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.

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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.

Marvel comic book reviews for comics released on 6/3/15 part 1

So here we are again with another week of comic books to read.  This week’s reviews will be divided into two categories.  Secret Wars books and non secret wars books.  So let’s get started.

1.  I really bought Groot #1 to see how they were going to build an entire comic book around a character that only says three words.  I also wondered why Marvel needed a comic book for Groot if Rocket Raccoon already had his own title.  The Second question still begs for an answer other than to make money

This book was pretty well done.  The story focuses on Groot wanting to take a vacation to Earth and Rocket being forced to come along when their ship is destroyed.  Groot convinces Rocket to hitchhike and they encounter some strange aliens( stranger than a talking tree and raccoon).  

The highlight of the book comes in the middle when the two main characters are forced to steal a ship and end up lampooning one of DC’s most beloved Superheroes.  I laughed out loud during this section of the comic book.

The art in this book was sometimes really good and other times just a tad annoying.  I have never been a big fan of how artists portray Groot when he is happy.  He tends to look like a person with a few missing marbles instead of a happy character.  

Still, as a first issue I really enjoyed this comic. The parody of DC is almost worth buying the comic for.  The banter between Groot and Rocket about who has the biggest bounty on their heads is also very humorous.  Grade: B+

2.  All New X-men #041 may have the same problem that the last book I reviewed had.  It has great writing but the art seemed pretty unspectacular.  As many of you know S.H.I.E.L.D. and the X-men aren’t exactly friends.  This issue delves into this a lot.  A number of x-men want to live in utopia and be left alone.  Maria Hill is asked a very difficult question why are the x-men hounded by shield but The Avengers are given Cart Blanche to do what they want?  The answer is never determined but it has forced the mutants to figure out how to change their image for Shield.  That is the crux of the issue.  Sounds boring?  It’s not!  There is plenty of action but it seems to be a backdrop for the dilemma listed above.  It’s an interesting problem.

As mentioned before, I didn’t really like the art.  I thought the faces of each character was expressionless and the line work was heavy and, at times, sloppy.  

The writing in this book was excellent and well thought out.  Grade:  B

3.  Star Wars #006 might be my favorite book so far this week and my favorite of the series so far.  For people who are Star Wars fanboys this is a controversial issue.  Marvel and Disney have announced that what happens in the comic book is considered canon.  In addition, a new character was introduced that makes a beloved character a little less lovable.  I didn’t mind the addition but there will be some who are upset.

There is nothing I can find objectionable about this book.  The art is the best it’s been.  The atmosphere of the book is perfect.  It’s almost too bad to because my understanding is that this is the last issue he’s drawing.  

This issue goes between the stories of Han and Luke.  The fight between Boba Fett and Luke is pretty intense and you can feel the tension Luke would have felt.

The scenes with Han have a different type of tension and are also worth the read.  I am giving this book a grade of A+

4. I read Darth Vader #006 second and really should have read it first before Star Wars.  Both books are essentially the same story but from different viewpoints.  Where Star Wars focused on Boba Fett’s view of his encounter with Luke, this book focuses on Darth as he is being tested by Palpatine and how he learns he has a son after Boba Fett reports he found skywalker.  

I want to like this comic a lot more than I do.  That is what I find odd about the book.  It is expertly drawn and the writing is also delivered very well.  However, each time I look at the book I see static frames where movement is implied but very rarely ever shown.  There was some improvement on that front but not very much.

I’ve tried to determine why it seems that movement is not conveyed well in this book and what I think the problem is:  all the panels in the book are the same size.  Artists are able to convey movement by making smaller boxes for their panels.  Smaller boxes help the book get read at the speed the action is being conveyed at.  In fairness to the book, it did some of that this week.

There is some great dialogue between Palpatine and Vader and some of the flashbacks help us learn more about Vader.  Palpatine is still not 100% sure he can trust Vader but he’s slowly restoring his faith in his pupil.  I’m giving this book a grade of B.  The art was good and the story too.  Improvements have been made.

5.  One of my favorite mini series of late is The  Amazing Spider-man Spiral.  In issue 18.1 we get part 3 of the story.  Tombstone has been arrested and put in jail.  Hammerhead is in jail too.  This has sparked a gang wars and now the gangs are consolidating lead by Black Cat to break out their gang leaders.

Wraith and Spidey find out about the jailbreak and go to stop it.

This book reminds me a lot of books I grew up reading.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of nostalgia that I feel when reading this book.

Wraith is a very interesting character and I love the art associated with the character.  I am interested in seeing where this story goes.  Grade A

I will read and write more tomorrow but here ends part 1

Marvel Comic book reviews for the week of 5/20/15

i think anytime you do something long enough you end up getting burnt out from it.  Especially when you work on something long enough and it isn’t as well received as you would like it to be.  I needed some time off.  While other sites have multiple contributors, I am on my own.  As a result it takes me a while to get these reviews written.
Spoilers abound:

Sometimes all it takes is a comic book that is expertly written to breathe life back into your comic book reading.  Most of the time when I find those books, I want to tell the world about them.  This week’s star( so far) belongs to Deathlok #008.  When I started reading this series I picked it up on a whim.  I only really wanted to read it because of the character on the TV show Marvel AOS.  Instead I picked up one of the best books Marvel produces.

Henry knows he’s Deathlok.  He started figuring out when Domino shot him.  It tampered with his programming.  His controller, JJ, confirmed it and now she is being dealt with and Henry has a new controller who has gone silent while one of Boitek’s( the company responsible for fitting Henry with the equipment to become Deathlok) henchmen has been sent to kill Henry.  This issue focuses on that confrontation.  I will not ruin it for you 

In addition to that story, S.H.I.E.L.D. Is now involved.  One of Biotek’s assassins killed a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent and Maria Hill( the director) wants to know why.  In order to do that they enlist Michael Collins, the previous Deathlok, to find the person involved.  He suggests that they try Domino.  So they do.  Again, I won’t reveal the outcome.

There is plenty of tension in this book and you genuinely feel every second of it.  Nothing feels forced here.  The violence in the book is tense and brutal but never corny or forced.    The art and shading also compliment this book very well.  I loved this issue and, so far, this is a book that looks untouched by Secret Wars.  I’m looking forward to more.  Grade: A+

2.  Moon Knight has taken an unusual turn and I’ve not decided if it’s for the better.  Instead of focusing on people as his intended targets, Marc Spektor is chasing after supernatural killers.  In Moon Knight #015 Spektor has taken it upon himself to chase after a literal monster that is hiding under the bed.  When we first see Moon Knight we see him battered and covered in blood and muttering ” Khonsu why have you forsaken me.”  He is found by strangers and wakes up three days later asking the same question as before.  Khonsu says he has not forsaken his son.

If you have been reading my reviews for a while you know that I get uncomfortable when writers equate the characters with Jesus.  In this case the author has seemed to equate Marc with Christ in the garden of Gethsemane where Christ asked the same question.  The difference?  Christ didn’t mow down his opponents with machine guns.  I know if stuff like this happens it’s fiction.  I also know it’s up to me to decide to continue or discontinue reading things that offend my sensibilities.  I just wish there were certain things that were off the table when it comes to comics or at least treated with more respect.

This wasn’t my favorite comic.  I am really not sure what direction the new writer is taking the comic book, but, if I’m honest, it’s not my cup of tea. I don’t know that I want to read Moon Knight: Marvel’s answer to Constantine.  I liked the book when it was less supernatural.  I’m giving this comic a grade of B-

3.  I’m not sure that George Lucas is happy he sold his movie franchise to Disney or not.  He is certainly not okay with the fans crucifying him for the first 3 prequels to the Star Wars trilogy.  But, in fairness to the fans:  if you don’t have the hindsight to see why Jar Jar Binks is one of the most annoying characters in movie history then you deserve some of that ire.

Star Wars #005 has one of the best covers of the week and delivers as a good comic but not as electrifying as the previous four issues.  This issue feels like a filler issue.  We spend most of the book searching for Luke through the journey Boba Fett is taking to find  him.  The rest of the book focuses on Luke finding Obi Wan’s hut on Tattooine and searching through his things while fighting off Sand Raiders too.  A third story focuses on Han trying to get parts for his ship and getting conned into going on a mission with Leia 

I think the trouble I had with this issue was in its pacing.  Each issue up to this point has been full of mostly non stop action.  While there was some action to the book it didn’t seem as frenetically paced.  Also the dialogue is beginning to feel like it’s all been done before.

I love the fact that I’m able to read a Star Wars series but this one didn’t quite have the edge the last few issues have had.  It was a good book, just not a great one.  Grade: B

4.  So it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be affected by Secret Wars.  It has already been affected by The Black Vortex event.  There is really not a lot to be said here.  This was an excellent book.  Issue 27  is primarily The Guardians vs. the Chitauri.  You remember them right?  They were Loki’s army in the Avengers movie that wasn’t at all disappointing.  Star Lord is coming to terms with being President Quill when a living planet  pops up above Spartax.  He enlists his team to fight them and Gomora to go to the other planet to get the Chitauri to back down.

This was a fun issue with one twist that will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the team in the future( to find out what it is go buy the comic and support your local comic book store.  The art was fun and moved the story along very well.

I recommend this book to anyone but it appears to be the end of a story and the beginning of one that has no direction yet.  Grade: B

Comic Book Reviews for the week of 2/2/15 Part 1

This week was a slower week for my Comic book grabs. As a result I’m going to do something I haven’t done in a while: I’m going to review all the books I get read this week. So let’s get started.

1. The first book I read this week is The Black Vortex. As far as I can tell there is no numbering on this issue Instead, in the lower right hand corner is the word Alpha. And since Alpha means beginning, I think it’s fair to say this is the first chapter. The statement saying that the saga begins here is also a dead giveaway.

This comic book is an event where the Guardians of the Galaxy meet the All New X-men. If you remember they met before when The Guardians help Jean from being killed for the actions of her future self in “The Trial of Jean Grey.” But this series is going to require more background than just reading the All New X-men and GOTG. It’s going to require a certain knowledge of Marvel’s Legendary Star Lord. I don’t have that knowledge. I have experience reading the two series but I have only read Rocket Raccoon as an offshoot to Guardians. Luckily,there is a prologue page. The summary: Peter Quill caused his father to be exiled from his home world. His father changed his name to Mister Knife( not the best name) and hired a bunch of mercenaries that call themselves The Slaughter Squad( also not the best name). Peter was captured by the Squad but was rescued by his Girlfriend, Kitty Pryde of the X-men. Mister Knife hires Thane, son of Thanos( you can tell they put a lot of thought into that name), and they work together by stealing an object of immense power called The Black Vortex. Both the Guardians and All New X-men want to stop the villains from having it. Without giving anything away, the power the artifact has is pretty cool

I thought as beginnings go, this was a pretty decent comic. We get a good feel for the set up of the story and we are beginning to grasp(although I’m sure not fully) the power of The Black Vortex. It was unusual to read a series with the X-men in it that wasn’t written by Brian Michael Bendis. But it was announced today that he will be discontinuing his run on the series here soon. Sam Humphries took the reins here and I think he did a decent job.

The art was mostly good. I thought the scenes with Storm were extremely well rendered. However, there were also scenes in the book where I thought the art was distracting, and at least once, confusing. All in all, I’m giving the book a B. Honestly, I think the villain names lack any creativity in this book. In fairness, it may have been names that have been passed down and it was all the writers had to work with but they are still awful. Also, there is one scene with Rocket I found confusing( near the end of the comic). Other than that, it was a decent start

2. Star Wars #002 was an excellent comic book. I have never read a comic book in the past that has captured the voice of characters from a movie as well as this comic. As I’ve read this comic book over its first two issues, I’ve been astounded by the fact that the author not only managed to get the cadence of the characters right, but you can actually hear Han, Luke, Leia, C3PO, R2D2,and Darth speaking as you read the dialogue.

I loved the pacing of this book too. The entire issue is divided into 2 battle sequences. Han, Leia and the refugees vs. Darth Vader and a confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader. What makes the second confrontation so interesting is that Luke is unaware that Darth Vader is his father. This story takes place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back

In my last review of the first issue I stated that I thought the only problem the artist had was with getting Luke Skywalker’s face drawn right. That is not a problem this time around. I’m very happy to give this book an A+

3. Hulk #011 brought us some big surprises, that if you are a long time reader of The Hulk, you have come to expect. In every iteration of the Hulk, the green Goliath has tried to separate himself from Bruce Banner. In every iteration, it fails. Hulk represents brute force. Banner equals intellect. Hulk thinks Banner is weak.

In this iteration, Banner was shot in the head. To heal Banner, Stark uses Extremis which melds both Bruce and Hulk together to become Doctor Green. As we established in a previous review, Marvel has difficulty with naming things. As Doctor Green, he has visited other people he inadvertently created with gamma radiation to reverse the effects of the radiation. When he does this he takes away their abilities.

In this issue he goes after Lyra, Savage She-hulk, to stop her. However, something gets in the way. I won’t say what that thing is but it’s not entirely unexpected. This is one of the bigger twists of the issue. The reveal is very rewarding.

I find it interesting that even with The Hulk and Bruce Banner melded together, Doctor Green still has blind spots in his intellect. Things he misses really do surprise me.

I really liked the art in this book. I thought both the coloring and the penciling was excellent. Grade: B

4.Wolverines #005 was exceptionally convoluted, and in all honesty, I’m not sure I completely understood it. Thor, Scarlet Spider, the rest of the X-men, Fing Fang Foom and others made appearances in a story line that I tried to follow, but couldn’t. The fault was not with Charles Soule’s writing either. The problem was with the art. The art is without any definition. As a result, I had extreme difficulty figuring out who was speaking when. As a result I don’t know how to grade this book.

This is the end of part 1. More to come soon

Comic book reviews for the week of 1/12/15

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog this week. I have a number of titles to review, so let’s get started.

1. To say that I’m geeking out over Star Wars #1 is a bit of an understatement. I have been waiting on this comic book for a very long time. Marvel acquired the title from Dark Horse comics and it was always in the middle of the story so I could never pick it up. Until now.

Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably seen Star Wars. I saw it when it came out and it was the first movie I ever saw that showed me how amazing movies could be. People who are just watching the movies recently may not be able to fully appreciate the awe of the original three because special effects are not as good as they are now but to my generation they are amazing.

The comic book makes the assumption that you are aware off the back story so they don’t take any time introducing the characters.

One of the things I wondered about the book was how they’d start it. Would they start it from episode 4 or where would it start? The book cleverly starts between episode IV and V. Each of the main players is a part of the book( except Lando). It is a new mission to continue handicapping the empire.

I really liked the art in this book. With the exception of Luke Skywalker’s face, I thought the art was very well done. For me, the art for Luke had an Odo feel from DS9( Odo never got faces quite right). I know it’s a sin to compare the 2 franchises but… In this case it works.

Despite all this, the writing and art bring us back to the wonder of the movies. Congratulations on a killer first issue! Grade: A.

2. I loved the first issue of S.H.I.E.L.D comic book because it got to do what the television show has been unable to accomplish, introduce the team, in a big way to Super Heroes. So when issue two was released this week I was really looking forward to reading it. I was disappointed. Instead of going toe to toe with any heroes this month, we are given a comic where Ms. Marvel is featured as its guest star.

I don’t know much about Ms. Marvel but what I gathered is that she is a young girl that aspires to be a Superhero and interjects herself into situations where she can help.

This issue has some surprises. We learn a lot about Simmons and that part is entertaining .

My beef with this issue is the tone of the book. The show is quirky but it’s also serious and has begun to develop a reputation of being an action/adventure series for adults. This comic, on the other hand, read like a Saturday morning cartoon. I’m not looking for another secret avengers book where the quirkiness is distracting. I’m giving this book a B-. I would like to continue to see this comic become a genuine extension of the show but better.

3. Deathlok is quickly becoming one of my favorite new Marvel comic books. Deathlok #004 was a continuation of a great beginning to a series. There is a new person as Deathlok and he is unaware that he is a mercenary for hire. How is that possible you ask? His memory is wiped after each mission and he is implanted with false memories. His missions are being lead by a controller.

In one of his missions he killed a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. Now he has that agency, A.I.M, and Domino tracking him down.

Much of this issue takes place as a flashback where we see Deathlok’s mission. We also get to see another character being interrogated. In addition, there are two other plot lines in this issue.

While it seems that this issue is complicated, it is not too incredibly hard to understand. There is intrigue galore in this book and excellently written. I highly recommend this book. Grade: A

Amazing X-men #015 is a great example of how comic books should be written. This book focuses on Collosus, one of the most under utilized mutants in the X-Universe.. In this issue we find that Collosus has had a dream that the gem that gives The Juggernaut his powers is on earth and he wants to go find it. Storm won’t let him because she fears his unpredictability.

I really liked this comic book. It examines the loss of Wolverine and its affect on the characters but not in a way that is very deliberately overt.

I also appreciated that the writer decided to move on with the story in this book instead of dwelling on the event.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the art in this book. It felt great in scenes but lost its luster in others. I’m giving this book a B.

Those are my first 4 reviews. I will be posting at least 4 more tomorrow