For the first time in years, or possibly ever, I am reading more Marvel Comics than DC Comics. I wonder what that means? My DC pull list includes the two remaining issues of Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds and Justice Society of America (the only ongoing title I read). Here's what I've read lately:
Age of the Sentry # 5 - This series continues to be a lot of fun and kid-friendly enough to share with my son. It's a great combination of nostalgia, laughs, and adventure. This issue features a hilarious spoof of the Legion of Superheroes. We meet such characters as Blob Boy, Charlie-27, and the Duplicate Gentlemen. The editor's note referencing Marvel Mystery Comics # 616 is an obvious parody of the number designating the Marvel Earth in the Marvel/DC crossovers. Other subtle spoofs include the mention of Sun Girl the 52nd and Sentry's reference to a "multiverse of possibilities."
The fake ad for Marvel fruit pies is a blast from my past when superheroes moonlighted for Hostess. I almost hope these Silver Age spoofs will go beyond the designated six issues, but I'll save some money if they don't.
Avengers / Invaders # 8- Only four issues to go in this excellent limited series. The story is captivating. The art of Sadowski & Berkenkotter is great! The Human Torch never looked so real. The interaction between the two Captain Americas and between the new Cap and Bucky are priceless. And I just learned that there was a Golden Age Vision. A great read! The issue is a pivotal turning point as some of our heroes journey back to the 1940s. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here and whether time will be thrown out of kilter.
Captain America: Theater of War - America The Beautiful - The third installment in this series of one-shots and the best so far. A moving and well written World War II story in which Captain America keeps a promise made to a young soldier at Normandy decades earlier. Highly recommended.
Marvels: Eye of the Camera - A sequel to Marvels in which photo-journalist Phil Sheldon produces a sequel to his Marvels. But time could be running out as Sheldon faces a personal crisis while defending Captain America and others in the midst of theirs.
More pull list and reviews soon.