Thursday, April 24, 2008

First Reads of the Week!

Hulk #3
The new Abomination -- preferring to call himself A-Bomb -- goes toe to toe with the Red Hulk in the latest installment of Jeph Loeb & Ed McGuinness' reworking of the Hulk's status quo. This issue is long on gamma-powered fistfights and short on answers, but what we do learn is interesting... and it's great to see the Green Goliath back in the pages of his own book again (even though he seems to have inexplicably lost one or two hundred IQ points since we last saw him).

Good Hulk Green! Bad Hulk Red! A-Bomb Bulletproof! Rraagh!

Star Wars: Dark Times #10

The final chapter in the second arc for Dark Horse's exploration of the bleak years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope hits in Dark Times #10... and to be perfectly honest, I'm glad to see this one finish. While the script by Mick Harrison has been top-notch, following former Seperatist Bomo Greenbark as he tries to put the pieces of his life back together on board the smuggler vessel Uhumele, the art over the course of this arc has run the gamut from tolerably mediocre to eye-gougingly awful... thank goodness Star Wars art maestro Doug Wheatley returns to this great title with isuue #11!

Star Trek The Next Generation: Intelligence Gathering #4
After three Pakled ships launch a bizarre attack on the Enterprise-D, Captain Picard and his crew track the vessels' warp trails to their point of origin -- but whoever set the Pakleds off on a murderous rampage isn't caught unprepared. Soon Picard is defending his ship against his own away team, as Counsellor Troi, Ensign Ro and Doctor Crusher all fall under the power of an unknown and very hostile intelligence...

The writing team of Scott & David Tipton continue to deliver solid TNG stories with this miniseries; they have the characters and dialogue down pat, and the plot is easy to imagine as the seed of an actual episode. If you're looking for an old-school TNG fix, then this is the book for you.

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