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This Week's Toothwatch : 15/09/05 (Updated 14/09/05)

DC Comics

  • Batman : Legends of the Dark Knight #195 : Written by J.H. Williams III and Dan Curtis Johnson, art and cover by Seth Fisher.
    Part 4 of the 5-part "Snow." Batman's operatives encounter Mr. Freeze and come to grips with the madman's plan to bring his wife back against all odds.
  • Desolation Jones #3 [Wildstorm] : Written by Warren Ellis, art and cover by J.H. Williams III.
    Desolation Jones continues his pursuit of what may be the foulest artifact ever created by man! As he makes his way through the filthy denizens of L.A.'s seediest district, he becomes acquainted with a woman who can shed some light on his task -- but there are some willing to do anything to see that he fails!
  • Fables #41 [Vertigo] : Written by Bill Willingham, art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha, cover by James Jean.
    The final chapter of the 5-part ³Homelands.² Boy Blue continues his enforced history lesson at the hands of The Adversary, his captor, and is finally reunited with his lost love. But is Happily Ever After even possible after so many centuries apart? Will he spend the rest of his life in captivity, or, when things look darkest for our hero, is it possible he still has one last trick up his sleeve?
    {Still managing to keep up a high quality level, in both art and writing. Consistently one of my favourite comics each month.}
  • Hellblazer : Black Flowers TPB [Vertigo] : Written by Mike Carey, art by Jock, Lee Bermejo and Marcelo Frusin, cover by Tim Bradstreet.
    Continuing Mike Carey's acclaimed run on Hellblazer, Black Flowers rachets up the suspense as Constantine begins to see -- and battle -- the signs of a coming apocalypse in the stories "The Game of Cat and Mouse," the 2-part "Black Flowers" and the 3-part "Third Worlds" from issues #181-186.
  • Majestic #9 [Wildstorm] : Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Georges Jeanty and Trevor Scott, cover by Neil Googe.
    Featuring guest art by Georges Jeanty and an appearance by Zealot! Majestic sets out to discover the secrets of the hidden Kherubim technology lacing the planet's crust. But someone isn't happy about that, and Majestic is targeted for execution.
  • The Rann/Thanagar War #5 (of 6) : Written by Dave Gibbons, art and cover by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos.
    The course of the war takes a surprise turn as traitors and unexpected allies reveal themselves. As battle rages, a world is reborn -- but one warrior makes the ultimate sacrifice!
  • Wildcats : Nemesis #1 (of 9) [Wildstorm] : Written by Robbie Morrison, art by Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues and Matt Banning, cover by Caldwell and Banning.
    A new chapter in the WildStorm Universe is revealed in this 9-issue miniseries. Zealot and her Coda sisters are the elite warrior-class on their homeworld of Khera, feared throughout the galaxy. A single name, however, strikes fear and hatred into their hearts: Nemesis! Framed for the betrayal and slaughter of the Kheran military forces on Earth at the dawn of mankind, rogue warrior Charis Adrastea embarks on an epic quest to avenge the massacre, uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire universe. Hunted by friend and foe alike, she takes the name "Nemesis" -- from the Greek goddess of vengeance, whose myth she inspires. Now, as her blood-soaked quest nears its end, only the Wildcats can stop her! This miniseries plunges readers into the midst of the one-woman war Nemesis has been fighting for millennia. Each issue features a present-day sequence with art by Caldwell as she nears her quest's end, and a flashback with art by Domingues that reveals her origins and follows her vendetta as it spans human history!
    {Loved Joe Casey's take on Wildcats, and I'm somewhat curious to see what Grant Morrison and Jim Lee will do with next year's relaunch, but I'm passing on this.}

Marevl Comics

  • Mutopia X #3 (of 5) : Written by David Hine, penciled by Lan Medina, cover by Andy Park.
    Ismael Ortega's young daughter is about to go through the most important day of her life - the Rite of Mutant Transcendancy. But when a group of terrorists plan on interrupting the ceremony to take out Ismael, who gets caught in the crossfire?
  • The Pulse #11 : Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Michael Gaydos, cover by Mike Mayhew.
    Fans of Jessica Jones have waited two years for two things: the return of award-winning artist Michael Gaydos to the pages of the book he was born to draw, and the birth of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's baby. And guess what? They are both here! Plus: Luke Cage needs a new costume, bad!! The quest starts here. A New Avengers tie-in book guest-starring the Fantastic Four, Carol Danvers and the New Avengers.
    {The series has been a bit hit and miss so far, not helped by having to tie in to Secret War when that series can't even get itself out anywhere near on schedule. Nice to see Gaydos bak, hopefully this marks a bit of a turnaround, since I thought Alias was excellent.}
  • Punisher Vol. 1 Hardcover [MAX] : Written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Lewis Larosa and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Tim Bradstreet.
    This deluxe hardcover collects Punisher Max Vol. 1: In The Beginning and Punisher Max Vol. 2: Kitchen Irish, plus a hefty helping of DVD-style extras! In In The Beginning, Frank Castle's old associate Microchip is back, and he's after the Punisher. But first, he's got an offer for Frank that he'd better not refuse. Get ready for blazing bullets, bloodbaths and bold beginnings! In Kitchen Irish, Frank Castle embarks on a deadly mission that pits him against two rival gangs when a bomb explodes in a Hell's Kitchen pub. One thing is certain: The Punisher won't be pulling his punches! Collects Punisher #1 - #12.
    {Violent, bloody, excellent stuff from Ennis.}
  • Thor : Blood Oath #1 (of 6) : Written by Mike Avon Oeming, pencils and cover by Scott Kolins.
    Following the wrap-up of Marvel's legendary Mighty Thor series, Oeming and Kolins travel back in Marvel history to bring you a classic Thor adventure! Stepping out of the past of the glorious days of Kirby, Lee, and Buscema, Thor: Blood Oath presents Thor in his prime, with your favorite cast, including Odin, Balder, The Warriors Three and more! The Warriors Three are put on trial for murder. Standing besides his brothers-in-arms, Thor ties himself to their fate, as they are sent on an impossible journey by the Giants to pay their "weird" a blood price for the killing of a Giant's son. Thor and his three allies will journey across the lands, through Greece, Midgard, Asia and Africa, clash with gods, monsters, the dead, and occasionally each other!
    {Between his Dissassembled arc, and the Beta Ray Bill mini series, Oeming has been doing intersting stuff with Thor and his supporting cast, making this worth a look.}
  • Toxin #6 (of 6) : Written by Peter Milligan, penciled by Darick Robertson, cover by Duncan Fegredo.
    Ex-cop Pat Mulligan's sick of playing nice. While he's been struggling to control the alien symbiote Toxin, Razor-Fist ups the ante --and the body count -- again, bringing terror to New York City. His latest victim strikes horribly close to home, but when Pat decides to take the gloves off, will he do the right thing? Or give himself over to Toxin's base instincts? It's the fight you've been waiting for: Toxin vs. Razor-Fist...and this time, it's personal.
  • X-Men #175 : Written by Peter Milligan, pencils and cover by Salvador Larroca.
    "Wild Kingdom" Parts 1 of a 4-part crossover with Black Panther! The X-Men travel deep to the heart of Africa to investigate reports of strange, mutated animals roaming wild near Wakanda. But what happens when their discoveries lead them to the King of Wakanda himself - T'Challa, the Black Panther?! This issue leads into Black Panther #8!
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