Comic book reviews for the week of 12/10/14

Welcome to Marty’s Meanderings. Your weekly spot to get reviews of Marvel Comic Books. There is quite a bit of ground to cover this week on my blog so, let’s get started.

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1. Rocket Raccoon is one of my favorite Comic Books to read because it’s easily one of the funniest books they have. Issue #006 Is no exception. There is nothing quite as refreshing as being able to open a book and laughing from the title page until the end of the book. Even the prologue is funny.

One of the things that makes this book so fun to read is that it’s written by an artist that is usually known for drawing the toddler variant covers of many Marvel titles. Skottie Young is as funny as a writer as he is an artist.

It is clear that this is a kid’s book but the level of sarcasm is high enough to make you wish that the book wouldn’t end.

Another great thing about the book is the coloring. The hues are so deep and rich that its a joy to look at.

This issue starts off with the prologue saying that Rocket Raccoon owes a lot of money to a lot of people. We start off seeing Rocket Raccoon on a mission to recover some of that money. He gets a call from Cosmo the Dog asking him for help. He agrees with the caveat that all debts are squared with Cosmo.

I highly recommend picking up this book. It’s funny, fun to look out, and the ending is kind of cute. Grade: A+

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2. Guardians of the Galaxy Annual 001 was a very strange comic book with a lot of heart and full of some very funny moments. The story starts with Marvel Girl recording a video letter to be sent back home because she misses her friends. She is interrupted by 3 team members in a series of embarrassing and funny moments. From there it devolves into a strange situation where a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier comes out of nowhere filled with agents that should be dead, fighting a war that should be over. The GOTG are stuck in the middle of it.

In order to keep some of the title a surprise, I’m not going to say anymore about the plot.

What did I like about this issue? My experience has been that Annuals are usually not that great but this one was pretty good. The author of this book( Bendis) did a great job of writing the characters and really captured the team as the misfits they are.

The artwork here is also very good. The Skrulls and Nick Fury were especially drawn well.

What I didn’t like? The confusion the characters felt about what was going on in the story was also felt strongly by me. I didn’t think the resolution of that confusion was strong enough. All in all, the writing was very good with some minor details that could have been better. Grade: B+

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3. This is the first time that I remember reading an Annual that promises to be continued in another Annual. I’m sure it has happened, but I don’t remember reading one. Uncanny X-men Annual #001 is one of those comic books.

This was a very unusual story with some pretty great art. A while back, when Cyclops was gathering fledgling mutants, he visited Australia to pick up a new mutant with the name of Eva Bell. She has the power of manipulating time with time bubbles that freeze time around her. The problem was: she wasn’t very good at controlling them. During a training session, she experienced a time jump in which she was separated from the X-men. When she returned from the time jumps, she had aged from being a teenager to being s young woman. This issue explains why this happened( at least the first half).

I liked this issue but I think Brian Michael Bendis might have fallen into the ‘lets elongate a story unnecessarily’ trap. The time jumps were fun, but only one was necessary to explain Eva’s aging.

The ending of this issue may have some ramifications for Beast( Hank McCoy) that could be interesting.

The pencilling and coloring are enjoyable here and fun to watch. It was still a good issue that may have been just a tad too much. A-

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4. The Crimson Pirates have been huge part of the Nightcrawler series. So has The Shadow King. In the last issue, Bloody Bess contacted Kurt telepathically asking him for help. The X-men became involved and confronted the Pirates only to become telepathically controlled by them. As a result this issue( Nightcrawler #009 ) is one issue long battle between Nightcrawler and the rest of the X-team.

The writing is a combination of flashbacks with Wolverine and Kurt training together and how he uses those lessons to combat his teammates. Last week I mentioned that paying Wolverine tribute was not getting old for me. In this issue, I found it a little annoying.

That being said, I was slightly impressed by Todd Nauck’s artwork because there are clearly two styles of art in this book. Each scene in the book that is a flashback was drawn in a way that was reminiscent of artwork found in the 1980’s. The battle in the present has very different art. The battle is not over either. Grade: B.

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5. Death of Wolverine The Logan Legacy #006 As much as I’ve loved reading most of the stories about how the death of Wolverine has had an effect on different character, I REALLY wanted this to be a better book. The strangest thing is: it wasn’t a bad story.

The problem with this story is its position in the series. Mystique is too important if a character in the X-universe to be put at the end of a run of books. The Logan Legacy is also beginning to get old.

Mystique has had her plans to take over the world thwarted many times by Wolverine. Now that he is dead, mystique can continue in her plans.

But we don’t know the extent of those plans as of yet, and, as a result, I’m a bit annoyed by the book.

There is a lot of violence in this book. The opening sequence in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Bunker was especially graphic. Grade: B

This concludes part one of three. My goal is to finish five more tomorrow but I have a very busy day ahead. All of my reviews will be up Saturday

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