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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 8/17/11 Part 2

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Getting close to catching up with reviews, and here’s the second batch of reviews from two weeks ago. Last week’s comics will be reviewed over the next few days.

Journey Into Mystery #626 – Loki continues to weave his plan to deal with Odin and the Serpent.  The end of the comic shows who his big gun is and it’s interesting.  The series is pretty heavy in the planning, which is interesting to see all of the dots being connected, but sooner or later the story needs to really get moving, and it looks like we’ll finally get that with the next issue.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #3 – Wolverine and the heroes make a stand against the infected.  There’s some great moments here and as a whole this series is a lot more fun and exciting than it should be.  This second series by Jonathan Maeberry has been entertaining and here’s hoping we get a third volume.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Punisher #1 – The Punisher is back and it looks like the detectives from Se7en are involved.  The series is so solid that the main character doesn’t even show up until the last few panels.  Greg Rucka can write crime and it looks like his “A” game is being brought to the table for this one.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Thunderbolts #162 – The team is dealing with the chaos that is Chicago in this Fear Itself tie-in.  The story is interesting since the “B” team decides to make their move too.  A lot is going on here and thankfully it uses Fear Itself as a backdrop instead of the main point of the story.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Uncanny X-Men #542 – It’s been hinted at, but here’s the point where Colossus goes through some changes.  The story is actually kind of cool and it should be really interesting to see where it all goes in the future, because it looks like the changes are going to last well after Fear Itself.  The scenes of their attempting to stop the Juggernaut is pretty entertaining as well.  I solid comic.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Venom #6 – The series kinds a bit side tracked with Spider-Island, but it’s an interesting story.  Hopefully the next two issues that deal with it will make sense on their own.  It’s a shame that so many series are being side tracked and some derailed due to their being dragged into sub-par comic events as tie-ins.

Story: 7.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.25

The Walking Dead #88 – The shock and aftermath of events are clearly hitting everyone.  The series has dealt with horror and what happens after, but it now looks like the psychological drama is finally being looked at.  As usual, Robert Kirkman knocks it out of the park mixing horror, suspense and human emotion.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

X-Factor #224 – The whole story arc with Rahne is over, which is good, I wasn’t a big fan of the story.  We’ll see where things pick up from here cause it looks like there’s going to be a shake up to the team if the teasers are any indication.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

X-Men: Schism #3 – This third issue of the “X” event shows a bit of where the latest issue of Generation Hope dovetails in.  There’s a bit that contradicts each other, but overall the issue is solid and I have to say, I love the new Hellfire Club.  We also get the real beginning of Cyclops and Wolverine’s fall out and it’s interesting to see what the issues are going to be that divide the two.

Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.75