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Here’s this week’s reviews of the comics sitting in our pull box.  What was worth the purchase and which did we regret spending our hard earned money on?  Find out below.

Monthly Comics

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2 – A great issue.  The Avengers step in to protect the Young Avengers from Magneto, but do they want to go along to find the Scarlet Witch?  Quicksilver also enters the picture (natch), and we may finally have found out where the Scarlet Witch has been hiding (just hope it’s not a fake out).

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Brightest Day #9 – Some of this issue I enjoyed and other bits not so much.  I wasn’t too keen on the Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow segment, as I don’t have much invested in either character but the rest was ok.  I really liked the twist at the end.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Deadpool: Pulp #1 – Marvel launched their noir line, which for the most part I didn’t enjoy.  This limited series takes a similar tone taking place in the past and using familiar characters in different roles.  In this case Deadpool is a soldier who’s tasked with retrieving stolen nuclear materials.  It’s a really entertaining read.  I wish the noir line was this good.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Franken-Castle #20 – I feel like a broken record when I plead each month to bring back the old Punisher.  The fight with Daken wraps up with action and scenes that at times make no sense.  Sigh.

Story: 6 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6

Green Hornet #7 – I’ll mention again how good this series is.  Kevin Smith has taken what has been a fairly dull character and reinvigorated the franchise.  I’m now a Green Hornet fan because of him.  This series is fantastic.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

I Am An Avenger #1 – Marvel recently published a similar title which had four or so stories each issue, usually a few would have an impact.  I Am An Avenger is the same concept, with only members of the Avengers.  The difference is these stories don’t matter at all, in fact they’re pretty easy to skip over.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.5

Incorruptible #9 – Mark Waid’s duel series showing the ying and yang of utter destruction continues, this time Max Damage heading to find out how the information of his powers got out to the Diamond Gang.  And in the character focused plot of his new partner Jailbait and an alcoholic cop and you’ve got a damn good issue.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

Iron Man: Legacy #6 – It’s another chapter of Tony’s life.  He’s down and out and lost his company and it seems like someone’s out to kill him.  Some history is retconned, but it works really well.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher #3 – The comic is almost over as the Punisher has a sit down with Spider-Man and learns there’s even bigger fish to fry.  I really have been enjoying this simple four issue limited series.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Marvelman Family’s Finest #3 – The series shows it’s age but it’s a nice piece of history to check out.  I think everyone is just waiting to see how the character fits into the bigger Marvel universe, if there even is a plan to introduce the characters.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

1 Month 2 Live #1 – One man is given one month to live (a shocker I know considering the title) and super powers.  How does he spend the month and what impact on the world can he make?  That’s the concept behind this five issue mini-series that has a lot of promise.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Scarlet #2 – The vigilante taking down crooked cops has been done before, but for some reason this is so entertaining.  A great read and beautiful to look at.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Secret Six #25 – I feel like I missed something, but the issue is still entertaining.  Bane has his new team set up, while the old band of brothers is gotten back together to go after him (at least that’s what I think is going on).

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Shadowland #3 – We sort of learn what’s got Daredevil so bent out of shape, and on top of that the Punisher is back.  I’m not quite sure what I think as some big demon type thing thrown in with the Hand just seems to diminish their “cool” factor.  Also the Punisher is back to normal!?  Kind of kills his series and getting him back there.  Way to mess that one up.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.75

Shadowland: Elektra – It’s a decent read, but overall I don’t know how vital of a read it is.  Basically Daredevil sends the Hand to send Elektra a message.  Then there’s debate as to what that message means.  As I said, it’s a decent read.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Taskmaster #1 – The rumor is out that Taskmaster has turned state’s evidence and is helping Steve Rogers.  That sets off an entertaining amount of groups who are determined to cash in on the bounty.  It’s a great comic, so entertaining.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Thor: For Asgard #1 – Calamaties are befalling Asgard in this Marvel Knights limited series.  The story isn’t what to come for though, the art is amazing to look at.  Just beautiful.

Story: 8.25 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.75

Wolverine #1 – Something was just off with this comic.  I’m not quite sure what I didn’t enjoy, but there’s something here that threw me off.  I’m not the biggest fan of the art, which might be part of it, but Wolverine going to “hell” just seems a bit silly to me.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

X-Men: Smoke and Blood – Like most of the Curse of the Mutants offshoots, there’s very important plot points in here, but overall the story is pretty blah.  The art is interesting, but overall meh.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

Young Allies #4 – All kinds of secrets come out about who the Bastards of Evil are and their leader is revealed.  I’m sure few of you are actually reading this series, but you should give it a shot.  There’s just something really fun about it.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

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