Weekly Reviews

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We’ve got a pile here as we’ve got two weeks of comics to cover.  New York Comic Con delayed last week’s so check out what we thought of the last two week’s worth of comics.

Monthly Comics

American Vampire #7 – I’ll admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first story arc, but these last two issues have been fantastic.  It’s Las Vegas during the construction of Hoover Dam and it seems a vampire is murdering folks involved.  This is a vampire/noir comic and it’s damn good.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Avengers Academy #5 – The new guard and old guard clash as it’s clear the latest generation of heroes might have a different reason for getting into the business.  The issue focuses on Striker with another nice twist that adds a great layer to the story.  There’s also some very good and timely pop culture references thrown in.  Overall a solid issue.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Brightest Day #11 – I’ve generally enjoyed this series and can say I think this is the first dud issue for me.  It’s all action and with so much going on, little time is spent on each plot, instead the story jumps around.  It’s all action and at times cheesy dialogue.  It’ll be an important part of the overall story but on it’s own, meh.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

Casanova #4 – The spy series is crazy, kinetic and a hell of a lot of fun.  Just beyond whacky and so entertaining at the same time.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Chaos War #1 – Hercules is pack and he must lead the world’s super heroes against the Chaos King.  I’m not quite sure what to think as I know nothing of Hercules’s story and that’s pretty vital to understand what’s going on and appreciate it.  It’s an ok comic.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25

Daken: Dark Wolverine #2 – Directly tied into the Wolverine going to Hell story arc, this second issues sees Daken paying Mystique a visit.  I’ve really enjoyed how the issues have been written, but can’t say I’m ecstatic about this particular issue’s plot.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Deadpool Max #1 – Deadpool is over saturated and this might be the series that put his exposure over the top.  Instead of the mix of action and humor, we get over the top action (it’s MAX after all) which is fine if it wasn’t the case that the humor’s been replaced with unneeded gay bashing.  This is comics at it’s worst.  Juvenile and not needed.

Story: 5 Art: 5 Overall: 5

Deadpool Pulp #2 – Remove Deadpool from this series and you still have a moody noir period piece set during the Cold War.  In fact the comic might work better that way.  Unlike so many other Deadpool spin-offs this series works and works quite well.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Emerald Warriors #3 – Someone or something is draining the Lantern’s rings and their enemies are gathering, but are either of these plot lines enough to justify this, the third Green Lantern series?  It’s good, but not enough to justify it’s existence.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Green Hornet #8 – Each week I’ve praised this series.  The story is entertaining, action is great and banter is exactly what you’d expect from Kevin Smith.  This issue has it’s problems, but generally this is the shift to the finale, and I expect a lot of the issues I have with this issue will turn out not such big deals when the final two issues wrap up.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Green Lantern #58 – I’ve been somewhat ho-hum about this arc where Hal and a few others attempt to find their rings entities, but this issue does give Atrocitus a lot more depth than the rage fueled one sided character I thought he was.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Hawkeye & Mockingbird #5 – It’s the end of the first arc and pretty much goes out with a whimper.  It’s an ok ending to the story, but nothing spectacular.  The preview for issue 6 though is listed as the “finale.”  Is the series cancelled?

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

I Am An Avenger #2 – The stories here focusing on various members, both present and past, of the Avengers are pretty decent.  Overall the comic is nice, but it’s not vital to read.  This is only for the serious die-hard Avengers fans.  Some of the stories are better than others, but overall, pretty solid.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Incorruptible #10 – Max Damage takes on the Plutonian’s racist disciples.  I’m not sure what to think of his big baddie right now being such a cliche, but whatever.  This issue isn’t quite as good as recent issues and is a dip in overall quality, but still an interesting series about a villain who’s trying to reform.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

The Invincible Iron Man #31 – One of the best comics each and every month.  Matt Fraction has taken out the spandex and super heroes from the story and instead gives us a powered up take on dueling corporations and a man trying to rebuild his reputation and fortune.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Irredeemable #18 – Mark Waid continues his look at a fallen hero as he introduces another x-factor that might stop Plutonian’s rampage.  There’s one part in here where I was expecting Waid to go one way, then he quickly shifts the story in another.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Iron Man Legacy #7 – Tony’s down on his luck as the series focuses in on one of the times he was down and out.  He’s hiding in LA and has an idea to get his fortune back but quite a few folks are hunting him down.  An entertaining issue.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Klaws of the Panther #1 – I’m a bit mixed on this new series that picks up where Doomwar left off.  There’s a lot of potential and a lot I like as Wakanda must chart a new path withotu Vibranium, but the first arc involving AIM just feels lame.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Liberty Annual 2010 – It supports a good cause, free speech and fighting censorship.  Just buy it.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Marvelman: Family’s Finest #4 – 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

The New Avengers #5 – We figure out who’s behind the mystical attacks and a way to end it is decided.  There’s a lot of mystical mumbo jumbo thrown around and that part doesn’t work too well, but overall the banter is great and the comic is entertaining.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Secret Six #26 – This is the second time an arc in this series has made me feel like I missed something.  The two teams head to the strange world, working for who knows who, and who knows why.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25

Shadowland #4 – I’m torn on the whole Shadowland event.  While I like the concept of the Hand taking over New York and Daredevil being corrupted and turning bad, my issue lies in the execution.  Instead of a great psychological breakdown and thriller, we’re given a cheap tale of demon possession.  What could have been great comes off as a cheap story.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #3 – While the main Shadowland series focuses on Daredevil’s fall, all of the offshoots seem to tie-in together focusing on Mr. Negative’s play for power.  The story is ok, but nothing special.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Shadowland: Spider-Man – The offshoots for Shadowland have been all over the place as far as quality and need.  I can’t say there’s any need for this one at all.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 – To say the series is high concept is an understatement.  There’s a lot of big ideas here and overall, this is a story that’ll be stronger read as a trade than as individual issues.  Beautiful art though.

Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25

Strange Tales II #1 – Varied artists and writers, most of the “indie” cred all take on Marvel characters.  As expected some of the stories work out great and others are clunkers, but overall it’s cool to see such varied takes on characters.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Superior #1 – Magical is the word I’d use to describe this first issue.  Mark Millar tends to have an edge about his comics, but his latest series is his attempt to reach back and update a character like Superman or Captain Marvel.  I think we’re seeing the beginning of something amazing, a throw back, retro comic updated for the modern age.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Taskmaster #2 – This miniseries is adding tons of depth to the character of Taskmaster.  A former villain, who’s now in a gray area is being fleshed out with an interesting background and being made even more sympathetic.  I really liked him post Civil War and loving where they have him going.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.5

The Thanos Imperative #5 – The battle rages on all sides as twist and turns abound.  There’s all kinds of zigs and zags and you never know what to expect in this Marvel space epic.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Thor: #616 – Thor mopes around his kingdom as he surveys the damage and attempts to rebuild, mean while writer Matt Fraction continues to build the dread as we learn what’s filling the void left by Asgard’s time on Earth.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75

Thor: For Asgard #3 – While the art is beyond beautiful to look at, I can’t say this Marvel Knights take on Thor is really needed or adds anything special to the character.

Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 7.5

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #5 – Thor meets Namor as he takes a jaunt around the world with Jane.  The story is cute enough, but I’m not quite sure I see a huge point in the series other than to just tell entertaining stories.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Uncanny X-Force #1 – Warren and Logan have assembled a new team to take on a returned Apocalypse.  But can they stop a force in the form of a 10 year old boy.  I like the writing and pacing and art is fantastic.  Just a solid issue.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Unknown Soldier #24 – It’s the second last issue as we finally learn the truth about the Unknown Soldier and who Moses is.  It’s a hell of a twist and one I wish was revealed earlier.  But this is a nice wrap up of the series.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Untold Tales of Blackest Night – When I saw this on the shelf, I asked if it was really needed.  The answer is yes and no.  Does it add a lot to the Blackest Night storyline that’s been over for months now?  Not really.  Are the stories entertaining?  Hell yes.  This is one of the best tie-ins for the event.  The stories are entertaining and there’s an opening that’s created in the final story for what we can expect next.  Is it needed, no.  Is it appreciated, yes.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Unwritten #18 – After each issue I seem to feel like I’m an idiot.  The story blends fantasy and the real world mixing the power of story all within a comic book.  The series is layered, deep and complicated.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

X-Men #4 – Lots of speeches with little movement as far as plot.  Wolverine has supposedly turned into a vampire, I’m doubting it and he’s likely to turn back at the last second and betray the vampire nation.  Jubilee, I’m not so sure about.

Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25

Young Allies #5 – I’m a bit sad to see this series with the next issue.  There’s a lot of potential and it’s a really fun read.  I can’t say I’m shocked at it’s cancellation, but again a series that deserves and audience.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

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