I had a fun filled day off yesterday starting with an early morning fishing trip with my friend Neil and ending with a big family BBQ. I posted a picture on the Silver Snail Ottawa Facebook page of the lunker that I caught. Neil caught the smallest fish of the day when a perch got hooked on his lure. The lure was bigger than the perch.
My brother Kelly hosted a BBQ at his place and relatives from Hong Kong and Holland were there as well as the Jee Gang. There must have been over 50 people there and enough food to feed 100. We took home leftovers that will last us the week.
The Amazing Spider-Man movie got good reviews by the Silver Snail Ottawa staff. I will see it eventually. Penny and I saw Brave last week and Pixar is batting 1000 for making me cry at their movies.
The Infernal Man-Thing #1 – Marvel dug this old story up from the muck that is their inventory stacks to present a 3-issue mini about the shambling empathetic swamp creature. W-Steve “Howard the Duck” Gerber returns froot loop Brian Lazarus to the swamp where I’m sure someone will burn at the Man-Thing’s touch eventually. A-Kevin Nowlan provides beautiful painted art and I like his more man than thing take on Man-Thing. This story is a sequel to “Death Cry of a Dead Man” from Man-Thing #12 from 1974 and Marvel kindly reprints it here for much needed context.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1 – I was not expecting much from this 6-issue mini based on W-Len Wein and A-Jae Lee as the creative team. Len is an old school writer in his sixties and I was not impressed by Jae’s work in Dark Towers. They really surprised me with this origin story. This is the fifth Before Watchmen mini to hit the racks and it’s by far my favourite. You get a hefty chunk of story and the art is gorgeous.
Hero Worship #1 – Avatar is known for its bloody gore books like Crossed, Feral and Stitched. I read the first Crossed mini because it was written by Garth Ennis but I passed on the others after flipping through the first issues and recoiling from the explicit violence. Here we have a super hero book that impressed me a lot. Ws- Zak Penn and Scott Murphy present the life of fanboy Adam Robeson and the object of his obsession, the super hero Zenith. A-Michael Dipascale matches Jae Lee’s work in Ozymandias for beauty. What happens to Adam at the end of this issue guarantees me reading the next one.
AVX #7 – Namor is pissed. Imperious Rex!
Earth 2 #3 – Hawkgirl and the Flash get acquainted as the origin of the Green Lantern concludes. This issue also sees the birth of the villain, even though it’s a Wednesday and not a Monday.
Thief of Thieves #4 – Alright Redmond, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do. Now I’ve got “The Sting” theme song by Marvin Hamlisch playing in my head. I can’t wait to find out how the double cross turns into a triple cross.
X-Factor #239 – It’s the fight of the Banshees as Theresa comes face to face with the real thing from her homeland. Earplugs required. Meanwhile Strong Guy confesses his feelings for Monet. That’s not going to end well.
Ninjettes #5 – This is the very short careers of the school girl uniform wearing assassins. I don’t really need to read the next issue because I know what happens when this trio meets Jennifer Blood but I will anyways.
Lone Ranger #7 – W-Ande Parks and A-Esteve Polls flash back to a time before Tonto partnered up with the Lone Ranger. I got a feeling of foreboding that something tragic is going to happen.
The Boys #68 – I don’t really get what Butcher is up to even though Wee Hughie lays it all out in this issue. All I know is that W-Garth Ennis is retiring this team with extreme prejudice. I guessed what happened to Mother’s Milk but I was still sad.
Creator Owned Heroes #2 – I liked the article about the evolution of comic books by W-Steve Bunche.
Morning Glories #20 – This issue actually cleared up some stuff for me.
Epic Kill #3 – A&W-Raffaele Ienco made me wonder if he was Canadian because of all the maple leaves that he draws. Yes he is.
Amazing Spider-Man #689 – I like the evil Dr. Connors. The old Doc Connors was a milquetoast.
Fairest #5 – It’s an epic battle between the Snow Queen and Hadeon the Destroyer, who is a lot hotter than that big metal galoot in Thor.
Wolverine #310 – I skipped all the issues in my “to read” box to enjoy this “Sabretooth Reborn” story by W-Jeph Loeb with beautiful art by Simones Bianchi and Peruzzi, I’m going to call them the Simone Sisters. The only back story you need to know is that Logan killed Sabretooth and Romulus brought him back to life. Oh, and Wolverine and Sabretooth hate each other with a passion.
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