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Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 3/7/12

That’s three week’s of reviews taken care of this week.  Getting closer to catching up.

Age of Apocalypse #1 – It’s the last remaining humans versus Weapon Omega and a world full of mutants.  It’s the reverse of the 616 in a way and while I missed the Age of Apocalypse the first time around, the writing style, voice and art have me wanting to come back for more.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Animal Man #7 – The battle along with Swamp Thing is growing nearer as the Rot continues to hunt Animal Man and his family.  The story is solid as expected and it’s the fright along with the quiet moments that makes this series great.  Vertigo has come to DC and damn is it good.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Avengers Academy #27 – Part one of the Runaways’ visit to Avengers Academy starts with a stereotypical fight and looks like the second part will be one too…. sigh.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Avengers: the Children’s Crusade #9 – After so much build-up.  After so many delays, the final issue of this mini-series is kind of a let down.  Not much really happens other than events being set into motion concerning Iron Lad and what happens to Vision, but really it’s all to neat and tidy when the vents leading up to it and depicted during were anything but.

Story: 6.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

Batman: Detective Comics #7 – The story involving Penguin’s Casino is over and I’m all mixed up as to what the hell is going on.  Too many Batman comics with not enough distinction.  The stories seem to blur together a bit and that’s not a good thing.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Batwing #7 – We find out the horrific thing the Kingdom did and really, it’s impact just didn’t hit me.  But.. the fight heads to Gotham.  What’s it say that Batwing has to run to the other “white” Batman and friends to solve his issue?  Doesn’t really make the character stand on his own….

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

the Defenders #4 – The first arc is over, but that doesn’t mean the story is over.  There’s a dream machine and Strange doesn’t know what it does and how it works.  The issue really focuses on Strange and his history and a lot of potential of what the story could be.  Lots of hints of excellence, but it doesn’t quite work for me.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Fairest #1 – Spinning out of Fables, what ever happened to Sleeping Beauty?  Ali Baba is the Prince of Thieves in search of treasure and this first issue harkens back to the quality of early Fables comics.  So good.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Hell Yeah #1 – It’s the last generation of heroes and there was a lot of buzz about this book and there’s a reason.  It’s so good, Hell Yeah lives up to it’s name.  The comic has great art and the story has me very interested.  Such a solid first issue that shows why Image is one of the most buzzed about publishers.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

The Manhattan Projects #1 – Jonathan Hickman’s latest series is so interesting involving the Manhattan Project and how that was really a front.  The ideas are so out there as expected, Hickman knocks it out of the park with this first issue.  The art is interesting and not quite to my liking, but overall the series is a great read and absolute buy.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 9

Night Force #1 – What the fuck did I just read?  This is really only for hardcore fans of whatever came before.

Story: 6 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.25

Rachel Rising #6 – Wow.  A slow burn of a horror series that seems to only get better with each issue.  I really wish more people were praising the series because it deserves the mass exposure a certain other horror comic series is getting.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Ralph Wiggum Comics #1 – The things that come out of Ralph’s mouth are some of the best things ever said on The Simpsons.  He’s easily one of my favorite characters.  I was giddy when I heard about this series and it’s as funny and innocent as I expected.  I had a smile on my face the entire time and was laughing out loud.  So much potential, so much fun.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75

Red Lanterns #7 – Atrocitus still searches for Krona so Bleez decides to take the Red Lanterns on a mission.  Then there’s the Red Lantern of Earth, who of course lashes out and fights Guy Gardner.  For all good there is, there’s also so much bad…

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7

Stormwatch #7 – The series is so close to being something great, but it just doesn’t quite do it for me.  I’m still reading hoping it’ll get there.  It shows improvement, but still not there yet.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Swamp Thing #7 – The Green is under assault by the Rot and Alec must choose what he’ll do.  Does he become the Swamp Thing or does he let the Rot win.  Here’s what we’ve been waiting for… the decision.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #8 – Miles and his uncle have a talk while the Scorpion is after the Prowler.  Miles is still dealing with his new role as others are adjusting to the news of a new Spider-Man.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Men #8 – The Tabula Rasa story is over and I’m sure that’s not the last we’ll see of it.  Overall a poor follow up to X-Force’s story that created it, but interesting concepts.  The art is still very uneven.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Venom #14 – The battle in Vegas is over thankfully… such a bad story arc.  Here’s hoping the series gets back on track.

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.5

Villains for Hire #4 – And with that, a good concept comes to an end.  So sad as the Heroes and Villains concept had a ton of potential and the Heroes version was a lot of fun.  This ending was a bit convoluted, but still entertaining.  We’ll see if there’s any lasting impact to this all.  I hope there is.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Winter Soldier #3 – Not as quite good as Cap stories of the past, the series is slowly finding it’s own voice and coming together.  Bucky and Widow have to break into the Latverian Embassy to have a chat with Von Doom after figuring out who is behind all the activity they’re tracking.  There’s a lot of action here, but the comic stands out when it slows down and focuses on the characters.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

Wolverine #302 – Wolverine struggles against mind control, what a shock.  His battle with the Hand continues and gets noticed by the Hand’s leader Wilson Fisk…  The story is ok, but the art is sub-par.

Story: 7.5 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7.25

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega #3 – And the point to this miniseries is?  I really need to learn to not buy these.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

X-Men #26 – Wow is the art bad in this issue.  Storm looks anorexic in the majority of panels.  The story is so-so, but really, I kind of hoped someone would stake Jubilee and get this story arc over with.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.75

Comic Book (not so) Weekly Reviews – 12/28/11

I’m WAY behind in my reviews, but here’s there first batch of them.  Hopefully I can be nice and caught up in a week or so.  It was the last week of the year and that saw a lot of new releases.  It was a thick stack of books… did the year end on a good note?  Find out below.

All-Star Western #4 – Jonah is still in Gotham, this time hired to look for missing children.  The story is decent and pretty entertaining, but there’s a hint as to what he stumbles into, and while I like him being tied into the greater DCU, I’m not sure if connections like this are a bit too cute.  Still though, we have a western comic that’s a great read in both story and art.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Alpha Flight #7 – Wolverine shows up to see what’s going on and it turns into good guys versus good guys before they team up to take on the bad guys.  This limited series turned ongoing turned back into limited series has one more issue to go.  It hasn’t been a bad read, but also hasn’t knocked it out of the park like I’d hope.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

American Vampire #22 – Flash forward to 1954 and we have a new story arc from the vampire hunter angle.  It’s a completely different comic in a way and so damn good.  The main character just exudes the time and bleeds cool.  Add in some great story telling when it comes to revealing the plot and you’ve got a hell of a way to end the year.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Annihilators: Earthfall #4 – Hmmm, not the best of cosmic Marvel.  Hopefully whatever 2012 has in store, it’ll be better than this.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Aquaman #4 – Aquaman and Mera head into the trenches to free the people kidnapped by the weird fish people.  All of that raises lots more questions that don’t get answered, but gives a good place to go over the next year.  The art is fantastic, writing top notch.  Aquaman is one of the best super hero comics being put out by DC and one of the best on the market.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Astonishing X-Men #45 – Astonishing X-Men to me has struggled as to where it’s stood in the “X” cannon and how it stood out from the other “X” series out there.  This story arc which has Cyclops in another universe is pretty damn interesting, but I’m still not sure it’s enough to really justify it’s existence.  Still, much better than what’s come before.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Avengers: Children’s Crusade #8 – So I guess this character wasn’t big enough to make headlines about being killed off?  It’s been a while since we saw the last issue for this series which feels like it started years ago.  The two teams fight Doom who then hints that he was behind Wanda going crazy.  Did we just get a crappy retcon!?  Ugh.  This limited series has dragged as far as release schedule and not lived up to what I’d hope as far as story, but the art has been solid.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.75

Batman: the Dark Knight #4 – Batman investigates Ivy’s hideout and chases some leads in an ok issue of the comic.  Really, the focus is on friendships and how being Batman crushes Bruce Wayne’s personal life and limits his personal friendships.  There’s a bunch I like about the comic, but some things seem a bit forced.  Some foreshadowing though that could get interesting.  This is the Batman book that’s more about the visuals than the plot.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.75

Black Panther: the Most Dangerous Man Alive #527 – The Panther and Kingpin’s chess game continues as each attempts to out-maneuver each other.  It’s sad the series only has a bit to go.  It’s such high quality and deserves and audience.  The art too is great with a very interesting style in this particular issue.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

The Cape #3 – Um wow.  To say the moment my jaw dropped would ruin the comic.  The issue and series is balls out, just going full throttle.  The body count is rising but how can someone prove there’s a flying person out to get them?

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Captain America #5 – Hydra is starting to role again as Cap battles in the dream world.  The ending to the first story arc wasn’t bad, but there was something a bit off about it.  The good part is we start to get a sense of a weakness when it comes to Steve Rogers and Captain America.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75

Captain America #6 – Steve’s got some doubts and he also might be having issues with the super soldier serum.  He and Hawkeye head out for a night of crime fighting and run into an old nemesis.  The arc has been solid so far, the art I’m not totally sold on though.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 8.25

Captain America & Bucky #625 – Cap is drawn into a murder mystery surrounding the Cap and Bucky that replaced him after he was frozen (yes a bit confusing to explain).  The story is pretty damn interesting and very entertaining and shows off some more “lost” history of Captain America.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

DMZ #72 – And with that, the series comes to an end.  Brian Wood’s series about war and those impacted by it turns into a love letter to New York City and those that live there.  The series for seventy-two issues has been solid and some of the best political commentary in an entertainment medium.  The ending is bitter sweet.  A great comic, but you don’t want it to end, because that brilliance comes to a close with it.

Story: 9.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.25

FF #13 – The kids, Doom, Reed Richards and Nathaniel Richards stand against the made Celestials.  It’s interesting, but the bigger questions is how does writer Jonathan Hickman’s crazy storytelling all weave together.  he’s put together an epic Fantastic Four story for the ages.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.25

the Flash #4 – Mob Rule is causing all sorts of issues as folks have to deal with the affects of the EMP blast and folks are confused by the Flash’s passing a plane through a bridge.  This issue has some amazing visuals and the story has some good pacing.  It doesn’t stand on it’s own, but as part of the story arc, it’s solid.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Green Hornet #20 – The new Hornet and Kato take on a bad guy that their parents did in this self contained issue.  The relationship between the two is the focus really and it’s a reminder that this isn’t your parents’ Hornet.  The art takes a bit of a dip, but the story is solid enough to keep this series entertaining.

Story: 8 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.75

Green Lantern: New Guardians #4 – We start to get down to the mystery of the rings and Kyle.  There’s a lot here that I’ve never seen before, especially at the end.  The story is a giant fight scene and a bit muddled, but there’s some original stuff here and that has to be given lots of props.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

I, Vampire #4 – Bennett meet Constantine, Constantine meet Bennett.  It’s a good story as these two individuals must deal with another vampire.  There’s a twist at the end I wasn’t expecting at all which just makes it that much better.  This is easily one of the best comics to come out of DC’s relaunch.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Iron Man 2.0 #12 – Wow, such a bad ending…. the series had a great start and then just went off the track into a wall.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

Justice League Dark #4 – What the hell did I read.  The series is just not doing it for me.  The story is muddled and really confusing.  It’s too choppy without a really solid narrative to pull it all together.  The series has a lot of potential, but so far I haven’t seen it come close to living up to it.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.75

Kick-Ass 2 #6 – The most entertaining thing about this issue is seeing Hit-Girl spout out really inappropriate things.  The series is over the top violence at this point without much of a narrative.  The first volume was Shakespeare compared to this mess of a follow up.  Millar wants to shock and awe, but missed the mark you need a story first to really pull that off.

Story: 6.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.25

the Mighty Thor #9 – Loki still tries to figure out who Thor is.  Taranus does his thing and the All Mothers decide to turn Asgard into a Republic.  Um yeah… things got rather interesting in this series.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Secret Avengers #20 – Wow did this issue make my head hurt.  Lots of time jumping and the story and art are interesting, but overall, call we move the series forward instead of these pointless self-contained stories?

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Spaceman #3 – The series is beyond unique and creative but I think it doesn’t read all that great as single issues.  I’m definitely waiting for the trade and reading it all at once.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Teen Titans #4 – Superboy takes on Wonder Girl as the Teen Titans finally get their members together.  The series has a great tone and some entertaining interaction.  The art is solid as well.  This is one of my favorite series of the DC relaunch.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series Michelangelo – Michelangelo gets caught up in a diamond heist.  The story is entertaining and the art is solid.  I’ve loved the new TMNT series from IDW and these self contained issues have been just as good.  Great for TMNT fans new and old.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Ultimate Comics the Ultimates #5 – This issue is just solid.  All kinds of great moments just building up to the eventual battle.  This issue doesn’t stand on it’s own, but as part of the greater story so far, it’s so good.  As usual, great art and great plot.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Ultimate Comics X-Men #5 – Um, holy crap.  So the beginning of the comic hinted at the ending, but I didn’t put two and two together as to what it all meant until those last few panels.  This comic just is so tense and so amazing.  The series as a whole just rocks.  The art, story, like the other Ultimate comics, I’m so happy I took chance with the relaunch.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Uncanny X-Men #3 – The team continues to fight Sinister and also have Celestials to deal with.  The story and art is ok.  To me, that’s it, just ok.  There’s two different teams basically and I think the quality is different too.  Out of all of the “X” books two stand out to me, Wolverine & the X-Men and Uncanny X-Force.  Uncanny, just doesn’t live up to the relaunch and continues on it’s meh course.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Voodoo #4 – Voodoo is on a mission to learn about the world’s super heroes.  Seriously, Marz has been booted from this series?  His mix of action heroine/spy/super hero comic is fresh and is as solid as they come.  Hopefully the series keeps it up, but I have my doubts the quality will keep up.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

X-Men: Legacy #260 – In a transition issue, Rogue and friends rescue Ariel and Korvus is dealt with.  The issue really just moves the story along with a dip in art and overall a ho-hum.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25


Pick of the Week – Aquaman #4

It says a lot that a character who at one point was a punchline is now one of the best comics DC is putting out.  This year’s relaunch was an attempt to invigorate a sagging line of comics, and it’s seen mixed results.  I will say Aquaman is one of the characters and series that’s benefited the most out of it all.  With amazing art, story and writing that keeps me interested, it’s a comic that I look forward to reading each month.

  • Aquaman #4 – see above
  • I, Vampire #4 – Vampires in the DC universe?  The mood and tone wouldn’t of fit a year ago, but Joshua Hale Fialkov has put together one of the most fascinating comics to come out of the new 52.
  • DMZ #72 – Brian Wood has put together one of the most politically relevant comics of the last decade.
  • The Cape #3 – The comic is full of holy shit moments.
  • Avengers: Children’s Crusade #8 – Reading the first issue you know it was leading to the Avengers and X-Men squaring off.  This limited series that’s been plagued by lateness will lead up directly into the next big Marvel event.

Catching Up on Reviews, Part 2 — Avengers & Avengers Children’s Crusade (quinnelk)

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Avengers: The Children’s Crusade – Young Avengers (Marvel) – This is a very well-drawn comic book. I’m always a fan of Alan Davis’s work and this is some of the best stuff he’s done. The story is good as well, and ends with a good cliffhanger that draws you into the too-long delayed Children’s Crusade story.

Story: 8.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.25

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #5 (Marvel) – Jim Cheung’s art is pretty amazing in this issue and the series is one of the most important things Marvel is doing right now in terms of their continuity and history. A bit of this story is deus ex machina-like and the delays on this series are mind-numbing, but they are delivering quality material when they get around to it.

Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #6 (Marvel) – Cheung’s art continues to be amongst the best that Marvel is putting out these days and Allan Heinberg deftly delivers a story that is years in the making and, with the character of Richter, gives us one of the best payoffs in recent Marvel history. I would love it if this series were delivered more frequently, but if the quality continues to be this good, they can deliver it whenever they want.

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75

The Avengers #10 (Marvel) – John Romita Jr. and Brian Michael Bendis are amongst the best ever at what they do and issues like this are the proof. Every panel is beautiful and the story is even better. The Avengers series seems to be the only comic that really lived up to the concept of “The Heroic Age,” offering great heroes vs. villains storylines wherein the action is epic, the stories are straightforward and it’s easy to figure out who to root for. This issue is particularly amazing because Bendis changes storytelling styles multiple times throughout the issue without losing coherence and while still having room for cool pop culture references, a deft handling of a massive cast and a knowledge of and reverence to comics history while still adding something to the conversation. This is why I read comics.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

The Avengers #11 (Marvel) – This is a battle-heavy issue and that means the story and the art suffer a little, but it’s still among the best comics being published these days.

Story: 9.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.75

The Avengers #12 (Marvel) – Massive Marvel action with cosmic implications and good twists and references to the last half-decade of Marvel chronology and a clear growth of the characters involved. Also, the panel of Red Hulk punching the Hood is one of my favorite panels in recent years and I’d definitely buy that poster.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

The Avengers #12.1 (Marvel) – Brian Hitch is a pretty good artist, but he’s no John Romita Jr. That being said, he does have a few great panels here to go along with continuing great writing by Bendis that pulls more nuggets out of continuity and adds good stuff for the long-time fans.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

The Avengers #13 (Marvel) – Chris Bachalo brings a completely different style to the art for this issue and it works very, very well with Bendis’s different style of storytelling here, that is much more based on a collective narrative of the various Avengers. Both approaches work and the compliment each other well.

Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.75

The Avengers #14 (Marvel) – This is almost certainly the best Fear Itself tie-in issue from any series. Romita Jr. is back and he seems to have a particular knack, these days, of drawing Red Hulk hitting people and getting hit and making it look amazing. Bendis does his alternating style here, where some sequences are completely devoid of dialog and others are incredibly dialog-heavy and based on a collective narrative. It’s a great sign of his talent that both are equally effective at achieving different aspects of storytelling.

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10

Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 6/29/11

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It’s a holiday weekend and what better way to spend it than sitting back and enjoying a stack of new comic books.  We read through to figure out which were worth the purchase so you don’t have to.  Check out below what was worth the cash and which we wish we didn’t spend the money on.

American Vampire #16 – We get a better sense as to why the team was captured and what the facility is and Skinner’s identity is revealed.  There’s a few bad ass moments in this issue, especially that last panel.  Such a great series that gets better with every story arc.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #6 – Some interesting revelations and one hell of an ending.  Is this what really causes the upcoming schism in the mutants?  And how does the world react to the Scarlet Witch returning?  We’ve got three issues to go in the series that’s been delayed a wee bit too much.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Fear Itself: Black Widow #1 – The issue could stand on it’s own and having Fear Itself emblazoned on it, made me go in with a negative reaction straight out.  This one shot is actually pretty good, but the art at times is a bit off.

Story: 8 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.75

FF #5 – Much of the cosmic end of the Marvel universe has lately revolved around finding Black Bolt, well, he just kind of shows up at the end of this issue, and causes me to just say “huh!?”.  The issue has some lows and highs and as usual falls into Hickman’s writing style where not all issues are winners, but the overall story is excellent and even those low points are vital.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1 – The first dud of Flashpoint, I just don’t see the point of this issue (yet).  The feel to it is vintage 80s which might be part of the issue, but overall it’s the origin issue of a character that I just don’t see playing a big enough role he needs one.  Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.

Story: 6 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.25

Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1 – It’s an interesting story that sees what Oliver Queen’s up to in this new world but the story jumps at a weird point and the art is inconsistent.  Maybe this is the week that Flashpoint puts out the duds?

Story: 7 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.75

Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1 – See what Hal Jordan’s up to in this new world.  It’s not quite what I was expecting considering Abin Sur’s role, but we’ll see where everything goes in this three issue series.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Flashpoint: Project Superman #1 – The story is a bit choppy, and takes you a bit to figure out how this aligns with the greater Flashpoint story, but it’s a cool take on Superman, and it has potential to be a very solid mini-series.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11 – Um, what happened to the War of the Green Lanterns storyline?  That hasn’t exactly wrapped yet…

Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Incorruptible #19 – Wow, so that was an ending I wasn’t expecting.  Max Damage spends the issue trying to convince Whelan to stand up and lead the city out of chaos while the villains gather to do something.  Damage also discusses his role and what he can contribute.  In this one issue I can see so many directions the series can go and grow.  And trust me, that last page will get your jaw to drop.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1 – A prequel to Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher.  We get to see how the plague began and Wolverine hunting for the killer of his friend.  The art, the atmosphere and mood and the comic just have the scent of foreboding doom all about it.  Very cool stuff.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Men #539 – Logan and Hope have some bonding time and I just count down until the shake up.

Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7

Venom #4 – The series is a decent one and pretty entertaining.  I just wished Spider-Man was saved for a later date.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

The Walking Dead #86 – After so many issues, the series continues to find new directions and themes to explore.  In a world so full of dread and despair, writer Robert Kirkman finally gives us the hope we’ve been looking for.  There’s also a flip copy of Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman #1 to check out at no extra cost.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

X-Men: Prelude to Schism #4 – Four issues that builds up to the big “X” event and we still don’t know what the threat is.  The players have been focused on and we have a lot of foreshadowing, but we still get to wait to see what the fuss is all about.  I’m not sure it needed four issues, but I can understand what it’s all about.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

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A long weekend is almost here!  BBQs, fireworks, and lots of beer is on the schedule, anyone doing something fun?  While you figure out what your plans are this weekend, here’s the news you might have missed.

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Bleeding Cool – Thor 2 Set For July 2013, Will Need New DirectorNot sure what I think about getting a new director.

Con Coverage:

Bleeding Cool – Why DC Would Love You To Protest Against The DC Relaunch At San Diego Comic Con

Popculture Zoo – SDCC 2011: Voltron Activates Interlocks In San Diego!

ABC News – Vampires, Ninjas and More Pack LA for Anime Expo

Sign On San Diego – 2011 Comic-Con Party Guide

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IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #664

IGN – American Vampire #16

IGN – Artifacts #8

IGN – Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #6

IGN – Batman: Arkham City #3

CBR – Batman Incorporated #7

IGN – Batman Incorporated #7

IGN – Detective Comics #878

IGN – Fear Itself: Black Widow #1

CBR – FF #5

IGN – FF #5

IGN – Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1

IGN – Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1

IGN – Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1

IGN – Flashpoint: Project Superman #1

IGN – Godzilla: King of Monsters #4

IGN – The Goon #34

IGN – Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11

IGN – Incorruptible #19

IGN – The Incredible Hulks Annual #1

IGN – The Iron Age #1

IGN – Justice Society of America #52

IGN – Last Mortal #2

IGN – Magdalena #7

IGN – Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1

Juan Words – Mi Barrio

IGN – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8

IGN – Ultimate Comics X #5

IGN – Uncanny X-Men #539

IGN – Venom #4

IGN – The Walking Dead #86

IGN – Witch Doctor #1

IGN – Wonder Woman #612

IGN –X-Men: Prelude to Schism #4

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 6/29/11

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It’s a wrap of the week, and we’ve got an extra long Around the Tubes since we missed yesterday’s edition.  Below you’ll find the latest news and reviews that we didn’t bring.  Hope you enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

The Beat – Rob Granito launches pay-for-chat plan; plan failsYeah, we won’t be paying.  But, if someone wants to pay to interview me….

ICv2 – ‘Dark Knight’ in PittsburghRoad trip anyone?

ICv2 – ‘Green Lantern’ InjuryInjuries are very common, Spider-Man just has a bad wrap and some horrible PR.

NY1 – Manhattan Company “Saves” Comic Books For The Digital AgeNice to see digital comics get more coverage.

Fantagraphic Books – SPX adds Diane Noomin, Johnny Ryan as guestsI probably should start planning interviews and coverage now, I guess.

The Beat – SPX unveils 2011 flyer by Craig Thompson — UPDATED with more guestsLooking forward to this show.

Comics Alliance – New Avengers Team Up with FDNY for Free Fire Safety Comic [Preview]Marvel continues to team up with New York City government.

Cheat CC – Top 10 Comic Books That Need To Be Video GamesSome interesting choices on this list.  What do you all think?

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Geoff Johns

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 2-Aspen Comics)

Comicvine –WonderCon 2011: Peter David

Graphic Novel Reporter – WonderCon 2011: Two Views

Graphic Novel Reporter – WonderCon 2011 in Review

Movie Viral – WonderCon 2011 Recap and Gallery

Comics Alliance – Mattel Shows Off Gobs of ‘Green Lantern’ Movie Toys at WonderCon

Examiner – Recap: WonderCon 2011

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Green Lantern Emerald Knights Interviews

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comics Alliance – Action Double Feature

Boing Boing – Anya’s Ghost

Comic Book Resources – Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #5

Bleeding Cool – Brightest Day #23 and Green Wake #1

Bleeding Cool – Nonplayer #1 and Fear Itself #1

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 4/06/11

Kotaku – Week in Comics

Newsarama – Best Shots Rapid Reviews: FEAR ITSELF, BRIGHTEST DAY, More

Comic Books Nominated for 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

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FogtownIt’s always interesting to see what gets nominated for GLAAD’s Media Awards.  Here’s the nominees for this year’s 22nd annual awards.

Outstanding Comic Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)
Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was also nominated for Outstanding Film: Wide Release.

I’ll let the lack of mention of the artists and the incorrect title for Avengers: Children’s Crusade slide, the awards recognize positive portrayals of gays and lesbians in the media.  I can’t speak for Veronica (which I guess is nominated for the recent inclusion of Archie’s first gay character) or Buffy, the other three I think are solid picks especially Fogtown which was under the radar for comic book fans.

Congrats to everyone nominated.

Preview – Your First Look At Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2!

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Your First Look At Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at the hotly-anticipated Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2, from the superstar creative team of Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung! Magneto confronts the two Young Avengers claiming to be his grand-children, in the hopes of finding his lost daughter, The Scarlet Witch. But he’s not the only one on her trail—the Avengers and the X-Men are both out looking to fulfill their own agendas. Will they be able to work together or will the heroes of the Marvel Universe find themselves in another war over the Scarlet Witch? Find out in Avengers: Children’s Crusade #2!




Pencils & Cover by JIM CHEUNG

Variant Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST

Rated T+ …$3.99

On-Sale – 9/1/10

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Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 Sells Out And Returns With Second Printing!

Official Press Release

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 Sells Out And Returns With Second Printing!

Marvel is pleased to announce that Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may still be available at the retail level) and will return with Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 Second Printing Variant! From the acclaimed creative team of Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 is the first chapter in a story that will change the Marvel Universe forever! Since “M-Day” the whereabouts of the Scarlet Witch have remained a mystery, and there are some people who wish to keep it that way. However when Wiccan’s powers begin to rival those of the Scarlet Witch, he sets off on a Marvel Universe-spanning adventure that pits him against The Avengers!

Fans and critics agree, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade is a hit!

“It will surprise no one that Heinberg writes these people better than anyone else, and they all seem like real, living, breathing people. Living, breathing people who can change shape, use magic and run faster than the wind, obviously” – Kelvin Green, ComicsBulletin.com

“Cheung captures all the emotion and drama the script requires of him.” – Jesse Schedeen, IGN.com

“Comics fact: There are some properties that seem to become synonymous with a single creator, and they never really seem to succeed in the same way without them. Case in point: Allan Heinberg and the Young Avengers.” – David Pepose, Newsarama.com

“Speaking of Cheung, boy, have I missed him on interiors…We’re reminded of the level of acting he provides these characters, not to mention the fluid layouts and delicious splash pages.” – Noel Bartocci, BrokenFrontier.com

“There’s energy in every one of Cheung’s pages.” – Greg McElhatton, ComicBookResources.com

Can Steve Rogers, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel keep Wiccan from discovering his true lineage? With a surprise appearance from Magneto, fans can’t miss Avengers: Children’s Crusade #1 Second Printing Variant!



Pencils & Cover by JIM CHEUNG

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 7/22/10, On-Sale – 8/11/10

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1 MISSEDAvengers: The Children's Crusade #1 2nd Prinitng

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