What I’m Reading (You Should Too)-12/07/2011

A busy Thanksgiving holiday and an extremely slow 5th comic week kept me from publishing my weekly comic picks. Now I’m back, along with the books I’ll be reading this week, and you be should too.

Action Comics #4

Solicit Text-Is your mind prepared for an encounter with the deadly Terminauts? What awful master do they serve? What horrible fate awaits Superman and the city of Metropolis? The true scope of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ ACTION COMICS run begins to come into view, so get those sunglasses ready, ’cause it is gonna be blinding! And in a backup story from writer Joshua Hale Fialkov Sholly Fisch and artist Matt Camp Brad Walker that spins out of ACTION COMICS #2, John Henry Irons takes his first steps toward becoming the hero known as Steel!

Grant Morrison’s reinterpretation of the Man of Steel’s origins continue this week. This issue’s back up feature also sees the New 52 debut of John Henry Irons as Steel. Sholly Fisch was hand bSo far the relaunched Action Comics has lacked that typical Morrison flair seen in his other works, but I still have high hopes for this book. This issue promises some big revelations and I’m expecting it to deliver in the way only Morrison can.

Animal Man #4

Solicit Text-After coming face to face with the mysterious Totems, Buddy learns the truth about Maxine’s destiny – but it may be too late, as The Red is infiltrated by agents of The Other, and Buddy struggles to control his new, unfiltered powers with deadly results! Meanwhile, Ellen and Cliff must face the last Hunters alone!

I can’t express how cool this book is. Month in and out Animal Man continues to shine. Apparently this is the month for major revelations across all New 52 books, and this issue promises to further expound on Maxine’s role in Red. If you’re a fan of Vertigo then this is a great book that blurs the line between super hero and horror comics.

Stormwatch #4

Solicit Text-The earth is being eaten alive! As the unstoppable alien antibody continues consuming everything in its path, Stormwatch awakens a slumbering [information redacted] buried deep within the earth. But has the team found an ally or a threat greater than the antibody? However it plays out, the DC landscape literally will be changed forever! Plus: Don’t miss a major change to the Stormwatch roster!

After a mediocre start this book finally started show some potential in its third issue. I’m extremely interested in this book for several reasons. First of all, as far as the integration of the Wildstorm universe into the DCU goes, this is the flagship book. I’m a huge fan of the Authority, and am cautiously optimistic about seeing them interact with my favorite DC heroes. Secondly, this book seems to play a strong role in the foundation of the New 52. Kind of an anti-Justice League, if you will. If this issue delivers in the way it promises too, then it might just cement itself as one of the must have titles of the New 52.

Swamp Thing #4

Solicit Text-The Rot is winning, and its necropolis in the American desert is nearly complete. With Abigail Arcane all but lost to its power and the herald of Sethe risen, Alec Holland will bitterly regret trying to flee his destiny as Swamp Thing…but even if he wanted to do the right thing, it’s too late now!

While Lemire is is exploring the Red and its avatars’ battle against the Rot, Snyder is doing the same for the Green and reluctant avatar Alec Holland. Hopefully this issue brings us one step closer to seeing Holland accepting his destiny has the Swamp Thing. Also, Snyder has teased that this issue has dinosaur Swamp Things. That alone is worth the price of admission for me.

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