Sunday, February 15, 2009

First Read of the Week!

I'm going assume that you've probably already read part one of Neil Gaiman's two-issue Batman story -- that's Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? for anyone who's been living in a cave for the past couple of months -- and talk about one of this week's underpromoted gems instead...

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1

Vril Dox, the amoral Coluan genius otherwise known as Brainiac 2, is back -- and this time he's on the run from his own private interplanetary security force, L.E.G.I.O.N. Throw in the Omega Men, Supergirl and a hidden message from the 31st century and you have R.E.B.E.L.S. #1, the first issue in a new ongoing sci-fi action series. The fast-paced, intelligent script by DC Comics mainstay Tony Bedard -- delivered to the page neatly packaged in expressive, kinetic art courtesy of 2000 AD veteran Andy Clarke -- not only brought me up to speed but left me feeling like I'd already read a couple of issues... and when was the last time you could say that about a new comic book? Highly recommended!

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