As the page turns: this week in new comic books ... comics are like Wal-Mart, and what's a Cat-Girl?

But I don't mind it. He nails every character he writes and I've always been a Rogue fan. Besides, if it weren't for him, Rogue would show up less than Anna Paquin did in X3.

But that art. A few panels are fine, and Rogue (mostly) looks amazing. But artist Paquette has difficulty drawing, well, men.

It may be Rogue-centered, but it's not called X-Women: Legacy. (Though I'd probably buy two issues if it were.)

GREEN ARROW # 31: The Fall of Green Arrow begins... but it's not like he had that far to go.

[image-1]I've been reading comics since I was seven and I've never bought an issue of Green Arrow. I've never really been interested in the character. (Maybe it's the goatee? Those things can be kinda creepy. Especially the pointy kind.)

But as Rise and Fall began, I thought I'd give the character a chance. I'm a sucker for a mini-series. They're ripe with character development and new-reader friendly. But the only thing I learned from the launch of Green Arrow's event?

The next time I want a Green Arrow fix, I'll watch Smallville's Justin Hartley, pictured. (Call me!)

BATMAN # 697: Cat-what?

I didn't even buy it. I thumbed through it at the comic store and saw Catwoman with a sidekick. A Cat-girl. Uh, no thanks. Not even Halle Berry would go there.

X-FACTOR FOREVER # 1 (of 5): Forever. Which is how long it took to read.

I really wanted to love it. And in some ways, I did. It had a nostalgic feel, written by original X-Factor scribe Louise Simonson. But the mini, picking up where Simonson left off in the 80s, feels like it's still there. Thought bubbles, excessive dialogue, over-explanation.

Those hungry for the characters as they were should really enjoy it. I love the concept, and the original X-Men are always going to be my favorites, but some things are better revisited in the bargain bin at your local comic shop. (Or when I buy #2 anyway.)

SIEGE: EMBEDDED # 3, DARK AVENGERS # 15, SIEGE # 3: Wallet under Siege.

I know I said that comics were cheap. They are. But they also add up. In the case of Marvel's not-so-mini mini-event, however, I don't mind. The event brings Dark Reign to an end, ushering in The Heroic Age.

Embedded offers a street-level view of the battle royale between Norman Osborn and The Avengers from the perspective of a reporter. It's gritty and brilliant, and Dark Avengers offers a chilling, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the "bad guys." And as for the title book, Siege?


It's the reason I buy, and want to write for, Marvel Comics. Brian Michael Bendis delivers a gut-satisfying script and artist Olivier Coipel (whose hand I've actually shaken, and whom I've informed that my boyfriend and I, as one person, are a "huge fan" -- I was nervous, okay?) once again cements his status as the Marvel artist.

While Siege #3 (of 4) continues to tie up almost a decade's worth of plot threads, it would just as easily provide open access to any new reader. Not to mention -- actually, you know what?

I think I'm going to go read it again.

A comic book is a lot like Wal-Mart.

You don't have to be able to read to enjoy it. It's cheap, at least compared to other forms of entertainment, and you can find a comic book almost anywhere.

And sometimes an idiot somehow grabs the reigns (or the PA) and takes control.

This week in comics was no different.

NATION X # 4 (of 4): I told you last week, some people buy crack... others, X-Men. I'm only human.

The X-Men have taken up residence on a floating asteroid just outside of San Francisco — and given California's fickle nature, I can't say I blame them. Equality comes and goes.

Unfortunately, so does quality. This issue features another set of short stories by various creators, and while some are strong, others are... debatable. Still, it's not a buy that I regret: X marked the spot with the opening story by the team behind X-Statix and the second feature's where-has-this-guy-been art by Harvey Tolibad.

X-MEN: LEGACY # 234: Rogue continues to Carey the series.

Mike Carey, possibly the most underrated X-Writer, may or may not be in love with a fictional X-Woman.

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