Geoff Johns, Richard Donner and Eric Powell's Action Comics 855. Bizarro attacks earth (specifically Superman's house). Superman travels to the weird cube shaped Bizarro World, which gets a big two page spread. Superman, it turns out, will be extra powerful now (under the light of the blue sun) and may even get new powers! But Bizarro will be different as well, changed perhaps. Once on the Bizarro world Superman is swarmed by mobs of Bizarros all talking crazy and acting insane. But the issue has heart as well (Superman remembers a tough childhood). And it turns out that the Bizarro world may not have long to exist and may take Superman with it! Now he has to fulfil the title and Escape From the Bizarro World!
I liked this issue better when it was written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely and was called All Star Superman #8.
And what happened with the whole Superman joins the Injustice Gang to stop Zod. Did I miss that? I know a few issues of Action Comics passed since I read that story, but I thought they were by fill in writers and artists and I was supposed to pick up that plot here -- is this some kind of a flashback to fill me in on Bizarro? I am not getting this stupid book anymore. And I kinda maybe could have been convinced to like Eric Powell's art, but now I am in too bad a mood to care.
Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo's Hellboy: Darkness Calls 5 (of 6). I am glad I stuck with this even though Mignola is not doing the art. Every issue I like Duncan Fegredo more and more. The third panel of this issue with the acorn, the arrow and the specks of blood is just perfect, especially as the action is hilariously frozen in the background of the next panel. The Pan's Labyrinth guy and the Kirby energy dots on the Medieval / Russian priest lookin guy are great as well. I am about an inch away from saying I like this as much as Mignola's art. The story is maybe a little exhausting, with this Terminator guy that just keeps coming and coming every issue, but it is a great visual reward.
In Comics News, Newsarma has an interview with Douglas Wolk and a two part excerpt from his new book, his chapter on The Invisibles. I have not had a chance to look at it closely, but it seems like smart stuff, even though I cannot enjoy how messy The Invisibles is -- I really just like the issues where the art does not suck. NOTHING can justify sucky art to me. Newsarama also has an interview with Brian K Vaughan about his upcoming Buffy issue, and it turns out Adrian Alphona, of Runaways fame, will be doing the art on Spiderman Loves Mary Jane.
Also on Newsarama, Batman 668 gets a review and they guy reviewing didn't notice Williams is mimicking other art styles until this issue. How many people are reading his review? I bet it is more than are reading this blog. Scheesh.