Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 11/30/11

It was a “fifth week” so the comic releases were light.  Here’s what I picked up and my thoughts.  What was worth it?  Find out below!

Daredevil #6 – The second story arc ends and it’s really entertaining.  There’s a fun pulp feel to the comic book and this ending sets up a lot for future story arcs.  The fights are great and resolution really satisfying.  Overall, Mark Waid is putting out one of Marvel’s best comics each month and one of the most consistently entertaining comics out there.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Fables #111 – The new North Wind is revealed and the story of Bufkin in Oz hits an interesting point that’s best not to spoil.  The series continues to split it’s time between various plots which is a bit of a downer because each is solid, but neither gets enough focus.  Hopefully everything will converge soon and we’ll be back to one fantastical story.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

FF #12 – The kids have teleported away from the chaos that is New York City.  And they’re off to grab some allies it would seem.  Jonathan Hickman continues his epic Fantastic Four story now with two stories with which to weave the plot around.  There’s a lot of talking in riddles and small nuggets as to what the hell is going on, but that’s Hickman’s way of revealing the story here.  Each issue brings just one small piece of the much larger puzzle.  The only thing that bothered me is the art threw me off a bit.  I’m not quite sure how I feel about it right now.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

Spaceman #2 – Uh, Brian Azzarello’s story about a space monkey and kidnapped girl is weird and trippy.  Right now I’m very torn on it, because it’s so original and different, but I have a feeling it’ll read better as a trade than individual issues.  I think I’m going to hold off until then to read it.  Sad, because it’s so unique, but hard to really get into in pieces.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 – The search for Raphael continues as he and Casey Jones takes on Hobs while the rest of the turtles search.  The series has a good feel about it, mixing in the origin with the present day.  Very entertaining stuff.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thunderbolts #166 – The Thunderbolts team is stuck in time and are now even further in the past.  The team must stop Mr. Hyde who has decided to go all Jack the Ripper.  Meanwhile, the team in the present gets closer to find the rogue Thunderbolts.  Overall ok, I’m not a big fan of this time travel story.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Ultimate Comics the Ultimates #4 – Ok, I seriously need to go back and find out what lead to this.  We learn the truth as to who the Maker is.  I was guessing it with little knowledge of the history, but seeing it all was still very cool.  There’s just something awesome about this line where anything can happen.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Men #2 – Really not a fan of this Sinister storyline.  It’s great something is finally being done with the Celestials, but something is very off here.  There’s a lot of talking, a lot of speeches, but that and little action doesn’t make an interesting read.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Wolverine #19 – The fight with Jade Claw continues and finally ends as the story arc wraps up.  Overall, after such a bed few arcs, this one seems to have turned things around in the right direction.  Lots of action, lots of fighting, it’s a fun read.  Hopefully the series continues with it.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

X-Men: Legacy #259 – Huh and who?

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

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