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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 7/27/11 Part 2

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I’m still a bit behind in my reviews.  Here’s the second part of reviews from releases weeks ago.  Hopefully I’ll be caught up this week.

Green Hornet #17 – Phil Hester continues to move this action packed comic forward.  It’s some great pulp action that shows how bad the movie was.  Too bad quality like this couldn’t represent the Hornet on the big screen.  Tons of fun and a definite read for fans of Batman or pulp hero comics.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Incorruptible #20 – This series along with it’s sister title is about taking the villain and hero dynamic and archetypes and breaking them down.  What’s interesting with this issue is that so common villain soliloquy is used and of course things go wrong for the bad guy.  For a series that makes us rethink about the typical super hero comic, in this issue it falls upon such a common writing tool.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Kirby Genesis #2 – This series is for Kirby die-hards.  The ideas are very much him and the designs mimic his style quite well, but overall, I give it a big meh.  It’s interesting but a bit too much too quickly I think.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

The Mighty Thor #4 – Thor vs. Silver Surfer, Odin vs. Galactus, it’s big battles here.  But, when does this take place?  Pre-Fear Itself it doesn’t make sense, but post may not have a Thor around.  So confusing…. but still entertaining.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

New Mutants #28 – To me, this is the quality I expect from the series.  Faced with doubt and the after affects of everything they’ve been through an outside shrink is brought in to help them deal.  It’s a solid story, worth the read.  Here’s hoping the quality keeps up.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 8

Secret Avengers #15 – An issue that gets very meta discussing “death” in comic books.  Even though it has Fear Itself on the cover, it’s more a statement about the recent deaths of comic book characters and the reaction by the public.  A very interesting read if you take it that way.

Story: 8.75 Art: 7 Overall: 8.5

Secret Warriors #28 – Not a thing I would change, a perfect ending to the series.  There’s so much hope, so much advice, and so much left out there.  It’s a shame it couldn’t continue.  But a big thanks goes out to the team that brought twenty eight pages of awesome.  Bravo.

Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.75

Uncanny X-Force #12 – Wow, that was certainly interesting.  A hell of an issue that really dives deep into the characters and focuses on them instead of the action, and then wham, one hell of an ending.  So, so good.  The art surrounding Wolverine was a bit off and inconsistent, but otherwise, a solid issue.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Venom #5 – After all of the action, all of the swinging around, this issue quiets it down and instead focuses on Flash the man.  It’s interesting that the two books in this batch by Rick Remender focused not on the action and instead focused on characters.  It’s a solid book about a man who’s haunted by the past which is guiding his present.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

X-Factor #222 – The issue with Rhane’s unborn child continues.  I can’t say I’m too crazy about the plot, but it has it’s moments and a few times the art is really good.  There’s a style that sneaks through that’s solid, but overall the art is ok.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7

X-Men #15 – Overall a decent story arc that introduces a pretty cool villain.  It seems a bit odd to have such a solid story before a big event, and it’s a bit choppy with Schism occurring now.  But as a whole, I’ll give it high marks.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

X-Men: Legacy #252 – Legion seeks out Styx with an ending I’m not quite sure I understand, but there’s clearly more going on involving Rogue, so we’ll see where this series goes next.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

X-Men: Schism #2 – The major shake up to the “X” universe continues as the world reacts to terrorist acts and the X-Men must assemble to take on antiquated Sentinels.  Meanwhile the Hellfire Club continues their movies.  This is the event us X-Men fans have been waiting for.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

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