If you haven't read Infinite Crisis #1 yet, and don't want it spoiled (nearly impossible these days, with all the reviews), you may want to hold off reading the last of these entries until you do... fair warning!
Action Comics #832: Hmmm... here's an issue that, frankly, should've been published a bit earlier, and could've been listed as a tie-in with the whole Day of Vengeance miniseries. A giant Spectre is in Metropolis, seeking out Lord Satanus. This is probably my favorite issue of Action since Byrne started drawing it again, the characterisations are spot-on, and it's a good story. I'm not familiar with writers Dan Arnett and Andy Lanning, but they did a darn good job!
Hawkman #45: The current storyline gets wrapped up, we find out the true origin of Golden Eagle (still reminds me a bit of a recent JLU episode, but I digress)... and we find out just how smart Hawkman really is, as he laid out a plan, and executed it flawlessly. We also see some hope for the relationship between Carter and Kendra. Unfortunate timing in that this has all taken place before the Countdown stuff -- heck, the next issue leads into the Rann-Thanagar War, after all, which is already finished -- but at least DC gave the creative team the chance not to interrupt their story!
JLA #120: It's a world without a Justice League, as a group of heroes who have been JLA'ers in the past gather for a post-mortem. Yeah, like the JLA won't be reformed somehow. It's a fairly new take on the whole thing, though... nobody's immediately stepping up to reform the League, and the issue really takes pains to show how the distrust has torn the League apart.
Villains United #6: Wow... a very surprising twist in this issue! SPOILER ALERT We find out there are TWO -- Count 'em, TWO! -- Luthors, and they're on opposing sides in this whole conflict! That really surprises me. Luthor headed the Secret Society, but that was a "false" Luthor (or perhaps it's the original Alex Luthor of Earth-2?)... the "real" Luthor was Mockingbird! And here I'd half-expected it to be revealed that Amanda Waller was Mockingbird. A nice set-up for IC.
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #5: Still digging the heck out of this book! A scientist's Stargate-style apparatus unleashes dinosaurs in New York, and it's up to the FF to corral them back through. Good stuff!
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1: Only one complaint about Peter David's first Spider-Book in way too long... why did it have to be part 1 of 12? Still, it was a great story for Part 1, and I loved his writing on the characters. Hopefully, the 12-part "The Other" storyline will go by quickly, and PAD will be allowed to keep his book all to himself.
Marvel Knights 4 #23: A very fun issue here... a new writer on the book uses some very meta elements to put himself into the story, but in a way that's very fun! I'm reminded a bit of Mark Waid's first FF issue... I would've preferred a done-in-one tale, but I do feel very satisfied with this issue, and look forward to the next one.
Infinite Crisis #1: OK, to be honest, nothing's really moved forward, plot-wise, with this first issue... it's all set-up, but I don't have a problem with that. If you haven't followed all the Countdown stuff, this does get you caught up with all that's happened. Some mysterious shadowy figures are watching everything that's going on... from Superboy's current personal crisis, the JLA's break-up, the OMACs, the Rann-Thanagar War, Day of Vengeance... OK, there were some plot advancements, as several members of the Freedom Fighter apparently meet their dooms, and Mongul battles the Big Three in the wreckage of the Watchtower... and some other stuff... it's all very dark, and very negative... until that last, final page... BIGTIME SPOILER ALERT! ...when we discover that the people watching are Superman of Earth 2, Lois Lane of Earth 2, Alexander Luthor of Earth 3, and Superboy of Earth-Prime! We've seen most of the major players from CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS show up now... Pariah's been in VILLAINS UNITED, and we've discovered that Donna Troy (or rather, an aspect of her) is Harbinger... that pretty much leaves Lady Quark out of the mix (although I vaugely recall something was done to her). So, Infinite Crisis... rumors have it that the DCU will be brightened by it, and that it's all about what heroes are supposed to be... and I'm all for that! Bring it on!
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