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.


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.

Comic book reviews for the week of 4/24/17( Spoilers Abound)

I have been gone from the blog for a while.  Mostly because Marvel comics has felt very uninspired for a very long time.  And it pain’s me to say that a lot of it has to do with diversity in comics.  Marvel has been trying to attract younger readers of different ethnicities.  So, on order to do this, they killed off heroes we love and replaced them with knock off replacements.  For instance, Bruce Banner was killed by Hawkeye in Civil War 2 and replaced with an Asian teenager who is now referred to as the totally awesome hulk.  Tony Stark has also been replaced by a teenage African American girl.  This has alienated many long time readers and Marvel sales have plummeted.  

The good news?  Starting in August, Marvel will be starting an event called generations, which will bring together legacy characters with today’s counterparts.

But things are slowly starting to change  Marvel actually put out a mini event called Monsters Unleashed that was fun to read.  The story followed a young inhuman boy that had the ability to summon monsters by drawing them.  All the Superheroes were forced to fight these monsters when all they had to do was rely on the young boy to create new monsters to fight the already created monsters.  The mini series lead to its own ongoing series which I highly recommend.  It just started a few weeks ago so if you’re new to comics, it’s a great place to start.

Marvel has also just begun a new event called Secret Empire where Captain America is being manipulated into believing he’s the leader of hydra.  I’ve not read it but I hear it’s amazing.

So let’s get started on this week’s comics.

1.  While X-men Gold #002 is not as controversial as it’s first issue, it seems that this time the author ( instead of the artist ) is attempting to add to the controversy.  If you are unaware of this controversy, Ardian Syaf, the penciler of the book, hid references from the Koran in his art that were anti-semetic in nature.  His contract was immediately terminated causing the value of the book to skyrocket.  Syaf is still the penciler of the book but it’s only because the issue had already been sent to the printer.  Syaf, despite his own religious views, is a very good artist, and to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about firing someone who practices freedom of expression in a society that values that trait.  Still X-men is about inclusiveness so it’s not the best place to express those views.  X-men Gold follows the team of Kitty Pryde, Storm, Nightcrawler, Collosus, Prestige and Old man Logan.    The book is mostly about trying to start over as the mutants faced the difficult challenge of trying to rebuild after a war with the Inhumans.  

As any reader of the X-books might know, Xavier”s school is now in the heart of Central Park.  The Gold team is dispatched to the United Nations headquarters where they are attacked by a new team of brotherhood of evil mutants.  Of course the whole conflict is televised which prompts a political pundit to call for the deportation of all mutants.  And here is where the controversy begins.

It is not hard to figure out that this issue is a slam on Trump and his desire to deport illegal aliens.  I don’t even think it tries to hard to mask that intentionally.  And, as I mentioned that I’m all for freedom of expression, but I also think that there are so many different voices decrying the same thing, it can get tedious.  I am not a trump supporter by any means but the disdain for the man, warranted or not, is overbearing at times.  I think this comic takes the issue right up to the line of being too much but doesn’t quite cross it.  I’m just wondering how many other groups Marvel can alienate through this title.  I guess we will see.  Grade: B+

2.  X-men Blue #002 is not as controversial.  As many of my readers know the original 5 x-men were transported through time to stop Cyclops from the present from starting a war between mutants and humans.  Once they got to our present, they couldn’t return to their time frame.  The team is technically lead by Jean Grey but their benefactor is Magneto.  Magneto is now an anti hero and wants peace between humans and mutants.  

This entire issue is based on the duplicity of Jean grey.  She acts one way around magneto while secretly training her team to fight magneto.  But it also shows Magneto secretly working on a project that questions his motives as well.

All in all, this was a good issue.  Sometimes the art in this book annoys me.  I haven’t been able to put my finger on it yet but I think it has to do with the book feeling like it’s trying to be anime like.  Grade: B.

3.  Weapon X #002 is quick becoming one of my favorite books.  The reason:  It’s Greg Land’s book.  Who is Greg Land?  One of the best comic book artists in the business.  What do I love about this book?  Well, to start, the cover of this issue is very reminiscent of hulk #340 where you see the reflection of the hulk in Wolverine’s claws except, in this issue, sabretooth”s image can be seen in old man Logan”s claws.

This issue is divided into two plotlines.  For reasons that have not been completely revealed yet, the Weapon X program is trying to capture Warpath, Lady Deathstrike, Domino, Sabretooth and Old Man Logan.  They have sent adamantium machines against Old Man Logan, Sabretooth and Warpath to study their powers and capture them.    What makes this interesting is Old Man Logan can’t detect the monsters through smell so he h as s to be extra careful when fighting the machines.

In this issue we learn that the machines sent to capture the mutants have new features that weren’t seen in the first issue.  The feature Is  actually a bit creepy but youll have to read the issue to figure out what it is.  

The writing and pacing of this story is really good.  There is enough tension in both of these issues that leave you wanting more.  And while I’m a huge fan of Greg Land,  I’m not sure this was his strongest work.  I’m giving this issue an A-

4.  Hulk has been one of the more annoying and bizarre comic books of the last few months.  It turns out that since Bruce Banner is dead and Jennifer has come out of a coma she has started practicing law again.  Her first case back is a client named Maisie that mysteriously summons monsters to kill people that give her a hard time.

This issue(#005) we get a little back story from when Jennifer comes out of her coma and we get more of the Maisie story.

What makes this book annoying is there has been no hulk yet and we are already 5 issues into the series.  I don’t really have a lot more to say.  Grade: B-

Review of Marvel Comic books released on 7/23/15

Every week that I sit down to read my comics I look at my titles and put them in the order I enjoy reading them.  Lately,I’ve been putting my Reviews of Secret Wars separate from my other books.  Not this week.  This week I’ll be putting them all together.  So let’s get started.

1.  Unfortunately I had to wait until Magneto #020 to get the art I wanted for the entire series.  Especially since this is the penultimate issue.  In previous issues the characters faces were drawn to look like potatoes with human eyes.  But this issue had really great art.

This entire series has been dark.  It has been even a bit disconcerting watching Magneto do anything to provide a future for mutants.  He is, by no means, a hero but, in ways, he attempts to be heroic for those he is passionate about.  

This issue focuses on his very strange relationship with his mysterious benefactor.  Magneto doesn’t believe in her intentions.  Enough to torture her using his powers to try to get them.

It also focuses on his daughter and their relationship.  Magneto is trying to stop an incursion using his powers.  There are some pretty disasterous consequences.

This is not a book for kids.  The scenes in this book are not for anyone who is remotely impressionable.  Grade:B.  While the art is much better, there were times when it got in the way.

2.   Uncanny X-men #035 was a little heavy handed, but other than that it was good.  X-men books have always been about how incredibly alienated they feel but they took the book a little too far.  

This book does a good job with social commentary but for shock value they take an abrupt turn which we’ve come to expect from any of the X-books.  I just wish that there was more that could be done to focus less on the discrimination and more on the teams succeeding in being heroic.  I don’t think it needs to be all the time but I already know that the public hates mutants.  Move on please

The star of the book is the coloring.  The richness of the hues really makes each panel pop.  This was a fun book to look at.

Grade: B

3.  Spider-man #009 started off pretty light hearted and about 2/3 way through it gets pretty strange.  It felt a lot like Cabin in the Woods.  In that movie it starts lighthearted and got very dark but quirky and weird very fast

Porcupine Man, Spider Woman and Ben Urich go on a trip to find the villains that have disappeared.  There are many fun moments in the book, and it’s clear that Jessica Drew is not having a good time having the travel mates that she has

The visuals in the last third of the book are creepy and full of dread.  But I’m interested in seeing where it goes.

I’m not a big fan of abrupt mood changes in books.  I also wasn’t a big fan of Cabin in the Woods.  My reason:  when changes occur that are too abrupt the style outshines the content.  There was a little easing into the change but, all in all, it might have been distracting.  Grade: B

4.  Future Imperfect #003 might have won the Marvel Comic Book race this week.  That is largely due to Greg Land.  His art is so detailed it makes you think that he must spend hours on each panel.  To give you an example:

It is a joy to read books he draws.

The writing here has been very entertaining.  Thaddeus Ross( The Thing in this series) has been captured and taken to the Maestro’s Castle.  

There is plenty of great action here and there are some plot twists that I look forward to seeing how they work out.  One of the bad things about August’s Marvel Previews is that we already know who survives.  The good thing:  the journey has not been decided.  I really liked this book.  Grade: A

I know this was a bit of a shorter blog entry.  I’ll be adding Sidekick and Birthright reviews( both Image Comics) tomorrow.  Tonight though I’m getting acquainted with a new novel

See ya soon

Marvel Comic Book Reviews for the week of 3/23/15

1.  Up until the 80’s Comic books were written for a younger audience and used a lot of words like “Gee Whiz!” to express surprise.  Now we have solid writing with amazing plots that are complex and worth every moment you put into them.  One of the best written books that Marvel releases monthly is Deathlok.  

I originally picked up this book because of Deathlok’s role on Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I have not been disappointed in any of the first six issues.  Before I continue, it’s important to mention this is not the same character as the show.  The backgrounds are remotely similar but they are different characters.

In this iteration we are treated to a man who is given false memories of being a doctor without borders while really finishing missions where he kills people.  Through a series of events he gets shot by Domino.  Something breaks inside his cybernetics which is causing him to remember the missions he’s supposed to be forgetting.

In Deathlok #006 he has a conversation with his handler who warns him that he needs to continue his missions or else….

The magic of this book is its writing.  We are learning the lengths the company that is controlling him are willing to go to get what they want.  We genuinely feel for the character.  I’m giving this book a grade of A.


2.  To say a lot happened in Guardians of the Galaxy 025 Black Vortex Chapter 7 would be a bit of an understatement.  When you read a comic book and the only voice of reason is the villain regarding the artifact called Black Vortex then you know the artifact is a very big deal.

This has been a very well written series.  In many events the weight of the actions is not really portrayed in a way that communicates the severity of the situation.  That is definitely not the case here.

There has been a ton of destruction in this series and a huge amount in this issue.  The art is beyond good here too which can largely be attributed to the colorist.  I highly recommend reading this series.  Grade: A.


3. Nova 028 The Black Vortex chapter 8 was a nice change to the series.  So far the event has been pretty dire and dark.  This chapter injects some very funny humor into the event. As we found out in the last chapter Nova has The Black Vortex but he hasn’t figured out where to put it.  ****Spoiler Alert**** he brings it to his mom’s house.

In a very memorable dinner scene we are treated to The Collector meeting Nova’s mom.  Both the art and the writing in this book and the “too little, too late” part of this story is great.  This is another grade A book.


4.  Legendary Star-Lord 010 The Black Vortex Chapter 9 may have been the first book in the crossover event that faltered in its greatness.  The fault is not in the art.  Warning:  there are spoilers throughout.

First: I loved Thane’s deal he made with the brood and his encasing the Spartax planet in a sort of Amber encasing was cool too.

Second: I did not like the miniature brood who were designed to eat through the Amber while the other heroes couldn’t break through the encasing.  And why was Kitty Pryde the only one who broke her bonds?

I also thought the dialogue was very heavy handed.  This was a mediocre chapter.  Grade: B-


5.  I seldom read a comic book that pisses me off but Amazing X-men 018 really ticked me off.  Why?  Because last month a new Juggernaut was created and instead of trying to stop it immediately the X-men decide that they are tired of fighting and decide a pow wow around a campfire would be better.  Whether it’s arrogance that causes the team to act that way or just very annoying writing, I don’t know.  But I do know it was a bad choice

This issue felt like it was phoned in.  Everything about the book felt lazy from the art to the writing.  There was a confrontation but I felt like the characters were thumbing their nose at me before I got there.  All in all, very disappointed.  Grade: D


Marvel Comic Book Reviews for the week of 3/9/15

This week brings me a lot of Spider-man books and a few others as well.  As per usual, I will divide my reviews into two posts.  So let’s get started.

 1.  Star Wars #003 continues to be one of the best written adaptation of a movie I’ve read in comic book form in recent months. The writing captures the voice of each of the characters almost perfectly. 

 If you are looking for a lot of action, you will find it here. Princess Leia and Han Solo have decided to attack a war base on Cymoon 1. In the meantime, Luke Skywalker is leading Stormtroopers on a wild goosechase using a land speeder. 

 There is only one thing I would have done differently. I’d have printed this book on glossy paper. Darth vader’s outfit should glisten in its darkness.

This was a extremely fun book. Grade:A

2. All New X-men #037 took a turn that was a bit darker in tone than previous issues.  This issue focuses on the young Jean Grey and Emma Frost.  They haven’t been the greatest of friends but lately Emma is taking on Jean as a student.  Her first lesson: taking on The Blob in Madripoor without using her telepathic powers because he is selling Mutant Growth Hormone.

The art work in this book is very good. I’m usually not a big fan of watercolor treatments in comic books but there was nothing in this book that was abstract or odd.  In fact, the level of detail is pretty amazing.

I loved the fact that the majority of the book was drawn as if the characters were in fog.  It gave it a very pulp fiction feeling.

I thought the writing was good but at times heavy handed.  It was good but maybe not an A grade book.  Grade: B 

3. Fantastic #644 has some of the best visuals I’ve seen in recent books.  Leonard Kirk is by far one of the best artists I’ve seen in recent months.  Huge kudos to the colorist of this book.

Sleepwalker has begun his journey into Franklin’s creation to stop the monsters that are coming through while Ben Grimm and a number of the Avengers to destroy the monsters and deal with evil Avengers from another dimension

This is the second to last issue of this series.  I am going to miss this series.  It is excellently written with real tension.  Grade: A

4.  Guardians Team-Up #002 answers the question as to why Nebula kidnapped Gamora.  In the last issue The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are attacked by the Chitari and Nebula.  We learn why here.

The Avengers along with the other Guardians are deposited on earth and are trying to find Gamora.

We get a visit from another super villain in this book too.

My only beef with the issue is the problem I had with the first issue.  When we see the characters from a distance they look like Colorforms.  Up close the characters look fine.  Grade: B

5.  The Amazing Spider-man was a Spider Man that didn’t quite reach Amazing.  This was clearly a transitional story.  With Spider-verse being over, there needs to be a new conflict.  The problem is that the conflict is the same as it’s been since the new title started.  The Amazing Spider-man #016 continues with the idea that Peter hasn’t figured out how to be a hero and the head of a company.

He wants to create a way to take away the powers of Super Villains but he needs financial backing to do it.  He is supposed to be at a meeting with stakeholders but instead he’s fighting the Iguana.

There is a story brewing in Alchemax and I’m not sure I’m interested in where it’s going.  

There is another story with Black Cat.  She feels jilted and has become the criminal leader of her own empire.  She is at an art auction trying to recover an artifact she originally stole

The art in this book was great but the writing was mediocre.  Grade: B-/C+

Marvel Comic book Reviews for the week of 2/16/15 part 2

1. Magneto #015 Was an absolutely excellent book, but not for the art. Last month we learned that Magneto allowed himself to be captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. In this issue we learn why.

This issue is a combination of present action and flashbacks between Magneto and Xavier. Each scene is woven together with ease to give us a story with motivations that are believable even if the characters are clearly fictional.

This issue is a little different than others because Magneto is working with a team rather than just one other. The Marauders joined him in his quest. There might even be ramifications with Wolverines, if the timelines are congruent.

In most instances the art is good but the pencils are still odd when coming to facial expressions. This is definitely a grade A book.

2. Deathlok #005 just made this entire series a must read for me. Nathan Edmondson has done an absolutely fantastic job giving us enough intrigue each issue that it absolutely makes me want to read more. This is no different.

In the last issue Henry Hayes was shot in the head by Domino. This issue takes place immediately following things. S.H.I.E.L.D is actively trying to determine what happened. Deathlok’s control is also trying to figure it out and now Tony Stark is trying to figure it out.

The best part of the book is the last few pages. There is a twist that, while not completely unforeseen, should make things interesting. Mike Perkins is doing a great job with the art too. This was an A+ book

3. Uncanny X-men #031 finally wraps up a very long storyline that has had some very shocking moments. To be honest, there is no way to do this review without serious spoilers. If you don’t want to know what happened in this book, I’d recommend going to the next review.

Time travel is one of the most overused plot devices of any comic book. One of the biggest temptations involved in using this device is to tell a story then undo it within a few pages so that everything that happened before never really happened at all. While it may not bother a lot of people, it makes me feel like a sucker for buying 6 or 7 issues for something that never happened. In addition, it leaves a sour taste in my mouth about the past issues.

There are things to enjoy while reading this book. Cyclops makes a tough decision that will have ramifications across all X books. And Xavier gives a warning to Eva Bell that is ominous at best. I have to give this book a grade of B-. It would have gotten a better grade but I feel a bit duped

4. My last review for part 2 of my reviews is Silk #1. The author of this book is also the writer behind the television show Supernatural. Cindy Moon, Silk, was originally introduced as an offshoot to Original Sin. Peter Parker learned that another person had been bitten by the same radioactive spider and as a result had powers like he has.

After discovering her he finds that he can’t keep his hands off her.

She also had a large part to play in Spider-verse.

It can’t be easy creating a new hero. I imagine it’s kind of like throwing a lot of ideas against a wall hoping one of them will stick. The good news: I think this book has a good chance of sticking.

I thought this book was a strong debut. The writing was fun and the art enjoyable. If I had one criticism of the book is that I think it might have tried to cover too much ground. I also think Cindy’s origin is too parallel to Peter’s. I really enjoyed this book. Grade: B