We missed last week’s reviews (sorry but life intervened). So, it’s a double dose of comic reviews this weekend. Expect this week’s reviews to be up tomorrow!
American Vampire #6 – We’ll admit we’ve been a bit hard at times on the series as we had high hopes for it. As this second arc begins, this is what we’ve been waiting for. It’s 1936, The Great Depression is well underway and the focus is shifted to the town surrounding the Hoover Dam. Murder is afoot and vampires are involved. Such a great start.
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 – I’ve actually been a fan of Daken. I know a lot of people dislike the character, but a bisexual character who’s into mind games are hard to come by. There’s a lot to work with here, and I hope we get a lot more than Wolverine’s petulant kid. In the first issue we get a glimpse of the series’ potential, and I like what I see.
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25
Daredevil #510 – All hell is breaking loose in the Shadowland as Daredevil descends further into madness and his best friends must decide what to do about it. This is a great chapter in the hot or miss event.
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75
Daytripper #10 – I got chills as I read the last page, not knowing how this limited series would end. Each issue has been fantastic, and the final issue has the same quality. This is probably the best limited series of the year. Beyond fantastic and shows how powerful the comic book medium can be.
Story: 10 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.75
Green Lantern #57 – The issue is pretty much entirely focused on the Star Sapphires and their totem. It’s an ok issue as it fleshes out their background a bit.
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5
Hawkeye & Mockingbird #4 – I can’t say I totally understand the Phantom Rider background and story line, but as the cover says “A hell of a good time.”
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75
Invaders Now #1 – An ok first issue, as something from the team’s past comes back to haunt them. Overall, pretty meh.
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75
The Invincible Iron Man #30 – Thirty issues in and we’re still referencing items from the first arc. Much like Brubaker’s current Captain America run, this is a classic that can’t be missed. A long running epic, as opposed to the short story arcs many other series do. This has a long term plan and vision, and damn it’s good.
Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9
Irredeemable #17 – Wow, just wow. Mark Waid has totally thrown a curve ball into the whole hero/villain dynamic. This series just got very interesting.
Story: 8.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.5
The New Avengers #4 – The New Avengers continue to fight demons as Strange, Voodoo and Hellstorm try to figure out who’s behind it all. There’s a lot of action here, with some great banter. But overall, it feels like it’s being a bit drawn out.
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75
1 Month 2 Live #2 – While I really enjoyed the first issue, the second issue hits a bit of a lull. It’s not bad, but not great, it’s just good. And that’s not necessarily a horrible thing. As a whole, I think this limited series will be a decent read, but the second issue is a big ole meh.
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #2 – Various folks continue to investigate who’s murdering bad guys. Is in the Hand? Who knows, and really I don’t care. Shadowland is pretty interesting but it’s various off-shoots, like this miniseries are pretty forgettable.
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75
The Thanos Imperative #4 – This is a high note in the latest Marvel cosmic event as all hell breaks loose and everything is on the table as to what’s next. So, so good. But here’s my question, how can the “Avatar of Life” kill anything? Doesn’t that go against the name?
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75
Thor #614 – I have not been a fan at all of the Thor goes to Hell story arc. I outright have hated it, and it’s finally over. Now, the most entertaining thing in this book and muddled plot is a clear f-up in the pages with a scene involving Balder and a table that says “Scan of Map of Asgard?”. That hilarity might make this worth it, but not really.
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #4 – Thor and the Warriors Three head out for a drink as we learn a bit more as to why he’s on Earth. The have a run in with Captain Britain and it’s actually entertaining. The series is a cute entertaining read, and very much growing on me.
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8
X-Force: Sex and Violence #3 – We’re not talking rocket science here. It’s Wolverine and Domino versus the Assassins Guild. There’s some awesome visuals here and the final chapter of the series is decent. Nothing ground breaking but entertaining.
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75
X-Men #3 – Dracula is back and Wolverine is on the hunt for Jubilee. The issue feels like a middle chapter and the ending just didn’t feel like a big shock. It just felt a bit empty and anticlimactic.
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7
Cuba: My Revolution – See an upcoming stand alone review.