Comic Book Reviews 09-02-15

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:

miracleman 1 cover panel 09.02.15

Miracleman Book Four: The Golden Age #1 – A+
Creative Team: Neil Gaiman (Writer), Mark Buckingham (Artist)
I debated on A vs. A+ for several minutes before leaning into that extra little plus. The Miracleman relaunch being done by Marvel after having bought the whole thing is hit and miss. Most people (myself included) don’t care about the stuff not written by Alan Moore and Gaiman, and Marvel just did a chronological rerelease. They’re also dragging their feet. But at the same time, the fact that they’re doing it at all means that, to quote from the book, god is in his heaven, and all is right with the world. Gaiman’s arc picks up after the world destroying battle that concluded Moore’s run (the only run I’ve read in its entirety). Miracleman is now god, essentially, living in an impossibly tall miles high tower, and he meets with pilgrims and grants (or not) requests. The journey to the top kills many and drives others insane. Only two of our original 4 make it, one gets her wish, one does not. The one that doesn’t (and here’s the “+”) is heartbreaking. And no justification is offered up. It’s a heart aching reflection of what living on this stupid planet is like. Get out there and read it twice. – Montgomery

Other Reviews: 

Bongo Comics:

Futurama Comics #76 – A-
Creative Team: 
Eric Rogers (Writer) Tone Rodriguez (Artist)
I can’t believe I am about to say this but this issue actually makes Zapp Brannigan look good for once! No I don’t have a brain slug on my head, it is the honest to goodness truth, but in good old Zapp style it doesn’t last too long, and its all because of America’s favorite & worst president Richard Nixon! In the story Zapp is a perfect soldier until Nixon clones him and things go horribly wrong. With Zapp slowly descending into the flabby mad man we know, Nixon must find another way to win the many wars he has waged in hope of a perfect Zapp army and Nixon even brings in The Marveleers to help (A very rag tag team of heroes resembling the Avengers). But not even they could withstand the idiocy that is Zapp! Eric Rogers does the writing for this issue and it is a very enjoyable Futurama issue and as always would make a great episode. We get to have Tone Rodriguez, my favorite Bongo comics artist doing the pencils while Phyllis Novin does the ink and Robert Stanly fills in the colors rounding it out to be my favorite issue of the week! – Jacob

DC/Vertigo Comics:

DC Bombshells #2 – A
Creative Teams: (Wonder Woman/Mera) Marguerite Bennett (Writer), Laura Braga (Artist); (Supergirl/Stargirl) Marguerite Bennett (Writer), Stephen Mooney (Artist), Wendy Broome (Colorist); (Joker’s Daughter, Zatanna) Marguerite Bennett (Writer), Tim Naifeh (Artist)

Wonder Woman and Mera’s story was about breaking Steve Trevor out of his prison and taking him to back to his homeland so they can help stop WWII. Wonder Woman gets jumped in order to get her gauntlets. This story was pretty unclear as to what was going on, but it was pretty, so I’ll give it that.

Joker’s Daughter and Zatanna was a really messed up story. It seems pretty obvious that Duela Dent would be a Nazi, because, well duh. It seems she is holding Zatanna captive as her own personal mutant of sorts. Oh, and Constantine is Zatanna’s rabbit in the statue this is based off of? Weird.

Finally, we have the Supergirl/Stargirl story. And the entire reason I am giving the book an A of any sort. This story made me cry it was so beautiful. We get more of a back story into why Kara and Kortni are sisters. The use of Russian story telling is craftily done, and the art was to die for. I absolutely loved how the backstory was told using Russian-style mural art (honestly, I don’t know what else to call it, but either way, it was amazing). I would go for a Supergirl/Stargirl Red Son type book from here on out as it’s own series, headed by Marguerite Bennett and drawn by Stephen Mooney. You hear that, DC? – Adrian

Second Opinion (A): This mini-series is far from a cash grab. There’s so much substance and research that went into this book, surprising not only because of it’s content (pin-up style superheroines), but because it’s a weekly digital-first series. This book is the BOMB…shell. – Sherif

Batman Beyond #4 – B-
Creative Team: Dan Jurgens (Writer), Bernard Chang (Artist)
We don’t have a solution to the Eye yet, but Tim is back in town and everyone in Gotham knows. This issue didn’t wow me; the fight between Tim and team vs. Evil was long and drawn out. I feel like there still isn’t enough character development for me to feel anything for any of these characters despite their names. However, the best part of the issue was the tie-in to the current Batman story line when Commisionner Barbara Gordon shows Tim the “Batman 2.0 suit,” the one her dad is using right now to fight crime. That’s right. The robot suit. – Adrian

Green Lantern #43 – C+
Creative Team: Robert Venditti (Writer), Billy Tan & Martin Coccolo (Penciler), Tony Aviña (Colorist)
DC is trying really hard to make us like Green Lantern right now. Of all the GL-centric books, this is the best – but it’s nowhere near where it could be with the right guidance. The problem is that the book skips ahead in time (unless I missed the entire Corps disappearing?), leaving us with only one familiar character who is having somewhat of an identity crisis. The humor in this issue has helped stave off some of the bore, but overall, I feel GL could benefit from some more constructs – that gauntlet is wicked awesome – and a more direct path laid out for what is going on – Sherif

Detective Comics #43 – C-
Creative Team: Brian Buccellato (Writer), Fernando Blanco (Artist)
You can almost consider this a prelogue to “Okay, Now James Gordon will be Batman for Reals.” The mystery turned out to be a huge flop, not nearly half as exciting as it led on to believe. Also, the big showdown with Joker’s daughter is sooo dumb. Even Batman isn’t interested in what’s going on. The good news is that, with the formalities out of the way, we can finally get a decent story out of this unit. As disappointed as I was that this turned out to be little more than a formal introduction, it does feel pretty nostalgic to have Gordon, Bullock, and Montoya back together. – Sherif

IDW Publishing: 

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #44 – A
Creative Team: James Roberts (Writer), Hayato Sakamoto (Artist)
Finally MTMTE is getting back into some story instead of the stupid diversions this book has a tendency to veer into. In this book, they meet the mythical Necrobot, the Transformer version of Death. He keeps a massive planetwide memorial to every bot killed in any of the wars. I hope he comes back. For what seems like it might be a shallow concept, they managed to write some depth into him. – Montgomery

Danger Girl: Renegade #1 – B
Creative Team: Andy Hartnell (Writer), Stephen Molnar (Artist)
This was my first introduction to Danger Girl and I really liked it. The art was a good homage to J. Scott Campbell’s style (he is the co-creator of the book). The story was a good background for anyone new or old to the series. We start with Abbey Chase as a little girl, and we get to see two of her child hood “adventures.” Time jump to the present, and she is an adult with an Indiana Jones flair. I loved all the scenery changes from Egypt to Norway to Ecuador. This issue got me interested in all the originals, which is what it was supposed to do. – Adrian

Image Comics:

We Stand On Guard #3 – A-
Creative Team: Brian K Vaughan (Writer), Steve Skroce (Artist)
I love this book. I love anything Brian K. Vaughan does, really. Even when not much is happening, I always feel like the book is set at an appropriate pace. I feel immersed in what the characters are going through, and am genuinely invested in their story – even if they are Canadian. The only unfortunate part of that is that most of this issue involves torture. Artificially-induced physical torture, as well as some really disgusting mental torture. War sucks, so I’m glad the creators of this book are making other characters go through it so I don’t have to. – Sherif

Plutona #1 – B-
Creative Team: Jeff Lemire & Emi Lenox (Writer), Emi Lenox (Penciler), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist)
I’ve been itching for a new original Jeff Lemire book for months now! Trillium was good, but it was so far out there that I was left wishing for a more relatable book. This still isn’t it… but it’s not space time and time travel. A group of believable kids (they’re all assholes) find the crumpled up body of a fallen superhero. The first issue is very vague, giving us more introduction to the characters’ personalities than to the world they live in. That is the Lemire way. Also, I absolutely love that Jordie Bellaire (Moon Knight) got picked up on another awesome title! – Sherif

Second Opinion (B+) Freaks and Geeks meets Justice League. Wowee wow on the art. Great writing. Kids who say “fuck” a lot. I like it. – Adrian

8House #3 – D
Creative Team: Brandon Graham (Writer), Xurxo G. Penalta (Artist
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OK, I’m done reading this series. I’m still extremely lost and have no fracking clue how this issue is supposed to fit with the current story happening. This issue is cool for what it is alone. Even if it does relate to the last issue it’s hard to imagine as it seems to suddenly switch genre.  This level of discombobulation is neither fun nor enjoyable. Which is sad, because if this were a first issue I think it would have been a fantastic introduction issue. Oh well. I tired. Onto other comics. –Jené

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Groot #4 – A-
Creative Team: 
Jeff Loveness (Writer), Brian Kessinger (Artist)
We finally get to see Rocket again!!! This is definitely one of the most story packed issues of Groot so far and has great dialogue from Rocket, Groots team, and Rocket’s captor, Eris. The issue focuses on Groots final moments before he reaches Eris’s ship to save his friend and the battle that comes from the rescue. I have to say this is one of the best and most enjoyable Marvel titles on shelves now for me. The writing so far has been superb coming from Jeff Loveness and having Brian Kessingers art takes this comic on a scale of 1-10 all the way to 11. This issue did feel a bit fast especially with Groot finding and assembling his team to help save Rocket which makes things paced a bit weird, but other than that it is definitely my favorite Marvel series in print right now and can not wait to see what happens in the next issue and if we ever will really see Rocket and Groot as the dynamic team we know them as again. – Jacob

Second Opinion (A): This is the cutest flarkin book out right now! It moves at a slow yet natural pace, and is so uplifting! Even if your superpower is giving people the hiccups, you are special. Awww! – Sherif

Deadpool vs. Thanos #1 – B+
Creative Team: Tim Seeley (Writer), Elmo Bondoc (Artist)
We all saw this coming right? Two of Marvel’s biggest characters at the moment, whom also happen to share a certain love interest in Lady Death. Which just so happen to be what causes the versus part of this title. Tim Seeley has writing duties for this issue and does a good job of introducing us to the plot and getting the story rolling, while also adding a bit of a twist on why exactly Deadpool can’t die. The story is all about Thanos basically beating the crap out of Deadpool for his affair with Lady Death all the while thinking Deadpool is responsible for her disappearance. Is Deadpool actually responsible, well you have to read the comic silly… The art is fantastic coming from the hand of Elmo Bondoc for this issue giving us a pretty brutal look at what exactly Thanos can do to someone who has a healing factor and it’s not pretty. Expect quite a good story here for the 4 issues it will last but also expect thing to move fast for the same reason. – Jacob

Thors #3 – B+
Creative Team: Jason Aaron (Writer), Chris Sprouse & Goran Sudzuka (Penciler); Karl Story & Dexter Vines (Inkers)
Thors is really turning itself around. Again, I gotta say this is what Secret Wars should be doing: interesting character studies by putting the characters in bizarre situations. Thorlief (who is, I think, the Battleworld version of the 616Thor? Maybe?) interrogates Loki, and Loki gets under his skin the way Loki does, and it makes him think. Thorlief begins to uncover a bizarre conspiracy involving the murder of all Donald Blakes and Jane Fosters (616’s human counterpart and wife). It got pretty interesting. As a sidenote: I want a story about Destroyer Thor. I want to see him go home to his Destroyer Wife and have Destroyer Dinner, and complain about how he was passed over for a Destroyer Promotion because of Destroyer Racism. Pls, Mrvl, pls? – Montgomery

Spider-Island #3 – B+
Creative Team: Christos Cage (Writer), Paco Diaz (Artist)
Spider-Island delivers: it’s fast, weird, fun. In this issue, Tony “The Goblin” Stark goes crazy and he decides the best thing for him to do is sacrifice himself. I think the book’s pacing and the fact that it kind of ignores itself being all epic makes it worth it. One of the easiest and most fun Secret Wars books you can get into. – Montgomery

Age of Apocalypse #3 – B-
Creative Team: Fabian Nicieza (Writer), Gerardo Sandoval (Artist)
The art doesn’t stop, which is good because the story takes a baffling turn (and what the fuck good is Douglas yet? None? That’s what I thought). Essex and Dark Beast finally extract from this realm’s Danvers what the secret weapon the humans have is, and it turns out it’s a canister full of mutant Round-Up: a virus that means instant death. I never realized how many mutant stories revolved around mutant extinction until this Secret Wars event, but if Mutancy is a parable for homosexuality (and probably transsexuality), then I guess it makes sense. Anyways, Capital-A Apocalypse drops the biggest bomb (SPOILERS, SO LOOK YE AWAY TO KEEP YON CHRISTIAN EYEBALLS PURE): he wants the virus intentionally unleashed to cull the mutant herd. That’s like Hitler turning on the Germans after he wins WWII. I mean, I guess it makes sense, but it just feels like this story is in a holding pattern. – Montgomery

Silk #7 – B-
Creative Team: Robbie Thompson (Writer), Tana Ford (Artist)
Ummmm? Wow. That was different. I was so invested in this series. Fuck you, “Last Days of (fill in the blank).” Getting me all invested in cool, new female character for NOTHING!? Aslo, Stacey Lee not doing this last issue was disappointed. Nothing against Ford, but Lee was one of the reasons I even started with the series. Ugh. Now I have to go live in the real world after that ending. – Adrian

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #3 – B-
Creative Team: Sam Humphries (Writer), Alti Firmansyah (Artist)
The best issue of the series! Peter and Kitty got out of their dilemma, sort of fell in love (again), and there were some incredibly funny moments. I’m still not totally sold on Battleworld and the fact that Kitty remembers nothing. Also? God Doom made lots of Kitty Prydes? I don’t know about that. But I do enjoy this book just for the laughs. – Adrian

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #3 – C
Creative Team: James Robinson (Writer), Steve Pugh (Artist)
I think this is the first Secret Wars book to actually come to an end. And if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “Thank the sweet baby Jesus with his chubby little fist clutching his Baby Einstein books.” It’s not that this book was bad, it just brings up some issues in comics in general that have always kind of bugged me. 1. I thought Ultron is supposed to be deadly intelligent, and yet his plan to combine the Ultron drones with the zombies makes no sense. Like, at all. It’s there ONLY to give the heroes a way to defeat him and nothing else. There might be a throwaway line about the combination making them smarter, but that makes less sense than having no explanation. 2. I get that Hank Pym is smart, but genius isn’t the magic gateway comics treats it as. A man from 1877, no matter how smart, will need months or years to understand robotics on the level of Ultron simply because of how alien it is to his sensibilities. Smart does not equal automatic knowledge. 3. They way they defeat Ultron is a real headsmacker, and I’m disappointed in Vision for not getting their before Hank Pym. – Montgomery

Second Opinion (B)The end of the ultimate Robot vs Zombie superhero battle comes to an end with many sacrifices at hand. Great series overall – Jacob

House of M #2 – C
Creative Team: Jim Zub (Writer), Ramon Bachs (Artist)
If this book has taught me anything, it’s to never have children. They only betray you and hook up with seamen and ruin the empire you’ve worked so hard to prepare. This is all very interesting since the original House of M was very Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver-centric. However, the relaunch seems very open-ended, with nobody really being the center of the show. Magneto and his pet Fing Fang Foom need their own mini-series, though. As spoiled as House Magnus is, they’re not going to be prepared for what comes next. I’m totally confused about where this fits in the grand scheme of things, but I’ll keep reading. – Sherif

Figment 2 #1 – C
Creative Team: Jim Zub (Writer), Ramon Bachs (Artist)
This story is clearly aimed at a younger audience than I. It was…good? It’s too bad Hush doesn’t have kid reviews. I think they’d be able to give this a fair review. First, if I only had the cover to decide to read this I never would have. Abysmal cover. However, the story is not so bad if your 10 and looking for something steampunck and inspiring to read. Who doesn’t like dragons, gears, and bearded men from Victorian England? – Jené

Second Opinion (B): This book was cute. It was a little exposition heavy, but the real reason I read Disney books is because of the art. The colors and lines are always crisp. I hope that next issue gets more into the idea of imagination vs. modern technology. It’s a neat motif. – Adrian


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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 08-26-15

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:

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Hank Johnson: Agent of Hydra #1 – A
Holy crap I love this book. Seriously, this comic is amazing. Meet Hank Johnson, the normal family man doing his best to support his family while being a simple minion for HYDRA. Hank is your typical guy; however, when you place a typical guy in the world of Marvel, the end product is genius. This book had me laughing the entire way through and all I want to do is read more. It’s funny to think that not everyone in the Marvel universe is a super-powered mega force designed for either good or evil. Yet, normal, below average people exist! It’s comical to think that all of these underlings who work for organizations such as HYDRA are made up of completely normal people. So when you read a comic and you see Nick Furry kick one of those dudes in the face, you don’t even stop to realize that the guy who just got his face kicked in is nothing short of mediocre. In fact that guy who got kicked in the face may be worried about being sexually harassed by his boss. It’s all ludicrous and ridiculous; however, that is what I love most about it. Hail HYDRA and hail Hank Johnson! – Evan

Second Opinion (A)You know who the real hero is?!  Hank Johnson.  Hank mother f-ing Johnson! – Taylor

Other Reviews: 

BOOM! Studios:

Over the Garden Wall #1 – B
What is the point of this comic? I’m not really sure, all I know is that it is pretty damn funny. It’s difficult to explain this comic besides stating it about a “down on his luck” boy, his dimwit half-brother and his frog, and a talking bird who are trying to catch a ride…somewhere…for some reasons. Either way, none of it matters. When you read comics like this, you simply have to throw all of your desire for story behind and accept that the pure nonsense you are about to read is both ridiculous and amazing. This comic had a lot of good jokes and I’m happy I got the chance to read it. – Evan

Second Opinion (C+)The best part of this book was the bluebird. He looked so cute, but he is so menacing. He gives the worst advice, but it ends up saving Wirt and Greg. Also, Greg is absolute nit-wit, and I love it. I’m personally more interested in the cartoon now, but this book isn’t for everyone; it is not very action packed. – Adrian

DC/Vertigo Comics:

Justice League 3001 #3 – A
This book keeps it up with the creative reveals. Batman starts to suspect Ariel isn’t Ariel; Booster Gold and Blue Beetle bungle keeping The Planet Formerly Known As Earf safe; Superman continues to be the dumbest guy in the room; and Batman discovers he might not be the only aped crusader in the universe. This book is so cool u gais. Fun fact: since working in the children’s bookstore, I’ve spotted no fewer than three books written by J.M. DeMattias, the very same writer for this here book. What can’t that man do? – Montgomery

Superman #43 – B+
Months later, we finally find out how and why Lois Lane reveal’s Superman’s secret identity to the world. With as much build-up as it got, it sure did feel spontaneous. This tech mogul, HORDR – whom I have been calling “Hodor” in my head, is threatening to reveal Superman’s identity if he doesn’t go through a demonstration of his new solar flare ability. Before he even gets knee-deep into one, Lois pulls the trigger and does it herself. Naturally, Superman is pissed. It’ll be interesting to see what fallout comes from this. And with the way DC does things, it’ll take some fortitude to continue with this continuity… but it’s DC. F*ck continuity. – Sherif

Batgirl #43 – B
Babs Gordon leads quite the busy life. Balancing super-heroinism with trying to be a good friend – on top of a full course load – sounds really stressful. Batgirl is investigating cases of tiger attacks aimed at tech companies. This tigers are mind-controlled. Of course they are. Tigers just don’t get up and attack nerds. As things get deeper, those around Barbara put themselves in a bad spot. As far as the story goes, it’s interesting enough, but what really sold me here is Babs Tarr’s phenomenal art. It’s cute, yet fierce. And as the first issue in a new arc, really worth your time to pick up. – Sherif

Prez #3 – B
This issue was a lot of getting things in motion. But what I liked most was the Neil deGrasse Tyson-esque character calling a crowd “stupid mother fuckers,” without really calling them that. And the Wal-Mart Angel of Death. That was good, too. – Adrian

Deathstroke #9 – C+
How screwed is Slade? Not screwed enough apparently. This entire issue was spent with the same approach of “stab the bad guy,” which is fun to look at but doesn’t offer a whole lot of substance. This time, Superman joins the mix, which makes me believe that this story might shift away from Deathstroke‘s book and into the Superman/Wonder Woman book, too. While this book is very pretty too look at, the book is turning into one long continual fight scene, sort of like Dragon Ball Z. – Sherif

Batman – Arkham Knight – Genesis #1 – F
Here’s another cash-grab attempt to familiarize people with the story of the return of Jason Todd. There’s absolutely nothing in this issue that you can’t find out by either playing the damn game or reading a copy of Under the Red Hood, or watching the animated feature. Listen, don’t waste your time reading this. It’s pointless regurgitation of a pretty solid book, and if you played the game the whole way through, then you were likely just as disappointed in the direction Rocksteady chose to go with the story. Leave this garbage in the past and read something new and creative. – Sherif

Second Opinion (C): Jason Todd in a metallic, robot, Batman suit?!?!  You scary Arkham Knight! – Taylor

Dynamite Entertainment:

Drive #1 – C
Do you like the movie drive? Do you like comic books? Then you are sure to like this book…I think. Overall I did enjoy reading this comic; however, I think it was only due to the fact that I have seen the movie, and I know how badass it really is. The only issue I truly have with it is a lot of things I loved about the movie, it is near impossible to translate to a static medium. For example, in the movie, my favorite scene is at the beginning where the driver is eluding the police and ends up parking at the Staple Center when the basketball game is getting out. No offense to comic books, but scenes such as that simply do not translate. Yet, this comic does have a subtle badassness to it. Short work bubbles, gritty panels, and a general sense of danger allows this comic to progress. One thing I do hope, is that this comic choses to stray away from simply drawing the movie. I want to see new stories and different characters, and if this comic plans to simply retell the movie version, I fail to see the point in continuing. Oh and one last thing, Driver (because I don’t believe his name was ever stated), his neighbor Irina, she be coming on just a little too strong. Yup, that’s right people, I’m choosing to end my review this way, and I’m doing this simply because this is how Driver chooses the jobs he takes…I think. – Evan

Second Opinion (B): My favorite part of the movie Drive was the opening scene. The OCD-like approach to how he handles a job. We get more of that in the debut issue, but there’s also a lot of cliché bad guy stuff going on. If you liked the movie, you’ll enjoy the book, but it doesn’t quite measure up when you consider the intangibles that the movie provide. – Sherif

IDW Publishing: 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April #3 – B+
Well things have certainly gotten rather creepy for April and Casey this issue and has them battling what I can only describe as the worst acid trip in the history of drugs, all thanks to the Rat King and what seems to be Kitsune in a different form than we have seen her before. This series definitely has a more horror film feel to it, which fits The Rat King perfectly, unless we are talking 80’s-90’s cartoon Rat King. Mariko Tamaki does a sensational job of adding a very different feel to the TMNT series while also making sure we realize this is April and Casey and at the heart is a tale of a broken relationship mending its wounds. Irene Koh’s art for this issue is spectacular and has a very anime style feel to the characters While again not straying too far from the source material to distract you and seemingly see Casey and April as different characters in a TMNT related story. I look forward to the next issue and seeing how much Casey and April beat the crap out of the Rat King! – Jacob

Godzilla in Hell #2  B
The second issue of Godzilla in Hell took a pretty big departure from the first one. While the first issue had no words and was more of a slightly goofy romp, this issue took on a far more serious tone. I still have no idea why Godzilla is in hell, or if it is even an actual hell or simply the remains of the earth after mankind has finally destroyed it. Either way, the world he is in has been left to the Kaiju, and in this realm they are seen as demons and Godzilla as the Leviathan. A well written, if not a little too poetic, narration follows Godzilla through his journey as he encounters one foe after another in an ever changing landscape. The writing is not what has me into this book, it is almost entirely the artwork actually. Each page is stunning, with an insane use of color and jaw dropping detail and beauty. This comic may not be for the masses, as it’s kind of odd and its reason for existing is still kind of lost on me. But this is still a great pick for Godzilla fans and lovers of incredible artwork. – Keriann 

Image Comics:

Rasputin #8 – A
This comic is the shit and everyone should be reading it. I feel this Rasputin has something for everyone. Mystery, political intrigue, magic, and historical fiction swirled in. This comic is also key to the series and a critical read.  The first issue let us know he would be killed by his friends. I’ve been anticipating his death/his rebirth for the past 8 issues and now that it’s happened I have even more questions than when I started. The team working on this is phenomenal. – Jené

Roche Limit: Clandestiny #4 – A
Uh…Holy mother-fucking Hera. I am still processing what the hell just happened in this issue. It was a nail biting, edge of the seat, heart racing sort of read that doesn’t come around all that often. The books I’ve read have been on point today. This issue is an intense rush to destroy an evil ship and crazy monster things that are on their way to earth to wreak havoc. Sasha totally just ripped her friend’s head and spinal cord from his body and used it as a weapon. Yeah, that totally happened… – Jené

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #4 – A
What a great and emotional ending to a rather campy story. I enjoyed this whole run but it definitely was cheesy and if you have not read the original secret wars it may have left you a bit confused. This issue takes the story to a more dramatic area and makes Deadpool out to be the savior of the Marvel universe as well as adding a very human side to good ol Wade Wilson. This side of Deadpool is always very entertaining to me, just as much so as the bad ass mercenary we all know and love. We get such a large dynamic this issue seeing Wasp and Deadpool’s relationship as well as the sacrifice Deadpool made to save everyone and especially the ending. Overall, I think Cullen Bunn wrote a great Deadpool arc here and one that ultimately changed Marvel history, while also keeping it exactly the same… which may not make much sense. Matteo Lolli and Matteo Buffagni do a spectacular job with the art giving it a very vintage Marvel feel while Ruth Redmond comes in and adds color that makes this entire series pop and ultimately make this my favorite series from Secret Wars. – Jacob

E Is for Extinction #3 – A
Man, this is the book that keeps on giving. The army of evil Hank McCoys at the end of the last book? Turns out it’s a super intelligent virus that traveled Battleworld recruiting Beasts into its army (which, half of that sentence should be familiar). It’s such an exciting read, I feel like sirs Burnham, Culver, and Villalobos are doing Morrison proud. The best moment, by far, is when Emma fuses with Cuckoos to form a Kali-style super psychic. Not only does she become a take on the six armed goddess, but the picture of their union contains ten eyes (including the two made with fingers), in a roughly-Kaballah-Tree-of-Life configuration. Saint Morrison smiles above us. – Montgomery

Second Opinion (B-): The whole thing ended rather conveniently. In just two pages, some of the most outlandish crap I’ve ever seen solved the entire “Beast Wars” problem. I enjoy reading this book to see how all the Stellas get their grooves back, but the actual story is reaching. It’s the exact kind of weird that Morrison fans love, but it just happens too quickly for me here. – Sherif

X-Men ’92 #3 – B+
Putting aside for a second the fact that the numbering of these issues makes no sense, and that Marvel’s Infinite Comics is sort of a lame idea, I love everything about X-Men ’92. In the midst of a Secret Wars that seems like a big ol’ love letter to the X-Men, it’s the lovliest of all letters: it’s art style mimics the art of 90’s X-Men, and it incorporates every bonkers badass idea the X-Men ever had (well, so far I haven’t seen any Apocalypse or Phalanx). For someone who still hears the original cartoon voice actors in my head when I read an X-book, it’s wonderful fan service full of badass moments. For sure my favorite moment is a brain washed Wolverine being unable to use his claws to free a woman trapped in a car snapping out of it when she asks for a favor: bring me Cyclops. Lololololol. – Montgomery

Second Opinion (A)Why can’t this be the show and not a comic? Seriously though, it makes me have all sorts of warm feelings inside despite never remembering Deadpool, Domino or Psylocke as being huge parts of the show, which their presence makes the warm feelings even warmer this issue. – Jacob

Ant-Man: Last Days #1 – B+
The great thing about this issue is that even in light of the world ending, the feel of Ant-Man was still there. Scott Lang was as funny as ever. Most enjoyable for me was finding out who Miss Morgenstern really was. Her retirement community for superheroes from the 50’s was fun to see, too. I was not expecting to find out who she was really was in this book and how important it is for the Secret Wars arc, but I’m glad that loose end was tied up. The last two pages of the issue were absolutely hilarious. This year’s Ant-Man series has been one of my favorites. We get a new issue in two months, and I hope it keeps the same air of funny. – Adrian

Lando #3 – B
Lobot is down!  The space-ninja cats battle Red Guards!  The Boba Fett wannabe scores a ride in Darth Maul’s old ship Infiltrator!  In other words, this issue is awesome.  The story seems to be progressing slowly, but then I realize that this is only the third issue.  I’m loving the character dynamic and the developing plot.  Interestingly enough, Lando is more of a background character while his cohorts and combatants take center stage.  I’m okay with this as it’s only a matter of time before Lando flashily jumps back into the spotlight.  The big kicker this issue is we finally see what’s behind door #1 (Palpatine’s secret room).  I have a bad feeling about this…  Not really, I think this comic will continue to be great; Just couldn’t resist the line drop! – Taylor

Old Man Logan #4 – B-
I want to love this series so much but find it harder and harder as the issues go on. This series is well written but seems to be all over the place and  it’s not moving the story along. It seems more of a monster of the week sort of story telling by just showing us a new Marvel universe and how Logan gets in and escapes said universe. I’m still overly optimistic at how this will all turn out writing wise especially with Brian Michael Bendis at the helm, and I really enjoyed seeing She-Hulk for a little bit this issue, but still felt this issue fell flat by the end. I may just be being a purist here for the original series since it still holds as one of my absolute favorite story arcs in all of comics, but another aspect that gets me is the art by Andrea Sorrentino. Despite the art being gorgeous, it seems to meld together to a point where I cant even tell what is happening at certain points. Overall though I imagine by the end it will come around, so I will keep holding my breath here. – Jacob

Second Opinion (A):  Old Man Logan: love it for its simplicity, violence, style, and art. – Montgomery

Marvel Zombies #3 – B-
I knew the Deadpoolification of Secret Wars was on the horizon. It’s like The Rockbiter in The Neverending Story talking about The Nothing: It came. Sure enough, the zombies eat bits of his brain, to stave off the hunger and stay smart. And the book tries to make you think this is the last we’ve seen of him, but, come on, book, we’re smarter than that. Anyways, the kid gets rescued and, apparently, is zombie proof. They escape to the coast, where they encounter a particularly convincing villain. Mostly, this is yet another Secret Wars book that feels like it’s perpetually just carving circles in the air waiting for something else to happen. This kid better turn out to be important to the overall Secret Wars arch which, at this point, seems bewildering. What’s the secret part? What’s the war part? – Montgomery

Civil War #3 – C+
This story has gotten a bit out of control. Everybody is switching sides, or switching costumes, and it’s gotten difficult to really find myself invested. The most important piece to take away from this issue is that Peter Parker is not a fun guy anymore; he has extreme PTSD and is much more Bucky Barnes (personality wise) than Spider-Man anymore. Also, Kingpin has been turned into some cyborg monster like the one in Afro Samurai. It’s all surreal, but it’s also a lot of fun to see just how things have changed in this world. However, it’s not the Civil War I know, and with Secret Wars really wearing thin, it’s is beginning to come across as just another way to sell copies. – Sherif


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Comic Book Reviews 08-19-15

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:

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Loki: Agent of Asgard #17 – A+
Well, shit. I wasn’t expecting a divine existential crisis when I flipped this book open, but hell, that’s exactly what I got. As a writer, I adored this issue. Stories being so powerful they come true and create gods? That’s the dream. While Loki said he wasn’t sure whether what he was saying was true or not, he sort of hit the nail on the head. Hell, the cellphone wouldn’t have come about— at least not in the way it did— if it weren’t for Star Trek. Loki wasn’t so far off with his theory. The art in this was simple but beautifully done. Loki stood out against everything else, a clever way of furthering the point he was trying to make him. The Gods of Gods were fainter; harder to see; not as real. Loki, the God of stories, however, was vibrant, whole, real. It’s the stories that have the power and by making Loki stand out more visually, it just ingrains that even more. Loki: Agents of Asgard has had some stumbles throughout its run, but this final issue was absolutely wonderful and has me excited for what might happen next for the character. – Charlotte

Other Reviews: 

DC/Vertigo Comics:

Bizarro #3 – A-
This Bizarro road trip comedy is turning out to be a who’s who of DC heroes and villains as Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen find their way up to Bizarro United States AKA Canada. This issue focuses on the pair in a western ghost town and teaming up with Chastity Hex relative of the legendary Jonah Hex. With a story involving ghosts, possession, the Wild West, and of course everyones favorite pet Chupacabra, Colin. This issue was the weakest so far for the series but that it not saying much as it was still a blast to read and I am absolutely loving the comedic and “good guy” take on Bizarro. Heath Corson does a great job with the story although it definitely could have used more Chupacabra! Gustavo Duarte is perfect art wise and with a slight touch of the hand he can make Bizarro adorable and the next second terrifying. Definitely pick up this issue if you are a bizarre fan or if you just enjoy a more comedic comic every once an awhile. – Jacob

Second Opinion (A): I have been dying to review Bizarro for awhile. It’s such a good book: funny, cartoony, touching, earnest. The fact that every 24 pages are its own stand alone story, and each set of 24 pages so thoroughly satisfies is a testament. In this, Jimmy and Bizarro find themselves in an Canadian old west ghost town (I didn’t know those existed either. I mean, Canada, who’da thunk?) populated by legit ghosts. They’re helping out the great granddaughter of Jonah Hex — bounty hunting and great hats run in the blood — find a bounty. And then biz gets Bizarro. -Montgomery

Justice League #43 – B
So, Batman is a god now. That’s kinda cool; let’s add that to his resume of cool stuff he’s done. This issue keeps prying at the Pandora’s Box of awful things that will undoubtedly befall our heroes. Although most of the book can be summed up with “man, once Darkseid gets here, everybody is screwed,” there are enough moving pieces to keep the story interesting and engaging. Plus, Batman is a total ass now that he has god-like powers. And now there’s some hell-bent photo-negative version of Superman? It’s confusing, but fun. – Sherif

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #3 – B-
While this issue definitely had a fair amount of filler (what even was that trip sequence?), I really enjoyed it. Something that I appreciate about this comic is that while there’s been a lot of twists and turns, none of it really feel unnecessary or tangental (except for maybe that trip sequence.) It all makes sense despite how absolutely ludicrous some of the characters and settings are. It’s all a lot of fun with the humor and sexual absurdity, but overall it doesn’t lose its grounding. I think Power Girl is a major reason it’s able to straddle that line. Whenever things start to get a little too out there, she reins it back in. The plot itself really embodies Power Girl and Harley’s dynamic and as a writer, it’s wonderful to watch. I look forward to what lies ahead for these characters as they try to knock Vartox out of his trance. – Charlotte

Wonder Woman #43 – D+
I feel like if Diana is going to be the one in charge of Donna’s redemption, she really needs to pay attention to what the hell is going on. Instead, she runs around this entire issue trying to find Donna, who is convinced that killing herself is the quickest way to redemption. There’s absolutely no focus on where I should be paying attention to, and the absence of David Finch’s art is woefully noticeable. On the plus side, at least her new outfit is badass. – Sherif

IDW Publishing: 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49 – A-
We are at the penultimate issue before the massive close to this story arc in issue #50! Things are definitely crazy with the Turtles under attack by Stockman’s robots, and only until Karai arrives and offers the turtles and Splinter an honorable death by facing Shredder and his cronies in a duel that will leave either Splinter or Shredder dead. Ending on another epic to be continued this month, this series has me on the edge on my seat. The writing team of Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz makes for a perfect creative marriage of the minds and gives us in my opinion, the best Turtles stories we have ever seen. I am anxiously awaiting to see how this story ends, who will come out of this fight alive and how Donatello will finally become a normal turtle again. Why isn’t it next month already?!?!?! – Jacob

Second Opinion (B): The best way to prepare for an epic #50 is a battle royale between good guys and bad guys. It feels a little ill-fitting, but has potential to be extraordinary. Unfortunately, waiting for the milestone issue is our only option. – Sherif

TMNT: Amazing Adventures #1 – C-
Let’s start by saying that if you aren’t current with the Nickelodeon TV series, you will be lost. Why is there a fish with mechanical legs? Why is Karai a snake? It won’t make sense, and that’s okay. Easily enough, this issue centers around a bad guy who has managed to mind-control a mutant of every Zodiac sign. It’s so bad, even the Shredder is looking to team-up. It’s forgettable, but if you’re a die-hard TMNT fan, it might be worth a gander. – Sherif

Second Opinion (C+)This might be the most insane concoction of animal mutants I’ve ever seen. Please just don’t make me look at pigeon boy again. 

Image Comics:

Birthright #10 – A
It’s official: I do not like Mikey, I’m not rooting for him, and he is a more fearsome villain than I ever expected. Maybe I underestimated Joshua Williamson (BIG MISTAKE) and I expected Mikey to come back to the good side and start fighting along side his brother and allies to defeat Lore on both Earth and Terranos. Apparently Mikey has a way darker side than I predicted and I am both shocked and intrigued. The little voice inside of me that wanted a happy ending, but in reality the direction Williamson has gone in this second story arc has proven to be way better writing than I could have hoped for. Birthright continues to lead the pack this week as one of the best written comics on shelves. – Keriann

Wolf #2 – B
I liked this issue a lot more than the last. There’s a nice blend of the serious dark humor that I can appreciate. I found myself in stiches when one of the vampires was turned in the middle of her menstrual cycle. She is forever doomed to menstruate. Fucking hilarious. And then to watch Wolfe try to figure out the wisdom in the synchronicity of his new charger needing tampons was an odd juxtaposition in a world ravaged by dark creepy crawlies. – Jené

Second Opinion (C): Honestly, this series isn’t bad but it certainly isn’t for me. It tries so hard to be mysterious but lacks any genuine intrigue. I had a hard time finishing the first two issues and will likely pass on the series from here on out. – Keriann

Postal #6 – B
This month’s issue was definitely a slower one, but what it lacked in outright action it really made up for in characterization. The whole issue was from Laura’s perspective and we really got to learn a lot more about her. She always seems so callous and cold – especially with her own son – and while this issue didn’t add any warmth to her it successfully peeled away a few more layers on who will likely be a very fascinating person. The overall plot didn’t move forward much, which is a little frustrating considering this is now two issues in a row that have gone outside the traditional story lines. I have to give credit to Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins’ ability to diverge from the central plot and still make the issue a very interesting read because I did not end this book feeling disappointed at all. – Keriann

Trees #12 – C
The series is continuing to build a momentum that I appreciate. I’m glad that the mayor of New York and Dr. Casey are the central characters of this volume. I just really hope they don’t go the way of the characters in the last volume. I don’t think I can handle liking characters that are just going to be eviscerated in a cloud of smoke. The killer black poppies are also back in this issue and it looks like we’ll soon have more information about the specific location of the Tress. Is Ireland the next outbreak of killer poppies? Hell, when you can make a flower menacing, in all seriousness, that’s kind of genius. Really looking forward for the next issues as always.- Jené

Marvel/Icon Comics:

X-tinction Agenda #3 – A
This is certainly one of the books with the best art. In the fourth issue, Rachel leads half the X-Men against the plague ridden other half to rescue Triage and Rogue, who are being used to heal the plague. This really does beg the question: if it was that easy to do from the start, why not do that? Ugh. Seriously, RACHEL. Anyways – in the process, the rescuers discover the racist creator of the plague. And then guys, and then you guys? There’s probably gonna be some Phalanx up in this pig. I’m unreasonably excited about that. – Montgomery

Weirdworld #3 – A
I love Weirdworld. It’s a great mix Heavy Metal and Conan. I also enjoy that it’s seems so far off the page from the rest of Battleworld it is its own little book. In this issue the Witch Queen has had enough of Arkon’s meddling and she has summoned “The Slayer”. After saving Crystar, or what’s left of him, from magma men, Arkon continues his journey to find Polemachus and he finds himself in a pub. This is where the he runs into “The Slayer” and an impending battle on a bridge takes place. Arkon escapes the blade of “The Slayer” for now and it looks like he’s ended up in the forest of the Man-Things. Someone needs to turn this comic into a D&D adventure. – Scott

Spider-Verse #4 – C
While I love the idea of a Gwen Stacey/Peter Parker reunion as much as the next guy, this issue took a sharp turn for the boring. The major conspiracy of Norman being the bad guy is one that might be surprising to the cast of characters, but definitely not to readers. Not only that, but there is a noticeable lack in character expression outside of Gwen; even Ham comes across as flat and just plain dumb throughout the issue. I want to get back to the multiversity of it all. – Sherif

Second Opinion (A)I’ve never been a huge spidey guy (go ahead – tar’s in the corner, feathers are in the cupboard), but I have always liked spidey when he gets weird — symbiote wars, clone wars, secret wars. Pretty much when he wars, I guess — and this book has all kinds of weird all over. I dig it. – Montgomery

Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 – C-
The quality of this was sort of all over the place. The first story was just plain boring and nothing significant really happened. Like, what changed? Nothing. There was no reason to even write it. The second one was interesting, though. I love Ms. Marvel, so anything with her in it is always fun to read, but this story took a really great direction. There’s a moment where you think “Oh, they’re gonna kiss. They just met. Here we go. More of this Disney bullshit,” but then they grasp hands and celebrate their win bro-style. It was a great moment. The rest of the comic was sort of lack luster. I enjoyed the complexity of a biracial married couple that also happen to be ex-superheroes in the third story, but it was pretty short and unfortunately not much happened. They could have fleshed that out more. The last one was just stupid. They could have cut the bug thing completely and it would have been a stronger comic. Squirrel Girl and Thor’s date was pretty weak, too. Like, what was the point? Nothing really happened. It was sort of cute but lacked a real plot. My real question, though, is why was this released now? This seems more like a Valentine’s Day one shot to me than anything else. Is this supposed to be a series? I hope not. – Charlotte

Second Opinion (F): I’m being purposefully generous with that n/a score because I clearly chose the wrong book here. I simply saw it on the Secret Wars list, and knew nothing about it. It’s kind of a cool reference to Marvel’s pre-Marvel days as Timely comics when they used to romance comics (and a lot of them). But I’m bummed out that none of these 5 (which feel infinite) stories are actual romance stories true to the genre, instead being sort of a jokey superhero nod to romance. Every story feels like it’s saying, “OMG guys, can you even? I mean, can you even?” The obnoxious self referential narration boxes in the last story cinches it. Plus, who’s going to believe a story in which Ant-Man ISN’T beating his wife? In short: these stories are 100% not aimed at me, and I don’t want to give them a bad grade simply because I didn’t like them. – Montgomery

Runaways #3 – B+
This series keeps getting better. Cho fixes up a doombot’s head so that he can get information about the school. The gang flees to Cho’s home of the Warzone domain to discover it’s been bombed out. Which does make me ask: is it only recently that it’s become the Warzone? Because if not, I’m not sure what he expected. Meanwhile, Bucky leads a team of super students to hunt the gang. I do miss the bright colors of the original Runaways as I feel it’d better fit the tone of the book, but regardless, the art is expressive and quirky. – Montgomery

Howard The Human #1 – B-
I have been waiting for this comic for quite some time and although it was a very well written, well thought out, and very enjoyable story, it falls a bit short to me as far as connecting it to Howard the Duck. The premise of him being the only Human in a world of animals is a great idea but as a Avid Howard fan it seemed like this character could more easily not be Howard than how easy it would to be to connect this story to him. The complete disconnection to Howard the Duck aside, the story is very good and enjoyable. Skottie Young proves he has the writing chops as much as he does art world with his little marvel characters, and Rocket Raccoon, and I would love to see him write a issue or two of Howard the Duck, although Chip Zdarsky doing phenomenal with that series so just let him be with that. More than anything though I wish the art was different for this story. Not that Jim Mahfood’s art is bad by any means, but it felt a bit out of place for this setting and story to me. – Jacob

Second Opinion (B+): I like the conceit of a regular dude tripping through space and time and landing in New Quack City. I also really liked the art. Like, it’s among my top 5 of the Secret Warts titles (which, so far, has had lackluster art overall). But it was a pretty good book: clever, weird, stylistic. My only beef is that the caper was a little hard to follow. Too many gears for 24 pages. – Montgomery

Secret Wars Journal #4 – C+
If I read these correctly, these function as short stories that are teasers for upcoming plot threads. Namely: the breach of the shield by Ultron, and the return of Phoenix? Maybe? The first story is Egyptia-Punisher (THAT’S a book I wanna read) and Age-of-Apocalypse-Iron Fist are guarding the shield when they find an Ultron centipede and decide they have to murder it. Looking for its source, they find the Mole Man who uses old Ultron units to build his underground domain. But then they rise up. The second story is Moon Knight who sneaks into the Years of Future Past domain to ask an undercover Psylocke to help break his husband out of a camp. She relents, and while she has her inspiring (if unearned in 12 pages) realization about needing something to fight for, she sees a bright star in the sky that looks suspiciously like a flamed out Phoenix. Or perhaps a Nova Corps flare. I dunno. Small anthologies are hard to pull off, and I don’t think Secret Wars is the place for that (Egyptia X-Men and Silver Surfer being the glaring and impeccable exceptions) as the world is too different to be able to just get pure story. A third is always exposition, which makes the remainder of the story feel rushed and unearned. – Montgomery

Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #3 – C+
This story is proving to be quite interesting a miles above the Marvel Zombies book being published with Secret Wars. This particular story bring in Hank Pym from he Timely aka 1872 universe to help bring down Ultron but what he and his fellow heroes don’t realize is the zombies and Ultron have made peace to destroy the humans. James Robinson brings a great story to life or in better terms, he gave a dead story I.E. Marvel Zombies a new twist and seemingly brought the dead back to life just to make sure we got that he made a zombie out of Marvel Zombies. Steve Pugh does a great job with the art and what becomes of the Ultrons/Zombies at the end definitely took some creative hands to muster those few panel up. Definitely pick this story up if you a a fan of Ultron or Zombies but this story definitely is not the best offered from Secret Wars, but at least we can rest assured it cant get much worse than Marvel Zombies #1 from Secret Wars. – Jacob

Star Wars #8 – C
I’m still reeling my jaw off the ground from this whole Han Solo has a wife thing.  It’s certainly the most interesting (and unexpected) thing to happen in this series so far.  I’m a bit bummed that we didn’t receive any background on this new, electrifying character.  How does Han know her?!  Where did they meet?!  What flavor was their wedding cake?!  Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for these answers.  Luke’s newly self-given mission is certain to be a riveting one.  It’s the equivalent of jumping into the tiger exhibit at the zoo to see if you can take down the big cat just because your neanderthal ancestors hunted Sabertooths back in the day.  Definitely don’t want to miss that. – Taylor

Second Opinion (B)I’m just not overly interested Mrs. Solo. It seems like it just overly well thought out. I’m hoping that will change. Now who’s this guy that stole Luke’s saber? – Scott

House of M #1 – C
I’m not going to call this book bad, but I was by no means impressed. The original House of M was phenomenal, and after recently re-reading the original run, I was excited to read a new iteration. Only thing was, it was all about House Magnus and how hard it is to be ruler of the world. Nice thing is, there’s a bit of background into how the takeover happened, and what it’d be like to see Magneto’s vision realized. Bad thing… well, pretty much everything else.

Second Opinion (D)It’s been awhile since I’ve dipped into anything X-Men related. I wasn’t impressed. I wanted to liked it but instead I found myself bored. Maybe it’ll get better. – Jené

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #2 – C-
I have to say this series intrigued me from the get go as I always wanted more Captain Britain comics, but all the twists and differences in this universe make it a little hard to swallow at times. This series has a whole slew of famous heroes be involved and yet none of them are the same person, except She-Hulk, but even she was a Thor for this domain. The differences in heroes identities can definitely get confusing  but never the less if you f orget that the story is enjoyable and very interesting, so definitely got to give it up to Al Ewing for writing well enough to not get lost among the confusion. I will definitely continue reading it as I love the art style by Alan Davis and especially love Spider-Man/Spider-Hero’s costume for this series and I can never turn down a good She-Hulk story. – Jacob

Kanan – The Last Padawan #5 – D
So the final issue in Kanan’s background arc is here.  What started out as an ensnaring and dark coming of age journey, ended in cliche Saturday morning kid’s cartoon fashion.  I was really hoping Weisman would deviate a bit from the more family oriented style and keep things edgy.  In the end, it is still a solid arch and I’m still on board for the next journey for Kanan. – Taylor


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