Comics Load: The Adventures of Captain Ambien

While Chance is buried deep in the final days of planning before FANATICON (Saturday, May 21, 2011, Asheville, NC). Comics creator, guru and Marvel love slave, Brian Andersen takes the Comics Load reigns and brings the train into the station, all the while deftly avoiding mixing metaphors (unlike what we just did right there). Brian is a Marvel guy (and a marvelous gay), so enjoy the Marvel-centric Load, before Chance comes back and splatters you in the face with DC again. Now, on with the Load!

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image Secret Six #33

Another disturbing, dark, morally complex tale as per the delightfully talented Gail Simone as the Six battle hell itself. Her writing never ceases to surprise me in its twists and turns. It’s nice to read a story with complex characters battling with intense theological and emotional issues. Just the thought of Catman’s mother residing in hell as a lioness with the face of a human, feasting on his father/her ex-husband (he murdered her) each day, digesting him, “expelling him,” and then redoing it each day is something that will stay with me for a long, long time. For good or bad. Well played, Simone, well played.
image Birds of Prey #12

Speaking of Gail Simone and her intriguing writing and characters, the reappearance of former “Secret Six” super scary villain “Junior” is a terrifying, but welcomed sight. If you don’t know who Junior is, then please, race over to your nearest comic shop and pick up the first trade of the Six, the one featuring the stellar Nicola Scott art. Whooza, is Junior a truly horrifying character! The reveal when Junior bore her breasts in that original story alone was enough to give me the night terrors for weeks. I look forward to seeing if the Birds escape unscathed—and if we get another boob shot of Ragdoll’s sick, sick sister.
image Daken: Dark Wolverine #9

Our fabulous site runner Chance completely nailed this book with his last review: Daken sets up a secret master plan with one character, then does a double-cross on that character, then goes back and does a triple-cross on the first character, while betraying all these other characters, then reveals his true intentions, and despite it all, still comes out smelling like a rose—a bisexual, egomaniacal, serial-killing rose, mind you. So, like, yeah, it’s a bit formulaic. But ignoring all that, the art in this issue is simply beautiful. This page alone—dayum! I love this book!
image Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1

The fact that this comic features the Z-iest of the Z-list of the Marvel U is what makes it so enjoyable. Frankly, so many of these characters are new that I have maybe the vaguest idea of who most of them are, what they do, and why I should care. But that’s what makes the book fun to me. Personally, I enjoy diving into a character I’m unfamiliar with and trying to figure what makes them tick. It’s fun! I’m very intrigued by this Thor Girl person. Thor Girl? Really, Marvel? Not Thoria? Or She-Thor? I’m a tad disappointed.
image New Mutants #25

All new direction. All new creative team. Will this new status quo stick? Will it make the book worth picking up month in and month out? Thank heavens the New Mutants now have a mission—they’re gonna settle a lot of the X-Men’s loose ends—with a paired down cast. My interested is piqued. Plus, I’m kinda interested in seeing Moonstar and Cannonball knock some classic yellow boots. Bring on the mutant sex!
image Uncanny X-Force #9

Despite this being a Wolverine-centric tale (doesn’t the guy have enough solo titles that he doesn’t need to hijack this group book?), writer Rick Remender pulls out another incredible script. Seriously, if you’re not reading this comic…You. Are. Missing. Out. How can you not enjoy an old, hidden Nazi murderer hiding out in Brazil, finally getting what’s coming to him, thanks to a well-placed Wolvie claw? Best of all, Magneto puts Wolverine up to it. Great stuff, comic lovers.
image X-Men #11

What starts out as a possibly interesting story about the broody new vamp Jubilee crying about her birthday as she struggles (read: whines) to embrace her immortality quickly veers into snore-ville territory as it focuses on an untold tale from Professor X’s past. Zzzzzz. I actually didn’t even read the middle part of this book, I’m so disinterested in the Prof. Borrrrring. There’s a reason Professor X is possibly the only X-Character who hasn’t had a solo mini-series: he’s boring with a capital Ambien.
image X-Men Legacy: Age of X Aftermath #248

I’m happy that after the alternate reality “Age of X” biznass is over, there are still plenty of ramifications that linger back in the “real world.” Rachel Grey is now some spirit of Phoenix or some shiz? Rogue is all wanting to get humpy with Maggs? And best of all, Frenzy, a nearly forgotten mutant I’ve cared about since she first appeared in the late 80s in the original X-Factor comic when she was a part of the Alliance of Evil—a group formed by a then unknown Apocalypse—is sticking around to test the Emma Frost/Scott Summers love affair. Fab! Bring on the drama!

What are you reading this week? Be sure to let us know in the comments section. Happy reading!

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