Comic Book Reviews 05-18-16

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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Deadpool: Last Days of Magic #1 – A
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Scott Koblish

I don’t remember the last time a comic book left me as upset as this one! I hope things work out better in Doctor Strange #6 this next week, but this issue left so many of my favorite parts of the last volume of Deadpool dead and gone which was petty upsetting, but also written incredibly well by Gerry Duggan. I am still so shocked by the ending of this that I can’t even write it out. I feel as fan of the last volume, giving this ending away would be a travesty. I would highly recommend this to anybody wanting some connection to Deadpool’s past which we have hardly seen any of in all of his titles since Secret Wars. Basically, the premise is an army of robots is traveling through dimensions ridding them of all magic, and since near all of Deadpool’s friends possess magic, things are not looking too great for his friends and family. With the help of characters we’ve rarely seen for months, Deadpool tries to make a stand with Shikla to take down the robots, but in doing so they must make a tremendous sacrifice, which doesn’t even stop the robots in any sense… – Jacob

Other Comic Book Reviews:

Bongo Book Reviews:

Futurama #79 – B-
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Tone Rodriguez

Futurama may be gone off of our TV screens but this comic keeps on going like a Brain Slug on Neil DeGrasse Tyson. This issue focuses on two different stories, which are mostly about Bender and Kif and certain struggles of theirs. The main story focuses on Kif learning he is dying and him having Amy plan his wake while being a complete dick the whole time. The other story is about Bender dueling with a new cleaning robot in a very Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner way, which compared to the first story seemed a bit unoriginal as we have seen Bender feud with new robot employees A LOT in past comics and the show. But even with an unoriginal story, Ian Boothby puts the Looney Tunes spin in the story-making in different than any other feud. This comic generally is seady story-wise and stays at the same great quality; although this story lacked substance a bit, Hypnotoad requires for me to say it is the best comic on the stands! – Jacob

DC Comic Book Reviews:

Lucifer #6 – A
Writer: Holly Black
Artist: Stephanie Hans

This is almost an aside story. It’s like in The X-Files, when shit gets real bonkers, and in the middle of it, they have an episode (like the COPS episode) that has almost nothing to do with the larger story, but is like a glimpse of what it’s like living in the world where insane stuff is happening around you and you might not know it. A girl likes a boy and wants to take him home to meet her old fashioned Satanist parents. The whole thing has this very cool home-for-Christmas vibe, but in a way that’s slightly effed. Of course, things at the satanist church head south and we discover that the boy isn’t just a boy. And guest artist Stephanie Hans knocks it out of the park. She has a vibe like if maybe Norman Rockwell took a bunch of downers before watching Toy Story 3, stopped before the toys got rescued by the incinerator, and then sat down to paint. – Montgomery

Future Quest #1 – A-
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artists: Evan Shaner, Steve Rude

As a classic animation nerd, this comic was a dream come true, and unlike most crossovers, the story was well done. Jeff Parker did a fantastic job melding these characters together for a great lead up to the series. Then we have Evan Shaner and Steve Rude who use both of their styles of art, with a hint of the recently passed legend Darwyn Cooke’s style. Cooke advised on the designs of this series and drew a couple promotional images for it getting me super pumped for he series, but Shane and Rude do Cooke’s legacy well and carry this book into near perfection art wise. The story has Jonny Quest, Hadji, and Race Bannon exploring Dr. Quest’s island for portals when all hell breaks loose and portals open everywhere connecting to other universes. All the while Ray Randall aka Birdman, arrives to help Dr. Quest with this anomaly. Once everything goes crazy, we see the crossover really form and it ends with my personal favorite, Space Ghost, flying out! I am squealing louder than a little girl about this series, so please don’t call in a noise complaint because I doubt the squealing will end anytime soon. – Jacob

IDW Publishing Comic Book Reviews:

Archangel #1 – C
Writer: William Gibson
Artist: Butch Guiche

I’m not sure what to think of it. If I understand the plot: in 1945, the governments of the world found a way to open/create a parallel universe in which they can begin to populate the world and mine the resources. The people of the alternate world though don’t like that plan… and time travel something? But anti-time travel also? I feel like it could be a cool comic, but holy shit do you get inundated with so many characters. i found it pretty impossible to keep track of what was happening in the confines of 23 pages. Again: a strong argument for the monthly comic to go the way of the dodo. I’m sure if I had all 120 (or however many) pages of this comic, and was allowed to build connection and context, there’d be no problem. Trying to review stories in 23 page increments becomes increasingly absurd. – Montgomery

Marvel Comic Book Reviews:

Civil War II #0 – B+
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Oliver Coipel
Colorist: Justin Ponsor

A title like Civil War II may feel daunting because of the esteem behind the title – Civil War, the high-standing Mark Millar title from the mid-aughts and the acclaimed Marvel Universe film Captain America III: Civil War; however, the start of this new story arc proved an encouraging read for a newcomer into the land of comic books. The story follows She-Hulk, Captain Rhodes, Captain Marvel, and a pair of Inhumans. Despite the various storylines, the cause of the “civil war” seems latent for the moment. The weight behind the title will most likely be a motivating factor for readers to continue on with the arc. What struck me most about this issue was the pencil and color work. Every character looked real – yet, not. Panel after panel felt like I could reach in and be part of their universe. It is a type of art that I do not usually see in the “big two”; the art is a welcome change to the typical. Civil War II will not be discouraging for fresh readers, but without this issue, the series will be difficult to understand. – Adrian

Deadpool & The Mercs For Money #4 – B
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Salva Espin

This title still continues to be my favorite Deadpool title on the shelves and things just took a major turn this issue. I have grown to become quite a Slapstick fan due to this series, so much so I am seeking out his self-titled series! You know a comic book is good when this sort of thing happens. But as far as the story goes, Slapstick gets run over, the rest of the mercs get their butts handed to them at a truck stop, and Evil Deadpool shows up again for a major plot twist. All and all, this team has become my new favorite super-hero team and each issue moves forward showing us more and more obscure Marvel characters for these characters to beat up. With this mini-series almost coming to an end I couldn’t be happier that it was picked up to become an ongoing series. – Jacob

Power Man and Iron Fist #4 – B-
Writer: David Walker
Artist: Sanford Greene
Colorist: Lee Loughridge

As far as Volume 1s go, this one was super quick. It’s taken four issues of Luke Cage telling Danny Rand that he doesn’t want to be partners again before Luke reluctantly accepts. The jokes were funny and innocent, and very reminiscent of the type of dialogue that made Walker’s Shaft iterations so much fun. In all honesty, you could probably skip all four of the issues so far and jump on with the new arc next month, but it’s definitely worth your time if you’re into the slapsticky, punny humor that Marvel’s younger brand is known so well for. – Sherif

Old Man Logan #6 – B-
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

Things are really heating up in this series and although this strange amount of Logan watching out for young women he loved while they were older is a major creepy thing going on in way too many X-Men stories, you forget all about that in this issue. The Reavers have found Logan while he is looking after his wife of the past, Maureen, in this universe and obviously this is not good. There is so much death in this issue and although I is something synonymous with Old Man Logan he amount of death in this innocent town was a bit upsetting. After all, the setting of a barren wasteland fits a whole lot better than an innocent arctic town. But overall, I am enjoying this series quite a bit story wise and I won’t bore you by going into my problems with the art yet again; overall this series is pleasing to an Old Man Logan fan, but I still is missing a bit of something that keeps it from being outstanding. – Jacob

Karnak: The Flaw in All Things #4 – C
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Roland Boschi

I’m bummed that there’s apparently a universal law that all Marvel books must contain at least 10 pages of fighting. That means that the discovery and exploration of what SHOULD be the book’s centerpiece (a dark eye that sees to the end of time) feels like a very minor part of the story. I seriously want to like this book, but when Ellis has Karnak uttering such lines as, “(Very frustrated sigh)” and, “Why can’t I just kill all the people?” the book just comes off as Marvel’s lazy attempt to make everything sound like Whedon. Blurgh. Jeebzy Creebzy, guys. – Montgomery

Spider-Man #4 – C-
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli

While this Spider-Man series has been great at towing the line between alter-ego and masked Avenger, there was almost too much of it this time around. Is being black/Hispanic in New York is tougher than being a tubby Asian? Probably. Do we need a dozen pages highlighting the fight between two best friends while All-New X-Men‘s Goldballs stands awkwardly in the background? Hell no. The whole exchange between Miles and Ganke didn’t need to happen, period. I get what Bendis was going for, but it missed the mark and made me feel like money had been wasted. Pichelli’s art was superb, as is par for the course, and the actual storyline to follow will be interesting, but if I was already on the fence, this issue would have made me stop reading. – Sherif

Panel Surfing:

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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