The Shopping List 1-5-11

I went to the shop this week thinking Secret Six and Heroes for Hire were coming out.

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Yeah … no matter what Diamond or whomever said, they weren’t this week. So only two books. Luckily, two good ones. These are the hardest reviews to write. There are only so many ways to praise books like these. To paraphrase, “Good books are all the same. Bad books are each bad in their own way.”

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #4 by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung ****

– Solid, on character writing, but I’ve yet to have a “Wow!” moment.

– I’m glad Marvel isn’t worried about where this fits into continuity right now. Who knows, when issue 9 comes out, this could match the status quo. Readers confuse publication dates, reading order and continuity too much. In five years, you can read this story and say “Oh, it’s after House of M.” And that’s all you need. Good.

– I’m glad Cheung is taking his time. Of course, I’ll have to reread eight issues for the finale, but at least it’ll be pretty. Gotta get a sketch from this guy at the next con I see him. Iron Man? Quicksilver?

X-Factor #213X-Factor #213 by Peter David and Valentine De Landro ****

– Barely any action, but still exciting.

– Hate to say it, but the return of Valentine De Landro is a step down from Lupacchino. He’s had a couple months off, so I don’t think this is rushed. His facial shadows are weird.

– The cover for next month shows a gun-toting cowboy Darwin. Stupendous.

Some interesting books coming out this week including the sophomore issue of the new Heroes for Hire and the first issue of Daredevil: Reborn. Let’s hope for the best for our boy Matt Murdock.

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