installment of Execute Program contains more deaths from the list seen last issue and as we read we see that something is really wrong with Tony Stark. Even though this really isn’t tied into Civil War the clues are all over the place. Now as to the image on the last page I think we shouldn’t believe everything we see but it could all be possible …Ghost Rider’s Clayton Crain draws Sensational Spider-Man #26 and man, does his art make this story more scary…New Excalibur #7 shows us another side of Juggernaut in an issue loaded with fights…Annihilation: Ronan #2 lets killers do what they do best-kill people with big knives and not worry about it…Exiles #81 starts the end of the ‘World Tour’ with a visit to the Heroes Reborn world.


DC ROUND UP…
In Hellblazer #220 Constantine makes a bad mistake (again) and his making up for that should get us thru the next two issues. The Denise Mina/Leonardo Manco team is making a strong case to continue as the regular team. I know he is sticking around but she hasn’t decided to with her novel commitments….Testament #6 looks at Adam & Eve but with a lot more nudity …Skye Runner #2 seems to be trying to give us more cleavage than an issue of Gent. The story does move along and we get the first mention of the title but breasts seem to be what the creative team is trying to get over…the American Way #4 deals with social issues and people with huge unwieldy axes seem to be able to get their point across mush better than by simply talking things out…I like Paul Gulacy art more than anybody but Stuart Moore’s story in JSA: Classified is taking way to long to get anywhere

IMAGE ROUND UP…
Loaded Bible with the subtitle Jesus vs. Vampires and yes, that’s what this one shot is. Devil’s Due’s Tim Seeley writes this somewhat entertaining romp but he is seriously hampered by the weak art. There is already a follow-up planned so maybe he can get someone better for that one…The Last Christmas #1 is funny and profane so even though a kid may seem interested keep them away from it and enjoy it after they go to sleep.
 
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