Bagged And Boarded: Vol. 1, No. 2

What Joe read from June 30th’s releases:

ACTION COMICS #890
Written by PAUL CORNELL, Art by PETE WOODS, Colored by BRIAN BUCCELLATO, Lettered by SAL CIPRIANO, Edited by MATT IDELSON
Remember when Superman starred in Action Comics? I’m not sure I do and, really, it doesn’t matter anymore because Paul Cornell has given us the true star of the Superman Universe, Lex Luthor. Not only that, but Cornell gives us a Luthor that is one cold, calculating son of a bitch. He may also be about two steps on the other side of insane (Luthor, not Cornell). Ridding the Earth of Superman has long been Luthor’s goal, but it seems he has discovered a means to an end when he recently possessed an Orange Lantern ring. The ring may be gone, but the greed still seems to remain as Lexie has decided he very much wants another ring and the power that comes with it. And he’s decided he needs a Black Lantern ring. Surely he knows this isn’t going to end well? He quest slowly moves forward as he is interrupted by trivial matters such as ordering the death of an employee who dared to tell him no, late-night dalliances with his own Lois Lane android (told you he might be a bit nutty. Still talking about Luthor and not Cornell) and getting kidnapped by a group of mercenaries being controlled by…Mr. Mind. A six foot tall Mr. Mind. That wears people like a coat. Yeah, I take that back, Cornell may just be a bit barking mad.

FLASH #3
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, Colored by BRAD ANDERSON, Lettered by ROB LEIGH, Edited by EDDIE BERGANZA
So, the returned-to-life Captain Boomerang can conjure black light boomerangs that go boom when he throws them and the Flash may have (may will have?) murdered a cop from the future, with the fallen officer’s colleagues, who are from the 25th century and look like the Rogues, determined to arrest the Scarlet Speedster and take him home to stand trial? Yep, definitely a Barry Allen Flash book and most definitely written by Geoff Johns. The story continues to build and get more interesting and, is it just me, or does Francis Manapul just get more and more awesome each issue? All this and two “Flash Facts,” one on how boomerangs work in general and the other on Cap’s new-style BOOMerangs.

GREEN LANTERN #55
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, Pencils by DOUG MAHNKE, Inks by CHRISTIAN ALAMY, TOM NGUYEN, KEITH CHAMPAGNE, DOUG MAHNKE, Colored by RANDY MAYOR w/ GABE ELTAEB, Lettered by NICK J. NAPOLITANO, Edited by EDDIE BERGANZA
I thought things would slow down in this title somewhat after the big Blackest Night hullabaloo, but I should have known better. Johns continues to build mysteries, intrigue and snappy dialogue. Just what the hell is Atrocitus up to, anyway? Is the Red Lantern headed towards a confrontation with the Spectre? And is anyone else worried that Lobo now has a Red Lantern ring in his pocket (and no, he’s never happy to see you)? Great pacing in this story and I think Doug Mahnke was born to draw Lobo. As terrific as the main story is, it may just be upstaged by the six page back-up story, a “Tales of the Red Lantern Corps” featuring the origin of Dex-Starr. Yes, the evil, blodd-spewing cat gets an origin and it actually brought a lump to my throat. Best. Origin. Ever.

ASTONISHING X-MEN #34
Written by WARREN ELLIS, Breakdowns by PHIL JIMENEZ, Finished by ANDY LANNING, Colored by FRANK D’ARMATA, Lettered by VC’s JOE CARAMAGNA, Edited by AXEL ALONSO
Is this book incredibly late or really, really early? Does it even have a set schedule anymore. Whatever, it’s still a great read. I don’t even know what’s going on in the story anymore, but it was pretty cool seeing Beast put Scott in his place. Dr. McCoy basically verbalized what I’ve been thinking, so it was great to see that addressed. The art, of course, is amazing. The Jimenez/Lanning team is approaching Byrne/Austin levels of X-Men art greatness. Still, if this is going to come out with any regularity, I’m going to have to re-read the previous issues of Ellis’ run to remind myself just what the hell is going on.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #607
Written by ED BRUBAKER, Pencils by MITCH BREITWEISER, Inks by BUTCH GUICE w/ MITCH BREITWEISER, Colored by DEAN WHITE w/ ELIZABETH DISMANG, Lettered by VC’s JOE CARAMAGNA, Edited by TOM BREVOORT
Once Steve Rogers returned to the land of the living I was planning on dropping Captain America as I figured there wouldn’t be a whole lot more mystery and intrigue to be had. I should have known better. Suffice it to say, things look to be getting more dire and dangerous for the erstwhile Bucky. Good thing Black Widow has got his back because having Baron Zemo after you is never going to be good for you health.

SECRET AVENGERS #2
Written by ED BRUBAKER, Art by MIKE DEODATO w/ WILL CONRAD, Colored by RAIN BEREDO, Lettered by DAN LANPHEAR, Edited by TOM BREVOORT
Leave it to Ed Brubaker to write the best Avengers book of the franchise’s relaunch. Secret Avengers has the terrifically intimate character stories as well as a burgeoning cosmic-level adventure that comprised some of the Avengers great eras of the past. The eclectic line-up is badass as well. For the longest time I wanted Steve Rogers to return as Captain America, but this new role as the Marvel U’s top cop is way more cooler. Brubaker is to Marvel what Geoff Johns is to DC, in my opinion, and I can’t wait for issue three!

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