Comic Book Reviews 05-27-15

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:

Deadly Class #13 review
Deadly Class #13 review
Deadly Class #13 – A+
Sweet baby Jesus, this book is so good. It puts readers in a constant manic state, thanks to the onslaught of violence and rage, but it is the much deeper layer of violence and rage that I really latch on to. Seriously, the whole off-campus adventure is one of the most heart-pounding, frightening and enthralling stories I’ve ever read. There is some major depth to it, too. Each character has their own complex backstory, and makes difficult decisions based off those decisions. In this issue, it’s all about Maria. The inner turmoil she has while getting revenge for her parents’ deaths is beautifully converted into each panel, and not enough can be said about the superb pencil work by Wes Craig or the apropos colors by Lee Loughridge. The end of this one will through readers for a loop, though. I’d put it on the level of Batman #40 the way I had to reread the last few pages and make sure I understood the situation correctly. Who would have thought that the most dangerous place for the students isn’t the streets, but the academy itself. – Sherif

Other Reviews: 

Dark Horse Comics:

Fight Club 2 #1 – B
Forgive me for being skeptical, but usually when books, TV shows, etc. are continued in a comic book medium, they… suck (that’s right, Dark Horse, I’m looking at you for Buffy). That doesn’t seem to be the case here; Fight Club was a terrific book and movie that seems to translate very well into comic book form. Sebastian is a very boring man, his urge to suppress Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) from making him do all types of ill shit. With a failing marriage and reliance on pills, Sebastian is close to the breaking point when it comes to medication. We’re all hoping that he gets one eensy push into insanity. The scale of events in Fight Club 2 look to be much grander than the first book. There’s enough of familiarities and differences between the first book and this one to keep new readers engaged and old ones satisfied. – Sherif

DC/Vertigo Comics:

Convergence – Justice Society of America #2 – B+
The old men got their youth back! I really liked the concept – the Justice Society of America are now like a bunch of retired cops; they are old, they get coffee together, and they talk about their glory days. But on this particular day, they didn’t just talk about the glory days; they relived them. The appreciation of their strong minds and strong bodies was evident. Most people will never get to do what they did, much less be a superhero one last time. This was a fun read, and my favorite series out of all the Convergence stories. – Adrian

Convergence: Shazam #2 – B+
Ok, this was a lot fun. Shazam is fighting a giant robot controlled by a tiny worm, who was also controlling a bunch of early 1900’s versions of Batman villains?! I love the old school touch to these comics. The art is absolutely fantastic. Now there may not have been a whole lot going on in these issues, they’ve seemed pretty inconsequential, but they were a lot of fun. I really like Batman flying a small dirigible. Naturally, Billy and the gang wins and all is right for Fawcett City. SHAZAM! – Scott

Suiciders #4 – B-
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’ve lost interest in this book, but I’m starting to see through the vail of the story a bit. Lee Bermejo’s art is still magnificent, especially when the story is focused on the arena fighting, which this issue gets a heavy double-dose of. We continue to switch between the present and the past, a method that helps connect the big players of the games, and how the situation in New Angeles came to be about. However, since the debut, I feel that Suiciders has largely undelivered on that plane, and instead focuses on this conspiracy that surrounds Savior. I don’t doubt that this will tie back into how New Angeles came to be, but there is just too much forced mystery getting in the way of great art and story potential. – Sherif

Convergence – Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #2 – C+
The last Convergence – Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters was pretty good, so I was a little disappointed that this issue focused more on how the Nazis can get one over on the good ole Americans and then not be able to get one over on the good ole Americans. The best part of this issue was the updated version of the old newspaper print. It wasn’t part of the paper, like it used to be, but added as a kind of homage to the tales of yore. It is an enjoyable book, but with the updated art, I figured the storyline would be updated too (beyond robots). – Adrian

Convergence #8 – C-
Convergence has been kind of problematic from the start. It feels similar to Homer Simpson’s float: he drives an automatronic float onto the field featuring a man with a college sweater whipping another person on all fours wearing fetish gear. As the crowd hisses and boos, he shouts back, “Bear with me for a moment! There’s a lot of symbolism!” That feels like my experience with Convergence. Here in the final episode, Brainiac (who’s now good? Or at least not-bad?) just deus ex machinas the shit out of everything with the explicit promise of “returning the multiverse to the way it was before the first crisis.” What does that mean? Are we now back in 1986 DC? Pre-Flashpoint? Events like these are what actually drove me out of cape books 15 years ago: we promise something epic, but really, the “epic” is just an excuse to return things to normal. This, the eighth and final issue of Convergence, was a letdown in multiple ways. 1. I read it in probably five minutes; 2. It half-a-nips us with some tantalizing ideas (like Brainiac evolving alongside the monitors) that I feel it should have been delivering on earlier; 3. The ending is very underwhelming. Essentially, the walk away is a guy we never cared about (Telos) remembering his real name (the significance of which is kept hidden from us, as well as what his name is), and then an ending shot of a smiling grandma. Smiling grandmas giving the thumbs up are how you know your heroes saved the world from unremitting horror. – Montgomery

IDW Publishing: 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46 – A
This issue of TMNT is filled with so much story development and dialogue, you almost have to read it twice in one sitting before taking it all in! Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow and Tom Waltz are definitely bringing their A game to this current arc, which scared fans half to death with the fear of killing off Donatello (I even knew people who stopped reading al together…buncha drama llamas). By having Donnie’s mind transferred to Metalhead, they’re actually borrowing from the old Image Comics run where Donatello became a cyborg. This issue starts with Donnie treating himself in an out-of-body experience, and teaching the others. Angel and Alopex make their way to Casey’s only to find Hun there being his normal drunk idiot self. Karai takes charge of the Foot clan, Metalhead Donnie and Fugitoid discuss being sentient minds in robot bodies, and Mikey take a pizza break with his pal Woody before setting out to find the Mutanimals. April finds an ancient text that likely is foreshadowing something terrible that will happen soon, Baxter and Shredder tighten their friendship for whats to come, and Hun decides to start a war…whew those are the basics AND only the basics of what happens. See why I said it was packed with story? I feel like I read all of war and peace within 30 or so pages. But every word was great and progressed the story tremendously. The art, of course, is on par with Mateus Santolouco’s usual genius, as he is back at the drawing table for this arc, which has me excited for the giant #50 and what will come in that! – Jacob

The Fly: Outbreak #3 – A
Well, I think I finally have this series figured out: it has absolutely horrible characters, it’s choppy and lacks a good flow but it has really amazing artwork and a genuinely scary story. Maybe it’s because seeing the movie as a kid fucking traumatized me, but an outbreak of the monsters from The Fly sounds just god damn terrifying. Martin is such a whiny emo douche that it is basically impossible to root for him as the good guy. I get it, it’s all you fault, stop crying about it and move on. But I haven’t stuck it out with this series because I care about what happens to the people in this book; I keep reading because it’s genuinely haunting, and a great horror/sci-fi crossover. The latest issue really pushed the story forward with the monsters hatching and breaking out of the quarantine facility. I imagine from here things can only get more horrific and now more than I ever I am glad I gave this series a shot. – Keriann

Infinite Loop #2 – C
The sequence feels a bit off in this book and less natural than the first one. It almost feels like there should have been a book before to help transition the narrative. I would have liked to see more of how Ano is affecting a switch in the perception of Teddy’s world. Teddy was pretty adamant about maintaining the order of her world. More so than her friend, Ulysses. Instead, the story jumps from Teddy finding the anomaly that is Ano and then suddenly they’re running away from the icky people who irradiate the anomalies. The villains come off as a little too over the time and we don’t get enough time with the wise old man at her hideaway. It’s clear that it’s love at first sight and she plans to save the girl. We still don’t know who she is or where she’s from even though the woman seems to be aware of what’s going on. Despite the jagged nature and the story holes, I was still enjoyed the story. It’s something different that speaks to that annoying romantic side of me. I still want to root for their infatuation and hope that they find their bliss in the end. – Jené

October Faction #7 – C-
Issue after issue of October Faction, I tune in, hoping to fall in love. This week, I think I’ve finally decided to give up. Steve Niles is a great writer and is responsible for some of my favorite series, but this is not the one for me. The story has yet to really take off, and while each character has their own charm I am just not feeling them the way I probably should be. Each issue revolves so much more around family quirkiness than actual story action that even now by issue #7 I have no idea what the overarching storyline for this series is. Way too little attention is paid to what is going on around the characters so it almost feels like there is no real story at all. The werewolf, Lucas, has cancer in his human form but can live healthily as a werewolf. That problem has a pretty easy solution so theres no real drama there. Dante was a bad guy, the very bad guy responsible for the wife being hospitalized in the first issue but now he’s a member of the family. I know this last issue tried to end on a cliffhanger, but it flopped. I highly doubt the local sheriff is much of a threat to a supernatural family of monster hunters. As much as I hate to say it, October Faction may just be kind of a dud. – Keriann

Image Comics:

Postal #4 – A+
Postal seems to alternate a lot between stronger and weaker issues. Lucky for us, this month was one of the strong ones. Overall the series is pretty darn great, but I am especially pleased with this one because it gave me that great feeling I got when I finished the first issue. At this point I’m really pleased with where the story is going, it is not at all predictable and really enthralling. I think this issue stood out so much because it was really heavy on characterization. This is the first issue I’ve given a crap about Maggie and I honestly really started to like her. Mark’s mom is fearsome, but also kind of awesome in that evil Mallory Archer sort of way. Mark is so lovable, and he became even more endearing with the story about when he was a little boy and hid in a hole all night waiting for his mom to find him after being beat up. Not only that, but he also became kind of badass when he hunted down all the people who hurt him. Overall, I think this series has some of the best writing and is one of the top crime books out right now. – Keriann

Material #1 – B-
(B) I had to go over and over this one, both while I was reading and once I was finished. I kept trying to wrap my head around it; was this book super deep and it just went over my head? In all honesty, the jury is still out on that one. Perhaps I should clarify; Material does not follow a direct plot line and instead jumps from place to place, person to person, conversation to conversation. Some of it touches on things that are very real in our world: there are direct quotes for Darren Wilson’s deposition, some of it follows a survivor of Guantanimo Bay and what his life has been reduced to, and some of it follows a young black men being held by white police officers for being a peaceful protester during a riot. But some of it follows a professor who is supposedly being contacted by the first real AI in existence because it wants to prove a point to him. So basically, just when I thought I was really getting the gist of it I was thrown a curve ball. I enjoy the artwork and the writing is thoroughly well done, so even through the confusion it was an enjoyable read. I have to say that I do really hope the second issue pushes out at least a little more structure because I would like to keep up with this series, but I fear I will lose interest if I keep feeling like I’m missing something. – Keriann

(C) Well that was weird. Overall, I appreciate the interesting concept behind this book; however, I am not certain it is enough to hold my interest as time progresses. Following four different stories which may or may not be connected is somewhat cool; yet, several stories stick with you more than others. And let’s be honest, it’s clever leaving your readers with four cliff hangers compared to just one, very clever. I understand how this book attempts to be “deep” and introspective, yet somehow it somewhat comes off as hipster-ish. I am still deciding if that is a negative or not. Either way, it’s a coin flip if I will be reading the next issue or not, just depends on how interesting my Wednesday is that week. – Evan

Invisible Republic #3 – B-
(B) This book is still proving to be an intriguing one. It’s fast paced and yet not at the same time. Not much really happened in this book. The Croger finally has claim to the mysterious journal of Arthur’s cousin and we still don’t understand why it’s so important.  Only that she’s related to this famous “freedom” fighter that is still famous. Back in time the Arthur and his cousin have split up. It is interesting because I think in the last panel it hint to something that will prove to a very interesting reveal. I think she has more to do with this concept of an “invisible” republic than just a bystander in her cousin’s story. The art is dark and gritty and has an edge to it I really appreciate or maybe strong is a better word for the art. Anyway, I’m bummed I have to wait so long for the next few pages. – Jené

(C) So far, Invisible Republic is hit and miss. Issue three was essentially one long chase sequence, in both flashback and current time. Croger doesn’t do anything except lose his bag and get it back after chasing the man who was going to drop him off a ledge. The story between Arthur and Maia is a little dramatic, which is to be expected after Arthur finds out Maia didn’t deal with her problem. But the rest of the issue is them running from the police only to be forcefully separated from each other. Now Maia is on her own with no one else. Here’s hoping there’s more substance next time. – Scott

Sons of the Devil #1 – C+
Well, the book title definitely is reflected in the panels. I always appreciate some mystery in my comics, and I believe this book has enough to keep my interest. Following Tyler and his journey for answers seems to be one he may not be ready for. With a life full of anger, violence, and confusion, Tyler needs to make some major changes, and do some major soul searching before he becomes a devil himself. There are so many questions I have and the only thing I truly hope is that the answers to these questions don’t turn out to be stupid. I have a fear this book will turn out like so many I’ve ready before, where the ending simply turns out to be stupid and I feel like I’ve wasted my time. Yet, I have hope for this book, and I believe good things will come from watching devils. – Evan

Providence #1 – D
The first issue of Providence was not at all what I was hoping for. The whole thing moved really slowly and bordered on full-blown unreadable. Alan Moore writes fantastic dialogue, but the overall plot was too far hidden behind the nice linguistics. From what the story FINALLY eluded to, in the very end of the book where you have to decipher three pages of hand scrawled journal entries, there could be something very interesting and dark here. The idea of books that cause people to kill themselves after they read them an intriguing idea, and so is the theory that all of America is built on each individuals lies. In all honesty I’m pretty sure this series will end up being really good, but I don’t like that I’m sold on it out of blind confidence in the writer and subject matter as opposed to what I saw on paper. – Keriann

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Inhumans: Atillan Rising #1 – A
Wow. This is a number one. Right out of the gate legitimately cool stuff is going down: a ’40s gangster looking Ghost Rider called G-Man invades The Greenlands (I’m thinking essentially Planet Hulk) with a mist designed to give the hulks back their intelligence. The Thors Corp (sticking with the vaguely Nazi imagery that Doom is playing with, they’re like Hitler’s SS) show up and wreck everyone’s junk. The art is crisp and stylized with gorgeous thick black lines, and immediately we get a sense of how this world works: political intrigue, awesome Ghost Riders, a bizarre array of hulks, and good ol’ Manhattan. – Montgomery

Old Man Logan #1 – A-
(A) Before picking up this series, I suggest picking up the original 2009 Old Man Logan as this issue seems to take place very soon after the last series ended; plus, the original series is by far one of the best Wolverine stores of all time, written by the awesome Mark Millar. This time, Marvel brought in another seasoned and well-liked writer to helm the new series, Brian Michael Bendis. The biggest thing that may have fans of the original a bit wary of is the art by Andrea Sorrentino (I, Vampire and Green Arrow), as it is drastically different from the original run, but it does separate this as its only solo story and if you don’t think every panel done by Sorrentino is gorgeous and worthy of framing, you are likely blind. The actual story for this issue was great, but lacked explanation for a many things and the ending left me rather confused at what exactly is going on. All we know is that Old Man Logan is brutal – like Sabretooth on PCP brutal – while still being the good father to the Hulk Baby he took in from the original series. I just love this universe so much it is hard to take even the largest flaw and say it makes this issue bad, but I am lucky that it is no where near being bad and is actually the best and most interesting title from Secret Wars to me at the current moment. – Jacob

(B+) I’m sold on the pure chaos in this book. Although not much happened, what did occur was enough to hold my interest and bring me back to the next issue of the comic. It’s nice to see Logan being Logan – keeping his murder game strong. Perhaps what I liked most about this book was how thematically reflective it was of Logan’s overall life: very dull, gloomy, little hope, and pure determination. These themes were so evident throughout the entire story, from the interactions with the goons wearing the Daredevil suit, Gladiator and his son, and all the way through Emma Frost. I’m interested to see where Logan’s journey will take him in this new world. With straight determination but unclear guidance, I suspect Logan’s journey with be once full of pain. Awesome. – Evan

All-New Hawkeye # 3 – A-
I’m a total sucker when it comes to Kate Bishop, so having her as an integral, independent, kick-ass character in this comic has made it a joy to read. Don’t get me wrong. I love Clint and he is fantastic in this as well, but there’s something about watching Kate kick butt that really makes me happy. The scene where Clint takes a backseat to Kate’s beat down was really cool. He knows she’s strong and can take care of herself, so he doesn’t get in her way. He even warns one of the scientists not to make her angry when she’s asking questions. “Girl? That’s Hawkeye, dude. You really want to piss her off again?” What I love about Hawkeye is the gender equality it promotes. They both have the same name. Kate isn’t Lady Hawkeye or Hawkgirl. She’s Hawkeye and she’s just as deadly as Clint. Clint also shines in this issue. Seeing his backstory unfold issue to issue and the fantastic parallels between past and present really makes me emotionally invested in the story. The change of art style is also really cool and works well for the medium. The depictions of Hawkeye’s childhood are absolutely beautiful. I have a weak spot for origin stories, so this part is particularly interesting to read. I can’t wait to see more about Clint’s life as a carny and just what’s in store for him for breaking the rules. Going by the next issue cover, I’m guessing it isn’t good. – Charlotte

X-Men ’92 #1 – A-
For fans of the X-Men Animated Series, don’t be alarmed; this is not 1992. Contrary to what it looks like, this is a completely different book. The nostalgia is so strong with this one, long-time fans will instantly find themselves falling back in love with the X-Men. Ya know, before it turned into whatever the hell it became today. Cyclops is still an insufferable douchebag, Logan is still creepily in love with Jean Grey, the tension between Rogue and Gambit could be cut with a knife, and there are tons of Sentinels! I forgot how much I loved this storyline, and unlike other series that are just being slapped together right now, you can tell that creators Chad Bower and Chris Sims know their stuff. It’s a wonderful reintroduction to the timeline, and I can’t wait for it to keep going. – Sherif

Secret Wars Journal #1 – B+
Secret Wars Journal is another anthology comic, like Battleworld before it containing a couple vignettes inside the greater Battleworld universe. The first one takes place in King James’ England, and is, I think, a story about Agent Carter. But maybe she’s also Hawkeye – there’s a lot of bow and arrow-ing. She’s trying to steal… a… thing from Doom’s castle, but gets arrested. Maybe I just don’t care enough about Agent Carter or Hawkeye to really care about this story, but it was mostly uninteresting. It felt like a slow build up for a reveal that could only possibly matter if I already knew what was coming next. As is… it ain’t so great. The second story is hot molten awesome. Khonshu, the Egyptian deity worshiped (or “worshiped”?) by Moon Knight has enslaved all mutants in a world resembling agent Egypt (which makes the absence of En Sabah Nur interesting) and tasked them with building her pyramids. A plucky band of mutants bearing an uncanny resemblance to the X-Men (I see what you did there) decide they need to murder this goddess for her treatment of the slaves. Things get bananas. I feel like the entire structure of Battleworld has a finite end in sight; I doubt the entire premise and ponderously interconnected world could sustain much more beyond 12 issues, but so far, I’m really enjoying the experimentation and creativity.If not for the uninteresting first half, this might have been an A+ book. – Montgomery

Inferno #1 – B+
One of my favorite things about the X-Men was how they equally straddled the worlds of science fiction and horror fantasy, and now we get Inferno, which capitalizes on the horror fantasy. It seems a little darkest-timeline esque for the X-Men: not only were they not able to rescue the fabled Ilyana – Collosus’ sister – but she’s set up residence in one of the alternate Manhattan’s as a kind of queen of hell. And she wrecks the X-Men’s junk. There was a slow spot between the first few pages and the last third of the book where I wasn’t sure what I should be expecting, but god’s balls, this book kind of brings back the fun of the X-Men comics I remember from the 90s. It’s interesting to see Cyclops as the governor, or whatever, of that particular zone, but it makes me wonder where Professor X is. Fun, but probably not even the best X-book to probably be coming down the pike. – Montgomery

Black Widow #18 – B
It feels as though every issue of Black Widow is about to be the last one. The good thing about it is that I am content with the closure. The bad thing about it is that every month, I think, “Oh! There is a new Black Widow?” As much as I have enjoyed this series, I am ready for a send off. One of the final panels in this issue showed Natasha on a boat saying that no one will ever know her full story – a true testament to how the series as been handled. I’m fine with that, but it easily could have been the last panel of the series. Oh, well. See you next month Natasha! – Adrian

Secret Wars 2099 #1 – B-
What I really appreciate about the 2099 story line is how cool everything appears to be at first glance. It offers us the same heroes we love, simply with new faces, new suits, and new perspectives. Okay people, I’m about to go on a slight tangent, ready? Everything seems cooler. Captain America is dope, Iron Man is dope, Hawkeye is dope, the Vision is dope, and Black Widow is dope. If I can see more of Black Widow’s crazy ass, I am there. Perhaps the coolness of this comic is enough to shadow the fact that the story in this issue was simply not there. Perhaps we will see more story in the future; however, within this certain issue, nothing really happened. I also appreciate having women of color being two major characters within the new Avengers. So yeah, I think I’ll be cool and continue to read this one. – Evan

M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1 – C+
M.O.D.O.K. is probably the most unintentially-turned-intentionally goofy Marvel character. So, in the first issue of his Battleworld, it kind of makes sense that he’s set up a world for himself where he’s the first and last authority. He’s like the Kim Jong Il of Marvel. He revels in the fact that he’s killed all the heroes and rules the people through sheer terror. The setup is pretty funny stuff, and the cover art is shabamz, but the actual story itself was a little flat. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t the pure goofy funny I’d learned to expect from last week’s Secret Wars: Battleworld, and that’s kind of a bummer. I also feel that, as funny as M.O.D.O.K. may be, he probably doesn’t have the power to sustain a series for long. Another plus is that I just noticed M.O.D.O.K. looks a lot like Garrett from Community, so now my internal voice for M.O.D.O.K. is Garrett. Crisis alert! – Montgomery

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. # 6 – C+
While I enjoy that this comic finally had some sort of lasting story arc, it’s not very original. We’ve seen rage virus before and while there’s a little bit of originality thrown in with the magicians, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. I’m also not totally sure where this big bad comes in and if he’s so easily defeatable with the help of Crusher Creel, then I’m not sure how long this story-arc is going to last. I absolutely adore Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so I was excited to see it in comic book form, but as of late, the comics have lacked the thrill and hilarity of the first three issues. If they could bring back a little more of the wit and fun they had in the second issue with Ms. Marvel. I think what this comic needs is more intel into exactly why we should be so terrified of this virus. Right now it just seems like it’s some chaos feeding on smart people. What’s the objective here? If Dormmamu’s controlling it, why and to what end? The stakes just aren’t quite made clear here. We know it’s not good and people are going to die, but what’s the overall meaning here? What’s the endgame? I want to know. – Charlotte

Infinity Gauntlet #1 – C+
I knew there was a reason I didn’t like bugs. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, it’s about damn time we see women of color as headliners in comics. It was hard for me to pinpoint exactly what the aim of this comic is going to be. I fully understand it’s a quest for the infinity gauntlet particularly on Thanos’ part; however, other than that, I see the direction as fairly open. It was nice to see the perspective of a struggling family who fail to understand a hero’s sacrifice, simply because we often see it from the other perspective. We typically see our hero reflecting on their unbearable choice and wondering how the family can ever forgive them; however, in this comic we see how that sacrifice can turn families against each other while the love still holds strong. Overall, there was nothing special about this comic this week, but I am interest to see more of the infinity gauntlet and the Nova Corps. – Evan


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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.

Comic Book Reviews 05-20-15

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:

Wytches #1
Wytches #1

Wytches #6 – A+
What can I say about this month’s issue of Wytches? Well, that one shredded my heart into a thousand pieces. What a powerful and beautiful issue. One moment I was flipping through pages as fast as possible and the next I was holding my breath and afraid to read on. It wasn’t just because of the Wytches themselves, although they are terrifying. Things became so intense as the plot unfolded and we learned who pledged Sailor, and why. For a moment there it seemed like Charlie might give in, but then he proved he’s the best dad ever and sacrificed himself to the Wytches so Sailor could survive and escape. The alteration between present day and memory was flawless and added so much sadness to what I was reading. It gave Charlie such a heart wrenching farewell, and it painted an amazing picture of how much he loved his daughter and how scared she is now. I was blown away by this issue. Wytches is an incredible series, and this was an unforgettable ending to the story arc. – Keriann

Other Reviews: 

Dark Horse Comics:

Shaper #3 – A
Once again, I’m standing up in my living room offering a standing ovation for Shaper. So freaking cool!! This issue, we received some insight on Cal Victus’ (the bad guy) background and how his current ruthless motives of the present were formed. I love it when a bad guy “makes sense!” Victus isn’t driven by evil, or desire for power, or glory. Fear and boredom is what’s at the core of this guy! 10 points to Heisserer for crafting a dynamic and believable (and bad ass) bad guy. 10 more points for Kaylen. Any character that can safely fly through the vacuum of space, break through walls, and effortlessly deflect plasma beams instantly has my heart. She’s undoubtedly my favorite character so far. This comic book is shaping up to be one of my favorites of all time. Like what I did there?… – Taylor

The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #3 – A
Have I ever told you I love The Goon? I do. I truly do. I love that the book drew me in with its cartoon zaniness and anti-superhero antics, but then I love that occasionally, you get arcs like the current Once Upon a Hard Time that are stone serious and written with every bit of literary grit as the books it references. My stand out moment is when Goon talks to the gangster. After killing the hired men sent to kill him, Goon has a sort of break with reality where he momentarily can’t stand his line of work. He spills his guts to the gangster and you think maybe Goon is handing this gangster his letter of resignation. Then he kills the gangster. And that’s the first three pages. The rest is monsters and witches and dread. Pure dread. Despite being a (predominantly) funny book, I love that its legitimate gangster stories slow the pacing down and show that, in reality, no one living this life is having a good time, and if you’re a good person living this life (arguably Goon), it’s slowly eating at you like acid. And Powell’s art is from a parallel world: the art constantly shifts to match the tone: sometimes color, sometimes sepia; sometimes cartoon, sometimes realistic; sometimes detailed, sometimes abstract; sometimes painted, sometimes drawn. I love The Goon. – Montgomery

DC/Vertigo Comics:

Convergence #7 – B
This is the best issue of Convergence so far. The unfortunate thing is that what makes it good is breaking from its established pattern: the JLA of the New Fitty Two are the heroes (finally) and the group we have been following largely fades into the background. Deimos is, well, gone at some point, which is a relief because he never felt necessary or threatening for reasons that ever made sense. I mean, this is literally only the third series he’s ever been in over the past 40 years, and there’s a good chance that, excluding Convergence, you could count all the comics he’s been in using both hands. Anyways, this issue was actually enjoyable, but I continue to get the sense that the central story of Convergence is significantly less important than all the peripheral stories. A giant stone god shows up, and there wasn’t even the vaguest hint of his arrival last issue, which must mean that he appears in one of the related books that isn’t the central event. It is so surreal how closely this mirrors Marvel’s Secret Wars. I think that’s always been DC’s problem: instead of focusing on what makes/could make them popular, they imitate Marvel thinking it will make them popular. – Mongomery

Convergence – The Flash #2 – B
The Flash won! By default! Barry Allen’s world is supposed to battle the world of Superman from Earth-9. Since Superman is telepathic, there really isn’t a match. Then Superman tells Barry that The Flash doesn’t belong in the world he has been in, and that his life if pretty much a lie. On the heels of last week’s The Flash TV episode, this felt similar because of all the time travel fragments, but this felt very unresolved for the last issue in Convergence for The Flash. I did enjoy Barry’s quips and the fight scene, but the ending was lackluster. – Adrian

Mad Max: Fury Road Nux & Immortan Joe #1 – C+
One of the largest complaints of the recent Mad Max: Fury Road movie was the lack of depth to each story’s backstory. Thankfully, Vertigo is putting out multiple prequel issues that explain at least a little more of the interesting characters in the movies. The premiere issue focuses on Immortan Joe and Nux. Each story is serviceable, but not really all that interesting – especially Nux’s story. Immortan’s story is fairly robust, going into detail how he overtook the Citadel and then the Bullet Farm and Gastown. It would have taken maybe ten minutes of movie time, and been much cleaner in presentation, but this comic book supplement is decent, too. The story was even written by George Miller himself. Worth grabbing if you felt the movie needed more background, but I got the same amount of enjoyment out of this as I would have reading a Wikia page. – Sherif

Convergence: Wonder Woman #2 – D
God, this issue sucked. I had such high hopes for this comic because the first issue was freaking amazing. This time around, though, the tables were 100% turned. What I loved about the organic reveal of the world in the first issue was total gone in this one. This thing had exposition written all over it. In big letters. Highlighted. The entire time reading all I could think was “Jesus, let me figure a few things out on my own!” There was really no pay-off here. Steve get turned and essentially dies. Diana tears everyone apart. She makes it out of the church, and now what? What did she accomplish? What did she learn? And what else is out there? It’s alluded to that things aren’t finished yet, but we’re not given any sort of idea of what that is. It seemed in the first issue like the vampires were going to be the big bad in this story, but they got offed— easily I might add— in the second issue! Now what? I hope this story goes up from here because Wonder Woman deserves better. – Charlotte

Dynamite Entertainment: 

Shaft #6 – B-
Shaft finally got his revenge. It wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped for, but he avenged Arletha’s death, ending this arc. What really stuck out to me this issue was the theme of identity. Who is Shaft? Who was Shaft? What are his morals? What made him get there? He struggles a lot with that through the issue. By the end he has a little bit more figured out, but he still has a long road to go. The first page of this issue really zeroed in on Shaft’s identity in one of the best ways I have seen; the same Shaft, never changing positions or facial expressions, but the moments in time are different. It really brought the point home. – Adrian

Marvel/Icon Comics:

A-Force #1 – A-
I’m very excited about this new comic. It’s about time we have a badass group of females kicking butt together. I also love how diverse A-Force looks to be so far. Characters of every color, background and sexual orientation make up the team. I may have totally read this wrong, but it even looks like there’s a romance between America Chavez and Loki, but it’s not over the top nor the only facet of their characters, which I appreciate on a realist level. This comic is definitely smashing glass ceilings left and right. So far, this story-arc looks great. The first issue has set up the world nicely, especially for those of us who haven’t been 100% up to date on everything in the Marvel-verse. They don’t spend an enormous amount of time on exposition— which as a writer and reader I appreciate— and get right into the action. The dynamics between each character are well laid out without being overly explanatory. We understand how they relate to each other in a panel or two, which for a introductory issue is quite impressive. I’m excited for what’s coming next. She-Hulk has been forced to send America away and the team is pissed, Nico especially. I can’t wait to see who that “star girl” is and what she means for the team. I also can’t wait to see where that crazy shark came from. The pins are set up to fall nicely and it’ll be interesting to watch how everything goes. For more infortmation on this new story, check out our article with all the lowdown on the new team. – Charlotte

Uncanny X-Men #34 – B+
The Brian Michael Bendis saga is nearly at its end. It’s easy to get distracted with all that’s going on in the Marvel Universe, but Uncanny X-Men has been one of the funniest and most consistently good books on the shelves. This book covers Dazzler’s retribution and her confrontation with Mystique. Dazzler has always been kind of a joke to me, so the depth she shows here is refreshing and more closure than I expected to get from her. Now that Scott Summers has gone off the deep and launched a war on the humans, it’s up to the new recruits to lead their own lives. This series has classic X-Men dynamics with a fresh new face. I’m just so sad it ends next month. – Sherif

Spider-Verse #1 – B+
Spider-Verse is taking place in Secret Wars world, so pretty much all the Spider-People (plus one pig) are on the same Earth. We really get a good chunk of the issue with Gwen Stacy. Her smarts and wit shine through in this issue. There were several moments where I laughed pretty hard at her humor. There was good explanation of what was happening for those who didn’t keep up with the individual Spider-Verse issues that came out between 2014 and the beginning of 2015. If you are interested in what is happening in the land of all the Spider-Men, Women, and Swine, this is a great issue to jump in to. – Adrian

Star Wars #5 – B+
This was another nice character development issue with a touch of the rough and tumble. Jason Aaron is doing a good job at building the relationships we know will eventually come to fruition. We see a little bit of that Han and Leia love starting to grow. I really liked the scene where Han acts too hastily with the stolen shuttle and shows everyone his very lack luster improvisation ability. This is was an obvious homage to the detention level scene from A New Hope. Meanwhile on Tattooine, Luke is searching for answers about Obi-Wan and Boba Fett is looking for Luke, and he finds him. This issue ends on a good cliff hanger and a twinge of excitement in anticipation for the next issue. – Scott

Ultimate End #1 – B
Finally, a book that describes what’s going on without having to read books upon books of spliced together clues. Marvel’s Ultimate Universe is ending, and this is the book to read to find out why and how it will happen. Seeing two Tony Starks yell at each other is pretty fun, and watching Spider-Man freak out about everybody knowing his secret identity was hilarious, too. All these characters together make a wonderful ensemble. I’m excited to see where this leads story-wise, but it’s one of those books that will rely heavily on jokes to get through the storyline. Luckily for us, we also are treated with some of Mark Bagley’s finest works as an artist. This will be a fun ride on a grand scale, so kick back and enjoy the end of the Ultimate Universe. – Sherif

Secret Wars: Battleworld #1 – B
Man, if this new Battleworld mini-series is any indication, Battleworld might not be as terrible an idea as it (still) sounds. It seems to be more of a creative idea than I would have guessed since the outline appears to be, “Remember all those time Marvel was awesome? Huh? yeah? Well, we’re just going to do that again instead of doing anything else.” Battleworld #1 is anthology style with two short stories: in the first one, the vampire ghost of Dr. Strange possesses The Punisher (this sounds like an episode of Venture Bros.) who plots against God Doom but is stopped by The Infernal Four (the purgatory rescued spirits of Spidey, Logan, Hulk, and Ghost Rider), deputies of Doom. The second is Too Many M.O.D.O.K.s. (not really, but I wish that was its name). MODOK summons a whole bunch of MODOKs from across the multiverse with the goal of overthrowing Doom. But, it turns out MODOK is really dumb, and the more you add the dumber they get. I really like this Marvel “Recognizing the Absurdity of Its Own Cast” thing. The first of the two stories is a little cluttered and felt a little rushed, but I like the unique mix of stories. – Montgomery

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1 – B-
I’m as big of a fan of Deadpool as the next guy, so when I heard Cullen Bunn (MagnetoDeadpool vs. Carnage) was going to be writing some weird spin-off/spoof of Secret Wars, I was all about it. To be expected, Deadpool’s traditional approach to comedy is in full effect – throw 50 darts at the board and hope a couple stick. Nothing really… happens, but it’s a fun book. It’s a whimsical alternative to trying to keep up with whatever the hell is going on in the ACTUAL Secret Wars, and there isn’t too much exposition to keep you from just enjoying yourself while reading. Don’t expect anything but the Deadpooliest Deadpool story. – Sherif

Moon Knight #15 – C+
In its run so far, Moon Knight has been reliable for two things: unique art and murder. However, if you’re looking for a developed story in this title, then you may be disappointed. The book has really gone nowhere. There are many other series out there that have done more with less issues, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m let down by the series. It’s very mysterious and a methodically slow burn in terms of progression, but there’s still potential for the book to impress me with its plot. However, slaying Boogeymen with machine guns just isn’t what I had in mind. If that sentence intrigued you, then this book is still for you. – Sherif

Planet Hulk #1 – C
Did somebody order a buddy cop barbarian film starring Cap and Hulk? This issue made the rest of the mini-series look promising, but really was a whole lot of nothing. Cap is forced to slay beasts for the crowd’s amusement, gladiator-style, and he has a pet T-Rex. That’s gotta be important. It has the makings of a story with so many genres mixed in, and thankfully, none of it screams Planet Hulk reboot. I’m wholly excited for what could be – a slugfest with Captain America and Hulk in a land infested with Gamma-radiated beings. Fallout meets Hunger Games with Hulk characters? Maybe, but you won’t see any of that this issue. – Sherif

Loki: Agent of Asgard #14 – C

This issue is kind of a half full, half empty deal. I absolutely adore the new Loki. They’re deviant but still somehow nobel and deliciously sly. Not sure which gender they’re going to stick with here, but I love it when Marvel actually expresses the fact that Loki is genderqueer. It’d be cool if they kept switching back and forth. Both character designs are to die for. Other than the new Loki, though, there’s not a whole lot going for this issue. It’s very rushed and we get that’s there’s some huge apocalyptic shit going down, but it’s pretty vague and I wasn’t totally sure why no one wanted to band together to defeat it. If it’s pride and long held grudges, that’s fine and dandy, but that wasn’t really made apparent here. I wish they’d either split this idea into two issues or made the comic longer and more detailed because I did not understand, nor did I feel emotionally invested in the coming doom. I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t worried about anything. It’s just some big, bad force and that’s as detailed as it gets. I hope this comic gets better. There’s so much potential with the new Loki that the writers really should be able to pull it off, but this story-arc has been all over the place quality-wise since it’s start. I don’t have much hope for it, but I still really want to see it do well. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out. – Charlotte


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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.

Brian Michael Bendis Reveals New Release Date for ‘Uncanny X-Men #600’

Brian Michael Bendis took to his Tumblr today to answer some questions about Uncanny X-Men #600. Because of Secret Wars, the issue will not be released until October.

“It was bumped until after Secret Wars for editorial and commercial reasons. Not my call. This was Marvel. But they have their reasons. It will not effect the story or the impact of the story. In fact it may have more impact on how things shake out after my run.”

Uncanny X-Men #600 cover by Chris Bachalo
Uncanny X-Men #600 cover by Chris Bachalo

The issue will mark the last of Bendis’ run on X-Men titles, which began in 2012 with All-New X-Men #1.

The best take away from this is that Uncanny X-Men #600 will be here, but we just have to be patient.

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Comic Book Reviews 01-21-15

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:

Moon Knight 11 POTW 1.21
Moon Knight #11

 

Moon Knight #11 – A

Marc Spector is in it now! Following the events of last issue, we find that Marc is being detained in a mysterious and very peculiar looney-bin. While his asylum scrubs are nowhere near as cool as his magic Egyptian armor, Marc still wears his confident and tough-guy attitude well. I’m really in love with this story. I was just as entertained with this issue as I had with all the others and there wasn’t even a single “Moon Knight” appearance. I’m really starting to enjoy Greg Smallwood’s panel work as well. I love the rigid and boxy comic squares. The lack of overlapping panels is unique and forces readers to really take their time on each image. This structure lends itself extremely well to the captivating events of the story. It’s a new year, but my love for Moon Knight is only growing! – Taylor

Other Reviews: 

Dark Horse Comics:

Groo: Friends & Foes #1 – C+

The renowned Sergio Aragones brings us a new Groo story, Groo – Friends & Foes. Now this is the first time I’ve read a Groo book, and I don’t really see the appeal, maybe I’m the wrong audience though. For those who do don’t know, like I didn’t, Groo is a wandering buffoonish swordsman, a parody of characters like Conan the Barbarian. So the story follows his misadventures and misunderstandings. The bottom line is Groo will eventually wreck everything. This issue is essentially about insurance fraud. The art is unique in the way that it’s very much a traditional Sunday funny pages type of art. It’s definitely not what most readers are used to with today’s comics. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own appeal. The writing is a little off-putting at times; some of the dialogue is very unnatural. Groo isn’t without its charm though. – Scott

 

DC/Vertigo Comics: 

Batman and Robin #38 – A

There is no pain like a child whose dad won’t let me him his brand new super-powers. Personally, I love that the powers that be at DC have allowed Damian Wayne to come back from the dead, and it’s even more interesting that he is now virtually indestructible (I got my fingers crossed for a Damian-Superman showdown!). Writer Peter Tomasi keeps things light-hearted at the beginning when Damian begs his dad to go patrolling with him. What ensues is exactly what you’d expect from a newly-resurrected 10 year old with new super-powers… whatever your standards for that may be. However, the issue takes a deep, reflective route towards the end that are beautifully (and frighteningly) captured by artist Patrick Gleason. One of the best issues of the new year thus far! – Sherif

Batman Eternal #42 – A-

Ladies and gentlemen, Harper Row. Or Bluebird. Either way, Batman’s newest intern is tearing it up! This issue focuses exclusively on the battle to take down Mad Hatter after he brain-washed a large collective of citizens, along with Batgirl, Red Robin and Red Hood. Harper is one smart cookie in terms of tech, and so the way she disposes of the bad guys is impressive – not just for rookie standards, but even for Batman. This book has been the biggest cluster*** of a story I have ever read, but it’s stand-alone issues like this that keep me coming back for more. We still have no idea who the Big Bad is here, and so we keep marching on. – Sherif

Wonder Woman #38 – B+

Things are really heating up in Themyscira as Wonder Woman continues to lose both her people and their confidence in her as a leader. I mean, she did just save everybody from the First Born a few issues ago, but what has she done for them lately? Creatively, I love the direction this book is going in. Artist David Finch continues to bring it with beautiful full-page spreads, and his wife, writer Meredith Finch, is going a great job of keeping the story flowing at a perfect pace. Even though the issue ended on pretty much the exact same note as before, I enjoyed the read throughout. Wonder Woman is going to need to really embrace the power of being a God is she is gonna make any headway as an Amazonian leader. – Sherif

The Kitchen #3 – B-

Thanks to The Kitchen, I now know that you need to puncture the lungs and the stomach before dumping a body in the river, otherwise they will float and there will be bodies everywhere!  Also, telling someone that you will cut out their eyeballs and pour bleach in the holes is an empty threat. Did I mention this isn’t a kids comic? Or good to read while you eat (if you have a weak tummy, like me)? While The Kitchen is delightfully brutal (yikes, I think it is delightful? I’m sick), it didn’t move the story along very much other than the three girls now are known to be killers and kind of bad ass. They could also be in a lot of trouble. No one knows. – Adrian

Teen Titans #6 – C+

The new Power Girl just Rick James’d all over the Teen Titans’ couch! I pretty much stopped reading the new Teen Titans after a couple issues because of the excessive bravado and lack of dynamic characters. I had never been so disappointed in Red Robin, and was annoyed that, as cool as Raven looked, she was pretty much just used to get the team places. Enter the new Power Girl, whose emergence came from the pages of World’s Finest a year ago. She tells them straight up that they need to do better as a team, and it was almost a subliminal nob from DC that they have been messing this book up. Teen Titans is not out of the doghouse yet with me, but they’re on the right track. – Sherif

IDW Comics:

Millennium #1 – A

This took me back to my childhood, when I would sit cross-legged on the floor in front of the TV every Friday night watching X-Files and then Millennium and be completely in awe. I loved it then and I love it now. This book made an extremely strong leap back into its storyline and I’m already hooked. Millennium is based on the TV show from the late 90’s that shared the same name. I know not a lot of other people watched it, otherwise it would have stuck around for longer, and without the pre-existing knowledge from that series new readers to this book may be a little lost. My point in all this is that there is a back story to this book that is not covered in the first issue, but don’t rule it out just because of that. The artwork is great, its extremely well-written, creepy, intriguing and will probably have some great scares and twists along the way. I’m very pleased with this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. As a fan of the show, I felt like the story should have kept going, and now the comic is giving it that chance. I predict this will be a complicated series, and missing one issue may completely screw readers, so if you’re a fan of science fiction, conspiracies and you trust no one you should go pick up this book before you miss your chance. – Keriann

TMNT #42 – A-

Finally! We are getting to the point of Shredder vs Krang. The set up is just plain beautiful thanks to the guy who does machines, Donatello. We see the mutanimals, the Foot, and Krang and his army all getting ready for battle… and the issue ends right as the battle starts, which will lead into what is sure to be a great third part for this arc next month. Cory Smith does the art this month and I think he is actually my favorite artist of the series so far. He has a style that is very reminiscent of Santalouco and his usual style for the series, while also harkening back to a lot of other past artists of the series while adding his own flair. The story for this series been consistently been outstanding, and this issue is right there with the rest, showing us all why we have celebrated Turtle Power for over 30 years. This series is one of the best being released now, and I’m not even being biased when I say that. – Jacob

October Faction #4 – B+

This was a good month for October Faction. The story picks straight up in the middle of the living room with the Allen family standing over the body of Cope, the man the father has just shot in front of his children. I have never read a funnier approach to getting rid of a dead body, with such gems as the body smacking into the sides of the hearse upon an attempt to launch it inwards, the father telling his daughter not to be dramatic and then hitting the man over the head with a shovel to ensure he’s actually dead, and a completely emotionless response to justifying murder with an “it was easier to kill him now as opposed to later” approach. Comic relief aside, we finally found out more about Robot Face and his incredibly cool looking family of other part child-part robot people that are kind of reminiscent of the toys Sid got ahold of in Toy Story. Overall, this has been my favorite issue of the series so far because it is really starting to feel like a Steve Niles gem. There’s horror, comedy, monsters and intrigue. I finally feel like this series is taking off in the way I hoped it would. – Keriann

Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #1 – B

I like all good people, I love the Galaxy Quest movie. Did I think it needed a story continuation, not really, but I’m happy to read one. Erik Burnham is best known for writing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. So we know he does action comedy pretty well already. The first issue jumps right in from literally the end of the movie. It turns out the Omega 13 affects more than just people on ship and this causes problems on other worlds. Who knew how important 13 seconds could be? There is a quick character reestablishment which is good if anyone is picking Galaxy Quest up without having already seen the movie, but honestly that probably isn’t many people. I would have liked to see the characters look more like their real life counter parts though. I think it’s a good adaptation and as a fan of the movie I’m looking forward to more issues. – Scott

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #2 – C+

I have got to be honest here and say as ridiculous as this series sounds, and as bad as “The Primate Directive” title sounds, this series holds its own and gives us an interesting look into these two franchises, showing us exactly why they should meet, but sadly also why they never should at times. So far, we know Klingons are selling Apes advanced weapons (but we don’t know why…yet) and then the Star Trek crew found the humans of this Earth and teamed up with them. I am hoping in the next issue things will start to pick up and get better, I just tend to find it a bit hard to get connected to a story when it starts with a whimper and ends with a bang, which I feel is exactly what this series will do. Unless you know the lore of these two worlds, this may not be the book for you.  Its sole purpose is to please the fans. But if you like either franchise give it a read for the nostalgia and the hope to see Captain Kirk say, “Get your hands off me, you damn, dirty ape!” – Jacob

Zombies vs. Robots #1 – C

Zombies are so hyped.  And robots are getting that way. Combining the two seems brilliant.  And it sort of was.  But in general this book was very composition heavy — which isn’t really my deal.  The writer, Chris Ryall, does explain that this book starts at the end of the story, but makes it unclear if we will be working backwards or not.  Personally, I found the story slightly confusing, but intriguing enough that a read of issue 2 will be necessary.  I have a feeling that once this story is told, it will be brilliant, but broken up into separate issues, it could be tedious to get through. – Adrian

Creeple People #1 – D-

Creeple People #1 left me with one mind-boggling question: why do I do these things to myself? Why did I take a chance on a book that seemed like Weird Science meet Ghoulies? Well, actually because that sounds kind of awesome, but this book was in fact not. The dialogue was so bad and the three main characters whose names are, I shit you not, Spigs, Peabo and T-Ray, are so incredibly annoying I can only hope the ghoulies they are bound to create eat their faces. These three are the most unbelievable science geniuses I have ever seen, case in point, “let’s science up” is a direct quote from one of them. This book feels like it couldn’t have been written by someone who knows any less about science. It basically felt like the writers Googled biological regeneration and 3D printing and copy and pasted excerpts from the Wikipedia page straight into the speech bubbles. Oh, and apparently there’s some weird evil spiritual voodoo going on in the bell tower with 666 bells built on top of the remains of a cult massacre on the world’s most unbelievable college campus that has ONLY 3 STUDENTS IN THE ENTIRE SCHOOL WHO ARE SCIENCE MAJORS. Seriously, this book is the worst and you’d be best off avoiding it at all costs. If you have any interest in Creeple People whatsoever I leave you with this snapshot, a direct quote from page 2 “Not another mummified bog person!” Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha…what? – Keriann

Image Comics:

Tooth and Claw #3 – A-

The third issue of Tooth and Claw keeps up its interesting world of furry magic and political intrigue with what might be the most beautiful art in any current monthly book. It loses some of its urgency with the appearance if the mythical hero, and the revelation of what he is is maybe a little underwhelming, but this along with Ody-C remains one of the most intriguing books from the most intriguing company. – J.H.

Rise of the Magi #5 – B

This is a first time, in a long time, I feel compelled to contact the people working on this comic just to tell them how much I love it. I am always drawn in and entertained, the art is amazing, and the characters from both Earth and Rune are developing into characters that I care about. Not to mention, I feel it’s messing with fantasy tropes and clichés and I really love them for that. I find myself laughing at my original reaction to the first book. In issue #5, you see how Rune, more than Earth, is feeling the effects of the stolen piece of the orb. Chaos and fighting are breaking out and Asa is barely holding onto his life as goblins slip into man-suits and wage war while the trolls attack in Rune. Also, it seems April has developed a power and I don’t think it’s because of the magical frog. Seems like magic is slipping back into Earth. Looking forward to the next book. This was way too long of a wait. – Jené

Reyn #1 – B-

Reyn is pulled right out of some D&D module from the 90’s. A fantasy realm called Fate that suffered a “Great Cataclysm” was once looked over by a group of warriors called Wardens, now thought to all be dead. SURPRISE! One is still alive and he is constantly having arguments with the deity that only he can hear in his head. There are tyrannical lizard kings, over abundant and zealous town guards and the Followers of Tek a not too favored religion. So far it’s basic fantasy faire with some humor thrown in for good measure. Reyn is a decent pick up for most fantasy fans. Also…..GIANT SPIDERS! – Scott

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Superior Iron Man #4 – A-

While I admit it is pretty difficult to see Tony Stark as a baddie, he is quite the entertaining villain.  Tom Taylor does a bang-up job showing how seamlessly one of our favorite superheroes can go from chaotic-good to chaotic-evil (Pardon the D&D lingo but I’ve been playing a lot lately).  What I have found to be the most interesting aspect of this series so far is the fact that very few people have even picked up on the sudden personality change of Tony Stark.  This is what makes the series so believable to me.  Tony is rarely seen as the selfless type, and with a little mind adjustment, we see how easily he can go from helping others to big brother thanks to his likable demeanor and insane gadgets and gizmos.  Though it hurts to cheer against Iron Man, I am excited to see where this series goes and how long it takes for the citizens of San Francisco to finally see Tony Stark as the villain.  On a side-note, I am delighted to get to know Daredevil over the last four issues.  He’s an often overlooked character and it’s always refreshing to get a new face in there. – Jake

Powers #1 – B+

(A) I’ll be honest: I had never heard of Powers before this week. I had no idea the history behind it (see Sherif’s review below), either.  However, this book was amazing! It was so good, I plan on going back and catching up from the beginning (since the year 2000!)  I was genuinely laughing throughout, even though the story is pretty macabre.  Bendis does an amazing job of showing the horror of death and blending it with humor.  Powers follows detectives and their investigations into the deaths of people caused by people with “powers.”  The latest is by a very wealthy man who killed everyone on his boat. It’s a pretty crazy story. The artwork really sold me, too; it is reminiscent of late 90’s Saturday morning cartoons. However, this is NOT made for children.  But adults can rejoice, because there is blood, murder, mayhem, and naked strippers.  Whoo! – Adrian

(B-) Let’s start off by assuming I have no idea what this book was about before I picked it up. Then, we’ll say that’s not an assumption, because I really did have no idea. I knew that Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man) was writing it, and I knew that Playstation was picking up an order for a live-action series of Powers, but that was about it. “Powers” is the term that the world has given to anybody discovered to have… well, powers. The main antagonist is a cop, making this a really interesting detective story. Freedom to write also allows for some really funny cross-publisher references to various well-known super-heroes. I enjoyed this book enough to keep reading, but there wasn’t a whole lot to keep me on the edge of my seat. To be fair, there have been seven volumes of Powers, so suffice to say I am really far behind. – Sherif

Deadpool’s Art of War #4 – B+

In this final issue of Deadpool’s Art of War, we see the most influence from Sun Tzu’s Art of War than any previous issue. The majority of it is covered by lessons of war and has less dialogue and humor from Deadpool. Ultimately, the story was very clever but lacked something I cant really put my finger on. It may be because the source material has been manipulated in every single way possible. Most of my enjoyment from the series was from the cover art because each one is just begging to become a poster to hang on my wall. I would definitely check this series out if you have any idea about Sun Tzu’s Art of War, but a lot of Deadpool fans will find it weak because he is not featured as much as you would think, especially in this last issue. – Jacob

Black Widow #14 – B+

This month’s Black Widow finally picked up the pace!  It also happened to be a good place to pick up if you are interested.  Natasha has been going after Chaos for a bit, but now has a list.  It’s kinda like Kill Bill, but not funny.  That isn’t a downfall, Black Widow is not known for it’s wit.  The fight scenes were incredible – I would not want to be on Natasha’s “kill list.”  Per usual, the art was amazing, and still remains the main reason to read this book. – Adrian

Rocket Raccoon #7 – B+

This series has turned out to be way better than anyone anticipated and it is all because of the creative team. Skottie Young traded in his usual artist credit to become the writer of this issue, while Filipe Andrade does the art. Despite these changes, the book holds up just as well and gives a great story and a new arc for our pint-sized hero and his tree companion. The story puts Groot in a situation he has never been in, and Rocket is trying to bear the freezing cold alone. Definitely pick this issue up if you are a new fan or old of Rocket as this new arc is guaranteed blow you away as much as Rocket would himself. – Jacob

All-New X-Men #35 – B

Aha! Now it’s all starting to make sense. Kinda. Not at all, really. When Marvel announced earlier this week that they would be doing away with separate universes, I had no idea if would be the ripple caused by an unknown mutant girl in All-New X-Men. Nobody is really in their proper place in time or space, and explaining it to non-readers is an exhausting endeavor. However, the story itself is a lot of fun! For the time being, the original X-Men are so cute when paired up with their Ultimate selves. I’m just along for the ride at this point, and have no idea where it is going, but that makes it all the more fun to read. – Sherif

Scarlet Spiders #3 – B

Wow! A lot just happened. The final issue of the Scarlet Spiders mini-series wrapped up with a bang (literally)! The Spider-team has struck a critical blow to the Inheritors, but not without their own loses. The events of the issue were exciting and Jessica Drew’s Ultimate Black Widow spandex suit is still unnecessarily tight (this is not a complaint), but the most appreciable aspect of this issue comes from Mike Costa’s story telling. More so in this issue than the previous two, I felt that the events were very well told. The third person narration and the little insights we get from the thoughts of our cloned heroes make this issue a lot more captivating. By the end of the issue one of the more major Spider-Persons is (seemingly) permanently down for the count. I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that the good guys in this Spider-Verse took event took a big, surprising hit. It’s a crazy way to wrap up a well done mini-series! – Taylor

Amazing Spider-Man #13 – B-

(A) “It’s not the power of the Spider that makes any of us who we are! It’s the will of the man!” Preach Doc Oc, PREACH!! This line from the Superior Spider-Man’s motivational speech really captures the attitude of this issue. The Spider-Verse event has built up to its max. The motivation behind the Inheritor’s plot is revealed and they currently have the lead on the scoreboard. The anticipation for the conclusion is going to drive me mad. I think the worst (best?) part about it is that I can’t predict how all this is going to end. I know it will be epic in scale, there will more death and shocking moments, and all versions of Peter Parker will definitely be cracking jokes. This adventure hasn’t lost any of its allure and I’m definitely not ready for it to end in just one short month. – Taylor

(D) I am so ready for this event to end next month. Events, in general, are not really my thing. Usually, it involves weekly buying multiple books just to get an inch closer to some lame and un-assuming ending that could have taken five-ten issues to explain. Spider-Verse, contrary to my initial excitement, has become no different. I love Spider-Man, and all the subsequent Spider-Mens and Spider-Womens and Spider-anthropomorphic animals, but this story just isn’t doing it for me. Instead, can we Edge of Spider-Verse back to explore mini-stories with each minor character since, ya know, they all get mercilessly slaughtered as a plot point in this cockamamy story. – Sherif


Funniest Panel:

Powers #1
Powers #1

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

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Wonder Woman #38

 

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!

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