After months and months of huge pulls, I've noticed that they're getting smaller and smaller. This week was probably the smallest I've had in weeks. I didn't mind, really, as it gave me a chance to catch my breath, so to speak. Next week begins DC's One Year Later storyline, in which all DCU books jump ahead a year in terms of story. Some sound quite interesting, so I've added a few new books to my pull. I'll review them more than likely. OK, enough rambling. Grab your Yoo-hoo, and let's get going!
Warlord (DC): I plead ignorance on much of the story of the Warlord character. I knew the basics: he was originally Air Force pilot Travis Morgan whose plane went down over the Arctic and found himself in the other dimensional world of Skartaris. It was conceived in the '70s by artist/writer Mike Grell as DC's answer to Marvel's popular Conan book. After the mid-'80s, the character went into obscurity, showing up here and there. Now, DC has blown the dust off the character and re-interpreted him for our times. Warlord is written by Bruce Jones, who is my favorite Incredible Hulk writer after Peter David. The story was decent, although this book looks like it's going to fall victim to Jones' slow pacing. The art is provided by Bart Sears, who is normally a penciller whose work I enjoy, but this time it just didn't do anything for me. Despite these qualms, I'm intrigued enough to stick around and see how it develops.
Astonishing X-men (Marvel): The return of one of the best books of last year. The flagship of Marvel X-men line, it's written by Joss Whedon (the guy who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and pencilled by John Cassady. During their run last year, Whedon and Cassady introduced a plot-line in which Emma Frost, a former bad girl who turned good, was working for someone other than Xavier. Their identity was left a secret at the conclusion of the run, but now they stand revealed: The Hellfire Club, whom Emma ran with in the '80s. In recent years, they had lost their bite, but now they seek to reassert themselves. Whedon's fondness for these character is obvious, and I maintain that it's Whedon who should have wrote and directed X3.
Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy (DC): A few weeks ago, I lamented that there was a lack of diversity in modern comics (or at least the mainstream ones). Yet now, it seems that DC is working to correct this problem: in the past year, they've given us westerns (Jonah Hex and Loveless), sword and sorcery (Warlord) and now war. Sgt. Rock has been around since the '50s (my dad read his exploits when he was a kid) and has been used off and on since the '70s. Any revival is usually blessed to have artist Joe Kubert at the helm, and this new mini series is no exception. The story goes like this: Rock and Easy Company must escort a man some believe to be the Jewish Messiah out of Eastern Europe and to America. Of course, they're running afoul of Nazis. It's always a treat to see Kubert (who's in his 70s at least) pencil a book, as he's one of the artists who helped develop the war comics genre.
Don't tell Shaun Corley what he can't do!