April 23, 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.
Avengers Undercover #3
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Timothy Green III
In this issue the “ undercover Avengers” as I'll call them since this group doesn't really have a name even though they're not really undercover. Anyway they find themselves in a toned down version of Arcades Murder World for the rich and famous. This team runs into Arcade and though it seemed like they didn’t really have a plan it couldn't be further from the truth. One of their members just freezes up once she she's Arcade so that does somewhat  put a kink in their plan. So do they go forward with their plan or save their friend? There’s no reason why they can't try to do both. Behind the scenes it appears that Baron Zemo, the leader of the Masters of Evil, is not only allowing this to go on but planned for it. By the end of the issue it appears that these kids have met their goal but not everything is as it appears in Murder World so we'll have to wait and see. There was an artist change on this book. The character designs were not as cartoony and therefore came off as somewhat bland and boring. It wasn't bad and it wasn't a huge change but I didn't like it. For now it's keeping my interest even if it's just to find out how they actually become "Undercover Avengers" as it doesn't appear that they've been deemed with that mission.
Verdict: weak BUY
Iron Patriot #2
(W) Ales Kot (A/CA) Garry Brown
I'm trying to recall what actually happened in this book as it wasn't all that memorable. Multiple attacks, that appear to terrorist in nature, have cropped up all over the United States. Meanwhile James Rhodes is sinking to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in the Iron Patriot armor. Rhodes ejects himself and uses the armor as a missile as a last ditch effort. At the same time it looks like some masked men are invading the house of James Rhodes father. That part was pretty intense. I recall Rhodey being shuffled into a helicopter by similar masked men. They honestly looked like average run of the mill bank robbers with their crappy black ski-masks on. It was all very confusing on the how and why of what was going on but at least this book looks good. The art is absolutely superb. It has a semi-realistic and indie style look to it somewhat like Ghosted but more grounded in reality. I'm really digging the art but the story not so much. I couldn’t care less about “ ron Patriot” but it was hardcore seeing old man Rhodes take on the masked men that invaded his house.
Verdict: STRONG Skim

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