Sunday, December 31, 2006

In Passing...Astonishing X-Men to Nextwave

Astonishing X-Men #19
Joss Whedon & John Cassaday

Whedon and Cassaday begin their final storyarc, picking things up immediately from where the events left off in the previous issue, with the X-Men whisked away by S.W.O.R.D. toward the Breakworld. It's a lot of set-up and dialogue this time around, but the dialogue is so witty and smart, and the character's struggles are so interesting, that it's really hard to mind the lack of action with the storytelling at such a high level of quality. Plus, I think these are some of the best pages we've seen from Cassaday thus far, particularly in the opening sequence. A

Jack of Fables #6
Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges & Steve Leialoha

A new story begins in Jack of Fables in wake of the big jail break, which has Jack relaying a story to a captive audience, about when he had borrowed the Ice Queen's powers to become Jack Frost. It's kind of a silly story so far, and not particularly interesting, but it's nice to get a glimpse of the Ice Queen's former naivety and warmth, as it were. B-

Crossing Midnight #2
Mike Carey & Jim Fern

I really enjoy Fern's art on this series and it's a pretty interesting supernatural mystery so far. It gets a little wacky at times, but so far it's proving to be a really fun book. It has kind of the same flavor as Carey's last Vertigo book Lucifer, although it's not quite at that level. B

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #11
Warren Ellis & Stuart Immonen

The second-to-last issue of Nextwave sees the crazy cast infiltrating the Beyond Corporation's big factory in the sky. It's a lot of splash pages...and I mean, a lot of splash pages, illustrating the group's progress through the factory as they battle their way through hordes of zaney opponents. Fun as ever. B

Everybody have a happy, safe New Year!

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