Comic Book Reviews 02-10-16

Review Scale:

A+: Classic comic book material. Belongs next to your copy of The Notebook and The Joy of Cooking.
A: Would definitely recommend to all comic book readers. Even more so to fans of the genre or characters
B: Enjoyable read. Fans of the genre or characters will especially like.
C: Non-essential read. Can be enjoyable for fans of the genre or characters, but likely for only one or two events in the books.
D: Unenjoyable book. Read at your own risk. Might find satisfaction if major flaws are overlooked.
F: Please don’t buy this book. Donate your money to a local comic book writer’s workshop instead to inspire future generations to write something better than this trash.

Pick of the Week:

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Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 – A
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Freddie E Williams II

This series so far has proven to be exactly what I want out of this crossover and things are only getting better. We finally see Batman meet shredder this issue, while Shredder is sill abusing the crap out of Penguin. The best twist in the story happened on the last page, giving us a peek a which Batman villain will be coming into the story next, and man oh man, does this villain fit right into the TMNT world. As much as I enjoy the story of this series, it is Freddie E Williams II’s art that has sold me on it. The artistic design melds these two universes together perfectly. The art is reminiscent to both series past as well as a completely new style giving us a series that will easily be remembered for its art in years to come. – Jacob

Second Opinion (A): I’m impressed with not only how well these two teams mix together (albeit in the short-term), but how well the supporting characters and villains do, too. This is fun, exciting, and SO well drawn. Crossover of the year! – Sherif

Other Comic Book Reviews:

Dark Horse Comic Book Reviews:

King’s Road #1 – B
Writer: Peter Hogan
Artists: Phil Winslade and Staz Johnson

This book has the same exact feel as one of the primetime cable fantasy shows that have come out in the last few years. The good thing about this being a comic is that they are able to portray certain things a little less campy then they can in real life. My biggest issue with the book is the way they go about introducing the characters. The book makes you feel like you should already know who these characters are and they talk about them as such. Even Spiderman had an intro that told new readers who Peter Parker was, and I don’t think there is a person alive over ten that doesn’t know who he is. That small grievance aside, the artwork is nice and if you enjoy fantasy books or the shows I mentioned, I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t enjoy this too. – Robert

DC/Vertigo Comic Book Reviews:

Batman #49 – B-
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Yanick Paquette

The clock is ticking; Scott Snyder (and Capullo with him) is officially leaving Batman after issue #51 hits the stands. It’s like Mythbusters is ending. It’s like Kobe Bryant is retiring… OH MY GOD! All of that is really happening! Ugh. Well, it’s been a phenomenal run, but that doesn’t stop me from being bitter about it. These last few issues could be the Magnum Opus of comic books and I’d still poo poo it. It also doesn’t help that the big reveal in this book has been an obvious build-up for months. The story is okay; Batman is doing what needs to be done. Screw Julie Madison, screw one-arm Alfred. Sour feelings aside, Yanick Paquette’s art is a very nice compliment to the story, and his trademark unique panel design is total eye candy. He’s to a bittersweet issue 50. – Sherif

Batman: Arkham Knight- Batgirl and Harley Quinn #1 – C
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Matthew Clark
Colorist: Rob Schwager

I can’t even begin to imagine why someone would think it was necessary to dedicate a book to this topic. The origin of both of these characters is well established and has been done way better in the past (read Batgirl: Year One). The thing I think I find most odd about this is that it is based on the version we got in Batman: Arkham Knight……. A version that came from a flashback dlc. Barbara is still oracle in this universe despite the changes made in New 52. Harley Quinn as a character is also much more than they have portrayed her in this series. It is as if they decided to take many steps backwards when deciding the direction to take this book. Unless something groundbreaking happens in the next few issues I would say this is worth skipping all together. – Robert

Dynamite Entertainment Comic Book Reviews:

James Bond #4 – A
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Masters

This series has had everything that makes a Bond story great: great villains, amazing banter, gadgets, gunfights, tradecraft, and plots of world domination for Bond to deal with. This issue adds yet another thing that makes Bond great, something which I won’t spoil, but fans of the franchise will understand by the end. If you aren’t reading this, you should be, especially if you are a fan of Bond. This has the potential to be a great series and filler in-between the new movies. – Robert

IDW Publishing Comic Book Reviews:

X-Files Season 11 #7 – B+
Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith

We’re on the penultimate issue of this series, before we start off with a new book taking place after the currently airing television show. Gibson praises plans come to fruition and as everyone is cracking down to stop it, Skinner seems to be cracking heads open because of Gibson. A lot is on the line and this whole time I am insanely confused at how or if any of this is even supposed to matter in the world of the show, because it sure seems like what happened in Season 10 and 11 are no where present in the show. Having this series continue while the show is airing is kind of a bad decision to me as now I feel I equally must finish the last issue since it is just one more, but also not awaiting it at all as it seems the story isn’t even worth it. My ultimate test will be to see how the Lone Gunmen shows up in the show Monday night. If they are still dead, I may skip the last issue based off that alone since them being alive was just about one of the worst cockteases of my life. – Jacob

Gutter Magic #2 – B
Writer: Rick Douek
Artist: Brett Barkley
Colorist: Jules Rivera
 

As steampunk narratives go, this one is pretty good. Still enjoying it. The story doesn’t feel that novel to me and I have a feeling it’ll edge on into the world of predictable, but for now it’s just a lot of fun. Goblins, and a man trying to claim his rightful place among magicians, through a scientist and you got yourself in interesting cocktail of adventure. The art is what’s going for it in the long run. It has that grit that’s needed for a story like this and it complements the environment really well. – Jené

Image Comic Book Reviews:

Injection #7 – A
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
 

I continually enjoy reading this comic. It’s a great mixture of humor, cringe, and subtle trope are constatntly being turned on their heads. And who can’t help but like a comic with such lines as; “Customer support of Scooby-Doo plots,” or “Vaginal Ectoplasm.” I love all of the characters. There isn’t a one I don’t like. It’s clear the Injection team is slowly coming back together. I think it’ll be some mixture of the X-Files and the Scooby Gang from Buffy. Seriously, Warren Ellis is the shit. – Jené


Descender #10 – B
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Dustin Nguyen

This month’s issue didn’t hit as hard, but was still worth the read. We got our first glimpse into Robot City. The Robot Resistance has come across as terrorists, and the audience is still trying to figure out what the idiosyncrasies of the culture. The most touching moment was when Tim-21 was scared of Tim-22’s violent virtual reality game and showed him a real-life book instead. Tim-21’s simplistic ways are what older Millenials and up can relate to. Sometimes it isn’t the most grandiose thing that intrigues but rather the simplicities of life. – Adrian

Marvel Comic Book Reviews:

Spider-Man/Deadpool #2 – A-
Writer: Joe Kelley
Artist: Ed McGuinness

Whether you are looking for a solid story, or just an issue full of silly humor, Spider-Man/Deadpool will satisfy your sweet tooth for fun comic books. Wade is investigating Park Industries for experimenting on people with superpowers. Not sure if you know Deadpool, but he’s kind of against that sort of thing. The way he goes about his mission causes the most calamity humanly possible, in perfect Deadpool fashion. Spider-Man/Deadpool isn’t the best book out, but it captures the bromance between these two cult characters perfectly. – Sherif

Old Man Logan #2 – A-
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

This series has been quite phenomenal with just two issues so far, and for me, it has been making up for the mess that was the Secret Wars series of the same name. This issue has Logan on the hunt for those who hurt him the most in his dystopian future and this issue he tracks down Hulk, but of course Bruce Banner is not THE Hulk anymore, so his target isn’t even the one he is after; Amadeus Cho is now the Hulk. After he fights Hulk for a bit, Logan laves to find Hawkeye, but runs into the wrong Hawkeye, too. So basically Logan in this series is a lot like the long-time Marvel reader finding it hard to get used to whatever this new universe has to offer. At least Mysterio and Red Skull are the same people… or are they? Just call me Jon Snow as I seem to know nothing about this All-New All-Different universe. – Jacob

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 – B+
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Valerio Schiti

Here is good news and bad news for this issue this month in my opinion. First, the good news of that the story is finally moving along from this battle on Spartax which seems to taken up almost the whole series so far. We see Peter Quill have to make another drastic change in his life, which is good for the reader as well. Now the bad news is hat this series had one battle lasting nearly five full issues and now that this battle is behind us and the Guardians can seemingly move on from their storylines in Secret Wars onto the All-New, All-Different Marvel. I have definitely enjoyed the series so far, but once I was reaching the end of this issue and a conflict was still happening, I was getting a bit worried that Bendis may have written himself into a corner. I mean, I should know better, as he almost always delivers story-wise, this series just took a bit of time to find its footing, seeing as they had to find a way to end the plots from Secret Wars that they left us hanging onto – Jacob

Deadpool #7 – B
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Scott Koblish

This month we have a super-sized issue of Deadpool to celebrate his 25th anniversary. However, even with this giant-sized issue, we still get the same amount of Deadpool as a regular issue. This happens because we get the main story, then a story for each one of the mercenaries on his Mercs for Money team. I will say that all together this issue is very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed each story, but what happened in this issue with all the different stories was pretty much exactly what I thought Deadpool and the Mercs for Money series was going to be, so the lack of Deadpool in Deadpool was more upsetting than the lack of the Mercs in the Mercs for Money series. As far as he main story goes, it seems separate from the rest of the plot so far while also setting up the next story arc. Even with the switcheroo of character focus, the comic still is very enjoyable and makes us all realize this month is the best month to be a Deadpool fan. Oh, also go see the movie NOW! – Jacob

Darth Vader #16 – B
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado

Thank goodness that lame crossover Vader Down is over. Well, let me explain, the crossover itself wasn’t lame, but what made the first dozen issues so epic was Vader’s ability to hold a comic book on his own, with his two droids for comic relief, a lackey to talk crap to, and a buuuunch of people to destroy. This latest issue took it back to the bottom line of why Vader is a BAMF. Not a whole lot of substance, but still supremely enjoyable. – Sherif


Silk #4 – B-
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Veronica Fish

This issue starts to get back on track. Cindy’s humor is slightly more sarcastic and the self-depreciation is in full swing. Things don’t turn out so well in Goblin Nation, which is expected, but the way she handled it was a pretty fun read. The last panel was the most “Oh shit!” moment we’ve had in Volume 2. I hope it keeps getting better and better. – Adrian

ONI Press Comic Book Reviews:

Invader Zim #7 – C
Writer: Kyle Starks
Artist: David Crosland

As much as I love Invader Zim, these past few issues have left me feeling a bit unsatisfied as far as story goes. This is mostly because the stories seem to have lost a bit of the feeling the first issues had in connecting to the show and making each issue feel like you had just watched an episode. As a big Zim fan, I still enjoy the issues as more Zim is never a bad thing.  This issue focuses on Zim and Gir crash landing onto a planet and inadvertently starting an fast paced evolution cycle due to their fuel mixing with chemicals from the planet. The plot seemed awfully familiar to me as I am a MASSIVE Futurama fan and almost this exact plot was used in he episode “A Clockwork Origin” where the Professor leaves earth, crashes, and inadvertently starts a quick evolution cycle; the major difference is Futurama was done with just robots. So although it is enjoyable, the plot felt recycled and ultimately not like Invader Zim. – Jacob

Titan Comic Book Reviews:

Deus Ex Universe: Children’s Crusade #1 – D
Writer: Alex Irvine
Artist: John Aggs

Everything about it was so cliché and uninteresting… I doubt the creators even give a shit. They’re just hoping nerds that are capable of simple pattern recognition recognizes two patterns and buy both of them. – Montgomery

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That about wraps it up for our reviews this week! Look for next week’s previews coming soon. Any comic books you didn’t see reviewed that you want reviewed? Any grades you didn’t agree on? Let us know in the comments!

All images taken credited to their respective publishers and creators; thanks to all the for putting out great books!

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