You've heard of ""Scared Straight""--when impressionable teens are brought inside a prison to get the harsh truth about criminal life from the inmates themselves. Well, the Academy kids are about to experience it super-villain style...courtesy of Juggernaut and the new Thunderbolts program! But it's another inmate that captures their attention...the man who imprisoned, experimented on and tortured them: Norman Osborn! When The Raft goes into lockdown, are they trapped inside with him, or is he trapped inside with them? Plus: the origin of Hazmat! And guest appearances by Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Valkyrie! Don't miss the next chapter in the most unpredictable Heroic Age title of all!
Ryan: I can’t see anything about “Scared Straight” without thinking of the recent SNL skits with Keenan “Good Burger” Thompson that have been surprisingly hilarious. That has nothing to do with this comic, but its worth noting. Avengers Academy has been top-notch in its first two issues, so I have no reason to believe that this won’t be another great issue. Now that we know Finesse has a major dark side, I think we could be in for some pretty great scenes between her and the Thunderbolts. Plus, any issue guest starring Iron Fist is on its way to a win in my book.
"Frostbite"" continues with The Spirit on thin ice – literally! As Central City is engulfed in a whiteout blizzard, Ebony's on the brink of death and The Spirit must carry her across town to save her life — with every hood in town baying for their blood!
And in the co-feature, THE SPIRIT: BLACK & WHITE, Stray Bullets and YOUNG LIARS scribe David Lapham teams with MADAME XANADU master Michael Wm. Kaluta to tell the tale of the deadliest New Year's ever! It's ""666 in 10...9...8...""
Ryan: As much as I dug Mark Schultz’s opening arc on this series, David Hine’s first issue completely blew the first story out of the water. His natural chemistry with artist Moritat has taken this series to a whole new level. Was that a fluke? I hope not, but we’ll find out this week with the follow-up issue.
The galaxy is teetering on the edge of a new future, with everyone fighting for a foothold — not to mention their lives! The galaxy that emerges from this chaotic battle could even end up without a Skywalker to carry the legacy that so many have come to depend on...
The final issue! Sith versus Sith! Jedi versus Sith! Imperials versus Sith! Cade Skywalker versus Sith! It's all-out war!
Ryan: The final issue of Star Wars: Legacy?! Say it ain’t so! I’ve loved this series since day one, but Ostrander and Duursema have really hit their stride in the last year with some of the most densely packed comics I’ve read in a very long time. While there will be a follow-up miniseries to close out Cade’s story, there are a ton of story threads to be closed out here. As long as the creative team doesn’t leave us hanging, this could definitely top this week’s Rankings.
Enter: Bizarro Supergirl! But how did she get to Earth and just what does she want? The real Supergirl better find out fast, or else there won't be much left of Metropolis to save! And to make things worse, an even bigger threat looms on the horizon with an eye for the Girl of Steel!
Ryan: We haven’t seen much of her, but I’m already won over by Bizarro Supergirl simply because of Jamal Igle’s great design and my faith that Sterling Gates can build a solid script around her. After a year or so of being a victim of the Superman family of books being tied up in crossover after crossover, this title is finally on the right track once again.
The fallout of SECOND COMING is still taking its toll on the X-Men. We can't tell you anything else until the end of SECOND COMING!
Ryan: I’m really digging the concept of The Five Lights, with the X-Men searching out the first five mutants that have appeared since M-Day, but this series has been so inconsistent for the last few years, so I’m really not sure how long I’m going to hold out. Whilce Portacio is definitely the weak link here, but if Fraction can put together a solid enough script, this issue could ride the momentum of Second Coming to being a solid read.