DANGER UNLIMITED (IDW, 2009)
Collects Babe Nos. 1-4, Babe 2 Nos. 1, 2 and Danger Unlimited Nos. 1-4 (cover dates February, 1994- April, 1995).
This was a fun read, chock full of John Byrne goodness. Unbeknownst to me, Danger Unlimited was cancelled with Issue 4, with no resolution to the first arc. AAaRrRRgGGhhHH!! Since these are creator owned properties, I hope that Byrne finishes it, ditto the Next Men. On a side note, this book has a wonderfully toxic smell, the result of that magical Korean printing. I imagine children working the sweatshop presses, pouring asbestos tiles, mercury, and lead paint chips into a vat that will be mixed and become the ink on these pages. Whatever it is, I had to stop every so often and just smell this book.
RUNAWAYS: DEAD WRONG (Marvel, 2009; Hardcover)
Collects Runaways (Vol. 3) Nos. 1-6
This was godawful crap by Terry Moore with "artwork" by Humberto Ramos. Ramos is the worst artist in comics today. I cannot stand manga, or even manga-influenced art. This was painful to read and to look at, with it being difficult to tell which sucks more: the art or the writing.
Collects Runaways (Vol. 3) Nos. 7-10
OK, that does it, screw you Runaways, my money is staying home. Ramos' vomit-inducing artwork is thankfully gone, but another mangish artiste replaces him. The Brian K. Vaughn era was tops and had real heart. Moore's run is just plain dumb. Unless Marvel can convince BKV or Joss Whedon to come back, then I am done with this title. Look for these two books on eBay during my next purging.
Collects eleven foreign language comics translations.
This was okay, but Risso's artwork is not really my cup of tea. The cover grabbed me, but most of the artwork in this book didn't hold up. The writing was entertaining for the most part, but not "terrifying." I dislike pseudo-clever, wiseass humor Horror. Give me Creepy or give me death! Look for this on eBay in my next purging.
Collects Savage Nos. 1-4 (cover dates October, 2008- January, 2009)
Amazing stuff by Steve Niles, Jeff Frank, Dan Wickline, and Mike Mayhew. Mayhew's old school artwork is jaw dropping, and the levels of graphic violence portrayed here are shocking. Graphic violence + monsters = a winner. This simply cannot be the end of the series, though. There are so many unanswered questions, and I want more more more! I have searched the Net trying to find further information and have come up empty handed.
Collects Marvel Adventures Spider-Man Nos. 45-48 (cover dates January- April, 2009)
Another enjoyable read, but the fact that this series is set outside of mainline continuity and the ever increasing lines of high end hardcovers have forced me to drop this title. I picked up Vol. 13 recently, so I will read that and then that is it.
Collects Spider-Man 2099 Nos. 1-10 (cover dates November, 1992- August, 1993)
Spider-Man 2099 definitely has it's moments. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. Peter David's futuristic Marvel Universe seems like little more than a Judge Dredd retread, and Rick Leonardi's artwork is serviceable, if unremarkable. This series came out during my sabbatical from comics, so this was all new to me. Not to be too harsh on it, though, because when compared to other Marvel Comics during this time, this was a bright spot. I really dislike Spider-Man 2099's costume, and his supporting cast is pretty forgettable. This series is a sort of pre-cursor to Ultimate Spider-Man, with the organic webbing, etc., and was likely seen as a sort of fresh continuity to try and entice new readers.
Collects Giant Monster Nos. 1, 2 (cover dates, 2005)
High art this is not, but it is fun and entertaining. Who doesn't like to see a giant monster go on a rampage? What? You say that you don't? You're lying! Everybody loves giant monsters.
Collects The Astounding Wolf-Man Nos. 8-12 and Invincible No. 57 (cover dates September, 2008- February, 2009).
This is such a great series that I am seriously bummed that Robert Kirkman is 86-ing it with Issue 25. One can only hope that he will come back and revisit this character and concept again in the future. At least I know that I can always do that via these trade paperbacks.
Collects selections from Amazing Spider-Man Magazine, King-Size Spider-Man Super Special No. 1, Spider-Man Family No. 1 and Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Clan No. 1 (cover dates 2005- 2008).
Horrible, horrible, horrible non-continuity drivel. Marvel published a line of hardcovers years ago called The Best of Spider-Man. They could collect all of this crap and call it The Rest of Spider-Man. Even the Spider-Girl story was a throwaway that has no bearing on anything.