Once a month the folks at 8th Dimension comics select the best comics for us to review. We're splitting the round-up into two parts this month to accommodate some of the brilliant longer works that debuted in their own section, but here's the star single issues of the month.
Check out Part 1 of this month's roundup.
Vertigo put out a one-shot of spooky short stories that had some real gems in it. The collection opens with a bizarre, lighthearted tale called The Night After I Took the Data Entry Job I Was Visited By My Own Ghost by Al Ewing, drawn by Rufus Dayglo. It follows a man in his twenties who us haunted by the specter of his lost rock star dreams. The ghost eventually begins taking over his life in a humorous and surreal manner that plays like one of Harlan Ellison's brighter moments.
Even better is Neil Kleid and John McRea's A Bowl of Red, which is, and I'm not making this up, and epic story of faith and the human mind centered around a bowl of Lucifer's own chili. How on Earth such amazingly introspective stabs into a reader's very soul came from something you spread on hot dogs I'll never know, but it is unforgettable brilliance.
Plus, the book is worth the buy because it contains the last work by Joe Kubert before he died.
Rating: 9 of 10
The Avengers vs. X-Men storyline is finally over (Thank God), and now we deal with a world where Charles Xavier is dead and Scott Summer in prison for his murder and for bringing about the return of the Dark Phoenix. Now Captain America struggles to unite the Avengers with the mutant population in order to give the world a face of cooperation and unity. They manage to recruit Havok to their cause, but meanwhile the Red Skull has returned with a plan to use the brain of Professor X to bring an end to mutant-kind. It was worth putting up with that damned endless crossover just to get to this awesome new team book.
Rating: 7 of 10
He-Man was a ridiculous TV show. It really was, but DC has brought back the classic characters and given them depth and power in a new series written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and drawn with incomparable skill by Frazer Irving. The first issue delves into the origin of Skeletor, watching him as he wanders through a maze of his own memories and the burning castle of his brother King Randor, who he has betrayed. The fire is slowly melting the flesh from his face, and he muses on the Shakespearean politics that drove him to his current position. If you hold any love in your heart for the old show, this is the best you will ever see it done.
Rating: 8 of 10
With a remake imminent, IDW has revived the Rocketeer. It's stil the same old pulp fiction fluff read it ever was, but Cliff Secord has gotten some more modern dialogue thanks to Mark Waid. This issue has the Rocketeer trying to stop a shipment of pissed ff dinosaurs. It doesn't make much sense, but it's still fun as hell.
Rating: 6 of 10
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From the folks that brought you Adventure Time comes Bravest Warriors. This month's kid selection is irreverent, cute, and involves cupcakes dueling to the death. The death, I say. Then our brave team of heroes watch movie trailers about space sharks until its time to go save some clowns. I honestly can't sell it any better than that.
Rating: 6 of 10