Comic Book Reviews 04-15-15

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:

RunLoveKill #1
RunLoveKill #1

Runlovekill #1 – A
Rain Oshiro is just a girl trying to get out of the highly controlled city Prygat. Runlovekill feels like a more futuristic 1984. “The Origami” controls everything in Prygat, including information; they run the show. Rain has had enough and is looking for a way to get out of town, desperately, but things aren’t going to go the way she wants. The art is outstanding. It looks very much like Aeon Flux, but with more motion to everything. Runlovekill is an intriguing story over a fantastic sci-fi back-drop. I’m really looking forward to the next issue.  – Scott

Other Reviews: 

Archie Comics

Archie vs. Predator #1 – B+

Oh no, you didn’t read that wrong; good old Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica take on the most dangerous hunter in the universe. The art is classic Archie style and the dialogue is perfect – nothing out of place from any other Archie comic. This one does come with a little twist over the traditional stuff though and that is the inclusion of freaking Predator. The gang wins a trip to a tropical island, Predator’s natural hunting ground. The snooty rich kids show up and are jerks, of course. Well, Predator doesn’t like jerks. After a rough day of infighting, the crew head back home and they don’t know they have an extra passenger. Let’s see how people handle an alien monster hunting down Riverdale’s residents.  – Scott

Dark Horse Comics:

Shaper #2 – B
Hooray!!  Shaper is back this month.  Ever since issue #1, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the next installment.  This series is so solidly put together.  Just check out this string of words: humans shape-shifting into dragons, spaceships, cowboy with lasers, disintegration, space-samurai-hunter-killer… I mean, come-on!  You know you want to pick up a copy right now.  And you should!  The elements of the story are enough to make any nerd excitedly sweaty, but the story and plot is so excellently catered to these elements that we nerds run the risk of having that excite-sweat turn into full on pleasure-panic-attack.  That’s a thing right?  If not, it will be if Shaper continues to be this good! – Taylor

 

DC/Vertigo Comics:

Convergence – Catwoman #1 – A
I was freaking out the entire time I spent reading this. It’s like Stephen King meets DC Comics! And with Catwoman thrown in the mix? I knew I was in for a good time. I really appreciated that they showed before the dome went up, going about her usual, immoral business in the rich town of Metropolis. It makes the contrast of her robbing and her saving the day that much greater. I also LOVE that SHE was the hero they got. Catwoman— whose entire existence seems to reject the sparkling city— is the one who wound up with Metropolis citizens under her protection. As exposition-y as it came out, I loved the social commentary this concept is making – how humanity would pretty much right itself in the event of something like this, but power would always be the biggest currency. In a world where there’s nothing left for a cat burglar to steal, power and responsibility is all Catwoman has. I really hope she survives the coming war, but man, against Kingdom Come Batman (shown up in the sky on the last spread,) I just don’t know. – Charlotte

Convergence: Suicide Squad #1 – B
Amanda Waller has put together a terrifying group of the Rogue’s Gallery, and with the Dome down, it’ll take a lot of power to take down any of the heroes, let alone all of them. The squad is first tasked with taking out Green Latern, whom in this world is more powerful than ever, having absorbed his ring. This time around, the Suicide Squad is adding in Bane, Deathstroke, Black Manta, and Lex Luthor. Luthor packs extra heat with a yellow ring. There’s going to be a big fight with a heavily armored, and fully powered Green Lantern very soon. I’m in. – Scott

Convergence – Aquaman #1 – C
I haven’t read anything with Aquaman in it for a while.  I also don’t really know what the whole Convergence storyline is about.  So imagine my surprise when I see Aquaman swinging from rooftops with a harpoon-grappling hook that is actually his hand!  What the hell happened?!  Add to that, everyone in Metropolis is trapped under a magical dome (by some unknown person or group).  Even with lack of prior context, I found myself enjoying the issue!  I hate to say it, but I think the least interesting thing about this issue was Aquaman.  The predicament of Metropolis and the numerous other superheroes trapped under the dome (and what’s about to happen next… no spoilers) is incredibly interesting.  Aquaman as a focal character – less so, but don’t let that deter you! – Taylor

Convergence #2 – C-

Guys, I’m not sure what the deal with Convergence is. I understand its outline; Brainiac is abducting cities and forcing their occupants to battle — but I don’t quite get why I should care about how the alternate world Batman, Superman et. al struggle against it. Well, in basic comic book terms I get it: because they’re the good guys and Brainiac is the bad guy, but I don’t get why it matters in a larger literary sense, why it’s this iteration of these characters, what makes them worth caring about more than Earth 1’s iteration of these guys, why in a meta universe of hundreds of versions of the same characters are these specific versions the ones best equipped to save the rest. Especially when the glimpses we’re getting of the other multiverses seems maybe a little more compelling (I mean, the book opens up with an invasion of an alternate Earth by Darkseid and a planetary evacuation) than the tale we’re actually reading. The whole point of this book is Batman needing to locate a Gotham so that they can get some help. The climax is very spoiler-laden, but then it doesn’t really seem to amount to anything. Maybe later it will, but in this issue it seems like something that just… happens. Instead, the resolution is Flash finding Deimos. Also, what’s the deal with the four panels of Flash narration just to get a lame Superman pun? Not cool, Convergence, not cool. But, I do want to give a shout out to some of the alternate Earth teams I noticed: Stan Lee’s version of the DCU from his Just Imagine series fighting evil JLA cyborgs; Lex Luthor in his Superman armor from All-Star Superman fought conspicuously red and blue colored Supermans; and I think the other Batman is maybe Tim Burton’s Batman? Hard to tell, because the batmobile is definitely Nolan’s, but the suit looks like it’s from Batman Inc., and Alfred absolutely looks like Alfred from the original animated series. – Montgomery

 

IDW Publishing: 

Transformers #40 – A-
I have been so absurdly and ridiculously in love with Transformers since I was a kid. It’s one of the few loves that doesn’t seem to die out. I have entire twenty minute swaths of dialogue from the original 1986 animated movie memorized, but it’s been awhile since I picked up a TF comic. Not by design, but by… fate… I guess. So the whole Combiner War thing is mostly new to me. The Combiner War story continues (some of the finer points of which are lost on me since I haven’t kept up in awhile) with Prowl discovering Starscream (newly elected ruler of Cybertron, a nice commentary on the futility of politics) has stashed a secret spacebridge, and since no matter what, ain’t no one trust no Starscream, the only possible conclusion is that Starscream’s going to wreck some shit. Rattrap is still his sycophant, which always bothered me a little bit. I felt the inclusion of Beast Wars (which takes place a million years or so after G1) confused things a little bit, i.e. why is a robot who’s never visited Earth in the present timeline have an Earth rodent as his alternate? Plus, Beast Wars’ toys were profoundly not fun to play with. Anyway, two things I’ve always admired about IDW’s (and the now-defunct Dreamwave) take on the ‘formers is: 1. How respectable of a story they’ve managed to carve out of a franchise whose only blatantly purpose was, originally, to sell toys. Their stories are complex and the characters are well rounded, even when dealing with D listers that never had a scene in the original cartoon. And; 2. The art. Wow. The TF books is one of the few that has a rotating roster of artists, and all but one or two have the same quality. I can’t stand it when the primary artist on a book takes a break, and his stand-in produces mud. That almost never happens in a TF book. Anyways, God love the ‘formers. Nothing too profound happens, but good art and nostalgia. – Montgomery

The X-Files: Season 10 #23 – B+
We are getting dangerously close to the end of this Season 10 series before we receive a break and then start the Season 11 series leading into the new 6 episode mini series. With this last story arc, we see a grown up Gibson Praise leading a modern version of the syndicate and kidnapping his former friend Mulder for his ultimate plan. We also get little more insight into the crazy factory like place where the Cigarette Smoking Man’s clones are all kept and into why exactly there are so many clones of this one man. This story gives us a whole lot of nostalgia from the series as well as kind of taking those memories of a nice little Gibson Praise and destroying those memories right off the bat. Joe Harris has done an amazing job at writing this series and giving us X-Files fans a better story than whatever happened in Season 9. With only two issues left for this season, people batter latch onto, read and finish this series, as well to get an idea of the direction this new mini-series on Fox may have. – Jacob

Image Comics:

October Faction #6 – B+
This time around the focus on the family aspect is what really made this book work. The “October Family” is comprised entirely of orphans, as we found out this issue and instead of killing Dante, or Robot Boy as I’ve been calling him, the welcomed into their clan. I loved that, I’ve felt bad for poor Robot Boy this whole time and it would have been sad to see him die. He is just a kid avenging his father’s death after all. I do wish they would shine more light on his backstory and who his father was and why Frederick killed him, but I’m sure that will come up later. I’m still pretty perplexed about what is going on with Opal and Cope, and whoever the hell their “Momma” is. I feel like if more details had come up I’d be more compelled by their story and actually fear what is to come, but for now it just feels kind of disconnected from the main action. The main plot still feels a little listless, but overall this is definitely still an enjoyable read. – Keriann

Tithe #1 – B
Praise the lawd!!!  And then take his money!!!  That’s essentially the plot of the new Image series, Tithe.  Actually there’s a bit more to it.  It’s like cops and robbers, but with Jesus and computer hackers mixed in.  As it starts out, a rouge band of tech-savvy thieves, known as “The Samaritans,” infiltrates the secret money safe of a wildly popular Church.  The Church has been less than honest about what all the generous donations and collections are spent on – like the pastor’s Mercedes (say whaaat?!).  The Samaritans, however, do know.  And more than just making out with big stacks of dough, they make sure the all the faithful believers are aware of the truth.  And they blow up the Mercedes.  Hashtag – Jesus whip explosion.  Tithe looks like it’ll be a really good “the people” vs. “the man” type of story.  Definitely worth checking out! – Taylor

Shutter #11 – B
Even if I couldn’t enjoy this story’s unraveling twists and turns, I feel safe knowing that Leila del Duca’s ridiculously fantastical and refreshingly unique art will carry the story for me. Thankfully, I can follow this story, and I want more!In one of the best parts of the series so far, Alarm Cat reflects on his existence and finally gives himself a name. Meanwhile, Kate and her half-sister are on an adventure to… well it’s just an adventure! Okay, so I don’t really understand what is going on, but I still enjoy the hell out of it. – Sherif

Chrononauts #2 – C+
Dicks with time machines.  Mark Millar is excellent at writing completely unlikeable characters. Chrononauts appears to be about two guys with utterly no regard for damaging the timeline of the entire planet. Basically, if the douchiest two frat guys you ever knew solely used time machines to slip through time having sex with every famous woman they could and disrupted every part of history you could think of. They are pissing off everyone around them too, not just the reader. The plus side to Chrononauts is Sean Gordon Murphy’s artwork, it’s absolutely fantastic. – Scott

68: Bad Sign (One Shot) – F
Boo! BOO! This is not one I would recommend to anyone, outside of maybe Steven Segal movie lovers. The dialogue was unbearable, the characters were morns and the only female was nothing more than a glorified sex object. Case in point, she has sex with her partner because “hey, why not?” and then requires his entire protection every time they go out in the field. The whole execution of the idea felt flawed from the get go. The action takes place during the zombie apocalypse which has basically nothing to do with the plot action. Instead it’s the only cops still in action in America investigating and finding a super fucked up serial killer with origins a la Red Dragon and Psycho (aka nothing original) who’s killing women. No offense, but aren’t there bigger concerns for the cops to deal with during the zombie apocalypse? Like yeah this guy is killing a few women, but zombies are kind of killing EVERYONE. The idea is unique, and could have been a good read but the manner in which it played out made this one a total miss. – Keriann

Marvel/Icon Comics:

Loki: Agent of Asgard #13 – A-
This is the first issue of this series that I’ve liked in a long time. They’ve really cut the melodramatic “woe-is-Loki” crap. Finally, he’s taking matters into his own hands instead of wallowing over himself. While nothing is certain, it seems like Loki is more or less over his whole redemption thing, but he’s also over the whole “I’m-evil-and-I-can’t-escape-it” thing. Instead, he’s decided to change things around and be the “God of Stories” – much better ring to it. It also leaves things up to ambiguity, which is what I’ve always liked best about his character. His morals aren’t stagnant, and his motivations change. His main concern is looking out for himself, but he’s also not totally heartless either. It seems like the new Loki that we’re going to be seeing in the next issue is going to be more of the morally ambiguous nature, which I was missing in the previous issues. I like it when it’s emotionally messy, which hasn’t been done— or at least done well— until now. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new God of Stories Loki develops. He’s got a look in his eye that gives me hope for this comic yet. – Charlotte

Deathlok #7 – B+
The way this comic deals with free will and what effects outside sources have on it is amazing. This does an excellent job of showing the parallels between the mysterious Biotek organization and S.H.I.E.L.D. Both agencies are using the two Deathlok program individuals to get what they want. Both agencies are forcing the other’s hand and in essence, taking away their free will. The two men have no choice but to do what the separate organizations want. Not really. It’s nice to finally see Henry breaking away from the company trying to control him. He first tries to do it by killing himself in front of a truck, showing just how desperate he is to have his own will back. Then, when his daughter is put in danger, he goes charging back to headquarters, vowing to “rip your arms off before you touch her.” Henry’s fatherhood is what draws the whole story and it’s incredibly strong. I can’t wait to see what happens next issue when Seraph and Henry go head to head. – Charlotte

Ms. Marvel #14 – B+
It’s been a while since I’ve read Ms. Marvel, which is a shame since I loved it so much when it came out. I guess the Inhuman element lost my interest for a bit. Well, I have some catching up to do because it’s still the amazing series it was a year ago. The link between real issues and their superhero translations is still very strong, now being focused on Kamala’s crush on Kamran. There’s even some REAL talk when Bruno spills his guts to Aamir about being in love with Kamala. I love this book and I’m willing to overlook the Inhuman aspect to enjoy reading it again. – Sherif

Thor #7 – B
Who is this new Thor and what is her connection to the original Thor? We may not find out this issue, but it does give us a look into Roz Solomon before the new Thor became Thor and it sets it up for us to believe she may be Thor now, but nothing definitive is given until next issue. In this issue we do get the story with Roz and how even she is affected by the loss of the original Odinson Thor and how her small crush on him actually meant a lot more than just a crush. In the present time though Thor is in a battle with the Destroyer sent by Odin and getting the snot beat out of her. A third story happens as well where the Odinson Thor and his mother Freyja collect a bunch of Marvel’s best heroines to come and help with the Destroyer and I am sure it also was to dwindle down who the new Thor could be for Odinson and his mother. The creative team for this issue is the same as #6 with Jason Aaron on the writing spectrum and Russell Dauterman as the artist. Both men work together spectacularly and give us one of my personal favorite Thor stories for awhile. The story has been a little dragged on as every month we are led to believe we will know who Thor is, but besides that gimmick this has been an outstanding series and very much worth your time going into Secret Wars as this Thor will likely play a huge role in what happens in that event. – Jacob

Uncanny X-Men #33 – B-
Now that the awful Black Vortex arc is over, I can enjoy the best X-Men title on the stands. Or can I? The crisp art that I used to know is gone, replaced by Kris Anka’s (Wolverines) awkward faces. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great art (especially the scenery he paints), but the faces aren’t recognizable to me; it’s more of an issue of consistency than skill. Anyway, the real selling point in the issue is the banter between an estranged Kitty and Illyana. They play off each other so well. This new mutant is full of surprises, which means I’m ready to get excited about Uncanny again. – Sherif


Funniest Panel:

Shutter #11
Shutter #11

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

 

Uncanny X-Men #33
Uncanny X-Men #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 all the publishers for putting out great books.

Comic Book Reviews 12-03-14

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 #37
Detective Comics #37

Detective Comics #37 – A

It could be the name, or the silly costume he had in the 80’s, but Anarky has never been taken seriously as a villain. That all changes in Detective Comics #37, thanks to a great set-up story by Francis Manapul and phenomenal artwork by Brian Buccellato. This creative team has completely resurrected the series and their work is just as morbid and suspenseful as it is visually stunning. There’s also a bit of Gotham Central flowing through its veins, as a large chunk of the story follows Harvey Bullock – a heavily misused character in the New52. This is the perfect jumping on point for a new reader, so if you’re willing to take a gamble that you might actually enjoy a Batman book that doesn’t have Snyder or Capullo on it, this is the one to bet on. – Sherif

Other Reviews: 

Dark Horse Comics:

Hellboy and the BPRD #1 – B

Sadly, the prequel to the Hellboy we should all know and love left me unsatisfied. While I’m sure this series will really find its roots and become grounded, I am not so impressed, but still pretty interested. The first issue moves slowly, which I understand is necessary for exposition, it just didn’t quite grab me the way I wanted it to, being a big fan of Hellboy. There were definitely some hints of way more interesting things to come, what with conspiracies and the origins of why Rasputin summoned Hellboy, and some sort of big bad down in a Brazilian prison. I’m sure this series will take off, and I’m very excited to see which beasties present themselves, the first issue just didn’t hook me. Perhaps that is because Hellboy himself had barely any “page time.” Panel time? He was barely in the book and he said almost nothing. It was kind of disappointing, to say the least. Either way, I still have mostly fond feelings for this book, but that could be because of my existing love of the character and possibly a fool’s faith that I know this will turn out awesome. – Keriann

Aliens vs. Predator: Fire & Stone #3 – C

It took approximately 10 issues for a so-so issue of Fire and Stone to hit comic book shelves. Now that the shock value of witnessing the after effects of direct contact with the mysterious, black alien-goo has passed, there’s a little more room to scrutinize the other aspects of this very well-conceived story arc.   First off – this issue is solid! I liked it. It lives up to its predecessors well and continued to hold my attention. The only reason I graded it the way I did is because none of this seems to fit anymore. I could be missing something, but it seems like the events occurring on the Geryon aren’t apart of the Fire and Stone storyline anymore. Yes – the accelerant is crazy. Yes – you all want to kill each other. I’ve got all that down already. I wanted more surprises and twist and continuity. Like I said – it’s still wildly entertaining, but feels pretty aimless. There’s only one issue left in the AVP portion of Fire and Stone. It undoubtedly will be a gory and unsettling bloodbath. High five!!! – Taylor

DC/Vertigo: 

Secret Six #1 – B+

(B+) Gail Simone is back, and not only is she working on another DC title, but it’s the New52 reboot of one of the best titles out. Gail Simone’s Secret Six was extremely revered by the entire spectrum of comic book fans, so when I heard that it was being rebooted, I couldn’t wait to read it. The team is a bit different than in the original, although Catman makes a return. The rest of the misfit team is rounded out by other obscure characters that hope to add some flavor to the mix; Strix from Simone’s Batgirl run also makes an entrance. The first issue doesn’t reveal much, but there’s a Suicide Squad vibe, as well as a little Saw thrown in for good measure. If this can prove to deviate from what’s already out there, I have no doubt that Gail Simone will do great things with Secret Six. – Sherif

(B-) Color me intrigued. I can’t help but feel like the general set up is a familiar one (Is this a B-List Suicide Squad?), yet I’m pulled in just the same. This comic is mostly plot set up, a touch of story, and absolutely no character development. I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and hope the story and characters will come later this being a serialized medium and all. The art is a little involved for my taste but that’s more personal preference than anything else. I must admit: I never followed the original Secret Six. As such, I have no idea who these characters are, but I’d definitely like to know more. – Moke

Batman Eternal #35 – B-

Through nearly nine months of Batman: Eternal, one thing has become abundantly clear – this book does not need 52 issues. More of a drunken ode to the Dark Knight, Eternal has rolled more eyes than heads. Finally though, we’re getting to the juicy stuff. Jason Bard is more than meets the eye, and it seems like we finally get to find out what that is. Maybe, eventually. It sounds very promising but I don’t know that we won’t continue to get jerked around for another dozen issues before we figure out what’s really going on because there are just too many convoluted storylines taking place on top of one another. I’m still convinced this mega-story can shock and awe, but less convinced that they needed 52 issues to do it in. – Sherif

Gotham Academy #3 – B-

While this book can get very tweeny, the art is incredible, and the reason for the high grade this month.  At times it feels like Thomas Kinkade may be going under a pseudonym and drawing/coloring this book.  I cannot get over the scenery from panel to panel.  It really never misses a beat.  The colorists, Geyser, Msassyk and Serge LaPointe, should be HIGHLY commended on their contribution to the art of Karl Kerschl.  And while I do find the story more apt for a 12 year-old girl rather than a 27 year-old woman, I also have to realize that I am a 27 year-old woman who is still reading comic books.  That being said, the story involves a lot of boy problems, but I like that this group of misfit teenagers is like a Scooby-Gang, and who doesn’t love a Scooby-Gang?! – Adrian

Wolf Moon #1 – C

(B) Personally, I liked this book.  Because it is a Vertigo title, it gets the DC flavor, but with an “Image” twist, if you will.  Wolf Moon follows Dillon who is on the hunt for a werewolf.  But not just any werewolf; this one jumps from host to host from month to month.  I have never been too big on the werewolf story, but this one intrigues me, particularly because Dillon was infected himself once.  Hence his mission.  The art, particularly the coloring, was clean and crisp.  This is a mini-series, so if you are looking to get into comics, but don’t want a big commitment, I suggest starting here.  Plus it feels like a mix of Buffy/Angel/and Supernatural.  – Adrian

(D) Eh, the art really sucks. Sorry to be such an ass about it. Everything is so vague and quickly drawn that I can’t really get a feel for the environment, the setting, or the characters. I can’t even really see what the character reactions are to one another. Just disappointed. The cover art was amazing, but the rest of the book doesn’t live up to it. And the story isn’t much better. Trite, cliché, and boring. It kinda reads like a bad spin off episode of Supernatural. I almost gave up on it after four pages. It does get better towards the end, the story that is. But I don’t know if I’ll have enough cares to read the next one. – Jené

Dynamite Entertainment:

Shaft #1 – A-

I won’t lie; when I first heard that Dynamite Entertainment was coming out with a Shaft series, I was worried that it would be just like the recently-resurrected IDW comic book, Black Dynamite, only not funny. Well, Shaft proved that it doesn’t need to rely on simple-minded humor to make a story. And it’s easy to forget that Shaft was one bad man in the days of pulp movies and Blaxploitation that his courage to stand up for himself and fight had more of an impact than a Whorefanage ever could. This is the origin of John Shaft, and you should care because it’s not only entertaining, but inspiring. – Sherif

Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 – D

I don’t get the point of modeling the comic off the 1970’s version of Battlestar Galactica at all. Maybe I just can’t appreciate the retro feel to it, but I’ve always liked the newer version of Apollo compared to his previous counterpart. Whether it’s my thing of yours, it does still capture the essence of a throwback comic, and for that, I have respect for what the authors are doing with it. At first it seems that fleet haven’t been in contact with the Cylons for a while, and everyone is enjoying a level of peace, which is until, dunt, dunt duuuuhhhh they’re still being hunted by them. The title and the trite dialogue between Starbuck and Apollo give the plot away and with it takes my interest. This comic was meh. A take it or leave it read. – Jené

IDW Comics:

X-Files Season 10 #19 – B-

A new artist and a new story arc come into X-Files this month! I have to say I absolutely love Tom Mandrakes style of art from the get-go, but it does change drastically from panel to panel where the likenesses of people very easily disappear if he draws them from a certain angle. As far as story, we get lots of the Cigarette Smoking Man, Some daddy issues with Mulder, and a super drug created by the government called G-23 and of course Langley from the Lone Gunmen wants to try it. This sets up what could be an insane story and be exactly like they say in this issue, “…stranger than the plot of any Cheech and Chong movie.” I would definitely try and pick this issue up as it is a good place to jump into this series and will likely be the craziest arc yet. – Jacob

Image Comics:

Nailbiter #8 – A

The last issue of Nailbiter eluded to there being bees this month and they did not disappoint. There were bees, but I was kind of expecting some new serial killer who kills people with bees! But what I got was a weird old man in a basement dissecting bees to learn their secrets while singing a children’s song to himself. Insanely creepy, but not quite what I was expecting, and yet still good – as always. Nailbiter is a book that, so far, has not let me down when the new issue comes out. The main storyline was hashed out a little more this month as Finch continued his quest to find out what happened to Carroll, and the townspeople of Buckaroo begin to band together in a false fashion against whatever it may be that makes serial killers out of its residents. It was not the most action packed issue, and this time around there was basically no gore which to me is just a testament to how great the writing really is. Joshua Williamson keeps me captivated, what can I say? Well, I guess I can say this series is great and you should be reading it. – Keriann

Birthright #3 – B+

The third issue of Birthright all but makes up for the slower pace of the last issue. This time around, I got completely hooked again. There was finally a face to face introduction to one of the bad guys that Mikey must face in Terranos, and some terrifying fantastical beasts. I began to worry about this series because I found myself not so interested in the Terranos story, the characters seemed kind of unlikeable and I just kind of felt bad for poor basically kidnapped Mikey. I still feel bad for Mikey, but the Gideon kids seem less like cliché jerks and the universe in itself just feels much more exciting. I really like the way the book is split between the modern reality and flashbacks to Mikey’s life in the alternate realm, the transitions are really well timed within the storyline. I could ramble on, but it may be easier to just sum things up with this: Birthright is awesome, and I’m excited to read it. – Keriann

The Humans #2 – B

The Humans, for being a book about a bunch of murderous drug-addled biker chimps screwing each other, is charming. It clearly smacks of 70’s animation, particularly the Ralph Bakshi variety, that featured animals as human analogues in all their boozing, drugging, sexing glory in a way that makes it feel like 70’s noir, if such a thing exists. Not just that, its use of colors and lines sticking to Earth tones and an economy of line where just enough is given to make the chimps emotional and relatable. It manages that balance struck by things like Godfather and Vikings where you care about beings who are, by all accounts, garbage people. Issue 2 was a good read; we don’t really know who Johnny is or his significance to the group, but he’s back from Vietnam and he’s miserable. And what’s the deal with the chimp that, apparently, carts a human sex slave with him? There’s some subtle horror buried there. – J.H.

God Hates Astronauts #4 – C

(B) I will be really, really sad when this series is over. God Hates Astronauts has been and continues to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. From cover to cover, I wear a gigantic smile. On the pages were I’m not smiling I’m laughing hysterically. Even the goofy advertisements and the “fan” content at the end are great. There are a few consistency flaws in the story – maybe not flaws – more like grievances. Some of the character storylines have nothing to do with the events of the upcoming war. In fact, most character storylines seem to have no connection to the greater event at hand. The part of my brain that generates laughter hopes this means spinoffs and continuations! And ultimately, it really doesn’t flipping matter (I think I said that last review). Even if these events and people are just randomly sewn together, it still makes for a very entertaining read. I can’t wait to read the next issue titled “All Out War!” I never thought I’d say something like this but, I’m actually really looking forward to this war. – Taylor

(D) Ugh. What the hell, God Hates Astronauts? What the hell? I feel like Ryan Browne has written a comic that’s review-proof. I can’t help but feel 2 things: 1. Browne is desperately trying to be Axe Cop without the five year-old writer that makes Axe Cop interesting. Without that, I feel like this book is full of the world’s worst commentary on… nothing? 2. I know the current releases are a sequel, or at least a second volume. Does the first explain anything about what’s happening to me? Does anyone read this and get it or think it’s funny? Please for the love of Sweet Baby Jesus say something! Convince me why this deserves an A and not an F! Because as good as the art can be, and as close to funny as the writing gets (without ever really crossing over), I can’t help but feel this book deserves a D, at the most. – JH

Marvel:

Angela – Asgard’s Assassin #1 – A

 I love bad-ass things. I also love women. Hence, I was quite smitten with the premiere issue of Angela – Asgard’s Assassin. I picked up this comic this week for no other reason than because the word “Assassin” is in the title – honestly! I had no idea who Angela was or where she came from or what her abilities were. But after reading just one issue, I can tell you she is a very infection character. Her past is rich (of which we get a brief glimpse) and she has impressive skills. She’s no nonsense, very lethal and has a very rigid mind-frame. The bounty hunter/highest bidder angle she wears on her sleeve (if she wore sleeves) is way cool and adds depth to her character. I generally enjoy Thor & Loki based stories; I mean, who doesn’t?! But after strong reflection I, personally, have a new top contender for favorite Asgardian (just one issue!!). This one is a solid read people. – Taylor

Deadpool #38 – B

Well, good ol’ Zenpool, as he is being called, is helping everyone and politely asking for names and writing them down on a list. Yeah, not the normal Deadpool you are used to but it sure gives us an interesting take on The Faux-Men, Shikla, the evil X-Men and Avengers, and Deadpool himself – being the most at peace while the planet is in utter chaos. In this issue, we see Deadpool trying to escape the X-Mansion with the Faux-Men and trying to get them to safety and also trying to work on things with his wife, Shikla. The latter of which is really not working out with the whole save the world without violence Deadpool we have. Mike Hawthorne does a great job on the art and the vintage cover done by David Nakayama is awesome! I would say definitely pick this one up as this story arc is definitely proving to be another great one by Posehn and Duggan. – Jacob

Thanos vs. Hulk #1 – B-

Let’s get to it already!!!! Ok, ok, ok, I get it; the big rumble probably won’t come until much later, but I’ve got to say… I really don’t care too much about the setup of this story. I just want to see them fight!!! The grown up in me really wants to understand how these two are going to match up evenly, but my inner twelve-year old really just wants to see the carnage. Nothing bad to say about the art, and the panels between Maria Hill and Tony Stark are sure contenders for funniest panels of the week…. But who cares!? I only signed up to see Hulk smash!!! – Moke

Legendary Star-Lord #6 – C-

Star Lord is the new Indiana Jones – and not just in what he does, but in popularity, too. That is the only reason Marvel can pull off an entire episode where Quill is on a date with Kitty Pryde’s hologram and must make all the moves while ducking various mercenaries trying to collect a bounty on his head. Or at least they can try. This issue was so fluffy and boring, and the humor is laid on thicker than the frosting on a grocery store white cake. It’s sad because I actually dig the relationship between Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde, but it’s one that doesn’t need to be forced – and one that is served better as a side story in a team book (ala Guardians of the Galaxy or All-New X-Men). – Sherif

Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #3 – C-

I have not been the biggest fan of this series at all; although, it does seem to be getting better with each issue. We are following a group of super-powered being made to try and recreate Wolverine and in this issue they are trying to track down Sabretooth to get information and maybe some help. Ultimately, we get some insight into the characters you still don’t know or care about, but it finally brings the story to a point where I would say you should try and read this issue if you want the whole Death of Wolverine story; still, I would not recommend it to anyone not trying to read every Wolverine thing now. – Jacob

Funniest Panel:

Secret Six #1
Secret Six #1

 

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Birthright #3
Birthright #3

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, Oni Press, Dynamite Entertainment, DC and Marvel for putting out great books.

Comic Book Reviews 10-22-14

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:

The Flash #35

 

The Flash #35 – A

With the new CW television show really taking off, it’s important that we don’t forget that Barry Allen has a super-awesome story going on in his New52 series. In an maligned attempt to stop the Speed Force from becoming further disrupted, Barry has traveled back in time to kill his present self. It’s a concept that may lose others not familiar with the book’s tendency to skip around in time, but the fallen hero angle is a great look for The Flash. There is a particular reveal in this issue that will make long-time fans giggle with joy, but whether or not this character sticks around is yet to be seen. Simply put, The Flash is an incredibly well-done book each month, and with the new series doing making such an impression, it’s time the rest of the world realizes that, too. – Sherif

Other Reviews: 

Boom! Studios:

Memetic #1 – B

(A) Holy balls, this book is awesome. Memetic is a story about the end of the world like we’ve never heard before and it’s honestly kind of terrifying. Memetic #1 starts on an average day in the life of a college student, he’s in a text fight with his boyfriend and perusing Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter when he sees a kind of creepy meme of a sloth giving a thumbs up. People are obsessing over it and talking about how it gives them a euphoric feeling simply to gaze upon it and suddenly the idea of our society being destroyed by our own mindless obsession with all things internet is introduced. This is a 48 page special edition and I have to say, it did not feel like it. It was a quick read and I was hooked pretty early on. The characters are well written; I actually give a damn about them. The writing is compelling and I honestly had fearful reactions to it, which in my opinion is really impressive. My stomach sank at the right times, and the dark places the story goes are genuinely pretty creepy. I mean, rage zombies are a scary son of a bitch am I right? I’m not going to lie, as I read through it there were times when it seemed a little silly. The idea of “Meme Warfare” is kind of absurd, mostly because I have no idea how such a thing would even be possible, but aside from that I have no qualms up to this point. Memetic is scary, it’s bloody, it’s smart, and while it may be a little elitist with its obvious “Our obsession with technology will be our own downfall” message I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes a good horror book or anyone who’s ever scrolled through their Facebook feed and felt like humanity really is doomed. – Keriann

(C+) I adore the idea of the apocalypse. Is that weird to say? That I really like the idea of slews of people dying so I can struggle to survive? Admittedly it is, but it’s also true. So Memetic seemed like the perfect place to port some time into this week. Who doesn’t want an evening stroll down a blood covered lane to see all that the end of the world has to offer? So I geared up, counted how many days of food I had stored in my house and dived in eyes wide shut. Memetic takes an age old apocalyptic story and tries to give it a twist. I can’t explain the details because half of the fun is finding out in what way the apocalypse will take shape (you understand, right?), but what I am willing to reveal is that what Memetic tries to do so artfully, that new twist, falls flat for me. The word memetic is the idea of Darwinian cultural information transfer. That like language or fire, certain information transcends geography and time because it is simply necessary. What Memetic does is use that same theory to turn that idea of survival backwards, and through that idea the world is thrown into a chaos. That being said, this book does a lot of things right. Witty and funny dialogue, simple yet well designed art, complex characters, and the protagonist is gay which I happen to really like (I like characters that break the script). There’s a lot of promise between those pages and like any good Shakespearian play, setting the stage is as important as the main act.  So while I may be lukewarm on this issue as a stand alone, I will be walking on down that blood covered lane trying to survive another day, all the while expecting bigger and better things. – Zach

Dark Horse:

Predator: Fire & Stone #1 – A

I’m in love with the Dark Horse Fire & Stone storyline! Weaving together the cornerstone Alien and Predator worlds with the newer Prometheus and Alien vs. Predator spin-offs, this adventure has raised my expectations of each of these franchises. Each entry in the Fire & Stone series does an exceptional job of staying true to the host title AND weaving in with the other arcs. This is especially notable considering that nothing is in chronological order at this point. Now that I think about it, Fire & Stone has demonstrated one of the best uses of the comic medium that I’ve ever seen. I’m certainly enjoying these issues WAY more than I enjoyed Aliens vs. Predators: Requiem. If you haven’t started on these yet I recommend it! Be sure to read in the order they’ve been released though! I promise it will add to the experience. – Taylor

Father’s Day #1 – B-
 
Father’s Day is a new four part comic by the creator of Dark Horse Comics himself, Mike Richardson. This book is a fast-paced, mobster crime mystery following Silas aka The Eastside Butcher, and his daughter Denise.  Silas left his life of crime 20 years ago to protect his daughter.  But when Denise comes looking for him, she accidentally brings the mob with her.  The book never lulled, but I found Denise’s incessant questions annoying.  She slightly redeemed herself at the end, but I really hope her character grows up fast.  My favorite part of the book was the art.  It is so crisp with incredibly bright colors; it was eye candy for sure.  I look forward to getting to know the Eastside Butcher more, but I’m really looking forward to more incredible art. – Adrian

DC/Vertigo:

Deathstroke #1 – A-
You know what DC is missing? Some good, old fashioned violence. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to experience high octane action from start to finish starring a recognizable character that’s just plain fun to read. Well, it seems we’re in luck, because Deathstroke is here. Written and pencilled by the legendary Tony Daniels (Batman: Battle for the Cowl), this debut is style over substance all the way, and that’s just kinda the guy Slade Wilson is. You’ll find a very adult book in this new series that is very reminiscent of anime, with lots of blood and even more crazy plot twists, but if that’s your thing, you will LOVE this book. It’s a nice departure from the norm at DC, and I hope that it will continue to dazzle me. – Sherif
Superman #35 – B
We knew the time was going to come sooner or later for Superman and Ulysses to butt heads, but I didn’t see this plot twist coming. Superstar creative team Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. have been tearing it up since Superman #32, but this issue has hinted at the first real conflict of this arc. We get a legitimate threat in The Machinist, but it seems that Ulysses’ handling of Earth’s perchance to violence in a way that Superman will surely not approve of. While we’re just scratching the surface of Superman’s true psyche, there’s no question that the Blue Boy Scout is making a comeback. – Sherif

Arkham ManorC+

(A-) This is a very interesting concept. Arkham Asylum has been destroyed and Wayne Manor has become the new location to house it former occupants. I don’t have a lot to say about this, but, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is very much an exposition issue and sets us up for, what I hope to be, a very enjoyable read. I did have one glaring problem with this book, all of the characters looked like various versions of Jay Leno…what’s with big chins? Either way, give this one a go as Batman has to fight his enemies in his childhood bedroom. – Cody

(D) It’s just not that good. The writing is boring and the art just doesn’t fit. Batman looks like he hasn’t eaten in a week. I honestly was turned off and bored rather quickly. I did not find it worth to finish the book. – Scott

Earth 2: World’s End #3 – C-

Wow, a lot happened in 20 pages. This had a little bit of everything and that wasn’t necessarily good. This one picked up where last week’s left off in that things are still all over the place. It’s becoming difficult to keep track of everything and everyone. I’m starting to lose interest so hopefully they reel this thing in a bit. – Cody

Multiversity – The Just #1 – D

Let me be clear. The only thing keep me from flunking this comic is Ben Oliver’s art work. About the only redeeming quality of Multiversity – The Just is the awesome character detail and composition. The Just was terrible. Almost every cardinal sin of telling a parallel universe/multidimensional story was perpetrated in this new DC series. Overflowing with unnecessary complexity, bastardizing beloved characters, panels containing superfluous and perplexing content, failure to focus the story or provide a plot, inability to harness potential (this story actually had all the necessary pieces that could have made it great), and my list goes on and on. This was the most massive disappointment I experienced all week. I’d steer clear if I were you. This one isn’t worth the time. – Taylor

 

IDW Comics:

TMNT/Ghostbusters #1 – B+

(A) I’ll admit, this is the first Turtles book I’ve read, and I loved it! A great mash up starts between the Ghostbusters and the Turtles and it’s executed wonderfully and stayed true to both franchises. The art was really great and I appreciated the change in styles. In fact, this book was drawn by three different people, one for each plane of existence. I especially liked the ghost that the Ghostbusters fight.  Does anyone else think it looks like Mike Wazowski? I’ll definitely be reading the next issue and you should definitely read it, too. It’s a great, fun Halloween read! – Cody

(A) I was as wary of this series as I was excited for the X-Files: Conspiracy crossover with the Lone Gunmen. I felt that series left each story a little short and didn’t put enough focus on each different property they were crossing over with. This one seem to be more grounded, well-written and, hey, they both live in New York (despite it being other dimensions). The artwork is solid and the story so far has been great and will only improve now that the two teams have met and know the conflict. I am not sure I even need to tell anyone to read this – and if you need convincing, you need a huge 80s culture slap to the head. – Jacob

(B-) Yes you read that correctly, adolescent fighting reptiles team up with those crazy guys who fight ghosts but have cheesy commercials. Is it as awesome as it sounds? No, not really, but it is a wonderful piece of nostalgia for people like myself. The writing is little cornball. If you watched the Ghostbusters cartoon as a kid like me, you’ll understand what I mean. If you’d like to know what I mean, head to YouTube and find The Real Ghostbusters. I appreciate that both groups make early reference to the films, even if the turtles are referring to Turtles in Time. The art is pretty average, very cartoony, but that’s to be expected and doesn’t bother me. The only art qualm I have are the Ghostbusters themselves; they don’t really represent the characters I grew up on. None of the Ghostbusters really look like what you would expect, especially Winston, who is awkwardly big lipped. This first issue is just interesting enough for me to continue the series. It survives a lot on the nostalgia factor. -Scott

Samurai Jack #13 – B

We last left Jack with basically no hope and no way to fight Aku because his magical sword had been destroyed. With this, Jack was left to wonder the earth in hiding as Aku sent out killers and posted wanted posters all over the place to capture Jack.  Will he find a way to defeat Aku without his sword and finally find it back to his time? Well it is highly likely the first one will happen but don’t expect a happy ending just yet. The art in this series has continually been fantastic and this arc is by far the most. If you a fan of Jack please get the back issues, and try and catch up as this is all leading up to something big. – Jacob

Edward Scissorhands #1 – B-

(B+) Oh man, IDW are you living inside my mind? Because you seem to publish books about everything I love. With that being said, this Edward Scissorhands series is going to be a lot different from the story of the film and they make damn sure you know that as it takes place many years in the future. Kim from the film is dead from the start and the human it focuses on is her granddaughter. So the whole town will be different and the only person you will recognize is Edward. The art alone is wonderful, and even reminds me a bit of the animated Beetlejuice. The story seems good so far, setting up Edward to be a hero of sort instead of the wanted murderer the town saw him as at the end of the film. If you love the original film, or Tim Burton in general, do yourself a favor and pick this up. – Jacob

(C) This is a tough one for me, as I think it will be for anyone who has a love for the movie Edward Scissorhands. I have preconceived ideas about how this book should be, and unfortunately that does not quite work in its favor. The writing isn’t bad, the story is even pretty interesting, albeit not what I was imagining. This miniseries will apparently tell the story of Kim’s (Winona Ryder) granddaughter as she goes to find the monster man her grandmother used to tell her about before she died. Meanwhile Edward has been up in his house, doing his thing, being lonely… The story seems sweet enough but it’s already gone in a strange direction with Edward finding another “boy creation” from The Inventor, but this one seems to like murdering rats for some reason. It’s weird and frankly it doesn’t make sense and I don’t like it. At least Edward is written as a gentle and sweet and Kim’s granddaughter seems to share her spunky rebellious nature. My biggest problem with this book is absolutely the artwork. Don’t get me wrong, I will never be the person to insult someone’s craft, but the imagery just does not fit with this world. The drawings are cutesy and would fit way better in a Sunday morning comic strip or children’s book. The dark world of Tim Burton is no place for cutesy cartoonish drawings and it’s not just distracting, it honestly brings the book down a few notches for me. I would recommend that lovers of the movie give Edward Scissorhands #1 a try, but if you’re not a fan of the movie or have never seen it for some insane reason then I wouldn’t bother because you’ll probably hate it. Overall Edward Scissorhands is not a bad read, it’s just telling a story no one was asking to hear. – Keriann

The X-Files: Season 10 #17 – B-

Shits’ going down in X-Files; well, I guess that is true all the time, but now we get a peek into another series coming out soon of Millennium by bringing in another Chris Carter-created character Frank Black to help with the current case in this series. I personally can’t wait for Frank Black to have a bigger role and his own series starting soon as Millenium was a very underrated show that was different but lived in the same universe as X-Files. The case to bring these two together for both series requires a psychic like Frank Black so within both series we will see Mulder and Frank investigating the strange happening going on. I really do love the art of this series, but if only they could create well-lit scenes, that would make it feel a little more normal as the shadows are über-extreme. However, the writing in this issue was really good and hopefully they will keep it up here and have a great crossover going on here. – Jacob

Super Secret Crisis War! Cow and Chicken #1 – C+

I always liked Cow and Chicken but it was a cartoon that was along the same vein of Ren and Stimpy with very gross humor and an abnormal amount of butt shots. This kept my mom from letting us watch too much of it, but it still brings back very good memories and this issue captured the nature of the show perfectly, even the abnormal amount of butt shots of the characters. The story felt way too long for what was happening and ended with anything to really show for it. So although it is enjoyable as a stand-alone Cow and Chicken comic, it does not connect nearly as well as the past one shots to the main story line. – Jacob

The X-Files: Year Zero #4 – C

Two X-Files books in the same week! That is definitely awesome for any fan of the franchise. This mini-series has only one issue left until we finally finish off the first case in X-Files history. Personally, I have felt this is the weakest entry of X-Files‘ tenure at IDW but it still offers a good story into the history of something we never knew we wanted to know. We have Werewolfs, weird Demons/Aliens being calling themselves Zero/Xero, and all sort of weird Hijinks going on connecting a current case to the first case. I am hoping next month’s finale gives us a good ending that will finish this story up well but if it continues the way it is now it will likely be a lack luster ending. The art of this series is a bit too simple for my taste, as it looks like someone took a cartoon and added shadow to try and make it look detailed which gives it an interesting look but overall a bit distracting when reading a serious story. – Jacob

Image Comics:

The Walking Dead #133 – B

(B) The roller coaster is still climbing upward! The shroud of eerie mystery surrounding “The Whisperers” continues to give my bones goosebumps! The living society is so strong and calm at this stage of the game. I know – because it is, after all, THE Walking Dead – that everything will come crashing down in the most phenomenal fashion. To think of the magnitude of the threat needed to bring Rick and team to their knees is mind-blowing. It’s coming and it’s tearing me up and I love it! I’ve also come up with a theory. I think the deliberate absence and failure to mention Michonne issue after issue is significant and connected to The Whisperers. All this unsubstantiated and only in my head at this point, but you don’t just drop an all-time fan favorite without offering even the smallest modicum of an explanation. We’re due for a punch to the gut very soon Hush-fans! Brace yourselves! – Taylor

(B) The group continues to live in relative peace and harmony, but those weirdos are still out there. A lot of stuff goes down in this issue, none of which will make Rick happy. We get a bit more of those Leatherface wannabes and they sure are an interesting bunch of “people” who are guaranteed to give you nightmares. Some of the character building in this one was a little stale, I’m just not a big fan of romances during zombie apocalypses so that was a bit tedious to get through. Rosita has done something totally uncool to poor nerdy Eugene and he takes it like a man like that would. I have a feeling things are going to get really heavy, really soon so get to reading because TWD has never been this good. – Cody

Goners #1 – C

I applaud any effort to build a story based on the merging of something “real” with something otherworldly. In Goners case, this merging would be that of the human world as you and I know it and the realm of the paranormal. The concept is solid. The delivery, less-so. The structure of an individual comic issue does not support multi-themed story telling. Reading this premiere issue, I found myself distracted and uninterested in the softer, family oriented parts of the issue. I wanted more creepy ghouls and intense action (this aspect being the other theme throughout)! By the time I ran out of pages the fishing hook had just been cast – it never had an opportunity to land. I’ll give it one more issue before I call it quits. – Taylor

 

Marvel:

Avengers & X-Men Axis #3 – B+

This series has definitely proven to be really entertaining and has already had a battle spanning three issues. In this particular issue, the plot lines takes a huge right turn from what has been set up until now, and we see the Villains come in to combat Red Onslaught as we saw in the last panel of last months issue. I am hoping something else comes up in this story because it will be hard to top the already epic battle. The art is definitely great and the story line is one of the better Marvel events I have read this year. – Jacob

Deadpool #36 – B

This Deadpool issue ties in heavily to the Avengers & X-Men Axis issue this month and even takes a lot of its story directly from the pages of Axis since Deadpool played a large role in this week’s issue. That doesn’t mean this issue does not have its own story. It starts where last month’s issue left off, with Deadpool donating his organs to his friends, the Faux-Men, at the X-Mansion to help them live, and then go crazy from there. As always, for the main Deadpool series, the art is great and although a bunch of this issue covers stuff you already know if you read Axis it still gives us the story through Deadpool’s eyes, and that usually can always give a story a boost in the right direction. – Jacob

Amazing Spider-Man #8 – B-
With the Spider-Verse arc rearing its head, every Spidey-issue coming out is another piece to this huge puzzle, and we are finally getting to point where the bigger picture is becoming more clear. Before that, though, we are subjected to the painfully adorable team-up of Peter Parker and Kamala Khan. It’s not that I don’t think Ms. Marvel needs to team up with other heroes to get recognition, but it certainly seems the way Marvel feels about her. There are some cute lines and well-drawn panels, but this is really Spider-Man’s book, and this issue didn’t really feel like it until the epilogue, a story that was well worthy of it’s own Edge of Spider-Verse title. I’m very excited to see where that arc brings us, but in the thick of it all, there really isn’t time for cross-title shenanigans. – Sherif

Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2 – B-

The stories stemming from Wolverine’s death seem to have a much more interesting story than his death itself (although I found it beautiful in its own way). But this series had an initial beginning issue covering all of Wolverine’s closet friends and foe. Now each issue is covering one of those characters and a story of what Wolverine meant to them. This week we got to see X-23, Wolverine’s female clone. who he took in as a daughter and trained. Although this isn’t the best story, I would still give this series a chance as it is going to show us so many different aspects of who Wolverine is and how much he really did do to keep the entire Marvel universe together. – Jacob

 

Funniest Panel:

Amazing Spider-Man #8
Amazing Spider-Man #8

Panel with the Most Awesomeness:

Deathstroke #1
Deathstroke #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.