Howdy! Welcome to this week's installment of Quick Comic Reviews. As far as books go, this week was an average haul for me, but I got some really good stuff in it, which I want to talk to you about. Grab your Yoo-hoo, and let's roll!
X-men: Deadly Genesis (Marvel): I developed a theory a little while ago, that I'd like to share with you, regarding the X-men and related books. I see them as a sort of "comfort food." Every time I get back into comics, it seems I flock right back to the X-men. I guess this is so because I've been an X-fan for a long time, and when I pick up an X-book, I know what to expect - I know the characters, their powers, motivations, etc. What does this have to do with Deadly Genesis? The book exemplifies another hallmark of the X-books (and comics in general) - that of the ret-con. A ret-con is when the previously known backstory of a character, event, team, etc. is changed. New faces and events are added. Some fans love it, some hate it. As for me, I don't mind, as long as it's good. I'm pleased to announce that Deadly Genesis falls into the good category. The book reveals that Professor X once recruited a new team of X-men to save the originals, but something went wrong, and he covered the incident up. Now, the current X-men must deal with the fallout of Prof. X's mistake.
Manhunter (DC): Simply put, Manhunter is one of DC's best kept secrets. Every month, writer Mark Andreyko delivers engaging stories with believable protagonistis. In a lot of ways, Manhunter reminds me of my all-time favorite comics - James Robinson and Tony Harris' Starman book of the mid-'90s. Both titles feature a flawed protagonist who takes on the mantle of a classic superhero, and both titles unite a group of heroes with nothing in common save the same name and create a legacy. Manhunter is about Kate Spencer, a district attorney who begins to question the legal system and decides to take matters into her own hands. She cobbles together an outfit and strikes out on patrol. On her very first case, she fatally wounds the villain Copperhead, which attracts the attention of the super-powered community. Beyond just being a superhero comic, the book shows Kate's struggle to balance both careers with being a single mom. I highly recommend this book. Go.
Buy it. Now.
Action Comics (DC): It's been a long time since I cared about the Superman titles (I almost cared during the Azzarello/Lee issues about a year ago, but changed my mind), but now recent events have gotten me to pick the books up again. This month, the books are tied into Infinite Crisis. In the latest issue of that series, the single universe reverted to a multiverse, and the Superman books (along with all other DCU titles this month) are reflecting that. In addition, the story tells the life and times of the Earth-2 Superman, showing his life as well as his view on the current state of the DC Universe.
Runaways (Marvel): Yup, still the best book Marvel publishes and still one of the best books on the stands. Check it
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