Well, today, that all changes. Today we're gonna review Nova #12, Dead of Night #3. Later on, though, we'll get to Green Arrow/Black Canary #7, Bloodrayne: Prime Cuts #2 (EDIT: over here.) and Supergirl #28, just so you know.
And knowing is half the battle.
Dead of Night, featuring: Man-Thing #3
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Javier Saltares
Oh my god, this issue was so bare, I'm not sure if it's barely worth the cover cover price (4 bucks).
-Basically, college students go to swamps, try to capture video of Man-Thing.
-They get attacked by super-serum swampies (or "mutants," as the book refers to them), but the Man-Thing saves them.
-As the Man-Thing saves them, Ellen Brandt shoots 'em dead. She continues her revenge quest for the Man-Thing. Cue cliffhanger
There's very little substance to the comic. I get the feeling that the Man-Thing was a rip-off of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing just for the sake of being a rip-off. There are no depths to the characters involved, just a simplistic gore story.
One out of five super-serum swampies from me. Also, the art is very inadequate. The Man-Thing is not that thin, and the super-serum swampies / mutants looked to me more like vikings from the days of yore than super-serum swampies / mutants.
Hopefully, the final issue of this miniseries redeems everything, but for now, let's look at the Human Rocket, Nova.
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Paul Pelletier
So this issue is the issue to look at after a period of what seemed to be filler stories. This issue washes the board and gets everything up and at 'em for the conclusion of Annihilation: Conquest.
Needless to say, it was awesome. A huge techno-organic beast called a Technarch attacks Nova and his friend Warlock. Warlock sacrifices himself so that Nova is fully cured of the Transmode Virus.
It's a bit convoluted, but it's actually pretty basic once you've got all the names down.
Later, in a twist of awesomeness, the Technarch becomes benign, revives Warlock, frees other characters from the Transmode Virus and then goes off to Annihilation: Conquest!
Also, you must totally check out these panels, in which Nova is talking to Worldmind. They are perfect foils for each other, in that their views are totally polarized as emotional verses logical, intuition versus calculation:
I haven't been reading Annihilation: Conquest, but ever since this panel:
I think I'll get the last issue (#6), just to see what happens with Gamora and Drax. A four out of five Babel spires from me.