Gonna do things a little different today and do a few rapid fire reviews on some books from last week, and a mini I picked up at last weekend’s New York Comic Con! Here we go!

What: Uncanny X-Force #1

Who: By Rick Remender (words) and Jerome Opeña (art)

Why: I would have picked up this book regardless, as I am still a loyal fan of the X-Men for over a decade now. But I would have gotten this book if there wasn’t an X anywhere near it. Why? The creative team. Rick Remender hasn’t written a bad thing yet as far as I can tell since I became a fan of Fear Agent a couple years back. And with Opeña’s art that set a new high mark for both Marvel’s most recent first arcs of both Punisher and Vengeance of the Moon Knight, this book is a must read. Fortunately for me, it’s also an awesome X-Men book with deft character work, awesome action, and the promise of some excellent storylines. I’m on board, guys.

What: Spider-Man: Back in Quack #1

Who: By Stuart Moore (words) and Mark Brooks and Ray Height (art)

Why: Because it’s Howard the Duck. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be buying comics just because I like certain characters, regardless of the quality of the book itself…but I like Howard the Duck. And this comic wasn’t the worst. The Ray Height half of the penciling wasn’t too good. I mean, he drew Howard nearly as tall as the human characters, which is contrary to every other depiction of the Duck, including the first half of this very issue. That’s just lazy. It was worth the read, but I doubt I’ll be reading it again any time soon.

What: The Mighty Skullboy Army: Another Laugh Riot

Who: By Jacob Chabot

Where: Find it online at Beetlebug Comics

Why: Jacob Chabot’s Skullboy Army is one of the biggest delights of my comic convention goings. For years I’ve dutifully purchased one, two or as many as I need of his mini comics and am always rewarded with fantastic cartooning and damn near perfect laughs. Unit 1 and 2 (a robot and a monkey, respectfully) are one of the best comedic duos of all time. This issue (12th in the Skullboy Army legacy), features short stories of the Army in their usual battle to get Skullboy’s homework done and managing his evil empire. There’s also several pages of “Renegade Cop” that will have you smiling like a dope on the bus. If you like fun comics and appreciate sharp cartooning, you have to be reading Chabot’s books. Not even kidding a little.