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We were at Baltimore Comic Con this weekend, but here’s reviews of this week’s releases.  There’s lots of tie-ins for events this week.  Some are good and some are rubbish.  Find out what stands out and what you can skip.

Monthly Comics

Astonishing X-Men #35 – Wow, what utter bunk.  Is this series now over?  If not, can we petition to put it out of it’s misery?  We learn who’s behind the attacks, and boy is it a cop out.  This ending feels like it was cobbled together to just get some closer.  Everyone is out of character, and the dialogue at the end is just bad and out of place.  FAIL!!!!

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5

The Avengers #4 – Such a fun and entertaining comic book, where I’m definitely kept on my toes and don’t know what to expect next.  Such a great read.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Black Widow #5 – It’s the end of the first story arc as Black Widow goes after Imus.  Overall I think it’s a pretty solid issue with a good mix of action of words.  Hopefully more people check out the series when the first trade comes out.  The story is solid enough for a read.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Captain America #609 – Bucky goes after Zemo as the rest of the team are held up in helping him.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Fantastic Four #582 – What the hell did I read?  We wrap up the time traveling storyline as we find out what the Richards children have been up to and I can’t say I quite get it.  It feels like a middle chapter to a longer storyline.  Hopefully that’s the case and down the road this will make more sense.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Green Lantern Corps. #51 – This issue is a fun super hero comic leaving you entertained.  It’s pretty predictable but at the same time leaves you satisfied.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Namor: The First Mutant #1 – A tie-in to the Curse of the Mutants that holds a key chapter as Namor goes after the head of Dracula.  The whole issue is ok, and more of a series of events and set up than coherent story.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Secret Warriors #19 – I’ve loved this story arc.  It’s been perfect in it’s presentation tying in the past and present.  It’s take on modern nation states and warfare is right on target.  When this is collected as a trade it’s a must buy and a perfect starting off point as it sets the stage for what’s next.

Story: 9.25 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Shadowland: Moon Knight #1 – While I’m sure some will point to this issue as another case of a “refrigerator” moment, this first issue of the Shadowland offshoot miniseries.  The impact on the Moon Knight character is pretty evident and I can’t wait to see this spill over into his main series.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thor #613 – Thor’s trip to hell feels a bit like a torture you might endure there.  There’s a lot of people explaining what you’re seeing on the page, and overall the story is just not exciting at all.  Bring on the new creative team!

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Unknown Soldier #23 – I’m disappointed the series is coming to an end.  This CIA storyline seems a bit rushed, but also has so much potential.  I have no idea where it’s going to end up, but I like what I see so far.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Dark Wolverine #90 – I know there are folks who just don’t like Daken, and that’s fine, but I think this issue is a perfect example of the potential he has as a character.  There’s been a couple of issues similar to this one, that aren’t just good for this character, but good writing period.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

X-Factor #208 – Not a bad issue.  It does pretty decent when it focuses on Rahne’s reaction to the relationship between Shatterstar and Rictor, but even then that’s a write by numbers situation.  Overall a ho-hum issue for a usually fantastic series.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Blade – The lead up to Blade getting involved in the X-Men’s fight with vampires.  Overall an unnecessary issue and you probably can skip it.

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – Storm and Gambit – Storm and Gambit go after Dracula’s body.  It’s a pretty important chapter in the Curse of the Mutants storyline, but the comic is pretty so-so.  Something just seemed off and the art just doesn’t seem consistent for some reason.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

X-Men: Legacy #239 – The second chapter of the team’s trip to India.  Magneto does some investigating to find out what’s behind the storm and who their new visitor is.  The issue just feels like it drags on, it’s not bad, but doesn’t stand out either.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25