I downloaded a pdf of this book from The Dimestore Distro (all perfectly legal, I assure you--perhap someday I will merit review copies :-). It was a great read and featured strong storytelling by fellow CAG (Comic Book Artist Guild) and great art by Arnie Gordon, and Michael Nelson. This book is faring well in the small press idol competition. Here is the synopisis from the author:
The year is 2025. A burned, mutilated, shrapnel-filled, and left for dead Acker Kinney will awake in a hospital to find his life has changed forever. The war on terror, in which he’s fought since the age of 18 as a medic in the Marines, has left this 43 year old man scarred and short both an arm and career after a roadside bomb took out his unit in the “Badlands” of the Middle East… but this is just the beginning. Once, the concept of good and evil was as simple as which person was pointing the gun. When Acker is attacked by a demon’s minion in the hospital while recovering from his wounds, he is saved by a group of Knights from the Society of the Enlightened. Soon, he will find himself one of them, blessed with countless lifetimes of knowledge and rediscovered powers. The Society, in an eternal conflict with the forces of Den Malignity, an assembly of powerful demons and their minions, must react when the participants on the battlefield grow. Old factions, thought banished in the time of the dark ages, have risen again to claim their rightful place in the world. Which of these factions will side with the Society and which with the Den? The answer will play out across the entire planet and shape its destiny. The schemes of gods, the desires of demons, the powers of nature, myth, and supernatural – all are setting forth to change a world long believed to be the sole dominion of man. This is the world the Society of the Enlightened and her Knights must protect. This is Faction.
The major DC event comes to Smallville and New Krypton in this miniseries. It's no surprise that the Earth 2 Superman rises to wreak havoc on our Superman, Superboy and Krypto. For the record, I called the Black Lantern that plagues Supergirl on New Krypton. Written by Jimmie Robinson; Art and cover by Eddy Barrows and Ruy Jose; Variant cover by Shane Davis and Sandra Hope.
Also releasing this week, Robinson writes Superman Annual # 14 (with Art by Javier Pina; Cover by Renato Guedes), which provides a glimpse into the history of Mon El's homeworld, Daxam.
For more Super goodness, this week also offers Supergirl 44, which contines the Code Name Patriot storyline in all its triangle number glory.
And while Superman may be the last son of Krypton (not really given the events of New Krypton) Powergirl is the sole survivor of an entire Universe. And while that may sound angstriddingly grim, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti take the opposite approach with this series. Power Girl is good old fashioned super heroic fun as Power Girl tries to prove that she is more than just a team player. Amanda Conner's art is beautiful. This issue features "the busty airborne lass" (read the book you'll understand) as she, and special guest star Terra, face off against Zoraida the Elf Queen.
And, speaking of busts:
I must confess I did not buy this one. That is because I bought the individual issues in floppies. Okay, I just wanted to say floppies. Seriously, Jimmie Robinson presents a unique take on a super villainess named Bomb Queen with her own reality tv show in this Image/Shadowline series. For over a decade New Port City - the city where crime and vice are not merely rampant, but encouraged - has been ruled by the super villain dictator, Bomb Queen! Proof positive that you get the government you deserve! Hilarious, sexy, and completely amoral, this book collects all four Bomb Queen mini-series plus extras are collected together for the first time in one huge volume. (price $39.99) This book is not for the easily offended or intimidated.
Poor Daredevil. He's like the Job of the Marvel Universe. And while the Parker luck has cost Peter Gwen (and arguably Mary Jane), Matt Murdock has lost nearly every woman he has ever loved to the Grim Reaper. Blair Butler (of G4's Fresh Ink On Line segment of Attack of the Show.) was said , "Matt Murdock's STD was death." She was right. When Bendis handed this series over to Brubaker, he left Matt Murdock in prison with a hardy, "Let's see what you can do with that." Brubaker took that challenge and made a damn good book. Now, Brubaker ends his historic run on the man without fear. Wait until you see what he leaves the next creative team of Andy Diggle/Roberto De La Torre to deal with (and maybe a less depressing angle). Michael Lark does a beautiful job on the art. Plus, Ann Nocenti (who had a strong run on DD in the 90s) returns with a story called "3 Jacks" (with art by David Aja). The anniversary book also has pin ups and a Frank miller reprint.
DC is dominating this week's list. Batgirl 1 features the appearance of the seventh all new Batgirl (for you keeping track at home previous Batgirls have been 1) Betty Kane, 2) Barbara Gordon 3) Harley Quinn 4) Helena Bertinelli 5) Cassandra Caine 6) Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe (Misfit) and 7) the star of this book--I am not going to spoil it. (And no, I'm counting Clayface from the Supergirl issues)) The story was and art were great and give me hope for the future. The best part is that you know who the new Batgirl is by page 7 and they are not going to drag out a guessing game for months. And, since it appears that Barbara Gordon will play a major role, the book will at least co-star the original Batgirl. I do hope they change the mask, I find those loose threads really annoying. Written by Bryan Q. Miller; Pencils by Lee Garbett Inks by Trevor Scott Colors by Guy Major.
The list of the rest of the books shipping this week can be found here.