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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 10/5/11

This week was the first big test for DC as the first wave of second issues hit the stands and the X-Men’s event wraps up setting them upon a relaunch of their own…

Animal Man #2 – Um, yeah… the second issue of the series goes of the deep end into Vertigo territory with a straight up horror story.  It’s beyond weird and I feel like I should drop some LSD while reading it.  But, it looks like what we saw in the first issue of Swamp Thing might be tied into this series, which is interesting.  The second issue is still very solid, but maybe not for everyone.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Batman: Detective Comics #2 – This is for teens?  The series continues it’s gruesome ways at Batman gets closer to the Dollmaker who has an interesting group of folks hanging around him.  There’s a lot interesting here, but it feels like a more gruesome, by the numbers Batman story.  It’s not bad in any way and pretty entertaining, but with two other Batman comics out there, this isn’t the best of the bunch.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Batwing #2 – The bad guy going around killing retired heroes is called Massacre and this issue’s focus is to show how tough Batwing is.  It’s an ok story, but the art is what makes it stand out.  Not as solid as the first issue, but for a series trying to find it’s legs (or wings in this case) it’s not too bad.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Blood Red Dragon #0 – The lead up between the much hyped new series from Stan Lee and Yoshiki.  The series is a big yawn, been there done that.  Mechanized demons want to take over the world, but a champion in the form of a pop star is there to stop them.  It’s very anime influenced, but just feels like a bad knock off.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Chew #21 – One of the most entertaining comics on the market shakes it up by firing Tony Chu, well really transfering him.  The story is funny and beyond fun as expected.  There’s a lot of plot threads that are out there, but each issue is such a pleasure to read, I don’t mind how long it takes to get to any of them.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Men of War #2 – Two stories again, neither really hold up.  Sgt. Rock continues his mission to grab a Senator held hostage while some weirdness goes on.  Then there’s a back up story of another squad.  Neither work very well and all together it’s a jumbled mess.  I said I’d give the series another chance with the second issue, but it heads to the chopping block for me.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5

Moon Knight #6 – Such a good series.  Moon Knight and Echo make up and there’s some great play on the fact that Moon Knight has been seeing folks.  The art is fantastic, story pacing is solid and interaction and dialogue really great as well.  This is a definite must read series and one of the best Marvel is putting out right now.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Red Lantern #2 – Atrocitus is still figuring out his Corps.’ role in the universe, but really it’s the DC version of Ghost Rider.  He’ll enact revenge on those who can’t do it themselves.  It’s not bad and there’s something poetic to the writing, but the series and the character has a long way to go to make it stand out on it’s own.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire – I didn’t pay enough attention and thought I was grabbing a new issue of Heroes for Hire, but instead it’s a one shot.  The story is ok and there’s development of the characters, but being tied into yet another event isn’t helping the series.  A yawner and not needed unless you’re really into the Spider-Island story line.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75

Stormwatch #2 – I wasn’t very familiar with the series before reading last month’s first issue, but this is just out there.  I’m still torn as to what to think about it, but will give it the first arc to play out before I really make my final decision.  Overall though it’s not quite as easy to follow as it probably should be,

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Superior #5 – That other “Mark Millar book” takes a look at what happens when a super hero is real and what he’ll do to keep the power he has.  It’s a much better series than that other one with some great moments and feel to it.  Hopefully it can start coming out on time again.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Swamp Thing #2 – A very interesting second issue that seems to tie in a lot with Animal Man.  The series explained really what’s up with Alec Holland and his time as Swamp Thing.  It’s a lot of rewriting of history (I think) but it puts the series in it’s own place.  A solid read that cements DC as a go to company for horror.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thunderbolts #164 – There’s lots of talk about changing history and it’s all good.  Not the best the series has been, but I’m interested in seeing where it goes.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

The Walking Dead #89 – Rick has been having some doubts about his leadership and by the end of the issue there’s no doubt the bad ass is back in charge.  Just a great issue that really focuses on the human aspect of it all.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

X-Men #19 – A pretty meh story arc, but the best part was the interaction between Magneto and Doom.  I’d love to see more of them together debating the line between villainy and heroism.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

X-Men: Schism #5 – The first half of the comic was very blah, but the second half was solid.  The debate between Cyclops and Wolverine was fantastic and that last page gave me chills.  The line of “X” comics has needed a shake up and it looks like this is exactly the thing to do it.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

X-23 #15 – So bad, so very very bad….

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.25

Todd McFarlane at SDCC 2011

Official Press Release

Plenty of Panels and Signings to Get Your McFarlane fix

So it turns out the 2011 San Diego Comic Con just isn’t the same without Todd McFarlane! For one day only, Thursday, July 21, Todd will be meeting & greeting with fans, signing swag, and talking about his latest projects! Whether you are a comic fanatic, gaming junkie, an action figure connoisseur, or an international rock’n’roller, you will find Todd’s name tied to all the coolest names and products at this year’s con.

So grab your signature books, SDCC badge & authentic movie costumes, as we look at where you can catch a glimpse of McFarlane this year:

Toys “R” Us Halo: Reach Figure Launch Signing: Todd McFarlane
Thursday, July 21
Entertainment Earth booth #2343

Toys “R” Us is excited to announce that they will be previewing the Halo: Anniversary Master Chief Platinum action figure from McFarlane Toys at the SDCC, weeks before the line hits store in August! So make sure to pick up your platinum-painted version of John-117, because Toys “R” Us and Entertainment Earth will be hosting an autograph session with Todd McFarlane Thursday morning from 10 to 11:30 am at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. The event is limited to 150 people. Two autographs per person, limited to the SDCC exclusive figure and one additional item.

Fans not attending the show can still purchase the figure online at Toysrus.com starting Sunday, July 24.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning “Bringing Worlds to Life, From Concept to Pixel” Panel: McFarlane, Tim Coman, Reckoning video game designers
Thursday, July 21
Room 25ABC

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning—one of the most nominated video games at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—is brought to life through the trademark visceral style of creative art director and concept artist Todd McFarlane. Listen as Todd, Big Huge Games art director Tim Coman, and a panel of Reckoning designers discuss the artistic process of creating a massive fantasy epic role-playing videogame in “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Bringing Worlds to Life, From Concept to Pixel,” from 12 to 1 PM in Room 25ABC.

For more information and to see the full trailer for Reckoning, visit www.reckoning.com.

Blood Red Dragon Comic Panel: McFarlane, Stan Lee, Yoshiki, and Goff
Thursday, July 21
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (SDCC attendee badge required)

Working with the legendary creator Stan Lee and rock superstar Yoshiki (X Japan), Todd and his creative cohorts Jon Goff (writer) and Carlo Soriano (pencils/concept art) have created the ultimate hero from the east in Blood Red Dragon. Come listen to these creative minds as they talk about combining the worlds of music and comics in this awesome new project. This captivating panel and Q&A session is from 1 to 2 PM in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Haunt Creative Team Signing: Todd McFarlane, Nathan Fox and Joe Casey
Thursday, July 21
Image Comics Booth #2729
Free Limited-Edition Haunt Signing Litho

Meet Todd and the new Haunt creative team, Nathan Fox (BLUE ESTATE, Fluorescent Black and Pigeons From Hell) and Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER and GODLAND), as they join forces for their first public appearance. Also receive a free limited-edition Haunt signing litho designed by Nathan Fox. Two autographs per person, limited to the Haunt signing litho and one additional item.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Signing: Todd McFarlane
Thursday, July 21
Bioware Experience
Hilton Gaslamp (No SDCC Badge Required)

Free Limited-Edition McFarlane designed mini-poster of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Two autographs per person, limited to the Reckoning limited poster and one additional item.


Other Todd McFarlane Productions SDCC events that you don’t won’t to miss:

Blood Red Dragon Comic Creative Team Signing: Yoshiki (X Japan), Jon Goff and Carlo Soriano
Friday, July 22
Image Comic Booth# 2729

Join rock superstar Yoshiki (X Japan), writer Jon Goff (Spawn, Halo Evolutions) and artist Carlo Soriano (Star Wars Adventures) at their first-ever public signing. Two autographs per person, limited to the Blood Red Dragon comic and one additional item.

Blood Red Dragon press conference by POW! Entertainment’s Stan Lee, Yoshiki, Todd McFarlane at San Diego Comic-Con

Official Press Release

Blood Red Dragon





WHAT: POW! Entertainment’s, Stan Lee, international music superstar Yoshiki, world renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane, and comic book writer Jon Goff will present Preview Issue Zero of the new comic Blood Red Dragon, along with the never-before-seen or heard music chip,during a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

WHERE: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (Indigo Room), 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 2011

1:00PM – 2:00PM

About Blood Red Dragon

Blood Red Dragon is a comic book series created by POW! Entertainment’s Stan Lee and YSK Entertainment’s Yoshiki and produced in association with Todd McFarlane Productions.  The publisher for Blood Red Dragon is Image Comics and the distributor is Diamond Book Distributors.