HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
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BRAVE AND THE BOLD #22, $2.99, 32 Pages, DC Comics
Written by David Hine; Art and Cover by Doug Braithwaite and Bill Reinhold

The last issue of Brave and the Bold might have been a let-down for some. The cover pretty much promised a Green Lantern/Green Arrow team-up, but delivered nothing of the sort. Of course, they were both in the issue – but the real team-up was with the Phantom Stranger. A little irritating, but once you get past that bit of false advertising (Lantern/Arrow team-ups are almost always enjoyable) you get a fairly decent story. This title is so much stronger than it was when it first started, and is really benefiting from the more focused stories and consistent writing. A much improved title.

NOBLE CAUSES #39, $3.50, Image Comics
Written by Jay Faerber, Art by Yildiray Cinar

In a way, this is almost fitting. Some people will remember back in August (about a month and a half after issue #35 was released), Jay Faerber announced that Noble Causes’ ongoing run would come to an end with November’s issue #40. Of course it really isn’t a surprise that here we are in February the following year, and we are just now seeing issue #39.

Noble Causes has always been a fantastic title. A brilliant read with a truly novel concept. Trouble is, the thing never came out. Chronic lateness plagued this book as often does with Image titles, making it nearly impossible for it to maintain an audience beyond the most devoted comic followers. It is difficult to recommend a title to someone when you don’t even know when the next issue will come out yourself.

It really is a shame to see this book go. Its very nature lent itself very well to the monthly ongoing format, but it was not to be. Hopefully Faerber continues to release Noble Causes in the mini format – that proved very successful when he first started the title, and would most probably lead to more timely releases, and generally work out better for the book.

It is frustrating – it is easy to imagine how well books like this would do if they were released on a regular monthly schedule. In any case – Noble Causes has continued to be a fantastic read – hopefully we see some minis in the near future.

ROBIN #183, $2.99, 32 Pages, DC Comics
Written by Fabian Nicieza; Art and Cover by Freddie E. Williams II

Another final issue for a bat-book, of course the reasons behind this are well known at this point. Over its history Robin has been a very strong title, and it will no doubt continue to be if it should return. It seems that either Tim Drake is going to become Batman (though, he is clearly not the favorite), or he stay Robin, and perhaps get a new ongoing. In many ways this event mirrors what Marvel is doing with Ultimatum, but it seems to be going much better. Readers are aware of DC’s plans (at least in a general sense), know what to expect, and have a reasonable expectation about where DC is planning to take things. That tiny insight into the future is going to make this transition a lot more successful in the long-run, I believe.

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #60, $3.99, Marvel Comics
Written by Joe Pokaski, Art by Tyler Kirkham and Ryan Winn

Well, the last issue wasn’t half bad – so perhaps there is hope for this finale issue. A lot of people seem a little mystified about where Marvel is planning to take the Ultimate Universe once Ultimatum wraps up – and it isn’t a stretch to suggest that the event itself has been a bit of a dud. Strangely, through it all, this book seems to have benefited from the crossover, and its connection to that event has ended up producing some passable stories. Expect this issue to be a fairly decent conclusion to the series.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 10, $39.99, 272 Pages, Marvel Comics
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Stuart Immonen

This hardcover collects issues #112-121 of Ultimate Spider-Man, which includes a pair of fairly decent stories. The first is the “Death of a Goblin” arc, which is notable for being Stuart Immonen’s first arc on the title, having recently taken over for Mark Bagley. The second story – “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends,” however, was something really special. This was the best Ultimate Spider-Man story in years, and really went a long way towards lifting the book out of its duldrums and returning it to excellence. Not that it was ever bad, but until this story came along, it was coasting along at “passable.” This is a decent hardcover buy if you are a fan of the title – particularly if you haven’t read either of these issues.

No idea what Marvel is going to do with the Ultimate Universe once this even wraps up. Seems like we are getting close to finding out.

SPOTLIGHT PICK OF THE WEEK

X-MEN KINGBREAKER #3 (OF 4), $3.99, Marvel Comics
Written by Christopher Yost, Art by Dustin Weaver, Jaime Mendoza, and Nathan Fairbairn

The way this series is shaping up, it seems that Marvel may have made a smart move injecting a little of the X-universe into their cosmic setting. Thus far, this series has been very good – and no one expected anything more. The characters used in this event shine a little brighter on their own – and it looks as if we will once again get a new crop of little-thought of characters who make a name for themselves via a Marvel Cosmic event. Havok is just so much more interesting when he isn’t a part of a typical X-team, isn’t he? This is the best story to have happened to him since Mutant X. At least, so far. This series really has been a proving ground for this half og the War of Kings equation – so far, so good!

DC COMICS

BLACK LIGHTNING YEAR ONE #4 (OF 6)$2.99 Now $2.59
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #22$2.99 [/b]Now $2.69[/b]
MYSTERIUS THE UNFATHOMABLE #2 (OF 6)$2.99 Now $2.69
ROBIN #183$2.99 Now $2.69
STORMWATCH PHD #19$2.99 Now $2.59
SUPERMAN BATMAN #55$2.99 Now $2.69
TANGENT SUPERMANS REIGN #12 (OF 12)$2.99 Now $2.59
TINY TITANS #13$2.59
TRINITY #38$2.99 Now $2.69
VIGILANTE #3$2.99 Now $2.69

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA CYLON WAR #2 (OF 4)$3.99 Now $3.49
DEATH DEFYING DEVIL #3$3.50 Now $2.99

IGN

GI JOE ORIGINS #1$3.99 Now $3.49

IMAGE COMICS

NOBLE CAUSES #39$3.50 Now $2.99

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #587$2.99 Now $2.84
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 TP VOL 01 SECRET INVASION$15.99 Now $13.99
GHOST RIDER #32$2.99 Now $2.59
MARVEL ADVENTURES AVENGERS #33$2.99 Now $2.59
MOON KNIGHT #27$2.99 Now $2.59
MOON KNIGHT PREM HC VOL 04 DEATH OF MARC SPECTOR$24.99 Now $18.99
NYX NO WAY HOME #6 (OF 6)$3.99 Now $3.49
PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL PREM HC VOL 05 SECRET INVASION$19.99 Now $15.99
SECRET INVASION TP FRONT LINE$14.99 Now $11.99
SECRET INVASION TP INCREDIBLE HERCULES$14.99 Now $11.99
SECRET INVASION TP THUNDERBOLTS$19.99 Now $15.99
SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #8$2.99 Now $2.59
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #60$3.99 Now $3.59
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 10$39.99 Now $32.99
ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK NEW PTG #2$2.99 Now $2.69
UNCANNY X-MEN #506$2.99 Now $2.69
X-FACTOR #40$2.99 Now $2.69
X-MEN KINGBREAKER #3 (OF 4)$3.99 Now $3.49
X-MEN LEGACY #221$2.99 Now $2.69

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