March 26, 2014 Comic Week in Review

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. Check out these reviews of Tomb Raider #2, Silver Surfer #1, IRON PATRIOT #1, ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1,

(W) Felipe Smith (A/CA) Tradd Moore
For some reason(Diamond) none of the comic book shops got this book last week so it was moved to this week. I expected this to be awful so to say the least my expectations were low. I knew that the art would at least be good as I've heard many a good thing about Trad Moore through ifanboy. Trad Moore did not disappoint. His art is very fluid, consisting of thin lines, and somewhat abstract. It gave a stronger indie feel than any Ghost Rider title I've ever seen but it worked and I liked it. The colors were strong, powerful, and intense as well. The writing was good too. The main character is introduced as a teenaged Hispanic mechanic in LA. He has a little brother who is crippled and bound to a wheelchair. Unfortunately that wheelchair is stolen by a bunch of thugs aka cholos. He does his best to defend his brother and save the day but he's outnumbered and overpowered. It was sad and tugged at the heart strings. He becomes motivated to get him and his brother out of East Los by racing his suped up, prized possession, muscle car. He puts his car and life on the line in the race of his life. He's in the lead but then the police show up. Stuck in a dead end he think he's busted when he gets gunned down by a gang of cholos. I don't know about you but I'm definitely intrigued. I'm interested to see where it goes. I'm already invested in this character and I truly feel for him. Maybe because he's Hispanic I feel like I have some sort of connection with him. All I know is that I understand his motivation and plight to make a better life for him and his handicapped brother. It did feel like it came together rather quickly so it might seem a little rushed. It may not be one of the best "All-New" Marvel NOW! titles but it definitely is one of the better ones. It has potential and I'm interested to see where it goes.
Verdict: BUY
(W) Ales Kot (A/CA) Garry Brown
This book wasn't bad. It wasn't that great either. The idea and concept is interesting. James Rhodes "Rhodey" War Machine has decided to retire the War Machine suit and mantle and announce himself as the new Iron Patriot. This changes his mission statement from fighting battles on the front lines to homeland defense and security. The outlook was interesting but they kind of jumped the gun and went straight to his first catastrophic set up. They focus on his family but it didn't capture my interest. It seemed realistic but I just didn't care. It was a really oddly paced issue. It felt like almost all talking and dialogue and then it ended with a little action with Rhodes in a tight spot but I couldn't care less. The art was very solid and consistent. No complaints or quarrels on that part. In fact the art looked fairly semi-realistic. It was very clear, concise, and straightforward. Quite fitting for this military man. It just wast enough. I might read the next issue but it's definitely not an add to my box at this point.
Verdict: STRONG Skim
Silver Surfer #1 ANMN
(W) Dan Slott (A/CA) Mike Allred
Despite this book being written by Dan Slott I was quite interested in this book. For one I wanted to see if Slott could pull it off but mostly I wanted to see Allred do Silver Surfer. I loved Allreds Silver Surfer. Slott did a good job with the character and his story and dialogue. For sone reason though Slott made half of the book about some random, boring, unimportant girl. In the end the stories intertwine but at this point not only do I know why I don't really care either. Honestly if it wasn't for all the lame random girl stuff I would say that this is one of the best All-New Marvel NOW! number ones. Most of that would have to be attributed to the art though. It's mesmerizing, attention grabbing, spectacles of amazingness. The colors are bursting and flowing with intense and powerful energy. This is the art that Silver Surfer deserves. In this story Silver is confronted by an alien to be the champion to protect a completely self sustained technological planet to face off against some unknown evil. Like I said his story is intriguing but the other part really slowed it down. I'll check out the next issue but mostly for Allreds story telling.
Verdict: Skim
Tomb Raider #2
(W) Gail Simone (A) Nicolás Daniel Selma
This book does not miss a beat, visually or literarily. Somehow the artist has managed to capture the video game aesthetic, translating it into comic book form, and making it their own. The story picks up exactly where it left off. Few books can start with the intensity that the last issue took to build up to but Gail Simone pulls it off. Not only does she bring the same intensity, she raises it, and continues to do so without burning you out giving moments though brief to catch your breath and relax before the next threat makes its swift strike.  We last saw Laura visiting her Samoan friend out in the middle of the Arizona desert only to be swept up by a flood. Laura barely escapes with her life before the next threat comes along. She then takes to the air to get answers from one of her fathers old friends but it appears that by doing so she has put target on his back unbeknownst to her. Something is obviously a foot here but it's still unclear as to whether it's mystical, real, or a mixture of both. Every twist and turn is as unexpected as the last. This book does not let up. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Not only does this book get me super jacked off for the next issue but also the next game whenever that's going to be. I just hope Gail Simone writes that story as well.

You can pick up these comics at Age Of ComicsKaboom Test Labs, or
 Twin Suns Comics & Games


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