Thursday, March 30, 2006

In passing...Superman to The Illuminati

X-Statix Presents: Deadgirl #3 (of 5) - This whacky comic features more appearances (by dead characters) than you can shake a stick at. The Piano Player? Is he for real? Anyway, it's a lot of fun and it's all brewing toward a big dead superhero showdown. 8.7/10

All-Star Superman #3 - I'm sure there's enough buzz about this high-profile book to keep anybody occupied, so I won't bore you and repeat what others have to say. It's Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, for God's sake. If the cover alone isn't enough to make you pick it up... 8.6/10

Ultimate Spider-man #92 - Of course Spider-man gets caught up in the X-Men's mess, given who his girlfriend is. I'm just hoping this isn't the excuse Peter's been looking for to avoid another great relationship. It's always fun to see Spidey interact with the mutants and this one doesn't disappoint in that regard. 8/10

New Avengers: The Illuminati - I kind of like the politics in these superhero stories (I'm kind of alone in that I really enjoyed Episode I for its politics), so of course I rather liked this one-shot. The Illuminati is a group of top-notch leaders in the superhero world: Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Professor Xavier, Namor, Mister Fantastic and Blackbolt. They came together to share information and to prevent further catastrophic loss of life in light of the events of The Kree/Skrull War. Surprising was that another person was asked to join the group and declined, and the events that lead for disagreements to arise. That's not to say that it's surprising that there is a divide between those present because, well, it is leading into a crossover dubbed Civil War. I wasn't aware that this story would also lead into Planet Hulk, but that little tidbit folded into the story rather nicely (whether that was originally part of the plan or incorporated into it later). And the preview of Civil War #1 in the back of the issue? Beautiful. But anyways, yes, there were plenty of talking heads in this book, but Bendis has got that down pat. 8.6/10

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