Comic Book Reviews 06-08-16

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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Howard the Duck #8- A+
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Joe Quinones

Where is Bev?? In Howard the Duck #8, we get the answer to that in both a heart-wrenching and yet very heartfelt way that is guaranteed to make even the most diehard Howard the Duck hater to have their heartstrings tugged a bit. – Howard

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Other Comic Book Reviews:

American Mythology Comic Book Reviews:

Pink Panther #1- A
Writers: S.A. Check, Adrian Ropp, Warren Tufts
Artists: Kris Carter, Bill Galvan, Adrian Ropp, Warren Tufts

I knew from the second they announced this series I was going to love it – really, though, there really isn’t anything m I don’t love (lets not speak of the non Peter Sellers Pink Panther films though). The thing I love most about this comic so far is that it flows very much like an old episode of the Pink Panther cartoon with multiple stories, including the fantastic duo Ant and Aardvark. As far as the stories go, this issue consisted of five separate stories, including one from the old Gold Key comics, but the rest were all original stories and all were written and drawn fantastically. I can tell just from this issue that I am going to be obsessed with Adrian Ropp and his art. So I am incredibly grateful he is going to be at Denver Comic Con this year! So make sure and stop by and tell him Pink Panther sent ya! (I am cosplaying as Pink Panther because of this comic by the way haha). – Jacob

DC Comic Book Reviews:

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 – B+
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons, & Liam Sharp
Colorists: Jeremy Colwell & Laura Martin

Perhaps more than any other character in comics, Wonder Woman’s origin, mythology, identity, and raison d’être have changed significantly over the years, often resulting in contradictions and storytelling conflicts. Here in Wonder Woman: Rebirth, Greg Rucka rewards longtime readers and faces this fact head-on within the story with metatextual pondering by Diana herself. She wonders, much as we readers might wonder, is her New 52 origin as demigoddess her truth, or is it simply the latest in a series of variations on the myth? As she wrestles with new memories reminiscent of pre-Flashpoint Wonder Woman, she says “The truth… matters…. or I think it does.” Turning to her lasso of truth, she begins to look for answers to who she really is. Symbolic of her inner turmoil and a quest to understand how she has been deceived about her own past, Diana casts off the definitive New 52 costume and adopts a new armor in familiar red, blue, and gold (with a cape adding a regal flair). Ultimately, to get the answers she seeks, she realizes she must confront the gods and goddesses of Olympus, which is where the issue ends. Hopefully all of the brooding and inner-monologuing doesn’t turn off new readers who may not already be invested in Wonder Woman and her various backstories. The good news is that this one-shot feels very much like the prologue that it is, raising many questions which I expect will be answered in the ongoing series. It’s wonderful to have Rucka and Clark back on the Amazon princess’s book—two very talented creators who have a knack for getting to the heart of the character. The perfect cap to the issue introduces gorgeous, lush artwork by one of the regular artists for the new series, Liam Sharp, and it feels like this could be the dawning of a new age for Wonder Woman. – Travis

Second Opinion (A-): What started as a very exposition-heavy look at the “who am I?” cliché with Diana turned into a thrilling look at one bad mamma jamma and her plight to wreck all of Olympus to find the truth. Easily the best Rebirth title this week. – Sherif

Action Comics #957 – B+
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Patrick Zircher
Colorist: Tomeu Morey

Gotta hand it to DC here, they’ve been pretty good about not spoiling any of the Rebirth news before the issue comes out. When it was released that Lex Luthor would become the new Superman, there was uncertainty over how long that would last. Never was it expected that the Pre-New52 Superman would come out of hiding so quickly. Even more of a surprise was the reemergence of an old foe. Now Supes and Lex will have to come together – has that even happened before?? There are several other insane twists that leave the reader REALLY wanting to see what comes next. Truth be told, Superman books are off to a great start. – Sherif

Detective Comics #934 – B
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eddy Barrows
Colorist: Adriano Lucas

If you haven’t read the past 900+ Detective Comics, rest assured you will not be out of the loop on this one. In an attemtp to reconnect with Pre-New52 fans, DC has decided to continue their flagship title “in the spirit” of the days when Bats still wore his undies on the outside. Honestly, they did a very good job of that. The inclusion of Batwoman and Azrael brings the nostalgia with a vengeance. Not sure why comic books have made the decision that every lesbian character needs short hair, but who knows? The issue is all about gathering a team of rag-tags to come together against some force of bad guys, the main one being a Batman imposter, or Multiverse Batman. How, you ask? Well, well a Batman and a Batwoman love each other very much… The team is a mish-mash of past Robins and, well, Clayface. Detective Comics doesn’t seem to be following the New52 continuity nor the pre-New52 continuity, so that means we can enjoy meeting Spoiler and Cassie Cain for the first time all over again. – Sherif

Flash: Rebirth #1 – B-
Writer: Josh Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colorist: Ivan Plascencia

As Rebirth creeps along, keeping up with the movement is proving to be a continuous effort. It has not been the cleanest relaunch and there is a bit of a completist mentality in understanding the full scope of Rebirth, but it’s done a sufficient job of effectively moving into a “relaunch” without actually starting everything over. All this is hinged from Wally West (the real Wally West)’s reemergence into the DCU. The debut Flash: Rebirth issue continues the path of the giant one-shot Rebirth issue, but really doesn’t progress the story that much, but rather passes the baton. It’s a good read, but won’t blow your mind anywhere – this seems to be par for the course concerning Rebirth. – Sherif

Aquaman: Rebirth #1 – C-
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Scot Eaton and Oscar Jiménez
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb

It’s tough to really gauge an Aquaman book. The New52 Aquaman had a surprisingly good start, but fizzled off after Geoff Johns left writing duties. It almost feels as though DC is trying too hard to make Aquaman likable, admitting to his ridiculousness over the years and trying to show how cool he could be if we just gave him a chance. Attaching the story to his forever enemy, Black Manta, is a good way to get the ball rolling, but nothing about Aquaman or Mera seemed new, or special, or particularly interesting. Aquaman continues to fight Johnny Quest-esque aqua-terrorists and flounder about. Hopefully this pointed showdown with Manta will set the book on the right course. – Sherif

Second Opinion (B+): I feel like the “radical faction from Atlantis vs. the surface world” (or vs. Aquaman) has been done so many times, that I just don’t find it that interesting, even as a subplot. The book felt text-heavy, and I find it slightly jarring to have two completely different art styles in the same 20-page story. However, I’m hopeful that the setup revealed at the end of the issue means the ongoing series will be very entertaining, and I’m also happy with the cast of characters. – Travis

Wacky Wasteland #1 – D
Writer: Ken Pontac
Artist: Leonardo Manco
Coloritst: Mariana Sanzone

What a piece of poo. Visually, Wacky Wasteland looked like a Mad Max twist on the classic cartoon. Sure, Muttly looks a little bit like Michael Vick’s wet dream, but the character costumes are modernized and the vehicles look pretty dope – I just wished they would focus more on the car gadgets and design. However, it was all downhill from there. The japes were terrible, and not in an 80’s cartoon corny terrible. Like butt-smacking, generic, and unworthy of even reaching the term “silly.” The book is crap. Don’t waste your time or money, even if (I should say especially if) you were a fan of the old Hanna Barbera cartoon. So far, DC is 1/3 with the HB adaptations (Future Quest being the only decent title thus far). – Sherif

IDW Publishing Comic Book Reviews:

TMNT: Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything #2- B
Writer: Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver
Artists: Ben Bates, Giannie Milogiannis, Sophie Campbell

This series reminds me of a line from the first Futurama movie about time travel, “Geesh this is confusing, and I bet it’s gonna get a lot more confusing.” So although I enjoyed this issue a bit more than the first, I found the need to read both together multiple times to make sense of some stuff. But just like the Futurama movie I imagine the whole thing will make a lot more sense once we read the whole story. The thing that really sells me on this series is how so many artists contribute to one issue (kind of need to with a weekly series), but mostly how they all have a very distinct feel to them while also melding together incredibly well in style and substance. The series, although confusing is fun and well… very destructive. Altogether, it is a blast to read and hope it gets better and better each week. – Jacob

Marvel Comic Book Reviews:

Deadpool & The Mercs for Money #5- A-
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Salva Espin

Well it looks as if I have to say goodbye to another one of my favorite comic book series with this issue… the good news is this kick ass series is coming back as an ongoing next month! I was insanely glad to hear that since it has been pretty much the most consistently good book featuring Deadpool, and there is a ton, for quite some time now. This issue sees The Mercs for Money finish their goal of delivering the mysterious future telling robot to The Ozarks Kingpin, only to find a huge shit storm of people still at their tale to take the robot. Since I enjoyed this series so much, I have to let you read the rest and not ruin it, but it definitely introduces an exciting story to continue once the ongoing starts in July.- Jacob

ONI Press Comic Book Reviews:

Invader Zim #10- B+
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Jessie Hopeless
Artist: Dave Crosland

This issue of Invader Zim is another one shot issue that basically destroys the world to have it be back as normal come next issue. But with Zim, is it a surprise that this type of story actually makes sense even with the continuity issues. The issue focused on Zim being embarrassed during a talent show at school and figuring he needed to get a ferocious pet to try and upstage the kid who won who had a snake. So with this idea in mind, Zim plans a trip to another planet to catch a rare and ferocious alien monster and unbeknownst to him Dib finds out of his plan and tags along. This issue definitely hits home for many Zim fans and its one of my favorite issues to date. The ending ends up being a bit morbid but that is the Zim way and made the issue even more hysterical to me! Since this issue was so enjoyable I am fully ready for the next issue of DOOM!!! – 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 credited to their respective publishers and creators; thanks to all the for putting out great books!

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