Its been close to a year since I did a Good , Bad and Ugly. But here its closing in on December. So why not. Why not dust off the latest , greatest reads and tell you the stuff that is worth getting. And what is utter crap to avoid. So here we go.
Indestructible Hulk #1 : The Hulk has had some weird situations the past few years. He's been exiled on an alien planet , he's came back and had a ton of other Hulk's happen and now the latest move is to make him join S.H.I.E.L.D . In this latest launch as part of Marvel Now , the company has the Hulk as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The idea isn't as crazy as it sounds as S.H.I.E.L.D director Maria Hill is in a diner , waiting minutes it seems before an official action of the unit. Then in walks Bruce Banner.
Hill is alarmed but Banner tells her he's there for a reason. You see Banner has finally came to the conclusion as he worked on a cure alone for months , that he can't be cured of the Hulk. Its just a sad fact of live but he's gonna have to deal with being the Hulk forever and he finally has came to accept it. Banner also claims that when it came time to save the Universe from the Pheonix Force (read Avengers vs X-Men folks) that no one seemed to give the Hulk any credit. That everyone thanked the genius of Tony Stark and Reed Richard's . Banner wants to show he can be a genius himself and ranks right there with them.
So he offers a tradeoff to help humanity . He will come to work for S.H.I.E.L.D and as himself he will work on inventions and things to help. He offers something he created to Hill to help clean purified water for the Earth. As the Hulk , he will get pointed at a target and go to work destroying it. Because the Hulk can "SMASH" good . Hill is relunctant to take the deal but Banner claims he learned they are moving on the Mad Thinker's base in the small town in minutes. He tells her the Thinker is working on a massive weapon and there could be a lot of lives lost , but the Hulk can go in and save the day with no loss of lives.
Hill debates it and outside she hits Banner with a piece of wood to turn him. Once inside the Mad Thinker's HQ , the Hulk makes quick work of it all. Destroying the weapon . At the end in the rubble Banner lies there after changing back. Hill helps him out and tells him they have a deal.
The comic is very good. Leinil Yu has always been a very good artist and the art here isn't bad. Plus the story is so easy you don't have to read anything of the past. I credit Mark Waid for taking a silly concept ...The Hulk working for S.H.I.E.L.D ....and making it work. If ya get a chance check this one out.
Judge Dredd #1 : Dredd makes his way back to an American comics publisher. Years after the character was in the 80's and 90's Fleetway Comics , and the short lived DC 90's run ; Judge Dredd is now at IDW. The story is basically easy to follow...as we get narration that describes Mega City One. A city of the future that stretches for thousands of miles and has so many levels . The higher the level , the better the living arrangments. Only those poor live below .
The story begins as robots are slowly malfuctioning from doing their tasks. The biggest malfuction is the robotic fruit tree. Which is genetically created to grow fruit countless times. Well suddenly the tree starts exploding with fruit and it starts covering people with it. This shocks them as a group arrive and try to steal. The Judges arrive as Dredd arrests and gives out punishment. Giving one man 20 years for trying to bribe a judge after a sentence. Them as he goes after some punks who have stolen goods , the tree explodes with fruit again.
This helps the punks make their escape as Dredd finally decides that tree needs to go and blows it up. While his fellow judges tend to a fallen one who was shocked by a malfuctioning robot. As Judge gets to a lower level , he finds 3 of the punks have been savagely beheaded. He thinks the 4th one did it as he begs it was a robot. That one gets his head cut off as Dredd vows he's gonna discontinue the entire robot line !
The backup story is more funny as a shop owner has his story being robbed. The female robot he has as security doesn't seem to care to stop anyone and taunts the owner. This leads to her getting to his mind as his friend is trying to steal speaker wires. The owner chokes his friend to death as Dredd arrives and the robot claims she tried to stop the owner. Dredd gives him 20 years in the ice cube for it.
The main story is interesting to read. I wanna see how Dredd handles the malfuctioning robots and who is behind that. I also thought the backup was pretty funny. Its a dark funny story. IDW getting Dredd is pretty cool. The company now has licenses to Dredd , Dr. Who , Star Trek and more.
All-New X-Men #1 : This is a unique comic for the fact ...its the 1st X-Men by Brian Bendis (who has done wonders with Avengers and more) so now he's working on the X-Universe. In this story , it picks right up after the events of Avengers vs X-Men as the X-Men are fractured beyond belief. A house divided the group watches as Scott Summers leads his version of the team : Emma Frost , Magneto and Illyana Rasputin . This team is more like a milita and are saving those who are new mutants with force. A very revolution type talk as well.
After saving another young mutant and telling the world they will save whatever mutants they can , with force if needed ...the other group of Kitty Pryde , Storm , Iceman and Beast realize just how far Summers has went. That Summers is gonna expect them to clash with him and likely is preparing for it. But its what Iceman says to Beast that makes him stop and think. Why not have the past meet the future . So he travels back in time and meets the X-Men from an early age.
"Scott , we have to stop your future self from committing mutant geniocide..." - Beast.
Bendis leaves off on an exciting part. You really wanna see how these young X-Men meet their future selves and see what has changed. Bendis could shock me here. Because he usually struggles writing team books. This could be a very good story and he's also gonna be on the future Uncanny X-Men launching this spring.
Hellblazer #297 : Only 4 more issues to go before sadly the end happens. In this finale to the arc involving his recently found , long lost nephew ...John Constantine has to save him from being trapped in hell. He learns that his nephew has an evil step brother who is practicing magic. The brother as Constantine learns is pretty crazy. Declan has been so angry with jealousy over the years at his brother he's now used some spells to put him there for now.
Constantine goes to his place and is taken by surprise. He at 1st tries to pitch Declan on how he can teach him more magic and be better than he is. But the guy claims he would have done it years ago. He reveals that he's kept his mothers skeleton and her soul trapped in it. The spirit realizing more innocents could be harmed rips into Declan claiming she loved Finn (John's nephew) more and stabs him in the throat. Where she claims that she will never forgive herself for killing her son. That she loved both boys.
John tells her its ok and uses a spell to put her soul at peace. That she's been long over due to head to where her loved ones are and she's no longer trapped by Declan's magic. At the end Finn ends back home he has a nice reunion with his uncle. Who basically tells him its best they don't stay in touch. Later John gets with his departed sister and tells her , Finn is a doctor and successful. He tells Epiphany (his wife) that even Cheryl told him to not go around Finn and fuck his life up. Because with a Constantine that happens.
Its a good end to the story and one where it finished the arc where John Constantine went to hell for his sister. That her wish to find out what happened to her son and the twist he maybe a serial killer was a nice swerve there. I will miss this title a lot.
Batman #14 : "Death of the Family" . The Joker is back....and he's more twisted than ever. In this he's trapped Batman in acid that gave birth to him. Harley Quinn lured him there and finally Bruce manages to escape the acid. At home he learns to his horror , Joker has abducted Alfred ! He shows up at Gordan's home as Gordan goes over how Joker killed 20 of his men so easy . Suddenly Jim gets a papercut and starts bleeding massively . With luck Bruce gets him to a hospital in team as Joker used a chemical to make him bleed.
Nightwing (Dick Grayson) joins him on the roof as he details him about the case. Dick finally makes him stop talking in code as Bruce admits he loves Alfred like a father. But he has to stay calm and think. That he has to get his mind concentrated on what the Joker will do. Bruce believes he's redoing his entire past in a twisted way . He believes the Joker will try and posion the water supply next. Since it fits the pattern. Dick wants to go with him , but Bruce tells him he needs him on what he's doing there.
end of part 1 ...2nd part coming.