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 HEADS UP FOR THE WEEK OF: 053107

SERIES REVIEW: AFTER THE CAPE #1-3
Comic Review by:
Mike Kurnat

Writer:
Howard Wong & Jim Valentino
Artist: Marco Rudy

Publisher:
Image Comics

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"The premise was great but the execution fell way below expectations."
This three part miniseries started out with flashes but ended with a whimper. The story revolves around Captain G, a gravity controlling superhero, who has fallen hard from grace. His superhero team starts to get fed up with him showing up drunk and not being able to perform his duties and putting the rest of the team in danger. The United Heroes kick him out of the team and the Captain Gís downfall hits new lows. His family also feels his hardships. They live in a dingy apartment and his wife has to work two jobs to put food on the table for their two small children. He turns to a life of petty super-villainy to help his family and give himself a sense of worth. The art style fits the story elements with a staunch contrast of black and white with no other colors making an appearance. When the first issue ended, I was looking forward to some vengeful super battles, which I got, but without a satisfying end. The second issue was a set up issue with the United Heroes finding out about Captain Gís new life of crime right after he gets his family into a new home and tells his wife to quite her jobs. The final issue started and we finally get our confrontation between friends, right and wrong, and ends justifying means. However, the story slows to a halt when there are six straight pages of flashbacks from the first two issues. Itís not like itís a twelve part series or a part two that came years after part one. This was issue three of three. The worst part about the series was the ending. There is no real finally. Which is why I guess it ended with ďThe EndÖ?Ē something thatís always nice to see. The premise was great but the execution fell way below expectations. I canít recommend this book as much as I wanted to like it.

SPIDERMAN FAIRY TALES #1
a Marvel Comics Mini-Series

Comic Review by:
Jim "Good Old JR" Rutkowski
Release Date:
06007

This is a follow-up of sorts to Marvelís previous excursion into Mother Goose land: "X-Men Fairy Tales". From what Iíve read so far, the arachnid version is no better. Iím not exactly sure what audience this is meant for. The book is rated for ages 9 and up. Yet thereís really nothing in here that would ruffle any feathers. The adult readership will shun it because of the style and the kids arenít really interested in fairy tales anymore unfortunately. So what weíre left with is a cipher. The story is a take on Little Red Riding Hood and melds the Spidey mythos rather awkwardly into a very dull mish-mash of clichť and attempts to be witty. The book fails on nearly every level. The art is highly stylized but not very effective or original. The writer C.B. Cebulski never once tries to bend or stretch the original Riding Hood story. It all happens as you remember it except for the fact the Peter Parker and his cast of characters are now involved. This book is like a slice of white bread; untoasted, unbuttered, unjellied. In a word, bland. Somebody pass me some mayo. Stat!

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DC ROUND UPÖ
Countdown #49
More intrigue than events in this issue. The Monitors talk a little bit more about their roles and line up a few of their next targets. We get to see Piper and the Trickster ďprove their loyaltyĒ to the Rogues and Black Adam makes a frightening arrival. Also the book ends with part one of a retelling of the history of the multiverse narrated by the Monitors. Hopefully, we get a little more out of #48.

All-Star Batman and Robin #5
After a year long wait we are treated with a very, very man hating Wonder Woman and the JLA talking about taking down Batman for stealing a kid, Robin. The writing is over the top in some parts but delightfully so in others. The inner monologue of Wonder Woman gets tiresome fast, and thatís not just because Iím a man but itís a hammering blow on the head every time she brings it up. We get it, move on. I do love the more aggressive Batman that acknowledges that he wants criminals to suffer. Next issue we get to see Frank Millerís take on Batgirl, and if history says anything, it should be something unexpected.

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Reviews are based on the Sneak Peek titles sent out by Marvel & Image (DC no longer sends them out). It's not everything that's shipping for the week, but it is a real good cross-section of this weeks releases.

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