Wednesday, February 16, 2005

What I Read Today: Runaways, Astonishing, Darkness Black Sails

We sold out of a lot of books quickly today - it was non-stop in the store until about 5 pm. Which is GREAT, except that we sold out of some good stuff that we had to quickly reorder. So, it should be replenished in a week or so, but there are a few things I wanted to check out that are already gone. We do still have Astonishing X-Men and Green Lantern Rebirth in stock - which are the two biggest titles of the week, but with so many new subscribers on board, we didn't have much extra. Luckily this should be fixed soon as we saw the problem and went back to increase our initial orders on a bunch of stuff.

Anyway, on to the good stuff!!! I had a moment as the store day slowly wound down from its morning hecticness to check out a few comics. Astonishng X-Men #8 was great again, but it always seems like there should be more - it reads too fast. There is trouble at the mansion/school and all kinds of wierd things are happening. We see a visitor from the past outside the mansion while some mysterious visitor causes more trouble on the inside. I won't give too much away for those of you who have yet to read it. But once again there is a cliff hanger at the end! Runaways #1 (from the new series) had a similar feel to the old series in terms of the interaction between the main characters. I thought it started out a little slow with a story that seemed to not quite fit in with the rest of the book yet. But once they got into the main story, where the action happened, it got much better. I thought it was good - similar to the last Runaways with a new story, and the Runaways were givin a problem that they now must solve, in addition to trying to keep any other villians from filling the seats of power once held by their parents, the Pride. I am a fan of the pirate genre, but never read any Darkness books - although I do know the basic premise. So, I picked up the Darkness Black Sails one-shot. I like the art and the story started out great. I think it would have been better as a mini-series because it just went too quick from one thing to another and then wrapped up in the end in a way I found rather disapointing. The story went from a ship with a mysterious treasure and an even more mysterious protector of the treasure to a battle between good and evil, to a quick conclusion where neither really wins.

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