Comic Book Reviews 11-04-15

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:

howard the duck 1 RTJ

Howard the Duck #1 – A
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Joe Quinones

Like always, Howard the Duck ends up being my favorite comic of the week and so much of this is due to my past love of the character, but much of my love for this new and the pre-Secret Wars series are due to Chip Zdarsky’s fantastic writing! It is such a great mix of classic and modern Howard that it melds together better than peanut butter and jelly. This story seems to take place not that far after the events before Secret Wars, but Howard is still depressed and feeling out of place. Despite having his new Skrull friend Tara Tam and Aunt May starting work at his office, Howard still wants to get home to Duckworld, despite hating it there. So Howard and Tara take a trip to ease his stress, only to find out that is was a ruse from Howard to try and find a portal into the nexus of all realties, with help from his old friend Man-Thing. But Man-Thing is busy with the Howling Commandos of Shield, so Howard is left with a couple villains trying to use the portal and ends up in yet another stressful interaction for our duck detective. Also, Gwenpool WTF?!?! – Jacob

Second Opinion (A)Anyone else feel a little uncomfortable with how hot septuagenarian Aunt May is? It’s making me question myself. Seriously though, I really love this duck. – Montgomery

Other Reviews: 

BOOM! Studios:

Klaus #1 – A
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora

It’s really hard to not give a Morrison comic an A+ on merit alone. But this book exemplifies why I hate the most commercial aspects of Christmas: the tradition handed down to us from, literally, Woolworth’s is garbage. All the stories are insipid, and the lesson of all of them is that desire is the kindling of magic. This Klaus, however, is awesome in a way our chubby fat guy in a red suit never is. Klaus is a wanderer outside of some place very Germanic and very frozen. He wanders into the wrong town (which used to be the right town) and is kicked out and nearly hunted. The town is run by a despotic and despondent family who, because of desire, have lost all sense of life. There isn’t much exploration of Klaus as a character in this first issue, but an image painted of what kind of world needs a Santa in the first place. This Santa’s pretty metal, and a little psychedelic. – Montgomery

Second Opinion (B)I’ll tread carefully for fear of coal in my stocking, but the book needs to do a better job of merging silly tone with extra-violent theme to really get on my Nice list. The art, though, is freaking incredible. – Sherif

DC/Vertigo Comics:

Justice League Darkseid Wars – Flash #1 – D
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Jesus Merino

Man, DC Comics is feeling like a lame college party trying to compete with a new fraternity rush. They are completely being outdone by Marvel in every way. Even the Darkseid Wars, which is one of DC’s strongest arcs right now, is being watered down by the multiple spin-off titles. Batman’s spotlight last week wasn’t bad, but this one was just awful. Barry’s obsession with saving everyone has forced him into a stand-off with Death. Sloppy art and a few “profound” moments later, and you’ve successfully wasted $4. – Sherif


Justice League Darkseid Wars – Superman #1 – F-
Writer: Francis Manapul
Artist: Bong Dazo

I wish I could truly tell the world how much I hate this issue. We get it – dickhead Superman is not relatable. He’s also a douchebag who yells at the waiter for not getting his apple pie in 3 panels. It’s basically a superlative for every stereotype we’ve ever thrown at DC for the Man of Steel. Super seriously, it’s something not even Mad magazine would wipe their ass with. You should be fucking ashamed of yourself, DC. – Sherif

Dynamite Entertainment:

James Bond #1 – B-
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Masters

This was a pretty quick read because there were no words for the first seven pages. Which is a little odd. However, I just finished watching Spectre, and this was a decent read in comparison. I like a story where drugs are considered bad, and this let’s us know from the get-go that we dealing with some bad people. It’s hard to tell how well this story will unfold, but for now, it was a decent first issue. – Adrian

Second Opinion (C+): I liked this iteration of James Bond. I especially like the parts with no words and lots of killing. – Sherif

IDW Publishing:

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #46 – B+
Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Alex Milne

When I saw Grimlock on the cover, I peed a little. TF:MTMTE has excelled at playing its cards close to its chest, and playing a long game. I think it’s been at least two years since we last saw Grim. Fort Max is sailing the universe rounding up former Decepticon fugitives guilty of selling Cybertronian technology. He runs across The Scavengers, a team of well meaning and mostly harmless Decepticons, who have been unknowingly been involved in a sort of robot trafficking scam. They’ve also been taking care of Grimlock who, the last time we saw him, was wondering aimlessly with seemingly no thoughts in his head. The story isn’t particularly ground breaking, and his return isn’t quite a world breaking fireworks show (nor is it a full return yet, from what we can see), but the whole comic was a sweet character study of some pretty minor characters. – Montgomery

Image Comics:

Monstress #1 – A
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda

Damn. One amazing start to a new story. This creative team is a force not to be reckoned with. To be honest this was the first time I’ve heard of Liu, but after looking her up she has quite the resume on her.  She’s worked on Astonishing X-Men and Black Widow. At the end of the comic Liu says she got the inspiration for this comic from this stories her grandparents told about horrors they experienced during World War II. She wanted to write a story about survival, racial hatred, and the concept of fighting something monstrous. I really loved the fact that this was 75 pages instead of the usual 15-25. I don’t think I could have handled this same story taking three week to get to.  Maika the main character of the story and are is too good for that. Yes, let me wax poetic about the art. It is come of the most beautiful and intricate stuff I have seen in a long time. I found myself getting lost/wondering in the panels longer than I do with most comic books. It really begs you to sit with it longer. The narrative also treats you like you’re part of the world and doesn’t give you any heavy exposition. You’re exploring the world as the characters move though the plot. Creep factor that still makes me squirm: the witches of this series literally cut the Arcaics into chucks and eat them in order to absorb their power. So very gross, but also interesting in terms of creating a certain type of magical system. I highly recommended that people read this story. I don’t think many will be disappointed in what is all trying to be accomplished here. – Jené


Elephantmen #67 – A-
Writer: 
Richard Starkings
Artist: Axel Medellin

For Walking Dead fans, I compare this issue a lot to this last week’s episode with Morgan and his Yoda-esque idol Eastman; I am left wondering much like with Glenn, and similarly, I am wondering what happened to Ebony in Elephantmen. This issue, although just as action-packed, gives us little hope for Ebony and even makes us even more terrified of his outcome in seeing one of those damn alligators dragging him and biting his leg before going back to the action with the main crew for this story. Despite the action continuing and all the Elephantmen and their friends being in terrible danger at the start of this issue, we get to see a great flashback with Trench and how he actually saved Agathe years back, which must be pretty damning realizing how many Elephantmen he killed after that day. We leave this issue with just as much anticipation as the last ,wanting to know more now and making sure our heroes are fine… At least in the month until we find out what happens next we will likely find out about Glenn on The Walking Dead. – Jacob


Axcend #2 – B
Writer: Shane Davis
Artist: Michelle Delecki
Colorist: Morry Hollowell

In the last issue the in game betas started to show up in real life, which also includes the special in game powers. At the start of this issue we are introduced to the real life persona of Rayne. In this case she is a famous pop-singer gamer also called Rain. Rain is that pop star that tabloids love. She’s big on sex, drugs, and drinking. She’s also a world class gamer. She pulls Dog out of the game and they track down Morn and now they are teaming up to stop Ruin before he gets his beta. Ruin is sort of an unstoppable killing machine so it would be in everyone’s best interest if he was stopped. Maybe next issue. – Scott


Paper Girls #2 – B
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Cliff Chiang

I like how little dialogue there is in this book. The art and colors are still really mesmerizing to me, which helps me read it quickly. I have more questions than answers this time. Is it demons? Time-travelers? Aliens? The Japanese? I don’t know, but I look forward to finding out. Also, I hope the cool girl isn’t really dead. – Adrian

Second Opinion (C): Just because no Remender book can be normal reading, Paper Girls gets way to convoluted way too quickly. Hopefully Remender can help guide readers to the actual story sooner than later. – Sherif


Nailbiter #17 – C
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson

That was disappointing. I still love this series, but what a bunch of filler. There was nothing that was memorable. The most important players in this issue have had little to no time in the series before, so any revelations that were to be had seemed minuscule to the audience. Better luck next time, I suppose. – Adrian

Second Opinion (B-)Don’t get me wrong, I still very much enjoy Nailbiter but at this point it feels like they are building up so much intrigue, and so much mystery that there is no way the actual climax will live up to its own hype. I’m really into the new story lines outside of Buckaroo at this point, but I can’t shake the feeling that even after all these issues we all haven’t accomplished much. – Keriann


We Stand on Guard #5 – C
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Steve Skroce

Call me bitter, but I got really bummed when I found out this would be a six-part mini-series instead of an on-going tale. All the momentum and excitement I felt I’d have for years is now going to be boiled down into one final issue, and for that to be the case, I was largely underwhelmed. Turns out that Amber’s brother is still alive, in some weird prison with Chief McFadden. There are some interesting moving parts in the story, but it doesn’t feel much like a climax is building. Vaughan is now killing characters at will now to help wrap things up. I’m just really disappointed – for a minute there, I almost really liked Canadians. – Sherif

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Invincible Iron Man #3 – A
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor

I love everything about this book. I’m ready to let go of all inhibitions and just be an Iron Man fan. Bendis has made this book hilarious but action-packed, the tech upgrades are subtle yet impressive, and the art, holy cow, the art is spectacular. This is by far my favorite book of the All-New All-Different launch, and mostly because it keeps me dying of laughter while actually having a story to tell. Some books fail by being so funny they don’t think there needs to be a story, or taking themselves so seriously that they have been pigeon-holed into not being relatable. This is a complete 180 from the a-hole Tony Stark in Superior Iron Man, and I am loving it. – Sherif

Second Opinion (B+)The art is still off the wall. The “rude” retorts are hilarious. And it is good to note to say “Hail Hydra” to anyone if you want to date them, just to make sure. You never know. – Adrian


Star Wars #11 – A
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor

The was full of actiony goodness. There was excellent pacing between the three story lines happening at once. It didn’t feel clunky going from storyline to storyline. Watching Chewbacca fight Dengar was pretty sweet. I like these look-ins on these lesser known characters. Luke is busy fighting a giant beast that regularly eats lava monsters, so that’s no good. We finally got the story on the whole Mrs. Solo thing, to so surprise it was a way to con someone. My favorite bit came at the end though when we got Han being Han. – Scott


Doctor Strange #2 – B+
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Chris Bachalo

There seems to be a pattern with these new Marvel books of using a two issue arc to tease at a larger narrative. It’s not bad, but it makes the introduction to these “new” (new like the 60s) worlds seem a little shallow. The librarian with the maggot cursed brain continues receiving help from Strange (spoiler: she gets better). Strange’s magic goes wonky. In a serious missed opportunity, she wanders into a room in Strange’s house that leads to a wasteland paved in bones roamed by the walking dead. I want to go into THAT world! I think the problem with this story and the Vision story is half the world is populated by characters we don’t really have much reason to care about (the librarian isn’t a very gripping character, especially given who Strange drinks with) and making them the focus. Whatever. I’m old and nearly dead. These are comics for Dora-the-Explorer hologram children. I can read it or lie in the street and wait for nature to reclaim my corpse. Note: not actually nearly dead. – Montgomery.


Extraordinary X-Men #1 – B+
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Colorist: Edgar Delgado

What Jeff Lemire does best is taking something that’s been convoluted and over-complicated, and making it feel organic; he did it with Green Arrow, and Justice League Dark, and here again with Extraordinary X-Men. There are some gaps in time that beg some explaining to new readers, but it’s a wonderful transition from the last All-New X-Men canon. Not only is Old Man Logan joining the fold, but Illyana (one of my favorite X-Men who never gets any shine) and Piotr are back. The mutant “situation” is worse than ever, with mutants being hunted down like animals, and the Terrigen Mists eliminating the possibility of new mutants sprouting up. It’s X-Men at its roots, something that I am completely behind. – Sherif


Deadpool #1 – B+
Writer: 
Gerry Duggan
Artist: Mike Hawthorne, Terry Pallot, Val Staples

This issue starts off in a grand Deadpool fashion with craziness abound. Just like most post-Secret Wars titles, there isn’t much explanation offered as to how things got to where they are. Despite being all over the place, and having TONS of Deadpools, it was very well done, and even ties into the Uncanny Avengers title a little bit, which will help explain how Deadpool is an Avenger now and why and how he is helping fund the Avengers. Gerry Duggan comes back as writer in a grand Deadpool fashion: plenty of laughs, confusion, and bloody action. It also has plenty of nods to Deadpool’s pre-Secret Wars life with glimpses of Shikla, Adsit, and Preston, but not enough to know how they are or why Adsit has a huge beard. Mike Hawthorne’s pencils and Terry Pallot’s inks are fantastic for this issue and give me lot of hope for Deadpool art in the coming future, and Val Staples colors complete the trifecta of art into near Perfect Deadpool fashion. – Jacob


Drax #1 – B-
Writer: 
CM Punk, Cullen Bunn
Artist: Scott Hepburn, Matt Milla

Drax finally has his own modern series where we see his adventures outside the Guardians, but it proves to be a little lackluster when compared to Rocket and Groot’s solo adventures. I am sure in time this story will flourish and my negativity may just come from the fact I enjoyed/ am enjoying Rocket and Groot’s solo adventures (even if the other is in each others stories). This story worried me from the start though because the modern take on Drax has a very dry sense of humor to it while also having the potential to be extremely violent, very much on the same side as Deadpool, but at least Deadpool knows he is and tries to be funny where Drax is funny by just being dead serious. I do have to say CM Punk (with Cullen Bunn) had a great story here for his debut with his full series for Marvel and can only see him improving which gives me a lot of hope for the future of the series. Scott Hepburn and Matt Milla’s art is a spectacular mix of near surrealism and realism mixed into comic book fashion. Definitely a style I am totally down with. – Jacob


Nova #1 – C+
Writer: Sean Ryan
Arist: Cory Smith

Ugh. I hate kid heroes. “How’m I going to balance school work and killing giant lizards? What if Lizzie won’t go to the prom with me? Oh no! All my acne ruptured inside this helmet!” Dumb. What’s with all these “stay in school kids!” messages in all the Marvel books I’ve read this week? This book wasn’t terrible, but I feel like it’s a waste of time to pick up a book about one of Marvel’s cosmic heroes and have half the book be about seeing a movie with your buds and passing an English test. I mean, seriously, I’ve got another five paragraphs in me about this topic. It’s the same reason I hated Sesame Street as a kid: if I wanted to see regular sauce humans stumbling around being horrible and stupid, I’d just pay attention to the noxious swarm buzzing around me 24/7. When I pick up a book called NOVA about space cops, I expect to see some space action, not literally rescuing cats from burning houses. Spider-Man can handle that. I mean, also regular people can handle that. Like I said, the comic isn’t horrible, but if I don’t get equal parts space adventure in my space comic, I couldn’t care less about a hero’s personal life. – Montgomery


Vision #1 – C
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Vision is one of those characters whom I really love and identify with, but for whom finding a good story seems impossible. Since the new Marvel turned things around with Doc Strange, I had hopes for Vision. But I was kind of let down. The premise is that the Vision has made a family for himself and wants to live as normal a life as the thinking feeling son of Ultron can (so, that’s the origin we’re sticking with?). He has a wife, a son, and a daughter. The book has a cool premise, but it spends so much time trying to be literary in that way that screams “THIS IS WHAT SITCOMS THINKS WRITERS DO” that nothing really seems to happen. I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but, look: Because, yeah: nothing screams well adjusted like high schoolers. Maybe the point is that Vision isn’t as intelligent as he thinks he is, but things like this smack more of lazy writing, or perhaps some kind “let’s get the kids reading the comic books” PR initiative, than something the Vision might actually do. I feel 100% convinced that someone as smart as him would watch TV for 15 minutes and, correctly, conclude, “Oh, for sure, school is the last place I want to to send a person I have any hope of being balanced. And then they all get murdered. But probably not. – Montgomery

 


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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.

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Comic Book Reviews 03-11-15

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:

Howard the Duck #1

 

Howard the Duck #1 – A

(A+) I know, I know. An A+ for Howard the Duck makes me seems like I am quacking crazy, but trust me, this issue deserves it for many reasons. To start off, this series caught a lot of flack because of the movie and past controversy which has kind of damned this character to obscurity despite the fact he was once a character Marvel banked on so much that his film was the first full length film based off ANY Marvel character. This issue does bank off the success of his second film appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy a bit, but does so in a way that it is its own universe while also connecting Howard to a more celestial level than just hanging in Cleveland. But the good stuff here is seeing the artist for Sex Criminals, Chip Zdarsky take on the writing duties for Howard, bringing together a little of the past good incarnations of Howard together while also adding a large amount of humor and wit. This issue also features cameos from some great Marvel characters from Howard’s history making this a very enjoyable read for old fans while also making sure to create a Howard all his own that will blow any memory of George Lucas’s film out of your mind like water off a duck. Joe Quinones does the art for this issue, which is a perfect mix of realism and absurdity. This art fits Howard very well as the series is obviously meant to make a joke out of Howard while also making sure to let people know he is a duck you always have to take seriously. So I suggest you migrate to your nearest store and pick up the breakout Marvel Comic of the year, because if this series keeps up this quality, not liking Howard will finally be the odd opinion out. – Jacob

(B+) I think the statement, “I kind of liked the Howard the Duck movie,” probably ranks up there with, “Hitler had some good ideas,” in the various nerd realms. However, I kind of liked Howard the Duck movie, and ever since my dad showed me that cinema monstrosity as an 8 year old (duck boobs certainly left… an impression), I’ve really loved the character of Howard. But I feel so burned by Marvel from the past decade of churning out terrible and clichéd after terrible and clichéd event books that I’m still nervous about relaunches, despite some fantastic books like Squirrel Girl and Young Avengers, and especially relaunches of characters I like. But I liked Howard the Duck #1. I liked the art, I liked the fact that he wasn’t written as “Wolverine, but, like, a duck,” which seems to be the easiest out. I like the way the story starts in the middle of the action with him being released from prison. I like the way it made Spider-Man seem kind of like a wiener. I like the way it admits Marvel totally stole the Black Cat idea from DC’s Catwoman. I like that, this go around, Bev is arguably the more badass of the two. I like the fact that Marvel is finally embracing the fact that, if their universe were representative of reality, it would be weird as hell, and so you have She-Hulk as his secretary reading a BuzzFeed article entitled “20 Cat Pictures That’ll Make You Forget You Live in a World of Super-Powered Wonder and Horror.” I like that the book’s action and drama is serious enough to make you care about Howard as a duck, but the world isn’t so serious that it isn’t willing to look itself and say, “Yeah, I guess this is a little silly.”

– Montgomery

Other Reviews: 

DC/Vertigo Comics: 

Batman: Arkham Knight #1 – B

The events of the Arkham games are coming to a close. This series takes place between Arkham City and the new Arkham Knight. To no one’s surprise, despite being dead, the Joker is still as deadly as ever. I’m still not sure if we’re going to see some return of the killer clown. Putting a body in an incinerator kind of finalizes things, but you never know. It seems that Bruce Wayne still can’t catch more than a 24 hour break between having to deal with all of the nasty that Gotham City has to offer. I feel bad for the guy. The Arkham Knight has yet to reveal himself to Batman yet, but the Electrocutioner had an up close encounter. I’m waiting to see what the Scarecrow’s plans are since we haven’t seen him since the first game and we know he has a bunch of Titan with him. – Scott

Detective Comics: Endgame #1 – B
 
I’ve never read Detective Comics, but I really liked what I read here. In the same world as the Joker-pocalypse, a kid named Lonnie realizes he needs to save his mom from the Jokies (That was my attempt at splicing the words Joker and zombies tother. It’s lame, I know.). Batwoman, Batgirl, Nightwing and a few other step in and help Lonnie and his friends save his mom. The whole thing was pretty bad-ass and there was even a moral at the end. I enjoyed this issue enough that I realize my mistake in not reading Detective Comics before. – Adrian

Dynamite:

Shaft #4 – B+
 
This is the best issue of Shaft so far! Bookended with the theme of home, this is the first time Shaft has shown us the detective skills of John and just how seedy everyone around him really is. I was particularly affected by the artwork this week. I don’t know if that was partially because I thought the story was better, or because the art was really just that much better, but either way, it was pleasing to my eyes. Now that John has pieced more of the puzzle together, it looks like this arc will end soon and hopefully pave the way for a deeper character study of this bad mutha. – Adrian

Image Comics:

Surface #1 – B+

I can’t tell you how much I love the fact that weird sci-fi is becoming a new standard over at Image. I think it’s part of what makes them better than the other guys. Surface takes some pretty high concept ideas, like the holonomic theory of the universe (pioneered by David Bohm, friend of Owen Barfield, the Oxford Inkling’s in-house philosopher), which purports that the real reality of the universe is an infinite single dimension plate of infinitely defense information. Our experience of the universe is a 3D projection of that information. I tried to read David Bohm’s book he wrote on his theory, but it is a single 400 page long physics equation. Surface takes that idea, and some others, and has a mysterious Garden of Eden-like wonderland spontaneously appearing across the planet. A group of misanthropes (my favorite kind of thropes) rebelling against their post-apocalyptic 1984 always observed world to find an appearance of the Surface. It’s a really cool book so far. The art feels like it’s tapping into Transmetropolitan and Akira, and the storytelling mimics what it’s like living in a world where your thought processes can be interrupted at any moment by advertisements and competing media. Which is jarring, and while I’m positive that’s the author’s intention, the interspersed interviews with an author (who I’m 90% certain is supposed to be Grant Morrison) get a little too jarring. Nevertheless, this is a pretty awesome book that’ll help stuff your brain with real knowledge meat. – Montgomery

Spawn Resurrection #1 – B

It took some convincing from God, who came in the form of his old dog. God spelled backwards is Dog, surely that can’t be coincidence. Al Simmons is back from purgatory to seriously hurt some people. With a world that is mirrored after our own we see “We can’t breathe” signs and police protests. Needless to say I can’t wait to see Al take up the mantle again and deal with the corrupt and evil. Also I wouldn’t hate to see more God dog…..new idea for a comic book. – Scott

Postal #2 – B-
 
Was it just me, or was this issue incredibly short? I still am really interested in the story of Mark and this crazy town he lives in, but I felt like we didn’t get enough of him this week. He is most compelling character, so I really prefer his story and his prospective. There were more questions created than answers…answered this week. I suppose that is a good thing, but after the debut issue, I thought we would go more into the mystery of who the dead girl was then have it answered so non-chalantly. I am looking forward to where this series goes and certainly won’t judge it for a mediocre second issue. – Adrian

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Ant-Man #3 – A-

This issue was absolutely hilarious. Scott finds himself doing security for an office supply warehouse that had just a few too many paperclips. Enter Taskmaster. Who as it turns out is just a witty as Scott is, so this issue had some of the most amazing back and forth I have seen. I am continuously telling people to read this book. It isn’t life-changing or poignant (at least not yet), but it is the perfect comic for anyone who is new to the genre and for anyone who is a devout fan of Marvel books. – Adrian

Deadpool #43 – A-

If you like your Deadpool extra brutal then this is the issue for you! But what else would you expect from the Merc with the Mouth when he only has two issues left to live and obviously knows it. In this week’s issue, we see the battle between Deadpool and Omega Red and the Roxxon corporation continue making for one of the most violent Deadpool issues for many months. With Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan doing the writing for these last couple of issues we can guarantee that Deadpool will have a couple pretty dramatic and brutal issues leading to his life ending quicker than Chimichanga’s digesting inside his stomach. Salvia Espin does the art for this issue with Val Staples as the colorist and man… I cannot imagine the amount of red they used to color this issue. But the art and story here combine to create a very dark start to the end of Deadpool and one that will likely make Wolverine’s death look mild. – Jacob

Star Wars #3 – A-

(A) Jason Aaron continues the excellent writing for this Star Wars series. Luke’s anger and inner struggle comes through very well. And Vader’s obsession with Obi-Wan is strictly expressed with the dialogue. The always excellent John Cassaday brings the page alive, especially when Chewbacca is bashing aliens in the face, aliens that seem to just be a gathering of tentacles by the way. A small highlight from the book is toward the end seeing two men bringing “yet another dead Rodian” out to the desert to bury. As usual I will be looking forward to the next issue. – Scott

(B) Explosions, lightsaber battles, wookiee tosses!! Issue #3 of Star Wars was violent and action packed. And I applaud the show. The panels are beautifully detailed. Scenes of destruction are epic and brilliantly illustrated. Props to John Cassaday and Laura Martin! The other aspects of this issue ooze with classic Star Wars themes and structure. Luke is still a cheery, optimistic farm boy in every way. Han is a scruffy looking nerf-herder, Leia is a fiery, no-nonsense princess and they both have a secret “thing” for each other. 3PO is annoying, Chewy is bad ass, and Darth Vader is not to be f**ked with. I’m torn with my feelings at this point. On one hand I love the nostalgia and how Jason Aaron is staying so true to the franchise. On the other hand, I want to see something new and different. I’d like to see the limits pushed (just a little bit…). We’re in a new era of Star Wars. The classics will never die and let that console us all. Now is the time to start mixing things up – very minimally. – Taylor

Captain Marvel #13 – B+

I was really impressed with this month’s Captain Marvel. We got away from the silliness of recent issues past, and the wonderful humor from the first few issues was put back in place. The Captain had some great banter with her ship, she saved the day, and characters who could sometimes be distracting were set free, but in a good way. I don’t know what this means for Captain Marvel’s future, but it seems like the entire first 13 issues of this series will be but a memory for a while. I’m ok with that. – Adrian

Guardians Team-Up #2 – B

In the second issue, we start off where we left off with everyone knocked out and Gamora taken by Nebula. As everyone regains consciousness they realize Gamora is missing and immediately head after her taking the very earthbound first issue into the Guardians normal battleground of space. They end up tracking Nebula down for a final battle but will they be able to retrieve Gamora from her and what are the motives of why Gamora was taken in the first place?  It all wraps up at a point where we can see how this story will be influencing the Black Vortex story within this series for next week’s issue. Long time Guardians writer Brian Michael Bendis does a great job mixing these seemingly two-tiered Avengers with the Guardians and making sure both fit together well and that the story is written well enough to not discount any character involved, even with Rocket insulting all the Avengers involved. Stephanie Roux and Jay Leisten take on the art for this issue together and give us a very solid issue artistically, keeping up with last issue and hopefully paving the way for more artists to amazes us each week this series goes on. – Jacob

Spider Gwen #2 – B

Yay!! More Spider-Gwen. Double yay for more Spider-Ham!! For fans familiar with the Spider-Verse events, you’ll be pleased to know that Spider-Ham has become Gwen Stacy’s conscience. If you’re unfamiliar with the origins of Spider-Ham, then this issue will be annoyingly baffling. I highly recommend reading the Spider-Verse comics if you haven’t! There’s lots of character focus in this issue – which is great and necessary for this type of story. We’re also getting a good mix of other Marvel characters. Vulture, King Pin, Matt Murdock. In a juicy and interesting twist of events the blind and acrobatically talented lawyer is actually a bad guy this time around. Love it. Marvel and Jason Latour are 2 for 2 on this new web-slinging title! – Taylor

Thor #6 – C+

This week’s Thor brings us a story more based on the male Thor, or just Odinson as he calls himself now, and his investigation into whom the new female Thor could be. This investigation takes him across the universe questioning anyone he can and visiting just about every woman he knows, all the while Odin is being a typical power hungry god and sending all his forces after Thor to retrieve Mjlinor and bring it back to Asgard. It was a little refreshing to see what everyone else is up to but also quite odd to have an issue where the main character only appears on a couple pages and most of those are one-panel pages. Jason Aaron still has writing duties for this issue which surprises me a little seeing the lack of Thor in Thor despite the original Thor being present, confusing enough yet? Well everyone else in this comic universe is just as confused and nothing gets figured out this issue leading us to believe this mystery of Thor may not be discovered until Secret Wars is closer. Russell Dauterman takes art duties and does an incredible job bringing Thor to life here, and gives us a great mix of reality and Thor’s Norse mythology together to make for a very visually pleasing issue. – Jacob

The Amazing Spider-Man #16 – C

Things are slow to getting back on track with a non-Inheritor themed storyline. Before the Spider-Verse event Peter Parker and Parker Industries made a grand proposal for construction of a superhuman prison/rehab facility. This is where we start in issue #16. Spider-Man is busy fighting Iguana while simultaneously taking phone calls from Aunt May and Anna Maria. The situation is the same-old here – Peter is neglecting his non-superhero duties. That really sums up what’s happening this issue – it’s pretty uneventful. I’m also confused as to why Parker Industries has to present a proposal and compete to build the super-prison when it was Parker Industries that came up with the idea. The brightest moment came on the very last panel where we meet Spidey’s new nemesis, Ghost! Spider-Man vs. Ghost… I’m excited. – Taylor

 


Funniest Panel:

Ant-Man #3
Ant-Man #3

 

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Surface #1
Surface #1

 

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.