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Here’s this week’s review of comics dominated again by events, mini-series and one debut issue.  How does everything stack up?  Find out below!

Monthly Comics

Daredevil #509 – A lot of this is lead up to the second issue of Shadowland as we see what was going on before the group confronted Daredevil.  We also get some hints as to what else is going on that’s causing Matt’s decent into darkness.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Daytripper #9 – Another amazing issue that just shows how powerful the comics medium can be.  This is easily the comic of the week that begins to bring together all of the issues before the final issue next month.  If you want to get someone into comics, this is the series to start them with.  Easy candidate for best limited series of the year.

Story: 10 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.75

DMZ #56 – We’ve seen Mr. Wilson, the protector of Chinatown before, but now we get to know his background a bit more as the United States army attempts to make a deal with him.  An amazing issue on so many levels.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.25

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1 – Another Green Lantern series focusing on Guy Gardner.  It has just enough of an interesting plot that a series is justified instead of an arc in one of the other two existing ones.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

The Invincible Iron Man #29 – As always Matt Fraction puts out a fantastic issue with his human take on Tony Stark.  Instead of big battles and crazy villains, we’re given corporate greed and political maneuverings.  This is a comic that’s consistently quality each and every month.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Irredeemable #16 – Mark Waid continues his story of a hero gone mad.  The issue focuses on each of the key remaining players in a bridge issue to the next big story arc.  The series is beyond excellent and consistent every month.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #1 – Focusing on some of the C-list “street” characters involved with this mini-event.  The story is decent focusing on the murders of various mobsters, possible by the Hand.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #2 – Not as good as the first issue, but we find out who’s behind the assassination.  The second issue has an old school feel to it, which is fitting considering the character.  Also, when did this become a limited series?

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

The Thanos Imperative #3 – The team in the cancerverse learn exactly how things went so wrong there as the those protecting our universe continue to defend and begin to embark on a plan to end the battle the only way possible.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 – Thor falls under Loki’s spell and takes on Hank Pym as we get a glimpse to some of his history.  The series is really growing on me in both the way the stories are told and the art.  I’m very intrigued to see where this all goes.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

The Unwritten #16 – It’s take sixteen issues but it’s now clear to me (at least clearer) as to what the hell I’ve been reading all this time.  We get a better sense of the conspiracy that’s been going on and Tommy Taylor’s mission.  There’s also a fairly magical moment towards the end.  The first fifteen issues have all be lead up to this, a long build up, just like a good book would.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

The Walking Dead #76 – There’s a reason this series continues to win praise and awards.  This issue is a perfect example of it’s excellence.  As been the norm lately, Robert Kirkman focuses the attention on the character interaction, forgoing the scares and shocks of dealing with zombies.  This is a character driven comic and one of the best out there.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 9.5

Dark Wolverine #89 – It’s one big giant fight that makes me shrug.  The series is almost ending and this is a chapter that definitely needs to be addressed.  I was hoping for something more.  But something just seems off in this issue.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

X-Force: Sex and Violence #2 – Domino comes clean to Wolverine about the whole story as the two of them deal with the Assassins Guild.  The comic definitely lives up to it’s name.  There’s lots of violence and sex, but definitely could of upped the sexiness part.

Story: 7.25 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

X-Men #2 – X-Men versus Vampires works, and works really well.  I rolled my eyes when this was first announced but there’s something here that’s really clicking.  Also, there’s a very sexy undertone that’s running throughout it.  Check out that last image, and tell me it’s not hot.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

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