Comic Book Reviews 08-13-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

8.13 starlight 5 pick of the week

Starlight #5 A

This book is what adventures are made out of! Duke McQueen, once savior of the galaxy, is now an old man who has lived his life shamed by the very people he saved because nobody believes him – including his own sons. However, the same cannot be said across the galaxy in Tantalus, where an underground revolution is stirring. It’s hard to tell you what happened in this issue without spoiling anything, but know that s*** is about to get REAL. I enjoy every aspect of this story, and the books move along at a very brisk pace, containing just enough dialogue to keep readers engaged but not enough to feel cluttered. With Kick-Ass officially done for good, this is my new favorite MillarWorld book out. For something new and exciting, this is the book you should be reading! – Sherif

 

Other Reviews: 

BOOM! Studios:

Hexed #1 – A-

Perhaps the biggest reason I loved the new comic Hexed is because it was very reminiscent of Buffy, but instead of our hero, Lucifer, being a Slayer, she is a cat burglar.  Lucifer is witty and quick thinking.  She also knows a lot about the magical world.  After all, most of her jobs involve some sort of magical, artsy artifact.  The art in this book was mesmerizing; the use of color was very well done, taking us from ” the normal world”, to the bright colors of magical hexes, and to the dark and eery world from inside of a scary painting.  The story was enough of a teaser to keep me interested for the next issue, but it also kept me interested in what was happening in the moment.  Lucifer is very relatable, despite the fact that she is a thief and is very mixed up in the magical world.  She has a lot of foes, and it can be hard to determine who is the worst.  This isn’t a gripe with the book, rather a compliment because it is often hard for anyone to distinguish who the baddies are in our own lives.  The first issue left us with a pretty big cliffhanger, which is something I personally like when I have only 20 pages to get into a story.  I definitely expect Hexed to just get better from here on out.  – Adrian

 

Dark Horse:

Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #8 – C+

Well everything I thought was coming pretty much got shot down this issue. I was hoping for happier ending for John Connor but it seems like that won’t be happening, at least the way things are looking. The cover and the last issue were definitely a bit misleading, but we still have plenty of time left to change John’s future. – Robert

 

DC/Vertigo:

Batman #34 – A-

I’m still reeling from the end of Zero Year, the phenomenal story of Batman’s first appearance in Gotham City. This issue is the bridge into the next arc, Endgame, which is undoubtedly going to be another classic. As far as one-shots go, this is pretty damn great. Matteo Scalera does a decent job filling in, and honestly, the ultra-dark tone of the issue is suited by it. We get to see a morbid side of Gotham and Batman that we really haven’t gotten to since Snyder’s first Batman run, The Black Mirror. It honestly gave me the creeps, in a good way. This killer that Batman is trying to catch gave me extra heebie-jeebies because he is more along the lines of what could happen in real life. I’m looking forward to seeing the team back together in issue #35, but this was a great all-encompassing story well worthy of you time. – Sherif

Batgirl #34 C-

As much as I will miss Gail Simone’s writing, a complete creative overhaul for Batgirl is just what the doctor ordered. This latest Knightfall arc has floundered for a good ten issues, so this big finale was a great way to send Simone off. The art in Batgirl has also gotten progressively worse, with this issue being one of the least appealing in recent history. Batgirl pulls out all the stops, and calls in all the favors she can to beat Knightfall, but it doesn’t feel like the climactic ending that the book deserved. Where the book does succeed is in the portrayal of the original Birds of Prey team – Huntress, Canary and Batgirl. They work very well together and Simone’s writing gave me a solid case of nostalgia reading it. It was a decent way to wrap up this run, and I do look forward to the next version of Barbara Gordon; I have high hopes that a new start will revitalize the character. – Sherif

Batman Eternal #19 – C-

I don’t know why I continue to read this book anymore seeing as I have not been satisfied for the last ten issues or so. Now that Zero Year is over, things are going back to normal in the regular Batman book. I don’t like how they are using it to bridge the gaps in other books and how it is becoming a mandatory read in order not to be confused in a book I actually care about. About half way through this book I felt completely lost and realized how much I hate DC for doing this with another book. I have been very critical of how they did the same thing with the Superman family. It’s as if they are forcing people to read subpar books by putting important bits of information in them (I’m looking at you Superboy). I don’t appreciate this approach at all and should the writing also continue to be subpar, will have to discontinue my support of most of these publications. – Robert

 

IDW Comics:

Star Trek #36 – A-

What a wonderful series for any Star Trek fan! In this issue we see the current film cast, Deep Space Nine’s captain Sisko and Odo, and of course Q the greatest villain from The Next Generation (sorry, Borg). The art as with most IDW series is fantastic and unlike sometimes, each character looks exactly like they did in their respective series. I am sure we will see more The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and maybe even Enterprise, which would be great. If you are a fan of Star Trek in any capacity this is spectacular and even if you are not this is a great series as it may introduce you to characters from the entire Star Trek Universe to give you an idea of which series you may enjoy more.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37 B-

(B+) This was a pretty fun one off issue for the series where we see a battle between Shredder and Krang and a new mutant is introduced. The story for this issue is pretty solid despite the lack of Turtles in it but nevertheless, the story is good and gives us a great look into the two biggest villains in turtle history. The art is done by Cory Smith and he knocks it out of the park with this issue and it is nice and fresh to see a different artist than Mateus Santolouco although all the artist for this series have been great! Definitely check out this issue as it is a single story and a new arc will start next month. – Jacob

(C) Since City Fall, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are preparing for a comeback. However, with Shredder in possession of some mutagen, he has set his sites upon higher targets. However, before taking over the world, he must first have a meeting of the minds with Krang. The tensions quickly rise, as the two are both too stubborn to share a vision of the future. There are some great scenes between the two, but a lot of the issue is mindless banter between Shredder and Krang, with a predictable ending and zero turtles. The addition of Krang into the mix will give the fight for New York a new perspective for the TMNT, so while this issue was a bit stagnant, it was necessary in the grand scheme of things. – Sherif

The X-Files #15 – B-

Well this issue was definitely a mind bending issue as I am still thinking about the ending… But the art of this series has always gotten on my nerves although it is the worst I have seen I wish a more detailed artist could do some upcoming issues as they have many which is obvious with the covers for this series. The writing for this issue is top notch as I have felt this whole series is and is definitely a must have for any fan of the television series. Although if you are looking to start right now, I would wait or try and read all the back issues first as things have gotten real crazy especially this issue so it could definitely be confusing to the new reader.

Transformers: Primacy #1 C+

The final installment in the current Transformers series starts out with recent Autobot Academy graduate Hot Rod joining the ranks of the Auto Bots and learning the ins and outs like any fresh meat (or fresh metal in this case). In the meantime, Optimus is off climbing glaciers with Ironhide when they come across something ancient and Megatron seems to have some dastardly new plan. Overall, I enjoyed this; it was a bit slow with all the exposition, but I feel like this mini-series is going to get pretty good. I also enjoyed the art in this one. It was very realistic although it was a bit dark at times. Definitely worth the time if you’re a Transformers fan. – Cody

 

Image Comics:

Sex Criminals #7 A

There aren’t too many books that really pull off a dildo sword fight. Matt Fraction has written in the most ridiculous scenes into this book about two twenty-somethings who find a bond between them because they can freeze time from their orgasms. I absolutely love how John’s backstory intertwines with the current situation. The books has been primarily told through Susie’s point of view, so this helps add some variety to a character we’ve never gotten to fully explore. This book is fully shifting back into gear after our power couple fell into a bit of a lull, relationship-wise. Especially after John found what was in the Sex Police basement, I’m entirely excited for the book to get back to it’s action-packed, crazy self. Like I said, dildo swashbuckling. – Sherif

Shutter #5 A-

Shutter continues to wow. Five issues in and I’m still awed by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca’s adventure story. Every installment opens more and more doors for what could possibly come next, and because it is such an original story, I have no expectations for what will come next or when I expect anything to wrap up. I also love the concept of revealing the backstory of Kate’s dad bit by bit instead of doing it all at once. Each appearance fits within the story, and although answering questions, also shrouds itself in enough mystery to keep me intrigued for future issues. And then there’s Alarm Cat, who is one of the best companions you could ever ask for. There are a few moments that make you lose brief connection with Kate, but for the most part, this book is just pure gold, and I hope there is enough juice to squeeze 100 more issues! – Sherif

The Walking Dead #130 B-

I have no idea what is going on here. Did George Romero take over as writer for The Walking Dead? There are events in this issue that our brand new to the series, but has been the central theme to all of the recent Romero titles. I’m not sure whether it’s done as a slight, since Romero has trashed TWD as being a “soap opera,” or whether the series is actually going to go in that direction, but it’s straight-up absurd. I do give the issue a lot of praise for progressing the story along – setting up Carl for a better role and finally showing a post-pregnancy Maggie – and especially for not taking the easy bait at the end of the last issue. There’s still tons of promise in this series, so a little absurdity is allowed. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

All-New X-Men #20 B+

If you picked up this book and stopped reading it after the first ten pages, you would think that it is a terrible book. The awkward PG-13 relationship between X-23 and Angel was enough to make me take pause. The whole “I’m an animal” and “if you only knew the things I’ve done” cliché has been done so many times that it’s hardly even parodied anymore. The real excitement is between Jean Grey and Emma Frost, the latter of which is trying to push Jean Grey to realize her true powers. We finally get the showdown between the two, as Emma’s jealousy is addressed. Meanwhile, Kitty Pryde and her relationship with Star-Lord is investigated further. The signature of this series has been the fact that it is often tethered to lots of humor – none more so than Iceman. This is an exemplary bridge issue that still progresses multiple storylines, and gets us one step closer to finding out the contents of Charles Xavier’s Last Will and Testament. – Sherif

Spider-Man 2099 #2 – B+

This book has the potential to be really good and actually has a great sense of humor, especially in this episode. Things have started a bit on the slow side but I am sure things are going to pick up soon enough. I have no complaints about this issue and am looking forward to what this book has to offer in the future. – Robert

Wolverine #11 – C+

(B-) One more month until one of Marvel’s most famous characters and personally one of mine (after all he was best friends with Morph in the X-Men animated series) meets his ultimate fate. We have him getting to Sabertooth’s lair with many allies and trying to take him on. Obviously with next month being the last, we don’t get the epic battle between Wolverine and Sabertooth but we don’t have long to wait. The art of this issue is great and the story is good as well. Although it is an epic event the story is not the best I think Wolverines death should have, but we will see how it all goes down next month. – Jacob

(C) Well the time we have been waiting for during these last few months is almost upon us. One more issue and Wolverine is gonna be dead. I am actually wondering if he will finally kill Sabretooth and take that orb to get his powers back. Or maybe this will be some crappy metaphorical death. Either way, if they were going to actually kill Wolverine, I wish they wouldn’t have announced it so long ago. For being so close to the end, this issue had an awful lot of filler. I am honestly ready for this to be over so we can move on to whatever is coming next. – Robert

Original Sin #7 – C

This series has been enjoyable but I found myself lost in this issue. I still feel like I understand what s going on, but by the end of this issue I was left scratching my head. The art as always in this series is good although it is insanely dark with more shadows than words on the page and this is a wordy series. It is all over next month so yeah it is a bad time to just get into the series and it is one of the more violent Marvel series at the moment so also not for kids. – Jacob

Amazing Spider-Man #5 – C

I am not sure that I am crazy about this love triangle Peter has suddenly gotten himself into. He is supposed to be in relationship with Anna and we all know you can never get rid of Mary Jane, and now he has this new chick, it is like a bad soap opera even by comic book standards. I am more interested in the ending of this issue however; there is no way they are going to release Peter’s identity again so I want to see how he gets out of this. Nothing too crazy has happened since Peter came back, minus the new chick, so I am hoping that they pick up the pace instead of easing back into things. – Robert

Deadpool #33 – C

Although this Deadpool story arc has been interesting with meeting his daughter, it is altogether not a great Deadpool story. After reading some really good Deadpool stories it is hard to read the constant three series of the character that happen each month. The art is pretty good but not great and overall the story is enjoyable as most Deadpool but this story is definitely one of the duller of this series. – Jacob

Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #6 – C-

Ok I have to admit this issue was quite fun once I got past my views of just how ridiculous it is. I still don’t think it is anything special but in this issue we got to see Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Punisher, Blade, and a couple extra Deadpool regulars. The art is for this series has been good for the whole run and the story overall isn’t good or terrible. If you enjoy Deadpool, it is worth a read otherwise avoid this series, as it is one of the craziest and weirdest Deadpool series I have read. – Jacob

Nova Special #1 – F

I found this issue to be incredibly boring. NOVA is a kid who is out of his league at this point. He can hardly even handle a bunch of teenage X-Men. I found myself struggling to even get to the next page. Iron Man is a total douche (as always). The ‘X-Kids’ are morons. And, NOVA is weak. The art of the book isn’t bad, until Iron Man shows up, I’m not sure what was going on there. Even though it only takes 10 minutes to read, save you time, watch The Office instead…at least you’ll laugh. – Cody

 

Funniest Panel:

8.13 all new x-men 30 funny panel

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

8.13 tmnt 37 cool panel

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 07-16-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

magneto

Magneto  #7 – A-

This is the type of book that needs some theme music. Something… metal. Okay, bad joke. Seriously though, Magneto is one of the most hardcore action books out right now. Each issue plays out like a miniature Steven Segal movie, and it fills a void in the comic book industry. This issue, Magneto has found himself going undercover in Hong Kong, where mutants are disappearing every day. It turns out the Chinese are holding underground gladiatorial matches between mutants they find on the street and savage Predator X beasts. The issue ends somewhat predictably, but like your seventh time on a fun roller coaster, it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. – Sherif

The thing that makes this series so awesome is watching Magneto go crazy while taking out threats to mutant kind. My only complaint is that he is still perceived as a little weak due to events before the series started. I don’t mind it but it seems like we are constantly reminded every issue when something goes wrong. If you don’t know by now why he is weak then it isn’t really relevant anymore anyways. I love this series but I hope that it starts to have diversity because while I enjoy watching him on a rampage, I would like to see a little more story development. – Robert

 

Other Reviews: 

DC/Vertigo:

Robin Rises: Omega  #1 – B+

It’s only when you read the preface of this issue that you realize just how epic of a journey Grant Morrison has taken the character of Batman on. The first few pages of this issue are a summary of nearly the past decade of Morrison’s run. As I read it, I honestly forgot there was a story to get back to – it was that good. Flash forward to the front-lines, where Darkseid’s forces are trying to retrieve a special crystal in Damian’s sarcophagus. All out war breaks out, and there are some great one-liners in there before the party gets busted up. Without spoiling too much, we definitely find out what the plan for “The Next Robin” is, but the Robin debacle does not get solved here, and I expect it won’t for another few issues. This definitely validated Peter Tomasi’s writing skills. I can’t wait to see how this works out. – Sherif

This is the perfect way to catch up if you have been out of the loop for the last year or so. It gives a clear and concise history of the important plot points of all the Bat-family without having to go in to too much detail. It was nice for me as someone who has read all of it, to make sure that there wasn’t anything that I had forgotten or needed to know in addition to what ive read. This would be a perfect entry book for someone looking to get into the Batman line of books simply based on the intro issue. As for the new material, I knew Damian couldn’t stay dead forever as comics have a sort of revolving door policy when it comes to death, especially if a character is popular. I liked Damian and was irritated to see him die right when they finally made him likable, but such is life. Assuming there isn’t anything too fishy about his revival, I welcome it with open arms. – Robert

Batman Eternal #15 – C

I honestly don’t see the point of this series anymore. It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere important and the fact that it is a weekly book doesn’t help if they aren’t moving things along. I would be pissed if this was a biweekly book having to wait such a long time for plot advancement, but it seems that even being weekly, nothing is happening anyways. This book seems a little overly ambitious and with every few issues, the plot thickens and everything we thought we knew gets turned upside down. I think this approach needs to be toned down a bit in order to reign in the story. I hope that the end game for this series ends up being interesting or at the very least changing some major things in the series, but only time will tell what the writers have in store for this book. – Robert

Teen Titans #1 – D+

The brand new Teen Titans is here. Yeah, that’s about all the excitement I can muster for this book. I really like the members of the team individually, but this debut was just a congested bunch of meh. The book jumps right into action, with the team trying to stop a group of terrorists from bombing a school bus full of children – can we get any more cliché? The characters behave more or less how they’re supposed to, but fail to really make any lasting impression. The art of Kenneth Rocafort pretty much carries what turns into quite a mundane story. Rocafort and colorist Dan Brown’s unique style fits very well with the concept, and the full-page spreads throughout are a great addition to the first issue. In the end, though, I just couldn’t get past the horribly cliché dialogue. Also, I’m curious what the target demographic is. A book aimed at teens with casual murder just isn’t doing it, and neither is an adult book with sexed up teenagers and cheesy dialog. This book needs to find an identity. Soon. – Sherif

Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con #1 – D-

What a bunch of crap. Do not waste your money on this book. There are like ten artists on this issue, none of which I have heard of and none of which can do Harley any justice at all. The art is reminiscent of a crappy MAD magazine; that’s not to say that MAD is crappy, but it’s not the type of art I’d like to see in a comic book, choppy and ugly. This book has failed to make any lasting impact, and their B.S. “Comic Con Special” is an even gaudier cash grab. There are some tidbits of humor in the story, like Harley’s geek out at a certain celebrity, and a few other inside fanboy jokes, but for the casual fan there is just chaos and bad art. Comic Con, yes. Harley Quinn, no. – Sherif

 

Dynamite Entertainment:

Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched  #1 – B+

In this new Army of Darkness series we see ash deciding to stay in medieval England with King Arthur and Henry the Red. Of course, by the title you can guess a wedding is planned but if things go the way they normally do in Ash’s world the wedding will likely change quite drastically and most likely quite violently. We don’t go anywhere really with the story here except meeting their main enemy most likely and then lots of dead things, which is obvious. The comics for Army of Darkness have always been a bit odd to me because most have had nothing to do with the characters in the film other than Ash so it is great to see it be set in the timeline and with all the characters from the film. This series is likely to be a very enjoyable one for fans and could definitely be a good intro into the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness world which of course would hopefully lead to the viewing of the films to whole heartedly understand the universe and how Ash got to be as bad ass as he is. – Jacob

IDW Comics:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  #36 – B

This issue of Ninja Turtles is definitely one of the darker and creepier issues to date for this series. We get to see the Rat King for the first time and boy have the modern incarnations turned into something way more creepy than past ones. This has a much more psychological horror movie type of feel to it and although disturbing I really enjoyed it. Being able to bring more characters in and broaden to the world and the turtles themselves and boy does the Rat King seem like a great villain for the coming future. The art as always by Santolouco is great and I am finally getting used to his turtles, although Michelangelo still looks like a baby to me. But definitely pick this issue up if you want a very different type of Turtles and want to be introduced to a new and yet classic turtles villain. – Jacob

X-Files: Year Zero #1 – B-

This series definitely starts off interesting and makes me look forward to the rest of the series but ultimately it felt like a rather weak start. As with many of my reviews, the very fact I am reading about the subject at hand makes it much more positive because even if an X-Files story is bad, It is a very comforting feeling to have these characters still available at hand. The story so far is interesting giving a look at modern day Mulder and Scully and two past agents Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio. A modern day case is connected to the first X-Files case ever and thanks to The Lone Gunmen, Mulder has much more information available to him about the case. It is a very good idea and as an X-Files fan, I enjoyed it, I would not recommend it to most people wanting to start off X-Files as it could be confusing with the two timelines but if you didn’t like either Mulder or Scully you may be interested in this giving you a look at the show without the main two leads… Oh man, I just realized that is what ended up ending the show. – Jacob

Marvel:

Uncanny X-Men #23 – B+

“The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier.” Interested yet? That was all I needed before I ripped open the cover of Uncanny X-Men #23. Surprisingly, there’s a lot more going on in this issue than the title suggests. Dazzler, reeling from her time as Mystique’s guinea pig, is spiraling out of control, taking her far from her glitzy personality and into a much darker place. Much of the issue resolves around the build-up of revealing to the X-Men that Professor X left something behind for the team. The only catch – they have to be in the same room as Scott Summers while they read the will of the man that he killed. Talk about awkward… Brian Michael Bendis’ Uncanny X-Men continues to be one o the most solid books out right now, and I have definitely taken the bait to find out what exactly Professor X left behind. – Sherif

Ms. Marvel  #6 – B-

Everything I love about Ms. Marvel is back in this book. A surprising result from the talk Kamala has with the Sheikh breathes some great cultural breath into the book that neither I nor Kamala expected; it’s almost invigorating. We jump right back into the story, with Ms. Marvel searching for The Inventor, who has kidnapped her friend’s brother. We finally get to meet the Inventor, who is not at all what I expected. The character is silly, and I instantly take the book less seriously because of it. However, the team-up with Wolverine more than made up for it. Kamala totally fangirled over him, making for some hilarious dialogue between the two. Ms. Marvel doesn’t back down, though; she manages to impress him multiple times. By now, I’m feeling that this is a fun book, and the cultural component adds a lot of value for me, personally, but Ms. Marvel isn’t living up to the potential I thought it would. – Sherif

Savage Hulk #2 – C+

I’m not too crazy about the art with this series but the story overall is pretty standard for a Hulk story. In fact, it seems like the stories from the beginning of the Hulk series many years ago. I feel like I could just read those old issues instead of making a throwback series that doesn’t really serve any purpose. I like where the other Hulk series is going, but this seems pretty unnecessary. – Robert

 

Funniest Panel

Ms. Marvel teams up with Wolverine in Ms. Marvel #7
Ms. Marvel teams up with Wolverine in Ms. Marvel #7

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Batman brings out his skills when his son's body is involved in Robin Rises Omega #1
Batman brings out his skills when his son’s body is involved in Robin Rises Omega #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 IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 07-09-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

spiderman joke

Spider-Man 2099 #1 – A-

This book is going to be awesome! Just one issue in and I’m genuinely sad that it ended at all. Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of – you guessed it – 2099 has traveled back in time to make sure that his grandfather stays safe, ensuring his own existence and the prosperity of the family business. The series opens up with a HILARIOUS Terminator-like bounty hunter come back in time to set the time-line straight. I don’t think there was a single page that I didn’t end up laughing at something that was said or drawn. This looks like it will be a very fun read, mixed in with some good action sequences. I only hope they make this series last; I’m getting really tired of following what ends up being mini-series. Miguel is O’Hara to stay… Sorry, I had to. – Sherif

This series is almost exactly what I expected from it and that makes me happy. I wasn’t sure how they were gonna handle him not going back to his own timeline after Superior Spider-Man but they pretty much answered that in the beginning. This could be a really cool opportunity for some team-ups or even some brand new enemies from the future. It seems like he is settling in to our timeline for the long haul and I am very interested to see where they take it. – Robert

 

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse Comics:

Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #4 – B

This series so far has been pretty bad ass, but this is the first issue where things have started to falter slightly. This series was really only interesting while a human was going toe to toe with a Terminator. Now that they are working together it has gotten a little mundane. The conversation is interesting and has some throwbacks to the original movies, but otherwise is pretty standard fare. It looks like they will be teaming up for the foreseeable future despite their original agreement. I don’t know how I feel about it but I certainly worked for T2 so I am open to anything. – Robert

Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #7 –  A-

Well this issue was certainly unexpected and it is interesting to see things come full-circle for John Connnor. I have no idea how they are going to end things but after this issue, I have never been more excited to find out. I won’t spoil anything but I don’t think any long term fan of the series could have ever expected things to turn out like this. If you are a fan of the  series you need to check this out. This issue was sort of a turning point because we are at the point where everything about the series is fresh. Everything we have known about the war or the series has either happened or been changed, we are in uncharted territory and it is refreshing. – Robert

 

DC/Vertigo:

Detective Comics #33 – A-

This book has gotten a bad rap for its sub-par story-telling, but since issue #30, when the Icarus arc started, the series has had new life breathed into it. The series has since recaptured everything that I considered part of the “detective” lore in a Batman book. Littered throughout the book are Sherlock-ish phrases like “simple mathematics” and technical jargon that showed Batman’s superior crime-solving skill that put the “Detective” in Detective Comics. By far, the best part of the book has been the passive-aggressive confrontation with Harvey Bullock, who has been the hardest sell on the Dark Knight since I was a boy watching him on The Animated Series. The confrontation becomes more aggressive than passive, and an explosive fight breaks out. With no Gordon to mediate, things are looking to get messy soon. – Sherif

Grayson #1 – B+

Being the first issue of a new series, it was obvious  that they were going to bring the big guns, and they definitely delivered. This seems like it will be an interesting series, especially when some of the main superheros find out Grayson is still alive, which they are bound to do. I also like the fact that there is something much more nefarious going on with Spyral. I hope it has something to do with the agency that is trying to recruit Barbara Gordon. It would be pretty sweet to see them working together as secret agents. As with all new books, the next few issues will set the tone for the future of this series as a whole. Nightwing was great and this seems like more of the same with a change of scenery, definitely worth checking out.  – Robert

There’s a lot to like about the new Grayson series, whether or not you liked the way he got to the point he’s at. It was really sad for me to see Dick hang up the domino mask for good when his identity was compromised in Forever Evil, but I’m liking the super-spy stuff. Working for Spyral, Dick had been sent into the organization by Batman to see what kind of no-goodnik stuff they’re up to. The book feels like James Bond’s first day at spy-camp, in all the good ways. There are some entertaining moments and some awkward moments, but overall, there’s a clear purpose that the story seems to be going in, and you’re going to want to be invested in it to discover how it plays out. – Sherif

Batgirl #33 – B-

Gail Simone’s Batgirl has been consistently good throughout the New52 and flown under the radar for far too long. The last few issues have been a bit out there, and more than an issue has been dedicated to another Bat-themed story arc, but it looks like the final showdown with Knightfall is going to really pull in all the big guns. One of the best parts of the issue was the emergence of Huntress; her and Batgirl have never really gotten along in past continuities, so this introduction was a lot of fun to watch unfold. With Spyral breathing down Barbara’s neck, I’m really curious to see where the Knightfall arc leaves her. – Sherif

The Birds of Prey are together and by the end of the issue, are ready to take on Knightfall and end this particular story arc. I can honestly say that her run the last few issues have been shaky with vampires and other terrible villains, but this is a chance to start a new arc. Hopefully this new arc will distance itself from what’s going on in Gotham and will include Grayson and his super spy lifestyle. Not much to say about this issue other than it was pretty standard for what we have come to expect. I am hoping they decide to shake things up a bit after this story arc is concluded. – Robert

New Suicide Squad #1 – D+

I’m not gonna lie, when DC cancelled the first run of Suicide Squad, I was a little sad. The mish-mash of C list bad guys fit well together, and though a lot of the unknowns died by the time the series was over, it was worth a continued exploration. After the events of Forever Evil, DC beefed up the cast with some top-tier villains like Deathstroke and Black Manta, who fit right in with the spirit of “Task Force X.” However, the debut issue isn’t very impressive – story or art wise, and the inclusion of Joker’s Daughter feels incredibly forced. She has been one of the worst characters to come out of the New52. I wouldn’t say I’m totally giving up on the series, but I’m not sold on it, either. – Sherif

 

 

IDW Comics:

Star Trek #35 – B+

A brand new story arc for the new movie version of the first enterprise crew and this time they encounter one of the most iconic and my favorite The Next Generation villain, Q. In this six-issue arc Q has thrown multiple universes into chaos crossing the new Enterprise crew with what seems like will be every other generation of Star Trek crew. Of course coming from me as a huge fan of Q I can say that although I am ecstatic about this story I wish it was the next film instead. But as with the continuation of Firefly, X-Files, Samurai Jack and other great TV turned to comics, it is awesome enough to be able to read about these characters in comic form. Definitely pick this up if you are a fan of TNG or the new movies or even if you want to be introduced to Star Trek through one of its best villains. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

The Walking Dead #129 – A-

Oh man! Things are finally heating back up in TWD after the lackluster event that was All Out War ended so poorly that they had to straight-up skip months just to get some traction. There are multiple crossroads here, as Carl has finally convinced Rick to let him venture from the nest and strike his own at the Hilltops. It’ll be nice to see how Carl finally does without his dad to constantly look over him, and hopefully Little Rambo will make a return. Meanwhile, Rick’s special guest is certain his escape from captivity is coming – and with Alexandria’s new group of nosy a-holes snooping around, it can only mean that everybody is completely screwed sooner or later. This is the first time in almost 30 issues that I’ve been genuinely excited for a new issue, so I hope Kirkman can keep the momentum going. – Sherif

Spread #1 – B+

This is a horror series I can really get down with. This new book from writer Justin Jordan (Luther Strode) is both weird and familiar in all the right places. The premise of the story is that a man simply known as “No” – which I’m sure we’ll find out why he’s called that soon enough – lives in a post-apocalyptic world full of “The Spread,” a grotesque infection that gives people disgusting teeth all over their orifices. It made me pretty squeamish, and reminded me a bit of The Last of Us video-game. Yuck. No is quite capable of killing things and his short name gives me the impression there will be a lot more art-driven storyline, which I absolutely love. If horror is your thing, Spread is your book. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

Wolverine #10 – A-

Wolverine has faced death and has come out better because of it. While he is still afraid of Death, he is ready to do what is necessary for the people of the New York City. Anything could happen in the next few issues, including the possibility of his death, but given how the last issue sort of made fun of the revolving door policy of comics, I get the feeling we are in for a surprise. If Sabretooth has his way, there are huge changes in store for the Marvel universe, but I wonder if that will be what keeps Wolverine from dying. It could also be that it is some sort of metaphor and Wolverine as we know him will die, which is terrible by the way. I don’t know what they have in store for these next two issues but it seems clear that Wolverines “death” might not be as clear cut as the subtitle would suggest. – Robert

I am really enjoying this arc of Wolverine and seeing his transformation now that he is mortal and having to come to grips with that he can and will die soon. To me this is a great story for Wolverine as it shows how despite the horrors of his life and all the troubles and enemies he has made and the friends he has hurt, he is sorry and is wanting to apologize and make up for his mistakes.  This issue of Wolverine was my favorite of this arc and mostly of it was because of the art by Pete Woods in this issue. Although Wolverine is definitely an overplayed character of Marvel, I feel his best stories lately have been ones that put him in a situation that completely changes him and in two months, he will finally get see the worst change of all when the world as he knows will slip away. – Jacob

All New X-Men #29 – B+

The arc with the future Brotherhood is finally at a close… for now. The culmination was an exciting one that genuinely had me invested in the results. Turns out that the X-Men from the future weren’t all bad guys, but rather being puppeteered by a single bad apple. There is tons of action to behold, and colorist Marte Gracia adds just the right amount of pop to the action to make readers feel the danger. If anything, I hope that this event brings current-day Cyclops’ group closer to the other group. They’ve been split for so long; it’s time for a reunion. As for Angel, it looks like he and X-23 are going rogue, making for one of the weirder X-couples in recent memory. It looks like the original X-Men are coming to terms that they are stuck in the present, and seeing them grow all over again (especially Jean Grey) is something I cherish as a reader. – Sherif

Daredevil #5 – B

If this issue doesn’t give you a case of the feels, I’m not sure what will. Foggy Nelson, who has been Matt Murdock’s best friend for fifty years of publication, is fighting the battle with cancer. Since Daredevil’s exile from New York, he has been unable to take care of his friend who needs it most – and with his identity compromised, Foggy is in danger. So what is the logical solution? Fake his death, of course! It’s a bit wacky, and it plays out with the corniness of an after-school special, but the last page was the literary equivalent of opening a box of kittens. The issue was well-worth the read and reminded me why I love reading Mark Waid’s Daredevil all over again. Sometimes it’s worth taking a break from the action to explore the more human side of our heroes. – Sherif

Nightcrawler #4 – C

I still have no idea what to make of this series. I could also do without the voodoo storyline. Luckily, I think that intro story arc is over so we can be on to bigger and better things. This has been a bit of a slow start but with so many people getting new series there was bound to be a few slow starts. I hope that they can come up with something interesting for this series to keep it from getting canceled. – Robert

Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet #1– C-

Another week and of course another new Deadpool story, which are more common these days than creatures we know that breath oxygen. This series focuses on Deadpool being hired by Dracula for a mission and of course as with everything Deadpool, things get even crazier real fast. This series seems like another odd and very much forgettable series among the endless Deadpool ones around. Although I always find Deadpool entertaining and will continue to read this despite its quality, I would recommend most people forget this and check out the Deadpool vs X-Force series that started this month as well. – Jacob

 

Funniest Panel

Negan is a glass half-full kinda guy in The Walking Dead #129
Negan is a glass half-full kinda guy in The Walking Dead #129

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Batgirl welcomes Huntress to Gotham in Batgirl #33
Batgirl welcomes Huntress to Gotham in Batgirl #33

 

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 07-02-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

deadpool pick of the week

Deadpool vs. X-Force #1 – A

It may be that I am a huge history buff that made this issue and the start of this series so great to me. I never fathomed that Deadpool would be part of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and that made me love this book especially knowing he goes to Gettyburg and it is the anniversary of the battle right now. Ultimately this issue was a great surprise after the dismal Deadpool vs. Carnage series and this first issue has me extremely excited for its future. The artwork here is great as well and it brings me so much joy to see Deadpool in the outfit of an American Revolutionary War soldier. Pick this up if you like Deadpool, if you like Cable or any of X-Force, and especially if you like either and American history – which, after Dead Presidents, seems to be a theme of Deadpool these days but I am all for it! – Jacob

 

Other Reviews:

DC/Vertigo:

Superman Unchained #7 – B+

Unchained took quite the hiatus between this issue and the last; issue six came out in March. It seems like the long was wait worth it though, as Jim Lee’s spreads are amazing to look at. Wraith is causing destruction in the Batcave and General Lane has become a thorn in Superman’s side. There’s a lot that goes on in the issue, and the only thing keeping it from being A-worthy was that the transition from in danger to Diablo-suit was kind of abrupt. All in all, though, #7 was a very theatrical issue. The mix of action shots and humorous one liners is what gave it the top action panel and the funniest panel of the week. This book may be better in trade format, as delays going forward are sure to continue truncating the book’s momentum. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Dexter’s Laboratory #4 – B

Dexter is still trapped in the world of Dee Dee! Will he escape in this issue or stay trapped in his own personal hell for all eternity? And will he be able to bring Dee Dee back to help his sanity of overcoming her misdeeds? Well you must read it to find out of course. This issue continues the classic Tartakovsky style this cartoon and comic series are known for, which is great for any fan of the property in general. The story also is an entertaining ride so far with many references to characters and things from the show only fans may know about. Pick this week’s issue up if you want to finish this story arc and if you are a fan of the historic awesomeness of this certain era of Cartoon Network. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Tech Jacket #1 – A

Tech Jacket has the potential to become one of my new favorite comics – even though it is over a decade old, it is coming to print for the first time. I cannot even explain how cool this comic is. It hits all the necessities of awesomeness: space adventures, cool technology, aliens, possible villainess army, drama, suspense, action, and mystery. Zack “Tech Jacket” “Galactic Guardian of Earth” Thompson is the sole individual keeping the universe in check and by the looks of it he is doing a pretty good job. However, with this new threat(s) appearing to be more than the average alien outlaw, who knows what’s going to happen. Either way, I am there to watch it all. I can’t wait for the next issue to come out, and personally I recommend all nerds read this book. – Evan

 

Marvel:

Moon Knight #5 – A

Mr. Knight continues to lead one of the most underrated books in all of comics. Under the direction of writer Warren Ellis, penciller Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire carry the story to infinity and beyond. This entire issue is comprised of Moon Knight rescuing a kidnapped young girl by beating the living shit out of everybody involved in it. There’s not a whole lot of dialogue, and honestly, I could have gotten watching him do just that, but there are some really chilling lines of monologue that paint the picture of just how badass of a character Moon Knight is. There’s not a whole lot in terms of story development, but I’m sure it will pick up soon enough. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up for some visual stimulation of another kind. – Sherif

Rocket Raccoon #1 – A-

Watch out everyone, because Rocket Raccoon is about to take the nerd community by storm! Rocket starts his own personal series off with a bang as any one would expect him to. The art in this first issue is a bit strange as it is very cartoon looking as well as a bit edgy. The story was interesting and could lead into a great series that could turn Rocket from a B story character to one of the most iconic Marvel Comics characters today, blowing Howard the Duck out of the water for anthropomorphic animals within the Marvel universe. – Jacob

Magneto #6 – A-

Alright, if this issue of Magneto doesn’t get you hooked, then nothing will. Magneto has been on a rampage lately, murdering everybody in his path since the series started, but in this issue, we see a whole new side of the master of magnetism we wish we didn’t. Calling it a “genetic cleansing,” Magneto has started eliminating those mutants that don’t fit his image of what a mutant should stand for. Does that sound like somebody familiar? Comparing Magneto to Hitler, the very man responsible for Max’s awful childhood and mutant awakening, is pure genius and Cullen Bunn deserves some mad writing props. And the whollup of a punch at the end of the issue has me cringing with fanboy excitement. – Sherif

Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #1 – B+

Wait… Is this actually just another Rocket and Groot story? Yes indeed, people, we get two series starting that focus on the bad boy thugs from Guardians of the Galaxy, the oddest thing is no other Guardians appear in this book, but they all do in the Rocket Raccoon book this month. The story in this issue is rather odd as things jump and things weird happen that are not explained at all. The art of this series though is great, and it is the most realistic looking Rocket I have seen which is cool as both him and Groot look like they do in the film. I definitely think the series could be fun, but I hope more of the Guardians show up next issue. – Jacob

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #4 – B

Man, things are about to get crazy! What good is the Iron Fist, if iron can shatter? I’m intrigued by this story line, and it’s just getting started. I have so many questions that I cannot wait to know the answer to. What is happening to Iron Fist’s powers? Who is this mysterious man creature? Why is Danny so crazy? Why hasn’t he been treated for PTSD? All I know is that this book keeps drawing me back in. I love the story, I love the action, and I love the subtleties of the art and the panels. I also enjoy how this comic does different layers of flashbacks within each story. We have what is currently happening, then we have flashbacks to his adult life, and then we go deeper into his childhood. This book is building an entire person and story for us. It’s letting us see the whole picture without showing the audience everything. Piece by piece, it’s all coming together and it’s making a great story. – Evan

Legendary Star Lord #1 – B-

Marvel is hitting us full-force with the Guardians of the Galaxy stuff now. With the movie just under a month away, it’s time we meet the crew. Star Lord, or Peter Quill, is an orphan who is great at getting himself into some interstellar drama. Think of him as a Mass Effect Commander Shepard meets Disney’s Aladdin. This issue offers a solid introduction to Star Lord and his tongue-in-cheek humor getting him out of trouble. It’s a bit predictable, and there are some tidbits about his past thrown in to build up to the conclusion fall a little flat, but it’s a thoroughly entertaining read and I’ll look to learn more about Star Lord in the next issue. – Sherif

Original Sin #5 – C+

Well we finally learn who killed The Watcher and not sure anyone saw that one coming… This issue is paced rather slowly and although we learn a lot, we also don’t see much action or real significance to the story so far. Obviously more questions are being raised each issue and with the way this series is going I hope to not be disappointed in the ending outcome of it all. The art, just like past issues is great with a hint of odd and the writing for this one all together seems confusing as I am still not understanding what, who why, where and basically everything else. – Jacob

 

Funniest Panel

symbol ass kicked

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

superman unchained 7 bad ass panel

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 06-25-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

 

Pick of the Week:

 

Superman #32 – A

No, this is not Bizzaro World; Superman actually got a higher score than Snyder and Capullo’s Batman. This is proof that DC’s poster-child, Clark Kent, is not washed up. All it takes is a phenomenal creative team, and the Man of Steel is returned to his former glory. Thanks to writer Geoff Johns, I’m ready to start following Superman for the first time since George Pérez left at the beginning of The New52. He did have a little help from DC Comics’ rookie, JOHN ROMITA JR. That’s right – legendary Spider-Man artist and Kick-Ass co-creator is drawing the most iconic character in comic book history now. The best part about this book is that it is a perfect jumping-on point for new or estranged readers. Not that I can solicit this book any harder, but the story had me humming the John Williams theme song. The Big Blue Boy Scout is back! – Sherif

 

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse:

Dream Thief: Escape #1 – B+

Dream Thief is a new comic out this week and it is pretty cool, I gotta say.  The story is a nice twist on revenge and possession, both major factors in main character Johnny Lincoln’s life.  Johnny gets possessed by murdered ghosts sometimes.  Those ghosts then go find their murders and use Johnny to kill their murderers.  While it sounds very creepy, it is a pretty funny book because it has a lot of quips to keep the story just light enough to not be so disturbing.  The story takes place in the mid 80’s in Florida, which makes a for a very beautiful and colorful backdrop.  The book ends with Johnny meeting another person, a very special person (no spoilers, I promise) who also gets possessed by ghosts, allowing the story to end on a pretty major cliffhanger, and making me want to pick up this book immediately next month! – Adrian

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6 – B+

Another series that has come to an end and after six months, Serenity and its crew finally get everything, well almost everything resolved.  The series ends on a great note and one that I really wish I could see done with the cast and crew of the show. This last issue makes any Serenity fan tear up by just looking at the cover with Wash being so prevalent so seeing that image going into the last issue it sets you up to have so much of what happened to Wash get resolved and have everyone on the track to healing after the insane events of the film Serenity. – Jacob

 

DC/Vertigo:

Batman #32 – A-

Zero Year is really heating up as we approach the climax – the showdown between Batman and Nygma is heating up… kinda. There is a constant back and forth between the two to see who has the statistic advantage. Even though both are so young in their respective masked careers, they are both supremely sharp and the battle of wits is a site to see. The issue ends on yet another cliff-hanger, and this one makes a little less sense than I would have liked, but that’s the nature of a story centered around The Riddler. Batman has been the most consistently great book in the DC staple, so if you’re on the fence, definitely read this arc. – Sherif

Justice League #31 – A

The idea of Lex Luthor being a valued member of the League is ridiculous, and writer Geoff Johns is not afraid to show it. Since a very dreary Forever Evil arc, Justice League is enjoying a nice little break before the next Big Bad comes along. Unlike other books, there’s no filler here. We get to see the new Power Ring, as it begins to corrupt a poor young woman in Portland. Meanwhile, Lex comes to Bruce Wayne with that shocking discovery, and it’s interesting to see Lex get the upper-hand of the detective who’s always thinking six steps ahead. Mostly though, it’s Shazam and Cyborg that steal the show with their hilarious banter at the Watchtower. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Super Secret Crisis War #1 – A

Here we have an ultimate team up of all of our favorite Cartoon Network characters joining together because all of their villains are planning to take over multiple worlds together. For this issue I love how each character is done in their distinctive style and yet they all feel like they belong together which makes this issue so much more than just pictures of my favorite cartoons together. Hopefully with all the main issues and one shots included in this series we will get to a point where it all is explained a little bit better than what we got in this issue, but it is all leading up to a series that will have anyone who watched Cartoon Network freaking out because of happiness by the end. – Jacob

X-Files: Season 10 #13 – B

Thins are getting real! More of The Lone Gunmen, more Krycek,, and everyone is crazy! This issue is definitely one of the better ones as part 3 of this current story arc, and we get a couple answers but just like X-Files, we get more questions. The art in this series can be a little hit or miss, as it is not very detailed and at times it can be hard to tell who is who. The writing of this series though is what makes it good and it gives me so much hope for another movie that could be awesome. Although this issue was great for me, I have not missed an issue so for anyone trying to start here it would likely be rather confusing. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Saga #20 – A

If I had a dollar for every time I screamed “Holy S***!” while reading this issue, I would have $3. Seriously, follow through the pages and tell me if you can spot them. I may still be a little punch-drunk off meeting Fiona Staples at Denver Comic Con, but I’m in love with her art, and with the beautiful writing of Brian K Vaughan. The range of story goes from “trouble in paradise” to straight up disturbing by the end of the issue. How long can Alana and Marko stay hidden? What the hell is going on with Prince Robot IV? Mostly, though, I wonder how many more times can we tell you how amazing Saga is before you go read it?? – Sherif

Deadly Class #6 – A

A “sadistic, twit redneck who likes to f*** sheep” sounds like the most terrifying villain of all time. This book is so ludicrous; I love it. The kids’ trip to vacation has been no vacation, but they band together over a common enemy – the way everything plays out had my eyes wide and my heart racing. At the end of the day, every issue of Deadly Class has been beautiful and brutal, and this issue is no exception. This is a great read if you think need something to make you feel better about your own high school experience. Each issue uncovers more and more of the students’ pasts. This was a perfect way to close out the arc. – Sherif

Outcast #1 – B-

Robert Kirkman is at it… still. I can’t really say “again” because well, The Walking Dead is still happening.  Anyway, Outcast is Kirkman’s answer to the Horror genre. We follow main character Kyle Barnes and his really bad luck with the women who are closest to him getting possessed by demons, and then he has to exorcize them.  I’m not sure if this is a comment on women or not, but I’ll tell you this, for the first 20 pages of the 48 page issue, I had no clue what was going on.  But don’t let this turn you off.  By the end of the story, it all kind of makes sense.  And leaves enough unsaid that makes the reader want to know more about Kyle, our new demon hunter hero, or should I say Outcast? – Adrian

 

Marvel:

Amazing Spider-Man #3 – B

The return of Peter Parker has been a solid one so far. While he was “away,” Otto Octavius made quite the mess of his life: pissing off frenemies, chasing off close friends, and falling in love with another woman. The story with Black Cat is getting very interesting, as she is reborn with a lot more moxie this time around. Peter, meanwhile, is learning the joys of owning your own business. It’s quirky and fun, but is lacking of any real substance right now. The story is still building, so I’m sure that will change in the next couple issues. – Sherif

Ms. Marvel #5 – C+

I don’t know what happened between the end of issue #3 and this one, but somewhere along the line, the book lost a lot of momentum. I’m still really excited to see where Ms. Marvel is going, but it seems to have lost a bit of the flare and the social relevance that catapulted it to the top of my reading list each issue. I’m still interested in the story, and the dynamic characters are a lot of fun in themselves, but it still needs something to push it back over the hump. – Sherif

Original Sins #2 – C+

This series obviously is a way to connect lesser character of the marvel universe to the Original Sin storyline going on now. All of the stories so far don’t really show much connection but a small mention of the events in Original Sin. Each issue is going to contain a large Young Avengers story and then two other stories one being a medium size and the other usually just two pages. It does make me happy that Howard the Duck got to be the small story in this issue, but other than that novelty, I don’t see too much of a connection between these stories to warrant purchasing this issue unless you are a completest. – Jacob

Deadpool vs Carnage #4 – C-

Although this series has been dull, and left you wondering why is it happening (which is actually quite strange considering the other things Deadpool has done). In this last issue we finally get everything resolved, absolute insanity is brought down to a little bit crazy, and we can all finally take a nap and forget it all ever happened. But seriously this series has been entertaining for what it is, the artwork has definitely been good throughout the series and this last issue. Ultimately this series will have its fans but mostly it is just a series to read on a boring day, and there are much worse things to readout there. – Jacob

 

Funniest Panel

Shazam and Cyborg discuss additions to the Watchtower in Justice League #31
Shazam and Cyborg discuss additions to the Watchtower in Justice League #31

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

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Superman and his mystery buddy tag team this robot in Superman #32

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

 

Comic Book Reviews 06-18-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking. A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like. C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books. D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked. F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35- A

I am loving this story arc and where it is taking the turtles. I have had problems in the past with Santolouco’s art design for the turtles, but he is by far my favorite artist for humans in the series. But the more he does I feel the better he does as Slash in this issue looks amazing! I feel this series just keeps getting better and better to me and having a Slash centered issue was great and opened up so many opportunities for the series. – Jacob

This issue is going to open up so much! The mutagen is the key to everything. Does this mean a war with Krang and Hob’s army? Or will the turtles be able to stop the madness before it gets out of control? My money is on the former because I love Old Hob’s character; he’s like the Magneto of TMNT. I also really appreciate the development of Casey Jones, who is no longer the one-dimensional tough guy goof off  he has been in other mediums. There’s a reason this was my favorite book last year, and it continues to amaze. – Sherif

  

Other Reviews:

Dark Horse Comics:

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #5 – B

Things are wrapping up for this Serenity series sadly. In this second to last issue we see the normally great art for this series and it is always good to see Wash, even if it has to be from the past. This is definitely the issue the climax of this series and we see everything set up for the last issue next month and does it well. It has been a great series and hopefully we will get more once everything finishes. – Jacob

DC/Vertigo:

Wonder Woman #32 – B+

If this cover isn’t the new poster for feminism, I don’t know what is – Wonder Woman fighting a manly bull warrior with two swords and a baby strapped to her back. The war for Olympus is waning, and there aren’t many left to oppose the First Born. Diana and a small team of gods try to make a last stand. We even get to see a new rendition of Wonder Woman’s armor, which looks gorgeous in modern colors. The story is dwindling down, but it’s not that it’s getting boring; I mean, how many arcs do you know that last over thirty issues? This series has just enough momentum for a ridiculous send-off – let’s just hope it gets there without being predictable. – Sherif

Supergirl #32 – B-

Luckily it seems as though we only have one more issue to deal with the Red Lantern version of Supergirl. She has been kicked outta the corp and on her way back to Earth she is attacked by another worldkiller. The scenes of her battling the Diasporians are pretty cool and really the only reason to check out this episode. I am glad this story arc is at its conclusion but with the events of Superman Doomed affecting her ability to live on planet Earth, I am afraid we are going to be stuck with more space adventures for the time being. I hope I am wrong but that seems like the direction they are going to take. – Robert Batman Eternal #11 – C I really don’t know where they are going with this book anymore but now they are rehashing characters from the original Batman Inc. comic. I am curious to see if they manage to add Julia to the Bat family or if she will move on at the end of this arc. This issue was beyond filler and I cant think of one thing that happened to move the story forward this issue. I am also not a fan of the way the art changed an issue or so ago. I has an amateur look about it that I can’t get over. – Robert

Batman and Ra’s al Ghul #32 – C

We’re just one issue away from the finale of this long series of guest features. It has brought Batman across the world to confront the Demon’s Head and take back the bodies of Talia and Damian, choosing to lay them to rest and keep Ra’s from resurrecting them to rule the world under his control – typical Ra’s. The issue was supposed to be a major milestone, but the epic showdown was interrupted by something far more worrisome. I’m not a huge fan of how this is turning out, but I think that fact that I have no idea what’s going on now is a good thing. Who is the new Robin going to be?? Find out next month. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #1 – B+

Here we go folks another TMNT micro –series! This time referencing many past incarnations of the turtles. Obviously the name takes us back to Super Nintendo days battling through time in the game with the name of this series. The time travel devise looks an awful lot like the one in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, and of course there are going to be tons more. This first issue doesn’t have the best art; well at least it doesn’t fit the series well since it looks an awful lot like the animated series running now on Nickelodeon. But since the artist is changing in each issue it is hard to complain. I look forward to seeing the whole story here (which is highly connected to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2014 coming out in December.) and the ever changing art, and if they are planning on referencing past properties in the process, this is a must read for long time fans. – Jacob

Samurai Jack #9 – B+

We have another issue where there is hardly any dialogue besides the odd robot language and one thing from Aku. I love that the style of the show can work so well in comic form because it definitely makes me love the show and the series that much more. I hope if this series ever ends we get the send off it deserved on television because so far it is one of my favorite monthly comics. – Jacob

  Image Comics:

Sex Criminals #6 – A-

It’s been three months since the last issue of the most pleasantly lewd book in the industry came out, but issue #6 is here, and I can plainly say that it was worth the wait. John and Suzie have escaped the sex police – to those of you just now hearing about the series, yes the Sex Police are real – but they are still left fearing orgasms will be their end. The once fiercely passionate couple are in quite a rut, and Chip Zdarsky’s art highlights the changes perfectly. There are even bigger plot points around the corner, though, as this instantly shot back up my list of favorites after the hiatus, which creatively did the book service. – Sherif

The Wicked + The Divine #1 – A-

Gods live among us. Not only that, but they perform at concerts and are so purely awesome they make us ejaculate in our pants so hard that we pass out from the impact. There’s a lot more to that, but if that first sentence didn’t at least grab your attention, you might not care for this book. Tired of being viewed at as phony entertainers out to exploit the entertainment crowd, one of the gods makes a brash decision, landing her in big trouble. Aside from the fact that gods can also flick their fingers and make people’s heads explode, I really didn’t walk away from the issue knowing anymore more than I did when I picked it up. I know that the story flows, and I know that the art is beautiful. Image Comics has a great track record, so I can’t wait to see where this goes. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

Daredevil #4 – B

Matt Murdock’s stay in San Francisco hasn’t exactly been my favorite story, and Mark Waid having to follow up his own tremendous run on the series that just ended doesn’t make it any easier not to compare the two. This new frenemy that Daredevil has made is interesting enough to carry the story and interest me in reading more, but I’m already an invested Daredevil’er. I can’t see the current pace or story really grabbing any new fans. I could always be wrong, but I think Waid is going to have to kick things into high gear if he wants to recapture the magic he had in the last run. – Sherif

Elektra #3 – C+

What is with this guy chasing Elektra around trying to eat her brains? We get that Elektra is messed up in the head but I don’t see how they have managed to squeeze three issues outta this. I don’t see this story going anywhere exciting at all. The art is interesting but I would like something a little clearer as some of the pictures and coloring look a little confusing.  – Robert

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

Comic Book Reviews 06-11-14

Review Scale:

The mythical A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.

A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters

B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.

C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.

D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.

F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

Detective Comics #32 – A

It’s official! Batman now has TWO good books. This Icarus storyline combines all the aspects you’d expect in a story about the world’s greatest detective. It feels like an Adam West-helmed episode, with the gadgets, and the deductive thought process, but with a modern and accessible twist that doesn’t feel campy or over-the-top. I mean, when you can fight a giant squid and still feel realistically engaging, you’re doing a good job. We also get a look at the lighter side of Harvey Bullock, who we come to find is an unapologetic crazy cat lady. Kudos to this new creative team for giving me complete faith in Detective Comics for however long their run lasts. – Sherif

 

Other Reviews:

DC/Vertigo:

Superman/Wonder Woman #9 – B+

With the continuation of the Doomed storyline we enter the next chapter of Supermans battle with himself. The atmosphere has been contaminated with Kryptonite that is slowly taking away Clarks ability to control the Doomsday inside of him. While this issue has mainly focused on that inner struggle, as usual I feel like the spotlight is on how much of a badass Wonder Woman still is. My least favorite people in the world besides Arsenal, the Red Lanterns, show up and make a cameo. The whole battle with them is short-lived and I could have done without it. This was mostly filler but it had a few essential pieces of info. – Robert

Batgirl #32 – C+

Everything about this issue bored me except for the last panel. It really isn’t a spoiler but I won’t say anything just the same, however it does excite me that they seem to be changing the formula up a bit. I do hope that they will steer clear of the one-shot villains that are lame and have no depth or staying power. I would also like to see a little bit more of the female talon as she made for an interesting dynamic with Barbara. This is the first issue of a new story arc so there wasn’t much going on except for the setup. – Robert

Batman Eternal #10 – C

(+) More filler but we are given yet another teaser at the end. The plot continues to thicken but we aren’t really given any clues as to the endgame in store for this series. Something about the art changed this issue and I can say that in some panels I am definitely not a fan. There is also the inclusion of Julia Pennyworth from last issue. I am curious as to her backstory and how she will come to play in the future. Perhaps we will have another character to add to the Bat family after the departure of Dick Grayson. – Robert

(-) Ugh. Not a fan. First of all, this stand-in artist they got, Riccardo Burchielli? Awful. I mean, it’s not bad art by any means, but it’s probably the worst style I’ve seen for Batman since I can remember. This issue would have gone down smoother if Scott Synder drew it. It’s really distracting from the actual story, which is doing it self no favors here. I miss the direction Grant Morrison took Pyg in – the psycho surgeon, not the Rob Zombie meets Human Centipede doctor. There is a neat hint that Stephanie Brown will be reprising The Spoiler, but it’s marred by an awful pun. This book is drowning in stock, and shoving more filler down my throat isn’t keeping me engaged. Please don’t be another throw-away series. – Sherif

 

IDW Comics:

Rocky & Bullwinkle #4 – B

Although this series may not be for a lot of comic readers it always pleases me to see new Dudley Do-Right. The artwork is up with all the past issues and you can expect a bunch of modern references through out the issue showing that although we may not have seen them, Rocky & Bullwinkle were around the whole time we thought that they may have been gone for good. – Jacob

Dexter’s Laboratory #3 – B-

What happened to Dee Dee? Will Dexter survive in a land of Dee Dee? We won’t find out either really in this issue but it still is a delightful read for fans of the series. We even get a cameo from the 2 Stupid Dogs! The artwork as usual is wonderful and always looks as if Genndy Tartakovsky is doing all the work himself. The only things with these animated show comics is they stick to old fans because not many people are going to become new fans from these stories. So although enjoyable it is best enjoyed when knowing the material from the past. – Jacob

 

Image Comics:

Shutter #3 – A-

This series is so great! Wondrous, full of crazy, new ideas – if you’re open to new ideas, there is no reason not to pick  this book up. I mean, any book that can turn The Busy World of Richard Scarry into cold-blooded killers deserves a look. Giant fox warriors riding Triceratops? I’m still not exactly sure where this book is about, but we’re slowing chipping away at the bigger story here. Only three issues in and we’ve been running around like crazy, revealing plot points only when necessary, but mostly meeting all the crazy character that make the story go round. This book is going to be big; I can feel it in my bones. – Sherif

The Walking Dead #128 – C+

After a giant shocker of an issue in #127, there’s a little more reveal here. This new group, who is going through the same initiation that Rick and Co. did when they first arrived in Alexandria, brings about a nice sense of nostalgia. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I suppose. Everybody has kind of gotten back to life as usual, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this group drag a few skeletons out of the closet before this arc is over – including one very loose end hiding in the basement. Like so many single issues of TWD was come to be, they seem like filler when read by themselves, but overall, the complete revamp of the series has me interested for more. – Sherif

 

Marvel:

All-New X-Men #28 – B+

The fight is on and Xavier’s son is going all in against Jean Grey, psychically.  These future X-Men have ben a pain in the ass, and their assault is challenging the rest of the X-Men. The story is definitely confusing if you haven’t been following All-New from the beginning, but there is a bigger story starting to open up. Perhaps my favorite part of the story has been the re-evolution of Jean Grey, who is picking up new tricks that she never learned before the Phoenix took over. I love this second lease at life for Jean Grey, and can’t wait to see how she continues to evolve. – Sherif

Wolverine #8 – B+

The cat is a outta the bag and people know that Wolverine isn’t a bad guy anymore. That whole plot seemed awfully short lived considering they took four issues to tell the readers about it. Wolverine has decided to go a spiritual journey to rediscover martial arts and lose his fear of death. The headline for this issue is “Three Months to Die”. I know it has never been done before but I don’t really see why they need to kill him. I guess the countdown has begun but they did hint at the possibility of immortality this issue. – Robert

Hulk #4 – B

This series got off to a rough start. A bullet lodged in Bruce Banner’s brain had left the man a complete invalid, while the monster inside was unaffected. Steve Rogers puts it best in this issue when he wonders how Maria Hill took S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mightiest weapon and broke it. This issue has some pretty awesome Hulk ass-kickery, courtesy of Hulk getting ahold of Cap’s vibranium shield. There’s still some question about where the series is going in the grand scheme of things, but I had a lot of fun reading this particular issue. – Sherif

Amazing Spider-Man #1.2 – B-

The 1.whatever story arc, Learning to Crawl is a fun, nostalgic look back to the simpler times of Peter Parker, before he had a rogues gallery capable of destroying cities and murdering loved ones. As a way to make some cash on the side, Parker is doing entertainment gigs. He attracts the attention of a young, rich loner who idolizes Spidey to a dangerous level, even crafting his own costume and calling himself Clash. One misunderstanding and this Stan turns straight psycho, vowing revenge on Spider-Man. There’s not a lot whole developing outside of that, but it’s refreshing to see a new villain forming, and the old style of writing is, at worst, amusing. – Sherif

Original Sins #1 – C

The Original Sins books are different than the regular Original Sin issues. In Original Sins we get multiple short stories in one issue that connect to Original Sin. In this issue we get a story about Deathlok, the second is about the Young Avengers and the last is a real short one about Lockjaw. It is kind of cool to collect how smaller characters within the Marvel Universe connect to the much larger Original Sin story line. The artwork is all different artists for each story as well as the writers of course. Much like the regular tie in issues, these stories don’t connect much to the storyline but are a fun addition for those fans who like the B-list heroes of Marvel. – Jacob

 

That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to IDW Comics, image Comics, Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.