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"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: O.C.T. #1 (of 4)
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Ms,  Artist: Bh

This book is co-written and created by actress Rosario Dawson and if you didn’t know she was a comic fan then you do now. OCT stands for Occult Task Force and here we see a lead who looks amazingly like the actress get recruited to the special unit. The unit apparently recruits from the police force and when we enter the book she has arrived at a crime in progress before meeting some of the unit members who get her suspended and tell her to bug off. The photo-realistic art really moves the story along and we enter a world where strange things happen but why they do is handled by the unit. In case we wonder what the unit is all about there is a huge portion at the end to catch us up and lets us know things that our new heroine has no clue about. You can see that there is a possible movie here but it works better as a comic so maybe it will stay that way. With a collaboration you never know who did what so I can’t say that Dawson has a future in writing comics but perhaps has luck finding a partner who is damn good at it.
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UNCANNY X-MEN #475
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Artist: Billy Tan
The aftermath to X-Men: Deadly Genesis begins here with the debut of the new creative team of Brubaker and Tan and man, this book rocks. If you haven’t read that limited series then move along because I have to spoil it to review this. We discovered that there was another Summers brother, Vulcan and his existence was kept a secret by Xavier who after House of M regained the ability to walk but has no powers. When the limited series ended Vulcan was making a path to space where he could confront the Shi’ar empire and continue his Tazz like path of rage. This first issue shows how this incarnation of the team is formed and sets them off in a stolen ship to stop Vulcan. Brubaker does the time bending thing and shows how Charles assembles the team while hitting all the reasons why he wants them. It’s an eclectic mix of old and new that should create a good dynamic when the battles start and also when the team has some down time. This is all connected to the last addition to the team Polaris who is being hunted down in Egypt. The art by Tan is amazingly detailed and powerful but you get the sense of that from the wraparound cover he gives the issue. He handles the quiet moment here as well as the action sequences and this could be the book that puts him over the top after he kind of stalled out when he showed up at Top Cow.
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MARVEL ROUND UP…
New Excalibur #9 brings in Scott Kolins for a story that tells us what has happened to Chamber after M Day. He is much worse off than he was last time we saw him (during Weapon X which was written by the same writer Frank Tieri) but here his status changes and we are left in anticipation for the next move from villains we have seen before. The cover has nothing at all to do with the story so don’t worry over it…Kid Colt and Arizona Girl has the two encounter a strange town and shoot a whole lot of people. The gem of the issue is a tale of the Philadelphia Filly drawn to perfection by David Williams and we also get three Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers westerns to wrap things up…Marvel Team Up #22 continues the Freedom Ring story. Here the evil Tony Stark gets loose and ties up loose ends from Robert Kirkman’s Captain America arc prior to the Avengers breaking up the first time before turning into the Iron Maniac. We also watch as Freedom Ring recovers in the hospital…Last Planet Standing ends and I still haven’t read a single issue so no comment works for me….Incredible Hulk #96 begins the Anarchy arc of Planet Hulk. Hulk and his friends are being hunted but the question posed here is which side has monsters? There is some bonding here and history given in an issue that has enough battles to keep us interested…Franklin Richards Super Summer Spectacular is goofy fun involving a master plan to be a sports hero that gets Franklin in even more trouble…Beyond #1 (of 6) takes a bunch of heroes and places them in an unusual place. The issue begins with burial and a question to as what has happened then writer Dwayne McDuffie and Scott Kolins get to have fun with the heroes and villains taken into space to compete and fight. The ending is pretty shocking even though we know that it couldn’t possibly happen and the dialogue is arch and funny as hell when it needs to be.

DC ROUND UP…
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atman: Secrets #5 (of 5) concludes the Sam Kieth limited series that dazzled the Keith fans and turned off the rest of fandom. We learn here what the secret was that reporter Mooley Williams and Bruce Wayne shared and witness an actual discussion between Batman and the Joker…Jonah Hex #9 is drawn by the veteran Tony DeZuniga. The single issue story involves revenge and a little girl. Something happens here that you would never expect and the issue is pretty cool…Justice League Unlimited #23 is okay but not written for me so I am not that concerned about it…Manifest Eternity #2 would be a lot better if artist Dustin Nguyen went back to his old style. The light and airy look he seems to be affecting takes too much away from the Scott Lobdell story. If this isn’t a movie pitch that he couldn’t sell I will be shocked because you can see all the signs that it is…Skye Runner #3 continues the saga of a girl with big breasts saving the world that she lives in. We add the studly male the Green Knight here and there is a lot of talking amongst the cheesecake art. This book shouldn’t work but somehow it does…Battler Britton #1 (of 4) is another in a series of British properties that DC picked up to see if American audiences would be interested. The creative team here is Garth Ennis and Point Blank’s Colin Wilson. Battler is a British fighter pilot and his division has been merged with some of our boys as the fight against the Nazi’s continues. It’s great looking and a pleasure to read but I don’t have any belief that it will sell a lick.

IMAGE ROUND UP…
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igtale #4 (of 4) has no appeal to me and I have a hard time wondering just who the target audience is for when you ship out a black and white title for $2.99 and expect people to pay for it even though no one has heard of the creator.
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