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Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 7/20/11

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We’re a week late with these reviews due to San Diego Comic-Con, but never late than never!

Avengers #15 – I really like the story telling through interview style the last few issues have had and the tie-in to Fear Itself isn’t totally bad, but as a whole the series feels like it’s a bit on hold with a bigger story while it waits for Marvel’s summer event to end.  Thankfully it’s continuing it’s character development while it’s forced to participate in an otherwise underwhelming bigger story.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6 – The six issue limited series has been fun with Cinderella taking on Dorothy Gale and while it expanded the Fables world and showed a little more of what’s out there, the series seems to be for naught if all that it opened up isn’t used further.  But, overall the six issues are fun and entertaining and worth the read.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Daredevil #1 – And like that Daredevil is back.  The series has an old school vibe to it and that’s very welcome as Matt Murdock returns to New York City and attempts to put his life back together.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

DMZ #67 – This is it, the final story arc for Brian Wood’s brilliant series about war and what we do for the truth.  This series has been some of the best political commentary out there, and is an absolute must read.  When it’s over and done, you better believe I’ll be more than disappointed and will miss reading it every month.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Fear Itself: Deadpool #2 – Wow is this limited series bad.  It adds nothing to the great Fear Itself storyline and comes off as a blatant cash grab to suck more money out of people during an event.  The story doesn’t even make much sense.  Just horrible.

Story: 6 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.25

Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #2 – Nighthawk, Howard the Duck, Frankenstein and She-Hulk have to deal with Man-Thing in a Fear Itself tie-in that doesn’t do a whole lot to add to the story.  That seems to be par for a lot of the tie-ins being released.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6

Fear Itself: FF – So, in all of the other Fear Itself tie-ins those affected by the hammers are depicted as mindless monsters who speak in a foreign tongue.  In this series the Thing is speaking coherently in full sentences.  Hmmmm.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6

Fear Itself: The Home Front #4 – A mish-mash of stories that revolve around Fear Itself and one of them barely does.  While this series has been one of the better tie-ins, something is just off with this particular issue.  Dialogue and some of the plots just are off, with me laughing for all the wrong reasons.  Marvel has really missed the mark with this event.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6

Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2 – The Amazons have attacked the circus to retrieve and item and people are dying left and right.  It’s great when you know anything can happen in a series and anyone can die.  It keeps you on your toes.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #2 – The perfect example of a comic where anything can happen.  There’s so many holy shit moments here and so much action that’s just brutal.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Flashpoint: The Outsider #2 – While off to the side, the series adds to the distrust the world’s meta humans have towards each other and helps explain why they haven’t ended Atlantis’s and Amazon’s war.  The story is full of deception and twists and turns that’s pretty entertaining.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 – The build up to war is all chronicled here.  This is the back story that shows why the world is the way it is.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Generation Hope #9 – I think the sub-title of this issue is “It Gets Better.”  The issue is clearly a moral story speaking to all those who get bullied for being different and letting them know it’s only a phase and there’s a better world out there.  Pretty interesting.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Invincible Iron Man #506 – Tony calls out Odin and offers his help to build weapons to win the war.  Meanwhile his crew figured out what to do about the situation in France.  The story is ok, but what’s important it Tony breaking sobriety.

Story: 7.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

Iron Man 2.0 #7 – Another Fear Itself tie-in that adds nothing to the bigger story and actually derails the momentum the main series had.  Such a waste.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.25

Lady Mechanika #2 – Such a long span between the first and second issue hasn’t helped.  The art is amazing but story suffers from such a long span.  I’d recommend going back and rereading the first two issues before diving into the second issue.

Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #2 – Wolverine is on a mission to find the cause of the outbreak and the Punisher is involved.  The series is fun and entertaining, just like the first volume.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Mega Man #3 – There’s something so much fun about this series that captures the innocence of the animated series based on the hit video game.  Such a great comic for people of all ages.  My only issue is it’s very fast paced and we’re going through robots too quickly.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Uncanny X-Men #541 – The team must deal with the Juggernaut who’s bearing down on San Francisco in a Fear Itself tie-in that’s ok.  Nothing bad, but nothing great either.

Story: 6.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7

The Walking Dead #87 – The aftermath is beginning as the town begins it’s post invasion preparation and Rick deals with his failure to protect everyone and what happened to Carl.  The series continues it’s amazing move forward and hasn’t lost steam in 87 issues.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath #1 – It’s the aftermath and follow up to the War of the Green Lanterns.  Everyone is shaken and no one knows where the corps. goes from here.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 6/15/11 Part 1

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It’s a thick stack of books this week dominated by event tie-ins.  What’s worth your hard earned dollars and what should be recycled?  Find out below.  This is the first part with the second running tomorrow.

Alpha Flight #1 – Much like the #0.1 issue, this first one shows a lot of promise, but doesn’t quite blow me away like a first issue should.  I definitely ended the book with a “what the hell?” and want to see what comes next, but this definitely isn’t a comic I’d enthusiastically recommend.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Avengers #14 – A Fear Itself tie-in continues the interview story telling technique as the Avengers tell their take on Ben Grimm’s transformation and the Red Hulk’s role on the team.  It’s a decent story if a bit brief in substance.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Avengers Academy #15 – A Fear Itself tie-in as the students head to war but are they too young, too inexperienced?  The teachers have to split from the students to take on other threats in a decent tie-in to Marvel’s summer event.

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7

Cinderella: Fables are Forever #5 – Ok, so that was a twist ending that was a bit much, even for a series based off of our favorite fairy tales.  Something was just off with that part, but it’s definitely entertaining to think about.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25

Daken: Dark Wolverine #10 – Daken heads to LA to take over another city and this first part of a new arc is a bit choppy in the story telling, but as usual holds a lot of promise for a character that doesn’t get the respect he deserves.  It’ll all come down to see how this unfolds, but so far so good.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Fear Itself: The Home Front #3 – Four more short stories about the goings on with Fear Itself.  The main one is Speedball’s experience during the event with the second main story about the Agents of Atlas.  The one pages about a woman’s move to Paris is the best of the bunch with the story about Cardiac coming in a close second.  Out of all of the tie-ins for the event.  This one is consistently one of the best.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #2 – The C list characters are put to the test but really the point on this limited series is to see what happens to Thor Girl with her Asgardian connections.  The story is one of the better series having to do with Fear Itself, but still not as good as events past.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1 – As seems to be the case with the Flashpoint tie-ins, quality is the name of the game.  For DC’s summer and world changing event, the art and story has been kicked up a notch and for the first time ever, got me excited about the DC world.  This one has a bit of a twist combining numerous characters we will recognize and I don’t want to give away too much as this first issue is very fun.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 – After conquering Africa was is a leader to do.  Conquest is about recognition and accomplishment, it’s a challenge and when Grodd has finished his main quest he gets rather, well, bored.  What’s a leader to do.  This one shot focuses on the would be ruler of the world, and his slice of the world of Flashpoint.  Quite good.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1 – Another Flashpoint tie-in and another quality mini-series.  This issue focuses on the villains of the world and a prison they are housed in.  It’s pretty damn cool, and it’ll be interesting to see how this all comes together with the main story.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 – What caused the rift between Wonder Woman and Aquaman?  This first issue has all of the answers and it’s much more Shakespearean than imagined.  A fantastic first issue that’s right up there as one of the best.

Story: 9.25 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25

Generation Hope #8 – A pretty decent issue for a series I’ve generally been down on.  The X-Men go to court to keep Teon and we learn more about  his powers and not all is what it seems.  It’s a really good issue for the series, now, if only they can keep the quality up.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes #2 – A slice of the “Cobra Civil War” storyline, Snake Eyes and a few Joes are on a mission to find a mysterious member of Cobra.  The story and all three G.I. Joe comics have been fantastic.  I can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Graveyard of Empires #1 – What starts off as one hell of a war comic turns into something totally different by the end and now I have no idea what to expect with the second issue.  All I can say is wow.  This is a comic that just knocks you on your ass in so many ways.

Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.75

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It’s the weekend, and I saw Green Lantern last night.  Expect a review later on today.  For those who’ve seen it, thoughts?

Around the Blogs:

Public Broadcasting – Commentary: Green Lantern And AmericaUm… interesting.

ICv2 – Over 1 Million Customers Visited a Comic StoreNow, how to keep that up?

ICv2 – Analysts see ‘Green Lantern’ at $50-$60 MillionThis is my guess as well.

Robot 6 – Dan DiDio signals the end of the Clark Kent/Lois Lane marriageDivorce rates are going down people!

ICv2 – Green Lantern’ Solid at Midnight ShowsStrangely my regular midnight screening movie theater wasn’t showing it.

Bleeding Cool – Frank Miller’s Holy Terror From Legendary Comics In SeptemberCan’t wait for this.  Now if I could actually contact Legendary Comics or Legendary Pictures.  Fail folks.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – The Avengers #14

IGN – Batgirl #22

IGN – Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5

IGN – Daken: Dark Wolverine #10

IGN – Deadlands: The Devil’s Six Gun #1

IGN – DeadpoolMAX #9

IGN – Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1

IGN – Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #2

IGN – Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #1

IGN – Hulk #35

IGN – Invincible #80

IGN – Legion of Super-Heroes #14

MTV Geek – Level Up

IGN – Malignant Man #3

IGN – Northlanders #41

IGN – Uncanny X-Men #538

IGN – Witchblade #145

IGN – X-Factor #221

Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 5/11/11

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It’s a relatively thick stack of books this week.  There’s some big releases including Flashpoint and Mega Man.  Were they worthy the wait?  Find out in the reviews below!

Monthly Comics

Astonishing X-Men #37The team continues to fight monsters in Japan as Armor must decide if she wants to stand with her family or the X-Men.  Meanwhile, Mentallo attempts to toy with Roxxon.  It’s interesting to see Roxxon involved, but I can’t say this “X” series is really needed.  It’s ok, but nothing special.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #518 – The first story arc comes to a close as the Panther confronts Vlad with the usual fight  The overall arc is pretty solid, but definitely slid a bit in quality over the issues.  It’s still an entertaining read.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Chew #27 – The series jumps ahead a few issues to focus on Agent Chu’s sister Toni.  As usual, the series packs the entertainment and laughs.  This series is consistently one of the best on the market.  This should absolutely be on everyone’s pull list.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Cinderella: Fables are Forever #4 – Cinderella continues her pursuit of Dorothy Gale as she goes over their encounters over the years.  The series is at the point it’s dragging just a bit, but it’s still a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Daken: Dark Wolverine #9 – The Daken/X-23 crossover comes to an end as we see the potential of what the series could have been.  Between the two a great discussion about potential and limits, it would have been great to see this sort of discussion throughout the mini-event.  I keep saying this series has potential, and here we get a glimpse of it.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

Daredevil: Reborn #4 – Daredevil needed to go through something to get back to basics and this series was an attempt to do it.  The first issue was solid and the next three just slipped from there in quality.  By the end, it was ok, but really not enough to get Daredevil back to where he should be or to wipe out the past year.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1 – While the heavy hitters take on the hammers that have fallen the “B” and “C” listers are gathered to take care of the domestic issues.  There’s some good moments, like discussion of past events, but there’s not enough of them to make this not a disappointment like the main series.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

FF #3 – One Reed Richards is trouble enough, but what will multiple Reeds do on Earth?  Hickman continues his epic weave of a tail.  Villains are brought together to take on the Reeds.  It’s an interesting concept, and I definitely want to see where he goes with it.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

The Flash #12This has all been a build up to Flashpoint, and that series will determine if it was worth it.  This final issue didn’t quite hype it enough to get me excited.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5

Flashpoint #1 – DC and The Flash has been building up to this for months and it pays off quite well.  This is definitely DC’s version of the Age of Apocalypse.  However, we’ve seen lately first issues that are amazing and the follow up that quickly derails.  I have my fingers crossed and hopes up.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

G.I. Joe #1 – I haven’t picked up a G.I. Joe comic in a while and it looks like I’ve been missing something solid.  Cobra Commander is dead and the race is on for his replacement.  It’s the first entry in the Cobra Civil War storyline and its’ solid enough I need to go back and see what I’ve been missing.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Jennifer Blood #3 – We get a better idea as to what this vendetta is all about as Jennifer must balance a domestic life with her after hour activities.  There’s something so subversive about this series that makes it fun.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Journey Into Mystery #623 – The series is a mystery so far, fitting for it’s name.  Loki continues to unravel exactly what Odin is up to and decides to act.  But, since it’s Loki, the readers are left to wonder if what he plans on doing is actually for the better.  The series is interesting so far and out of all of the Fear Itself tie-ins, it’s the best of the bunch.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Mega Man #1 – I’ve been waiting for this first issue and it’s everything I’d hoped for.  This is the original video game series in comic book form.  The memories rushed back and I can’t wait to pick up the second issue.  So much fun for all ages.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

The New Avengers #12 – Two stories weave through this issue.  One is solid and the other has a lot left to be desired.  In the modern day Bobbi hangs on after being shot and Clint Barton is pissed.  As H.A.M.M.E.R. begins to reorganize, we get a taste of more than we’ve been let on.  In the past Fury and his team go after the Red Skull in the story that’s missing bits to make it totally coherent and some art that’s not quite up to snuff.  Why the past stuff, I just don’t know yet, but it definitely dropped the quality of the issue.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25

New Mutants #25 – When a series must claim “new direction” that’s a sign the past wasn’t so solid.  The issue seems like a scolding and apology for what’s come before.  A lead up to this I wasn’t too keen on.  This new direction doesn’t seem that bold either.  Instead we get an “X-Men” junior team picking up the scraps.  Sadly, it has so much more potential that’s hopefully seen under this creative team.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

the Unwritten #25 – Tom Taylor is back after his journey through books.  The source of all of the magic is somewhat revealed and there’s a heist.  The issue isn’t quite as good as the recent ones, but it’s much more straightforward.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

X-Men #11 – And this is what’s known as filler.  A flashback story of Xavier meeting a vampire.  The story isn’t particularly good and the art takes a dip.  I doubt it’ll have any long term impact or significance.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

X-Men: Legacy #248 – It’s post Age of X and the residents of Utopia are dealing with the ramifications.  It’s an interesting way to set up a whole lot of new plot possibilities and there’s some foreshadowing here that looks like it’ll lead to the return of some space faring mutants we haven’t seen in a while.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall:8

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New comics came out on Wednesday and the reviews are trickling in from around the net.  Find out what you should be getting when you head to the shop and all the other news you might have missed.  Priest also comes out today, who’s going?

Around the Blogs:

The Beat – Wonder Woman update: Pilot probably won’t fly after allNot sure how I feel about this.

Kotaku – Week In Comics As I’d guess the video game website focuses on Mega Man #1.

Bleeding Cool – Rob Granito Story Gets The Most Bizarre Twist PossibleI won’t be running the interview and hope other sites won’t be promoting this guy either.

The Comics Chronicles – April 2011 comics sales slip slightly, but noncomic categories surgeA great wrap up of comic sales in April.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – Tom Neely & Dylan Williams Speak Out On Their Customs Seizure ExperienceI’m now less likely to cross the border to go to cons up north, way to go customs!

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #660

IGN – Astonishing X-Men #37

IGN – Batgirl #21

IGN – Batman: Arkham City #1

IGN – Batman, Incorporated #6

Good Comic Books – Batman Inc #6

IGN – Chew #27

Comic Book Resources – Chew #27

IGN – Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #4

IGN – Daredevil: Reborn #4

IGN – Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1

IGN – FF #3

Saffron Waldon Reporter – Fighting American

IGN – The Flash #12

Comic Book Resources – Flashpoint #1

IGN – G.I. Joe Vol. 2 #1

IGN – The Incredible Hulks #628

IGN – inFamous #5

IGN – Journey Into Mystery #623

IGN – Mega Man #1

IGN – Netherworld #1

IGN – The New Avengers #12

IGN – New Mutants #25

IGN – Northlanders #40

IGN – PunisherMAX #13

ICv2 – Rainy Day Recess: The Complete Steven’s Comics’ TP

IGN – Superman #711

IGN – The Unwritten #25

IGN – X-Men #11

IGN – X-Men Legacy #248

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 5/11/11

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 5/11/11

Comic Book Resources – The Buy Pile

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It’s Friday, Friday… and the reviews for this week’s comics are pouring out of other websites.  Check out what they had to say as well as the other news you might have missed.

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Arts Beat – For One Last Weekend, a Chance to See ‘Spider-Man’ 1.0Might be your last chance to see someone get injured.

Bleeding Cool – Movie Version Of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns In The WorksPlease, please, please let this not be untrue.

Con Coverage:

Comic Book Resources – Long Beach Comics Expo Announces Programming

Comic Book Resources – WC11: Friday Photo Parade

IGN – Kapow! ’11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #658

IGN –Batgirl #20

IGN – Batman and Robin #22

IGN – Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #517

IGN – Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker #2

IGN – Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #3

ICv2 – The Comics: The Complete Collection HC

IGN – Deadpool #35

Comic Book Resources – The Flash #10

IGN – The Flash #10

IGN – Fraggle Rock #3

IGN – Hawkeye: Blindspot #3

IGN – The Incredible Hulks #626

IGN – inFamous #3

IGN – The Infinite Vacation #2

IGN – Iron Man 2.0 #3

IGN – Journey Into Mystery #622

IGN – Justice League: Generation Lost #23

IGN – The New Avengers #11

IGN – Secret Warriors #26

IGN – S.H.I.E.L.D.: Infinity #1

IGN – Starborn #5

IGN – Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier Annual #1

IGN – Superboy #6

IGN – Superman #710

IGN – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6

IGN – Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #3

IGN – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #157

IGN – Uncanny X-Force #7

IGN – Uncanny X-Men #535

IGN – X-Men Legacy #247

Comics Alliance – Digital Comics Weekly: Five Comics You Should Be Downloading

Comic Book Resources – The Buy Pile

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 4/13/11