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Calliope’s Quick Fire Reviews Part 1

A lot of books this week, so the quick fire is split in two.

Adventure Comics The Guardian #1

adcom1  Not too much happens here except returning the Guardian to Metropolis. Would have been better as a backup feature.  2 out of 5 JlAers. 2starjla


Cable #8

cab8  Bishop captured and tortured by the X-Men, Cable fights future bugs. 3 out of 5 X-Villains. 3starxvil


Marvel Zombies 3 #2

mz2    I had started to get tired of the whole zombie thing, but this series has been interesting. 3 out of 5 Marvel Zombies.      3starmarv


More Reviews to come.

Ultimatum #1 (of 5) Review


COVER BY: David Finch
WRITER: Jeph Loeb
PENCILS: David Finch

This book was surprisingly good. I had low expectations based on the Ultimate Origin mini that was only so so . This book however is grand in scale. We start with a quick go around the entire Ultimate Universe. Catching up with the X-Men, Ultimates, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four. Then things go bad very quickly. The ocean floods into New York and the death toll reaches into the millions as we find out that this is happening worldwide, even in Lateveria as we see an enraged Doctor Doom without any of his subjects. Professor X contacts the survivors and tells them who is behind this. From the cover above (which is also the last panel of the book) it is not hard to guess. Loeb writes a very tight, connected tale that is on a grand scale. Finch’s pencils are very good and only in one panel was it hard to figure out who a character was.(I thought the Human Torch in non-flame form was Mr. Fantastic) Overall this is an interesting start to the destruction of the Ultimate Universe and receives 4 out of 5 Fantastic Fourers.


Sgt. Rock The Lost Battalion #1 Review

srock Written by Billy Tucci; Art by Billy Tucci; Cover by Billy Tucci and Mark Sparacio

I generally do not like war comic books. Most of them all seem the same, especially when I was younger and every single one of them was set in WW2. This book however, is a phenomenal exception to the rule. While it is set during WW2 it also has the distinction of being set during real events. Billy Tucci has done an amazing amount of research to keep this a fairly accurate tale based on actual events and incorporating DC’s war heroes into the mix. I have had the pleasure of seeing most of the original pencils for this issues and they are amazing.A look at the last panel of the book gives you some idea of what they look like. I hope that in the trade there is ample room to show more of them. Unfortunately, I feel some of the beauty of the work is lost in the light palette that was chosen to color the book. The narration style is perfect for this book and I can not wait to see future issues. I believe this will stand out as one of the best war stories ever told once it is completed. Overall it gets a 5 out of 5 Batmen.


Calliope’s Quick Fire Reviews

Its that time again, a sentence or two review and a rating.

Amazing Spider-Man #575

amsp575    I have hated most of the post OMD stories, but this one was fun. Great new take on an old villain.

3 out of 5 Spider-Villains.



Avengers The Initiative #18

av18 A lot of Skrull reveals and a well told Secret Invasion Tie In. 4 out of 5  New Avengers.


Final Crisis Rage of the Red Lanterns #1

fcr Awesome story introducing not one but two new colors of Lanterns. Great artwork as well. 5 out of 5 Green Lanterns.


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Astonishing X-Men Ghost Boxes #1 (of 2)


COVER BY: Simone Bianchi
WRITER: Warren Ellis
PENCILS: Alan Davis, Frank Cho

Wow, where to begin. This is a summary book of sorts that interviews the mutant from a parallel dimension that showed up in the first few parts of the new run of Astonishing X-Men. He summarizes the take over of the Marvel Universe (Earth 616) and this story only lasts about 10 pages. The second story in the book shows us Earth 889 which is a pretty lame attempt at putting the X-Men in for the characters in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It is a pre-digital world, yet somehow Cyclops still has ruby quartz goggles, while the rest of the X-Men move about in the late 1800’s. This is another very short story. The rest of the book is filled up with writer notes and sketches. They could have just eliminated all of the fluff and turned this into a one-shot or even part of the regular series. So for $3.99 you get 16 pages of actual story, and the other half of the book is filler and ads. For that reason alone I have to give this book 0 out of 5 X-Men.

. 0starx

Justice League America #26 Review

Written by Dwayne McDuffie; Art and Cover by Ed Benes


This issue is the conclusion to the Second Coming storyline featuring the JLA versus Anansi the trickster god. Anansi is also the god of stories so leading  up to this point he has taken all of the origins of the JLA and spun different versions of them. The only member of the team left who has to try to restore things is Vixen. The beginning of the story shows Vixen gaining her animal totem powers back which she has been without since the series started. Vixen hunts down Bruce Wayne who fights crime as the Paladin an assassin who kills off criminals. She also runs into a very different Green Lantern. They take her to the Fortress of Solitude where Wonder Woman is mourning the death of her husband Superman. After a magic lasso lie detector test , Wonder Woman agrees to get this dimensions version of the JLA back together to fight Anansi. In the end it turns out that all of this has taken place inside of Vixen’s totem and was a test by Anansi to see if she was worthy of helping him in a coming crisis. Overall a nice conclusion to the story that leaves some possible threads for a follow up. There is some great artwork by Benes in this issue and the alternate JLA has some great looks to it. Overall this issue gets 4 out of 5 Silver Age JLAers.


Windy City Comicon Review

Had a chance to go to the 1st Windy City Comicon yesterday. It was held at 3656 N Halsted in Chicago. Overall not a bad show, but it definitely has a lot of room to improve. I liked the set up in the basketball court which had a nice open feel to the show. On the downside there was a severe lack of Bronze Age and older comics. This may have had something to do with the fact that there were only 8 comic vendors along with 2 or 3 toy/apparel vendors. Most of the comic vendors appeared to only have "hot" comics on there back walls and $1 books in their back issues boxes, which mostly contained books from the past year. The Artist’s Alley section took up the middle of the floor and took up most of the space in the room. They also had a lot of space dedicated to heroclix and magic tournament tables. Overall I would give it a 3 out of 5 X-Men. I am hoping this con becomes bigger and better as the Chicago area needs another con besides Wizard World.