Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Round-Up from Last Week's Comics

Well, need to do a super quick round-up from last week.  Wanted to give a good overview of what was out there, because there was some good stuff.  There was also some absolutely awful stuff.  Namely Deathstroke!  But anyway, let’s get going before we get to the new stuff for this week!

ghostri5Ghost Rider #5 – This issue dealt with the new Ghost Rider finding her place in the world and understanding what it means to be a Ghost Rider.  She gives plenty of doses of vengeance and keep this issue interesting.  I really liked the story and thought it was worthwhile.  It’s all one self-contained issue, which means you can join in, read just on the one issue and be done.  Great jumping on spot for new readers.  Felt like a good Ghost Rider story should feel.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 8/10

deathstr3Deathstroke #3 – How do I phrase this… complete and utter shit.  The first issue started off with a bang and made you think this would be a series full of sudden twists and turns.  Instead, it’s one pointless bloodbath after the other.  We get that he’s a paid hitman with no remorse.  The artwork is once again confusing as hell.  The script is straight-to-video quality at best.  This is one of those rare titles that if you took a crap on the pages you would only improve it’s value.  This stuff is even bad toilet paper.
Rating - 0/10

frank3Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3 – On the other hand, we have a DC title that is jam packed with fun and suspense.  I’m totally interested in this new mummy character they have.  They’re on a monster planet that’s about to jump out of a lake.  Well, there’s more to it than that.  Lots of witty banter and the feel of what a fun action packed romp should be.  Plenty of “oh crap” moments that leave you feeling fulfilled.  The artwork is fantastic in this one and should be on the top of your buy list.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 9/10

penguin2Penguin: Pain & Prejudice #2 – This is an interesting title.  We get the background story of the Penguin and it’s a very worthwhile tale.  You feel moments of true sadness for the character and find out that he does all these thefts (for the most part) to make his mother happy.  The only one who ever really cared for him his whole life.  You get to see the events that turn him into a monster.  A villain you actually might have some sympathy for and understand why he is the way he is.  Now that’s storytelling folks.  My only complaint is that art is completely confusing as hell.  Not really pleased with that and could definitely turn away new readers.  If not for the art, I would rate it higher.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 8/10

fearit72Fear Itself #7.2 Thor – Interesting little story that recaps a lot of things.  The Aesir women return, Freyja, Idunn and Gaea.  You get the feeling that there is something not quite on the up & up with them though.  You get the bonfire for Thor, of course, during which they burn his corpse.  Then you get this Tanarus schmoe who those females most likely have a hand in.  I liked that the heroes were having to deal with another loss that turns into a celebration of this new guy.  Loki smells some major crap is going on.  I loved the artwork, but Idunn’s outfit defies all normal laws of physics and just screams, “Hot blonde with boobs!”  But that aside, pretty decent issue.  Much better than 7.1 was.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStar 7/10

suicsqu3Suicide Squad #3 – The Squad has to wait for an evac from their latest situation.  That leads to some interesting moments between the characters and gives us some interesting character development.  They prove in this issue exactly why this is called Suicide Squad, because not everyone will make it out in one piece.  Lots of intense moments as they encounter Mad Dog, who you may remember from his 1980’s series.  The use of King Shark is once again great stuff.  Deadshot is definitely an interesting character and getting more so.  You can tell he’s getting tired of the crap he’s being asked to perform.  Situations in this comic seem to go from bad to worse.  The art was pretty solid in this issue as well.  Awesome stuff here!  Definitely not for kids though.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 9/10

newaveng18The New Avenger #18 – This focuses on Norman assembling a new Avengers team of pure evil.  He never gets sick of that trick.  So this is just him recruiting people and talking to the A.I.M. and Hydra folks who rescued him in the first place.  So this ends up being a basic set-up issue and will probably continue into the next one.  This could lead to an interesting run, but I wish they would have waited a tad longer to do this.  Sometimes you just go back to the same stuff, sometimes you have to let the well fill up again though.  I feel it’s too soon, but oh well.  It should still be interesting now that Norman is getting the backing of all those bad guy groups that have been floating around forever.  Plus, we get more Gorgon and that guy is just bad ass.  But this issue is nothing to spectacular.  Very good artwork though. 
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStar 6/10

jim631Journey into Mystery #631 – Portacio’s artwork improves in this issue and he does an excellent job!  Loki has to deal with Idunn, Gaea and Freyja back in the fold.  He seems to be seeing right through them and knows there is something going on.  However, they know exactly all the bad things he was doing during Fear Itself.  I loved how they juggled this issue and tied up the consequences of what Loki was doing.  You keep waiting for Loki to prove himself to be the bad guy he was, but this time he really seems to have a sense of honor.  Maybe not the same sense of honor as everybody else, but nonetheless.  I was totally into this issue, maybe the best job Gillen has done with Loki yet.  Can’t wait to see what they have down the pipeline for this one.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 9/10

hunt2Huntress #2 – Am I the only one sick of woman being sold for sex slaves ALL the time in comics and movies and etc.  I mean, seriously, this seems a bit overplayed.  I really want to like this comic and it isn’t bad, but I feel it isn’t bringing anything all that interesting to the table.  I hate her new mask, it just doesn’t seem to mesh very well.  The story isn’t inspired at all, but it isn’t awful by any stretch.  Nothing about this screams must have.  It doesn’t scream much at all.   If you’re looking for a good Huntress story, you might as well just wait.  This certainly isn’t it.
Rating - StarStarStarStar 4/10

demonkni3Demon Knights #3 – The Knights prepare for an invasion and try to rally a village to defend itself.  I’m still a tad confused about the characters, but this gave us a bit of a glimpse into them.  The Demon proves his nickname is more than just a nickname.  The relationship with Madame Xanadu is a tad odd, but that definitely makes it more interesting.  I have a hard time figuring out what they’re going for here besides classic medieval mixed with magic type stuff.  It does well for what it is, but I’m just waiting for everything to click for me.  It hasn’t really yet, but this issue was definitely a step in the right direction.  They give a great surprise ending, but once again, I had no idea that was a bad guy in the last few pages until re-reading it to try and get it again.  So this is either the fault of the artist, the writer, or both.  If they could give us a better background on these characters, it might be more accessible.  That’s the problem with the series so far, it doesn’t seem all that accessible to new readers.  It’s like you’re expected to know about these characters.  That’s a problem.
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStar6/10

inchulk3The Incredible Hulk #2 – First, buy it for Marc Silvestri’s art if nothing else.  His work is just fantastic, although there’s a really confusing panel where it appears that Bruce Banner is where the Hulk should be and that’s very confusing, but maybe on purpose.  I’ll explain why it was confusing.  Banner and the Hulk and have finally managed to split themselves from each other.  Apparently, someone else was involved too, but they aren’t revealing that just yet.  Banner is going over the edge though without the Hulk.  Which leaves a very interesting question.  Is Hulk actually Banner’s better side?  This question will become one that needs answered after reading this issue.  Jason Aaron has made this a much more interesting than Greg Pak did.  I’m really getting into this one.  Great job Marvel!  This is a MUST HAVE series!
Rating - StarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStarStar 10/10


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