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Shaun Corley Guest Writer
Published 02-10-06
Graphic By: Julie Brennan
Welcome back to Quick Comic Reviews, Whim's first (and, so far, only) comic book-related column. Each week, I delve in and review its contents. It was pretty slim pickings this week, but that's fine by me, given how large my pull was last week. Grab a Yoo-hoo, folks, and let's roll!

Outsiders (DC): I want to like Judd Winick's writing, but the problem is that it seems like he rarely writes his own books these days. The two that I collect, Green Arrow and Outsiders, have been plagued by fill-in writers (Green Arrow has had two in the past six months). The past two issues of Outsiders have been written by Jan Van Meter, and, while her writing is decent, it's not up to Winick's levels. When the book launched, it was touted as being "not your average team book" and "edgy." Having read the early collections, this was true, but, sadly, it's turned into just what it promised not to be: an average team book. On the bright side, Winick returns next month along with a new direction, so I may stick with it yet.

X-Factor (Marvel): If I had to sum X-Factor up with one word, it would be this: awesome. Of course, seeing as how the series is written by Peter David, it shouldn't come as a surprise. Let me give you some background: Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man (who may have a cameo in X3), opens his own detective agency in Mutant Town, a district of New York City populated by mutants. Joining him in this endeavor are former teammates Guido, Rictor, Siryn and Wolfsbane, as well as M, from Generation X. One problem: the events of "House of M" have left 99 percent of mutants without powers, and X-Factor deals with the fallout from that. Despite this, the book has its lighter moments, such as Rictor walking in on M while she dances around her room, and a witty exchange between Siryn and Guido. This book has been plagued with lateness since its debut late last year, but now seems to be on track.

Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer (DC): I mentioned in my first column that I'm enjoying Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers project immensely, and this issue reinforces that. Each individual Soldiers mini works in its own genre: Klarion was horror, Frankenstein is pulp adventure and Bulleteer is female superheroics. Morrison pokes fun at every cliché surrounding female superheroes, namely the over-sexualization. Fanboys drool over the Bulleteer, and another hero advises her to take advantage of her sexuality. That's the great thing about Seven Soldiers: it works on so many levels. In addition to being a straight-up superhero epic, it serves as commentary on entire aspects of popular culture.

Sentry (Marvel): I remember when the Sentry debuted: he was billed as a "lost creation" of Stan Lee, meant to debut with the rest of the Marvel Universe in the early '60s. Marvel went to great lengths to perpetuate the hoax, even getting Wizard magazine in on it. In reality, the Sentry was the creation of writer Paul Jenkins; his backstory was such that he did debut with the rest of the Marvel characters, but no one remembered him. After the miniseries was over, the Sentry languished in obscurity until Brian Michael Bendis made him a member of the New Avengers, leading to revived interest in the character and this new miniseries. It turns out the Sentry is schizophrenic, agoraphobic and has a yin to his yang: a destructive force called The Void, and now the Sentry's psychiatrist has come face to face with it.

Aquaman (DC): I like Aquaman. There. I said it.

Well, that's it for this week, folks. See you at the comic shop!

Don't tell Shaun Corley what he can't do!

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