this week's comics

Big week. I wish the stuff I read didn't come out so bunched up, time-wise; the heavy weeks don't make up for the lean ones.

Sleeper: All False Moves TPB: Second collection of the series. A deep undercover agent has been cut off from his organization, orphaned inside the criminal syndicate that he's investigating -- and he's starting to "go native". Oh, and all the criminals (and the agent) have super-powers. It's an interesting, albeit dark and ultraviolent read.

Conan 5: Conan continues his attempts to escape the lotus-bloom prison of Hyperborea. Not sure how much longer I'll be sticking with this one; the art isn't doing much for me, and I got most of my fill of Conan reading the Howard books 20 years ago.

Astonishing X-Men 1: Director's Cut: Save your four bucks unless you're a huge, huge fanboy. Despite what the "director's cut" subhead on the cover might lead you to believe, this is the exact same story as the regular first issue, with the addition of a few extra covers, character sketches, and a bit of script.

Astonishing X-Men 2: Whedon is moving fast -- lots of plot development here. Cassaday's art is, as usual, fantastic, but I'm really not happy with the freakish snout he's hung on Beast. sigh Ultimate Beast gets killed off, and Astonishing Beast looks like a Shar-Pei. Where's the blue furry love?

Wanted 4: I was starting to wonder if this was ever going to come out. Things are building towards a climax, as our anti-hero begins to question whether being an all-powerful super-villain is all that it's cracked up to be.

The Authority: More Kev 2: Mostly back story and scene setting, but done in the classic Ennis "lots of gore and freakish sex" fashion.

The Losers 13 I really like the art in thisseries. Lots of effectively used negative space stuff -- very reminiscent of "100 Bullets", but distinct.

30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow 4: The vampires begin to attack in an unexpected fashion, and Templesmith shows that he does have colors besides black, grey, and red in his palette. Very effective, and very nice.

The Goon 7: This ended up in my pulls, presumably because my pull list includes "anything Hellboy" and this is a Mike Mignola co-penned tale. The cross-over mechanism is cheesy (no surprise), but once that's out of the way, interesting mayhem ensues. The Goon looks interesting enough that I might pick up a collection at some point; not so interesting that it'll get added to the pull list.