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It’s the end of the week and that means reviews.  Below is this week’s reviews of purchased comics.  Which ones were worth our money and which ones should you skip?  Find out below!

Monthly Comics

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #3 – Out of the two Astonishing X-Men comics this one is definitely worth the purchase and is the one to go with.  It’s sort of tied into the other one, which is interesting and Ellis returns to a storyline he used in the past, but thankfully you don’t need to be familiar with it.  Great story and fantastic art make this a definite buy.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

The Avengers #5 – The time travel adventure continues as we might get a glimpse of the Marvel time line to come.  This issue might be worth the purchase to see that alone.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Avengers Academy #4 – The final part to the “scared straight” storyline with the Thunderbolts.  The kids attempt to kill Osborn and debate of whether to go through with it.  I yawned a lot.  The series doesn’t quite have the magic that was Avengers: Initiative.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Black Widow #6 – Someone who looks a lot like the Black Widow is bumping off politicians and she’s trying to find out who.  The second arc starts off with a bang in a great, fast paced issue.  The art is weak at points, but story is fantastic.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 8

Fables #98 – Rose Red finally snaps out of her trance and first thing on her plate is taking back control of the farm and getting everyone in line.  The issue is good, but not quite up to snuff as recent issues.  Still worth the read though.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Fantastic Four #583 – Val decides to head into her father’s lab while the Fantastic Four fight something… The issue is ok and continues in Hickman’s grand vision and building on the prophetic warnings delivered in what seems ages ago.  My biggest problem with this issue is something I feel I missed.  When did Doom get brain damage?

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

The Flash #5 – It’s the Rogues versus the Renegades as we find out who the real killer is.  The story is a bit confusing but makes sense at the same time.  Not as good as the previous four issues, but the art is still solid.

Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5

Green Lantern Corps. #52 – The end to the arc involving Cyborg Superman, overall it’s ok but nothing to get excited about.  I liked the perspective this issue was told from and there’s some stand out moments, but overall the story arc was just ok.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Hit Monkey #3 – The end to the limited series we see the end to Hit Monkey’s first mission.  The series has been a fun read and definitely worth the trade pick up when that comes out.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Nemesis #3 – How to review this issue without giving too much away… This third issue is twisted on so many levels and full of the ultra-violence.  Mark Millar seriously needs to see a shrink to work through some of his issues.  Such a good issue and I feel a bit dirtier having read it.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

1 Month 2 Live #4 – I really enjoyed the first issue of this five part limited series and sadly the next three just didn’t hold up.  This issue like the past two is forgettable.  The art is so-so and story just doesn’t do it for me.  The series had potential, but oh well.

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.5

Secret Avengers #5 – While the entire first arc was to introduce us to Steve Rogers’s strike team of Avengers, this second arc begins to unravel all of the mysteries from the first.  It’s great in that this issue reveals so much and adds so much to that first arc, but at the same time, it’s totally accessible for new readers.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #2 – This second issue of the decent Shadowland offshoot lacks any real depth to it.  That includes plot and any emotional connection.  Plot points are just thrown at us with little to back them up and the issue jumps from situation to situation.  We’ll see if this was a tale that even needed to be told.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

Shadowland: Moon Knight #2 – My issue with the second issue of the limited series aren’t the plot points, all are good, it’s how it’s told.  The issue is very choppy, jumping from plot point to plot point without much of a flow.  This series should have a huge impact on the main Moon Knight series, we’ll see if that’s the case.

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7

Thor #615 – And thus begins Matt Fraction’s run on Thor and so far so good.  There’s been some issues with the Asgard on Earth storyline that haven’t been answered and Fraction has dived right in.  I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a great start.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Men #528 – Hope and Storm meet another new mutant as various things happen around Utopia and San Francisco.  Overall a fairly boring issue, but it’s all building to something…. I hope.

Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.24

The Walking Dead #77 – Robert Kirkman’s character study continues as his look at what truly determines a monster and what makes a society continues.  To say this series is brilliant really is an understatement.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9