Friday, June 8, 2012

5/30 Comic Week In Review


The Incredible Hulk#8
Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Steve Dillon
I just want to start off by saying that I hate Dillons art and I always have. The way he draws people is hideous. I find his art style off putting and amateur looking. In this issue all of this stands true. The Hulk just looks like a bald green UFC fighter. Everything that is wrong with this book is the art yet Aaron's writing redeems it all. I couldn't see myself ever wanting to see Dillons art again but I'll put up with it just to see what Jason Aaron has in store for the Hulk.
Verdict: BUY
American Vampire#27
Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Ricardo Burchielli
There is a different artist. The art is colorful yet dark almost cartoony but still very fitting to this title. You get a quick glimpse into the new protagonists past. This book is hard to describe without giving away too much and it truly is something you have to experience for yourself. American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares sneak preview written by Scott Snyder, art by Dustin Nguyen. It is dark, gritty, ominous with the beginnings of an impending doom.
Verdict: BUY

Animal Man Annual#1
Writer: Lemire, Art: Green II, Silver, Kindzierski
The art is an off putting cheap knock off of Travel Foremans Animal Man at first. The panel structure is unique in look and design. Art gets better as it goes on. It's a good exposition catch up #1 annual issue. The cover is misleading in the sense that I thought that this was going to be a Buddy Baker and Alec Holland team-up but was instead a story about the past avatars of the red and green. It was enjoyable but not quite what I had expected. If you haven't read Animal Man or Swamp Thing and would like to start this is the perfect issue for you.
Verdict: BUY

Batman Annual#1
Writing: Snyder & James Tynion IV, Artist: Jason Fabok
Instantly impressive eye catching art featuring a palette of shades of grey with some small yet strong spikes of red. This is a story of Mr. Freeze's reinvention that reestablishes Victor Fries as a certifiable psychopathic force to be reckoned with.
Verdict: BUY

Wolverine & The X-Men#11
Writer: Jason Aaron, Art: Nick Bradshaw, Lee, Wong, Ponsor
The art feels so perfect for this crazy, fun, outlandish title. This is the most consistently great book character and story wise. Issue is probably my favorite AvX tie-in so far. The art reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon in style but is not afraid to pull any punches when it's time to get serious. 
Verdict: BUY
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual#39
Writer: Brian Reed, Art: Garbett, Lucas, Fabela
Don't judge this book by its cover because it's a lot better than it looks. There are multiple art styles and all of them good. This is a classic one-shot story of a time traveling journey through Peter Parker's past. It felt more like a Peter Parker book than a Spider-Man book and that's what made it so touching and heartfelt.
Verdict: BUY


CoTW: The Incredible Hulk#8
SoTW: Amazing Spider-Man Annual#39
PoTW: Batman Annual#1
BnBoTW: Amazing Spider-Man Annual#39

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