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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-03-16 06:09:48

I Also Dig Connie Selleca Circa Greatest American Hero

The New Avengers is really interesting. The new lineup kicking off issue #28 is an odd mix of star characters and B-listers: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Spider-Woman, Ronin and team leader Luke Cage, of all people. They're also on the wrong side of the law, having sided with Captain America in Civil War. They're in an A-Team like position, of do-goodering while on the run. Michael Bendis is still one of a handful of good writers in the comic book industry, and I'm looking forward to seeing what transpires with the Avengers. (Bendis also pens the Mighty Avengers, government stooges led by Iron Man.)

Now it's time for me to plug Robert Kirkman again. I love this guy. This week, it's The Irredeemable Ant-Man. The protagonist is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who stole an ant-man suit from Hank Pym, and is on the run. The hook is that Kirkman gets you interested in the exploits of a guy who's such an asshole, he can't even be described as an anti-hero. His primary use for a suit that shrinks him down to infinitesimal size is to spy on women in the shower. He makes Holden Caulfield look like King Arthur. And yet, Kirkman manages to massage this loser into a enjoyable lead character.

Finally, if you don't know about Fables, I highly suggest it if you're in the market for a more literary comic book. It's not as psychological or epic as Sandman, but Fables does a great job of repackaging all the fairy tale characters into an entertaining drama. Lately, the writer has been (over) focusing heavily on Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf) due to, I assume, his immense popularity. He fits the Wolverine archetype in the cast of characters. This week's issue #58 was also illustrated by one of my all time favorite artists: Mike Allred. It'd pretty tough to just jump in and enjoy the book at this point, so I'd suggest you pick up the first trade paperback collecting the opening story arc to see if you like it as much as I do.

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