The Sunday Pages #38

7th December 2008 | by | No Comments

Capsule reviews from the Comics Daily team, including The Authority #5, Cable #9, Marvel Zombies 3 #3 and X-Infernus #1

Review: The Authority #5
In contrast to a couple of issues of being swamped by events, The Authority here are shown managing to get the job done, but the damage to the team’s interpersonal relations is arguably greater than any of their recent failures. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning deliver a shocking exposure of Jack Hawksmoor’s state of mind, with his physical injuries paling compared to the damage to his psyche. Balancing personal drama with a superbly offbeat setting, this criminally underrated revival continues to be an essential purchase. [JHa]

Review: Cable #9
Bishop’s plan finally gets some traction, albeit in a slightly less than proportionate manner as we discover he plans to destroy as much of the inhabitable world as possible in order to narrow Cable’s options for hiding out. Makes some kind of sense, but the idea that one man, even a man with a time machine, could accomplish all that is fairly reaching in a world so over-populated with super-powered types. Cable’s own plot is far more straightforward, though the series’ central mystery is still the best – perhaps only – reason to keep reading, and there’s very little material given over to the child this issue. [JHu]

Review: Marvel Zombies 3 #3
X-51 slices through a whole heap of Zombies before becoming undone at the last moment – all great fun that surprisingly brings some pathos to the “Nextwave” version of Stack by reconciling him – spiritually and visually – with his Kirby days. The other plot thread, about Zombie-Morbius attempting to infect the superheroes of The Initiative is more straightforward, though the reasoning for doing so doesn’t especially hold. In any case, one of the best uses of the Marvel Zombies yet, and that’s hard to get upset with when the undead horse has been flogged for so long. [JHu]

Review: X-Infernus #1
Nightcrawler inexplicably turns out to be hiding Illyana Rasputin’s Soulsword, so she arrives from Limbo hoping to get it back, and if you understood that sentence then this is probably the book for you. New X-Man Pixie is neatly woven into the X-Men’s mystical fabric, and aside from the fact that I’m not remotely interested in anything involving Limbo, Magik or Inferno, there’s really nothing wrong with it besides Silvestri’s absurdly gratuitous cover. Off to an unexpectedy promising start. [JHu]