Sunday, August 11, 2013

August 7th Comic Week in Review

Every week Pablo Gunner uses the little intelligence he has to muster up some written comic book reviews of the titles that he thinks his fellow nerds would want to know about most as well as the most questionable books, and the books that didn’t quite make it onto the Comicast. Enjoy our reviews of Trillium #1, Superior Spider-Man #15, and Earth 2 #15.

EARTH 2 #15 $2.99
Writer: James Robinson, Art: Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
This one starts with flash waking up from the battle that him, Green Lantern, Dr. fate and the world army had with Steppenwolf's death bringers. Flash tries to recollect what happened which leads to a flashback of unintended and we see how Steppenwolf's three cohorts made short work of all of them. Flash questions why they were left alive when they were at their mercy and could've easily offed them. There were other plot threads throughout the story but this was obviously the most memorable one and seems the most pertinent to the main story. One of the other threads was Barda in battle with someone in while shes in search of the new Batman. The other was having to do with Hawkgirl. The art is the same impressive art that's been consistent throughout this entire series. The story was pretty decent but I can't help but feel that this series would be a lot better in trade.
Verdict: weak BUY

The Superior Spider-Man #15 $3.99
Writer: Dan Slott, Artist: Humberto Ramos 
What can I say about the book that sets the bar for mediocrity? Well not much other than the goings-on's of Otto Octavius as Spider-Man this week. Part of this book felt like fallout from last issue, what's going on with Phil Urich as the Hobgoblin, and how Peter Parker's life is impeding on Spider-Man's. As Spider-Man's team is going through the rubble they realize that Kingpin and Hobgoblin may have escaped. Little did I know Ben Urich's son Phil is the hobgoblin and by the end of this issue so does everyone else. It was interesting because for a little while you saw what it was like to be a smalltime villain through the hobgoblins eyes. Also some of the questions are answered as to how the Green Goblin has gone unnoticed by Spiderman's spider bots but the Green Goblin's identity is yet to be revealed. The art was decent and that's the same thing that's wrong with this title altogether is that that's all it ever is.
Verdict: SKIM

TRILLIUM #1(OF 8) $2.99
Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire
Wow, this book was mesmerizing. If you've ever read Sweet Tooth the book is similar in style of the writing and the look of the art. I was actually pretty impressed with how much Lemire’s art has improved. The art isn't exactly pretty or nice to look at but it's definitely not bad and it most definitely works and fits. Despite the similarities to Lemire's previous work this book could not be more different and unique than anything I've seen or read. First off it has two different covers and you can read from either end of the book in whichever order you want and it will still make sense. The story is about two completely different journeys becoming one. On one end you have a 1920s explorer looking for the Temple of The Incas and the other end you have a lady from the year of 3727 looking for a cure to save the last surviving members of mankind. Somehow their paths converge and that's where their stories end in this issue but the journey has just begun. The story was magical, fantastical, and brilliant. These things go the same for the art which feels weird to say about Lemire's art but could not be more true. Much like Sweet Tooth there's no doubt in my mind that this will be Jeff Lemire's next epic, masterful, work of art.

You can pick up these comics at Kaboom Test Labs or Twin Suns Comics & Games


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