Its been about 2/3 weeks since I did a Good , the Bad and the Ugly . So in that time I had a birthday , went to Heroes Con , and found Uncanny X-Men #213 yesterday ! For 50 cents baaabbeee. Yep... just one more Uncanny X-Men issue to go (#205) and I'll have me an epic run from #164-current ! Hell yeahh....
But onto the the new stuff. The latest and greatest from Comics.... away...we...go.
SPOILERS AHEAD...MASSIVE DAMN SPOILERS !!
Barack the Barbarian #1: Ok this is basically a silly , parody book built in the style of Conan the Barbarian . But stars the President of the United States as an axe wielding , nice Barbarian who travels to Warshingtun and ends up in battles with the Old Warrior and Red Sarah ! He also meets a campaign strategist who helps him and ends up becoming partners with Hileria . All while the evil Boosh Vizier Harry Burden plot to stop his rise to power !
Its just a funny , silly parody wrote by Larry Hama who did GI Joe and Wolverine for years. The book has attracted a ton of press from Steven Colbert to CNN for the sillyness it does. You can spot Palin , McCain , Hillary and others a mile away. But its the spin in all this that Hama does that makes it funny. Good for a laugh.
Batman #687 : Its very rare a Judd Winick book ends up in the "Good" pile with me. Very....very rare. Because Judd falls into adding sexual tones to his stories that really make me wonder if this is a grown man working on books.
Anyhow , the issue deals with right after FINAL CRISIS. We see Superman and the JLA in the cave handing Dick Grayson the Batman costume. How they felt sad for the fallen comrade. There will be no funeral as Dick explains , he basically said so. Not to draw attention away that Batman is gone.
We see scenes of Grayson as any child would if a parent dies , claim he never thought Bruce would die so soon. He knew in their business he could. But its so sudden and now...he does cry for him. Alfred seems to take it the worst. He never breaks down like Dick does....but he does tell Superman "Have you ever lost a son ?"
At the end debate wages as Grayson wieghs being Batman . In the final pages we see that the Scarecrow is back and terrorizing Gotham. And in that final page we see that Grayson makes the decision that he has to be Batman .
Its a good read and one DC should have scheduled before Morrison's to be honest. And its rare I give Winick a compliment. But here he deserves it for this book. Lets see if he can stay on the good list with me and not do cheap sexual situations and all.
Uncanny X-Men #512 : Beast's science team of the X-Men , Archangel , Dr.Rao , Dr. Nemesis , Madison Jeffries , Psylocke and Dr. Yuriko Tagikuchi get the spotlight in this double-sized issue by Fraction.
The team is intent on solving the mutant birth crisis and decide to travel back to 1906 where Nemesis was born to his parents. They feel blood from the parents of the 1st modern era mutant could help them discover a way to help solve this problem.
While there we see that Bradley's research for a power source has gotten the Hellfire Club intriqued. One member however decides to build a 1906 Sentinal to defend the human race . Nemeis meets his mother and he reveals later near the end...that she dies in childbirth as does his father.
After a mis-understanding and battle , Nemesis gets the blood from them. Which he asks her to bury in the park so they can get them later. He then at the end as we see...goes back 100+ years and helps deliver himself as the doctor .
Its a good story and one that I enjoyed. I'm glad we got it before the big crossover happening soon with the Dark Avengers and all. Uncanny has became a good book under Fraction.
Captain America #600 : This one actually for some came out the 15th on a Monday. And the news media went monkey shit crazy over it. Captain America is on his way back people ! This issue starts the comeback story.
Its a double-sized issue by Brubaker , Waid , Alex Ross and others I may forget. One story by Ross sets the stage. We see Cap ...go from weak 98 pound Steve Rodgers to America's finest soldier in WW 2. Then we get the meet of the issue as its one year later since he fell.
Bucky wants to honor his friend and show up. But they all know Norman Osborn will be on the lookout for em with his band of Avengers. Theres a book memorial to the man happening in the park , and at 1st Norman tries to break it up...but people get pissed. Even if he was a traitor...they loved him. Natasha talks her man and the others from showing in costume to honor Steve. And as a sign of respect...Norman decides to not make a scene there.
Sharon Carter meanwhile is sorta going thru her own issues. She finally remembers that she handed the gun to someone who worked for the Skull and the Doctor. Hunts him down and makes him talk as she finds the gun that killed Captain America ! But she's suprised and we learn that perhaps...Steve didn't die !
The Red Skull hints that it involves the Cosmic Cube in a scene. We see the 50's Cap as well in a scene where he beats some assholes down. We get his origin in a page. Sharon at the end runs to the park and tells Bucky : "He's alive....Steve is alive."
Waid's story is very sweet too. Its about a man who is selling his prized Captain America collection. One he loves and can't answer why to the reporter as its worth millions. We see Stan Lee at an auction for Captain America things. One is dear to him as an old soldier. A picture of Captain America with some army men. Another bids for his police badge as we see a scene of Cap as a cop and this old police Captain as a young officer with Steve Rodgers. Both take their cherished prizes .....Lee with his wife holds her hand as he looks at the picture. No doubt telling her he saved his life. The old captain keeps Rodgers badge in a glass case on his desk.
Then some asshole buys pages of a book Rodgers drew as a comic book artist. He claims he is gonna do a line of books proclaiming Captain America a traitor ! GRRRR...... he rushes back to his comic book company that him and his dad owns intent on making so much . But is shocked...SHOCKED....the man who sold his Cap collection is in fact ...the NEW OWNER ! He claims that their gonna publish Captain America stories of how great and honorable Cap is. There won't be no Captain America :traitor in his company....and slams the door in the assholes face !
Another story features Bernie Rosthenal , Cap's old girlfriend from Brooklyn. How her and Cap became an item and how those who lived in the apartment complex never knew he was Captain America. How he'd travel all the time and once she discovered it.....she couldn't really handle it. How dangerous his life was and worrying. And how saddened she was when she saw him be shot in person.
Whew....its a great anniversy issue . Hopefully you all can find it at your LCS.
End of Part #1.....part #2 coming....