Comic Book Reviews 03-30-16

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:

unbeatable squirrel girl 6

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 – A
Writers: Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Erica Henderson

The team-up of the year is finally here in the sixth issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl when Howard the Duck is out looking for his cat and accidently grabs Nancy’s cat instead. This starts a chase which ends up with both Howard and Squirrel Girl being captured by Kraven the Hunter in his Kra-Van. Things get even crazier, but that is for you to find out when you read this awesome crossover. Really though, teaming the creative minds of these two series together for a crossover is just fantastic. I love the idea, and I love the outcome so far. I can’t wait until Howard the Duck #6 in a few weeks! – Jacob

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IDW Publishing Comic Book Reviews:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Deviations #1 – B
Writers: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Art: Zach Howard

All of these Deviations stories have been quite fascinating, but this is the one I have been waiting to read for quite some time. The premise is that during the City Fall event, all of the turtles fell into the spell of Kitsune that had Leonardo brain washed into fighting for Shredder. The outcome proves very bloody and upsetting for just about everyone. The idea is spectacular, as I am sure most people had thought of what may have happened if a different turtle go possessed or the whole team. Obviously, the story takes a turn that is just about the most gruesome event in TMNT history – which is hard to say after what happened in issue #50, but the story was well written and thought-out for a look into a ret-con. I’m glad this isn’t the route the main story took, but it was an enjoyable story either way. – Jacob

Second Opinion (B): Wow, that was easily the most depressing thing I have read in years. I love this sort of Elseworld thing IDW has going with Deviations, so it was very well-done, just sad and dark. Also, there’s a super-cool Reading Guide at the back for those unsure how the TMNT timeline fits together. – Sherif

Image Comic Book Reviews:

Elephantmen #69 – B
Writer: Richard Starkings
Artist: Axel Medellin

This issue brings us the end of this current story arc, and the beginning of the new. We see the group meet up with Ebony, and then immediately get surrounded by Hyena Soldiers right away. As they battle through hordes of soldiers, we start to realize all of this is part of something much bigger in store for everyone involved. Now can we stop for a second and just talk about how awesome the art is for this series? Axel Medllin has to be one of my top favorite comic artists for his work on this series alone! But also the wrap around cover art by Boo Cook is amazing as well. The thing I find most appealing about this book is the detail put into everything from the art, to the writing, the lettering, the colors… It all just blends so well into what is one of my favorite books to come out each month. – Jacob

Saga #35 – B-
Writer: Brian K Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples

This issue is heavily (heh, no pun intended) focused on The Will and his search for vengeance against Prince Robot IV for his past crimes. It seems he’s kind of lost his marbles. We still have no idea where Slave Girl is and whether Gwendolyn even survived the encounter with the dragon. While the refusal address any of these glaring questions before moving on with the plot is kind of annoying as a reader, it’s still a very fun ride to go along with. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve started wondering what the point of it all if, where Vaughan is actually taking us, and if the goal is to get to Walking Dead status. I’ll keep putting the needle in my vein as long as there’s a supply, but the slow burn is killing me! – Sherif

Marvel Comic Book Reviews:

X-Men ’92 #1 – B+
Writers: Chris Sims, Chad Bowers
Artist: Alti Firmansyah

I have a feeling this series is going to be a love/hate relationship with no in-between. I for one loved this issue and the team in this series at the moment is fantastic to me because it includes many of my favorite X-Men characters of all time. Having Maverick show up is just hinting at the potential that this series has going forward. As a massive fan of X-Men: The Animated Series, this issue pleased me more than the whole Secret Wars title and has me looking forward for the future of this series and the characters we may see show up. Here comes the love/hate thing: the series is missing something from the cartoon and 90s comics, but personally, when I pulled my head out of my a** I realized it is not the 90s and I can enjoy a little bit of nostalgia while respecting the modern aspect. I feel a lot of fans of the cartoon will pick out anything they can to dislike about this series, but please read it as it is rather fun. – Jacob

Drax #5- B-
Writers: CM Punk, Cullen Bunn
Artist: Matt Milla

This series has been a pretty fun adventure so far, so as a fan of Drax I’m pleased, but this series also doesn’t feel as open to new fans as Rocket and Groot’s pervious solo series. I still enjoy the book and thought the big fight with Fing Fang Foom was great, and seeing Drax in a ship filled with kids will likely be pretty funny for this next issue. I definitely see good stories coming from CM Punk, and Cullen Bunn is a great co-writer on this. I will continue to read this, but it is likely not the best Guardians book on the stands for those looking solely for that. – Jacob

ONI Press Comic Book Reviews:

Rick and Morty #12 – A
Writer: Tom Fowler
Artist: CJ Cannon

It’s uncanny how similar to the spirit of the show the comic is. It’s hard to get into, because I think you have to have a certain kind of sickness to think as obsessively about this garbage as I do, but it’s well done. I love Beth and Gary arguing about the dumbest shit while trying to deal with a decaying family situation and a probably dead son and grandfather. Their inability to assign proper meaning – as an extension of a meaninglessness soaked society, or rather, a society that claims to embrace cosmic meaninglessness but then never actually try to deal with it – is a real treat. It’s not toast: it’s a shot across the bow. And then whatever nonsense Rick and Morty get up to: also a delightful diversion. D-lightful. – 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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