Weekly Review

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Here’s this week’s reviews of the latest comic book releases.  A pretty thick stack of books of all sorts.

Monthly Comics

Age of Heroes #4 – Four more stories as this limited series comes to an end.  The Black Panther story is a great follow up to Doom War.  The Captain America story is a bit weak.  I also liked the Zodiac story and Cloud 9 one pager.  This is the most solid of the four issues.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Avengers: Academy #3 – We learn a bit about Hazmat’s origin which is a bit too much like Rogue’s.  That being said this storyline of having the students visit the Raft and Thunderbolts is pretty good.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Atlas #4 – This series revamp is top notch.  The addition of 3D Man has added a lot to the story and dynamic.  We learn a lot more about his powers and the story behind the body snatchers.  Another solid issue.  My only gripe is Bob and what he now looks like.  Didn’t his mini-series say he was human?

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Brightest Day #8 – I’m not enjoying the Hawkworld or Martian Manhunter stroylines, which is why I’m a bit down on this issue, but overall all pretty good.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Chew #13 – Such an awesome issue.  The series is back to it’s over the top entertaining self.  The story is a great mix of humor and action.  So original in every sense.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Deadpool #26 – A pretty solid issue of the series as we get a glimpse of a bit of Deadpool’s past during a meeting with Ghost Rider.  It’s a self-contained single issue that stands out and can hold up on it’s own.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Ex Machina #50 – I’ll admit I teared up at points reading this issue.  I also gasped at moments as well.  This is it.  The final issue to the blending of super hero and politics.  An amazing final issue and absolutely pick of the week.  I don’t think I could of ended the issue in a better way.  So amazing for so many reasons.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Fables #97 – The politicking continues as the focus on Rose Red comes to an end along with her tale, or is it the beginning of hers?  An excellent issue and I can’t wait to see what we happens as we approach issue 100.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Image United #3 – The comic’s been delayed for quite a while and time did not help.  It’s just utter rubbish with bad dialogue, a bad story and just off art.  This is Image at it’s worst and why I gave up on a lot of the company not too long after it launched many years ago.

Story: 5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5.5

The Last Phantom #1 – The latest comic to attempt to resurrect the Phantom character.  While the story was interesting, there was just something missing to make me care about what was happening or the character.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

Marvel Universe vs. The Punisher #2 – The second issue of the limited series is just as solid as the first.  I’m pretty impressed by it and it definitely is much higher quality than the title would suggest.  Jonathan Maberry is putting out some more quality comics with his latest.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

The New Avengers #3 – I loved this issue.  The dialogue and interaction between the various team members is fantastic.  The action and story is fun.  The whole issue is excellent.  So much fun.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

New Mutants #16 – A pretty solid issue as we learn more about the military soldiers and Project Purgatory.  I like how it ties into some classic “X” history.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Phoenix Without Ashes #1 – It’s a future society that’s sort of Amish but make decisions based upon what a computer says.  But all is not right.  It’s an interesting premise, but the comic just wasn’t for me.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

Secret Avengers #4 – The end to the immediate story on Mars, and it ends in a decent way.  Rogers with Nova’s power is a pretty cool moment.  Overall, the biggest thing that has me interested is Fury’s involvement in all of this.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #1 – The Shadowland off-shoots have been hit or miss and this one I enjoyed a lot.  The story sets up a new entity and back story that has some potential.  In the end the overall story will be what this is judged by.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Shadowland: Power Man #1 – This is a comic where the cover does not do the interior justice.  It’s actually a pretty quality comic and I like what I see so far with the new Power Man.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

Thunderbolts #147 – I like this counter-point to this week’s Avengers Academy.  It shows the events from the Thunderbolts’ view.  A very good issue.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Uncanny X-Men #527 – We meet another new mutant as Emma also has dinner with some her gentlemen suitors.  It’s a decent story line.  Very slow, but also building well.  This is the calm before the storm.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Wolverine: Weapon X #16 – A very touching story about Wolverine and Nightcrawler.  The whole topic is about faith and what you do because of it.  The story is top notch, the art though is not so much.

Story: 8.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 8.5