I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got one new comic plus two hard cover collections:

  • Savage Dragon – 160
  • “The Invincible Gene Colan”
  • “Tale of One Bad Rat”
  • And now for a review of some stuff I’ve read recently.

    Some quick reviews since I’ve reviewed other volumes previous to these and don’t have much new to say.

  • “The Invincible Iron Man: World’s Most Wanted Book 2” By Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca
  • The plot gets even more ridiculous in this volume with Tony Stark erasing his mind because he is using his brain like a hard drive (despite brains being nothing like hard drives) to store the secret identities of all of earth’s super heroes. He’s trying to keep that info from Norman Osborn. Tony gets stupider and stupider page after page as his brain gets erased until he can’t even work his armor.

    I still don’t find the straight from pencils art work by Larroca very good but it’s adequate. It’s amazing that with all these flaws I still like this comic. There is something fun and engaging about it despite the many times I shake my head in disbelief. Weird but I’ll be back for the next volume.

  • “The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules” by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Reilly Brown, and Rodney Buchemi
  • Another volume of Hercules and it’s as good as the others. This time Hercules is tricked into impersonating Thor to accompany Zeus, now a ten year old boy, on a mission to save the world. Laughs and fights are to be found. Plus Amadeus Cho, Hercules teenage genius sidekick, is off on a mission of his own to find his parents killer.

    I’ve liked all the Pak and Van Lente written Hercules volumes. They’re a lot of fun. They take Marvel’s Hercules past and mix it with the ancient Greek Hercules stories giving Herc a ton of back story that all leads him to his present adventures. If you like your super heroes mixed with fun and humor check out any of the latest Hercules volumes.

  • “Famous Players” by Rick Geary
  • Another story of a famous murder from Geary. This time it’s the story of famous Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor. Found murdered in his Los Angeles home in 1922 Taylor was one of the first famous directors in the movies. His murder remains unsolved today.

    Geary does his usual excellent job of setting the scene, giving us background, telling the story of the murder scene, relating the investigation, and then telling us about the suspects. All good stuff with Geary’s richly illustrated cartoon style making the past come alive. Go out and get some of his books.