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Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 11/24/10

Here's a look at some of the comics we reviewed today.

There were a lot of great comics that came out this week. We always try to read as many comics on Wednesday as we can. We thought we'd make reading all the reviews a little easier this time. Rather than post each review individually, we decided to post snippets from each and provide the link to the review on the actual issue page. Which one of these comics did you read? Do you agree with our ratings or do you feel differently? 

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Green Arrow #6  

The last couple of issues may have lost me, but this issue was great fun. When the focus is more on Oliver, the book shines. I recommend the issue, but not to new readers. There's a lot of characters and stories all ready in motion and it may be hard for new readers to jump on. I say wait for the first trade of this series, if you're interested in the book, and buy that since overall, the first six issues are great.     

Read Mat's full review here
 

Amazing Spider-Man # 649

The huge shocker is not something I'm happy with. When you read it, you'll know that I'm holding back some. The big change that happens affects one of my all-time favorite characters. The reason I'm okay with it is it made the story so freaking amazing. It caught me off my guard and I'm thankful I read it before I saw any spoilers. Things are heating up for Spider-Man. This is the beginning of a change in his life. While I have been enjoying the stories since Brand New Day, I can't recall the last time I was so excited about Spider-Man's adventures and left on the edge of my seat as I await the next issue. 

Read my full review here.  
 

Detective Comics #871

I thoroughly enjoyed the previous arc on Detective, so   Snyder  and   Jock  have a tough act to follow. While this isn't as wonderfully outrageous and exuberant as the Impostor War, it's still quite tight and really impressive for finding a new angle on the well-explored Bat mythos. While I'm not sure how feasible the "open invite" crime lab is,  it is an interesting addition to the line's larger Batman Inc. developments.

Read Zack's full review here
 

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #150

Every month,  I keep saying that this is an exemplary comic. It not only shows what every Ultimate book should be, it also shows what every Spider-Man book should be. Bendis puts Peter in a new situation at the end of this issue that I haven't seen him in before (even though I always figured it was a rational development.) Freed from the restraints of continuity and tradition, this Spider-Man feels fresher and more alive than he's ever been.

Read Zack's full review here
 

Uncanny X-Men #530 

Although there were times the art looked great, there were also quite a few times were I thought I was looking at a something that was traced. The art is done by Greg Land, so it's not a way out there idea, but it does become distracting, especially when the facial expression doesn't fit the panel or scene. It tends to look and feel a bit exaggerated. In addition, is that John Sublime? The man who has his own X-Men team towards the end of the issue is never named, but I have a good feeling it's Sublime. I'm not too sure.

Read Mat's full review here

   
 

Thunderstrike #1

This conceptual hook for this is really sharp. Not only has it been a long time coming, it's also intrinsically interesting to see a wayward teen finally getting to make the superhero community own up to the bad hand it dealt his family. While the "old school" style is certainly part of the appeal, I do think this title could still swing a little more in the other direction to make Thunderstrike more contemporary and give him an identity independent of his father's.  

Read Zack's full review here
  

Captain America #612

Although this was an amazing issue, I can't strongly say you need to pick this book up because we're in the middle of one giant arc. In order to truly understand what is going on in this book, you'll need to at least read the Winter Soldier arc towards the beginning of this series. I'd also recommend the Death of Captain America, and the arc where Bucky becomes Captain America. Needless to say, it's a lot of reading, but well worth it.  

Read Mat's full review here.

Deadpool #29

I'll admit to being easy to please when it comes to DP. While I enjoy the deep stuff as much as the hardcore fans do, I'm still pleased as punch whenever the character's allowed to basically be a sadistic, close-to-evil Buster Keaton. Read this and enjoy it if you want to see somebody burst superheroes sometimes too-serious-for-their-own-good bubbles without matters ever falling too far into all-out spoof.    

Read Zack's full review here
 

Astonishing Thor #1

While I'm still not quite sure where this fits in relation to all the other Thor books that have started in anticipation in the movie, it's still a bawdy, almost hypnotic take on the thunder god's mythos that feels very much in the tradition of  P. Craig Russell 's fantasies from the 70s. Although the cliffhanger has a revelation answering a question that I don't believe has ever been asked in Ego's 40 odd years of existence, I'm still intrigued to see where this lofty conflict with the Stranger goes in future issues. 

Read Zack's full review here
 

Batwoman #0

I am more excited for the first issue than I was before. The Batwoman stories before felt like they were missing something and hopefully that won't be an issue with the series. Batman having some sort of involvement could help out but he it wouldn't be necessary for him to have a constant part. Batman's assessment of Batwoman in this issue shows that he does respect her and she is capable of being on her own. This is obviously a great jumping on point if you've been wondering what Batwoman is all about. I just wish we had a little bit more story pages in this issue.     

Read my full review here.
18 Comments
Posted by Taylors005

i love this format and collection of the reviews. easy 1 stop hunting.

Edited by mavericksfan41

really liking this new format for the reviews. keep up the great work
 
one suggestion might be be put in the review scores under the little mini review. that way if we see something that might not interest us like green arrow #6  and 5/5 it might get us to click the review and read the full review to see what is so good.

Posted by longbowhunter

Ditto. Very innovative.
Posted by Decept-O

OK.    Even questioning if the snippets are necessary.   Just to offer input, probably what readers are looking for, are certain titles or certain reviewers.  They may hit the links anyway, I suspect, even without the snippets.  Maybe?  
 
Not a bad idea doing it like this.  
Posted by Nova`Prime`

I get most people on this site are fans of the big two in Marvel and DC but can we get some reviews for the lesser known titles and companies?

Edited by Om1kron

Ultimate Spiderman, and Uncanny Xmen have the same description.  

"  Every month,  I keep saying that this is an exemplary comic. It not only shows what every Ultimate book should be, it also shows what every Spider-Man book should be. Bendis puts Peter in a new situation at the end of this issue that I haven't seen him in before (even though I always figured it was a rational development.) Freed from the restraints of continuity and tradition, this Spider-Man feels fresher and more alive than he's ever been." 

Posted by Omertalvendetta

Uncanny X-Men's snippet is incorrect.... just thought I'd point that out.  It's a duplicate of the Ultimate Spider-Man text right above it! :)

Posted by kelvin_oh89
@omertalvendetta: maybe uncanny x-men just happens to have a story that every spider-man comic should be ^_^. he's more fresher and alive in uncanny x-men instead of his own series! fufufufu
Posted by sora_thekey

LIKE

Posted by Icon

Oh I like this idea of posting a preview of and link to each review. Very handy. 

Posted by comicbikerscott

this is great all ur reivews should be like this
Posted by hungup
@comicbikerscott said:
" this is great all ur reivews should be like this "
agreed
Posted by Sobe Cin

Like the new format. This leaves room for other articals to be seen and not disappear come wednesday.
Posted by JonesDeini

Not a fan of this new format, but maybe it'll a grow on me.

Posted by savri

definitely a plus in my book,  
so your not going to a page, then clicking over to another page, to look at how another was,...  it's all here, with more info links to boot. I give this a 5 / 5 !!! Hope to pick up next months issue.

Posted by Oldmancomicfan
@savri said:
" definitely a plus in my book,  so your not going to a page, then clicking over to another page, to look at how another was,...  it's all here, with more info links to boot. I give this a 5 / 5 !!! Hope to pick up next months issue. "
Totally agree, much easier to follow and keep up with. Great work. :)
Posted by lastdrag0n89

Digging the new setup. Keep up the good work guys