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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 11/17/10

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Here’s this week’s comic book reviews.  We dropped some comics (ahem Chaos War) and decided to check out some new ones we haven’t read in a while.  What was worth the hard earned cash and what will be heating us as we burn it this winter?  Find out those answers below!

Monthly Comics

The Avengers #7 – It’s the beginning of the next story arc.  The Hood is back, and he’s looking for some power to get right back into business.  Also, the Red Hulk makes an appearance as does Wonder Man who has a talk with Iron Man and Thor.  An ok issue that’s just the beginning of the next arc.  Very slow and the banter isn’t quite as up to snuff as usual.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Batman #704 – I gave up on Batman during Bruce Wayne’s return and I personally think Grant Morrison’s run is overrated.  The new direction and truly new status-quo got me interested to check out this week’s offerings.  While this issue isn’t enough for me to start reading the series again, I have to give props in some of the themes being explored including the relationships between tutor/pupil, parent/child and also what true philanthropy is.  If you’re a lapsed Batman fan, looks like it’s a great time to hope in and check it all out.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Batman Incorporated #1 – I like the concept of setting up franchises of Batmen but the first issue is beyond silly and the villain laughable.  Definitely not enough to get me to pick up the second issue.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Brightest Day #14 – The issue gets rid of all of the distractions and does a “This is your life Deadman.”  It’s all about Deadman and his search for the White Lantern and it’s done quite well in the strongest issue of the series yet.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Daken: Dark Wolverine #3 – I still say Daken is an interesting character and one that has tons of potential, but he needs to get out of the shadow of Wolverine and find a story on his own.  The first three issues seem to be a set up for that direction, but we’ll see.  They’re all tied into the poor “Wolverine goes to Hell” storyline and suffer because of that.  This issue is convoluted and not as clear cut as it could or should be.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.75

The Flash #6 – The first story arc ends as the seeds of Flashpoint are laid out.  The ending to this arc was pretty weak, especially since the first five issues were so solid.  We’ll see where this all goes though and how the second arc goes.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.25

Green Lantern #59 – The Flash confronts Hal about his working the Sinestro and Atrocitous to find the entities.  A lot is going on here and not sure I necessarily think this is the best direction to go right now after such a huge event not that long ago.  Overall, meh.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25

Green Lantern Corps. #54 – Kyle Rayner seeks out Sinestro to save his daughter.  Instead of some great character development, we get a typical and cheesy fight.  Overall, ho-hum.  The entire Green Lantern line has dropped in quality post Blackest Night, who’s build up set a high standard to meet.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25

Osborn #1 – What’s been up with Norman Osborn since his downfall?  Find out in this limited series which delves into that dark world of people who fall just outside of civil liberties and rights.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Superior #2 – There’s a lot of hate towards this series, but I’ve enjoyed the first two issues.  This is Big, but the kid gets turned into a super hero.  It’s fun and entertaining and a modern more vulgar version of that story.  There’s tons of potential here and so far, been a fun and magical read.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thunderbolts #150 – The story is decent as the Thunderbolts meet the Avengers for an evaluation.  Really huge issue is a transition to the next step of the team, and seems like a wasted opportunity for such a momentous issue.  What’s also nice is a history of the team laid out for new readers and also a reprint of the first issue ever.  Overall, a lot and decent for the price.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

X-Factor #211 – An unusually poor issue.  We have the team fighting Hela’s forces the entire time with some great humor and banter.  But overall a pointless issue.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

X-Men #5 – The issue is predictable but satisfying in this second last issue before the X-Men’s battle with vampires concludes.  The issue is the fun you’d expect.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

X-23 #3 – The possessed Wolverine offers X-23 a deal to join him and plays “this is your life.”  Once again we have it beaten into us the horrible things done to X-23 and done by X-23.  The issue is boring and could have been done a lot better.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

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