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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Best Books You Didn't Read this Week, Issue 10

Blue Beetle #31

Written by: Matthew Sturges

Art by: Andre Coelho

It's funny, it's action packed, it's dramatic, there are incredibly interesting characters and original characters. Seriously. This has gone from being one of my quiet favorites to being one the books that I have been shouting about from the rooftops! This issue had a great fight scene and quite seriously one of the funniest three panels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Blue Beetle has become just as great at quipping as Spider-Man ... he might not do it as often, but when he does they are fall out of your chair funny. So, start buying this book. The 4th trade paperback comes out this week and it's time to get the trades and get caught up. Get on it!

Legion of Superheroes #46

Written by: Jim Shooter

Art by: Francis Manapul

As exciting as any team book could be I think that we all realize that it is the interactions between the characters that really keeps you reading the book. Mark Waid had a great grasp on the characters when this title was launched, and Tony Bedard had a pretty good handle on them as well, but it's hard to challenge a the kind of long term experience that Jim Shooter had. This might not be as popular a book as books like Teen Titans or Titans or Young X-Men but I think that it is one of the more solid team titles currently coming out. Sometimes what is great about a book is that it is a blue chip, it's a consistent hitter ... it might not be a power hitter, it doesn't hit a lot of home runs, but it gets some pretty consistent doubles and it always gets on base. If you are looking for fun then look no further.

Youngblood #5

Written by: Joe Casey

Art by: Derec Donovan

I never thought I would like a Youngblood book ever again. But Joe Casey has this way of making any concept incredibly worth reading about. Whether it's corporate intrigue, zany sci-fi, campy magic, probation officers, guys with bar-codes on their faces, guys slowly turning into stone ... even straight up superhero fare. This has been a really cool title and it has been plenty easy for me to get into even though I hadn't read a Youngblood book since like 1996. Derec Donovan is also a totally awesome artist. I think that if you are looking for a superhero book that looks a little deeper into the way that fame is entirely created then this is the book for you, if you are looking for something that is a scathing condemnation of the way that the media works and looks at celebrity then look no further.

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