Comic Book Reviews 02-18-15

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:

Ei8ht #1 – A+
The past is green, the present is purple, the future is blue, and Ei8ht is something amazing entirely.  Rafael Albuquerque’s new series is already shaping up to be an outstanding sci-fi series.  The series begins with Joshua, a time traveler with virtually no memory, fiddling around with what appears to be a smart-watch that’s advanced a few generations.  The story then rapidly accelerates as Joshua encounters what appears to be a rag-tag group with a pet dinosaur (seriously one of my dreams).  From there it’s all a blur of amazing colors, coordinated to the time that each scene occurs in, and stunning artwork.  My only qualms with this issue are that I can’t read onto the next issue yet!  This is one of those series I almost wish I had waited to read until the whole series was done.  The story is gripping from the get-go and was one of my favorite opening issues in quite some time.  It’s a must read and I am excited to continue on through time and meld. – Jake

Other Reviews: 

DC/Vertigo Comics: 

Batman and Robin #39 – A-
Damian is swinging with the big leagues now, and it’s kind of incredible. Batman has banished Damian to the kiddie table for years, and now that he has superpowers, Bruce has let his son join the grown-ups. Well, relatively speaking anyway. Watching Damian humor Shazam is one of the better interactions I’ve seen between the various heroes. All in all, this is moving in a solid direction, and there are so many pop culture references in this issue I couldn’t help but giggle at all of them, but I can’t help but feel that Gleason and Tomasi may have missed an opportunity for more personal reflection. – Sherif

Justice League #39 – B
(B) Lex Luthor saved the day! Thanks Lex! Wait… wasn’t the reason the day needed to be saved due to evil science experiments gone wrong as conducted by Lex? THANKS Lex… It looks like the Amazo Virus crisis is over (at least for the time being). It was a pretty good arc, but by the end of it all it seemed like a big set up for crazier events to come at some undisclosed time in the future. Namely, there’s a brand new bad guy on the scene that is sure to give The League trouble if… oh who are we kidding… WHEN he escapes. In the meantime it looks like a new arc in store for the coming months. Hopefully we get more of the Bruce Wayne – Lex Luthor dynamic that’s been absent for some time now. There have been a few subtle (yet pivotal) occurrences in the last few issues that hint a potentially devious scheming by Lex. I’m looking forward to the next challenge for The League. – Taylor

(C+) The end of the Amazo Virus arc was really quite… meh. It ended. We were reintroduced to a couple of characters and there was a lingering feeling for what is to come in Darkseid Wars, but I can’t help but feel like the ending of this was anti-climactic. I have been sorely missing Hal Jordan, and the thought that Geoff Johns will be reunited with the Emerald Knight before Convergence makes me even happier. This book is never bad, but this issue just wasn’t good, either. – Sherif

Batgirl #39 – C+
This series has really fallen off the wagon since Gail Simone left and I don’t know how. I loved the new look, I loved the new art style, and I thought the change of scenery (like the same way Dick Grayson took over Blüdhaven) was a good move, story-wise – so how does all these good attributes end up making for a crappy story, and how do we get better? By having Barbara turn into kind of a raging bitch, the writers dug just a big enough hole for her to be able to dig out of. As we turn the corner on the first arc, it’s already getting better; I’m just not sure it needed to happen in the first place. – Sherif

Multiversity: Mastermen #1 – C-
Not even Jim Lee’s rendition of Hitler taking an angry shit could make this issue live up to its potential. The premise of the book is simple: Kal-el lands in Nazi Germany instead of Kansas. It’s a similar concept to Red Son (where he lands in Soviet Russia), but there’s not really any substance behind it. For the first time EVER, I’m disappointed in Lee’s art, which seems to have been half-assed. I’m also very disappointed by league code names like: Leatherwing, Underwaterman, and Overgirl/Overman. That being said, there are still plenty of Easter Eggs to find and full-page spreads to enjoy, but as meticulous as Jim Lee is, you can tell this particular issue was rushed. – Sherif

The Kitchen #4 – D+

This issue pushed nothing along. There was not character development, no crazy plot points. A whole bunch of nothing. I am no longer shocked by the criminal activities of the women who star in this comic. If we are going to have a comic that promotes feminism through the mob, then this book needs to back down from the women always fighting the men. I hope since this series is only 8 issues long, we will pick up the pace in issue 5. – Adrian

Image Comics:

Deadly Class #11 – A
The rush I got when I read this issue of Deadly Class was something similar to that of playing out the last scene in a video game where everything is a giant fire fight. I can’t remember the last time I got such an adrenaline rush from reading a comic book. The art was great, the colors were even better, and the best part is: the story is not even over! The team seems to have stumbled from one obstacle to the next, and I’m even more excited for the next issue. My brain is still racing from the insanity that just unfolded. – Sherif

Bitch Planet # 3 – A
Every fat-shaming idiot needs to read this. The sheer empowerment of this issue made me pump my fist into the air and grin. I’m a huge sucker for origin stories and this one had me excited all the way through. Penny is such a badass! She’s the perfect role model for girls who weigh more than society forces us to think is ideal. Penny doesn’t let anyone tell her she’s broken. She’s confident, proud, and will not stand down to the patriarchy. The last scene, where everyone is shown how she sees her perfect self and nothing is different, is so empowering and brilliantly written, it gave me chills. Penny is my new favorite Bitch Planet character. – Charlotte

Secret Identities #1 – C
Wow, that was a lot.  Secret Identities #1 was a doozy.  I’m still attempting to wrap my head around all of the material presented in the opening issue of Secret Identities.  I’m not sure if it’s the measly three hours of sleep I got last night or if there was really just too much going on in this issue.  We are very briefly introduced to each character of the Front Line, given a small bit of backstory for each character, shown an enormous battle that almost consumed our new team of heroes already, and were even exposed to the plot of our teams’ nemesis who also happens to have just been accepted into the team of heroes.  I know!  Sometimes you have to ease into these things!  The Front Line does appear to have a lot to offer, it’ll just take some time and a few read-throughs to get fully engulfed in this series.  To end on an entertaining high note…the first baddie we get the opportunity to meet was strikingly similar to Leonard Powers of Ugly Americans.  I miss that show every day so I’m crossing my fingers for more characters similar to the ones from that show. – Jake

Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars #1 – C
Disclaimer: I’ve never listened to the audio broadcast show by which this comic is derived. I know there are some hardcore fans out there, but sadly I’ve not yet enjoyed the show for myself. I’m almost positive that a fan and listener of the Thrilling Adventure Hour would enjoy this comic more than I did. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the comic. Rather, it just comes across as very mediocre and a bit childish. It’s about space cowboys and there’s aliens and robots. It’s cool, but very generic and simple. In a somewhat ironic fashion, I actually imagined the comic as a radio show as I read and ended up thinking to myself, “Yeah – that would be pretty entertaining in audio format!” But in the medium of comic book, I don’t think this was as successful… as my 100% imagined reenactment of what a radio show of these events might be like… You get what I’m trying to say. – Taylor

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Legendary Star-Lord #9 – B+
Things are kicking into high gear here in this issue of Star-Lord – and the continuation of The Black Vortex. We have seen a member of each team succumb to the Black Vortex and welcome its powers, but it definitely seems to have made them a bit more evil as well. The story for Black Vortex in general isn’t the best or most original idea of a powerful evil force, but with this issue and Sam Humpries’ writing, we get some twists and great interactions that add enough originality to the story it makes up for any doubt I had in the story so far. The team of Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and David Curiel bring us wonderful art in this issue that really makes you feel the vastness of space as well as the situation at hand and also making it seem like the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy are just a natural fit together. – Jacob

Magneto #12 – B+

Um… can we talk about that last scene, please? Judging by the way it was skimmed over so casually in the comic book, I just would like to point out that Magneto has murdered one of Marvel’s most distinguished bad guys. Holy crap. Well this issue turned things on their head after an elaborate plan was executed. This new Magneto is not a nice guy, but his strategic mindset is frighteningly acute. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Magneto completely embarrass S.H.I.E.L.D., and fortunately, I don’t believe that to be the last time. – Sherif

Silk #1 – B+

(A-) Honestly, I didn’t keep up with the Spider-Verse stuff. But all the promotional stuff for Silk got to me. And yeah, it’s mostly because the idea of a lady Spider-Man who isn’t Spider-Woman interests me quite a bit. I was not displeased with the product either! Cindy Moon aka Silk is charismatic. She has a few problems, including the loss of her family, awkward roommates, keeping her job, faulty Silk-sense, and Black Cat. Yet with all this, the book didn’t feel overly crammed with story. The dialogue throughout was witty, and in classic Spider-Man form. The art is what really got me. I am absolutely in love with Stacie Lee’s pencil work. I can’t wait to see what this book has in store for us! – Adrian

(B) Aw yeah!! Cindy Moon snagged her own title series at the end of The Spider-Verse event. Good call Marvel. There was so much left to learn and discover about Cindy and her superhero identity, Silk, at the end of Spider-Verse that it only made sense to dedicate a story to her. She’s charismatic, funny, sexy, driven, and dynamic. Add to that, she’s got several hurdles to overcome as she learns to adjust to life outside of a completely isolated and multiverse-blocking bunker. She’s figuring how to normally interact with people, juggle a job, deal with roommate issues, figure out what Twitter is, oh.. and how to be a superhero and all that jazz. She’s also searching for her wayward family that she’s been out of contact with for almost 10 years. This will be a story about Silk coming into her own and it’s sure to be an awesome, web-slinging adventure. – Taylor

Storm #8 – B+
 
This month’s Storm kicked it up a notch. Ororo must go back to San Francisco, where Utopia used to be, and fight Davis Harmon, a warring clan leader. There were a lot of references to X-Men lore and to Storm’s own book. Plus, she cracked the Ozone Layer to save everyone standing on the Golden Gate Bridge, so that was cool. Oh, and there was a rainbow. Add in a twist at the end of the issue, and Storm‘s best issue yet. – Adrian

Rocket Raccoon #8 – C+
In the second part of this two-part story, “The Cold,” we see Rocket continuing his journey with Jink the native to find an egg that will help heal Groot from dying. Obviously, this journey will prove to be difficult especially when they see the size of the beast they have to steal the egg from. Skottie Young is still on writing duties for this issue and although ultimately the story was good I felt this would have been much better as a three-part story – this issue felt very rushed and had large jumps in time where we are to assume nothing happened but it would have rounded out the story better to add a little more in to have a little more excitement and maybe a better battle with the monster. – Jacob

Loki: Agent of Asgard #11 – C
This issue really doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. That’s the problem I have with a lot of the issues in this series. There’s so much exposition it gets repetitive. Yeah, we get it. Loki did a lot of bad shit. He’s not the holiest of dudes and he’s trying to repent, but that song and dance has been done before. We really don’t need another brooding, angst ridden, “I must right my wrongs because redemption is my only hope!” story. We got that with Angel, but with much better writing and more complexity. I’m bored reading Loki, which stinks because I really liked the character before this arc. That leads me to King Loki, who I find really annoying. Facing one’s future self is cool and all, but it’s just not done well here. King Loki’s dialogue is really all over the place. First it’s “I am holier than thou!” and then it’s “Chicks, man. Am I right?” Some sort of consistency and taking the melodrama down a notch would be nice. – Charlotte

Black Widow #15 – C-
 
Nothing much happened this issue until the end. There was a lot of action. Like a lot. And it’s not that I don’t like action – it is one of the reasons that I like this book so much – I just feel this was too much. And then The Winter Soldier came to save Natasha from near doom. I just think this whole book has been about how she doesn’t need anyone, and now she does. I realize this is all a way for The Secret Wars or Battleworld or whatever to come together, but I’m not a fan. – Adrian

Wolverines #7- D+

I thoroughly enjoyed last week’s Wolverines, but it seems the bit of good story-telling there maybe took some heavy hallucinogenic drug and we got this week’s issue…  Mystique is now the leader of the team, a relationship sparks between two characters, and the last two pages have me scratching my head raw wondering what exactly is happening. This may be because every issue has a different team of writers and artists, and on top of the confusion of the story, we also never really see characters look the same other than major features. If each one of these creative teams got to helm this whole series I am sure it would be more enjoyable, but the drastic change of style and quality each week makes this series one you shouldn’t be too upset about missing. – Jacob

 


Funniest Panel:

Batman and Robin #39
Batman and Robin #39

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Justice League #39
Justice League #39

 

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.

Comic Book Reviews 12-17-14

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:

batman 37 POTW

Batman #37 – A+

(A+) It’s so good.  It’s just so good.  The Snyder/Capullo duo are back in action this month, and God does it feel soooooo good!  Yet absolutely terrifying and horrific and “oh God, did that really just happen?!”  Nobody likes clowns and nobody likes zombies.  We get Joker-faced zombies taking over Gotham, and nothing to stop them— except the possibility of patient zero. All of this is absolute horror for most. Meanwhile, Jim Gordon is researching the history of the hospital where the outbreak started, only to get the scare of his life – The Joker can be seen in pictures from the hospital for over 100 years, including in one of his own children.  Is Joker immortal?  Is this just a gag? I suppose that is part of the allure of “Endgame.” Oh, and it’s official, he knows who Batman really is, and proves it with one of the biggest gags to date.  The artwork as fan-frickin’-tastic, per usual.  Greg Capullo’s storytelling is just as significant here as Snyder’s, and in this issue even more so.  Can I grow up to be just like them? Please? – Adrian

(A+) I picked up Batman for the first time EVER this week. I build a base by reading issues 35 & 36 immediately prior to reading this week’s issue. Let me tell you something – these three issues are probably the best thing I’ve read in the last two months. Snyder and Capullo are masterminds!! Even missing the prior 34 issues didn’t put a damper on my experience. The threat facing Gotham is epic in scale and I was genuinely FREAKED at the events happening to Commissioner Gordon. I’m saddened that I’m just now jumping on this train, but more than that, I’m so glad that I’m finally on board. I suggest you hop on too! – Taylor

 

Other Reviews: 

DC/Vertigo: 

Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 – A+

I can’t locate the interview now, but I read Grant Morrison describe this book as the “pure adventure” book of this event; that, for those people who don’t like “weird meta Grant Morrison” (as he described himself), this is the book that functions as a simple superhero adventure. I can’t fathom someone who doesn’t like “weird meta Grant Morrison,” but I think this still has some quality Morrison weirdness. The art looks very much like Jeff Smith’s Shazam story from a decade ago, which I really liked. It gave the book a retro feeling without feeling outdated, and helped reinforce the notion that this was, above all else, a fun story. In short: the evil Dr. Sivana figures builds a technology and science powered equivalent of the Rock of Eternity. This creates an eighth day of the week (which he names after himself), and allows him to tap into time itself to turn his children into an evil version of the Shazam family. Like I said: there’s still some weirdness (“How can there be two eternities?”) and some light time travel. I don’t know a ton about Shazam as a character – apart from his complicated legal history and DC’s possibly shady acquisition of the character – but I have the sneaking suspicion that I would really like him. If, that is, Grant Morrison were the writer. While it’s not quite the exhilarating best-single-issue-of-a-super-hero-comic-ever-written perfection of Pax Americana, I’m still compelled, obligated, delighted, to read this book. – JH

Batman and Robin #37 – A-

He’s back! For reals! The build-up for twenty-plus issues has finally been realized. This next Father’s Day, tell your dad to step up his game, because he ain’t got nothin on Bruce Wayne. Batman has travelled to Apokolips to rescue his son’s corpse, and risked it all to bring him back. I normally wouldn’t spoil things like that, but DC announced his return months ago… bastards. Anyway, the epic showdown between Darkseid and Batman was just that, epic. It seems as though the story will continue along the lines of what Damian’s return means for the rest of the Bat-family, and I am all for that. This series is severely under-rated, and hopefully more readers will take notice with the return of the Son of Batman. – Sherif

Wonder Woman #37 – B+

Behold, mortals, at the God of War in all her glory. It’s only been two issues since the Finches took the helm for Wonder Woman, and already I question how I could ever be mad that Azzarello and Chiang would ever be replaced. David Finch, who is one of the best artists for full-page spreads in recent Batman books brings the fire here with some beautiful rendering of the Queen of the Amazons. With so much responsibility pulling Wonder Woman in different directions, the Amazons have grown distrustful of their heiress and selected an… “alternative” method of protection, and it’s one that Wonder Woman fans will geek out hardcore at! The story doesn’t have an distinct direction to go in yet, but I am fully behind this new creative team and the dark direction that they are taking this mystery character. – Sherif

Justice League #37 – B

Though the Amazo Virus sounds silly in name, it is anything but in life threatening potency. The Justice League is still in bad shape with pretty much Batman, Superman and Wonder-Woman being the only heroes in commission. The crafty Lex Luthor is still held up safely with his sister, waiting for the still standing members of the Justice League to deliver patient zero so he can whip up a cure. He’s obviously still hiding something. My anxiety continues to rise as Batman and Lex both take significant blows. Things are going to Hell and it’s making for very entertaining read. Even in light of this very bleak situation the ultimate resolution is fairly predictable. This Amazo Virus arc will probably serve to set up larger events yet to unfold as a result as the Wayne-LexCorp merger. I’m just glad that this super-Ebola storyline is more entertaining that it is distracting. – Taylor

The Kitchen #2 – B-

(B) The Kitchen has a lot of things going for it.  Mobsters, women leads, and it’s set in the past.  These are all things I enjoy.  This week, the girls find themselves getting blackmailed for putting Franky, the brother of a famous mobster, in a coma.  They all make decisions that will surely set them up for the rest of the series.  But one thing is for sure, they are not just playing while their husbands are in the pen; they are playing for good.  While the art isn’t always clean, I appreciate the details from the 70’s very much. It’s not a superhero comic, and very niche-y, but I think it is worth the read. – Adrian

(B-) Ok, The Kitchen picked up somewhat in the second issue. The ladies are entrenched now; it’s hard to get out of it when you’re beating and murdering people to make sure you yourself are not murdered. And now they have to explain themselves to one of their husbands unhinged friends recently let out of prison. The story has improved from the first issue but the art still doesn’t tickle my fancy. If the book remains interesting enough the art can be easily looked around. I’ll be keeping up at least for another issue. – Scott

 

Dynamite Entertainment:

Django/Zorro #2 – A

Tarantino does many things very well in story-telling. This second issue of Django – Zorro gave audiences a fantastic example of “building a bad guy.” I loved this issue! I featured very little of Django or Zorro, but that’s okay. Gurko Langdon is man of the hour – the nemesis! His backstory is compelling and epically grandiose. This is exactly what I would expect from a story of this caliber. My hope is that the eventual clash of these gargantuan forces is as mesmerizing as Langdon’s rise to power. I was a bit nervous at the end of issue #1, but my faith has been restored. I can feel the Tarantino! And it feels good! – Taylor

 

IDW Comics:

Star Trek #39 – B-

The Cardassians have control of just about everything and despite all of our heroes gaining their freedom in some way in this issue, things are not looking good for Q’s No Win situation he has put the original Star Trek crew in. This series has given us great references to all series of the franchise, with the new films and Deep Space Nine being the main concentrations. The artwork leaves something to be desired, as it looks like the motion capture animation used on films like A Scanner Darkly where it looks detailed while also looking very simple. It gets a little distracting because it makes for some weird images here and there, but ultimately the story has been good and it will be sad to see Q Leave the series after the next issue… but then we get a Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover! – Jacob

Image Comics:

Wytches #3 – A

(A+) Wytches #3 made a strong showing once again this month, only further confirming my suspicions that it will most likely skyrocket to becoming my favorite series. It seems to gain more and more momentum as each issue comes out and the further the story unfolds the more entranced with it I become. This issue, we find out that our beloved Sailor has been pledged, although there’s no reveal of who did it or why or what being pledged will really mean for her, but it’s exciting and terrifying all the same. Meanwhile, in Sailor’s disappearance her absolutely amazing father continues his quest to always protect her, and he has an attack-meeting with the only person-creature who may be able to help him save her. And then there’s poor Reggie… Poor, poor Reggie. Overall, Wytches this month was a great read and it really made me wish this was a weekly book, not a monthly one (grumble). If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend you catch up while you can because I really think this book is going places. Scott Snyder is doing amazing things here. Also, I have a quick side note. I don’t normally like to play the “mom card” because I know that it’s not universal. But I have to say, this series really grabs me as a parent. I have two itty-bitty boys and the way Scott Snyder writes Charlie Rooks , with the fear and overpowering all consuming love and need to protect his daughter is so true to my heart. Like he said in the first issue, having kids is like having a vital organ leave your body and walk around the world saying hi to people. And it takes you over. So much of the fear in Wytches comes from that feeling alone. Basically, this is some of the most powerful writing I’ve come across in all my years. Okay, mom rant over. – Keriann

(B+) The thing is this: Scott Snyder is a genius.  And Wytches is truly terrifying.  This week, we begin to see that the Wytches hauntings are going beyond Sailor, the protagonist up to this point.  I am finally starting to realize that Sailor isn’t as much the protagonist as her father is.  And it is so refreshing to see a story where the father/daughter bond is very tight.. a rarity in any type of literature.  While the story is progressing well, and there are some very scary things going on, what made Wytches an amazing read this week was the letter in the back of the book.  Snyder has a knack for giving his readers the chills, and he succeeded with his explanation of Wytches and being a parent in today’s society. It is a must read. – Adrian

Rumble #1 – B+

(A) My first impression of Rumble was “ooooh pretty.” James Harren’s art combined with Dave Stewart’s colors are an outstanding combination and are a delight for the eyes. Rumble has a Devil May Cry feeling to it, but with a very reluctant Dante. A super creepy scarecrow wreaks havoc in a bar, removing some patron’s limbs in the process. The bartender defends his customer and is unwittingly put in a situation he surely doesn’t want to be in. Pestered by demons and a scarecrow that’s harder to kill than expected the bar tender is going to have to swing a big sword to deal with his problems. Pick this up, now. – Scott

(B) I’m not sure what to say other than this book has a lot of potential.  Rumble seems to be about an untold war between humans and monsters, but honestly, I don’t know.  What I do know is that it was humorous enough to remind me of Ugly Americans with a little Scott Pilgrim mixed in there.  But just because I don’t know what’s going doesn’t mean I don’t want to read more; I most definitely am interested in why a hooded man is cutting people’s arms off and what the heck is so important about the sword he did it with. – Adrian

 

Marvel:

Avengers & X-Men Axis #8 – A-

Only one more issue left of my personal favorite comic event of the year! Up until now, we have seen both the Avengers and X-Men turn evil, a fair amount of villains have been turned good, while Deadpool is just at peace while being in pieces. Will things finally be resolved? Will Spider-Man, The old Steve Rogers, and the new Villain Avengers be able to stop the madness in time? Although this is a great issue we’ll (eye-roll) have to wait until net week for the conclusion to this massive event. The story so far has been great, making you love characters you hate and hate characters you love. The art is some of my favorite of the year as well and really adds to the already great story. – Jacob

Miles Morales: the Ultimate Spider-Man #8 – A-

What’s the opposite of “meh?” I am…. pleasantly surprised…. I think. After last month’s exciting, and twist-filled issue, we immediately start to get some answers. I’m loving the gritty and shadowy feel of the artwork this time around; it definitely fits with the flashback tale from Jefferson Davis’ perspective. Again, the issue starts to give us some answers, but I’m not sure it’s to the questions I’m really curious about any way. Here’s to seeing where the next issue takes us. – Moke

Deathlok #3 – A-

Great, purposeful characters in this issue. The writers have brought in both Tony Stark and Micheal Collins (Original Deathlok), which promises great things for this story arc. What I really like about Deathlok so far is that the story is being carefully laid out one piece at a time, which is something that lets the reader really immerse themselves in the story, where nothing feels rushed; this issue is no different. I liked that we got a bit of sneak peek into what Biotek’s priorities are and that they gave us a different view of some of the assignments Deathlok carries out. It was an act of good (or relative good. Nothing is black or white) this time, and that was interesting to watch. I also like how Andrea asking to speak with Micheal Collins paralleled and foreshadowed Domino breaking into Micheal’s house for information. Andrea finds a way around getting the information she wants by going to Tony Stark. Domino just takes it. Seeing the comparison there was interesting. Andrea’s wish for information also paralleled JJ asking about Biotek’s motives and being shot down. Considering she is on the side of the antagonists, this was also an interesting comparison, albeit subtle. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this comic. Definitely starting out on a good, metallic, foot. – Charlotte

Spider-Woman #2 – B+

My vote for quote of the week: “This is why spider-man and spider-woman don’t hang out.” So far Spider-verse excels when it focuses on just one spider at a time, and this issue doesn’t disappoint. Jessica Drew’s secret mission to loom world is pretty f’ing entertaining at this point. There’s not much action this time around but the plot points that the issue hits are absolutely superb. I can’t wait for the next issue of Spider-Woman to see where this goes. – Moke

Scarlett Spiders #2 – B

It’s Spider-Verse Episode 2: Attack of the Clones! The infiltration team of cloned Spider-Men and Women work their way deeper into the Jennix complex searching for the Achilles heel of the Inheritor’s cloning complex. This issue is a fun and anxious ride! I love reading special-ops and behind enemy lines type stories – Scarlett Spiders is based in this theme so I’m soaking it up. The creative Marvel team has done a good job of working this side story into the bigger Spider-Verse event. The Spidey’s and their opposition are well selected. This yin and yang does this title a lot of good. It’s hard to see how (…if…) our heroes will make it out of their situation intact. In practically every dimension of the Spider-Verse the Spiders are getting served. I hope this band of three can pull a “W” for the web slingers. – Taylor

All-New X-Men #34 – B

Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed with the way this story began, totally randomly with no sense of direction. The original mutants have all been scattered throughout time and space, and they must figure out how to get back. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is. A bulk of them landed in the Ultimate universe, and the awkwardness makes for some great banter between Miles Morales and the X-Men. All this book really needs is more Bobby, all the time, because he has something hilarious to say each panel. Here, he learns a valuable lesson about intolerance – easily the best piece of the issue for me. There are still some moments that come off too strong, like when Jean Grey has the urge to give herself a big old hug, but overall, this issue was a step back towards normalcy – or whatever the hell that is for them. – Sherif

Black Widow #13 – B

First and foremost, this art in this book is to die for.  Phil Noto, you rock my socks.  The colors, and contrast between gray and autumnal colors was mesmerizing to look at.  And the way he makes certain panels look like a photograph that is only focused on a certain part of the picture, while the rest is faded is incredible.  This man has talent, people.  The art is by far my favorite part of the book, but the story is getting pretty good, too.  Unlike the other female-led books in Marvel, Black Widow has a story going on.  She is being hunted. Granted, it seems like an easy story for the former KGB spy and current Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but there are a lot of little factors going into it.  I like complicated.  – Adrian

Captain Marvel #10 – B-

Lately, Captain Marvel has felt very silly to me, and not in a good way.  This is a good time of year to step back from the silliness and take a break from it all.  Carol receives letters from home and is able to catch up with Kit, Spider-Woman, and Iron Patriot.  It was a nice reminder for Carol and for her readers, that she does have a home, and there are people there who care about her. Unfortunately, Grace Valentine, expert hacker who is totally jealous of Carol, is also still thinking about Carol. The next issue, Carol is going back home, which will hopefully rejuvenate the story to be a little more serious, while still having a good sense of humor, rather than just a silly way for other Marvel characters to be added in for no reason. – Adrian

Storm #6 – C+

Storm, thus far, has had no direction.  There is no real plot line, and we find our weather controlling heroine in a different, odd situation each month.  While this week’s issue was better than most (she is on a plane that is attacked by Eaglestar International, and Storm saves the plane), it still is lacking.  There is no character development, no story, no overarching themes.  Frankly, if this were my first introduction to Storm, I would be bored.  Spice it up Marvel!  Storm is deserving of a good title.  – Adrian

Guardians of the Galaxy #22- D+

The coolest part about any book where an unstable Venom teams up with a group of characters is that when Venom goes crazy – and he always goes crazy – is that we get to see each character as a wacked-out symbiote. This time, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of this issue is a slugfest between Venom (sans-Flash) and the Guardians, and thanks to a lack of funny or exciting, left me feeling pretty let down. Spoiler: Rocket + Venom = Rocket (in algebra, that means that Venom adds no value to the equation). There is some more development to the Captain Marvel part of the story, but they really aren’t meshing together like they should. Consider this issue a waste of space if you’re not a fan of GOTG. – Sherif

Death Of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #4 – D

I don’t really know why I have continued to read this series because every time it seems to pique my interest, something comes out of right field and reminds me that this is a terribly stupid, uninteresting and unnecessary story. I do think the art for this series has been great, despite the character design of the main character; the covers to this series are the highlight to me, but as any book reader knows, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I ultimately think that having a great cover is the strategy for this series but that is not saying that it doesn’t have good characters, or situations. I would have almost rather have seen this “team” as a separate new series that only had slight connections to Wolverine. I could see these characters being good but the fact is that the characters seem to know as little about themselves as we do makes it a bit confusing and a difficult to relate to. – Jacob

 

Funniest Panel:

 

Justice League #37
Justice League #37

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Wonder Woman #37
Wonder Woman #37

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, Oni Press, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.