July 31 Comic Week in Review

This week for the written comic book reviews we only covered one book that was on Comicast #92 and a couple that didn't.


Writer: Tom Taylor, Artist: Kevin Maguire, Tom Derenick, Neil Googe
In the first story Billy Batson tries to figure out if he'll stay standing with Superman and Wonder Woman's faction. It was cool, interesting, and different how he went about it. The second and third stories roll right into each other. In that second story Superman locates an old adversary of his in nuked out Metropolis. Apparently in this alternate universe or timeline or whatever it is they're actually friends which was weird. Anyways this guys decides he wants to help Superman and his movement. In the process Batman starts putting his own plan into play. The art was decent. Some better than others depending on the story. I wouldn't buy this in issues but I strongly suggest getting them in digital. For one you can oick and choose which issues you want and second its cheaper.
Verdict: SKIM(issue)/BUY(digital)

Writer: Sam Humphries, Artist: Dalibor Talajić, Adrian Alphona
This story arc about Psylocke, Fantomex, Cluster, and Weapon XIII is FINALLY over. It was nice to see it come to a conclusion even though it left me confused and not giving a damn. Then it continued to confuse me by moving into what is going on with Bishop and what he's been dealing with. It's obvious his part of the story is just beginning even though I have no idea who or what they are. The art continues to irritate me as it has been this entire time. The art isn't nearly as irritating to me as the art with Bishop but I still didn't care for it. It just looks very plain and amateur. The Psylocke art is more fluid and blurry with thin lines. It has a European look and feel to it. Overall I was left unimpressed and unsatisfied. The art might be for some but its definitely not for me.
Verdict: weak SKIM

UNCANNY X-MEN #9 $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Chris Bachalo
It's so unfortunate that this title has such mediocre art in it when the writing, story, and characters are so good. I can only imagine what this book would look like with art that doesn't look rushed, unfinished, and subpar. Bendis is crafting a great story here with the older X-Men training and recruiting these new X-Men while trying to retrain themselves. Dazzler is in the fold as a SHIELD agent. She tries to speak with the mutant that decided that the crazy life of an X-Men wasn’t for him. Upon returning home his family freaks out. When Dazzler shows up they really lose their crap. I’ve always though she was a joke but what she did was really cool. The end had a cliff hanger that blew my freakin skull out.The dialogue is fantastic and there’s practically a mind blowing twist in each issue.  I really hope they find a better artist than Bachalo because he just doesn’t fit this book at least not with the quality of art he’s putting out.

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


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