Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/30

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex


XO_048_COVER-C_PHAMX-O Manowar #48
 (Valiant)**
If we know that the series is coming to a close with issue #50, you’d have a good idea with just how ominous the story beats are here. Nothing good is going to come out of this for the characters involved, but the readers are in for a treat. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Cryptocracy #2 (Dark Horse) Continues to be a very interesting comic. A must read for those who enjoy conspiracy stories. Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Howard The Duck #9 (Marvel)* There’s something refreshing about Marvel allowing Chip Zdarsky to poke fun at almost every comic that they’re publishing these days.Howard the Duck may not be for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it, then this issue is one of the more entertaining ones. Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #3 (Dark Horse) A solid conclusion for the three issue miniseries that feels like it came from the era it was set in. You don’t need to have read Hellboy to enjoy this series (I haven’t), but it’s better to read the whole series than just the one issue. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Old Man Logan #9 (Marvel) *Old Man Logan goes to Madripoor, and it goes about as well as can be expected for our beloved Canadian. Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Mialo deliver another beautiful issue, and Jeff Lemire has returned to form after issue 8’s disappointment. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Brett

Extraordinary X-Men #12 (Marvel)* – I’ve generally been unimpressed with the Apocalypse Wars event. This issue though gets sort of interesting, but mostly because what it sets up in the future. Art is good, which isn’t shocking since it’s Humberto Ramos, but Jeff Lemire definitely can do better. It’s just ok. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

CK_variant_coverCaptain Kid #1 (Aftershock Comics)* – Mark Waid can do some fantastic superhero stories and this first issue is decent, though not great. The story is about an older guy who can change into a younger hero. It feels like it could be meta about so many comic writers, but no idea if this is what Waid is going for. I want to see where it goes, but the first issue is just ok. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #17 (DC Comics) – The Scooby gang teams up with Hawkman and Hawkgirl. The comic feels like classic team-ups with Scooby like when they met Batman and Robin, but it’s actual villains they’re dealing with… which feels weird. Still fun kids comic with superheroes. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Buy

Wonder Woman #3 (DC Comics) – Wonder Woman’s two stories have just been ok so far. This one basically is Wonder Woman begging a villain to help her. It’s just slow going and not a lot happens. I think the long game will be good, but single issues don’t seem to be the way to go with this one. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

4001 A.D. #3 (Valiant) – A hell of a battle feels short but satisfying. I can’t wait to see what the conclusion is of this fantastic event. Overall Rating: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Mechanism01_CoverADivinity II #4 (Valiant) – A great ending to this second volume that has me excited to read the third volume in a few months. One of the best miniseries of the year. Overall Rating: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Mechanism #1 (Image Comics) – An interesting first issue that doesn’t totally have me sold, but enough that I want to check out the second issue. Overall Rating: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #55 (IDW Publishing) – The conclusion of Megatron and his team versus the DJD. The ending is fantastic as you see the long game that Megatron plays and why he’s so powerful. There’s also some touching moments too as a hell of lot of folks die and return. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #55 (IDW Publishing) – Optimus plays out his hand as the ramifications of his raising a Titan are explored. One hell of a conclusion with the death of a major character. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Overall Rating: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

Transformers: Titans Return (IDW Publishing) – Sentinel Prime returns… nuff said. A hell of a launch into what comes next and this one should have Transformers fans excited! Overall Rating: 8.05 Recommendation: Read

Ryan C

AmericanMonster_04American Monster #4 (Aftershock)**: This book is the antidote for all those, like myself, who were convinced that Brian Azzarello’s best days were behind him. More concentration on some of the various side characters than our unnamed protagonist this time out, but the dialogue and characterization are so strong in this comic that it makes you wonder how this could be the same guy responsible for the ongoing travesty that is “Dark Knight III : The Master Race” (to say nothing of his participation in the “Before Watchmen” debacle). Juan Doe’s art continues to gain in terms of depth and definition with every issue, and his color work is out of this world. A truly great book that seems to be largely flying beneath the radar. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Titans #1 (DC)* : A wretched mash-up of recaps from the very recent past (specifically the “DC Universe Rebirth” special), clunky dialogue, limp villain “reveals,” dead-end subplots, and stupid foreshadowing of an eventual conflict with the Watchmen that no one in their right mind wants to see. The only thing worse than Dan Abnett’s atrocious script is Brett Booth’s ugly-ass mid-90s WildStorm-style art. One issue in, and I’ve already had enough. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

Postal #13 (Image/Top Cow)**: Great to see this one back after its hiatus, and Bryan Edward Hill and Isaac Goodhart are firing on all cylinders as they kick off an explosive new story arc about a reformed Aryan Brotherhood member trying desperately to keep the violence of old life from spilling over into his new Eden, Wyoming home.War is coming, and it’s not going to be pretty — but it sure will be memorable. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Crossed +100 #17 (Avatar)**: With one issue to go, Simon Spurrier is bringing things full-circle back to Alan Moore’s initial six-issue run, and while Martin Tunica’s art on this issue isn’t as strong as that of some of his predecessors, it still gets the job done fine and damn if the chess pieces aren’t all moved expertly into place for what promises to be an intense, searing conclusion. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).