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Oh my goodness! I actually had time to do some reading this week. I was so excited to read the final volume of Madame Xanadu, and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. This was more of a short story anthology than anything else, but the stories were very strong. Chrissie Zullo’s issue was my definite favorite. I loved her art on the Cinderella covers, and I am so happy to see how well she transitions to sequential work. Yay!

I also read some Invincible, but on the podcast I call it “Incredibles” for awhile. I am happy to say that I am still enjoying Invincible quite a bit. That said, Boom’s Incredibles comics are also really good. You should read those too.

Finally I got to some Flashpoint. I found the finale to the Wonder Woman series to be sort of a waste of story telling. It was almost entirely recap and wrap-up without a whole lot of development. I still liked it more than the Secret Seven series though. The only redeeming thing in that for me was the presence of Princess Amethyst of Gemworld. I loved those comics as a kid, and it was cool to see her again, even if it was some weird alternate universe. The winner this week for me was Deadman and the Flying Graysons. I really enjoyed the story, seeing Dick as a young man who grew up in the Circus with the love and support of his parents. I also really liked the artwork. It was rich and solid. It was actually almost comforting in spite of the death and destruction going on.

Also, just look at that cover there. Does Deadman look like Batboy or what?!

So next week I will be in Minnesota visiting family. There will definitely not be a podcast in time. Panic not! I will be back the following week with news of fried food on sticks (Minnesota State Fair), and people wearing bad doublets (Minnesota Renaissance Festival)

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Episode 07

Wow, did you guys miss me? It’s been a weird week, but things should be going better soon. As I mentioned in the show this week, we are trying to buy a house. I swear it shouldn’t be this hard. All we want to do is give someone a large amount of money. Usually people like money. The house we are looking at went into foreclosure between when we made our offer and now, so the house that we like is in limbo. So think happy thoughts for us. My apartment gets smaller by the day.

We have 5 books for you this week, since I made you wait so long.

The Twelve Vol 01
New Release

The Twelve Vol 01 Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Pencils by Chris Weston

This book was a surprise. I was expecting camp and silly, and I got a dark, deep story with serious and compelling characters. I am looking forward to the second half.

Wolfman Cover

Bonus New-ish Release

Astounding Wolf-man Written by Robert Kirkman, Art By Jason Howard

I liked this book for a lot of reasons, but I still feel like it feels a little rushed. Doesn’t stop me from enjoying the heck out of it, though. Oh, and the link from the picture goes to Kirkman’s blog. Usually I link to publisher sites, but Image’s site makes it pretty much impossible to have a link to a specific book. Kirkman is pretty cool anyway.

Conan Cover
Marvel

Spider Woman Origin Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Brian Reed, Art by Luna Brothers

After my New Avengers binge a couple of weeks ago, I decided to grab this one to round out Jessica Drew’s story in my mind. I think this was a good story. The art didn’t wow me, but I thought it was interesting. It’s not as fun as the New Avengers, but it does offer some insight into her motivations, and there are some really cool fight scenes. I just don’t get why they had to start her out as a blond.

Stray Bullets Cover

El Capitan

Stray Bullets Vol 01 Story and Art by David Lapham

Ok. I give up. I’ve read it. I wrote a 3 pages in my fancy new Tara McPherson notebook about it. I talked about in this weeks show. I’m still not sure if I like it or not. I definitely respect it, but it squiks me out something fierce. You’ll have to read it and decide for yourself.

Other Side
New Release

The Other Side Of The Mirror Story and Art by Jo Chen

There are 2 books to this series. If you see them, go ahead and grab them both. The serialized story of Lou and Sunny really gets moving in the second book, and the short stories in that volume are also sweet and solid. Jo Chen also does beautiful painted covers. Her Runaways covers are some of the most beautiful things I’ve seen.

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