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Friday, February 18, 2005

New Comics for 2/16/05

Just a quick post about some of the comics I most enjoyed this week.

Marvel giveth and Marvel taketh away.

RUNAWAYS, by Brian K. Vahghan and Adrian Alphona, returns from hiatus with a brand-new first issue. I'm normally not a big fan of cancelling a comic book and then bringing it back a few months later with a new start. However, if this works to give the book some needed sales boosts so I can keep reading it, then I'm all for it. I always liked the previous series and thought it was one of Marvel's best books, but this new first issue just blew the last series out of the water. Even if you've never read RUNAWAYS before, Vaughan seamlessly incorporates all the needed exposition while throwing in some great plot twists and making me laugh out loud several times. Just great, great stuff.

SHE-HULK exits stage cancelled with issue number 12. All is not lost, however, as we've been promised that eight months down the line this title will relaunch with the same creative team and an all-new first issue. Sound familiar? Writer Dan Slott and artist Paul Pelliter craft a fantastic tale, the culmination of the eleven previous issues while leaving the series open for much more fun in the next incarnation. She-Hulk must find some way to stop an insanely powerful Titania, but there's just one teeny complication: Jennifer Walters can't turn back into She-Hulk so she's got to try and stop Titania using her brains, not her brawn. The whole series, really, has been about Jennifer Walters finding her own inner strength, both physical and mental; seeing that she is as worthy as her emerald alter ego. There was a bad moment there when Awesome Andy, perhaps the breakout character of the last year, was almost written off, but, thank goodness, well I won't spoil it for you.

ASTONISHING X-MEN issue number 8 came out this week also, with words by Joss Whedon and art by John Cassady. As always, the dialogue was fantastic and the art was superlative. I've been really enjoying this series and was swept along by the events of this issue up until the very last panel. That's where they lost me. Well, all right, only until next issue, but the creative teams are going to have to work overtime to make what seems like a very lame idea actually work.


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