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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

Pick of the Week – Flashpoint tie-ins

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Again this week, I’d have to say, your best bet as far as quality is to pick up this week’s batch of Flashpoint tie-ins.  This week includes Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1, Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1, Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1, Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and The Furies #1.  There’s multiple books, but there’s few clunkers so far and those that were, were still entertaining.

  1. Flashpoint tie-inssee above.
  2. G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes #2 – Tied into the “Search for Cobra Commander” storyline, the search for a new leader of a terrorist organization seems like a timely plot for today’s world.
  3. Green Hornet #16 – Consistently solid and entertaining, this is one of the best action hero stories you’re probably not reading.
  4. Alpha Flight #1 – The prelude comic had a lot of promise, hopefully the series delivers.
  5. Kirby: Genesis #1 – Like above, a lot of promise, and here’s where we find out if it delivers.

Around the Tubes

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The week is up and here’s tons of reviews for you to decide what to pick up this week.

Around the Blogs:

ICv2 – Filming Begins on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’I’m still waiting for my call as far as my casting…. just saying….

The Beat – Jeffrey Catherine Jones: “The fear has left me”The comic book industry lost a talent yesterday.

Graphic Novel Reporter – American Library Association Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2011Libraries are embracing the comic book format, and the various panels at this upcoming conference shows it.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – Alpha Flight #0.1

IGN – The Amazing Spider-Man #661

IGN – Astonishing X-Men #38

IGN – The Avengers #13

Comic Book Resources – Avengers #13

IGN – Avengers Academy #14

IGN – Batman #710

IGN – Batman and Robin #23

Graphic Novel Reporter – Cat Eyed Boy, Vol. 2

IGN – DC Universe Online: Legends #8

IGN – DMZ #65

Graphic Novel Reporter – DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground

IGN – Fables #105

IGN – G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes #1

IGN – Herc #3

IGN – Hulk #33

IGN – Invincible Iron Man #504

Alternative Magazine Online – Lenore: Cooties

Graphic Novel Reporter – Luthor

Comicsgirl – Mal and Chad Vol. 1: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!

IGN – Malignant Man #2

Good Comic Books – Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1

Ely Standard – Noche Roja

IGN – Rocketeer Adventures #1

Comic Book Resources – Rocketeer Adventures #1

IGN – Sigil #3

IGN – Silver Surfer #4

IGN – Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1

IGN – Supergirl #64

IGN – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7

IGN – Thunderbolts #157

IGN – Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #4

IGN – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #158

Graphic Novel Reporter – Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Very Best of Dick Tracy: Bullets, Battles & Bad Guys

IGN – Witchblade #144

IGN – X-Men Giant-Size #1

IGN – X-Men: Prelude to Schism #2

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 5/18/11

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