Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 9 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 and the books that didn’t quite make it onto the Comicast. Pablo Gunner delivers his weekly dosage of short, sweet, and to the point written reviews of Avengers A.I. #4, Superman/Wonder Woman #1, and Star Wars #10.

Dark Horse Comics
STAR WARS #10 2013 ONGOING $2.99
(W) Brian Wood (A) Carlos D’Anda
Carlos D’Anda is back on art and it almost makes all the difference. Unlike the previous issues artist most of the characters didn’t look the same in fact I don’t even remember D’Anda’s art looking this good on the first few issues of this title. It reminded me one of the bigger reasons I continued picking this book up. To say the least the art is absolutely stunning. The space scenes are probably the most exhilarating and overwhelmingly amazing. The writing is consistently good. Some part were better than others as has been the case the entire series thus far. I was disappointed with Leia’s choice and decisions but it may be for the better in the long run. She found a derelict destroyer amid the mine field that is now Alderaan. She was invited on the ship by it inhabitant who turned out to be the architect of the Death Star and a fellow Aleranian paying his respects. Wanting to kill him she instead decides to head back to the rebel fleet and have them recover the ship. Its kind of one of those wait and see situations if they decide to continue developing that part of the story. Han and Chewie’s story needs a little work. Its not bad but it just feels like the weakest story because it has had the least amount of time and focus. They have had a lot of bad luck lately starting with a deal gone bad, getting chased by the empire, and then Boba Fett hot on their trail until just recently. Luke and Wedge is undoubtedly the strongest of three because its the most intense and well written at the moment. Luke and Wedge purposefully got captured so that they could break out and place a bug in their system to find out who the mole in their group is. Vader has recently discovered who these rebel scum are that are loose in the ship he recently was moved off of due to his failure to stop the destruction of the Death Star. I’m really digging the story right now and Carlo D’Anda’s return to art is really rad but personally I’m switching to trade. As a complete story I believe this will read much better.
Verdict: BUY
DC Comics
SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #1 $3.99
(W) Charles Soule (A) Tony S. Daniel
I think its pretty fair to call this the surprise of the week at least for me. I was dreading this release. I thought this was just going to be a giant gimmick spinoff of Justice League #12 when Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up. It’s a year later and we’re finally getting a book that would have made a lot more sense if it had come out soon after JL#12’s release. Honestly I shouldn’t have doubted this book considering who the creative team is. I haven’t read a lot of stuff that Charles Soule has written but nearly everything that I have has been fairly and consistently well done. Now everything that I have seen from Tony S. Daniel has been impressive, mind blowing, and phenomenal. Soule writes a very convincing Clark and Diana. They are polar opposites in so many ways. Honestly having these two together makes no sense considering how different they are but he makes it work. Daniel displays some of the most amazing panels and spreads I have seen in mainstream comics. Few artists can what he does  in this book. Its interesting because in a relationship you always seem to show the other person where you came from, how you do things, and help them understand that. Thats exactly what Wonder Woman tries to do for Clark who is so awkward, shy, and reserved. Somehow this couple just works. Clark tries to do the she for her and show her the how and why he does things the way he does. In the process of saving people it appears it might be the death of them or Wonder Woman at least. The art is gorgeous as it should be considering who Daniel is drawing and Soule really makes this couple work even if it is just the beginning.
Verdict: STRONG BUY
Marvel Comics
AVENGERS AI #4 $2.99
(W) Sam Humphries (A) Andre Araujo
Most people probably haven’t even bothered giving this book a look so you don’t know what to think of it. I’ve read all four issues and I’m still not sure what to think of it. Its good but its not great. It feels like it has the potential to be great and I just keep waiting for that next issue. Four issues in and that moments still hasn’t come. In this issue its teased that the self proclaimed leader of all artificial intelligence, Dimitrios, is nothing but a ruse pretending to be somebody else. I won’t deny that the anticipation of the reveal of who this character really is has piqued my interest at least enough to read the next issue. Thats something that this writer has done well, interest me just enough to check out the next issue. The art is different and unique. It separates itself from any other look or style of art I have seen in other ongoing comic book titles. Its very colorful, soft, and warm. This may be a challenge when it comes to making characters look intimidating. In this issue Dimitrios continues to try to convince Vision to join up with him. Realizing that Dimitrios has been playing him the entire time and that it was all just a set up he does his best to save his friends and fellow Avengers in time. As the saying goes shit hits the fan. In the end it appears there may have been a major casualty. I’m sure the character will be fine even if it takes some time as per the usual according to mainstream comics. As I said its not the greatest comic but its interesting, enjoyable, and definitely has potential.
Verdict: weak BUY

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