Weekly Review

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Here’s the review of this weeks comic purchases.  A pretty light week of books overall.  Close to half of the comics this week are their first issues.

How does the influx of new books rank up?  Are any of them keepers?  Check out our thoughts below.

Monthly Comics

Chew #9 – Tony continues his island excursion as so many plot points are brought together in an awesome state of bliss.  This series is a must for every comic book fan’s pull list.  The mix of humor and action are perfect and it’s one of the most original comics on the markets.  A must read.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Cinderella #5 – Cinderella and Aladdin continue their search to figure out who’s trading magical items for weapons.  Their journey takes them to Ultima Thule and a nice twist to the big baddy.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Demo #2 – Brian Wood is one twisted man.  The second issue in his second volume looking at the condition of man has one twisted story that involves cannibalism.  It’s beyond excellent combining such a sick subject with that of love.  He made it work.  Also of note is the great artwork from Becky Cloonan who has shown numerous styles in the two volumes of the series.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

First Wave #1 – It’s a very simple concept, iconic DC characters set in a noirish background.  We know Brian Azzarello can excel at pulling off this setting and the art by Rags Morales is nice.  We’ll see in the long term if this offshoot and reinterpretation of well known characters will be worth it.  So far, an excellent start.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Girl Comics #1 – The series with a horrible name is a good idea.  An attempt to highlight female artists and writers.  But the issue comes down to the fact the stories and art produced need to be good no matter the gender behind them.  There’s a few stories covered in this first issue of the three issue limited series and the majority are forgettable.  There are some highlights, but even those can’t make this issue a worthy buy.  The score below is our general thought on the issue, individual stories might score higher or lower.

Story: 5.5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.75

Green Hornet #1 – Written by Kevin Smith this series is based off of an unused movie script.  If this first issue is any indication, they missed out on making a large sum of money at the movies.  A solid first issue with great action, plotting and amazing art by Jonathan Lau.  We weren’t Green Hornet fans before, but we are now.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

the Invincible Iron Man #24 – Matt Fraction cements himself as one of the best story tellers out there with this end of the five part Stark: Disassembled story arc.  It left me with my jaw dropped and a direction I didn’t even think about.  Kudos to Fraction and here’s looking forward to what he has next in his bag of tricks.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25

the Mighty Avengers #34 – The team finally takes on Loki who was behind this newest Avengers incarnation to get together.  The ending was a nice twist and we’ll see where the team goes from here.  Also the next big villain they’ll face is teased.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

Prelude to Deadpool Corps. #1 – Without this issue, Deadpool has three ongoing series, of which one is worthwhile.  This five issue limited series sees Deadpool gathering his alternate universe versions of himself to stop some calamity.  This issue focuses on Lady Deadpool and gives us a bit of a glimpse of the world she comes from.  The issue is one giant action scene with Deadpool stepping in for a little less than a quarter of it.  It has little to do with the greater storyline other than the two Deadpools getting together, sigh.  The art by Rob Liefeld is and Victor Gischler does turn in an entertaining story, but we’re not talking Shakespeare here.  It definitely has a throwback feel to Liefelds, big boobs, big pecs, big guns days at Marvel.  Why this needs to be a limited series remains to be seen.  Also, is Deadpool really that much of a money maker that he needs this amount of exposure?

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk #2 – Do you know a lot about the Enigma Force or the Microverse?  If the answer is yes to either of those then this limited series is for you.  Unlike the very reader friendly first issue, this issue dives deeper into Marvel history making it a bit more difficult to follow for new comers to the characters.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Secret Warriors #13 – Fury continues to debrief his team as Leviathan and Hydra continue to make moves against each other.  We’re also treated to some of the history between Stryker and Kraken.  The ending is also a shocker as one of the Secret Warriors are dropped from the team.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Wolverine: Weapon X #11 – Logan and Steve Rogers celebrate Rogers’ return by going bar hopping around the world.  At the same time Deathloks are killing people that are on a “list” and Captain America is their next target.

Story: 8.75 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75

X-Men: Hope – This comic collects the Hope back up stories that were featured in a few of the X-Men related comics a bit back.  The stories then were decent reads and the art was ok.  If you’ve already read them you can obviously skip it and more likely you have if you’re into the “X” books at all.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25