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1. I love it when a comic book crossover events beat my expectations of it. The Trial of Jean Grey part 6 of 6 found in Guardians of the Galaxy 013 ends a mini series that asked a very intriguing question. If you came from the past and were in the present, could you be held responsible for things you haven’t done yet if the other you that died before you got here killed a lot of people even if you were possessed by an alien force? It took 5 issues to get through the trial and this issue focuses on Jean’s response. And with the cliffhanger that the last chapter left us with, you might find the reaction surprising. Without spoiling the book, we see a whole new Jean Grey too! There is one very big plot reveal that is very cool and another plot twist at the end that I’m curious to see how it plays itself out
There are very few times that I’ve read a bad book from Brian Michael Bendis and he delivers a good script for the book. The art is really good in this book. Although it’s very good, it wavers in a few panels. I am not an artist, however so I don’t know how difficult it is to draw a book. A-
2. The Superior Spider-Man 030 seems to be the penultimate issue of the series and there seems to be 4 camps of people: Peter Parker Purists and Doc Ockers. I happen to be in the second category. For the past 2 years Marvel readers have been treated to a very unique and fun spin on the character. It has been fun watching Doc Ock try, sometimes successfully and other times not, to be our favorite web slinger. It has been especially fun watching Doctor Octopus create an army, invade Kingpin’s neighborhood with giant killer Spider Robots and create as much mayhem as possible all in the name of being superior. I’m not ready to see him leave yet. However, there should be some pretty interesting stories coming down the pike for Peter.
This issue did a much better job on focusing in on the main story line that last week’s annual. The story moved along very well and many of the questions that I had about how things would get resolved were answered in this issue. And as good as the writing is in this book, I actually think it was the art and coloring that made this book top notch this week. It is sad seeing things come to an end but this ending is turning out to be very satisfying. A
3. It should be that when two Super Villains team up that you would get a great comic. Superior Spider-Man Team up 011 proves that wrong. One of the biggest problems with the comic is that I read it after reading SSM 030. Knowing what I know about the story already it seems to be counter productive to go backwards in a story. That seems to happen a lot during big events. The authors find it necessary to examine every single angle to a story and its completely unnecessary. Nevermind the fact that the story is a bit unlikely and it doesn’t fit very well into Doc Ock’s current story line. The art is fine but, again, unspectacular. This book is graded a C.
4. I suppose if there is anything I’ve learned from Marvel it’s how to over saturate the market with the X-men. As if there weren’t enough books with Wolverine in it, Amazing X-men 005 adds another book. But in fairness, this book seems to be a vehicle for bringing Nightcrawler back from the dead. Which begs another question. If this book was designed to focus on Nightcrawler, what will happen when he gets his own title? While the first five issues were fun, they were also a little bit ridiculous. Demons dressed as pirates fighting mutants on a sea of fire? While the story was adventure filled it was a bit silly at times
The art and writing in most X-books are top notch. I’m going to give this book a B
5. I have been a fan of the Hulk since I was in High School but my geeky fascination with this character has its limits and the truth is I’ve had a very mixed reaction to this incarnation of the hero. SPOILER ALERT: This is the last issue of Indestructible Hulk. Issue 020 is a continuing of a story that technically ended 2 months ago. One of Bruce Banner’s staff turned into a Inhuman when the Terrigen bomb was detonated. To counter the effect, Bruce Banner created another bomb, that when detonated would counter the effects of the Terrigen mist. Before it was detonated, the Avengers interfered and destroyed it. In the meantime, Bruce Banner’s team mate was kidnapped. This issue focuses on his rescue.
I was a little put off by this issue because it seems like its the only book that hasn’t caught up with the rest of the Marvel Universe. I have to give this comic credit though for one heck of a great cliffhanger to start the new series. for that reason alone I’m giving this issue a B.
6. Uncanny Avengers 018.now is a bad ass comic book. The comic picks up after the cataclysmic events of the previous book in a new location. Most of the team is dead and the mutants that are alive look pretty darn cool. There is very little about this comic book I can talk about without giving away things. The plot of the story is on the cover. Avenge the Earth. And not everyone is interested in returning to earth..
The art is this book is very cool. Wispy at times but very detailed. Magneto looked especially cool. This book has not been easy to follow but the payoff is very cool. A.
7. I picked up Silver Surfer 001 purely out of curiosity. With Dan Slott( The Superior Spider) being the writer on this book, it was hard not to want to read it. I have never read a Silver Surfer book in my life. I know that he was a Herald for Galactus who eats worlds for a living, but beyond that, I don’t know anything. I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book. I really don’t like Allred’s art. It’s kind of hokey. But the odd thing? It works here. I only liked half of this issue. The part with the hero was fun. The rest confusing.
This book is clearly a set up for a bigger story. This is another number #1 comic that is not an origin. Without too much explanation, if you don’t know anything about Silver Surfer, you won’t have too much to go on. This was a fun book but maybe not as good as I hoped. I’m going to grade this book with a B.
8. I’m all for re-imagining stories(unless it’s Noah…wow that was awful) unless it’s been done before. If The All New Ghost Rider 001 turns out to be anything like I think it will, this comic will be Fast and Furious, the Marvel Edition. Ghost Rider is cool because he rides a hog not because he was in Tokyo Drift. I guess each book deserves a second chance but I’m pretty much sold on the Ghost Rider of The Thunderbolts.
The art is in this book is very strange. Its stylized to look like Manga but a bit more jagged. This book might be for some but not for me. B.
9. Origin II has been an interesting book that, while good, has paled in comparison to its predecessor. I really wanted to like this book and for half of the book I did. The last 5 or 6 pages were a bit distracting. I guess I’m not sure that I completely believe that Logan would allow himself to go through the torture that he went through. I admire the character’s self control but I think he would have completely snapped by now.
It’s very difficult to read this story without comparing it to it’s original. Everything about that story was carefully put together and mixed so well. The art in this book is caricaturistic( probably a made up word) and at times feels like a distraction. C+
10. In the past couple years that I have returned to reading comics, there have been few writers that have captured my interest as much as Scott Snyder. His Work on Batman Zero Year and The Wake has been nothing short of killer writing. The Wake #7 is no different. This book has been the perfect combination of science fiction and horror. If Snyder is smart, he will have created a movie script for at least two different movies. There is really not a lot more to say except buy this series!
The book starts off underwater with scientists that are confronted with monsters that are attacking their underwater base and spans a century. The writing is ambitious and very worth anybody’s time. This book is so good that I don’t want to spoil it with any other spoilers. A+
11. It has been refreshing to see other characters in the DC universe interact with any of the Lantern teams. Red Lantern 29 continues the Red Daughter story line and Guy Gardner is not too happy to have Supergirl as a new lantern. But the Red rings pick who they want and Kara is who they want. This has been a crossover event and the first chapter or two were just alright. But I have to admit….I’ve enjoyed the last two weeks comics. The art in this book is kind of plain but that has actually been nice when many comic book artists are doing experimental drawings in order to make the statement that they are much more than just comic book artists. A
This has been a busy week both for work and for comics. I have enjoyed reading this week. I haven’t as much lately so it was nice to have a fun week of reading. See you all next week