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52 week 1 (via Hibbs) & shipping this week

52 WEEK 1: Well, I’ll be the odd man out on this one. Perhaps I’m just able to compartmentalize my thinking a little more than Jeff or Graeme, but (except for the first two pages, where they kind of force the point) I was able to divorce my brain from INFINITE CRISIS pretty easily and look at this comic on its own merits.

The first thing I like was the “re-compressed” story-telling — there’s a lot of characters in here, and a lot of things going on, and I thought this was agreeably dense.

I also liked the “heroic structure” — we have 2 characters that have bottomed out (Montoya, Ralph), a hero who lost his way (Booster), an anti-hero (Black Adam), an unalloyed hero (Steel… heh, unalloyed), and a question mark (The Question) — this is a lot of potentially juicy character arcs as each comes to “Heroism” from a different place.

That 52 appears to be more about character than event is, to me, the real selling point of the book, and, while, sure, it is a 52 week “event”, I think this may be a balm for “event storytelling” if they keep this kind of character-driven focus.

I’ll happily stipulate that this isn’t a comic for the ages — it probably won’t win any Eisners (though I can see it being nominated for Covers, or, possibly, publication design), but as a reason to come into the comic book store each week for the next year, well, it seemed like a worthy start to me.

If there are problems, they come down to continuity (“How/why did he…”), some waste (those first two pages would have been better with a little exposition, I think), and a better “cliffhanger” (the issue kinda just stopped), but, all things considered, and not being a cynical bastard for just one minute, I’ll go with a tentative (though lowish) GOOD for this first issue.

Here’s what’s shipping this week:

100 BULLETS #72
2000 AD #1484
2000 AD #1485
52 WEEK #2
A G SUPER EROTIC ANTHOLOGY #34 (A)
ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THEBOY WONDER #4
ANGEL SCRIPTBOOK #3
ANNIHILATION NOVA #2 (OF 4)
AQUAMAN SWORD OF ATLANTIS #42
BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #205
BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED #4 (OF 4)
BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #74
BITE CLUB VAMPIRE CRIME UNIT #2 (OF 5)
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #113
BOMB QUEEN #4 (OF 4)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
CONAN #28
CYBERFORCE #3
DMZ #7
DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #340
DORK TOWER #33
FALLEN ANGEL IDW #5 (OF 5)
FEAR AGENT #4
FELL #5
GODLAND #10
GREEN ARROW #62
HAUNT OF HORROR EDGAR ALLAN POE #1 (OF 3)
JACK STAFF #10
JEREMIAH HARM #3
JUGHEAD #173
MAJESTIC #17
MAN-BAT #2 (OF 5)
MANHUNTER #22
MARVEL ADVENTURES AVENGERS #1
MARVEL LEGACY 1970S HANDBOOK
MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #289
MOON KNIGHT #2
MS MARVEL #3
NEW MANGAVERSE #5 (OF 5)
RED SONJA CLAW DEVILS HANDS #3 (OF 4)
RETRO ROCKET #2 (OF 4)
REX MUNDI #18
ROBIN #150
SCOOBY DOO #108
SGT ROCK THE PROPHECY #5 (OF 6)
SHADOWPACT #1
SIMPSONS COMICS #118
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #162
STAR WARS REBELLION #2
SUPERMAN BATMAN #25
TALENT #1 (OF 4)
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #11
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS (IDW) #3
ULTIMATE X-MEN #70
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #2
WONDERLAND #1
X-MEN #186
X-MEN FAIRY TALES #1 (OF 4)

Books / Mags / Stuff
ANIMATION MAGAZINE JUNE 2006 #161
BACK ISSUE #16
BEAR VOL 2 DEMONS TP
BLACK PANTHER BAD MUTHA TP
BLURRED VISION VOL 1 GN
CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER VOL 2 PREMIERE HC
CASTLE WAITING HC
COMIC CREATORS ON X MEN SC
CONAN VOL 3 TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT & STORIES HC
FAMILY GUY VOL 1 GN (OF 3)
FORTEAN TIMES #210
FRANK MILLERS SIN CITY LIBRARY II HC
HOTWIRE COMIX AND CAPERS GN
ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #16
JUXTAPOZ JUNE 2006 VOL 14 #6
KRAZY & IGNATZ 1937-1938 SHIFTING SANDS DUSTS CHEEK POWDERED
LEES TOY REVIEW APR 2006 #163
PHANTOM LEGACY GN
VIDEO WATCHDOG JAN 2006 #125
WALT DISNEYS VACATION PARADE #3
WAR FIX HC
WINSOR MCCAY VOL 7 EARLY WORKS
WOLVERINE CLASSIC VOL 3 TP
X-FILES VOL 3 TP
X-MEN FIRESTAR DIGEST TP
X-MEN POSTER BOOK
Y THE LAST MAN VOL 7 PAPER DOLLS TP

This week’s ASSHAT is a tie — either JACK STAFF #10, which should have arrived in, uh, September? Or the JUST-less-late,-but-FAR-worse-because-it-missed-Christmas of the SIN CITY LIBRARY v2 boxed set. Fuck, that’s a REPRINT, too!

What did you think?

-B

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