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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 11/10/10

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Here’s the reviews for this week’s comic book purchases.  Which books were worth my hard earned dollars, and which will I be using to heat my apartment this winter?  Find out below!

Monthly Comics

American Vampire #8 – I fully admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first arc of this series.  But this second arc set on the backdrop of the building of the Hoover Damn involves a murder mystery, political intrigue and some great action.  This is exactly what I was hoping for and it’s getting better with each issue.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #3 – Even though there’s some odd statements in this issue and some ignoring of events in other books (Wonder Man is now ok with the Avengers?  He has Sentry-level strength?) this third issue of the nine issue limited series is more than solid.  There’s some great moments and fantastic character interactions.  This is the mini-event that’s making up for a lot of others that are falling flat.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Chaos War: Thor #1 – To me Chaos War has been a let down.  If you don’t know what’s been going on with Amadeus Cho or Hercules, you’re likely lost like me.  A perfect example of the inaccessible story.  Totally unfriendly towards new readers.  While I appreciated the writing style of this comic, I’m just baffled how it fits into the Chaos War storyline, when it does and at times what the hell was going on.  Just not needed.

Story: 6 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6

Chew #15 – Tony heads home to see his family for Thanksgiving.  The issue is non-stop funny and had me laughing out loud for most of it.  Just beyond fantastic and easily the issue of the week.  A perfect example of why this is an award winning series and why it should be in everyone’s pull box.

Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.75

Green Hornet #9 – The second to last issue of Kevin Smith’s story arc and it’s fantastic.  This is such a fun comic and comes off as the blockbuster it should have been.  What’s Hollywood’s loss is our gain, because this has been such a fun ride.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #4 – The Sodam Yat storyline makes this series worth it, as having that as well as Gardner’s plot all in the Green Lantern Corps. series would be just too much.  But this series pushes it’s need to exist.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

I Am An Avenger #3 – The comic, and the entire limited series so far, has been entertaining and an ok read.  None of it’s vital, though we do get to see the moment Nova was asked to be a Secret Avenger.  The highlight for this one has to be the single pager feature the Hulk.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

The New Avengers #6 – The first story arc ends and the ending isn’t quite what I expected.  We’ll see where the series goes from here.  Is it me or is Hellstorm getting a lot of play lately?

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75

Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #3 – Much like most of the Shadowland event, this miniseries is a big meh.  It doesn’t add much to the story and in fact feels a bit disjointed.  The real value or lack there of of this series will be scene in the coming months when Shadowland ends and new series begin, but this seems like a big skip to me.

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5

The Thanos Imperative #6 – It’s pretty much the end of yet another cosmic Marvel event and it was a hell of an ending.  It definitely went places I wasn’t expecting and who knows where it all goes from here.  We’ll see what’s next up the sleeves of Abnett and Landing, but it’s been a hell of a fun ride so far.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Thor #617 – Thor seeks out Loki as Iron Man talks to Balder.  It’s an ok issue and I have to say it was nice that Loki hasn’t been in the picture lately since he’s been such a player over the last few years.  It’d have been nice if the current storyline could of concluded without him being a part.  Overall a ho-hum issue.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

The Unwritten #19 – Each issue of this series just makes me feel a bit dull.  I clearly don’t have a grasp of literature and can’t imagine how much richer this series would be for someone who does.  It’s impressive that nineteen issues in the series hasn’t been dumb down for those like me.  This is definitely for the cerebral and academic comic book readers.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

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