Friday, January 31, 2014

Comic Reviews for the Week of 1/22/14

Pick of the Week: Eternal Warrior #5 (Valiant Ent.) Greg Pak Writer/Robert Gill Art

     It may only be the first month of the year, but this is my far my hottest pick that has been released. Nothing has come this close to picking a book or producing a choice that would surpass this book. Not only am I happy with the issue of Eternal Warrior, I have loved the series thus far. The writing and art have been at the top of the heap. I can not wait for more of this book, it is like a diamond in the rough and I hope that is the outcome for the coming months. Futuristic + Ancient = kick ass greatness!

Runner-Up: All-New X-Men #22 (Marvel Comic) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Stuart Immonen Pencils

     I have not been too fond of the X-titles in the last two years and beyond. The two that have stood out has been Wolverine and the X-Men and since its inception All New X-Men. All the other X-titles in my opinion have been hit or miss. Well I can not pull the wool over the eyes of these creators, nor can I hide the fact that this title and the Wolverine and X-Men title are the only two to shine in the last few years, wile Uncanny does hit a spot cause of Bachalo! I just wish I could write some of these mutant titles to turn shit straight!

Also Hot: Batman #27 (D.C. Comics), Justice League #27 Forever Evil tie-in (D.C.Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men #40 (Marvel Comics), X-O Manowar #21 (Valiant Ent.)

Honorable Mention: Star Wars Legacy II #11 (Dark Horse Comics), Red Hood and the Outlaws #27 (D.C. Comics), Avengers #25 (Marvel Comics), Cable and X-Force #19 Vendetta Pt. 3 (Marvel Comics), Origin II #2 (Marvel Comics), All New X-Factor #2 (Marvel Comics), Aphrodite IX: Hidden Files #1 (Image/Top Cow), Battlestar Galactica #7 (Dynamite Ent.), Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #3 (Dynamite Ent.), The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #25 (IDW Publishing)

Not So Hot: X-Men #9 (Marvel Comics) I tried, and I tried!!! I just can not find it in me to feel this book 9 issues in. In my opinion it is not the all female team. Not at all, some of my favorite X-Men are females, most of my favorite X-Men are females. I just do not like the story line., also let me go out on a limb. After a decade if not a little less I must admit I truly hate art done by the Dodson couple. They have done a lot of X-Titles in the last decade and it makes me hate the genre even more then the writing. I do not think I would mind there style on a Spider-Man title or even the Avengers. Am I the only one to have this complaint?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Comic Reviews for the Week of 1/15/14

Pick of the Week: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #2 (Dark Horse Comics) Tim Siedell Writer/Gabriel Guzman Art

     This is not the first mini series published by Dark Horse featuring the Dark Lord himself. I have really thought the quality of the art and stories on all the previous Vader series were amazing and top notch. Well a month ago I would of told you how I hated this chapter of Vader's story, well 30 days or so and I am here to praise this title. This book is by far the book I enjoyed most this week.

Runner-Up: Superman Wonder Women #4 (D.C. Comics) Charles Soule Writer/ Tony S. Daniel Pencils/Batt Inks

     Never a big fan of these two characters unless there was a spotlighted artist or writer on there respective books. The bottom line is that this creative team is dealing with the cast just fine and putting out a damn good book!

Also Hot: Uncanny X-Force #16 (Marvel Comics), Uncanny X-Men #16 (Marvel Comics), Archer & Armstrong #17 (Valiant Ent.), Harbinger #20 (Valiant Ent.)

Honorable Mention: Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3 (Dark Horse Comics), Green Lantern Corps #27 (D.C. Comics), Justice League #11 Forever Evil tie-in (D.C. Comics), Amazing X-Men #3 (Marvel Comics), Nova #12 (Marvel Comics), All New X-Men #21 (Marvel Comics), G.I. Joe Special Missions #11 (IDW Publishing), G.I. Joe A Real American Hero! #198 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #25 Dark Cybertron Chapter 6 (IDW Publishing), Unity #3 (Valiant Ent.)

Not So Hot: Carbon Grey #2 vol.3 (Image Comics) What started out as a master piece in volume 1 of Carbon Grey just lost it's momentum as the story progressed. Feeling very lost as this book got close to the end.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Comic Reviews for the Week of 1/8/14

Pick of the Week: Earth 2 #19 (D.C. Comics) Tom Taylor Writer/Nicola Scott & Robson Rocha Pencils/Trevor Scott & Oclair Albert Inks

     Not much to say other then month after month this is hands down one of D.C. Comics best titles on the rack. Refreshing, Amazing and startling creators, art and story all wrapped into one title.

Runner-Up: All-New X-Factor #1 (Marvel Comics) Peter David Writer/Carmine Di Giandomenico Art

     Another unnecessary Marvel reboot can not keep the already incumbent X-Factor writer off the runner-up honors. Somewhat different team and good art hold up to David's scribe. I enjoyed this reboot even though they should of just continued as in the old days from what ever issue the book was up to with the headline "All New" or "New Team" or "Jumping On Point". Marvel has got to stop being the money hungry entity that they are, I have cut many Marvel books of late and may just continue on that rout. Good job Disney!!!!

Also Hot: Star Wars #13 (Dark Horse Comics), Green Lantern #27 (D.C. Comics), Spawn #239 (Image Comics)

Honorable Mention: Batman Superman #7 (D.C. Comics), Batman Detective Comics #27 (D.C. Comics), Cable and X-Force #18 (Marvel Comics), Cataclysm Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 (Marvel Comics), Aphrodite IX #7 (Top Cow/Image Comics), Elephantmen #53 (Image Comics), Morning Glories #36 (Image Comics), G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #6 (FP Comics), Star Trek Khan #4 (IDW Publishing), Bloodshot and H.A.R. D. Corps #18 (Valiant Ent.)

Not So Hot: Transformers Timelines #8 (FP Comics) MEH!!!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Comic Reviews for the Week of 12/31/13

Pick of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Kevin Maguire Art

     Each incarnation of Guardians of the Galaxy gets better, its like a fine aged wine. Valentino took a group of future heroes from the 60's & 70's and brought them into the 90's with a bang. In 2008 DnA and Pelletier, Walker & Craig did the unthinkable and made this title even better, critically acclaimed at the time but with slow sales was cancelled. Fast forward 2013 and again I was a little skeptical with this new series just like the DnA version of GotG. Well all those heads can be put to bed! Bendis and Gaiman has written a cosmic masterpiece while the art provided by McNiven, Maguire, Francavilla and the most talented Sara Pichelli (Her art Rocks)! With a movie coming this summer I see some good Guardians of the Galaxy material for the immediate future if not longer.

Runner-Up: Legenderry #1 (Dynamite Ent.) Bill Willingham Writer/Sergio Davila Art/Joe Benitez Cover and Revelations #1 of 6 (Boom Studios) Paul Jenkins Writer/Humberto Ramos Art

     I could not leave either of these titles out, that is how out of the ballpark they were. May I also mention I was not picking up either of them. Legenderry happened thanks to my comic supplier, he throws sketch covers in my pull pile so I can doodle and this happened to be one of those sketch covers. I have never really been into the whole steampunk genre to be truthful with you, maybe a hand full that I can recall such as Lady Mechanika and Transformers Evolutions: Heart of Steel. Well I really got into this book from cover to cover and this is now added to my pull list. The other hidden gem was Revelations with a religious undertone and a potty mouth detective. I did not even realize that this was being released this week, good thing cause Ramos was great with Spider-Man and Wolverine for Marvel. This is also now on my pull list!

Also Hot: Superman Unchained #5 (D.C. Comics) Scott Snyder Writer/Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Dustin Nguyen Art, Superman #26 (D.C. Comics) Scott Lobdell Writer/Ken Lashley Art

Honorable Mention: The Star Wars #0 (Dark Horse Comics), New Avengers #13 Inhumanity tie-in (Marvel Comics), G.I. Joe #12 (IDW Publishing)

Not So Not: Aquaman #26 (D.C. Comics) Sorry Paul, love your artwork. It's the storyline that has been lacking since Johns stepped down as the writer.