Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/14
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.
Redline #2 (Oni Press) I’m always surprised when I come across a series like this that is so far from my normal stomping grounds, and yet I enjoy it so much. Despite being set on Mars, the story has more in common with a hardboiled detective story – and I’m a huge fan of the blended story and setting. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Old Man Logan #21 (Marvel)** I really enjoyed this issue’s look back at some of the events in Logan’s past, although the inclusion of the War of 1812 seems to be a good 50 years before his birth (at least according to the Origin miniseries), but since I’ve always been fond of Logan being much older than we realize, I don’t mind that at all. And hey, maybe Old Man Logan was born a hundred odd years before the currently deceased 616 Logan? Either way, this was a significant upswing after #20. Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
Weapon X #1 (Marvel) I’ve read more X-Men related comics this week than I have in a long time; this was a solid first issue that leaves plenty of questions unanswered while giving fans the clawed fights we’re expecting. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
X-Men Blue #1 (Marvel) Another great first issue; as somebody who hasn’t kept up with the X-Men too much in recent years, this was a perfect introductory issue to the young X-Men. A really good read, with a back up story that got me really excited for the future. I’ll be getting this in trade form when it’s released. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Rockstars #5 (Image)** – Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison’s “rock music urban legends” series had sort of devolved into a whirlwind of poorly-thought-through nonsense for the past few issues after a very solid start, but this concluding segment of their first arc redeems the proceedings somewhat by wrapping up the main story in an intriguing fashion that sets up a common throughline for all that’s to come. Not bang-up stuff, by any means, but more competently-executed than what we’ve seen in recent months from this book, and the art remains flat-out superb. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read
The Wicked + The Divine #28 (Image)** – Uhhhmmm, okay, guess I’ll just blurt it out : for an “end of arc” issue, this is decidedly tepid stuff, there’s just no nice way to dodge the subject. Yes, the status quo is shaken a bit — primarily in a flashback scene — but while Jamie McKelvie’s art remains as lush and gorgeous as ever, Kieron Gillen’s scripts are starting to be pretty damn predictable and his “too-cool-for-school” authorial voice has gone from cute to cloying without passing go and collecting its $200. An empty exercise in style over substance that continues what has surely become a pattern by this point. Maybe that’s an inherent problem with a series predicated entirely on being “fresh” and “in the now” — by the time you’ve been at it for a few years, your “now” silently passes you by. No one seems to want to say it, but Gillen’s entire shtick here is hopelessly stale. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass
Copperhead #12 (Image)** – Jay Faerber and new artist Drew Moss continue to move the story along nicely here with a new murder mystery to chew over and a change in the balance of power between our two main protagonists that ramps up the already-extant tension quite a bit, but damn — I still miss Scott Godlewski, and who knows? Maybe I always will. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
Harrow County #22 (Dark Horse)** – Cullen Bunn seems to have regained his enthusiasm for this series after some obvious wavering a few months back, and now we’ve got some serious strain threatening to break the one actual friendship that’s on offer here, plus a “how to see a ghost” trope that’s clever enough to make the likes of Stephen King proud. Who are we kidding, though? It’s Tyler Crook’s sumptuous, flowing, watercolor art that’s the star of the show on this title, and as long as he’s around, I will be, too. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Deadpool Vs Punisher#1 (Marvel) – In this first issue, we catch up with Frank and Wade as they are both maligned to their everyday lives. Frank is looking for an arms dealer who deals in special bullets. Wade is busy working a protection detail for a millionaire.Little do they both know, they are both secretly looking for the same person.
Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy
Black Panther and The Crew #1 (Marvel)-In this very first issue of the Crew’s return, the reader gets tossed right into the frying pan.As the death of an original member of the Crew, from back in the 50s, when they were known as the Mission, gets killed by some crooked cops. This has charged Harlem as one of their elders have been killed and Misty Knight us in the case. As she gets closer to the truth, she gets some unexpected help. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
X-Men Blue #1 (Marvel)– what plays out like an episode of Wolverine And The X-men, we find Beast in the same role as Logan in that TV show. We find Beast bringing younger versions of the original X-men into the future, as he fears a war amongst mutants. It always interesting to see familiar characters at a different stage of their lives then what we are used to, which was what makes X-men First Class so good.I just hope they get more into their psychological battles, as this first issue, feels like a primer when it should read like a prequel. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
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 (**).