Comic Book Reviews 10-15-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

Justice League #35

Justice League #35 – A

(A) Amidst all the mindless superhero nonsense that we get every week, there is the occasional book that takes time to transpire an uplifting message about what it means to be somebody’s hero. It would be a great complement to DC’s We Can Be Heroes if it weren’t for the fact that it was all fabricated B/S! LexCorps merger with Wayne Enterprises pits two of the most powerful mortals against each other in an entertaining battle of the wits. While this is just a prologue for the next arc, the way it is approached opens a can of worms, and kept me entertained the whole way through. Geoff Johns does it again, and new readers will find this an appropriate time to jump on the JL bandwagon. – Sherif
(A) This issue brings us to a new story arc. Lex Luthor is still a part of the Justice League and is announcing LexCorp partnership with Wayne Enterprises. I enjoyed this issue quite a bit. We get to see Lex and Bruce match wits and it is quite the show. Joe Prado and Ivan Reis take over for the art in this issue which is always good in my book. You can see in Lex’s face that  he’s up to something. With a shocking ending that will have you thinking of certain current events, I would definitely recommend you give this one a read. You don’t need to have read the previous 34 issues, and these sort of story lines tend to be my favorites! – Cody

Other Reviews: 

Boom! Studios:

Lumberjanes #7 – C

This story is totally picking up. It’s finally found its stride and doesn’t feel so all over the place anymore. It’s a really solid young adult comic centered on a group of dynamic kick-ass girls. I like that we are finally getting behind the mystery going on in the camp and all the creatures that have been attacking. We all know if Greek Gods are at play then everyone is in danger. There is something still super fishy with the camp director and I wonder when the Bear Woman is going to come back into the picture. And this week, the story ended on a pretty crazy cliffhanger. I’m really looking forward to how it might resolve. – Jené

Dark Horse:

Prometheus Fire & Stone #2 – A

I’ve been anxiously anticipating the second issue of Prometheus Fire & Stone. The first issue was masterfully done and left me on the edge of my seat. My return to the mysterious alien jungle this week was a rewarding experience. Where the first issue was eerie and suspenseful, the follow up was full of bloody mayhem! The issue was full of death, more super-cool alien animals and face huggers! I’m surprised that after 8 or so movies I still love watching bumbling adventurers’ first encounters with face huggers. The gruesome revelation of their true purpose and results are timeless. I really applaud Paul Tobin this issue. The issue’s conclusion presents a very interesting scenario and could elevate this story to an even higher level! Ever wonder what a cyborg alien might look like? It’s just a tease at this point, but I’m excited as I was at the end of the first issue. One more thing… Alien sharks are my new favorite animal. – Taylor

DC/Vertigo:

Batman and Robin #35 – B+
The uber-arc that writer Peter Tomasi and penciller Patrick Gleason have been working on since the New52 launched is 35 issues in… and things are just starting to heat up. We know Batman isn’t afraid to walk right through the fires of hell to save others, but what happens when that becomes more than a metaphor? Batman and Robin#35 happens! Equipped with the Hellbat suit, forged by the entire Justice League, Batman is ready to trade blows with a GOD to get his son’s body back. The issue is a great showing for not just Batman, but the whole Bat-family, who decides to go after him. There’s humor and action and sentiment; it’s the perfect action movie – in comic book form. Go read Batman and Robin, as it’s one of the most consistently good titles out now, but will not make a whole lot of sense unless you’ve kept up with it. – Sherif

Earth 2: World’s End #2 – C+

I was hoping that this series would find it’s footing this week and … it kind of did. There’s still a lot going on and our heroes are spread out across the world to fight Apokolips. This one definitely had more of a story to follow, but, it really jumped around a lot. It was almost like every page was something different and that got a bit distracting at times. The villain was good and she is definitely someone you don’t want to mess with. Definitely give it a shot if you’re interested in the Justice League but read it with a bit of an open mind. – Cody

The New 52: Future’s End #24 – C

Same story, different day… “Five years from now.” Ugh. I cannot stress how slow moving this story is. I often forget that I’m reading Future’s End weekly! It’s tough to reflect on a story where the same thing happens every issue. All of the characters that I can remember are in the same situation they were in 10 issues ago. Nothing resembling a conclusion or big finale is in sight. Questions continue to pile up. Week to week it’s starting to feel like I open up the issue and then proceed to flip a dozen pages containing nothing more than “BLAH BLAH BLAH” on every page. Maybe my attention span is too short or perhaps I don’t have enough background to fully appreciate what’s happening. It could also be impatience. I image that once the series is over it will make for a great compilation book. Hmm… that doesn’t sound like a bad strategy now that I say it out loud… – Taylor

Dynamite:

Alice Cooper #2 – C-

I have never really understood why I like Alice Cooper because as a person he is nothing like his character, actually almost the exact opposite. I like his music but can’t name many songs of his. This is kind of how I feel about this series as I feel like I am trying to like it because it is Alice Cooper, but the actual story is nothing to get excited about. This issue got real dark at the end and kind of out of nowhere. It made the series turn a totally different direction than what they had set up in the first two issues. I would say if you are a die hard Alice Copper fan, give the series a try, but avoid this title if Alice Cooper is not in your music collection at all. – Jacob

IDW Comics:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #39 – A-

A complete beat down of almost every mutant in the series so far, and most of them are on the side of good (well kind of). It is a beat down of Bebop and Rocksteady against Old Hobs army, Three Turtles, Splinter, and you can’t forget Alopex who joins everyone back in New York as well. Nothing much gets accomplished in this issue besides a bigger divide between Donnie and the rest of TMNT. I loved this issue because it was a great way to show off all the mutants in one giant fight. The Hermit Crab fan in me is going nuts seeing his fight alongside the Turtles. This was definitely a good stand-alone issue and a continuing the story for those keeping up. – Jacob

Image Comics:

Cutter #3 – C-

I’m struggling to find the words to describe Cutter #3, but all I can come up with is: the story continued, and it still isn’t interesting. It’s crossed into somewhat unbelievable territory, as in people who you thought were dead can dig themselves out of their own grave and start killing people and no one seems to mind or question how insane that is. I know that in horror stories the reader has to allow the suspension of belief so that things like this can happen, but why are none of the characters in Cutter questioning it? Oh it’s no big deal, we all killed this girl as teenagers but now she’s killing us off as adults because she never actually died but maybe she did and she’s just undead now. Sounds legit. The story picked up a little bit at the end, but still Cutter #3 is lazy, and boring even though it doesn’t seem to know it. Maybe I don’t know it either because I just keep reading it. – Keriann

Trees #6 – D+

(C-) I like Warren Ellis and I know that he weaves am intricate and engrossing story. It’s just rather a slow build at the moment and a lot of readers may have a hard time sticking it through. I can tell that the story it gearing up to a moment that will catapult the story along. Up until now, the books have been about meeting the characters and setting up the plot. It’s kind of like the first 20 min of a film before the big event. It’s feeling slower than I would like though. As much as like liked the conversation between Uncle and Chengei I wanted more progression of the plot, which didn’t happen till the last panel of the book. I don’t know if it’s a book that you can skip, seeing how massive of a story this seems to be, but you might not get the enjoyment you’re hoping for compared to the last book. – Jené

(D) Dear Trees, I hate you. Not necessarily because you have really wasted my time up to now, not because your premise really intrigued me and you’ve let me down time and time again, not even because in issue 6 you wasted even more of my time discussing the sexual pleasures of some confused kid. I hate you because after all the bullshit, when I had finally decided I was done with you, in the last two pages of issue #6 you FINALLY suggested that something of worth pertaining to alien life might actually happen and you convinced me to give you one more shot. Trees has not been the most compelling read up to this point, its slow moving and issue #6 is no exception. Maybe it’s me, perhaps I got into this book for all the wrong reasons when I wanted to read about alien life showing up on earth in the form of vacant structures that haunt the landscape and not about the lives and problems of certain individuals who live in the towns where said alien structures are. Trees is a character driven book and frankly I don’t really care about the characters. Not because they’re bad, but because they merely take away from what I thought this story was supposed to be about. I’m not saying that nothing of interest happens, but it may be the slowest moving in book in the history of ever. Issue #6 merely continues on the slow moving path to Nowheresville. As I mentioned earlier, the only thing worth mentioning is that the most recent issue seems to end with a slight cliffhanger that suggests the story may take off from here. I didn’t enjoy reading this book, but I will give issue #7 a chance because of that, even if I do hate myself for it. – Keriann

Marvel:

Death of Wolverine #4 – A-

Yeah, yeah I know this whole Death of Wolverine thing has gone on for a really long time and the story up until now has been a bit weak, but now that he is dead in this issue, we can all relax and take a look back at the hero everyone, even non-comic fans, have grown to love. The ultimate arc here seemed dull up until this point and led me to think Wolverine was not going to get the ending he deserved, but I felt the way things went gave him a great arc and a satisfying death that was beautiful in a way and left the reader knowing he is as dead as dead can be… That is not saying he wont be back. I hope they bring him back but in a fashion of a new Marvel universe reboot where it is a new universe, or just stories from his past. Although the events leading up to this issue were not the best, the last couple pages of this left me feeling overwhelmingly satisfied at the life and death of one of my favorite heroes. – Jacob

Uncanny X-Men #27 – A-
There isn’t a book I’ve read with a greater sense of consequence than this issue of Uncanny X-Men in quite some time – a book that leaves you wide-eyed and open-mouthed at the anticipation of what’s to come. After the jaw-dropping “Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier,” the bombs get louder and louder. I do not want to spoil much, but this issue looks to mark the beginning of a very dark time for Scott Summers. It looks as though he did not learn his lesson from the Phoenix Force not to play with fire. This is a thrill-ride from start to finish, and the story sparks what would be the greatest and most relevant debate in recent comic book history. Should a mutant’s powers be suppressed if they are deemed “too dangerous?” – Sherif

Avengers & X-Men Axis #2 – B-

Well Marvel, what a lovely book of death you have here! But in all seriousness, these first two issues I think I have seen more great characters die or “die” (read the issue) than in most of the Marvel books I have read this year. Not to say it is a bad thing, but a little overwhelming at first. Red Onslaught brings down more terror upon our heroes and the end seem near… again, as I am sure it will every issue. The story so far has been rather good, and even if I dislike Cyclops, it is good to see him being a hero again, despite his storyline right now in the comics. – Jacob

Deadpool’s Art of War #1 – B+

(A) What a solid concept! Sun Tzu’s Art of War as interpreted (and influenced) by Deadpool. I was sold before opening up the issue. I bow with much respect to David Peter for merging the hilarious musings of Deadpool with one of the most renowned strategic texts of the past TWO millennia. It’s expectedly funny throughout, but what’s particularly well done is how Tzu’s ancient lessons and instructions are demonstrated on the panel. Deadpool pit’s Loki and Thor against one another, employing the war general’s philosophies upon the Gods of Asgard. While the brother’s armies duel, Deadpool narrates quotes directly from Art of War. It’s magnificent. I suggest you all pick up a copy this week and follow along. There is much to learn from the now wise and insightful Deadpool. – Taylor

(B) This first issue was not the best, but the idea and the art definitely deserve a high rating. The only reason I did not give it an A is because of the confusing writing. I am sure the series will improve, but I felt they tried to explain why this was happening a little too much instead of just letting the story play out. I have had a copy of Sun Tzu’s Art of War for many years and is one of the many books on my to read list, so I’m not versed in the source material, but I found Deadpool’s way of explaining a bit confusing. I am guessing that it will explained, because comic usually explain themselves sooner or later. – Jacob

Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #1 – B-

I am very intrigued by the idea of this as it is all of Wolverine’s best rivals teaming up or at least being captured for reasons we don’t know. I have a soft spot in my heart for all things Wolverine, and although Daken and X-23 may be the ones I know the least about they still are major characters in the life of Logan/ James Howlett/ Wolverine. Not much is explained in this issue but a sight of the guy who captured them all and the fact they may have all been under control of Abraham Cornelius who ran Weapon X.  I hope the series keeps up momentum with the issues focusing on each character and we get to learn more about the past of Wolverine that although explained many times still seems like the biggest mystery in comics. – Jacob

Original Sins Annual #1 – B-

(A) This was a fun one. Original Sins is a good action sci-fi, IN THE PAST! It starts with Howard Stark and Nick Fury placing the body of an intergalactic war hero into a portal leading to an alien sun. This man was Woodrow McCord, one time protégé of a similar character Stafford, who kind of looks like Space Santa. But instead of delivering gifts he delivers flaming hot death to alien invaders. He’s an all around old guy badass. I think the best thing from this issue was Woodrow alluding to H. G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds actually happening. The story is fun with all of the laser blasts and evil alien bad guys a man like myself could ask for. I really enjoy the art, the lines are a little softer than most books and the colors are slightly muted except when they need to be bright and powerful, like with laser blasts and the like. It’s an interesting story with characters I’ve never known before. I will be keeping up on Original Sins for sure. – Scott

(D+) I have to admit I didn’t really want to read this issue as the whole Original Sin event left me rather disappointed, but decided to pick this up because I felt it may give us a part of the story that would ultimately make me happy. But this story was so completely unneeded, and, to me, didn’t add anything to the story besides giving us a story we never thought of, knew about, or wanted and felt like it was almost a way to make another quick $5 off of people. As a stand-alone story with some small references to Nick Fury and Howard Stark, it was actually an entertaining read but when connected with Original Sin it felt totally useless to any advance of story besides what we already. – Jacob

Storm #4 – B- 

For an issue that is directly related to Death of Wolverine #4, Storm had absolutely nothing to do with it. When telling friends about what happened in Storm #4, we actually had a good laugh about it. Me: “So Storm cried for like 2 seconds about Logan’s death. Which for two people who were lovers seems like not enough time. Then she created some Aurora Borealis thing… or some Ororo Borealis thing (see what I did there?) out of anger. Then she wound up in Las Vegas and told Yukio that Logan was dead. But Yukio is in a wheelchair. So then she tried to jump off a building.” Them: “How did she jump off a building if she’s in a wheelchair? Did she fling herself off?” Me: “I don’t know. But then Storm saved her in some cloud thing. Then they got on an elevator and wound up in some basement Fight Club thing and now Storm has to be Yukio’s Fight Club Champion.” How do any of these things relate? I’m not sure. Why such a high grade? I thought the 80’s style montage of Storm and Wolverine’s relationship was beautiful. And even though it makes no sense, I am very intrigued by this Fight Club thing. Let’s see how Storm gets out of this one next month! – Adrian

Hulk #7 – C+
While I wouldn’t exactly say that The Hulk has been neglected as a whole by Marvel, but he sure has been a token character with not a lot of purpose since Indestructible Hulk ended. This new Hulk series is definitely giving Hulk something new, but I’m not sure I buy into it. In attempt to “cure” other Gamma-radiated beings, he has made an anti-Gamma vaccine to reverse the effects. Hulk vs. The Hulks is a great concept, but what does any of it mean? Will it be canon? Why is it so easy for the Hulk, sorry Doc Green, to get the upper hand? The whole thing feels like a bad dream, and I’ll be sorely disappointed if the rest of the series goes that way, too. – Sherif

Edge of the Spider-Verse #5 – D

My favorite movie last year was Pacific Rim (A++). Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of my favorite Anime series of all time (it’s basically Pacific Rim in Japanese). You can imagine my jubilation upon seeing the cover for this week’s Edge of the Spider-Verse at the end of the last issue. To no minor degree, I was PUMPED to see Spider-Man as a Japanese fighting robot. I hate to say that my burning heart has condensed into a frozen block of ice. Two thumbs down for SP//dr. Here are the top three reasons this story was a failure. (1) It made ZERO sense. Peni Parker (this Spider-Verse’s protagonist) pilots a Spider-suit to fight crime in Japan. But, somewhere in there she has special abilities (maybe???). Not once was it clear how Peni is special and why some random bum in Tokyo couldn’t don this badass suit and save the day. (2) It was much too similar to issue #3 of Edge of Spider-Verse where Aaron Aikman also wore a gadgetized Spider-suit. As badass as it was, the SP//dr suit was pretty much double the size of an average person with nothing else going for it except that it was made of metal and had headphones built in. It would have been a much better statement if SP//dr had been a 30 story tall, lumbering juggernaut (ergo the awesomeness of Pacific Rim). Imagine how badass it would have been to see all the multidimensional Spidey’s posing on a giant Spider-Man robot!! (3) Nothing happened. Literally. There was basically no plot. No notable bad guy, no underlining theme. Nada… Hard to have an adventure with no story. With the Spider-Verse event around the corner I hope that Marvel has better plans for SP//dr. Otherwise, I hope the power-cells run dry real fast for Peni Parker. – Taylor

Funniest Panel:

Deadpool's Art of War #1
Deadpool’s Art of War #1

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

 

Batman and Robin #35
Batman and Robin #35

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

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