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It’s a quieter week and before the storm (lots of #1’s next week), and also a much weaker overall week as far as quality.  How do we think each issue stack up?  Find out below!

Monthly Comics

Astonishing X-Men #34 – It’s been quite a while since this series came out and I honestly barely remember the storyline.  The art at times is off and the story seems like it had parts and then need bridges (which tend to seem abrupt).  Marvel, at times it really is ok to just not publish something.

Story: 6.25 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Captain America #607 – Baron Zemo is the new baddie and while there’s some interesting things going on with the first major post Siege arc, there’s something off.  I’m not quite sure what it is, but there’s something missing that made so much of what’s come before seem amazing.  The arc is definitely a slow start, but where it’s going has a lot of potential.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

The Death of Dracula – This is the one shot that snuck up on everyone.  It’s the lead up to X-Men versus vampires as regicide takes place and Dracula is disposed of.  My issue with the issue is that the anger with Dracula’s leadership stems from the vampire’s years of hiding, but recently in Captain Britain and MI13 didn’t they try to take over Britain?  Were they counting on the fact no one read that series?  I’m hoping there’s some reference to it seeing that Blade will be playing a role in the upcoming storyline and was involved in that.  But oh well, overall it’s a fun read and fleshes out that area of the Marvel universe.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

DoomWar #5 – It’s clear Doom is one step ahead, so this issue sees Reed and T’Challa debate how best to deal with him and the x-factor that’s introduced is Deadpool.  This event has been entertaining and it’s a shame it’s not getting more attention.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

The Flash #3 – I’ve never been much of a fan of the Flash, but this series is one of the best things to come out of Blackest Night.  The story is engaging, the art is pretty cool, and overall there’s just a great vibe to the series.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Green Lantern #55 – Lobo tangles with the Lanterns as Jordan, Sinestro and the Star Sapphire must come to Atrocitus’s aide.  But the most important part is the origin of Dex-Starr the Red Lantern cat.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

The Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 – An annual where the main character doesn’t appear in it at all (sort of).  Instead the issue focuses on a villain, the Mandarin.  In a take off of real world events the Mandarin kidnaps a director and actress and forces them to make the story of his life, of course it’s the perception of his life.  It’s a pretty solid story and one you can just pick up and enjoy without any knowledge of the character or his history.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Secret Avengers #2 – The team gets to Mars as a whole lot of mysteries swirl around.  I’m enjoying it so far and the series has a Total Recall vibe to it (that’s not a bad thing).  I’m looking forward to the point when the personalities really begin to clash, which should make for an interesting series.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Thor #611 – Much of the latest Thor run has focused on Asgard’s new standing in Oklahoma.  This issue sees that focus shift as the next big baddie and adventure emerges.  While the action and myth is there hopefully the series doesn’t lose something it really had going for it, it’s heart.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Turf #2 – I’m very torn on this series.  It’s a mashup of vampire, gangster, crime and sci-fi and each individual piece works well but overall it comes off as jumble.  Possibly any two of the items would work, in fact the vampire/gangster part is pretty cool, but the odd sci-fi plot that’s just beginning seems thrown in and unneeded, especially since the high tech clashes with the gangster low tech.  The sci-fi/alien aspect mashed with the gangster story would also work.  It’s the three elements together that seems like it’s stretching.  The end judgment for this five issue limited series lies in how these three elements come together.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Unknown Soldier #21 – As this series starts it’s journey to cancellation this single contained story follows the life of a Avtomat Kalashnikova rifle.  It’s a powerful issue that could easily be the best story of the year.  Powerful, heart wrenching, and an amazing political and historical statement, this issue is a must read for comic book fans and non-comic book readers.

Story: 10 Art: 7.5 Overall: 9.5

X-Campus #1 – Put the big world of the X-Men and shrink it down to a high school campus.  It’s a cute comic book aimed at kids and work quite well as a cartoon, but overall to a long time “X” fan, there’s not enough there to make it stand out.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25