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Reads of the Week 10/28/09

Every week I read a lot of comics; some to stay informed for my job at CBR (so many of the books I mention here will be Marvel ones), some for pleasure, and some for both. Usually what happens is there will be some average reads, some good reads, and possibly even a bad read or two. Generally though there’s at least one or two books that stand out as being the best of the bunch. So to celebrate and pay tributes to those books I’m kicking off what I hope will be a weekly feature, Reads of the week.

Unfortunately I’m kicking off this feature during a week that saw a lot of good stuff come out. So deciding on just one or two books will be difficult but here goes:

Honorable Mentions: “Fantastic Four” #572, “Secret Warriors” #9, “Necrosha X”, “Incredible Hercules” #137


“Dark Reign: The List-Punisher”

Writer: Rick Remender

Artist: John RomitaJr,

23_dark_reign__the_list___punisher_1I’ve been a fan of the Punisher since I was about 10-11 years old. I’ve read every series the character has starred in. The MAX and Marvel Knights versions of the character are incredibly compelling, but I also think the Punisher of the Marvel Universe is pretty damn interesting too. And I have yet to read a better Marvel Universe take on the Punisher than the current series.

Rick Remender gets that what makes the Punisher interesting and unique in a world of superheroes and supervillains is his background as a soldier. He kicked off the series not by having the Punisher fight super crime but by having him go to war with it. And to make things even more interesting he armed the Punisher with some of the most fantastic and dangerous devices in the Marvel Universe.

Going to war against super crime meant trying to topple Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign. And in “TheList-Punisher” Remender brings Frank’s year-long crusade against Osborn to its logical conclusion. “The List-Punisher” is a brutal, violent, exciting, powerful, and even poignant story about standing tall in the face of impossible odds.  I won’t spoil the story by saying how it ends but readers of the special did get a hint about where Remender is taking the series and it looks quite interesting

And if the story wasn’t enough “The List-Punisher” featured the art work of  John Romita Jr (whose depiction of the Punisher is second only to Mike Zeck).  Plus for my money nobody draws New York better than John Romita jr. The end rooftop fight scene of “The List-Punisher” has to be seen to be believed

Die Hard Year One #2

062909_diehard2-jockWriter: Howard Chaykin

Artist: Stephen Thompson

I’m a huge fan of the first “Die Hard” movie. I think it’s one of the greatest action movies of all time. I enjoy the later installments in the series as well but not as much. They’re fun, but none of them hold a candle to the original and as the series progressed it got more and more cartoony. So the present-day adventures of John McClane aren’t as interesting to me as the past.

That’s why I got very excited when I heard about Boom! Studios ongoing “Die Hard: Year One” series, which takes you back to 1976, John McClane’s first year as a New York City cop. And to make things even better Howard Chaykin was writing it.  Chaykin knows how to write crime and action incredibly well. I’d read a cop book set on the mean streets of NYC circa 1976  by Chayking even if it didn’t star John McClane.

So I had high hopes for the first issue of the series and was a little bit disappointed. The first issue was all about introducing readers to a young John McClane and an eclectic cast of characters that will become embroiled in his first adventure, which is happening on America’s bicentennial July 4th, 1976. With the second issue though the pace picks up and you start to see where Chaykin is going with this first story.  Lots of threads develop and come together and it’s hinted that the arc might climax with explosive action set piece on the crowded yacht of the third richest man in the world.  This issue had quite a bit of set up but it did what the best comics do, make me eagerly anticipate the next issue

Stephen Thompson also did nice job with the art. I see hints of Michael Lark in his work, and Lark is one of my favorite artists.

Categories: Reads of the Week
  1. Judith Richards
    November 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I hope others find this blog site…great reviews…and good to see you giving your personal opinion rather than just reporting an interview

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