Punisher War Journal 19. Jigsaw makes a big move against Frank. Jigsaw is a pretty disturbing and fascinating villain; I like how the evil version of the Punisher gets to have the family Frank lost, as if that tragedy is necessary to make Frank a good guy. How would a guy like Frank have channeled all his anger -- surely not all the product of revenge -- with a wife and kid. Chaykin, however -- HOW did Frank, surrounded, open a manhole cover silently with just his foot? Those things are heavy, scrape against the ground, and do not have anything for a foot to hold on to. I mean, Buggs Bunny could pull it off, but in this book?
Invincible Iron Man 1. Iron Man vs Ezekiel Stane: The Prologue. The Order, ended seven days ago, continues here. Nothing really dies, which is nice -- you do not feel all those good Order ideas are sitting in a drawer somewhere. I am interested in Stane.
Angel 7. Stories picking up immediately after the conclusion of the show contine: here we get Wesley and Kate. With Kate back I really felt how much of my enjoyment of the Whedon-verse was the actors, like Elizabeth Rohm. Unless you are going to give me great art to replace those actors, then this is always going to be a diminished thing. Does anyone know who the character in the frame story is?
Buffy 14. The Godzilla Dawn thing was funny, and I liked the box of flame, but again, see above. And check out the vaguely inappropriate Sam Keith style sound effect on the bottom of the second to last page. Really? That was the effect you wanted?
Newsarama's got Matt Fraction, more discussion of DCU 0, and I have decided to avoid the Final Crisis previews for some reason.