Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/6

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.

Ryan C

Female Furies #3 (DC)** – Another superb issue from Cecil Castellucci and Adriana Melo, but a decidedly harrowing one as one of our principal characters meets a grisly and disturbing end that puts a dramatic exclamation point on her already-tragic circumstances. It’s time for the ladies to start getting some revenge, please! Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Major X #1 (Marvel)** – A new Rob Liefeld comic? I couldn’t resist. All in all it’s about what you’d expect, albeit slightly more competent on the scripting front. I dunno, I really don’t care about the title character, nor Cable, nor Deadpool — but if you’re into any or all of them, this might be up your alley. Certainly not bad for what it is, but “what it is” only goes so far, this representing more or less exactly how far that is. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Black Hammer ’45 #2 (Dark Horse)** – A fun, well-paced WWII aerial combat yarn from Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, and Sharlene Kindt that kind of cops out on the previous issue’s cliffhanger but more than makes up for it with a great one at the end this time around — and in between there’s plenty of gorgeous art and a pretty solid script to go along with them. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Black Hammer ’45 #2 (Dark Horse)** – A fun, well-paced WWII aerial combat yarn from Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, and Sharlene Kindt that kind of cops out on the previous issue’s cliffhanger but more than makes up for it with a great one at the end this time around — and in between there’s plenty of gorgeous art and a pretty solid script to go along with them. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy


Major X #1 (Marvel)– I didn’t hate this comic, but I didn’t love it. Rob Liefeld’s plot has all the worst of the 90s, including time travel, interchangeable macho heroes, and Summers family nonsense, and his dialogue reminds you that his best work was when he had a writer like Chris Claremont, Fabian Nicieza, or Alan Moore. However, his art has all the energy of his X-Force days with action scenes featuring Major X, Wolverine, Deadpool, Cable, and M’Koy (A weird ass take on Beast.) being entertaining as hell and well-choreographed. This would be great as a slightly dumb, straightforward action book in the mold of the Fast and the Furious flicks, but Liefeld tries to be a little too clever for his own good. Also, I’m so glad I never have to experience what being in a room with three Deadpools is like. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

 Female Furies #3 (DC)– Cecil Castellucci and Adriana Melo’s story takes a big turn in Female Furies #3 beginning with a visually inventive sequence where the Beautiful Dreamer shows the Furies that there’s a better world beyond Apokolips. There’s dancing, and Scott Free shows up. But the rest of the comic is pure tragedy as not kow-towing to the patriarchy leads to death. After taking a back seat to other characters in the previous two issues, Castellucci and Melo do a fantastic job developing the character of Big Barda as she begins her slow journey from victim blamer and soldier of Darkseid to one of the most badass superheroes in the DC Universe. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

Marvel Team-Up #1 (Marvel)– In a fun flipbook format, Eve Ewing, Joey Vazquez, and Felipe Sobreiro modernize the classic superhero team-up title in a perfect blend of action and character. Ewing gives both Peter and Kamala an internal conflict and an obvious external one and then lets them cut loose with a twist at the end. She gives them basically the opposite problem, which is Peter is nostalgic for the days of youth whereas Kamala wants to grow up and be free and have responsibilities. It connects with the way that the heroes are written in their solo titles without being too steeped in lore. And Vazquez’s art is sleek, pop art goodness with bursts of color from Sobreiro. Marvel Team-Up #1 has clean art, explosive action, and character exploration. Basically everything I want from a superhero comic in 2019. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy

Giant Days #49 (BOOM!/BOOM! Box)– Max Sarin makes her triumphant return on art with a little assist from writer John Allison on this Esther-centric issue that opens with hallucinations of a talking bald eagle as she writes her dissertation on the Great American Novel. What follows is a hilarious, very relatable look at returning home, that crossroads time between university and adulthood, and a few shenanigans with her Mini Me Lottie. Esther wants to do anything but write her dissertation and fills the procrastination gaps by small, not melodramatic arguments with her parents and going to the pub and running into exes/Z-list friends. Esther definitely knows she doesn’t want to return to her hometown after uni, but doesn’t really have much of a plan either. Being an eccentric and growing up don’t really fit together. This issue is very wacky and a little sad and is a demonstration of how fleshed out John Allison has made these characters. Also, I love Sarin’s design for Esther’s mom. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy

Joe Ryan

The War of the Realms #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman have been building this for years. I have loved Thor since Aaron has been on the book, including when Jane took over the mantle. It has been entertaining throughout, and this story has been building slowly with Russell Dauterman’s art going somewhat unnoticed by many people I talked to. It is always jaw dropping, and this issue has he and Matt Wilson running a clinic on how to make the most beautiful fantasy comic you may have ever seen. I don’t love the $6 #1 price point, and I think Marvel needs to take a step back and look at the bigger picture when it comes to that, but I am also a realist. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Immortal Hulk #16 (Marvel) – Al Ewing and Joe Bennett nail suspense so well. I hope they reunite on another book when all is said and done like Lemire/Sorrentino or other great teams have before. I enjoy the twists and turns to this book and just when you think you know what is going on, it smashes you over the head and flips the script. I think when all is said and done, this will be a classic in the Hulk runs. I recommend this book to everyone, even if you haven’t read a Hulk book before. If you have? There are tons of Easter eggs and familiar characters all over. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Avengers: No Road Home #8 (Marvel) – I have really enjoyed this series quite a bit. It’s a big blockbuster with a surprisingly quick moving and fun story. Zub, Waid and, Ewing are doing a great job juggling the writing duties while not falling over each other. The art by Barberi is solid and the Putri covers are beautiful. The Night Queen and Immortal Hulk moment was especially cool, and Conan actually fits into the story so far. This will read good in trade. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Uncanny X-Men #15 (Marvel) – I really like what Rosenberg is doing with this series so far, and he knows his X-Lore quite well. We get some deep cuts from different eras thrown into the story in some interesting ways. It’s good to have Scott and Loganback, and you can tell they’ve both been through a lot, and while we know that, I feel like Rosenberg handles it in a subtle way that I appreciate. Larocca’s art fits the darker tone well. I look forward to each issue, and at this point this book and the announcement of Hickman returning has made me mostly forget the Age of X-Man event before it even finishes. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

The Champions #4 (Marvel) – I have been enjoying Zub on the book more than Waid’s run since Zub took over, and this issue continues showing the tension between Miles and Khamala over something I won’t spoil that happened earlier in the series. Cummings does a good job drawing all of the action and the multiple members of the team. I hope the stuff with Sam/Kid Nova goes somewhere fun, because this issue set up something cool there. Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy

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 (**).