Every so often, I take the comics I read in a given week and sort them into two stacks. In one stack are those that have a cover decently expressive of the interior. In the other are those that say little to nothing or are misleading.

I thought I’d make sure to do one this week especially, considering I’ll be traveling back to school this week and won’t have as frequent access to comics.  And since I’ve got a fractured foot and don’t feel like traveling downstairs to use the scanner, it’s a bare-bones edition!

Action Comics #868–The cover shows Superman confronting Brainiac.  And, well, that’s exactly what happens in the issue.  Woo-hoo!  Putting one in the first stack at the start!  Ahem.  Moving on…

Amazing Spider-Girl #23–Peter Parker is pushing at Kaine’s face with one hand (almost in a choke-hold, but not quite) while Spider-Girl restrains his left fist.  Sure, that happens.  Maybe not exactly like that, but close enough.  Two in a row.

Astonishing X-Men #26–It’s Beast.  And Beast’s head in the background.  Uh-huh.

Batman #679–If I were including scans, I’d show this cover, as it could be used in How to Make Useless Covers 101.  It’s Batman doing something dynamic.  Not really anything there except pretty colors.

Blade of the Warrior: Kshatriya #1–The cover shows the main character (Kshatriya) with a bloody sword.  In the background is the face of a tiger.  It tells you little about what happens.  A tiger is important, especially in this issue, but that’s not really enough to put it in the first stack.  I might normally still put it in the first stack due to the back cover, but the description located there encompasses the series, not just this issue.

Captain Britain and MI:13 #4–It’s Captain Britain in a wrestler pose flying in front of what looks like a giant British flag flare.  (I’d call it a Union Jack flare, but there’s actually a hero named that in Marvel.)  Sift this to the second stack.

Fantastic Four #559–According to the cover, you’d expect a throwdown between the mysterious “New Defenders” (or so the text on the cover names them) and Mr. Fantastic helping a weakened Doctor Doom.   Text above the title indicates that these New Defenders want to kill Doom and the Human Torch.  If they do, that’s not clear in the issue.  Mr. Fantastic doesn’t have a scene with Doom or the Defenders.  Nope.  Too misleading to count.

Final Crisis: Revelations #1–The sliver cover, as all Final Crisis-related material has, shows Libra reaching out amidst a background of skulls.  Libra is in the comic, and plays an important (though not substantial) part.  It’s really a Spectre story.  With some Question in it.  So, despite what the cover tells you, it’s not a Libra story.

The Last Defenders #6–The cover depicts Hellstrom, She-Hulk, a Nighthawk, and Krang in a nice action-y group shot.  And I’m putting it in the first stack.  This series has largely consisted of a rotating cast, and the members of the cast get the spotlight in the issues.  Here is no different.  The cover tells you what Defenders are in this issue, while also telling you who’s important.  Well… mostly.  A couple of guys are left out.  That’s fine.

Secret Invasion #5–It’s a Skrull!  Moving on…

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1–A (presumably) naked Medusa embraces the costume of Black Bolt.  If you look closely, you can even see that Medusa’s crying.  I’m feeling a little lenient today so, since Black Bolt missing is pretty much the driving point of the issue and Medusa’s grief and anger at said situation are important to a sizeable chunk of it, I’ll put this in the first stack.

Secret Invasion: Thor #1–The cover shows Thor holding his hammer up from underneath a pile Skrulls and blasting them all with lightning.  A neat visual.  A shame Thor doesn’t actually fight any Skrulls inside.

Sparks #3–There are four snippets relevant to this issue.  There’s an action figure, a hanged man (the lead character), a mysterious guy in a mask, and an injection needle filled with some red liquid.  It is all relevant and all interconnected, even though what happens within the story itself remains vague.  Into the first stack it goes.

Wonder Woman #23–Here, Wonder Woman battles a giant armored demon in a pool in front of a government building.  Wonder Woman looks normal on the cover, even though she doesn’t inside, but that’s a small matter.  The issue is largely about Wonder Woman fighting a giant armored demon named D’Grth in the reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  So, there you go.

Trinity #11–Superman flies toward the reader with an American flag in the background.  And there’s a line of text that reads “LIBERTY…”  Not really good at all.

X-Men Origins: Jean Grey #1–The five original X-Men charge toward the reader.  Marvel Girl stands in the center.  In the background in a young Jean Grey, overshadowing the rest of the scene.  It’s a pretty cover, I’ll give it that.  The title essentially spells out what to expect in the story.  It’s the origin of Jean Grey.  But the cover offers no real inisght beyond that, so it has to go in the second stack.

That makes this week’s count 6:10 or 3:5.  Not great, but I’ve seen worse.

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