Surprisingly, it wasn’t one of those Marvel belt buckles that are being advertised in every issue. The inappropriate belt buckle I speak of is of course the one R-Red Arrow is shown sporting on the cover of Justice League of America #4. Decked out in what will assumedly be his costume in the near future, the hero formerly known as Arsenal (until Hal Jordan kept accidentally calling him Roy in front of the villains) is shown sporting a nice big “G” belt buckle. Did DC let Michael Turner think he was drawing Green Arrow, or can he just not draw “R”s? Judging by his inability to draw people to accurate proportions, it might actually be the latter.
Line of the Week- Battle Pope’s former landlady (who I’m sure has a name but I’m too lazy to look it up), Battle Pope #12
Just in time for the holidays!
“Speaking of tight asses, do me a favor and point Santa to my bedroom sometime. I want to see the size of his candy cane.”
Artist of the Week/Image Jean-Claude Van Doom Was too Lazy to Scan of the Week- Darwyn Cooke, The Spirit #1
For the second week in a row, Jean-Claude Van Doom named not only my favorite artist of the week in his “Worst to First” reviews, but my favorite panel from the issue. Technically a splash page in this case. Enjoy:
Pun of the Week- Green Lantern Corps # 7
What do you call the black ops division of the Green Lantern Corps? The division that’s not afraid to get its hands dirty should the need arise? The Green Lantern Corpse, of course.
X-Factor is always a great book. The dialogue is great, and even without an overarching storyline to build upon, it delivers a great story. This issue does turn out to be the introduction to a Hydra storyline, or possibly a Madrox-reabsorbs-his-dupes storyline, but for the most part it’s just the cast talking to each other about what’s going on in their lives. Fallen Angel, on the other hand, is packed to the brim with storyline. There’s the continuing storyline with Jude, we check back in on Sachs and Violens, and there may or may not be drug-induced vampires roaming the streets of Bette Noire. And while Wonder Man was an ugly, ugly book, I wouldn’t have made it through the whole thing if the writing was enough to hold it together.