Weekly Reviews

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It’s our weekly reviews of comics released this week.  DC moves on from Blackest Night and shines a Brightest Day while a few other new series debut.  Is any of it worth it?  Find out below.

Monthly Comics

Black Widow #1 – A new ongoing series staring Black Widow.  I hesitated purchasing it after being somewhat underwhelmed by the recent miniseries but this first issue is really good as some attacks Black Widow.  But who has it out for her?  This first issue is well worth checking out, hopefully future issues hold up to the same quality.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25

Brightest Day #0 – After the end of Blackest Night, DC is kicking off the next big arc exploring the twelve heroes and villains who were chosen to return.  But why this particular twelve and not others?  This preview of what to expect hits the notes I was expecting it to exploring that and their connection to the white light.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Chew #10 – It’s the end of the International Flavors arc as we learn more about the vampire and various story lines that have been brewing since the beginning collide.  An utterly brilliant series and must read.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5

Daytripper #5 – As always Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s series about slices of life leaves you breathless and amazed at the beauty and sadness of their brilliant series.  This series shows the impressive flexability in the ability for comic books to tell a story and is a fine example that they’re more than men in spandex.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.5

DMZ #52 – Consistently one of the best series on the market every month.  An amazing look at modern war and what we’ll do to survive.  This is a political thriller in the best sense and a comic book you should be reading.  The hunt for Delgado continues as Matty must deal with the ramifications of his actions.

Story: 9.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Doc Savage #1 – While the first issue has a nice pulp feel to it, the threat of mysterious lightning just wasn’t exciting enough for a first issue.  The story would of worked better as a 30’s or 40’s movie serial than a comic book.  The backup feature with Justice Inc. however was very good and might of made the issue worth a purchase.

Doc Savage #1 – Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Justice Inc. back up – Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Fables #94 – Another excellent issue as the Mr. Dark plot moves on just a bit.  The farm is in chaos as Rose Red slowly comes out of her shell, but is it too late?

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

the Flash #1 – I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Flash and I outright hated the Flash: Rebirth miniseries, but this first issue definitely starts off on the right path with a solid story that’s more Law & Order than super hero with great visuals by Francis Manapul.  I do hope there’s a bit more focus on the Flash’s return though and the impact of that in future issues.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Iron Man Legacy #1 – A new series staring Iron Man that looks at the legacy of Iron Man and Tony Stark.  How does a man atone for building his fortune designing weapons that have killed people?  This is clearly the focus of the first arc that sees Tony’s technology being used to commit genocide.  This is a very much politically charged look at the character.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Irredeemable Special #1 – Three short stories about various players in the Irredeemable storyline that fleshes out a bit more of the back story.  Mark Waid is consistently cranking out quality product between this and Incorruptible and both should be on your pull list at your local shops.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

New Mutants #12 – Three chapters into Second Coming and the event shows no sign of slowing down.  Wolverine and his team continue to attempt to secure Hope while Cannonball and his team engages the enemy in hope of giving Wolverine more time.  So many plots are coming together, this is what a big “X” event is all about.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Secret Six #20 – How far will a man go to save his own son?   Will Blake cross that line he’s yet to cross?  This is the second part of the twist ending from the previous issue and this is a series that you should be reading.  It’s one of the best team books on the market.

Story: 9.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Siege: Captain America – What were the two Captain America’s up to after Asgard fell?  This one-shot brings us that tale as the two must deal with the aftermath of the cities crash.  It’s an ok story, but doesn’t add enough to Siege that makes it a worth read.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.25

Siege: Loki – This one shot ties into Siege and gives more detail on Loki’s plot and all the strings he’s pulling.  It’s a decent story, but I’m not sure how much is gained by reading it.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.25

Siege: Young Avengers – This one-shot focuses in on what the Young Avengers team dealt with when Asgard fell.  It’s the best of the three released this week, but again it’s not a vital read and doesn’t add a ton to the Siege story.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

the Unwritten #12 – A self contained issue that focuses on the story Willowbank Tales and two real life individuals who are trapped in the tale.  Can we please get a spin off title from this?  Bun is fantastic.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10