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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 1/12/2011

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Shipping issues made it a smaller pile than expected this week, so hopefully the few issues missed this week will be grabbed next week.  But as a whole, this is a very light week, perfect to try something new.  And while you’re at it, find out what you should be grabbing in the reviews below!

Monthly Comics

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514 – The Black Panther continues to find his footing as he fills in for Daredevil.  The second issue of his journey continues to remain interesting with a few missteps in the writing.  Some choppy scenes and a Luke Cage that doesn’t match up to his other depictions are stand out issues.  But, overall, a very solid read.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Casanova: Gula #1 – It’s a new volume to Matt Fraction’s amazingly fun series.  The question isn’t where is Casanova Quinn but when it what I’m sure will be another off the wall comic book series.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Daredevil: Reborn #1 – It’s no secret at how I felt Shadowland was a massive let down and lost opportunity.  But, there seems to be a silver lining if this first issue is any indication.  Matt Murdock has fallen from grace and now he’s wandering America trying to find the man he was.  The first issue is a solid start, lets hope it can keep it up.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Deadpool #31 – Deadpool continues this Curse of the Mutants tie-in as he takes on some vampires at a hospital.  The comic is the usual mayhem, humor and unpredictable fun.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #6 – Guy Gardner comes clean as to what’s going on and people get pissed.  There’s a fight, and I continue to wonder if this third Green Lantern series is really needed.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Heroes for Hire #2 – Loving this new series which brings together a few of the B-team heroes out there with one hell of a background mystery.   I have no idea where it’s going but there’s so many great references going on.  So much fun.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

I Am An Avenger #5 – The final issue of the limited series covers three stories that vary a lot.  The stand out is the much promoted Captain America tale that also involves the Suicide Prevention Hotline.  It’s ok, but I’m not quite sure it really covers the seriousness of the issue, it was off.  The other two stories are ok, but nothing very special.  As a whole this is for super fanboys only.

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8 – Very sly as there is now a “limited series” designation on the cover as if that was always the plan.  But in the end a quality series comes to an end.  I might not have been quite as enamored as many others out there, but this series deserved an audience as it’s quality was consistently some of the best each month and so much better than a lot other comics are on the market.  If you missed the series, definitely check out the collected editions.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

The Unwritten #21 – There’s one series every month that makes me feel like I know nothing about literature, and this is it.  Wrapped into a lot of depth and real world writing references, usually half of each issue goes over my head.  This is for the literature fans and academics, but it’s still very entertaining.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Widowmaker #3 – While I’ve been looking forward to this crossover between Hawkeye, Mockingbird and Black Widow, the end product just doesn’t quite reach the level of quality of each of their separate series.  We finally get the big picture as to what the end game is of the overly complicated scheme and who the bad guy is.  To say I yawned at all of the reveals is putting it nicely.

Story: 6 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6