Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 17 Comic Week in Review


The Walking Dead #103 $2.99
Writer: Robert Kirkman, Art: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
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The Something To Fear story arc is over as we begin a new one. Jesus tracks one of Negans men, Rick explains the plan to Andrea, then Negan and his army shows up for their payment. The situation is difficult to swallow for Ricks group as well as the reader. As good as this issue is you never get the full effect unless you read  not only the last story arc but the entire series. Lucky there's only 103 issues, 17 volumes, or 2 compendiums to get all caught up.
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The story here is just the community allowing the saviors do what they want. This issue helps you hate them even more and hope for them to be able find a solution to their problems. It would be bad if the saviors caused to many problems. Art looks very good for being Black and White.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
AvX Consequences #2 $3.99
Script: Kieron Gillen, Art: Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez, Jim Charalampidis
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This literally starts off where it ended. Logan has words with Scott in jail. Cycke does his best to provoke Wolverine. In turn Scott has a lot to say himself. I'm not sure if I like the direction they're taking this but there were some great points made. Essentially it ended with a spread quite similar to the cover. The art is more sketchy and not as clean or nice to look at as the last issue but it definitely gets the job done as we get down to the real nitty gritty issues that these two have with each other.
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The art looked good. New artist, but it still went with the flow. I wish the helmet looked cooler. Well it looks like Scott might escape from jail. That is a bummer. I would like to see him get prison tough before becoming a villain. That would make him even more awesome with his powers. The story really shows how crazy Scott is.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
Uncanny X-Men #20 $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Art; Carlos Pacheco, Roger Bonet, Guru eFx
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In this issue there are two side stories and a main one. These stories are pretty much lose ends being tied. One of the side stories is about Danger and Unit. This was confusing to me as I had no idea what was going on. The other side story is between Magik and Colossus. They fight it out and the end result is the undoing of the curse of Cytorak. The main story was stupid as it was just Sinister showing up to gloat to a jailed Scott Summers. It's disappointing to find out that Sinister is still alive but I wasn't surprised at all. The art isn't bad but it's not anything special either. It's clean, smooth, good looking comic book art. Overall I was very disappointed with how this issue was handled. The story was weak and disappointing.
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The art was pretty good. The big reveal was that Sinister is still alive. It is clever how they brought him back, but it would be cooler just to keep him alive instead of just kill him. After looking over it again I was not impressed. Verdict skim for the art.

Verdict: PASS/SKIM
Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #16 $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Pepe Larraz
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This issue felt really short but the story seems to be moving along slowly. Its kind of hard to grasp how much a dick Ultimate Cap is as he chews Miles out. Then the SHIELD headquarters gets attacked by a HYDRA quincarrier. Some of the action is confusing. With a different artist on this issue there is an obvious difference even if only slightly off. Panels here and there don't look nearly as good. As much as I like this title the last couple issue including this one just seems to be more of the same with Cap telling Miles no, Miles earning respect, Cap accenting Miles but in different situations. The end of this issue sees Cap becoming president whereas this happened weeks ago in Ultimates.
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This issue felt it was out a little late for the sake of the continuity in the Ultimate Universe. This issue was repetitive, but still enjoyable. The art was good until the end where it got sloppy. Usually the art in this book is top notch. I hope the next issue is better.
Verdict: SKIM/ weak BUY
Hawkeye #3 $2.99
Writer: Matt Fraction, Artist: David Aja
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This series is precisely perfect in every possibly way. This isn't your general run of the mill comic book series. It's like an indy comic about Clint's everyday misadventures. My only tiff with this book is that I don't really see this series going anywhere other than being a random one-shot day in the life of Hawkeye rather than a regular story arc. It is refreshing though for any long time comic book reader with an ingenious art style and riveting writing.
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This series has not disappointed. It is another one shot, but it sure was a blast to read. Some parts were comical. This issue had my panel of the week in it. Even buying a car can get complicated for Clint as you find out in this issues. I love how Clint narrates it and explains what his mistakes were listed by degree. The art and writing goes perfectly together. This is one of the better series from Marvel it is still a young series.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
Justice League #13 $3.99
Writer: Geoff Johns, Art: Tony S. Daniel, Richard Friend & Batt
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Tony S. Daniels art explodes off the page in the awesomest way. The Cheetah is both terrifying and sexy at the same time. I've never wanted to do it with a Cheetah furry or cosplayer more in my life. Cheetah is lethally badass as a character should be when introduced for the first time. For once this book pulls off the personal relationships of the league and unreal. As much as I enjoyed this issue I still felt like it was missing something and it definitely wasn't in the art department. There was also a Steve Trevor/Oliver Queen story that leads into Justice League of America #1 and Superman #13 sneak preview. The JLA lead-in was mostly boring dialogue. The Supes preview art was spectacular but the story was confusing difficult to get into.
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Daniel really steps in for art this issue. Every character looked awesome. His Wonder Woman looks amazing. He makes the team look really buffed. The art really help tell the story. I would love to have him in on for a good run, but he was just a fill in. The best fill in I have ever seen in a comic series. Especially when he contends against the other artists on this book. Johns does a good job with the story. I was surprised the story started off where the last issue left off.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5 of 5 $2.99
Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Dustin Nguyen
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I don't want to say that the conclusion to this story was a huge disappointment but it was a big letdown. I don't remember this or why but the "heroes" are on a ship chasing down a cargo ship. We soon find out that Dracula is on that ship. As a last ditch effort the crew decides to sink the cargo ship. I didn't find it believable that the kid somehow convinces his mother to leave him and help Agent Hobbes and Benedict. This is somewhat remedied by the fact that once shit hits the fan she runs back to her son. I'm a strong believer in the idea that the scariest things are the ones you never see because it's just left to the imagination but in this instance it was an EPIC FAIL. Dracula was just a black shadown using mind games to take down the protagonist. So people sacrifice themselves and the "good guys" win in end. You never actually feel the weight of these characters deaths though because you barely know them. There was one twist towards the end that was a surprising reveal but nowhere near redeeming. The art is always phenomenal with its harsh, gritty, sharp, sketchy style. Overall this issue and series was a PASS.
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I really liked the art in this issue. This issue has had a lot of surprises and we find out more of the Dracula's plan. Scott Synder truly shows his writing skills and resolves the story and the concludes the series. I would recommend buying the trade for this series if you have not picked up the issues.
Verdict: PASS/BUY
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 of 6 $3.99
Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
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This issue had a slow and somber tone yet I didn't want it to end. The story was comprised of side stories surrounding Silhouette. Each character makes you feel how they did. We see how Comedian gave into the horrors of war, Ursula's childhood experience with Nazis, and more. The bright colors and classic style somehow fit well with this dark depressing tale of the Minutemen. This still continues to be my favorite of the Before Watchmen books.
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Cooke had a hard time with having to tell the story of the Minutemen. Since that group had such an influence on the Watchmen themselves. I am very pleased with where this is going and hope the conclusion is as awesome this issue and all of the others were. The art was really good.
Verdict: BUY/BUY
The New Avengers #31 End Times $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Michael Gaydos
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To be honest I didn't buy this issue. I skimmed it, didn't care for the art, or see anything too eventful that made me want to pick it up. Luckily the Ambassador is a generous man. I regret not picking this issue up as even when it's just dialogue it's deep Bendis character moments. It also turns out that there is more afoot here than I realized just skimming. The art style isn't exactly pretty but it works. My favorite part was when Doctor Strange and Iron Fist were "meditating". The Jessica/Carol conversation was realistically deep and incredibly well done.
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Verdict: BUY
Nightwing #13 $2.99
Writer: Tom DeFalco, Art: Andres Guinaldo
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For a guest team this book does not miss a beat. The art and writing does not dip in quality and stays consistently great. The story may be slow for the most part but that's fine with me as it brings me closer to Dick. The art still looks sleek, sharp, and bursting with color. This may have been all set up for a new story arc in which not much happened but it was still good for me. The issue does exactly what #0 said it was going to do. That being said there's references to Jokers return, a cameo by another from the Bat-family, and Dick tries to stop and find Shiva before she gets her targets. I don't mind that this title takes its time because it's always worth the wait in the end.
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The zero issue tied in well for the beginning of this story arc, but is not necessary to read the arc. He was patrolling thinking that the crime would go up with Joker back, but that did not happen. He asked an old criminal he knows about it and this person tells him why. The writing was done well and the art had Dick in action. How will Dick do against Lady Shiva this time?
Verdict: BUY/BUY
Daredevil #19 $2.99
Writer: Mark Waid, Art: Chris Samnee
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Ok so now we finally find out who has been effing with Daredevils head. Personally I thought he was actually going crazy or it was residual effects from his visit in Latveria. To me it was kind of anticlimactic but I can't wait to see what Waid does with it. Samnee's art is splendid, rising to the top of my favorite artists and Daredevil artists. This series has risen to the top of my best books list.
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Great issue to start reading. Waid and Samnee are still doing a great job on this book. It is still one of the strongest series in Marvel Comics and all other comics as well. Matt is still going crazy or that is what Foggy Nelson and everyone thinks. Even Matt gets checked out by a friend of his to see if something is wrong with him. An old foe returns for revenge and is behind the craziness of Matt.
Verdict: BUY/BUY

Wonder Woman #13 $2.99
Writer: Brian Azzarello, Artist: Tony Akins
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Akins is doing the art on this issue. I still really enjoyed the issue. He draws an awesome casual Wonder Woman and his Wonder Woman in costume is getting better as well. Azarello is still doing a great job with the story. I like how he is involving the Greek Gods and still keeping the story unpredictable.
Verdict: BUY

Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1 $3.99
Writer: Nathan Edmonson, Artist: Matteo Buffagni
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The art is really good on this issue. The series is a limited series. It is about the Mandarin in the Ultimate Universe. He is a cool villain, but we just read about him in Invincible Iron Man. It would be cool if it was someone that has not been seen for awhile. The story was still very strong as well. I am curious where this leads to next.
Verdict: BUY
The Mighty Thor #21 $3.99
Story: Matt Fraction, Art: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
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Loki does end up going goodish again. The conclusion was clever and worked out fine. I felt this issue ended it too quickly. The art looked good in this issue as well. To be honest I am looking forward to the Marvel NOW! Thor with Jason Aaron writing. I did enjoy this part of the Everything Burns crossover. Verdict: BUY
Batwoman #13 $2.99
Writers: J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman, Artist: J.H. Williams III
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Batwoman can be slow at times, but never disappoints as well. This issue explores many places and truly helps connect the history of the series with the present. Wonder Woman makes an appearance in this issue. Kate feels overwhelmed being around a Goddess/Demigod. She helps Batwoman out. I was hoping they would fight each over. Diana joins without any issues. The art was awesome and I like how well done Wonder Woman was in this issue. I hope they keep up the good work. 
Verdict: BUY

BBOW: The Walking Dead/Nightwing
POW: Hawkeye-When Clint is censured by his own mask.  
SOW: Justice League-Where Wonder Woman is fight the Cheetah.



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