Time for some comics catch-ups I think…
Doom Patrol peaked with the Grant Morrison written (and mostly re-created) ‘mature readers’ version in the 90s and various incarnations have come and gone since then. The current run is back in the regular DC Comics world and has shown promise as it has combined some of the best elements from all previous versions dating back to the mid 60s, with another old favourite making a return:
The geeks will love this and I’m hoping this book becomes as great as it should be.
So that’s another run of Manhunter over with again:
The final part of the Manhunter back-up story in whatever Batman comic that was has ended but it will be out in a collected edition soon. Snap up the four existing books in the range if you like your spunky leading ladies and quirky casts.
The Angel comic is still mostly the unpopular ugly brother of the Buffy comic (which has been wildly inconsistent in the last year itself) but the current storylines by Bill ‘Fables’ Willingham have been far less messy than usual:
Dirty telepathic fishie and new floaty thing character that I cannot remember much about!
Marvel have been producing some good comics in the last month, including the long-awaited return of The Young Avengers (in Avengers: The Childrens’ Crusade) by their creators:
There are also superhero fights and that sort of thing, it’s not just scenes of teenage homosexual super-powered romance although that is rather sweet and lovely. Other teenage Avengers are available in the newest Avengers title to launch (that’s alongside Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers and The Childrens’ Crusade): Avengers Academy!
It’s like the 80s again with all these Avenger teams! Rumours abound of another more cosmic team on the way… hopefully not with ruddy foil covers or holographic bullshit. Never again please, comic big cheeses.
Mutant time: Dazzler had a one-shot recently involving her dead-but-now-not-so-dead sister, among other things:
Someone reminded Warren Ellis that he has an unfinished arc of Astonishing X-Men to be getting on with and it was surprisingly good:
X-Factor continued to be probably the most consistently good mutant title:
Severl shits hit numerous fans in a big old crossover and big characters died, limbs were lost, things were changed forever, all that jazz… and then the titles slowed the pace right down to explore their characters, which was a nice bloody change:
No mutant baseball matches were played. Phew.
I’m sure we all have days like that sometimes.