New Comic Day hangover

Fifth week Wednesday’s usually are light on titles as the monthly paces are set around four-week months.  If you have any special books or Annuals coming out, fifth week is usually a place to do it.  A long time ago, they used to have fifth week events…but now they’re too busy producing blank covers to do that.

Oh, I’ve gotten distracted.  Here we go.

Astonishing X-Men #34 in which…holy shit!  Astonishing X-Men #34 came out!

Justice League: Generation Lost #4 in which I actually got the title this week.

Blah blah blah SPOILERS blah blah.

Astonishing X-Men
It’s been six months since the last issue of Astonishing X-Men came out, putting the Warren Ellis/Phil Jimenez run on par with the classic Joss Whedon/John Cassaday span…as far as scheduling goes.  Unfortunately, this isn’t as enjoyable or memorable as Whedon’s was.  It’s a perfectly adequate action comic book, and far better than what’s coming out in Xenogenesis, but there’s nothing particularly special about it.  Of course, a large part of that is probably because since this book is about year behind the entire rest of the X-Men line, continuity wise, nothing that happens here seems to have any importance whatsoever.  Hell, even the title itself has moved on, launching what I’m assuming would have been the next storyline as a mini-series while this mess finishes up.  What used to be the flagship title is now simply telling an X-Men story for the sake of telling an X-Men story.  And it most certainly is an X-Men story.

As for the story?  I didn’t go back and read the earlier issues, so I’m not really sure about what all is going on.  I seem to recall Wallflower showing up, something about bio-Sentinels and the Brood.  But the details are fuzzy.  Perhaps I should take care of that before the next issue comes out to finish the story.  Luckily, I probably have until December to do so.

Justice League: Generation Lost
The good part of having to wait a week to get this issue of JL:GL is that now I get two issues in two weeks, which is good for a title in which I just wish would quicken the pace (EDIT: No I don’t – no bi-monthly titles came out on the 5th week).  Being 26 issues long, a bit of decompression is of course necessary, and what Keith Giffen and Judd Winick are putting out is perfectly enjoyable.  So I won’t bitch about it.  This issue finishes reuniting the (available) JLI members (no Guy Gardner or Martian Manhunter, unfortunately) by bringing in a new Rocket Red, the successor to the old JLI member who was killed off during Infinite Crisis (coincidentally by Max Lord’s OMACs).  This new Rocket Red has an armor style unlike the main squad and seems to have a lot of the traits of the original.  I just hope he starts yelling “Hokey smokes!”

The main point here is that Fire gets back to the team and they finally have it thrown at them that with Blue Beetle and Rocket Red now aboard, they pretty much have reunited the JLI…though Captain Atom, Fire, Ice and Booster Gold seem unamused by the prospect.  But it also dons on Booster that since they all still remember Max Lord and seem to be targeted by him rather than getting mind whammied, that perhaps they were left out of the mess on purpose.  I’m glad they finally got around to covering that, since that was my biggest question about the book’s plot.  It’s not an oversight – it’s leading somewhere.  We also have Batman questioning what the former JLI people have been doing…perhaps bringing back his link to the team.  I just realized I automatically assumed the Batman presented there was Bruce Wayne rather than Dick Grayson who is currently wearing the mask.  I have no idea which Batman that is.  Curious.

Next Week

  • X-Force #28 brings us the climactic chapter of Second Coming.
  • X-Men #1 doesn’t wait for the current crossover event to end before starting the next one.
  • X-Women #1 mixes fantastic artwork with current Chris Claremont writing.  A beautiful train wreck.

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