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BOOK OF THE WEEK: MYSTERY IN SPACE #1 (of 8)
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Jim Starlin,
Artist:
Starlin/Shane Davis

In a continuing attempt to bring space based comics back on the market by DC and Marvel we get here a new version of Mystery in Space from a man who feels at home out in the cosmos-Jim Starlin. He turned Captain Marvel interesting, created Thanos and turned the creation Him into Adam Warlock so here he takes the character of Captain Comet in an effort to turn him into something. He begins by dropping us in on Comet in the middle of a fight where he has found himself after dying then shows us how he got there. Starlin writes this as a detective story because it is a mystery and drops hints about where the series is going in the following issues. I could have done without the talking dog because he seems to be a canine version of Warlock’s Pip the Troll who existed to get the story over to the readers. Shane Davis draws the Comet part of the issue and his art is dam good here. Starlin draws the second story involving his creation, the Weird. As is the case in the first tale the strange one is reborn as we get the history behind him and his encounters with the JLA. When the Weird was introduced he had a quality about him that suggested that no one except Starlin would ever be able to do anything with him and this story only reinforces that feeling. You just can’t see the lanky, angular character dropping in on the Titans or wandering into Metropolis to see what Superman is doing for dinner. He and Comet will intersect but nor connect with one another here even though they are taking on the same foe. I could see this limited series becoming a recurring event at DC (and not just one to keep the copyright going) but not a regular series because cosmic books tend to burn out pretty fast.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #19 is written by Peter David and involves the monster known as Fin Fang Foom. It’s cute and has an appearance by Stan and Jack as scientists who accidentally unleash the beast…Marvel Team Up #24 is the penultimate (a word I learned from reading comics, kids) issue of the Robert Kirkman series. It ends the Freedom Ring arc and has the new hero (who, yes is gay and no one seems to have an issue with that) take on the Iron Maniac in a long battle sequence that also involves the Avengers. We also get a second short tale that leads us to the end of the title in a month…Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #12 is the middle of the multiple Mysterio arc that has Peter and his students trapped in Pete’s high school. The last page sets up the long awaited explanation of why Mysterio (well, the original one) isn’t dead since we saw him blow his brains out during the Kevin Smith/Joe Quesada Daredevil run…Agents of Atlas #2 (of 6) is just a big ball of fun involving the Atlas heroes. Jeff Parker has the returning heroes get acquainted with one another as we get caught up in their histories while Leonard Kirk dazzles us with his art. The cover is cool as well…Spider-Man: Black & Blue & Read All Over is a tale that takes place before Civil War and is written by Justice’s Jim Krueger. The story revolves around Spider-Man making a deal with J. Jonah Jameson to reveal his identity. We also get a classic tale, a reprint of Amazing #12 in which Peter is unmasked by Doctor Octopus…Beyond #3 (of 6) shows Deathlok in action (and explains how he got there) as the mystery surrounding the not dead Spider-Man is solved. Writer Dwayne McDuffie mixes action with great moments of character development and the art by Scott Kolins is perfect…Uncanny X-Men #478 returns Billy Tan to art after an issue off. Here we get more development on what is going on in the Shi’ar Empire as well as an update on how much damage Vulcan has done. The team stops at a refueling station that has trouble labeled on it but in that trouble we see just how much power Darwin has (Rachel as well). The issue ends with threats within the ship and the introduction of a major pain in the ass for Rachel…X-Men: Phoenix Warsong #1 (of 5) has a cool cover by Mark Silvestri and even cooler interior art by Top Cow’s Tyler Kirkham. The limited series follows up on the events of Greg Pak’s last limited series but focuses here on the girls know as the Sterile Cuckoos. Something is going on with them and it isn’t good. The story is well told and the undercurrent of something bad happening holds us to the end of the issue when things better left buried make their ways back up to the surface.


DC ROUND UP…
Y, the Last Man #49 begins another arc and keeps us up to date with what has gone on before. The issue begins with a fantasy sequence involving Yorick and Beth before he is awakened by the sounds of monkey crap being flung across the room. Here we see what the doctor’s plan is for repopulating the Earth (let’s just say someone will be getting a lot of Father’s Day presents) as alliances are discussed and a whole bunch of stuff happens before a gun comes into play…American Splendor #1 begins the Vertigo run for the Harvey Pekar title. We get a collection of black and white tales involving the life of the cranky creator who was once a staple of the NBC David Letterman show drawn by a variety of artists. The opening tale is the best (and drawn by Ty Templeton) and tells the story of Harvey’s parents but the rest are great as well. I have no idea if this will sell at all but it is different…Jonah Hex #11 is a well drawn tale that guest stars the western character El Diablo. The circus based tale is drawn by David Michael Beck in a smooth fashion…Battler Britton #3 (of 5) is another single issue tale involving the grim and basically unpleasant Britton. What is weird about this limited series is that as you read it you can see the faces of DC’s accountants drop as the sales numbers come in. Don’t get me wrong, the series is great but there is no market for it at all in the states…Manifest Eternity #4 arrives this week and I would be willing to wager that only the creator’s families care…The Next #3 (of 6) marks the halfway point of a limited series that has been collectively rejected by the world at large.

IMAGE ROUND UP…
Jack Staff #11 arrives this week and I didn’t miss him at all…Task Force 1 #3 has the team training and on a mission that shows what members can do. I just cannot warm up to this book no matter how hard I try…Noble Causes #23 begins with some hard sex before delving into the ongoing mystery. We see here what happens when Rusty gets mad which leads to a lot of destruction before we realize he had a plan all along…Emissary #4 gets the book sort of on schedule and has our mysterious one pay a visit to the Pope. Of course the aftermath to that makes certain people all kinds of crazy on many levels. There is another effect but the results of that won’t be discovered until the afterglow of this issue goes away in a month…Sidekick #3 (of 5) is bizarre, funny as hell and sets up a huge fight that will probably make us split our pants laughing…Cross Bronx #1 (of 4) is from the team of Mike Oeming and Ivan Brandon. The limited series involves cops and magic. Once being drawn into the story it’s hard to get it out of your head. Oeming also includes copies of his favorite rejection letters he got when he sent work into Marvel, Mike Baron (during the Nexus days), DC and the closed companies Comico and Malibu.
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