My Week in Comics: February 6, 2009

When someone tells me "You're under arrest forever", I will never know if I should pee my pants or laugh my ass off. Oh, H.A.M.M.E.R. guys, don't ever change!

Oh wait, you should. Coz you sicken me and I can't wait for Dark Reign to be over.

But I's time for the most verbose comic reviews this side of the Pearl of the Orient! Speaking of which, let's see what shook our pearly shores this week!

Invincible Iron Man #10 is all sorts of things, and not one of them is boring. It's got Norman Osborn working the press real good (how he got his spin-doctor skills this good is intriguing). It's got Tony and Maria Hill getting it on while all his armors record everything (or at least that's what we want to happen!), and it's got Pepper Potts going Iron Maiden on all our asses. Never has so much metal appeared in an issue as this!

I'm totally loving how Matt Fraction is going Michael Bay movie on us with each succeeding issue. The fights, the shallow intrigue, the nookie while hundreds of sentient armors watch and the explosions that pepper the page like so much...uh...pepper. It just makes for an exciting read-through. This gets an 8 out of 10.

Agents of Atlas debuts this month with a solid issue #1. I've never heard of these guys before getting this, so I don't know how they're supposed to operate, but their 'good guys acting bad' shtick certainly piqued my comic-reading interests. But even that pales in comparison to the fact that once you have that basic premise out of the way, what you have here is basically a Chinese guy leading a team that includes what appears to be the goddess of love herself, a talking gorilla, and a guy with a glass bubble on his head that lives in a flying saucer, among others. It's that sort of wacky, fanciful team dynamic that makes you wonder how the hell they're supposed to get along. And it's that sort of curiosity that makes me come back for more.

Not to mention, this issue sees the third (?) time in two years that a Marvel superhero has visited our shores. Yes folks, the Philippines is getting closer and closer to being recognized as more than just a name to rattle off in a list of superhuman casualties. I won't tell you who it is or what he did, but needless to say it's awesome.

Speaking of awesome, check out the art on this one. Carlo Pagulayan and his team pulled out all the stops to make this the most awesome looking book out this week. Never has Namorita looked this damn good while kicking loads of ass. And a naked (!) Venus seals the deal for me (you know how I just love the naked wimmens in my funnybooks. :) ) It's an all-around great package that, while starting off a bit slow, is interesting enough to get you to pick up the next issue. A great-looking 9 out of 10.

Great books this week. The Year of the Ox is starting to look good for comic books! Let's hope the good luck sticks. As always, if you want to discuss anything I mentioned today, or just want to talk about a naked Venus without being laughed at, the comment box below is your best friend. My Week in Comics is up every Friday. Thanks for reading!

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