Weekly Review

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Here’s this week’s comic books in all their glory.  It’s a pretty light week going into San Diego Comic-Con but some very solid books.

Monthly Comics

Avengers Academy #2 – The second issue focuses on Finesse and how she interacts with the rest of the team and her teachers.  It’s an interesting issue with a lot of set up.  The series is new and finding it’s feet, but in the first two issues there’s a lot set up already.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of our Fathers #4 – Overall I really enjoyed this limited series, but this the fourth and final issue is a bit cheesy in it’s execution, both story and dialogue.  The first three issues are pretty rock solid, it’s just sad that this final chapter is such a let down.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Chew #12 – We normally gush over this series but this semi-stand alone issue doesn’t quite live up to the normal excellence of the series.  Tony has to get back a chicken and teams up with a common crook.  The most entertaining thing about the issue are all of the small additions to the background.  Check out some of the photos hanging in the diner.  An entertaining issue, but just not the usual quality.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75

Daredevil #508 – This is the second chapter to Shadowland, but unlike the first issue of the miniseries there’s a lot of hints as to what’s come before.  It’s not quite as accessible as the miniseries, which makes the issue much weaker and more frustrating to those just coming into the story.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.25

Daytripper #8 – There’s only two more issues to go in this amazing and touching comic book series.  Each issue shows the power of this form of entertainment and is consistently one of the best comics each month.  A must read.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

DMZ #55 – Even though this issue says “1 of 5,” it’s a stand alone story that focuses on choice in war.  This series is one of the best on the market and should be part of your pull list.  It constantly focuses on modern day issues in a timely fashion and asks questions and makes commentary few are willing to do.  Top notch.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

The Invincible Iron Man #28 – An adult take on Tony Stark and his alter ego that focuses on more than just bad guys and fights.  Tony must deal with Hammer Industries and Detroit Steel at the same time attempting to get his corporation up and running as well.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

The Royal Historian of Oz – Jasper Fizzle is a bad writer who just can’t write about anything other than Oz.  So, what happens when he discovers it’s a real world and heads there?  The comic has an interesting premise and the first issue is pretty entertaining.  It’s only a dollar, so might as well give it a shot.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

The Thanos Imperative #2 – This issue’s focus is to show the level of danger that this event presents to the Marvel universe.  The Abstracts (like Galactus) have stepped up to get involved in the fight.  There’s some impressive visuals, if not a so-so chapter in what’s shaping up to be an epic cosmic event.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age – Interconnecting stories gives us the big picture of where the X-Men stand in the greater Marvel universe and what direction we can expect from the various “X” books in the coming months.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

The Unwritten – The series has slowed down form a globe trotting adventure to focus on the release of the next Tommy Taylor book and the possible return of Tom’s father.  This issue continues that story as numerous plot threads continue to play out.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

X-Force: Sex and Violence #1 – A series that lives up to it’s title.  Domino has crossed the Assassins Guild and they’re gunning for her.  In the end, she needs Wolverine to help her out.  It’s a violent action filled comic for violence sake.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

X-Men: Second Coming #2 – It’s the end to the best “X” event in decades and I’ll admit there were points I got chills.  A lot of plot points are wrapped up as the entire “X” series of books are tied into the greater Marvel continuity.  A lot of new plot lines are also started.  Here’s a time to jump in and see what you’re missing.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

X-Men Second Coming: Hellbound #3 – The meh offshoot to the amazing “X” event, the team gets back Illyana from Limbo.  There’s a lot of fighting and there’s definitely plot devices that are left wide open.  In the end, there was probably better ways to handle this part of the Second Coming story.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7

Graphic Novel

Revolver – Amazing graphic novel.  Read the extended review.

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