SHE-HULK #5: This comic is fun...sorta. First off, let's get this out of the way: please someone stop Greg Horn! Why is that leering horse on the cover of this fun comic book?!?! Why on all his covers does She-Hulk look so reflecty and shiny that she actually looks greasy!?!? Please, someone tell me why this is the best artwork for She-Hulk? Ahem. I know that is just beating a dead horse, but it had to be said. Okay, but after you
And Marshall says: I liked this comic a lot! She-Hulk is a big pretty smashy green lady. I wish I was big and green. I would not smash things, though. I would be very careful. Yay for She-Hulk! She is a heroine I can really look up to. Cos she's so tall.
RUNAWAYS #13: This comic is fun. Here's something rare: a done-in-one solo story that doesn't star Wolverine. My favorite team comic is made even better by the detail and personality Mister Brian K. Vaughan has given each of the Runaways, especially the youngest member of the team, Molly Hayes. (Altho' did you notice they stopped putting the ages of the characters on the top of the first page each month?) Month after month Runaways is Marvel's most accessible comic to new readers (even when they put Marvel Universe characters in it), and while this issue isn't specifically an ideal jumping-on point, you don't need to know anything about the team or the characters before you dive into this issue, partly because of the always-excellent recap on page one, but mostly because Vaughan has mastered that delicate thin line between Chris Claremont-over-explanation of characters and being dropped into a storyline without knowing what's going on. This one features Molly falling under the control of a modern-day Fagin and helping out her fellow pickpockets to break his control over them. It's funny and sad and action-filled and has a great turn-around against the villain that's not only totally believable but utterly satisfying. Great stuff. Everybody should be reading this book. Including my sister Marshall, who says: This had a sad ending and I was so sorry for Molly when this ended! Poor Molly. She's a great heroine and came up with a great plan to beat the bad guy. I bet I could not have thought up such a great plan. Yay Molly! I'm glad she is not one of the mutants who went away after the end of that House of Pancakes thing.
X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL #2: This comic is fun. Dr. Strange goes shopping at Pathmart to get stuff to make a new body for Dead Girl. How could that not be fun?!? There's a lot more Dead Girl in this issue than there was in the last one, but either way, this is shaping up to be my favorite miniseries so far this year for all its wonderful quirky touches: Doc Strange musing about the improbability of Colossus returning from the dead, Ant Man obsessed with fighting carpet mites, Sue Richards trying to headhunt Wong away from Strange's employ, and my favorite, Gwen Stacy, Moira MacTaggart, and Mockingbird in an afterlife book club! (I sure like this Gwen better than the one in J. Michael Straczynski's recent Spider-Man flashbacks!) As for the Pitiful One, I'm guessing that Peter Milligan has done his homework and he's really some forgotten dead FF villain, rather than Mr. Milligan just making up the character's history. (Either way, I want to be surprised and not know who he is until the story tells us, so please don't email me and tell me that the Pitiful One is Willie Lumpkin or something! Do you see me knocking on your door telling you who Luke Skywalker's father is? Or who shot Mister Burns? Or what the Rambaldi Device does? No, you do not!) All the care and attention given to Marvel history--yet the ability to twist it, tweak it, and have fun with it, is what makes DEAD GIRL #2 the most fun comic of the week!. Marshall says: Dead Girl is icky! She is funny but I do not think I would want to be her friend. (I would not mind being Gwen Stacy's friend though...she looks like she is a totally groovy chick!) And the dead bad guys are kinda scary. Oh no! Look out, Wong! Look out! Oh! Oh! You can keep this comic, Bully! And after I saw what Dead Girl's new body was made of, I am really glad it is not scratch-and-sniff!
HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI #1: This comic is fun. One of my 2006 New Year's Resolutions (along with not eating quite so many cookies!) is to Try Each Week to Pick Up One New Comic Title I Haven't Been Reading. So when I saw Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi #1 winking at me from the comics shelf, I had to grab it and see if it was as fun as it looked! The comic consists of three short comics stories based on the hyperactive but very fun Cartoon Network TV Show. I like Puffy AmiYumi's music a lot, but I'm not really a big fan of their cartoon (the girls sound too westernized for me to believe they are the real Puffy!). I don't have that problem with the comic book (make up your own voices, Puffy purists!) so I enjoyed this a lot. It was a nice refreshing change from a lot of superhero angst this week and the cartooning style is bright and clear and vibrant. I can easily see this being a great comic book to give to a girl who has never read them before. This is only a three-issue limited series but it's so well done I hope that it develops into a regular series, especially since The Powerpuff Girls series at DC Kids just ended. What do you think, Marshall? Oh oh oh! Oh! This is the best comic book in the universe! There are great fun stories in here and one of them is 'bout a magic guitar and I have always wanted a magic guitar! Yumi and Ami look like they have the most amazing adventures! This book is so kawaii (cute) and kakkoi (cool) and it is even educational cos it teaches me some Japanese words at the end of every story as a omake (bonus!) Arigato, Puffy! So, in conclusion, if this was my blog entitled Marshall Says: Yay! Comics About Puffy AmiYumi Are Fun!, this, not that one about the icky stinky dead meat girl, would be the most fun comic of the week! Yay!