Sunday, August 19, 2012

8/8 Comic Week in Review


Hey fellow nerds, Pablo Gunner here to deliver my thoughts on last weeks comics. Sorry I missed the last two weeks but I was on vacation. Unfortunately I won't be doing the comic week in review because I will be taking over the comicast for the next few weeks and I’m too much of a slacker to do both.

The Incredible Hulk #12 3.99
Writer: Jason Aaron, Art: Pacheco, Bonet, Martin
The art was actually good in this issue but I still prefer Portacio. The Thing, Wolverine, and environments are the best looking things in the issue. This may be the best looking Hulk that I have seen in the last few issues though. Hulk absolutely wrecks Wolverine and Thing and it's all kinds of awesome. The story finally picked up as it was getting very monotonous. Unfortunately the big reveal wasn't all that much of a big deal or that much of a surprise. The art was appealing and the story was solid. Both need to be stepped but for now this issue barely made the cut for me.
Verdict: BUY(barely)
Raphael Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle One-Shot 3.99
Story & Art: Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird
So this title is actually a reprint or rerelease with color added in of the #1 in a one-issue micro series of the original classic ninja turtles comic. You can tell that the first ninja turtles movie was strongly influenced by this issue. Whether you remember the movie or not this issue is mostly about Raphael fighting with and alongside Casey Jones. It had an instant hook as it was Raph and Mikey duking it out. It got heated and intense quick reminding you how the turtles are.  I wouldn't say the art is bad or good but it gives that classic 80s turtles feel. From beginning to end this screams nostalgia from the top of its lungs and it's turtley awesome.
Verdict: BUY
The Mighty Thor #18 3.99
Story: Fraction & Gillen, Art: Davis, Farmer, Rodriguez
The art is good but I prefer the dreamy, cool, smooth art that came before it. This art is more realistic, sketchy, and detailed with more darks and less colour. I found the story hard to understand and get into as it jumps around quite a bit. I have always found it difficult to get into a Thor series for many reasons. Amongst them are that they expect you to care for a people and place that you barely know anything about most of which can not die and when are killed are just reborn anyway. Also the way Thor and Asgardians speak is also difficult to do well and understand. This issue is the beginning of the Everything Burns story arc crossover with Journey Into Mystery. If you enjoy Thor books that's fine but this issue didn't do anything for me personally.
Verdict: SKIM
Batman #12 3.99
Writer: Snyder & Tynion IV, Artist: Cloonan & Clarke
This issue is a side story with a slight tie into issue #1 and #3 from the narrative of a random citizen of Gotham. It kind of gives you an it's a small world feel when the main characters of this story have a run in with Batman. There's two artists at the helm in this issue. One doing a portion and the other working on the other. Both are quite good in their own respects. This was a nice heartfelt issue all on its own.
Verdict: BUY
American Vampire Lord of Nightmares #3 of 5 2.99
Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Dustin Nguyen
This may be amped up but it's still the same old song and dance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend so if Dracula is back then who would his enemies be. It pretty obvious and generic to me. The art is always impressive but so far I've been disappointed by the writing. The art isn't quite as good as the last issue but it's still pretty sensational. I don't see this coming to a close in two issues as they have been going so slow up to this point but they're going to have to do it quick. I've lost interest and  faith in this limited series at least story wise.
Verdict: SKIM
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2 of 6 3.99
Writer: Len Wein, Artist: Jae Lee

The art is on a whole other level that transcends comics. Jae Lee's visuals are absolutely stunning. The intricate, detailed style is stellar. The colors are intense and powerful. The panel design and layouts are uniquely genius. The book is very wordy but also perfectly form fitting for this character. I enjoyed the first half of this issue immensely as the motivations all made sense but I couldn't understand the motivation of the character for the second half of the book and where it was going. It was still enjoyable and the art alone is worth it. I'm interested in seeing where this goes.
Verdict: BUY
Wolverine #311 3.99
Writer: Jeph Loeb, Artist: Simone Bianchi
Wolverine fighting off Sabretooth clones with a hot redhead using samurai swords, what's not to love? One of the best artists in the biz with a well written Wolvie, how could you go wrong? The answer to both of those questions is you can't. The story is short sweet and to the point, no pun intended, ok maybe it was. This was a very good, solid, easy, fun read. Not too wordy, mind blowing visuals, and lots of action make this a great Wolverine story.
Verdict: BUY
The Sensational Spider-Man #33.1 2.99
Writer: Tom Defalco, Art: Barberi, Wong, Fabela
The characterization is spot on especially for Spidey. The art is not great but gets the job done well. This is one of the best Spider-Man books I've read in a while and it wasn't even narrated by Peter Parker. The narration was from the POV of Carlie Cooper, a hot CSU of NYPD, and it was spectacular. This may have been generic comic book art but it was sensationally done. Vulture looks creepy, Carlie looks sexy, and web head looks cool. Everything is just like a Spider-Man book should be.
Verdict: BUY
Batman & Robin #12 2.99
Writer: Peter Tomasi, Art: Gleason, Gray, Kalisz
Batman dons an epicly awesome suit and all the Robins join up to take down Terminus and his friends. The art is consistently great with some fantastic panels and spreads full of strong colors. Despite having a clichè and generic ending to this story arc is was done very well. The villain face off could have been done better as it was somewhat anticlimactic but it wasn't bad. The relationships are what make this book great. This is still one of the best Bat-books out there.
Verdict: BUY

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