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:
Darth Vader #3 – A
Dark Horse Comics:
I just realized that ElfQuest was suddenly back and had to read it. It sure was a trip down memory lane. ElfQuest was one of the first comic books I ever read. After ElfQuest all other comic books came. Hell, ElfQuest was how I really learned to read (when I was 11). It was fun to visit a world I hadn’t in a long time. I was less lost than I thought I would be jumping into book 7. I’ve pretty much read everything else about ElfQuest – it was easy to get an idea of where the story came from and where it is heading. ElfQuest is about ancient space-faring elves who crash land on a planet with two moons. The story is about Cutter and his Wolf-Elf tribe. This time around, Wendi and Richard Pini are bringing the story several generations away from the Wolf-Elves and their small tribe. All elf tribes have been magically linked up psychically. They have a decision to make: stay on the planet with two moons or migrate to “the great place” and take their place among the stars. ElfQuest is a rather different kind of comic. More cerebral and relationship based than it is action/violence based. I hope people give it a chance! It’s nice to be immersed in a world of magic where words and relationships (against a background of greater conflict) are the point of the story. There’s still a bad ass villain in the story but it looks like we have yet to meet her. I’m looking forward to continuing to read this series. – Jene
I got all the way to the end only to find out that Gotham Academy won’t be back until June. June! That’s two full months without a fix of this book! Gah! Ok so now to my review. As usual, the art is everything. It’s just so mesmerizing! This issue did include some of the best story – the Killer Croc story line was wrapped up (for now), and now I will only look at him as a victim of his circumstances and an O.K. guy (croc?). Batman did some good ole ass-kicking, Olive did some brooding, and Maps was still adorable. But the cliffhanger really made this book. Freakin’ Damian Wayne will be attending the school. It’s about to get real at Gotham Academy. – Adrian
TMNT Mutanimals #2 – B+
Reeling off of the events of this months TMNT #44, going into Mutanimals #2 was a bit scary. Especially considering the history of this team and how the last series about them ended. Nervousness aside, things do get pretty insane in this issue. The gang tries to go back to the Null corporation and help free the other two mutants the company has captive. But, seeing as the team is not yet “a team” and mostly just outcasts thrown together by Old Hob, they are ultimately led into a huge ambush. Will any of them be able to escape and remedy the situation, or is the Mutanimals going to be a very short lived series? Next month’s issue will hopefully answer that. This issue definitely touches on elements from the past while also creating something of its own – especially since hardly any members of this team were in the original Mutanimals and the villain, Null, is now a woman instead of a Hulk sized man. This story has definitely changed. Let’s hope this creative team can give us time to recover from the loss us TMNT fans have already experienced this month, before throwing more pain is thrown our way. – Jacob
Samurai Jack #17 – B+
Samurai Jack this month offers us the second part to the “Master of Time” storyline. It guides us into the last phase of this series. This issue was particularly enjoyable. It was very much a representation of what 007 would be like if he were a 12th century Japanese warrior. “The name’s Jack… Samurai, Jack.” Jack is joined by a very cunning and very eager thief on a mission to break into the Master of Time’s lair to hopefully return Jack to the past. This is the best hope Jack has had for getting home in awhile, but will it hold true and allow our hero to finally be at peace? This issue was definitely entertaining and offered up a side of Jack these comics have not shown before; more of his Ninja side, and less endless robot destruction. Overall, this is one of the more fun issues of Jack, but as a result the storyline suffers a little and leaves us a bit unsatisfied with the ending. Still pleased with the journey, though! – Jacob
The Mice Templar #5 – B
When you start a new comic and don’t know what’s going on… gotta be grateful to the recap. I’m kinda wondering if there is any relation to the Secrets of Nimh? The art and tone are very similar. The mixture of watercolors and ink give the imagery a life that is really magical. Different mediums seems to be used for different characters and situations. The epic proportions of what’s going on in the story is almost too much to condense into a nice precise nugget. There is this mouse with a weighty and huge prophecy to carry on his shoulders; creatures and other worldly entities all investing and using Kalric for their own means. But currently the Mice of Templar are dealing with a mad king who threatens a kingdom. For not having that much background I was intensely pulled into the story. You get a real feel for how the world operates and not a second thought crops up that the world is told from the perspective of rodents and other animals. It’s awesome how epic one can develop mice this way! I’ve got so many comic books that are awesome to read now I don’t know what to do with all my time. But seriously, try this out. – Jené
Deathlok #6 – A-
This is one of my favorite comics right now. It really pulls at your heartstrings. Henry no longer has a facade to hide behind. There’s nothing to keep him from witnessing the horrors created by his own hands. The ability to erase his memory has been compromised and with the well-being of his daughter being dangled in front of him, he has no choice but to do the missions he’s been assigned. His life is becoming so manipulated that even his own daughter has been altered into a more “convenient” version of herself. And what exactly is happening to Agent Hope? The last panel of the issue suggests there’s more going on than meets the eye, as well. The character dynamics are really what make this issue. Everyone has clear motivations driving them forward. Mike’s only concern is the safety of his daughter. Agent Hope is hellbent on discovering the truth. Stories work best when the driving elements are strong and in this comic, they’re both strong and complex. While Mike is disgusted by the work he’s being forced to do, he is willing to sacrifice his morality as a medic to keep his daughter safe. It’s this complexity that really makes Deathlok an interesting narrative. I can’t wait for more. – Charlotte
Well, this is the last issue of Deadpool for the upcoming months – like it is for many other Marvel heroes. With this issue we don’t really see much into the how or what of Deadpool’s death, but we do get a good look at why, who will do it, where it may happen, and we obviously know when it will happen. Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan are making sure to hit us in “the feels” before hitting Deadpool with the final blow. This issue is enjoyable because it makes us actually like Deadpool. Even some of the most die-hard Wade fans will tell you they still don’t “like” him as a person. The story in this issue brings everything “Deadpool” to the forefront. Shiklah is back for a huge moment, Evan (Apocalypse) is hiding at Deadpool’s house with Michael and Benjamin Franklin, Preston still lives next door taking care of Deadpool’s daughter, and we even get a small panel showing a actual nice moment between Deadpool and Wolverine (another one of our favorite fallen Weapon X comrades). The story definitely seems to be coming to a very tragic, yet beautiful ending for the Merc with the Mouth we love to hate. The art is also spectacular, coming from Salva Espin this month. There’s a lot of humor infused into the art. Dramatic scenes typically show Deadpool with his mask off thus demonstrating the seriousness of the situation. Definitely try and catch up if you aren’t already. Pick this up and get ready because we only have one more month until (as odd as it sounds) Deadpool will finally say his last words. – Jacob
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of Three – House of Cards #1 – B-
It’s really hard to go wrong with a comic when you’ve got content from Stephen King to work with. While this issue relies a little too much on exposition at times for my taste, it is a genuinely good narrative. The mix of modern, western, and sci-fi elements always makes for a fun time and this issue really used them to it’s advantage. The humor is also really well done, especially when it comes to Eddie Dean’s scene in the lavatory. “What the hell are you doing in here?” “Curing cancer. What’s it look like?” The dialogue is great even though it doesn’t leave much to the reader’s imagination. Marvel definitely knows what it’s doing when to comes to adapting King’s work. Despite it’s change in medium, the same King feel comes across. Fans of The Dark Tower series will be pleased and those who don’t have much exposure to the author’s writing style will enjoy it all the same. -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.