10 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT NOVEMBER ’10 COMICS (and a couple I’m not so crazy about).


New Avengers #6
by KC Carlson

Well, Christmas is over! Hope you had a great holiday season!

Of course, in the real world, the holidays are still several months away! But in the wacky world of comic book advance ordering, pretty much all of the industry’s major wares have already been offered up. Since the last three months have been SO packed with goodness, this month’s offerings pale a bit in comparison. Still, there’s plenty of great stuff if you dig around a bit, so here are my picks, along with a bit of commentary here and there since I haven’t had much chance to talk about current comics lately. On to it…

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Fifth Degree: Previews 261 + Marvel Previews #82


Fear Agent #29

By Josh Crawley

As I write this, I’m listening to John Siuntris interview Kelly Sue DeConnick for his Word Balloon podcast. Maybe if you listen to it while reading this, you’ll understand me just a little bit better…

Probably not.

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Fifth Degree: Marvel Previews #76


Black Widow: Deadly Origin HC

by Josh Crawley

I want to point everyone to the Senyaka story drawn by Leonardo Manco in this week’s X Necrosha: The Gathering one shot with some great coloring by my friend (and all-around great person) SotoColor’s Chad Fidler!

A couple various thoughts on recent announcements…

1. Over on DC’s The Source blog, they announced something “interesting.”

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Too Much Cool Stuff – Not Enough $$$ – December ‘09


Siege #2

by KC Carlson

We’re in the big wind-down to both of Marvel and DC’s most recent events, so there’s lots of Siege and Blackest Night stuff all over the order form. But you’re probably aware of those events, as it seems that’s all anybody wants to talk about anymore. I suppose it’s too much to ask that both of these Events might actually wrap up with a big, definitive ending (just for a change), instead of simply leading into the next Big Mega Mind-Bending Nose-Blowing (sorry, but it IS the cold and flu season!) Thing. Why are publishers and some creators afraid of the words “The End”? Can no one actually write an ending to anything anymore?

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Fifth Degree: Marvel annoys me, DC makes me happy


Booster Gold #26 second printing

by Josh Crawley

I’ve been a little mentally wiped-out the past few days, possibly because I could sit for hours (and have) reading Todd Klein’s logo studies. They’re great fun, but you shouldn’t go read them until you finish here. It’s just a little ranting; you’ll be done soon enough.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: DC’s Jonah Hex – The Best Book You’re Not Reading


Jonah Hex #51

by Wayne Markley

Every month there are hundreds of comics published, some of which are excellent. But which book is the best month after month? I would argue that it’s Jonah Hex from DC Comics written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with rotating artists. The artists range from those you may not be familiar with to legends such as Russ Heath and Jordi Bernet.

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Too Much Cool Stuff – Not Enough $$$ – November ‘09


Captain America #602

by KC Carlson

The big news over at Marvel this month is a two fisted-knockout. Part one is the return of Captain America Steve Rogers to the Marvel Universe in a big way. First, the regular monthly Captain America comic starts up again, as issue #602 features the first chapter of Two Americas by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross. Then, Steve returns to the Avengers in the pages of New Avengers #61 by Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen – which is one of the tie-in books for Siege, the second part of the big news from Marvel. Written by Brian Bendis and pencilled by Olivier Coipel, Siege is a four-part series described as the culmination of events beginning with Avengers Disassembled and leading through House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, and the long-awaited (at least by me!) wrap-up of Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign over the Marvel U. Key to the promotion of Siege is the image of Marvel’s core Avengers – Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America – all reunited again, and all the real deal!

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