Here’s this week’s releases. Find out what enjoyed and what we wished we didn’t drop our hard earned cash on below.
Avengers Academy #6 – The issue focuses on Reptil and the horrors he’s gone through and we learn a lot more about other members. The series has it’s ups and downs, but shows a lot of potential.
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25
Brightest Day #13 – I think this issue just shows how little I care for the Hawkworld storyline. If you don’t enjoy that one either, you might want to skip this issue. The weakest of the issues so far.
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 6.75
Chaos War #3 – If I knew more about Hercules and his corner of the Marvel universe I might enjoy this event more, but talks of gods and worlds just goes over my head and makes me tune out.
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75
Generation Hope #1 – I feel like we’ve seen this series before. New mutants introduced who are unsure about their power and their role. Now, how is this series going to differentiate itself from the rest? It’s the first issue but we’ll see. So far, meh.
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7
Hawkeye & Mockingbird #6 – Another series that didn’t quite catch on with the public. But even after a mini-series and this series (which might as well have been a mini) we’re getting a mini-event involving the Black Widow that begins next month. This issue isn’t so much an ending as the end of this particular chapter.
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25
Iron Man: Legacy #8 – Tony continues to build his life and his fortune in this retconning series. It’d be nice if there was some context as to where in his series this would be. Very entertaining though.
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8
Irredeemable #19 – An interesting twist. We’ll see where the series goes from here, but it’s one of those comics that rarely disappoints and takes you in directions you’d never imagine.
Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8
Namor: The First Mutant #3 – Namor goes on the offensive against the underwater vampires. I yawn and wonder when this’ll find it’s legs.
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75
Punisher: In The Blood #1 – Yay! The Punisher is back! Such a great start, I just wish the series had come a while ago and saved us the pain of having to read the last few months. This picks up right where it should with the Punisher taking care of outstanding business and opening up some new avenues to explore. If you’re a Punisher fan, this is the classic version we all enjoy.
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75
Scarlet #3 – This is a statement, but interestingly it doesn’t totally commit to it’s politics or make it’s case for it. It’s just short of being a manifesto about the abuses of power by those in charge of society. Imagine how much more powerful it’d be if it was fully committed in it’s goal. Still a very entertaining series.
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5
Secret Six #27 – Um, what the hell is going on!? I follow the story, barely, but there’s clearly a lot of back story I’m missing here. If you can’t understand and be clear about everything going on in an arc, including past relationships, that’s just bad writing.
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25
Taskmaster #3 – Loved, loved, loved this issues. Taskmaster has quickly become one of my favorite characters and this issue shows exactly why. We learn the truth about his past and there’s just so many good twists here. The backdrop and town it goes down in is pure entertainment. Just such a fun issues and series.
Story: 9.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9
Unknown Soldier #25 – I can’t think of a better way to end the series. A hell of a statement and sad to see one of the most politically relevant comics on the market come to an end. This entire series is my recommended purchase for the week.
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Wolverine #3 – Better than the first two issues, but generally I’m not a fan of the Wolverine goes to hell storyline. I think there’s ways to explore similar themes without the silly story. Much like Franken-Castle, I look forward to this being over and Wolverine being back.
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7
X-Men: To Serve and Protect #1 – Short stories involving the X-Men saving folks in pretty mundane crimes. Only for the die hard fans, and even then….
Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5
Young Allies #6 – We championed the series, but obviously the public didn’t respond. This is the last issue of the under appreciated series of misfit characters that didn’t get much of a chance, and I have to say I can’t think of a better way for it to end. But, it won’t be long until we see them again if recent teasers are any indication.
Story: 8.75 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75
How to Understand Israel In 60 Days or Less – Read the full review in an expanded review post.