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:
Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake: Card Wars #1 – A+
I can’t even begin to articulate what an absolute ray of sunshine Adventure Time is in the world. I McFuggin’ love the cartoon and every comic I’ve gotten my hands on (though I’m not the best at keeping up on the comics). When I saw ATwFaCCW (what a mouthful (that’swhatshesaid)) on the docket, I did Finn the human wavy arms. And the comics never disappoint. Of course, Fiona and Cake is Ice King’s desperately lonely fanboy bid for approval from his sometimes arch-nemesis. The conceit of this arc, therefore, is Ice King’s disappointment in Gunter’s less than stellar performance at Car Wars; he believes if he could just impress a princess with his card slinging, he’d be instantly married. Ergo, we fall into the world in which he can impress a princess in mind alone if nothing else. These books are great: the art’s great, the humor’s great, it blazes new ground while staying true to the spirit of the show without rehashing old territory. – Montgomery
Justice League #42 – B+
Ohhhh boy! The Darkseid War is almost upon us, and it is gonna be so destructive. Geoff Johns has been on an incredible run with Justice League. At first I was worried that these new characters (and returning ones that have previously had like… zero impact) would detract from the story and make me lose interest, but there is so much action, funny jokes, and thorough explanation that I don’t really have to care who Metron is – not to name specific names. Oh, and there’s a new development on the Batman front. It’s pretty much a fangasm. – Sherif
Martian Manhunter #2 – B-
All I know is, according to everyone in this book, the world is going to end and its impending doom is all surrounding J’onn. How, you might ask? Why, you might wonder? I have no freaking clue; hopefully they will get to that part of the story soon. This comic intrigues me because there are so many cool and interesting things happening; yet, at the same time, you have no idea what is happening. With J’onn, Mr. Biscuits, and the hero from Dubai, I’m sure there is a connection in there somewhere, I simply haven’t seen it yet. Maybe I missed something, but I’m waiting for a big reveal. I understand about J’onn having false memories and him being used as a tool, I just wish we saw more of that side of the story. Overall, though, I’m still liking this comic a whole lot, and I will patiently be waiting for issue 3. – Evan
Doctor Fate #2 – C-
You ever read an amazing premiere issue that let’s you ask all these wonderful questions and piques curiosities you didn’t even know you had? Then, an issue later, the book spends the entire time asking the same questions you had in issue one? Dr. Fate is going to be good: modern hero, Egyptian mythology, and solid art. However, this issue was almost a non-factor in the grand scheme of things. And a talking dog demon doesn’t help me take it any more seriously. – Sherif
Death Head #1 – A+
I think I may have found a new favorite thing in Death Head. This book is SCARY. It follows individual members of a family, all in different places and struggling with something. The parents are hiking in the woods on a babymoon when they encounter a small abandoned town that they explore, but of course shouldn’t have. Meanwhile their son “Bee” is being bullied by a bunch of assholes and then pushed into a drainage tunnel after being told about the maniac who lives in there and kills children. The daughter Maggie is in the least dire situation, she is at Catholic school struggling with disobedience and being gay the worst possible environment. Death Head is exceptionally well written and each situation with a character in peril made my heart pound. It seems to pull inspiration from a few familiar sources (It, Jeepers Creepers) but the references are subtle and exist in their own way so it did not feel overly reminiscent in a bad way, more like a homage. I have a great feeling about this book – it was gripping and intense and the fearful aspects of it were haunting and filled me with dread. That may sound like a bad thing, but trust me that is what excellent horror writing is all about. Not to mention the villain wears a Plague Mask and those are basically one of the scariest looking things ever. – Keriann
Godzilla in Hell #1 – A
As a lover of Godzilla, this is the saddest thing I’ve ever read. First of all, why is he in hell? What happened? He’s not that bad of a guy, he mostly helps people. Mostly. Second, the poor guy is just wondering around hell all by himself, just trying to find a friend. Seriously, this book was almost too sad to bear. On the other hand it was freaking awesome. There’s no dialogue, obviously, because that would be weird so I am still a little confused as to why any of this is happening but I’m willing to go with it. The artwork is really beautiful and Godzilla’s face is so expressive. So far the things he’s encountered indicate that he may be traveling through Dante’s nine circles of hell which gives this book the makings of something truly original. Maybe it’s just because I’m such a lover of the subject matter, but I think this book has heart. And it also has crazy awesome monster fighting in hell so it’s kind of a win-win for everyone. – Keriann
Postal #5 – B
I’m not entirely sure what to say about this issue of Postal. The whole thing really came out of left field and had me questioning whether or not I read the last issue because I was so lost. As it turns out, I did read the last issue and this one was entirely unrelated to anything else that’s happened in the book so far. It was at least an interesting read, Mark was briefly kidnapped by a strange cult leader in a bull mask who calls himself “Ball” and his lover “Squeaky”. Ball is a fascinating character, and it would have been kind of neat of his cult had played a bigger part, but in all honesty I don’t see how that would fit in the overarching storyline and frankly he and Squeaky were both dead before the end of the issue. While this issue seemed like it came out of nowhere I do see how it served its purpose because it showed the first inklings of Mark giving into his dark side. I didn’t see him becoming a villain, but if this issue is to be believed that seems to be where he is headed. Overall, this issue was a good read, albeit a little odd and disconnected. Mark is still a compelling character and even when the story misses a little the focus on his development is worth tuning into. – Keriann
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3 – B
Roche Limit continues to be one of the most visually stunning works of art out there. The art alone is worth it. I’m curious with the movie deal announced at Comic Con how they plan to film it and hope it will be just a visually stunning. Also, now that I have spent more time with this story and taken the chance to read more than a few issues it’s becoming one of my favorite reads. The universe is expanding and the story is becoming intricate, dramatic, and intense in a way that pushes me to the edge of my seat. I really don’t want to give anything away. Just…if you haven’t been reading it’s a good time to start. Bing reading up to this point, I promise, will prove to be incredibly rewarding. Do it. – Jené
Elephantmen #65 – B-
A new story arc for Elephantmen starts this month in issue #65 and with it we are thrown right into the action. Hip Flask, Trench, Ebenezer Hide and the human Jack Farrell are on a mission to take out some Crocs and they do so with the same style any Elephantman would have, so it is brutal and bad ass to say the least. The story does not progress much from the start and despite the bad ass battle, things seem to not be going well by the end, leaving on the edge of your seat until next month. The art for this issue and the series in general is amazing and has an amazing amount of detail and with three two page panels in this issue I definitely have to give props to Axel Medellin for this issue and cant wait to see where the battle goes for the upcoming issue with Richard Starkings at the helm. – Jacob
Trees #11 – C
I really don’t know what to say about Trees this time. I wasn’t partially moved by this issue. It’s working at establishing the other characters introduced and the beginning while also paving the way for more plot. We’re given little morsels in regards to the poppies, trees, and the possibilities for why they landed where they did. The mayor back in New York is trying to get back at the NYPD. The only interesting that grabbed me was this hint that ancient earth and the modern day are somehow connected to the presence of the trees. This thread continues to hint at a connection between the mystic and scientific. Read it because it gets you to the next issue, but it’s not going to blow your mind away. – Jené
Hawkeye #22 – A
With all the constant “go, go, go” in Marvel right now – spinoffs, relaunches, side-stories, blah f*cking blah – it’s hard to even remember a time when great stories were told. This Hawkeye finale gives closure to one of the best runs in recent comic book history. Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye wraps up with a final showdown between Clint and Kate against the Tracksuits and Clown Face (?). There are sad times, good laughs, and enough of a peak at the future to end in intrigue. It kinda sucks that the series won’t be continuing, but All-New Hawkeye hasn’t been horrible… – Sherif
The Seige #1 – B+
I’ve never read a Seige book before, and that was a mistake. The first issue of the new volume feels like an episode of Game of Thrones. A select few heroes are guarding a while known as “The Shield” against armies coming in at all sides, if The Shield falters millions die. That’s freaking intense. There’s talk about a north lands where roaming hulks just kind of hulk around. The entire planet, Battleworld, is a mish mash of planet pieces from other universes and it’s all being held together by the sheer will of Victor Von Doom. This might be the most insane book I’ve read. I really want to see what the hell is going to happen in this. The wall will fall in 20 days. – Scott
Planet Hulk #3 – C+
Sadly, there was nothing too special about this week’s issue. As we continue on the path towards rescue and vengeance with Captain American, Doc Green and Devil, we start to get a little insight from all characters. However, I feel a lot of this time was simply spent on conversations that truly didn’t have a whole lot of meaning. Sure, there were moments to make you reflect on what these characters truly are deep down, but it never really went anywhere. I feel if comics are going to get super introspective and start getting at a characters heart, they need to go for it. Maybe we will get a chance to see this in future issues; however, in issue number 3 it wasn’t the greatest. Anyway, I am excited to continue reading the upcoming issues simply for one factor; Tribal Hulks. If you didn’t think Hulks were savage enough, may I introduce you to the Hulk, other Hulks are afraid to go around? This should get pretty interesting. – Evan
Secret Wars: Battleworld #3 – C+
Going to be honest and say the first story with Wolverine makes no sense and left me really wondering how anyone thought it had a beginning, middle and end, let alone anything in-between. Ivan Brandon had writing duties and feel he just wrote WOLVERINES on a page and we got this. But on a positive note, the art for this story by Aaron Conley is great and the different Wolverines are perfect. But more than that is the second story, which focuses on Deadpool from the 1872 universe and him trying to trade in Lockjaw for Devil Dinosaur, to have a better ride in the old west. This story makes up for the vague and bad storytelling of the first story and leaves us with a fun adventure and hoping to see more of this Deadpool in 1872. Ryan Ferrier wrote this story and Logan Faerber did the art and they were the kings of this issue for sure! The last story, which was also written by Ferrier but with art by Paul Pope, is a one page comic of three different ant-mans and the horrible and humorous take when they meet. – Jacob
Inhumans Attilan Rising #3 – C
What is Daredevil doing hanging out with Inhumans? This has been bugging me. And is it the same ‘Devil from 1602? And why is it that when they do ol’ timey ‘Devil, he’s jokey (which makes it hard not confusing him with Spider-Man) and an actor? I guess that was Gaiman’s call from way back when, but why? I keep hoping this book will explode into something I can’t live without. The Inhumans are Marvel’s most interesting group second to mutants, but it just keeps circling the drain of impossible-to-pay-attention-to. Mostly it’s because we can’t figure out why (and the book is coy about it) Medusa and Blackbolt have changed their YouFace status to “weirdsies.” Is at as simple as Blackbolt’s aversion to godDoom? – Montgomery
Armor Wars #3 – C-
Armor Wars is one of these Battle World comics that feels a little bit like a Lindt chocolate: pretty tasty, but largely empty. I wrestle with every one of its premises – a mysterious disease that conveniently makes everyone have to wear badass armor; Spyder-Man (dumb name, 15 demerits) somehow being superpowered, beyond that previously mentioned armor, thanks to a computer virus; the Stark brothers’ relationship. In the third issue, Tony’s totes angry with his brother – what’shisname, Engi Wok Stark? Dim Darn Stark? Flip Flap? – and Fisk fights stuff. Kind of not the best of Battle World. – Montgomery
Years of Future Past #3 – C-
This series has both continuously entertained me and infuriated me. There are a lot of very good moments between the characters at hand, but not knowing many and having hem be the focus and then ultimately have one of the big reveals this issue basically be a very outdone idea and even the character Cameron pokes fun of it being like a plot point from Star Wars. Ultimately I would say this series is mostly a new story brought to you by old characters, and despite not being very interested in Cameron or Chrissie, the two leads, seeing the rest of the X-Men and their roles has me continuing to read and has m excited for the next issue. As far as the main story I find it definitely can be good and it may just be my taste here, but this series seems to lack in its small amount of 3 issues what Days of Future Past did in 2 and that is a solid, meaningful, and well written story from the first word to the last.
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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 all the publishers for putting out great books.