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The Immortal Iron Fist #17
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artists: Travel Foreman, Russ Heath
Publisher: Marvel

Despite the different writer, this is very similar in tone to what has come before and given all the work done to establish the Iron Fist legacy, the notion that Danny Rand might die at 33 is fairly believable. I didn’t care for much of the artwork though. The historical Iron Fist scenes were good, not so much the modern day stuff. This is still one of my favorite Marvel books.
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Green Lantern Corps #26
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Publisher: DC

I’m not a big fan of the Green Lantern powers. It’s not just a DC thing either, I never got into Quasar. But Green Lantern Corps appeals to me more than the main Green Lantern title, because it tends to take a more military/warlike angle on the concept. This issue is another good example of that. But I can see that eventually this sort of attrition in characters is going to get tedious. But keeping this firmly in the cosmic sphere and away from earth suits me.

Justice League of America #23
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Artist: Ed Benez
Publisher: DC

I’ve been quite disappointed by McDuffie’s run on Justice League of America. I’ve enjoyed his work on other titles, but here it seemed spotty and lacking much coherence from issue to issue. This may have more to do with rumored editorial interference than anything else. I’m not sure that we really needed another fight with Amazo so soon after the last one, but it is well executed and we see elements of a larger threat emerging.

The New Warriors #14
Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Artist: Koi Turnbull
Publisher: Marvel

I don’t really know why I keep reading this comic. I think it must just be down to fondness for the original. This latest incarnation has been consistently disappointing with art that makes it hard to tell the characters apart and a plot that just doesn’t seem to go anywhere. This issue is a step up in that there seems to be some plot movement. It’s certainly nice to see the old warriors confronting the new and the Secret Invasion paranoia fits in well. But still… over a year in where is this all going?

X-Factor #33
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Larry Stroman
Publisher: Marvel

Many years ago when he first wrote X-Factor, Peter David wrote a crossover between X-Factor and The Incredible Hulk (which he was also writing). Now he’s writing a crossover between his new X-Factor and She-Hulk. Another link to the past here is Larry Stroman on art. I always liked that combination and this is no exception. Not much She-Hulk here, but it’s nice to see Darwin again.

She-Hulk #31
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Vincenzo Cucca
Publisher: Marvel

Which brings us neatly to the second part of the crossover where we certainly get plenty of She-Hulk. Basically what we have here is an issue long fight with a few pages to explain how this connects to Secret Invasion. David knows its a cliche, but not only does he point that out he links it to She-Hulks increasingly irrational behavior making me think he might be going somewhere with it.

Uncanny X-Men #500
Writers: Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction
Artists: Greg Land & Terry Dodson
Publisher: Marvel

Uncanny X-Men has been in a bit of a holding pattern for several months now as the X-Men relocated to San Francisco, Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing finished up, the stars aligned and we reached the 500th issue. So here we are and what is the bold new direction? Sentinels, Magneto and the Hellfire Cult. It doesn’t sound very new does it, but it actually is when you see how all these elements relate.

New Avengers #43
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Billy Tan
Publisher: Marvel

We’re reaching that point in a summer crossover where you start to wonder if its ever going to end. Bendis continues to fill in the background behind the Skrull Invasion, giving us the timeline on how the Skrulls set up the final infiltration before they invaded. This is the sort of stuff that will read much better in the trade when you have all the details fresh in your mind.

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Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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