testament and new avengers: illuminati
the story is set in the distant future. the US is still at war and are instituting a draft. young people are being implanted with RFID tags, which allow the government to keep track, to help against missing children, but it also allows for the draft and will make it much harder to dodge. The main character is Jake, whose father just happens to be the scientist behind the tags. Jake does not have a tag and belongs to a group that protests the tags. Now so far this doesn't sound all that interesting, i know. The cool part of the book, is it also shows scenes back to biblical times, and the characters from the now are also then. in the first issue we see abraham about to sacrafice jacob (and its the same jake as our main character), jake wakes up and thinks it was a dream. these flashback scenes also show the goddess astarte and baal manipulating events to go against yahweh.
here is what i enjoy about the book so far (only on issue 4): i enjoy seeing the connection between the past and the present, as if all this is happening again, but maybe this time baal/astarte will win. the downside to the book is that it's sometimes hard to follow, for example, there is a scene where jake and a girl are having sex, and time kinda stands still, we see all kinds of weird things, and each scene is in a bubble around Astarte. but, other than a hard format to follow this book is great.
The next book is New Avengers: Illuminati by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. if you are unfamiliar with their work, stop reading and go pick up their amazing run on Daredevil. anyways, this story was a nice prelude to the Civil War series thats about to start. as always Maleev's art is stunning, especially the last page, which is all white, and has iron man sitting in a chair, saddened saying "It sure was." The story shows the relationship and history of the group in marvel who have been meeting secretly to change the world (Iron Man, Reed Richards, Professor X, Namor, Dr. Strange, Blackbolt)...Iron Man is confronted by SHIELD to find a way to solve the Hulk problem. the group agrees, well namor is opposed (which is odd since he hates the hulk, and everyone else really), to send the hulk into space, where he can't hurt anyone. this is not a book full of action, but dialogue, which with bendis is always superb. the problem with this is, if you are not a big comic fan, or not into superhero books, then this one may not really tickle your pickle. however, if you want to give something a try and see beautiful artwork and excellent writing, well look no further.