It’s a fairly light week of books with some shockingly good books and some shocking moments.
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 – Interesting enough each issue of this Blackest Night limited series tie-in managed to improve on the previous. This issue takes place before all of the new Lanterns got together. We’re to believe there was a fight between Mera and Wonder Woman at some point in there. There’s some nice moments, and the issue is an improvement, but overall the series, like most Blackest Night tie-ins, is a disappointment.
Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75
Cable #23 – Cable and Hope continue their run from Bishop, pretty much what’s happened for the entire series. However, the issue does have a nice tie-in to some of the earlier stories. It’s nothing new but we’re more issue closer to the next major “X” event.
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.5
Cinderella: From Fabletwon With Love #4 – I’m not quite sure why I was under the impression this was a limited series, but I guess not. Cinderella and Alladin finish up their mission. The series as always has some great banter and action and also the usual flashback. It’s nice the series references past events without thinking it needs to explain every detail. This series doesn’t quite reach the level that Fables does, but it’s a nice addition.
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5
Deadpool: Team-up #896 – Deadpool and U.S.Ace (who?) try to deliver two truck loads but are attacked by gun-toting raccoons. Yeah you read that right. Why does this series exist other than to suck more money from our wallets? The tone of three Deadpool series varies greatly, but they don’t add much to each other or the character. Just stick with the main series and you’re fine and reading the best of the three.
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5
Demo #1 – Brian Wood and Beck Cloonan continue their earlier series, this time under the Vertigo banner. Much like the other recent Vertigo series Daytripper, Demo is about individuals and their feelings and actions. Cloonan’s amazing black and white art is reminiscent of popular manga style mixed with a western style. Just a fantastic first issue that makes me want to rush out and find the earlier run.
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9
the Invincible Iron Man #23 – The Stark: Disassembled storyline has been a slow burn, taking place over five issues. This is the second last moment and mostly deals with figuring out Stark the man and why he’s created the world he has. There’s also some great revelations and a shocking moment. It’ll be nice to have Stark back in the armor and rebuilding his life in the real world, but so far this is a nice bridge from the fast action that made up the Most Wanted storyline.
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5
Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #1 – Dealing with one of Hulk’s sons, Hiro-Kala is on a mission about some sort of force. I know nothing about the background of this character and unfortunately you need to know a little to fully understand what’s going on. However, the strong writing by Scott Reed makes the issue very enjoyable and entertaining, even for those who don’t quite understand everything that’s going on.
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75
Siege #2 – There are some fantastic moments in this issue, Steve Rogers taking back the shield, Nick Fury firing up his troops, and an Avenger dying. It’s just filled with chilling and exciting moments that are making me pumped for this event. Don’t look for anything too deep, just cool action with the heaviest hitters in the Marvel universe.
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9
Siege: Embedded #2 – This series’ entire goal is to look at Norman Osborn’s use of the media in his quest for power and run up to war with Asgard. The focus is Ben Urich the “honest” reporter and Todd Keller, a character who has similarities to some personalities you might find on Fox News. A great statement about propaganda and how the media is manipulated by our government to achieve it’s means.
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75
Wolverine: Weapon X #10 – All I can say is wow when it comes to this issue. The entire issue is a reflection on Wolverine’s past loves and his current relationship with Melita. It’s a very nice issue that serves as a break between arcs. Very touching, just fantastic writing from Jason Aaron, and definitely the best issue of the series so far.
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75