Marvel Comic book reviews for the week of May 21st 2017( Part one with spoilers)

Welcome this week to another installment of Marty’s Meanderings, the place where I look at Marvel’s best, and sometimes worst, comics for the week.  This week has turned out to be a very busy week for me and the comics I read.  Let’s get started.

1.  The first comic I read this weelk might also be my favorite for the week.  X-Men Blue #004 has all the markings of a classic story.  Jean Grey and the rest of the X-Men have been sent to Colorado where they are hot on the trail of what appears to be a mutant.  The problem is that Cerebro has been a bit glitchy and can’t seem to correctly identify if it really is a mutant.  When they land they see a dead body with its heart torn out.  The local sherrif believes that the mutant is wolverine.  Could she be right?  You’ll have to read to find out.

This comic has it all.  Intrigue, action, old characters returning and art that seems much more reminiscent of 80’s comic books.  Both the writing( by Cullen Bunn) and the pencilling( by Julian Lopez) are top notch.

It is nice to be able to read a comic that is free of political or social commentary, as so many X-Men books are prone to do.  It is a plot rich book without trying to get a message across.  Grade:A

2.  Jean Grey #002 is a good comic that, at times, was distracting.  In the last issue of the book we were left with Jean having a very disconcerting vision of the Pheonix force saying it was coming.  This issue she tells her fellow teammates and they aren’t exactly open to the idea that Jean saw anything at all.  So, to get advice on what to do, she uses Cerebro to locate the other mutants that the Phoenix force had inhabited to see what she should do.  In the process she sees one of her fellow mutants in trouble and decides to help her.  That is where the book gets a bit complicated.

I didn’t think the transitions in this book were necessarily smooth 9enough.  The action in this book shifts between battle sequences and being inside the character’s  mind6s and there are times when the transitions are distracting.  I also have trouble believing that any of the mutants would casually dismiss jean’s claims that she had a vision of the Phoenix Force after the X-Men suffered such a tragic loss to it.  While I thought the book had its moments(one particular one where Jean acknowledges Marvel’s past events by breaking the 4th wall, sort of, sticks out) but all in all, this book seemed a bit disjointed to me.  Grade: B-

3.  This week’s The Totally Awesome Hulk #019 starts a new crossover series between Weapon X and TTAH called Weapons of Mutant Destruction.  This issue serves as a prologue.  As you may have read in past reviews the Weapon X program has been targeting Wolverine, Sabretooth, Domino, Warpath, and Lady Deathstrike by using cyborgs made of Adamantium.  Both Wolverine and Sabretooth can’t smell them coming and Warpath and Lady Deathstrike have been captured.  Now they’re after Amadeus Cho.  There has been no indication as to why but I think the Weapon X program is trying to harness the powers of each of the characters to create something to destroy mutants.

This event has the potential to be a very intere8sting crossover event.  Weapon X is a darker series with TTAH is much more light hearted and fun for teens.  I have to admit I’m nervous about this event not carrying the weight of its subject matter.  I’m giving this book a grade of B.  Its a promising start.

4.  I am not a huge fan of The Inhumans.  To me it seems that they are versions of mutants with a slightly different origin story.  That being said, Secret Warriors is becoming one of my favorite comic books to read.  

Whether or not it was wise to start a brand new series in the middle of a Marvel event remains to be seen, but this is a high octane book filled with excitement and plenty of action.  The book follows Daisy Johnson a.k.a Quake and her team of Ms. Marvel, Karnak, Quake, Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur, and Inferno.  The Secret Warriors are trying to avoid Hydra while rescuing Inhumans that have been captured by them.

The book jumps around a lot between different time frames but it is never confusing.  In this issue we are transported between Philadelphia and New Jersey.  In Philadelphia we see the inhumans being captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.( which is now run by a brainwashed Captain America who believes he is the head of Hydra).  In New Jersey we get a fight between the iinhumans and the howling commandos lead by another hydra leader.

There is plenty of action in this book.  It is a lot of fun.  Grade: A.

5.  Steve Rogers Captain America #017 is a continuation of the Secret Empire Storyline.  There is not a lot of action in this book, however, there is quite a bit of tension.  Captain America has invited Sally Floyd, a reporter who had interviewed captain America before but gets irritated by the questions she is asking.  What happens to her?  You’ll have to find out by reading the issue.

This is an issues issue which is fine because it goes along with the story.  The question is posed:  how much power is too much power.  The writing in the book is fine.

The art, on the other hand, is annoying.  That may be because of the shading.  Each face is overdrawn and shaded in a way that each character looks like they are wearing one of those clear masks from the purge.  All in all, I’m giving this a grade of a low B.  While the story is intriguing, the art leaves something to be desired.

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My comic book reviews for the week starting May 14, 2017( some spoilers )

Birthright #24- am not a huge Image fan but mostly because it seems they push the envelope of good taste just because they can.  That being said, there are a few excellent titles that are worth picking up.  One of those comics is Birthright.  Birthright is the story of Mike, a young boy who is playing ball by the woods with his father, when he disappears.  Fast forward only a few years in the comic and he returns but now as a fully grown man.  Come to find out, he was transported to a magical land called terrenos where he becomes a sort of savior to the masses by going to war with an evil sorcerer.  He is given an opportunity to return home to earth and he takes it.  Come to find out he has been inhabited by a nevermind, which in essence is a demon.  The story continues when different family members of mikey’s family become embroiled in the battle for mikey’s soul.

In issue 24 we learn that Mikey has been tricked in to believing that if he kills all the good mages that evil will have no more reason to fight and terrenos can be at peace.  Rya, his pregnant girlfriend from terrenos with wings, tries to stop him from killing them.  The issues is bloody and violent but it’s still as fun to read as the previous issues have been.  Sometimes the art in the book can seem a bit muddled and unspectacular but not enough to detract from the story.  If you like good fantasy stories this book should be right up your alley.  Great story.  Grade: A

2.  Secret Empire #2-  Secret Empire has turned out to be one of those comic events I never expected to like.  Mostly because I haven’t been reading any of the Captain America books.  However, I am intrigued by the story.  As many of you may remember, Maria Hill had used a cosmic cube, kobik, to trick marvel villains into believing they were peaceful.  However, Red Skull stole the cube and with the help of Professor X’s brain, which he had also stolen, used the cube to rewrite Captain America’s history and fooling him into believing he was a sleeper agent for Hydra.  Cap kills Red Skull and takes over hydra and starts a war with The Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Universe with the help of the Chitauri, a race of aliens that are attacking from outer space.  Several heroes in Las Vegas are fighting the Hydra regime while some are trapped under a dark force bubble in new York city.

In issue 2, a video of Rick Jones makes its way to our heroes and he explains that Kobik has been shattered and it’s pieces scattered.  This leads to what, undoubtedly will be the main plot point of the series.  Since the cosmic cube has the ability to re-write history, our heroes have to find all the pieces before Hydra does.  Not only does that need to happen, it needs to happen before another faction of heroes decides to kill Captain America.

There is a lot of info to absorb in this issue and maybe too much.  The tension is growing and the final panel throws a curve ball that leaves it’s readers wondering exactly what is going on.  This issue was still very intriguing but the coloring and art are a little too abstract for me.  All in all, I’d say it’s a good issue but not as good as past issues.  Grade: B+

3.  This week I learned that Marvel will be changing the art in one of its comics.  In X-men Gold #1 the artist made reference to a verse in the Koran that says that Christians and Jews should not be allowed to be leaders.  Marvel’s second printing of that comic is removing those references.  The artist of the book has been fired and the value of the book has skyrocketed to close to $35.00 on Ebay.

Issue #004, on newsstands today, is the first book of the series that doesn’t have some controversial message to it (and it’s about time).  In this issue Gambit is the main character.  He has been asked by Bolivar Trask’s daughter to steal what we learn later is nano technology.  His luck runs out and it causes all sorts of trouble.

We also learn that the captured member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is nothe even a mutant and lastly, Old Man Logansport and Storm visit a morgue to pick up a dead mutant.  Right now all these incidents seem unrelated and I’m sure they will be all tied together but for now there is no cohesion in the stories.

The art in this book is very Saturday morning cartoonish.  Syah, the artist who was fired with good cause, was still a better artist.  I enjoyed the story, and though the art was not as good as previous weeks, I enjoyed reading this comic book.  I’m giving the book an A-.  It wasn’t perfect but it felt less like a commentary on something and more of just an enjoyable book.

4.  For the past two weeks I’ve been reading Star Wars:  the Screaming Citadel and I have been enjoying the artwork immensely.  Last week Checcheto was the artist.  His art focused on landscape and scenery and his artistry in issue 1 was breathtaking in its rendering.

This week the story is continued in Star Wars #031 and this week it is drawn by an artist with the last name of Larocca.  His specialty is faces.  Each frame the characters are drawn to look exactly how they looked in the movies.

The writing in the Star Wars comic book has always been top notch.  This issue is no different.  Each narration and speech bubble does a great job at capturing the cadence and sound of the characters on film.

The story surrounds Luke being approached by Doctor Aphra, an archeologist who has found an artifact she believes contains the consciousness of a Jedi Master.  However, she can’t activate it and the only person who might be able to is a queen who likes to kidnap and collect things she shouldn’t be able to have.  In this issue we learn the queen”s intentions for Luke and the doctor.  We also see Han and Leia gearing up to rescue them.

I found nothing wrong with this comic.  I’m giving this book a grade of A+.  I’m having a ton of fun reading it.

Those are my reviews for the week.  You should also pick up Luke Cage #1.  It’s funny and serious and intriguing all at the same time.  My only gripe:  the type face is too small.

Marvel Comic book reviews for comics released on 11/11/15 part one

It has been a while since I had seven comic books to review so I’m going to do my best to get through them all this week

1.  For everyone who thought Secret Wars would be done in 8 issues welcome to Secret Wars 7 of 9.  The bad news is that there are now 9 issues.  The good news:  it should be one heck of an ending.

Without giving anything away Doom is going to have a huge fight ahead of him.  My only concern for the end of this series is that it will be a one sided fight.and a complete beat down.

What makes this issue really good is that it has brought together all the mini series in a way that makes sense.  However, there are questions that still have me confused.  How did certain teams end up together?  Why are the reboots containing old history if everything is new?  At what point do we figure out which 1610 characters and 610 characters are which?

Great issue:  A-.  Not the fault of the issue but with Marvel’s marketing.

2.  Before I begin to review Thors #004  I think you should know I read Secret Wars 7 and Thors 004 in reverse order.  In other words, read this issue of Thors first to understand how it’s referred to in Secret Wars.

Beta Ray Thor was killed by another Thor.  We learned that last issue.  We also learned that the same Thor that killed Beta Ray Thor also was responsible for the deaths of several Jane Fosters and Donald Blake’s from other areas of Battheworld.  This issue focuses on the confrontation between all the Thors.  Loki plays a small part in this issue and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the Secret Wars main title.

All in all, I thought this was a pretty good issue.  There was a lot of action with an ending that leads directly into the main title book.  My only gripe with issue is that there was too much dialogue during the fight scenes.  There could have been much less and it would have been a better issue.  Grade: B

3.  Before I start the review for All New All Different Avengers #1 I have to go on a bit of a rant.  I’m not a big fan of paying $6.00 a month on comic books.  I’m even less of a fan of books that are $6.00 that divide the book into two stories.  Maybe I’d be a fan of it but part of the problem is I don’t like Nova and he plays a pretty prominent role in this issue.  

Why don’t I like Nova?  He’s a whiny teenager.  I don’t like whiny teenagers.  I’m perfectly willing to admit that I, at one point, was also a whiny teenager.  But I didn’t like my teenage years then and don’t really like reading anything that reminds me of them, but I digress.

I loved the first half of this comic book!  Mark Waid does a great job of reminding us that Super Heroes are heroic.  We don’t get the self doubting, imperfect, all too human versions of heroes that are in touch with their feelings.  We get heroes doing next to impossible things( impossible if Mythbusters ever tried them) that remind us that we can believe in characters that are bigger than ourselves.

I also liked the humor in the first half of this book.  It was fun to read the banter between Ultimate Spider-Man and Tony Stark in what was a great scene involving cookies.

The book jokingly makes fun of the fact that there are several Avengers teams but none of them call themselves The Avengers( which I believe is true).  In reality, Marvel could probably stand to consolidate some of the teams.

The second story is pretty usual fare for two teenage kids dancing around the fact that they like each other.  It, no doubt, will be a plot line that is examined again.

I’m giving this book a grade of:  Low B.  The art is pretty decent in both stories.  But if I’m going to pay $6.00 for a comic I want to like both stories.

4.  Welcome to the final review of part one.  The Uncanny Avengers #2.  I only have one confusing question about this book. Why is the villain called Shredding Man?  Anyway, Shredding man is the reason I’m not a tree loving vegetarian.  I could never be militant about my lifestyle.

I really liked this book.  With the exception of the political/ environmental posturing by the bad guy, everything about the book was enjoyable.  

Gerry Duggan does a real good job here of showing us that the Unity Squad could probably use a pep talk about what the word Unity means.  I also like the introduction/ cameo of another character that is going to be fun to ready bouncing off of Deadpool in future issues.  Grade: A

Marvel Comic Book Reviews for comics released on 11/4/15

A lot has happened with Marvel over the last few months.  We are still getting through Secret Wars and because of its delay in getting its books out, it’s starting to get a little tiresome.  It’s still been an excellent read but sometimes things that drag on too long can lose their lustre

Marvel has also started its reboots of its universe before the Secret Wars event has ended.  Technically, you can start the new titles without finishing off Secret Wars.  However, it does lend itself to some questions.  Like why are certain heroes paired together and why.  

So far I’ve been unimpressed with the current changes.  However, I did enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the two Avengers books and Spider-man 2099.

I’m also a fan of the next book on my list with maybe one exception.

1.)  I have been a fan of Dan Slott’s writing since Superior Spider-man.  I have to admit though that I’m not as big of a fan of his writing on The Amazing Spider man.  Issue 3 was good with one thing that I thought was just a tad annoying.  But let’s start with what works.

I really like that we are allowed to see Peter  Parker mature.  Many characters are like Bart Simpson and never given the chance to mature or grow up.  While the authors have to stunt the growth( otherwise we’d have a geriatric spider) Marvel has shown some maturity with the character.

I’m not entirely certain that the book is criticizing or parodying Donald Trump but I also like the fact that Parker has to have his name on everything.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Johnny Storm story in this book because I think the ending wasn’t at all surprising.  However, the terrorist group stealing Peter’s technology has been an intriguing story line I’m interested in learning more about.

The one thing I wasn’t a fan of?  The humor.  It felt like there was too much of it.  Normally I’m okay with it but it seemed like the book was having trouble finding its identity.  I’m giving this book a grade of: B.  The book is forming an identity and I don’t think they needed to fix what wasn’t broken.

2.  Extraordinary X-men #1 was a pretty excellent book.  The book did an excellent job of telling a story that is terrifying for Mutantkind.

For the last year or more Marvel has been building up the Inhumans as a dangerous group of individuals.  Inhumans are usually humans that were affected by a terrigen mist that activated dormant genes that turned them into super humans that many times have uncontrollable powers.  Well now we are learning that the Terrigin mist is even more devastating because it sterilizes mutants.

Hatred of Mutants has increased and Storm is putting together a Super team of X-men to find the remaining mutants and bring them to her school which is now called X-haven.  However, they are coming in and such an alarming rate that the school is having trouble keeping up.

The entire book is mostly concerned with recruitment to the team.  What makes it interesting is not everyone who Storm wants to recruit wants to be an X-man anymore.

Everything about this book was excellent.  I really liked everything from the pacing of the story to the art which was also impressive.  Great book!  Grade: A

3.) so I find it just a bit ironic that a former WWE wrestler is writing a comic book about a character that is played by another former WWE wrestler in the movie but this week’s Drax #1 written by CM Punk is my most anticipated Marvel book of the last few weeks.

CM Punk staged one of the biggest coup’s in WWE history when he left the squared circle.  It is good to see him back.  

As you may recall CM Punk wrote a story in last year’s Thor annual where he had a drinking contest with Mephisto.  This year he is back with his own book and it’s really funny.

What does Drax do when he is not fighting with the Guardians?  What do you think?  He goes after Thanos.

The story here isn’t incredibly detailed but it doesn’t have to be.  Punk does a great job of capturing the voice of the characters in the book and leaves the reader with some laugh out loud moments.  

The art in the book matches the tone of the book.  All in all, I was not disappointed.  Grade: A

4.) As many of you who have read my blog in the past know, Marvel’s treatment of Star Wars has been nothing short of spectacular.  It is difficult to capture the action and wonder I felt when I was a kid and saw the movies for the first time.  They have replicated that wonder.

Star Wars #011 does not disappoint.  The issue is divided into three stories.  Chewbacca and C3-po are approached by a mercenary and attacked.  Han and Leia are still dealing with Han’s wife and Luke is being forced to fight in a pit to the death.  

The book does a great job of weaving back and forth between each story and the action never lets up.  This is a grade A book.

Hope you enjoyed my reviews this week.  I hope to be more consistent in getting reviews our.  Thank you for being patient.  See you soon.

Marvel Comic Book Reviews for comics released on 8/12/15

i don’t normally make it a point to start my blog at two in the morning but I just got home from karaoke and I thought I’d unwind a bit before I sleep for a number of hours.  

1.  I started this week reading Secret Wars 5 of 8.  And again it is an excellent book.  We have passed the halfway point of the series and it shows no sign of being disappointing.  In many ways I consider this book to be the tipping point.  Usually by this time we can tell if the rest of the series is going to end well or not.  So far so good.

Last month we got one hell of a bombshell with the death of Doctor Strange and that he was killed by Doom.   This entire issue is to stroke the fire that will definitely be a backlash for Doom.

This issue did a great job showing the power behind Doom and it chronicles how he got his power

The writing is still incredibly well done and I’m still interested in where this series is going.  In some ways, this is the series I’ve waited for because it has remained consistently good.  But it kinda has to.  If this event goes bad it’ll sour their who line of new books coming in September.  Grade: A

2.  I have to admit that when I started reading Secret Wars 2009 #004, I wasn’t loving the art.  Sliney is one of my favorite artist but I thought the art lacked definition.  It was there but it wasn’t spectacular.  The art grew on me as I continued reading.

This book has largely been about doing the right thing.  Whenever Captain America is involved( no matter what gender) you can expect that to happen.  

Where the book becomes especially different is how Alchemax works with the Avengers to keep them in line.  To say much more would give too much away.  The twist in this book is interesting.  

Peter David is a genius writer and I’ve read his comics for years.  This was another great comic.  However, this is just a bit less than a grade A book, but not by much…Grade: B+

3.  Secret Wars Planet Hulk #004 won the internet this week with its art.

   
 Planet Hulk has been a bit of a surprise for me.  I wasn’t expecting much when the first issue not having many, if any, hulks in it.  But, as I’ve been reading the series within the event, I’ve come to appreciate it even more.  

Not only is the art amazing, I think I’m going to be looking for more books where Mark Laming is the artist

Each issue of this series has been better than the last.  The end of this issue throws a whole new direction to the mini series.  I highly recommend checking this series out.  Grade: A

4.  I really wanted to like Secret Wars #004 more than I did.  I liked half of it.  There are two stories in this book with two very distinct art styles.  

The first story Galactus Vs. Silver Surfer might have been good but the art was too Manga-esque.  It looked very detailed but at the same time kind of corny.

The second story, however, was pretty cool.  The second story I’ve read by Peter David was Silver Surfer vs.  Maestro and not only the art but the writing was top notch.  Grade: B-

This concludes my Secret Wars reviews.  More Reviews coming.

Marvel Comic Book Reviews that were released on 8/5/15…the mostly Secret Wars edition

This week’s blog is brought to you by the Letter M.

1.  Last month the best mini series within Secret Wars arrived, Civil War.  The Second  of the series dropped Wednesday and it did not disappoint.  While this issue doesn’t have the same defining moment in it as the first issue with an assassin taking out a character.  However, this entire issue deals with the aftermath.  Both sides are on edge and each side is readying themselves for a war

Charles Soule does a great job with the subject matter.  Taking a beloved story and placing a story inside that mythos can be a hit or miss proposition.  

This doesn’t feel like a story within a story.  It seems like a well written sequel.  

The art may not be as effective as the prior chapter but it is still excellent.  This was an excellent comic book.  Grade: A

2.     Some Spoilers are in this review of Future Imperfect #004.  There have been many dream teams( writers and artists) when it comes to comic books.  In my opinion almost all of those dream teams start with Peter David as writer. Peter David is known for many titles but he takes a lot of credit for some of the greatest Incredible Hulk stories.  One of those stories was Future Imperfect.  The story took place in a future earth where Maestro( essentially an evil Hulk) was ruler.  Maestro was driven mad by radiation.

The mini series within Secret Wars takes place within that reality.  Too much has happened in this story to summarize all of it but, the important information that you need to know is that Maestro and Thunderbolt Ross( A.K.A The Thing, in this reality) and Maestro are working together to get to Doom and remove him from power.  

In this issue we learn why two diverse characters would be willing to work together.  This book focuses on the team traveling into Doom’s territory to find the villain who has deemed itself God.

The other half of the dream team has some of the best art I’ve ever seen in Comic Books.  And before I make any more sycophantic rants about an artist, let’s just look at it.

   
 
Your argument is invalid.  It’s too early to say he won Marvel for the week, but I’d bet he won.  If you could break the Internet with comic book art I’d want Greg Land to be the guy.

This book deserves a grade of A.

3.  I almost considered not writing a review of Battleworld Ultimate’s End Issue 4.  There was a lot of action in this book and with so many characters there are plenty of moments where you can get confused.  And I did.

But in the middle of the issue there was a plot point that could very well solve the entire Secret Wars.  And since this is the Penultimate issue, the final few pages promise a pretty huge payoff.

I am giving this book a grade of B.  It was fun to look at but it was also a bit confusing from time to time

4.  The Amazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows #003 was another fun book to read.  For those of you following along, there is a pretty bad Villain named Regent that has the ability to steal Superhero powers and has stolen the X-men’s powers.  He killed The Avengers and now he’s coming after Peter and his daughter Annie who also has powers. Regent uses the Sinister Six to help him

Whenever you put a kid in a comic book it can get corny fast.  It has straddled the line from time to time but, for the most part, that has not been a problem.  Dan Slott has done a decent job with the writing.    I’m a little worried that the next issue may be corny though because of the art in the next issue art.  I’m giving the issue a B.  It’s good but it isn’t great

Reviews for the Marvel Comic Book releases on 7/29/15

Welcome back to my little corner of the interweb.  This week I have a number of comics to review including two of my favorite Marvel titles: Deathlok and Black Widow.  Let’s get started.  

1.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, the reason that Deathlok continues to be my favorite comic book is the writing.  There are very few times that I can honestly say that I am entranced by a story enough to hang on every word.  I also love it when a book throws you for a curve and you’re left thinking ‘Wow! That was cool.’  Deathlok #010 is that book.

In some ways the book takes the course you expect it to take.  Henry Hayes has been threatened to comply with the people that are giving him orders by them threatening to kill his daughter unless he completes their missions.  When that happens you have one of two choices.  You can either continue to do the missions in hopes that your daughter won’t be hurt or you can go after the people that are threatening you.  Guess which avenue Henry chooses to walk down.

Henry actually does few shocking things in order to escape the influence of Biotek that surprise and excite.  I just finished reading the book and I can tell you that there are three major scenes in this book that propel the story.  One is a bit gruesome and the other two are surprises.  One of them you will not get until the last page.

Every action in the book makes sense.  That is another reason to love this series.  When plot twists pop up they aren’t made to shock and awe, but because they are carefully thought out plot devices that genuinely work.

I had one small gripe with Domino’s actions in that I’m not sure her dialogue is in line with her character or not.  However, it’s not a big enough gripe to change my opinion of the book.

The artwork here is fan-freaking-tastic!  The gruesome scenes especially where you can feel the agony of the characters in the scene.  I’m giving this issue a well deserved grade of A.

2. I read a letter from someone associated with the book, at the back of the book, saying that if you get to take part of 20 issues of anything, you are doing well.  I guess that’s true, but it’s also unfortunate.because really, really good books don’t get a chance to develop.  Black Widow #020 was the last of what might be one of best titles that Marvel has introduced in recent years.  I really wanted to see more of this title.  It is not often that a book leaves you in awe and allows you to ride the roller coaster that the main character is riding as if you were on the same ride.  Marvel is missing out on dissolving this title because they desire to create first issues to create additional revenue.

 This issue was an unusual send off.  It was dark and gritty and morally ambiguous.  But it clears the slate for her and it also makes sense for the character.  I’m going to miss this series.  Grade: A

3.   Star Wars #007 is not really an action centered book but it is, nonetheless, intriguing.  The book centers on Obi Wan’s diary entry as he tries to straddle the line between being normal and being a Jedi.  The thrust behind the story is that Tatooine is experiencing a drought and Obi Wan is deciding how much of a part to play in the conflict between the citizens and Jabba’s forces.

It is unusual, but cool, to look at these issues and see them as Canon but Marvel and Disney have announced that they are considered part of the Star Wars timeline.  With that in mind, there is one particular scene that adds to the mythology that is pretty astounding.

The writing in this issue, and in past issues, is very consistent with the cadence of the characters in the movies.  It is fun to have the movies as a reference for the rest of the series.

One of the things that makes this series great is that the writers and creators have been working with Lucasfilm on this comic to create a truly authentic experience.  

The art is a reflection of the movie and the details do remind you of the settings in the movie.

There is a lot of untapped potential in this series and so many different ways that this book could travel direction wise.  Great job.  B+

4.  Okay, up til now S.H.I.E.L.D has been a pretty vanilla book.  It has been thrilling to see the agents work with Superheroes but, in reality, the book has not delved into any territory that the show hadn’t teased.  This issue changes that.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #008 is much darker than previous issues.  Mark Waid may have channelled his Inner Chris Carter and given us a comic book that feels more like an X-Files story than a story about a government agency designed to stop superhuman threats.

The thing that makes this issue even more intriguing is that the book focuses on powers that are not genetically given powers.  The imagery in this book is dark and the subject matter is even darker.  I would be even more excited about this series if all the books were written at the same level of suspense and horror as this one.  Grade: B+

5.  Well, we have an art winner this week…. 

  
This is the opening panel of the book and most of the book is drawn at the same level of complexity and wonder of the rest of the book.  Only once does it falter.  

This story is beyond what I imagined it to be.  It’s like watching an episode of Law and Order that takes place in Battleworld.  The mystery continues on trying to find Jane Foster and why her others are being attacked.

There is one shocking moment during the investigation that provides us with a plot twist that could have dramatic consequences for Thor to come.

This was a very well written book.  I’m giving this a grade of A-.   There were only 2-3 panels I wasn’t too fond of.