Even in a short stack week RU can't shut up about comic books.
X-Factor #210, Vertigo Resurrected #1, Kick-Ass 2 #1, DMZ #58, Fables #99, and Hellblazer #272
X-Factor #210 – A nice respite from, in my opinion, a boring Norse / Vegas storyline. Maybe if I weren't reading Thor and Avengers Prime X-factor's adventures with the Norse pantheon would be interesting, but as it stands I just don't care. I have never really liked Rictor, Shatterstar can do better, but even I feel bad for him with Rahne's lie.
Vertigo Resurrected #1 – I will not go as far as to say that this book is worth the $8 cover price (thank you DCBS!) but I will say that unlike most books with multiple stories with multiple creators, Vertigo Resurrected is mostly phenomenal. "Shoot" (the Banned Hellblazer 'Columbine' story), "New Toys", "Nosh and Barry and Eddie and Joe", "Diagnosis" (with beautiful art by Tim Sale), and "Resolve" all stand out as quality stories I would have been happy to own as single issues. The only real disappointment is Willingham's unfunny and not clever at all "It Takes a Village." I cannot, in good conscience, tell you to spend $8 on this comic, but if you can get it for $5 or less, yes pick this up.
Kick-Ass 2 #1 – Wow, did I read this and not care at all about anything going on by the end of the issue. I can't even say that I will read the trade in 2 years when this limited series is finished
DMZ #58 – This issue right here is a perfect example of why I love this book. To reconnect with a character, Decade Later, who we only met in a previous run of stand alones two years ago is not only a good way of telling us how much time has past, but also it rewards the reader for their loyalty. Two more issues until the final storyline begins, and I for one, although sad that this phenomenal book is ending, cannot wait to see what Wood has in store for us and Matt.
Fables #99 – It is safe to say that 2009-2010 has not been the best time in Fable's history, but with issue 98 and now 99, I am confident that Fables is back, or at the very lest, on its way back to its former glory. This issue set up perfectly not only 100's event, but also a future story were the North Wind and Bigby are finally going to have a "talk."
Hellblazer #272 – I have read all 272 issues of Hellblazer and countless other limited series with the HB name and I can say with no trepidation that I can count on 2 fingers the number of times this book has been better than it is now, and even I'd admit that those two runs (Ellis and Ennis) might just hold special places in my heart and are not actually better than what Milligan is doing. If you have never read Hellblazer go find "Scab," the first trade in Milligan's run, and keep going.
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Written or Contributed by: Chip Chipeprson