Marvels Project, Mystique come to trade; Rocketeer, Alpha Flight back in comic-book miniseries
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting tie together a lot of Marvel’s Golden Age characters in a compelling story. It’s reminiscent of books like Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ “Marvels” or James Robinson’s “Golden Age.” And given how much I like those books, it’s no surprise I think this one belongs on your bookshelf. While this is exactly the sort of thing I like — right down to the Steve McNiven Captain America and Bucky cover — this has appeal beyond just hardcore comics history buffs.
Issues 1-13 of “Mystique” by Brian K. Vaughan were just released as the Mystique by Brian K. Vaughan Ultimate Collection. A second collection, featuring the Sean McKeever issues, is set for later this summer. Well-written espionage antics with an X-Men flavor; look for more on these books in Friday’s Weekend Look.
Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness 1
Abbey Chase returns, and when she finds a page from the Necronomicon, Ash from Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” and “Army of Darkness” films looks as if he’ll get involved as well. This first issue is mostly setup, mostly involving the “Danger Girl” side of the crossover, but looks to be off to a good start.
Action Comics 901
The Doomsday crossover comes to Action, as the Super-family faces off against the killing machine. Unsurprisingly, no follow up on last issue’s “citizenship” kerfuffle. Still, Paul Cornell’s “Action” looks to remain worth the spot on the pull list.
Kirby Genesis 0
Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, with artist Jack Hebert, team up many of Jack Kirby’s lesser-known — and some until now unknown — characters into one book.
Concluding the X-Men/Spider-Man team up versus Dark Beast and the Lizard. Spider-Man and Emma Frost get in some good dialogue, but this storyline didn’t finish as strongly as it started. Still, Victor Gischler and Chris Bachalo are making the third “X-Men” title an entertaining series.
Brightest Day 24
Brightest Day comes to a finish by returning Swamp Thing to the DC Universe. I was hoping for more complete closure on some of the stories involving Hawkman and Firestorm, but overall Brightest Day was a successful biweekly series from DC.
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