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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 11/24/2010

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We spent the time catching up on comic books, so expect a lot of reviews coming up.  But, here’s this week’s purchases.  What was worth it?  What did we regret spending money on?  Find out below!

Monthly Comics

Astonishing Thor #1 – While I liked other Astonishing titles (X-Men: Xenogenesis and Spider-man and Wolverine) the Thor entry into the series suffers from problems these mini-series attempt to get around.  Unlike the other two, this issue falls heavily on continuity and  unless you know some of the more obscure characters of the Marvel universe, it’s hard to really enjoy the comic.  The Astonishing line is supposed to be mini-series that are accessible and not really as heavily upon what’s come before.  It’s continuity comics that are made for new readers.  Sadly this one doesn’t quite pull that off.

Story: 6.75 Art: 8 Overall: 6.75

Batwoman #0 – I first read Batwoman in Detective Comics, but didn’t read through the praised run.  I came into this issue zero based on the hype, and wasn’t disappointed.  So much so, that unlike the two Batman comics I read last week, I actually will likely keep up with this one.  I’m usually skeptical when it comes to hype, but this one lives up to it and it’s deserved.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Black Widow #8 – And that’s the end of yet another series I enjoyed.  The tale of Black Widow spins towards the end as the series heads into the Widowmaker mini-series and event.  I’ve enjoyed these past eight issues, but this one seems like it was rushed with plot threads quickly wrapped up, instead of letting them organically play out.  My advice for Marvel, take some of these lesser sellers and combine them into a monthly anthology, but keep the quality.  It’s a shame another quality comic ends.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Captain America #612 – The trial of Bucky Barnes gets underway as we the villain in the background begins to emerge.  A new Red Skull has arisen and Master Man is going to spring her.  There’s a lot going on here and this isn’t your simple action comic book.  This is definitely a super hero comic for adults and damn is it good.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Deadpool #29 – Deadpool teams up with Steve Rogers, Moon Knight and Black Widow in this hilarious conclusion to their fight with Dr. Bong.  The comic is the humor and action you can expect and I hope we’ll see more of this as Deadpool continues to become a hero.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

DMZ #59 – One of the most politically relevant commentaries on the market today.  Matty Roth continues his path towards redemption as bombs fall upon the DMZ.  What’s coming next, we’ll have to see, but this is just beyond amazing as a comic explores what do you do after the fighting’s stopped.

Story: 9 Art: 8.25 Overall: 9

Fantastic Four #585 – Three stories here as Mr. Fantastic heads into space with Galactus, Sue Storm attempts to broker a deal between the two Atlantis’s and Johnny and Ben need to take care of the rugrats.  Each of these stories are entertaining and we get a bit of the cosmic adventure mixed in with the family dysfunction.  While it doesn’t quite live up to it’s name, it’s still entertaining.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Green Hornet #10 – It’s the end to Kevin Smith’s take on the classic character and it’s all action and tons of fun.  I keep saying I’ve never been much of a Green Hornet fan, but this series has fully got me wanting to check out more.  Just fantastic on so many levels.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Incorruptible #12 – The truth about the Diamond Gang comes out as Max Damage attempts to save a city.  This is really the end of the first major arc as Max moves onto becoming a hero in public and remake his negative image.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

The Invincible Iron Man #32 – Iron Man, War Machine and Rescue have to take on Detroit Steel and Hammer Industries.  The fantastic issue isn’t just the usual fight, but shows those types of comics can be intelligent.  Through all the explosions and action, a debate about Stark and his new company’s role wages between the various players.  Impressive and entertaining.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Klaws of the Panther #3 – As much as I liked Doomwar, I can’t say I’m enjoying this follow up.  While some of it is humorous, this strung out fight between the Black Panther and Klaw just doesn’t seem worthy of a mini-series.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Namor: The First Mutant #4 – Namor hasn’t been front and center in the “X” books, but this series focuses on what’s going on with the ruler of the seas.  These first four issues were about setting him up and getting his power base intact.  This first four issues have been about setting up what’s to come.  So far it’s been ok, not great.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

New Mutants #19 – I can’t say I’ve been the biggest fan of the Fall of the New Mutants storyline.  I just don’t care about what happens to any of the characters or even the bad guys.  The ending had a nice twist, but overall, meh.  This comic feels like an “also” instead of the stand out it should.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5

Secret Avengers #7 – At one point it’s stated that Steve Rogers is becoming more and more like Nick Fury every day.  This series kicks it up a notch in this obscure storyline involving Shang-Chi.  It’s entertaining but I wouldn’t say quite accessible for casual readers.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Secret Warriors #22 – Um, holy shit, amazing, amazing, amazing.  Not only where there moments where my jaw dropped, but Nick Fury hits a level I never expected.  Just when I thought the series couldn’t surprise me, it does.  Beyond fantastic and a must read.

Story: 9.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.5

Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #4 – And the point of this was?  Other than launching a new series, Heroes for Hire, I just don’t see how this impacted Shadowland at all.  It’d of been better to focus the characters upon that series, instead of setting them off on this cheap tie-in that didn’t need to be published.

Story: 6 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.25

Shadowland: Power Man #4 – Again, this tied into Shadowland how?  A three page fight scene?  In the end this is clearly an excuse to launch a new character and comic series.  Blatant and not needed.  It didn’t add to Shadowland at all.  Not much of a point or tie-in when it comes to the title.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #6 – And another decent series is coming to a close.  Thor gets closer to learning humility in this out of continuity comic.  The art has been growing on me and the stories are entertaining enough.  The series is beloved by tons and I totally understand why.  I’ve really enjoyed it and understand what everyone else sees in it.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thunderstrike #1 – I remember Thunderstrike and can’t say he’s been missed.  The 90’s seem to be back at Marvel, and this is a play at nostalgia.  It’s entertaining, but not exactly needed.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25

Uncanny X-Force #2 – The team prepares to go after Apocalypse and plan for the worst.  The interaction and action with this is fantastic and such a fantastic team book.  This is easily the top “X” book on the market right now.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Uncanny X- Men #530 – A flu is going around Utopia and the island is on lockdown.  While the mutants are stuck on the island Sublime Corporation puts together a team of their own to help out.  Definitely an interest arc and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

The Walking Dead #79 – Just when you think Robert Kirkman can’t come up with a new angle for this series, we’re about to see another facet of what survival in a zombie apocalypse might be like.  While we we’ve had the last few issues set up the issue of the bad guys getting into this new community, what happens if the opposite is the issue and they can’t get out?  It’s an interesting issue, and I can’t wait to see what Kirkman has in store.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25

X-Men: Legacy #242 – San Francisco is rebuilding post attack and the X-Men have decided to help out.  A team is dispatched to help out in the rebuilding effort, but of course things don’t go as planned.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8