Monday, January 14, 2013

January 9 Comic Week in Review

Here at Talk Nerdy to Me we’re all about options so this week we offer you written reviews of the weeks comics as well as the comicast. This week we cover Superior(Inferior) Spider-man, Avengers Arena, Scarlet Spider, Thunderbolts, Cable & X-Force, Fantastic Four, Punisher War Zone, Wolverine & The X-Men, Thor God of Thunder, Star Wars, Walking Dead, and Secret of The Foot Clan.

Superior, my ass!

Superior Spider-Man #1 $2.99
Writer: Dan Slott, Artist: Ryan Stegman
Otto Octavius is now in Peter Parker's body as the new superior spider-man. He's more lethal, brutal, and intellectually superior. How the "love of his life" Mary Jane doesn't realize that it's not really Peter is beyond me but I think she might like the new Peter. I refused to buy this issue for multiple reasons mainly because I don't like what Slott has done to Spider-Man but I had to read it to keep you all informed. I didn't like the issue but now I know what he's trying to do. What happened is that "Otto Parker" comes across the new self proclaimed sinister six. The next time he meets up with them he's prepared and annihilates them. All I'll say is that somebody ends up stopping him from delivering the killing blow. The art isn't bad and its interesting to see what Slott is trying to do but it's definitely not worth buying.
Verdict: PASS
Could this cover be any more of a rip off?
Avengers Arena #3 $2.99
Writer: Dennis Hopeless, Artist: Kevin Walker
I have to be honest, the first part of this issue had me starting to get bored and lose interest in this book. Then they got me sucked back in with Cammi's backstory. It was pretty interesting but this series is going to have to do more to keep me interested enough to buy each issue. I like the art especially in the flashback as it was a nice change in color scheme.
Verdict: SKIM
Scarlet Spider #13 $2.99
Writer: Christopher Yost, Art: Khoi Pham, Palmer, Pallot, Bit, D' Auria, Mossa, Fabela
If you can't tell there's way too many people on art so to say the least the art is a little inconsistent. The art is good for the most part though. What really shines is the story and character. It's interesting to see this character fight the urge to kill just because he's trying to be a better man. The story is actually quite simple even if it doesn't seem like it. Essentially it’s two Mexican cartel werewolves going after a girl that Scarlet Spider lives with. If you want to read a solid spider book I suggest this one instead of superior.
Verdict: weak BUY
It’s so veiny
Writer: Daniel Way, Artist: Steve Dillon
This issue was pretty slow for the most part but the end was worth it. It started with Deadpool banter with Red Hulk and that's what most of the dialogue consists of. I was a little confused as to what Punisher was doing and why but it eventually makes sense. It's great to see that this group doesn't really gel all that well as a team yet especially Flash and Frank. Dillon's art is getting better but most of the characters still look alike. Still not sure if this is an add or not yet though.
Verdict: BUY
Cable & X-Force #3 $3.99
Writer: Dennis Hopeless, Artist: Salvador Larroca
I love that this book feels like its already part of the whole Marvel universe with appearances of characters from other titles like Havok and Wolverine. Things escalate quickly in this issue. I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time reading each panel and flipping each page as fast as I could. This title has been getting better with each issue as this one is easily the most intense yet. The characters are well written and enjoyable to read. Larroca is doing a great job on tue art but its not the best I've seen him do. Overall the art is considerably impressive. I can't wait to see what happens in the next issue.
Verdict: BUY
Fantastic Four #3 $2.99
Writer: Matt Fraction, Art: Mark Bagley, Mark Farmer
Fraction blows me away with how deep, well done, and thought out Reed Richards science talk is. I'm kind of dislike Reed Richards as he puts his family's life at risk for somewhat selfish reasons. Every person is a vital part of the team. Things turn for the worst fast in this issues as a planet tries to eat them. I thoroughly enjoyed each character. The kids were charming, Susan is a smart, strong woman, Johnny is a funny man of action, Ben isn't happy unless he's being priductive part if the team, and Reed is Bill Nye the science guy with a dark secret.
Verdict: BUY
Punisher War Zone #3 of 5 $2.99
Writer: Greg Rucka, Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
The art is a bit rough around the edges but I'll be damned if it doesn't fit perfectly. In this issue Thor Odinson hunts down Frank Castle to have words. How does one man fight a god? How about luring him, using him as bait, guerrilla warfare, rocket launcher, and high powered guns. In the end Thor shows his wisdom but does he prove to be the victor, perhaps. I really appreciate the art style as it fits so well. The characters are written well and the story is beyond my expectations.
Verdict: BUY
Wolverine & The X-Men #23 $3.99
Writer: Jason Aaron, Art: Nick Bradshaw
It's starts off with a little backstory on one of the hellfire club kids then gets right back to where the last issue left off. The X-Men break free of the witches spell and join the fight against the Frankenstein circus of undead clowns. It was awesome to see Wolverine cut loose and mess people up. I didn't think I would enjoy this story as much as I did. It was a good ending to a good story arc. I like how Baron Von Katzenelnbogen reclaimed his real name. There was a crazy OMG moment at the very end with a character that you might recognize from X-Men First Class. The art is still very fun, cartoony, and form fittingly perfect.
Verdict: BUY
Thor God of Thunder #4 $3.99
Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Esad Ribic
Torture is the theme of this issue as Gorr tortures Thor in each timeline in a different way. The god butcher becomes more horrifying and sick by discovery in this book. It appears that modern day Thor is finally somewhat getting to the bottom of things. The conclusion of this issue was something I did not see coming at all. Though there isn't as much of a distinction of time lines with different art styles there's is no doubt each expression, vein, muscle, weapon, and environment looks better than ever. The story gets exponentially better as it continues and goes places you would never expect.
The force is strong with this one
Star Wars #1 $2.99
Script: Brian Wood, Art: Carlos D' Anda
The art looks nice, crisp, clean, sharp, clear, and extremely detailed. This takes place after A New Hope. It's starts with Luke and Leia having a deep conversation as they traverse space looking for a new base of operations. Things get intense and escalate quickly. After they get out of a tight spot Leia is tasked with getting a small team together for a secret mission. In addition you get to see the emperor treat Vader like crap for his failure and tasks him with a new mission. The was impressive, most impressive in fact overall. Characterization, dialogue, and story were better than expected and well done.
Verdict: BUY
The Walking Dead #106 $2.99
Creator/Writer: Robert Kirkman, Art: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
The beginning felt unneeded, Carl is still a little badass, and Rick is going crazy looking for him. Besides that not much else happened at least that's not a huge spoiler. Not only did this issue feel uneventful but lacking substance as well. For example not much at all happened last issue as it was pretty much just Negan and Carl talking but it was interesting as hell. Even the moments that should have been strong were pretty weak. Considering the ending I'm sure next issue will be crazy awesome. So in other words this issue was pretty much just set up.
Verdict: weak SKIM 
TMNT: The Secret History of The Foot Clan #1 $3.99
Creative Team: Erik Burnham, Mateus Santolouco
I had no intentions of purchasing this book but I skimmed it and was blow away by the art. It just feels so real, genuine, artistic, original, and beautiful. I've never seen a TMNT title handed with such delicacy and detail. The story completely caught me off guard as I thought it was just going to be a rehash of what I already knew but that could not be farther from the truth. The true origins of the foot clan were revealed to me in such a colorful and magnificent way. How it ties into everything else that has already happened and is going on adds a whole other level. The last page had the most mind blowing revelation I've read in comics in a while.
Verdict: STRONG BUY/Back n' Bag

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