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Comics of the week – August 29, 2001

This was a great comic book week! Not only did the long awaited last Stormwatch trade come out (Final Orbit), but both X-Force and JLA were released this week. The Flash is quickly taking the place of the departed Starman as the comic I look the most forward to every month. I was just e-mailing Randy Lander of The Fourth Rail fame, and he is also amazed at how good Flash has become.

Comic of the Week (For August 29, 2001): Green Arrow # 7

Kevin Smith is amazing. He manages to cut through all of the crap of any character and boil them down to their essence. He’s gotten rid of all the crap behind Olliver Queen (the Green Arrow), and boiled Hal Jordan down to his essence. I’ve been reading the Spectre for the same number of issues as I’ve been reading Green Arrow, and was more character development in this guest appearance of Green Arrow than there has been in the entire seven issues of Spectre. There’s an awesome appearance by a beloved long dead comic character, and an awesome ending to this issue.

It was just announced that Smith and Hestler will be doing a “Brave and the Bold” series after they wind up the first 12 issues of Green Arrow, all I’ve got to say is “Count me in!”.

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Comic book expo

It’s that time of the year again. Today marks the beginning of the 2001 Toronto International Comic Book Expo! at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Larry (he of The Second Story fame) and I will be going tomorrow morning around 11:00am. I really really REALLY want to be there by noon to see the DC Comics presentation, which will highlight what they have under wraps for next year. Should be a great show though.

Speaking of Comics, here’s the:

Comic of the Week (For August 22, 2001): Powers 13

This was such an awesome book, and totally broke down so many comic book conventions. Written like an issue of People Magazine, this issue had tons of great “editorial piecs” and some great looks into the world of Powers. The main feature of this issue is an interview with “Olympia”, think the power and physique of Superman with the foibles of Bill Clinton. It was terrific. The last two panels of the issue feature a woman (perhaps Olympia’s wife?) committing suicide, and it was one of the most shocking, and tragic sequences of events that I’ve seen in comics in a long time.

Absolutely amazing stuff.

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Comic of the Week – August 16

The retroactively posted Comic of the Week for this week is: The Flash: Iron Heights. Truly amazing art, and a story that sets up a new status quo for the Flash Rogues Gallery, equals an awesome package. I even think it warranted the Prestige Format treatment that it got, and that’s a tough one for me to swallow normally.

In a week that also saw the very well written Ultimate X-Men, and the nostalgic “Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Wonder Woman”, the fact that a prestige format special that I had wanted to pass by gained top honours is pretty impressive.