Weekly Review

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It’s a thick stack of books this week, filled with a lot of number ones.  It seems books either shined or completely bombed this week.  Check out below for what stands out  and what you can pass up.

Monthly Comics

Avengers: the Children’s Crusade #1 – Whatever happened to the Scarlett Witch?  Also, are her two children members of the Young Avengers?  Was she being manipulated when she committed genocide of the Mutant race or killed her fellow Avengers?  This series seems like it’s going to look into all of that, and hopefully give us some answers.  A really impressive start, with some great art.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Brightest Day #5 – The issue focuses on three distinct story lines. Aquaman and Mera must stop a BP like oil rig disaster, which is impressive to see.  DC tends to be shy from tying comics into real world events and there’s been a lot on the internets joking how “BP killed Aquaman.”  Seeing it addressed, even in a round about way, is a nice step forward.  The second story sees Hawkworld enter the picture, which is meh.  But the third focuses on Boston Brand and his wielding of the White Lantern power.  A short part, but also very impressive in it’s conveying of emotion.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Cassanova #1 – I’ve never read an issue of the series before this, but I can understand what the fuss is all about.  The series is a fun, over the top action comic book with crazy characters and different dimensions.  This is just a comic to sit back, turn your brain off and enjoy.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Demo #6 – The final issue of the six issue limited series, this one focuses on two individuals tied together.  It hurts to be together and hurts to be apart.  How do you live a life like that?  It’s a touching a beautiful tale of love.  Very impressive.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Fantastic Four Annual #32 – While the main Fantastic Four series has taken a bit of a dip in quality lately it doesn’t come close to this train wreck of a comic book.  The story sees a woman getting knocked up by Johnny Storm due to some manipulation by Psycho-Woman.  A pretty poor villain and just bad storyline.  How bad does it get?  How about a time-travel abortion debate.  This one is up there for worst comic of the year.

Story: 4 Art: 7.25 Overall: 4.25

Hawkeye & Mockingbird #2 – It’s the second issue of the ongoing series and the issue packs a massive emotional punch as Bobbi is reunited with the mother that was told she’d lost a daughter.  A very impressive issue.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75

Hit-Monkey #1 – It’s a monkey, that’s a hit man, how can that not be awesome!?  We gushed over the one-shot that gave the origin of this character and enjoyed his recent appearance taking on Deadpool and Spider-Man.  This first of a three issue limited series picks up on the origin one shot and gives us a bit more as to what’s driving the world’s most deadly monkey.  It’s entertaining, though not quite as impressive as that first issue.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Iron Man: Legacy #4 – Tony continues his battle as Doom upgrades his Doombots with StarkTech.  This is a decent series and a lite version of the main Iron Man series.  If you’re an Iron Man fan, it’s worth picking up.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Irredeemable #15 – Can one bullet make up for the death of millions?  The heroes battle the Plutonian as Bette gets her shot to take him down.  All that chaos and dysfunction as another member is lost.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Marvelman: Family’s Finest #1 – The series definitely shows it’s age.  But it’s a great piece of history.  Hopefully we’ll see some more announcements when it comes to Marvel’s plans for Marvelman soon.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Scarlet #1 – Amazing first issue.  Brian Michael Bendis is making a statement about society here with amazing art by Alex Maleev.  This first issue reminds me of Jonathan Hickman’s The Nightly News.  Subversive and a must read.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Secret Six #23 – It’s a filler issue as the team is lured to an island to be hunted by rich men.  The issue is pretty quick in the plot and action and wraps up nicely.  It’s definitely no where near the quality we  can usually expect, and even if you’re a fan of the series, this might be one issue you decide to skip.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Shadowland #1 – It’s an event that’s been built up to for a while.  Daredevil is the new head of the hand and his tactics are being noticed by the rest of the super hero community.  But what happens when some old friends pay him a visit and Bullseye comes a knocking.  The ending is not quite what I was expecting.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier #1 – It’s Jason Bourne and James Bond meeting Captain America and it works really well in this first issue.  Someone has perfected the super soldier serum that gave Steve Rogers his power and Rogers is out to stop him.  The issue is top notch in both story and art.  My only problem is Steve is now the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., why is he doing this on his own?  But it’s so good, I don’t care.

Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #1 – The first issue of this brand new series isn’t bad really, but in the end I don’t see too much reason for it’s existence.  The story is actually decent, and the art so-so.  It’s clear this isn’t modern continuity, but where exactly does it tie into Thor’s history?  This is basically Thor for the kiddie set, but for die-hard fans, stick with the main series.

Story: 7.5 Art: 87 Overall: 7.25

Vengeance of the Moon Knight #10 – Moon Knight has teamed up with the Secret Avengers and this issue chronicles their first mission.  It gives some decent insight into his thoughts of joining the team.  Overall and ok read, but nothing special.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

The Walking Dead #74 – Everyone continues to get settled in their new lives but as they rediscover their faith through hope, an overbearing sense of dread continues to permeate the comic book.  An amazing series that is not to be missed.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.25

X-Force #28 – And one will sacrifice.  An X-Man sacrifices himself to return the team from the future as Hope’s power emerges.  This is the epic ending to what’s been one of the best “X” events in a long time.  A summer popcorn movie in comic book form.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

X-Men #1 – When I heard the next big baddie was going to be vampires I laughed, but this first issue proves that it may very well work, and work really well.  A new series and pretty much a new direction, this is well worth the pick up if you’re an “X” or vampire fan.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

X-Women – I went into this issue expecting a train wreck and that’s pretty much exactly what the issue is.  Written by Chris Claremont, the issue sees the women of the X-Men head out on vacation and hi-jinks ensue.  The story is very blah, with some rather odd dialogue.  The art by Milo Manara is also pretty unimpressive.  There was a lot of talk of the talent he is, but I don’t see what the fuss is about.

Story: 5.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25

Young Allies #2 – The team is split looking for the Bastards of Evil.  The series has a lot of potential.  The whole issue is just ok.  Nothing really stands out as amazing or is there anything bad about it.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

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