The mythical 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:
Writers: Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher
Artist: Karl Kerschl and Msassyk
Colors: Serge LaPointe and Msassyk
X-Files Season 11 #2- B+
Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
This is the start of a new story arc, which may seem weird since it is the 2nd issue, but the title and story behind this arc may seem similar to fans of the original TV series connecting to the classic episode “Home.” This new arc is titled “Home Again.” The story revolves around a family, the Peacocks, who have lived a secluded life since the Civil War and have been inbreeding for many generations resulting in horrible defects. Mulder and Scully figured they had stopped this family earlier, but a couple were left alive and found a way to continue the family lineage. Now that it has been so long, the family is even more horribly disfigured and needs a new man to help the family become pure again and lose some of the defects of incest. Mulder seems to be their choice… This honestly was a great story but one of the most disturbing issues of X-Files and even more disturbing than most of the nine seasons of the show. I am hoping things turn out better as things go along, but nothing is ever comfortable when the Peacocks are around. – Jacob
Star Trek Green Lantern: The Spectrum Wars #3 – B
Writer: Mike Johnson
Penciler: Angel Hernandez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
I really judged this concept at first. I never thought it would work or hold up for very long. I am glad that my love for Trek outweighed my snobbery and my proclivity to judge a book by its cover. This story line is a lot of fun! The Lanterns and the crew of the Enterprise/leaders of some of Trek’s greatest foes are mingling seamlessly into one story. Color me impressed. In this book, the Lanterns, of the now destroyed parallel universe, are meeting up with their counterparts who’ve been chosen. It’s exciting, fun, and the art is colorful and engaging. Can’t wait till the next issue. – Jené
Second Opinion (B) – Things are sure getting crazy for the Star Trek crew and The Lanterns! Sure hope Kilowog gets involved more heavily soon, but in the mean time the story is shaping up to be great. – Jacob
Bitch Planet #5 – A
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Penciler: Valentine De Landro
Colorist: Chris Peter
Fucking Hell…I needed several minutes to really absorb all that happened in this issue. No one is safe, and you’re not safe as a reader. It’s gonna make you think about stuff. The team working on Bitch Planet keeps delivering issue after issue. It’s a very satisfying narrative and layered in ways that would take several more pages to express. With the end of Volume One I can say with all certainty that this series is going to be part of comic book history. It’s a game changer. Enough said. – Jené
Second Opinion (C-): Is this the book we’ve been waiting for? The whole issue was a drawn-out prison ball game match between guards and inmates. Guards cheated. Women are pissed. End Scene. Meh. – Sherif
Writer: Andrew Maclean
Journey to Star Wars Episode VII – Shattered Empire #1- A
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Marco Checchetto
I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole run of Marvel’s Star Wars comics, but this series so far has impressed me the most. It has just about everything a Star Wars fan could want. Well, that is if you liked the original trilogy better than the prequels, and who doesn’t? But honestly this story will likely be the one that means the most historically as far as the major Star Wars lore goes and it just so happens to be the most enjoyable to me, personally. Greg Rucka definitely has his work cut out for him if he continues helming this series, but if this first issue is any indication, it will be rather easy for him to do well with it all. The art is absolutely spectacular. It makes sure we recognize the characters easily while also throwing in just about every character you would hope to see, even if just for a brief second. I would highly recommend this series to any Star Wars fan, and am sure if it continues to go on the road it is on that it will delight even the smallest Jedi as the force is very strong with this creative team. – Jacob
Second Opinion (B) – An interesting story for an interesting time in the Star Wars chronology. Shout out to the unsung heroes of the triumphant rebellion! – Taylor
A-Force #4- A-
Writers: Marguerite Bennet & G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Jorge Molina
I absolutely love this series and hope the conclusion is as good as what has led up to it. This issue covers the fact one of the A-Force is a traitor and the team confronting them along with mourning the loss of Medusa. This team and this story is by far one of the better things to come from this Secret Wars event, and I am beyond happy to see it continue once Secret Wars is over. Bennet and Wilson do an awesome job with the writing in this issue and really show how much of a concrete team A-Force is while Jorge Molina brings it all together with his art, which is just made 100 times better with Craig Yeung and Walden Wong doing inks and Laura Martin finishing it all off with the color. This creative team is just about as great as A-Force themselves, and I cannot wait to see the conclusion to this story. – Jacob
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Marc Laming
Another Secret Wars series is coming to an end, and thankfully this one ends well and not sudden or sad like many of the others that have ended this week. We finally see Steve Rogers reach the Red King to find out the fate of Bucky and Steve is not very pleased. Once things go down we learn of Doc Green’s non-hulk identity — and man is it a shocker! Although the story could have used a little bit more closure, it still was a great story overall and a very enjoyable journey with Captain America despite it being a Hulk title. Sam Humphries does a great job with the writing and makes it seem as if Captain America, Devil Dinosaur, and a world of Hulks is something that has existed for many years, and if not we should all climb into the Tardis or a Delorean and make sure it has. With most books, the art is the key for me and finding it enjoyable, and Marc Laming does a spectacular job. Jordan Boyd does the colors, and man are there a lot of colors, especially shades of green that made me fall in love with this story. – Jacob
Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #4- C-
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Salva Espin
Well what an unexpected and dismal ending to a spectacular series this issue was. I was absolutely loving this monster team up, but this last issue kind of destroyed the awesomeness that the Howling Commandos were while also kind of destroying everything, literally. I know the Howling Commmandos will have their own series coming after Secret Wars, but the ending of this one was pretty abysmal story wise, and even Deadpool’s ghost couldn’t help that. It seemed as if this was going to be five issues, but then they shortened it leaving us with a quick, confusing, and pretty depressing ending with no closure and left me rather depressed. Up until the last few panels though, I thoroughly enjoyed the action and story. But seeing every go through what they did for basically nothing was pretty upsetting. Gerry Dugan did a great job writing, again up until the last few pages, but the main reason to pick up this book is Salva Espin’s art, as it depicts each character wonderfully and integrates a mass amount of monsters together who seemingly fit as if they should have been a team for ages. – Jacob
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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 from ComiXology app and the credit for them goes to the respective publishers; thanks to all the publishers for putting out great books.