Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 4/6/11


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It was a light, but good week with a lot of books that earned some top grades.   There’s a lot worth your hard earned dollars, find out which below.

Monthly Comics

Annihilators #2 – Two stories in one solid issue.  The Annihilators need to figure out what’s going on and prevent the Dire Wraiths from gaining strength while Rocket Raccoon is out to free Groot and figure out who’s trying to kill him.  Both stories are full of action and are just beyond fantastic.  As usual, the cosmic end of the Marvel universe doesn’t dissapoint.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #5 – It seems like forever since the fourth issue was released and the one-shot last month didn’t quite live up to the quality I look for.  But this fifth issue is solid.  What happens with a Scarlet Witch who can’t remember who she is, and what happens when she does?  This series potentially has huge impact for the Marvel universe and it’s anyone’s guess what that impact will be.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Brightest Day #23 – So what the hell happens to this series after it wraps?  Will we see characters back in their traditional way or are they now the 4 Elements.  We also find out who Earth’s protector is after months of speculation and guessing.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Bring the Thunder #4 – I can’t remember reading the third issue of this series, which makes going into reading this fourth issue a bit odd.  The story is a big fight sequence and it’s all set up for the series.  Entertaining, and different, but not quite as exciting as that first issue.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Chew #18 – I really wonder the amount of drugs that had to be ingested to write this issue.  It’s all over the place, random, hilarious and got me laughing out loud, a lot.  This series continues its excellence and showing why it should be on everyone’s pull list.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Fear Itself #1 – The prelude to this series didn’t blow me away in any way, but I have to say, this first issue is solid.  But, that’s been the first issue for most of Marvel’s recent events.  They’ve been solid and then let us down.  There’s a lot here and it sets the tone perfectly, so for that it gets solid marks.  There’s also a mystery here that’s delved into a bit that definitely has me wanting more.  It’s a great first start, now here’s hoping the rest can hold up in quality.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Fear Itself: Homefront #1 – Four short stories that show off why Marvel is my favorite company.  Their stories are rooted in the real world that make them all the more relatable and there’s an emotional depth to them that’s often missing.  Much like the main series, this is a solid first issue that gives you a great feel of what to expect.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Hellraiser #1 – I’ve seen only bits and pieces of the movies, so long ago and don’t really know the background at all, and for that I feel like I’m missing a bit in this first issue.  The gore that I remember is there, but also a sadness to Pinhead I don’t.  The series has me intrigued, if not totally sold.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Heroes for Hire #5 – And that’s the end of the first story arc.  The action was a bit “B” movie and the art seems to have taken a dip, but overall the series is really entertaining and fun, just like a comic book should be.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7 Overall: 7.25

Irredeemable #24 – Tony has found a friend to help with get out of prison, while two unlikely individuals work together to find Tony.  There’s some interesting plot developments here and I have no idea what Mark Waid has in store as this series moves along.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.5

Nonplayer #1 – People are raving about this first issue and I can see why folks enjoy it, but can’t say I’m completely blown away.  Nate Simpson’s series is impressive and original with an interesting mix of sci-fi and fantasy as well as a creative look at very real technology, enhanced reality.  So far, worth checking out, but I’m not sold for the long haul.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Raise the Dead 2 #4 – This zombie series is a bit more interesting as the focus has moved to two surviving children and the messed up things the military would do to rebuild a country.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Secret Six #32 – The team continues the battle in Hell and just like the Marvel books that are exploring this, it just isn’t working.  There’s a bit of magic that seems to have gone missing.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Ultimate Captain America #4 – What started off as a simple talk about American politics has evolved in a great question of good and evil and who is on the side of the righteous.  What seems like a simple ending of an issue that involves mostly a fight, a simple question is asked and one that really gets you to think.  This is up there for limited series of the year.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Uncanny X-Men #534.1 – This “point one” book gives you a good taste as to what the X-Men are about, but it also delves deeper as the more successful one of these books have done.  It’s focus is on Magneto and the disdain and distrust of him.  There’s a lot of philosophy thrown about with discussion of P.R. versus propaganda as well as Machiavelli.  Overall, I wish the series had more of these discussions.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9