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9/23/09 -- Chappy's Blue Plate Specials -- le spoils!!

Written by chap22 on Wednesday, September 23 2009 and posted in Reviews

Fresh off a two-week hiatus, the Blue Plates triumphantly return! {nomultithumb}


bn-superman2.jpgBlackest Night: Superman #2
As a guy who wasn't all that impressed by issue 1, this was MUCH better. Supes and Superboy battle BL Kal-L, BL Lois talks trash to Ma Kent, Kara faces her dear ol' dad, and BL Psycho-Pirate is wreaking havoc on the streets of Smallville. Pretty much non-stop action this issue, and a sense of dread as you begin to wonder how can even the S-family stop these zombies? Robinson and Barrows deliver here, and I have to admit that as utterly ridiculous as the final page image and dialogue is, I found it to also be equally awesome in its ridiculousness, as good ol' Ma is about to open up a fresh can on somebody. I liked it.


ff571.jpgFantastic Four #571
More goodness from the new team here, as we're again Reed-centric, but get just enough cameos from the rest of the family to show that Hickman gets what they're about. Johnny and Franklin are especially funny, and Reed and Sue's discussion is letter-perfect; loving and sweet without falling into sappy or clichéd. As for the story, the Council shows Reed the good, the bad, he takes 'em both and there he has the facts he needs to decide whether to continue as a superhero or join the Council and "solve everything." Upon another flashback to his childhood, he makes his decision, just in time for the Council to be attacked by the Celestials.

I still can't quite get used to Eaglesham's buff Reed, but other than that the art is gorgeous, the story seems a bit predictable but still pops right along, and the characterization and dialogue is great. FF is immediately a must-read for me again. I loved it.


guardians18.jpgGuardians of the Galaxy #18
Running out of ways to lavish praise on this book. We return our focus to Star-Lord's bunch, who are falling through time, running into various incarnations of the future GotG, and finding themselves all a bit changed by the experience (Mantis, Bug and Cosmo are de-aged, Quill is REAL aged, etc). There's not much progress here on the Fault or the ongoing Warlock/Magus stuff, but it doesn't really matter b/c the book still rockets along with action, humor, and a great sense of fun. The art by Craig is cartoony and some won't like it, but I think it's a great style for this part of the story (as the book appears to be alternating issues between the two ongoing plots at the moment) and brings energy and fun to the less-important-seeming aspect of the book at current. All in all, as usual, I loved it.


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