Sunday, September 1, 2013

August 28th 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. Read the reviews of SECRET AVENGERS #8, INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #8, BATMAN SUPERMAN #3.

Writer: Greg PakArtist: Jae Lee
I'm still lost and confused but at least this story seems like its going somewhere now. Switching the narration is a big weakness to me even if it is apparent that its a different person. The Superman of this world which I believe is Earth 2 is a pompous dbag but he has his crap together. His powers are tuned to a fine point. The other Superman is an annoying, brash youngling. It is revealed that Darkseid has planned to conquer Earth. The army has found and plans on using a giant Kryptonite crystal against Superman. For what reason other than just in case he goes rogue I don't know. Art is beautiful as always but I still have not been sucked into the story or care for the characters. I'm dropping this title for now and hopping the trade will read better.
Verdict: weak BUY 
 Tom Taylor, Artist: Jheremy Raapack
This issue was one complete story unlike the other printed issues. The story reminded me of the moment in the Star Wars prequel movies when Senator Amidala says "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." The biggest difference between that and this is that this showed us instead of yelling us and it was awesome. At first the superheroes are arguing with each other, what they're doing, and about the message they're sending. Lex Luthor steps up and decides to help them with the message that they want to convey. Superman and his allies make a worldwide press appearance. As Superman is delivering his message Darkseids son, Kalibak, attacks earth with an army of parademons. Even Batman and his crew come out of hiding to fight them off as they are destroying every major population. Kalibak doesn't realize that Superman is different and says something to Supes that sets him off. It ends with the crowd and the world cheering Superman on. It was eery and awesome at the same time. The art was quite possibly the best I've seen it. It was just as good as the art in any event book.
Verdict: BUY
Writer: Nick Spencer, Artist: Luke Ross
This issue was mostly by the point of view of Mockingbird. Last issue the new SHIELD director mind wiped Mockingbird while on a mission so in this story she's trying to figure out who she is, where she is, and why she's there. She recollects being Bobbi but she looks like an AIM scientist. At a certain point she's not even sure is she's her or this guy that she's disguised as. She does her best to fake her way through being this AIM scientist on AIM island but with the way it ends it doesn't look like that's going to fare well for her much longer. The other half of the story was focused on the leaders of AIM island. It was nice to get a little insight to them as there has not been until this issue. The was good. The most memorable images being that of when there was a AIM scientist trecking up this tower and the different experiences he had to go through with each level. The story was solid but slowed down yet had its moments of intensity. I still think it would be better in trade.
Verdict: weak BUY

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