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Posted by bnwadmin On February - 19 - 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #654.1

Dan Slott (w) Humberto Ramos (a)

Another of the Marvel point one issues, I am not certain how great of a jumping on point for new readers this issue is as Spider-Man does not even appear in this issue. Peter Parker does, but if you blink you very well miss him. No, this issue was all about Venom and his new relationship with a symbiote. I say a symbiote because it looks as if Uncle Sam has figured out a way to utilize good ol’Venom. Guess who the first test subject is?

That’s right, last time we saw our old buddy Flash Thompson he was in a wheel chair, victim of an IED overseas fighting in the army. However, now the Venom suit has given him a new lease on life. And along with that lease, new delusions of grandeur. You remember how it goes for Flash – he’s always dreamed of teaming up Spider-Man.

The book begins with Flash playing the part of James Bond, infiltrating a party and doing the mambo with some little honey as he approaches his target. Of course after this first successful mission, the ante gets upped and that is where this issue really gets interesting.

And just in case you were worried that our buddy Venom has been neutered – “Now ya done it! Now I’m gonna — Now we’re gonna tear ya limb from limb.” And that’s not even the best moment.

One thing is for certain, you know this partnership with the alien will not last forever, and I can not wait to see what happens when it falls apart.

Slott is at his usual best, as if Ramos. Forgive me as I need to leave to worship at ther altar of what is the new Spider-Man.

Justice of League of America #54

James Robinson (w) Brett Booth (a)

Let me start with saying I have not been the biggest fan of James Robinson’s run on JLA. I’m just not one of his disciples. Granted, I still need to read his Starman saga (which everyone raves about). Now that I got that out of the way, let me say how much fun this issue was.

Eclipso is an old -school JLA villain. Of course, this is an entirely new JLA without Superman, Wonder Woman and Bruce Wayne. And this is a new Eclipso who just live a certain brand of toasters has a plan. And boy this plan looks pretty spectacular.

I am not sure how long this story is going to run, but the first setup issue has me hooked. Plus, Brett Booth’s art is awesome. I don’t know why he has not done a regular mainstream title before now.

Plus, it’s always nice when we get a timeout from the heroes and see how the other lives, and thinks. I can’t wait for the next issue to ship.

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