Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/25

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

Assassin Nation #3 (Image/Skybound) **– Probably the most “action-centric” issue yet in a series that’s been NOTHING BUT action, but who’s complaining? Kyle Starks and Erica Henderson are consistently delivering crisp, sharp, expertly-paced fun laden with plenty of “gallows humor,” just as advertised. If your favorite character isn’t dead yet — odds are they soon will be! Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Redneck #20 (Image/Skybound) – I’m really digging what Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren are doing with this latest arc, as the forced move to Mexico is opening up a lot of intriguing story possibilities. The villain we THINK to be the worst of the bunch turns out to be a front man for somebody who’s probably even nastier, while a figure from the past whose evil we’re damn well familiar with begins to move in from the periphery, looking to finish the job that he thought he already had. This is gripping stuff, supremely well-illustrated — and I say that as someone who usually could give two fucks about vampires. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Freedom Fighters #6 (DC) **– So, the man of the hour, Uncle Sam, is  back — and useless.And if that’s still not stupid enough for you, relax : Robert Venditti works in a ham-handed and groaningly obvious tie-in with Grant Morrison’s “The Multiversity,” as well. Eddy Barrows continues to deliver the goods on art, but this is one of the most lazily-written comics I’ve subjected myself to in a long time. Embarrassingly bad, really, but a train wreck I can’t seem to turn away from. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

Detective Comics #1004 (DC)** – What could make one of the sorriest story arcs in recent “Bat-history” even worse? How about an issue-long, hopelessly dull and uninvolving “info-dump”? Brad Walker does what he can to add some zip to the proceedings, but even he can’t make Peter J. Tomasi’s atrocity of a script look halfway decent. This is getting beyond pointless. Overall: 1 Recommendation: Pass


Star Wars Age of Rebellion Jabba The Hut #1 (Marvel)– In a story that is reminiscent of one of my favorite Coen Brothers films,”Miller’s Crossing”, we find out just how notorious and brilliant the man who imprisoned Han Solo was. As a pair of smugglers which includes Greedo, try to strike a deal with Jabba for Tusken ritual wine, a byproduct which would cause discord amongst the tribes on Tatooine. As these tales often show when malice, avarice and opportunity, the worst of us will still take the bait, as an Imperial officer who owes a gambling debt target Greedo and his partner while they try to ambush a tribe of Tuskens, which doesn’t go well for any of them except the Tuskens. By issue’s end, the Tuskens find out that their wine has been replicated, making them and Jabba, richer than ever. Overall: 9.6 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 (**).