I ended up having a snow day today and asked if my wife could pick up my comics since she works closer to the shop than where Ilive. I asked her to pick up Guardians of the Galaxy #1 if it came out (I wasn't sure) and she ended up buying #0.1 that came out a week or two ago. I was debating on getting that one anyway but wanted to skim the first issue before making that decision, so the fact that she got it for me was alright. It was a decent issue, and very similar to Nova 1, but it wasn't fantastic. I didn't like his comments about leaving the galaxy to his father because it feels like it flies in the face of his character during DnA's Guardians run but I can look past it for now. I'm still not sure if I want to get Guardians #1 yet but I might still. We'll see. My wife's mistake did result in three of my five titles being Bendis-written, which would be a nightmare for some but cool for me. She also picked up the next trade of Walking Dead for me (volume 6) and I'm excited to read it. Loving this book, wish I'd have picked it up when it first started. All New X-Men 8 - I think it's very obvious now that Warren is going to be the one to go to Cyclops' side of things. The issue was good and Kitty & Bobby adlibbing Beast and Captain America's conversation was hilarious, as was Cap and Beast's short conversation following Cap seeing young Cyclops. I liked seeing Viper and Hydra using all the high tech, since Bendis had Viper take over Osborne's latest renditio of H.A.M.M.E.R. including AIM and all that. It fit with his Avengers run. I also liked that the two Angels were able to take them down nearly single-handedly. It was a good showing for them. So yeah, overall a good issue. Bendis is still writing a great run of X-Men. Age of Ultron #1 - First off... I hate the foil cover. I liked them when I was a kid but not so much now. How Marvel somehow managed to create this foil cover and NOT charge an extra couple of bucks for it is beyond me. If it was overpriced (even more) I likely would have skipped it, but I miss Bendis writing some of the Avengers characters so I picked it up. I actually enjoyed the issue in an alternate reality sort of way. I don't know what the overall plan for the book and it's aftermath is but I thought it was good. Hawkeye's a lot more brutal here than normal but I can buy that with what they seem to have been through. Spider-Man doesn't come accross as SpOck at all, nor does his costume look like SpOck's. While that probably bugs fans of Superior Spider-Man, I'm actually VERY relieved. I'm not reading Superior Spider-Man and when there's an event or major story, I'd rather the characters be who they are portraying, not being invaded by minor plots in other ongoing stories. It's similar to how Millar just wrote Daredevil during Civil War, despite the fact that it was actually Iron Fist in the suit due to the ongoing's plot, and he let tie-ins deal with that plot. That's how I like it, but that's just me. So, as I read this book, I just read it as Peter and I hope that Bendis keeps it that way. I don't plan on buying any of the AU oneshots (that make no sense with the numbering) but I'll continuing buying the main mini. It was interesting enough to catch my eye and find myself looking forward to next issue (next week). Hitch did a great job here and Bendis hooked me. The only AU oneshot that I MIGHT consider buying is the one with Victor Mancha... and that's a stretch. So yeah, this is a win as far as I'm concerned, though I suspect others will think otherwise. If it starts going down hill though I'll bail. I don't care enough about Ultron to buy a huge event based on him that seems to be only loosely important to what's going on with the rest of the Marvel Universe, but as long as the story stays good I'll keep coming back. Phantom Stranger 6 - Not near as good as last issue but decent. PS goes to Las Vegas to confront three demons (Raven's brothers) about the disappearance of Phillip Stark's family. They play poker and it's a fun, demented little story. I grew a little annoyed though because two of the three brothers are hard to differenciate and I kept going back and forth, trying to figure out who was who. I did like Deadman's role though and thought it was a create use of the character. I'm also intrigued by the Question's role these past two issues (cameos really) and want to know where that's going. I don't know if the Question took PS's family or not, but something's building there and I'm in until we learn what. I'm really liking this Trinity of Sin thing that DC has going on and I'm curious where it goes. I'll probably stick with this book until that plays out... and will likely pick up the upcoming Pandora ongoing for that same reason. I wonder if there will be one for the Question in time? Green Lantern 18 - The cover says Wrath of the First Lantern Part Five, but this is only the second issue involving this title. I was worried that I might have made a mistaken by not buying the other GL titles but it seems like this event is more like the Sinestro Corps War, where the part numbers on the cover rotated but the stories were, for the most part, separate. I thought this was a good issue, probably the best since Simon Baz came on board. His "taking down" Sinestro was pretty awesome and the art was just overall gorgeous. I like that Hal and Sinestro are focus characters again, alongside Baz, and I'm curious where the story goes from here. I'm hoping that I can just pick up the next two issues and not having to buy the other GL titles but we'll see. While Geoff Johns is well beyond his prime on this title, it's still been a great run and he seems to be ending it on a strong arc. I'm eager to see how the next two issues go... and then I may or may not come back for the new writer on issue 21. I just buy way too many comics as it is. Best and Worst of the Week Best: Green Lantern 18 - I think the art really sold me on this issue. I don't know if it's Syaf or the inker or colorist, but it was just a gorgeously put together story. Sinestro and Simon were interesting while conflicting and Simon getting the upper hand on Sinestro was great to see. I like where this issue ended and I'm excited to see where it goes. Worst: Phantom Stranger 6 - While a decent issue it wasn't anything fantastic. This book really is low on my list of books I read but the Trinity thing and random issues of goodness keep me coming back. Where last issue was phenominal, this was was just mediocre. Hopefully it picks up next issue with the Question apparently going to play a bigger role.