Weekly Reviews

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Here’s last week’s new releases.  We’ll have this week’s later today.  What was worth picking up last week and what should have been left on the shelf?  Find out the answers below.

Monthly Comics

The Avengers #6 – All of the time travel definitely made my head hurt but there was still something entertaining about it.  This definitely gives a lot of hints to possible things to come and I think half of the fun of this will be seeing how much of it comes to fruition.

Story: 7.25 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Black Widow #7 – Beautifully tied into current events, Black Widow is on the run, framed for the murder of a U.S. Senator.  There’s a lot of commentary about the current detainment process, and lots of action.  Very entertaining and I’m a sure a comic not enough people are reading.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Captain America #611 – Folks decide what should be done about Bucky and the time spent as the Winter Soldier.  Should he pay for his crimes?  What type of trial should it be?  Steve, Tony and others are put through the wringer for keeping his secrets.  I think one of the most entertaining parts of this is the portrayal of President Obama as a wishy-washy leader driven to decisions by the media.  Also, is the bad guy being clearly Nazi’s a response due to the recent events of Cap’s taking on “Tea Partiers?”

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.75

Captain America: Patriot #3 – The series keeps getting better and better and is an absolute read.  There’s only on issue to go, and I can’t wait to see where it takes this Captain America.  Fantastic.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Fantastic Four #584 – Jonathan Hickman is building to something, and it’s either going to be really impressive or is going off the tracks.  Most issues so far haven’t had a ton of exciting events, but generally are just a build to what ever is coming.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Incognito: Bad Influences #1 – Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ second volume following a former villain now in witness protection.  It’s been some time since the first volume and we learn a bit more about all of the characters.  This is pulp with super heroes and is fantastic.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Incorruptible #11 – We get more of the Senator’s plan as Max Damage has a heart to heart.  The series seems to get better and better adding layer upon layer.  It’s definitely entertaining and along with Irredeemable makes a pairing of comics you don’t want to miss.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

JLA/The 99 #1 – Wow, just so, so bad.  In this meeting between the JLA and controversial super team, you’d expect some quality since it should be a big deal.  Instead we’re given a very blah comic that not only has a horrible plot but writing that’s just beyond silly.

Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5

Klaws of the Panther #2 – I’ve got some issues with this second issue.  The beginning is a jumble and incoherent and Klaw’s plan just seems silly.  Coming off the excellent Doom War, I expected more from this series.

Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25

Secret Avengers #6 – There’s a lot I liked and a bunch I didn’t, but if you don’t know a lot about Shang-Chi, you probably won’t dig this as much.  It does look like this second arc will tie into the first and overall it should be interesting to see where this goes.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Secret Warriors #21 – As usual, you never know what to expect with this series.  Phobos steps up with a crazy ending I didn’t see.  The issue is quick and a small piece of the bigger puzzle, but it’s a puzzle that has me hooked.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Shadowland: Moon Knight #3 – Jumpy and just at times making no sense, what was a good off shoot of Shadowland turns into a mess like the main series it’s a part of.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5

Thunderbolts #149 – I’m normally a big fan of this series and it’s direction but something about this issue bothered me, especially Crossbone’s new power.  It’s nice they’re playing up he’s a racist, but a crossover with Shadowland was not needed.  There’s better things these two issues could have spent time on.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Uncanny X-Men #529 – I feel like I’m missing why it’s a big deal Sebastian Shaw is in the X-Men’s brig.  He’s a bad guy right?  Emma decides to do something about it in an issue that’s just a bridge to something else.

Story: 6.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25

X-Men: Legacy #241 – If I knew a bit more about the villains I might of enjoyed this more, but in the end this is a pretty forgettable story arc.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

X-Men vs. Vampires #2 – While the stories are pretty solid, none of them are necessary.  If you’re a die-hard X-Men fan or really enjoying the Vampire storyline, you might want to give this a shot.  If not, pass, you’re not missing anything.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

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