Welcome back to my weekly look at comic books. This week I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to start with an Image title. I actually had no intention of reading Shutter #1 and the truth is when I went to my local comic book store, they said that no one had ordered it so he hadn’t received any copies. So I ordered it on the Image Comics app. I was pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a introduction to the comic book. We are introduced to Kate Kristopher, a 27 year old woman mourning the death of her father and at the same time remembering all the adventures that they shared together.
The writing in this book is superb. I love the flashbacks in this book and it did a lot to help us feel comfortable knowing Kate. There is a lot of profanity in the book but I’ve sort of come to expect that of an Image title. I’m not entirely sure what to make of the scenes that are supposed to take place in the present. Apparently, a lot of very strange things are happening to Kate. The art in this book is also very good and I could see myself admiring more books the Leila Del Duca produces. I think I really only have one concern for the book. Sometimes the bizarre aspects of a story can sometimes overshadow the best aspects of a story. It is too early to tell if this’ll happen but the Team of Keatinge and Del Duca have produced an interesting, and at times, tender first book. I’m looking forward to seeing what the second book brings. A-
The second book I read this week was All New X-Men #025. This was a sort of an anniversary book because it focused on celebrating it’s 25th issue. In order to celebrate this achievement Marvel invited various artists to illustrate the book. Most of the art was great with a few exceptions. Without giving anything away, this book seems to be a prelude to Original Sin, this summer’s big Marvel crossover event. The Watcher and Beast are the main characters in this book. The writing in this book is top notch and does an excellent job at asking the question about whether or not you can truly understand all the ramifications of the decisions and actions you take. The book itself is pretty introspective, however, there are some fairly hilarious moments worth reading with colossus, yet, I can’t help but feel that some of the light hearted parts of the book may distract from the quality of the stories.
The art ranges from being spectacular, the first time we see Collosus, to absurd, the scenes with Wolverine and Jean. This book was cool and there is enough here to make us wonder where the title is heading. This book gets a solid A. While it’s not perfect, it is intriguing.
I don’t normally rate past books but this week was the first time I got to read Avengers 027. Avengers continues to be one of the best written books in the Marvel universe. The current issue continues the story line where A.I.M. has pulled an alternate team of The Avengers from the Multiverse. Usually when comic books do stories with two of the same team in the same book, it gets confusing but not this time. The writing in this book gives us a very clear distinction between the teams and the differences are both surprising and pretty cool. I loved the panels Banner
The art is always good in this book and I have no complaints. Great job! A+
Mighty Avengers might have the best art in the Comic book universe. Mighty Avengers 009 is no exception to that statement. The art continues to be breathtaking and makes this one of the most enjoyable comic book reading experiences I’ve ever had. I only wish that Greg Land was drawing She Hulk for her own comic because the team of Land and Soule could be unstoppable.
This book divides its time between Ronin and Blue Marvel. Each story line is great but the story line for Ronin has the greatest payoff. Very cool reveal. This is also an A+ comic
Secret Avengers really didn’t need to reboot. Each issue has been a joy to read. The plots are often so complex they read like a Tom Clancy novel. The tension in Secret Avengers #002 is palpable. Maria Hill is in trouble. Phil and Nick are in trouble. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s satellites are not working and M.O.D.O.K. is in charge?
The art is very different in this book. Or, at the very least, it seems very retro. It’s almost as if the artist is hearkening back to the day when comics were starting and the art tried to be progressive but came across as cheesy
This is a good book and, although, the tone of the book has changed a bit, it is still very well done. B+
Thunderbolts 024 was a great comic but this series hasn’t always been that way. When this series started, up through the Inhumanity saga, the art and writing was mediocre at best. But with Charles Soule being at the helm and Paco Diaz as the artist, there is a better book being written and drawn.
Each book has been a continuation of the story that all of the team members are allowed to pick missions they want to finish. With Venom leaving the team, General Ross picks the mission this week. The mission was very cool and the writing made it feel like I stepped into a seedy spy drama.
This is a very different book for Marvel. This book is light hearted and dark at the same time and, even when it uses conventional comic book writing, it seems very unconventional. I’m giving this book an A
Nightcrawler #1 seems like an unnecessary comic. It was a good comic but felt unneeded. With Amazing X-men recently starting with a story that introduced Nightcrawler, it just seems that his story could have been continued in that book. With Kurt Connors being alive again there is a lot to get used to and a lot of catching up to do.
The book does a great job at showing that Nightcrawler is dealing with being alive in a time that is not his own. His team members are happy to see him but he feels out of place. The art is good but, in all honesty, the quality of the art seems inconsistent. All in all, this is a good comic but I just can’t help but thinking that the comic is unnecessary. B
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #011 was an alright book. I started out loving this book. It was witty and made me laugh a lot. However, after a few issues of the book the humor was predictable and boring. But this issue was a little more original. This book takes us away from The Sinister Six and focuses on the lesser know villains. This also is one of the first books that shows battles between the villains and Spidey. But the comic comes late. With the Revelation in the last of The Superior Spider-Man the book seems strangely out of place. It doesn’t fit the timeline
The art in this book is good. There are no artistic renderings that make you wonder why they are there. I’m giving this a book a weak B. Although most of the book is pretty decent, its still out of place
Green Lantern Corps 30 has great things about it and not so great things about it. Throughout this current story line the villains, the Durlan, have put up some challenges to The Corps that have made things very difficult for them. Yet, The Durlan have always felt a little bit two dimensional to me. That is no longer the case. This issue did a great job of giving us the back story of the Durlans and why they hate the Lanterns.
The art in this book was not my favorite. The characters feel like caricatures and less characters. It’s not enough of a distraction but it’s does change my opinion a bit. I’m giving this book a B.
Superman Wonder Woman 7 was a great comic book. But I’ve almost come to expect that from any book that Charles Soule has written. The book left us last issue with an Atomic bomb detonating. This issue concerns the aftermath of the explosion.
The art in this book captures the horrific effects of the explosion in a very shocking way by depicting the desolation that an explosion like that could entail.
The book also introduces the Super Man Doomed story line. Since Doomsday killed Superman once, it should be an interesting story.
The art in this book is amazing! This is an A+ book.
Those are the Reviews for the week. Thank you for visiting