Weekly Review

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Here’s this week’s fill of comics.  We had quite a few reviews in the last few days so, check out the site for some of the reviews of Radical and Top Cow comics.

What stands out from this pack?  Does anything?

Monthly Comics

American Vampire #5 – I’ve ragged a bit on this series and how it hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations considering the pedigree.  This issue is leaps and bounds closer to what I’d expect.  It ends the story of Pearl and the fight that goes on is a bit too easy for my taste, but the stuff that follows is really good.  What sticks out to me is the second part of the issue which concludes the story of Skinner Sweet.  This is just flat out excellent.  A new arc starts with next issue, and I’m looking forward to seeing where and how it goes.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Batman: The Widening Gyre #6 – Kevin Smith’s run on his two Batman miniseries have been all over the place in quality and this one especially.  There’s two scenes that are making waves online (mostly negative comments) and we won’t ruin them for you.  As a whole, there’s so much out of character in this series, I’m shocked DC gave the green light.  The ending is shocking and while the act is predictable, who performs it is not.  There’ll be another series from Smith in his Batman trilogy, we’ll see how it compares and if there’s any improvement.

Story: 5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5.5

Fantastic Four #581 – The whole future kids thing starts to kick off as Reed’s dad must travel to the past to get Reed’s help to stop other versions of himself.  It’s one of those trippy time travel stories that only the FF can get away with.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

First Wave #3 – I felt like I completely missed something reading this latest issue.  The first issue is the plot jumps around a lot, second is the dialogue does the same thing.  Overall, its a choppy issue and one I wish I saved my money and didn’t purchase.  A shame as Brian Azzarello usually brings top notch work.

Story: 6 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.25

The Flash #4 – We get the full story of why the Flash is being pursued for murder and what leads up to him committing the act.  This series is so good in so many ways.  The story, art, everything is fantastic.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Franken-Castle #19 – It’s Franken-Castle vs. Daken dragged out for the entire issue as the hints keep dropping that our good ole Frank and Punisher will be returning at some point.  Can we expedite that?

Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Green Lantern #56 – Jordan heads to see Lafreeze to find out how he captured his entity.  Also Hector Hammond is loose and wants Lafreeze’s entity too.  A really solid issue.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Green Lantern Corps. #50 – It’s some of the guardians versus the returned Cyborg Superman who does what all villains do and wastes time going over his history and how he got where he is.  A fun and entertaining issue.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Incorruptible #8 – This series has been about a super villain finding redemption in a world where it’s greatest champion has become a genocidal monster.  We’ve seen Max Damage evolve through the issues leading up to it and now, with a new partner he’s completely come out the other side.  We know his weakness, both physically and mentally and we’re just along for the ride to see what happens next.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

Secret Avengers #3 – And this is the issue where we learn exactly what’s going on.  Not quite as good as the previous two issues but still a decent read.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Thor #612 – Thor heads to hell to help Hela.  I’m really not a fan of the story line and the series seems to have reverted back into “Asgardian speak” which is a bit harder to pick up and follow.  It’s not bad, it’s just not as great as it has been.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #2 – This is Thor for the kids set.  It’s entertaining and perfect for a younger child who might not get the complexity of the main series.  The issue picks up where the first left off with Thor dealing with his new surroundings and Mr. Hyde.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Uncanny X-Men #526 – There’s three story lines here as Hope heads off to learn about her family, we meet the first of the new mutants and there’s a back up story that leads directly into Avengers: The Children’s Crusade.  All of it is excellent and kicks off as a great start post crossover.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Unknown Soldier #22 – The series is hurtling to it’s conclusion as we get a glimpse of what made Moses into the bandaged man and his wife continues her pursuit to find him.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Wolverine: Weapon X #15 – Wolverine and friends continue to take on the Deathloks from the future as the whole story turns into an endless loop.  It ends ok, but the bigger question is with all of the focus on Deathlok lately, is he going to become a bigger player in the Marvel universe?

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

X-Men: Legacy #238 – Rogue and Magneto take some of the students to India and of course nothing goes right.  There’s all kinds of weirdness afoot that they must investigate.  From the “action” part of the storyline to the more personal part involving one of the students, this is a good start post epic crossover event.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

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  • Hey Brett – so glad you liked issue 5 of American Vampire – we worked really hard on it. I wish we could have kept the fight for Pearl longer and more difficult (it as originally) but we ran into page issues and we wanted to give Steve K the lion’s share of the room for his last issue. Thanks again for the read!