Weekly Reviews

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Here’s this week’s review of comic books.  What’s worth the purchase and which were a waste of time and money?  Find out below as to what you should spend your hard earned dollars on.

Monthly Comics

Brightest Day #12 – If you like the Martian Manhunter this issue is for you.  If you’re not like me, you’ll probably want to skip it.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Chaos War #2 – I wasn’t the biggest of fans of the first issue of this mini series.  My problem was it felt as if you needed to know Hercules and Cho’s history.  The second issue pushes the story along so that need of knowledge is lessened which makes the issue that much more enjoyable.  This is a mini series that’s growing on me.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Daredevil #511 – Shadowland as a whole could have been a great psychological thriller focusing on the corruption and downfall of a hero.  Instead we get a b-movie kung-fu actioner involving demons and what-not.  Still, this issue is a tick up from what’s been printed lately.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Deadpool #28 – We learn the truth about Steve Rogers’ recruitment of Deadpool.  The issue is pretty humorous, but they really have a character named Dr. Bong!?

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

DMZ #58 – In a powerful series this is one of the most powerful issues.  An amazing look at remembering events and keeping strength.  Even through a war, memories remain, and there’s many ways to honor events.  This issue is just powerful, and that’s saying something from one of the best comics being produced today.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5

Fables #99 – The Mr. Dark storyline gets the main focus as the North Wind pays a visit to talk some sense into him.  We’re also given a bigger picture as to what’s going on.  Next issue is a huge one and this just leads up to this big fireworks.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Green Lantern Corps. #53 – The Weaponer attacks and we find out what he wants.  We also start getting a loose thread wrapped up as Kyle’s dating Sinestro’s daughter begins to be addressed.

Story: 7.75 Art:  Overall: 7.75

Kick-Ass 2 #1 – Let me first say I definitely enjoyed this first issue.  But, unlike the first series that was turned into a movie, this second volume is clearly being written for an eventual movie.  It’s a bit different, but still entertaining.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Loki #1 – This limited series focuses on Loki and zeroes in on his issues with Thor and the rest of the gods of Asgard.  What could have been a good psychological focus on a man with an inferiority complex comes off as a generic tale.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

New Mutants #18 – It’s the fourth part of the Fall of the New Mutants storyline.  As a whole the story has intrigued me or caught my interest as much as I’d hope it would.  It had potential, but it’s more of a yawner.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Shadowland: Power Man #3 – This is the best of the Shadowland related comic books, but that’s not saying a whole lot.  We sort of learn the secrets behind the new Power Man, but the series is brought down a bit by second rate blaxploitation knock off characters.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Soldier Zero #1 – The first issue and release from Stan Lee’s corner of Boom! Studios.  The story focuses on a veteran from Afghanistan who inherits an alien super suit.  The story is a classic tale we’ve seen multiple times but with a modern setting.  The writing was decent, and the focus on human interaction was ok, but a first issue should hook you and I felt like this missed that.  It’s not bad in any way, but it also doesn’t have me excited enough to come back for the second issue.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #4 – The limited series had it’s ups and downs with an amazing first issue.  This final issue ends on an up and leaves things in an interesting direction that made the series worth it, if it’s followed up on.  This being a Brubaker series, expect it to be just a small piece of his carefully woven puzzle.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

TURF #3 – The series that mixes vampires, aliens and gangsters.  The third issue is ok and entertaining enough, but the art makes it a bit difficult to figure out what’s going on at times.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

The Walking Dead #78 – One of the best comics on the market only gets better.  What happens when a desperate people decide they want in a protected area?  This issue is pivotal and pretty impressive in how straight and quickly it makes it point.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Wolverine #2 – It’s the second issue in and I’m really not a fan of the Wolverine going to Hell storyline.  It feels like it’s been done before, and done better.  I do want to see how it ends and where it goes, but so far, blah.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

X-Factor #210 – As expected a lot is being set up here and will probably drive the next 6 months of stories (if not longer).  The pregnancy, a possible villain, plus part of the team is still in Vegas.  So much is going on and it is good.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

X-23 #2 – Part of the Wolverine going to Hell storyline.  The first issue showed so much promise and was very good.  This second issue is just so blah.  It has no reason to tie into the Wolverine story, and instead of going in a proper direction and fleshing out her character, we’re given a pretty forgettable issue.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25

Graphic Novel

Luthor – Loved, loved, loved this.  We see the world from Lex Luthor’s point of view and why he hates Superman so much.  The brilliance of this is by the end of it, I was not just sympathetic to Luthor, but I agreed with him.  A brilliant look at what defines being a man and potential.  This is a definite, must buy.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25