Its 2 days before Christmas and all through my stockings is comics. Did Santa bring me good ones ? Or is it a big lump of coal ? Read on and find out which comics rank in my Good list. Which ones rank in my Bad and which will finally end up on my Ugly list. I am checking my list , reading it twice , gonna find out which comics have been good for me this time.
Punisher #6 : So far one of the most pleasant surprises in recent years , Punisher in the mainstream 616 Universe is actually....good. I mean really good. No cheap stunts to turn him into a monster or anything silly. Just a straight forward book.
The issue begins as Frank Castle has shot a man dead in a diner. The guy worked for the mob group Castle is hunting. The ones behind the Wedding Day massacre. This massacre left a former marine named Rachel , with no one. She of course has started work on hunting down the same mob family. Taking pics from her phone of Norah Winter's notes so far.
The notes lead Rachel and Frank to a cabin in the north where a wild snow is falling. Both never realize they are hunting the same target. Castle outside dresses in white , except for a black skull painted on his jacket. So he can blend in. He drugs some attack dogs and kills people outside , working his way in.
Rachel meanwhile has used deceptive ways to get in and dress for the occasion in black armor. She kills a bunch inside the cabin and waits. Suddenly her and Frank Castle come face to face. The 2 with guns on each other.
This series remains good really. Rucka seems to know what makes Castle tick and its no inner dialogue. In fact Castle himself barely speaks in the issues. In a sense I get from it , Frank is a force of nature and he barely will speak at all. Because he is all action .
Stormwatch #3: DC's latest revamp of Stormwatch has the team's threat level rising. The monster in the Moon is ready to launch an attack on Earth. Harry Tanner , the Eminence of Blades has lied and started data downloading information from the alien . He then grabs a sword and kills the alien creature.
On Earth we see the rest of the half team of Apollo , Midnighter , Martian Manhunter , Adam-One , Projectionist and Jack Hawksmoor . Jack decides to talk to the cities and sits down to speak with the spirits of each city. Paris , Metropolis and Gotham are represented. They detail the creature landing in the mid-west is actually attacking an ancient city that was very glorious at one time.
Apollo realizes the rocks being thrown at Earth will cause damage and goes to help. Still not happy with this group. Meanwhile up in space as he smashes each one , he realizes he's in over his head. A very huge asteroid sized rock is heading towards Earth. Apollo sucks it up and gives it everything he's got , smashing into it full force.
Meanwhile back at Stormwatch HQ , the team is there as Tanner , with Engineer and Quantum arrive. They have to go where this creature is and stop it. Manhunter has blinded locals to its presence and made them leave. Projectionist has made sure the media hasn't reported it , but time is short and the JLA will know soon.
They arrive and do battle but Midnighter realizes , Adam-One isn't using a sound strategy. Jack tries to speak to the ancient city. But the city reacts wrong to him and attacks. The creature is absorbing things and Midnighter's pleas to Adam-One fail as the team is absorbed...he's gonna have to fight the creature alone !
3 is pretty damn awesome. I really will miss Cornell when he leaves this series. Such a shame his final issue is #4. The team all work well. Paul Jenkins will be stepping on at 5 and hopes to stay longer from what he has detailed.
Peanuts #0 : It was about time Charles Schulz's creation of Peanuts came to comics. The strips are still ran in thousands of newspapers even a decade plus after his death. His impact with the Peanuts gang will never go away. So Boom for its kids line has acquired the rights to publish new stories of Peanuts , mixed in with old strips.
The story opens as Charlie Brown is detailing how his dog is strange to Violet. Snoopy's imagination of being several different animals is cute. The scene where he believes he's a bull made me chuckle. But Violet isn't pleased with Charlie Brown's criticism of Snoopy and claims he has no imagination. Charlie claims he does have one and imagines himself doing a lot as Violet dismisses him very harshly .
The scene where he asks Snoopy if he can imagine being an animal with him was a good finish. We then get some classic strips from Schulz where Lisa pulls the ball from Charlie Brown.
The next story is about Woodstock and him needing a new nest. Snoopy carries him around to find a place. Each place doesn't work. One is another nest , but Woodstock is kicked out by the other birds. Another is a swing . Finally Snoopy gets aggravated by Woodstock's complaining and leaves him in a mailbox as that place seems to make Woodstock happy.
The next story is a preview of Linus having Lisa steal and hide his blanket. Him digging holes everywhere. A run down of classic strips where Linus and Snoopy battled over the blanket and destroying his dog house. Also a scene where we see Linus use the blanket as a weapon.
Its a very nice debut and for $1 buck worth getting. I do like how Boom has gotten the rights for this to do. Nice to see Peanuts enter a new comic book era here.
Detective Comics #4 : The conclusion to the Dollmaker arc ends here. Tony Daniel's new twisted rogue has Batman hooked as a puppet on a string , next to other Joker creations with his face. The creations are also on strings but not able to fight as good as Batman who gets free.
72 minutes earlier , Batman helped make Raju , a guy working as a messanger for Penquin talk. He had his methods and learns of where the Dollmaker is likely at and how he plans an auction. Of course later Raju shows up when the Penquin sends him to bid on getting Batman's face.
Elsewhere we see that Gordon is being held prisoner. The girl however claims she isn't as innocent as she claims and led Batman into a trap. Gordon claims he knew this , but he knows Batman . The girl teases she will kill him.
Back to Bruce , he realizes the bonds holding him are actually a Wayne Tech design . No idea how Dollmaker got them for now , but he basically knows how to get free and does. Offering a warning to Penquin for this. Dollmaker realizes his schemes are going up in smoke and scrambles to leave.
His main henchman is ordered to kill Gordon finally. He's acting still strapped to a bed and is over him. Gordon however pulls the hand gun out and demands the goon to drop the knife. Out of nowhere the girl stabs the big bad guy as she details the goon would have killed him. That his gun doesn't have bullets.
Jim tells her she has to come with him. But the girl has been through so much. She claims she's not scared of him , Batman or the Dollmaker. She doesn't care if she dies and the old cop holds her as she breaks down .
Batman is after Dollmaker and believes he's found the car he's getting away in. Instead the car explodes , there inside is 2 made up dummies. Bruce realizes the Dollmaker has escaped him. At the end of the issue the cops debate sending the girl to Arkham for a short stay. That it could turn her out worse to be at that place. They have no choice though.
As the issue ends we see that a "Cult" of people are gathering around the station. They are followers of Joker and want his face. The Joker's face is still being held at GCPD as Bullock can't wait til its gone.
I really loved seeing the issue end with Joker's face in a close up. Very creepy end to that 1st arc. The Dollmaker was a good addition to the rogues gallery and I hope we see Catgirl soon in the next arc by Daniel.
end of part 1...2nd part coming...