Thursday, September 20, 2007

Comic Book Wednesday

World War Hulk #4. Hulk smash! Or actually, Hulk make everybody he hates smash each other. Personally, the high of the first two issues has slowly faded into the realization that nothing is really going to change at the end of this. Maybe it's the fact that (because of scheduling) the war is long over in the rest of Marvel continuity, and there seems to be no lingering after-effects. (No mention of the Hulk, either. Hmm.) Or maybe I'm getting bored to death with "nothing will ever be the same again" crossovers which either go nowhere or set up the next crossover. Color me jade, for jaded.

Green Arrow Black Canary Wedding Special #1. Besides asking and answering the question "Why doesn't Amanda Conner draw a regular DC title?" (because her artwork is Kevin Maguire/Adam Hughes good, and along with membership in the JLI, that's the kiss of death in today's DCVerse), this comic delivers a light-hearted wedding-crasher battle royale which is completely undone by a sucker-punch epilogue that left a sour taste in my mouth. I can just imagine the cackles of glee in DC Editorial when this one was pitched. No glee here, though.

Captain America #30. Brubaker closes out the first half of his year-long Death of Captain America arc with another bar-setting high. Tony Stark gets a clue, Sharon Carter gets a test result, The Winter Soldier gets sputniked, and Cap's letter (remember that?) gets revealed, in yet another of Brubaker's perfectly-paced can't-wait-for-the-next-one issues. The first thing I'm going to do when I get home tonight is re-read everything from #1 on up to this one, because it's building like a novel and it deserves to be read like one.

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