Threat Level Wednesday - Kindt trips out Spidey, Hickman kills a god, and Zub helps out Halloweeners! ~ What'cha Reading?

Threat Level Wednesday – Kindt trips out Spidey, Hickman kills a god, and Zub helps out Halloweeners!

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Marvel:

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Marvel Knights: Spiderman
$3.99
w. Matt Kindt
a. Marco Rudy

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Why?: Because, coincidentally, I have been buying everything Kindt writes (dudes, this guy is everywhere), and have been very impressed with his work so far. And this my friend, is over the top!  Kindt spins a tale from Spidey’s past (I’m assuming, I know this MK stuff is non continuity, but its got an old Madame Web in it and it is Peter Parker so….) where Parker is trying to make ends meet by taking some side pop photography gigs and ends up at a creepy house for a family portrait job.
The story jumps right too it, as Parker is warned of the Riddle of 99 Problems (and not one Jay-Z reference) by Madame  Web, just as he’s caught in an explosion, poisoned by the Jack O Lantern, hallucinates page after page of villains battles, from Man Wolf to Morbius , Frankenstein’s Monster (amazingly rendered in a Wrightson-esque homage by Rudy) to the Beetle and Arcade. The art is as trippy as the story is, running the gamut from photo-realistic to downright psychedelic, which I think has a lot to do with the colorist, Val Staples, work. This is a must read for Spidey fans and a good dose of Peter Parker if you’ve been missing him.

5 out of 5 Space Monkeys

DC:

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Detective Comics #24
$3.99
w. John Layman
a. Jason Fabok

Why?:
Because this Wrath arc was interrupted by last month’s Villains issues, and I’ve been dying for this final chapter in the first New 52 appearance of one of my favorite one hit wonder villains. The Anti Batman known as Wrath is exposed, but not before the trap he laid for the GCPD goes into effect. His personal vendetta with the police reaches a deadly point, when all of the new high-tech bullet proof vests his alter ego donated to the GCPD  are booby-trapped, and with the touch of a button he incapacitates 90% of the force. Can Batman save Gotham’s boys in blue?  Hell yeah he can! Layman writes a damn good Batman story, with Fabok backing him up on art, you really can’t lose. Fabok’s art continues to evolve issue after issue, from good artist to excellent storyteller over the past few years, and I suspect we’ll see him on a crossover or event book sometime in the near future.

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

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Forever Evil #2
$3.99
w. Geoff Johns
a. David Finch

Why?:

Sorry need a minute. My mind is still boggled by how good this issue was. The conquest of Earth is pretty much done, and the Crime Syndicate rules. Their claim to have killed the Justice League still seems to hold true, as the world burns under an eclipsed sun, and our heroes are nowhere in sight (until the very last page that is, and then its just 2 and 1/2 of them) This issue has some really cool tidbits in it, as we learn more about the syndicate (they were running from something when they came to our earth), they have a hostage from their home world (who Owlman and Superwoman really want dead, but Ultraman wants alive) , someone is expecting a child (who will definitely be a badddd baby) and Lex Luthor is putting together a team to take out the Crime Syndicate, and his first member is a Villain’s month flashback, as Lex activates Subject B-Zero !(say it slowww). Also Lex gets a helper named Otis (anyone old enough to get that?)…. For about five minutes.

5 out of 5 Space Monkeys

Independent:

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Shadowman #11
Valiant Comics
$3.99
w. Jim Zub
a. Miguel Sepulveda

Why:?

Because it’s a Halloween Special, and that is the only freaking holiday that should get a special in the comic book world… Christmas?(or Holiday.. Whatever!)..,  always sappy or sad, no action..blecch..Valentine’s Day?.. Even worse… But Halloween… Always a good special with Halloween as a back drop. And no character screams Halloween Special more than Shadowman. Jim Zub captures the essence of the character, using guest star Dr. Mirage as plot device to build a perfect primer for newcomers. Sepulveda’s art is dark, yet vibrant when necessary, perfect for a New Orleans Halloween. A perfect one shot.
And it comes with a mask variant! You can be Shadowman for Halloween !

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4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

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God is Dead #2
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$3.99

w. Jonathan Hickman & Mike Costa
a. Di Amorim

Why?: Because if Hickman is writing it ( or even just co-writing ), I’m reading it.
Remember those ancient deities from different pantheons who returned to earth to rule again last issue? Well they get pretty pissed when you hit them with a nuke! After a few examples are made, more and more humans fall in line to worship to worship their new old gods. But can the tenuous treaty held by the various pantheons hold?.. Not if the Norse have anything to say about it. Check this book out, it looks like is gonna be fun ride…

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4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

Last Weeks Surprise Pick

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Sex Criminals #1
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$3.99
w. Matt Fraction
a. Chip Zdarsky

Why?:
Because I thoroughly enjoy an original concept, and Fraction knocks it out of the park with this one. When a young girls experiences her first orgasm and discovers a unique ability (gonna try my best not to spoil this, because you have to go out, buy it and read it), she’s not sure if its real, something she should worry about, or if something similar happens to everyone. With a dead father and drunk mother, she’s not getting any answers at home, and any attempt to find out elsewhere leads to one embarrassing situation after the next.
Until she meets a guy in college with the same power, and, judging by the flash forward framing sequences, the two get themselves in some big trouble. Like SWAT team trouble. Grab this book and enjoy….

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

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About Author

Trained by the Four-Color wizard, Hagan, in all things comic-booky, young Robert took to the streets of New York, dragging his large bespectacled head from comic shop to comic shop, absorbing, learning… knowing…. Until a very delayed pubescent spurt in his early thirties when the tumescent lump of comic knowledge burst forth, rupturing into nonsensical rants about Jack Kirby, superhero related tattoos, questionable cosplay activities, worshiping Jim Starlin as a prophet, and courting the young lady working in his local comic shop. Now he is just mad…roaming the streets late at night while walking his dog, plotting and preparing to unleash more comic-booky goodness on an unsuspecting world. He likes bread. The food. He thinks the band is crap. *Hey wanna freak Bob out? Come follow him on twitter (@dyrewolf1218), he's totally new to it and suspects it may be black magic...* - Chuck the editor monkey

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