Tuesday, December 13, 2005

This Week's Releases: December 14, 2005

When I head to 2005 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award Winning Night Flight Comics tomorrow, there will be no Infinite Crisis. It's been a month, and it's a little worrisome to see a slip in dates for this project ... especially since it doesn't show on next week's list, either.

So what will I be buying? Andy Diggle's Punisher Christmas special, for sure. Dan Slott's GLX Christmas special, too. And Paul Dini's Jingle Belle Christmas special, as well. That's a whole lot of Christmas specials, and I love Christmas specials, but the book that really catches my eye is 192 pages of The Best Of The Spirit for a very reasonable price. I've read bits and pieces of Eisner's most popular work, but this will be a great chance to wade hip-deep. There's also a Brian Wood two-fecta of Local and DMZ, but while Demo converted me fully to the Brian Wood Bandwagon ... Eisner wins.

X-Factor will probably wait until I hear some reaction online, as it could go either way. On the "plus" side, you have Ryan Sook and PAD ... on the "minus" side, you have the "DeciMation" nonsense and PAD. I thought PAD's run on X-Factor was classic, but he always walks a fine line between "clever" and "too clever".

  • Action Comics #834
  • Best Of The Spirit
  • Captain Atom: Armageddon #3
  • DMZ #2
  • JLA #123
  • Teen Titans #30
  • Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #3
  • GLX-Mas Special
  • Punisher: Silent Night
  • Ultimate Iron Man #5
  • X-Factor #1
  • Jingle Belle: The Fight Before Christmas
  • Local #2



Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

If you enjoyed the Madrox mini - which I loved, belatedly, in TPB - then I think you'll like X-Factor #1, which is effectively Madrox #6, post-House of M. I liked it a lot, though I have to say I prefer Raimondi's art just a bit more than Sook's.

Only real concern is the presence of Bendis' little deus ex machina, Layla Miller, which isn't really delved into in the first issue, but she's still like a killer bee buzzing around the family picnic. You never know.

Mark Fossen said...

I did not read Madrox - it was before my time/after my time. I did read a lot of his original run on X-Factor, though.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Not much before your time. I believe it came out (or finished) earlier this year. The TPB definitely did. I recommend it highly.