Comic Book Reviews 03-02-16

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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Deadly Class #19 – A
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wes Craig
Colorist: Jordan Boyd

Another magnificently-done issue of heart-pounding, anxiety-causing angst is poured into this month’s Deadly Class. The art style keeps up with the manic state of the story perfectly, and lands on a cliffhanger so gut-wrenching that I don’t know how I’m going to spend the next month without knowing what the hell Billy is up to. There’s also a satisfying balance between the constant state of shit that Marcus’ life is in and the calm, collective – and even hilarious at times – way that Shabnam handles his affairs. Even while Victor is beating the dingleberries out of Billy, the monologue about how soft American children are is fairly reflective – especially after I went into it thinking “oh God, is he going into his origin story while he kills this kid?” Point is, a lot happened while not a lot happened. The entire issue revolved around two character that, to this point, have just kinda been there, and now we get to see what they are made of. I can summarize the issue in a few sentences, but it takes the whole creative team to really explain what’s happening, whether it be through facial expressions, the B-52s (RIP Tower Records), or premature ejaculation. I’m both frightened and excited to see what happens at Fuckface Manor next month. – Sherif

Other Comic Book Reviews:

BOOM! Studios Comic Book Reviews:

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1 – B
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Hendry Prasetya

This issue was a major recap of the first season leading up to the Green Ranger joining the team. There was a lot to move the plot forward and set the stage for the future, but we weren’t given any real action sadly. I do enjoy the art style quite a bit and I really like the way it matures the look of the series. If they could remake the live action series to have this type of feel then I think it could do very well for both kid and adult audiences. The other crazy thing about this book is the villain nostalgia. I forgot what great goofy villains this series had. – Robert

Dark Horse Comic Book Reviews:

Predator: Life and Death #1 – C
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brian Albert Thies

I’m a little burnt out on the trope within these stories of some junk going sideways somewhere, marines (or scientists) investigate, and they get rocked by some kind of alien. I mean, I haven’t read every single Predator comic out there, but I do feel like that’s the form of every Predator book I’ve ever read. Regardless, this was a decent first issue. I like the sometimes-watercolor look to the art. It was just over so damn fast. It ended right as I was getting into it, so I feel less like I’ve been hooked and more like I’m still waiting for something to happen. But it’s hard to turn down a good Predator story. Like, ever. – Montgomery

DC/Vertigo Comic Book Reviews:

Swamp Thing #3 – C

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Kelley Jones

It is getting hard for me to write about this series now; there’s just no living up to what I have enjoyed about Swamp Thing, even with Len Wein, one of Swamp Thing’s co-creators at the helm. Sure, this has been the best of the three issues, but it still repeatedly leaves me wanting so much more and thinking back to the days of Alan Moore’s run and how epic that story was and how much it made me love Swamp Thing, where now with DC, Swamp Thing has become as cheesy, campy, and about just as bad as the two films and TV Series the character has spawned. Ultimately, this issue and the whole series could be fun for some longtime fans, but not fun enough to attract new fans and will likely offend some to leave. – Jacob

Batman Beyond #10 – C-
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Bernard Chang

Was it just me, or is this book confusing? It feels like there are at least four plots going on and even within those plots, the storyline is muddied. I am starting to come to the realization that this series isn’t the best for individual issues. And even as a graphic novel, it may not be the Batman Beyond story we need right now. Perhaps things will be different when we get “Rebirth.” – Adrian

Image Comic Book Reviews:

Prophet Earth War #2 – A
Writers: Simon Roy and Brandon Graham
Artist: Ron Ackins

Prophet is yet another comic in the long long list of comics I read that seem to declare the death of the single issue: I gave this an A because I know when I can hold the complete volume in my hand, my mind will be irrevocably blown. But as a single issue, I’d have a hard time telling you what the f just happened. But man did it look good doing it. I can’t help but feel that this Prophet revitalization series is what you think you’ll be reading when you pick up a Jodorowsky comic, but unlike a Jodorowsky comic, this delivers not only in art, but insane story that surpasses the average science fiction imagination. I did, however, pick up on some themes of toxic and fragile masculinity. But, again, I think that is the meta theme for all of the Prophet relaunch. – Montgomery

Marvel Comic Book Reviews:

Spider-Man #2 – A-
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli

Two issues in and I’m hooked. The interactions between Miles and very not dead Peter Parker are worth it alone, and Bendis does a good job of making it a point to show how Miles is cool on his own, without having to live in Peter’s shadow the whole time. What’s most enjoyable, though, is how Miles (and assumedly his creators) is not satisfied with just being “the brown Spider-Man.” he’s just Spider-Man, and the constant trumpeting of that description takes away credit from just being a badass character. Bendis makes one thing clear here – Miles is no token. – Sherif

Avengers Standoff: Attack on Pleasant Hill #1 – B+
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Jesús Saiz

Not sure how we got back to issue one with this series, but somehow we did. This issue was pretty big in that it encompassed a lot of different angles of the story in one book. Be prepared to read all the tie-in books that go with this story. Luckily Marvel was kind enough to provide everyone with a reading list. I don’t have anything bad to say about this other than I wish they hadn’t gone with all C list villains nobody has ever heard of. – Robert

A-Force #3 – B
Writer: Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Jorge Molina

This issue we finally get to see the team function as a team for the full issue and well it doesn’t end well… We see a lot more destruction a the hands of Antimatter and the team takes a huge hit while trying to figure out a way to stop Antimatter for good. I think this issue was the worst-planned out of the 3 so far, but is still a very fun read and a solid lead into the finale and the next arc. While I am definitely excited to see where this series goes after this, the battle coming next month sure seems to be hinting that at least one of the characters wont make it out alive, which is something I am not looking forward to. – Jacob

Deadpool #8 – B
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Matteo Lolli

This series has gotten to be almost as crazy as the Merc with the Mouth, himself! This is both a good thing in some aspects and bad in others. Good in the sense that it has kept up intensity and the craziness of all the past issues, making the story itself very entertaining. With this craziness comes bad, though, as this series has been a huge departure from the last volume and there are many of the characters and plot points I would like addressed from that are nowhere to be seen. I imagine they will get to more of that later, but for now, the fight with Sabretooth begins and Deadpool is most assuredly is not ready for what is to come. – Jacob

Invincible Iron Man #7 – B
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
I am really starting to appreciate Mike Deodato’s art. There is something about it that really draws me in (pun not really intended, but it happened). This issue was a little bit of a bridge between stories, but it didn’t exactly feel like filler either. Mary Jane as Tony’s assistant is turning out to be pretty good. Their rapport is a little shaky, but a relationship that is sure to bloom. I am really excited for what is coming next. – Adrian

The Uncanny Avengers #6 – B
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Carlos Pacheco

I am starting to think that maybe Gerry Duggan has become Deadpool with all the titles he is writing at the moment, especially ones featuring Deadpool. It is almost as if the storyline of Deadpool financing the Avengers is real and his comics and film is what it actually keeping Marvel afloat as of late. Of course this isn’t true, but man, Deadpool is EVERYWHERE. This issue covers Synapse and her reaction to her Inhuman powers, taking on Shredded Man and life in general. Synapse is taken in by Medusa and the other Inhumans, but decides to not live in New Attilan. All the while, Deadpool and Quicksilver have to take on The Wrecker as he is attacking Avengers’ mansion, which is now a museum with no Avengers present. It all ends with yet another reveal of Red Skull and Sin, so let’s hope we are not in for a whole series of last page reveals and actually get some Red Skull soon. But damn… We have Avengers Standoff now, so unless Red Skull has a major part to do with that, this story arc may be on the backburner for a month or two. – Jacob

Old Man Logan #3 – B-
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

This is by far the worst issue so far of the series, but it still is much better than the Secret Wars title, that’s for sure. We see Logan confront Kate Bishop, which leads to them team up, but Logan is a bit too brutal for the new Hawkeye to handle. The ending of this issue has me excited for what is coming next; for some strange reason this idea never crossed my mind! Old Cap and Old Logan together should be an interesting exchange for sure! Overall this series so far has vastly outdone the Secret Wars title, but is still very far from being the quality of the original story. That is most likely an pipe dream, so this series is doing the best I think we will get for Old Man Logan as a series. – Jacob

Black Widow #1 – C
Writers: Chris Samnee & Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee
So… There were two key plot elements. Natasha is an enemy of S.H.E.I.L.D. and she stole something. Other than that, nothing happened. We didn’t even find out what she stole. As usual with Black Widow books, there was very little dialogue, something I enjoy about the series. However, this time, I did feel a little let down. The last page arrived only about two minutes after I started and there was nothing that got me thinking. I like to think. Please make me think next time. – Adrian

Panel Surfing:

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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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