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Yeah, that visor looks dumb. 0

I don't side with Cyclops on the "Cyclops versus Everything" debate. There I said it. Don't I have balls?And let's face it, I don't believe a single writer working for Marvel (except maybe Kieron Gillen) actually sides with Cyclops either. Certainly reading AvX (largely penned by BMB, who also does this book) it's pretty clear to me that the X-men were villains in that event. So honestly, I didn't come into this book with much faith.Thankfully, Brian Micheal Bendis and Chris Bachalo just knock i...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Everythings a little Blurry 0

I like Nick Spencer as a writer, I really do. But unfortunately, he has some writing ticks and flaws that make it difficult to get into the work he does for the Big 2. Secret Avengers unfortunately is no exception.Spencer's tendency to ramble a bit works in stuff like Morning Glories, but unfortunately his other works don't always hit the mark when he just goes on and on. And right from the start, we see this will be a problem in this book as well. The opening scene goes on a page or two longer ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Quiver with fear 0

Oliver Queen got the short end of the stick over the course of the reboot. One of the few characters to get a complete overhaul at the end of flashpoint, Green Arrow stopped being the brash, loud-mouthed, swash-buckling commie bastard we knew and loved and instead was made to line up more with his Smallville counterpart, in order to appeal to newer readers I suppose. This left him in a bit of a pickle. Sales actually dropped below pre-52 levels, and terrible reviews and creative team shifts plag...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Slott Knew Better. 0

So, let's just get this right out of the way. Spider-pus does not rape Mary Jane. So while I won't apologize for worrying that Slott would pull something like that, I do admit that it was probably my biggest subjective issue with this book so far. Now that this whole thing is over with I can now just focus on how, objectively, this book fails.That fair?Now, my biggest problem with this book is that even though nothing bad truly happened, this entire issue was focused at least on Spider-pus despe...

9 out of 17 found this review helpful.

Meh 0

Dan Slott. As much as I defended your talents as a writer, for all the praise you bitterly earned after One More Day, somehow you manage to churn out the most controversial comic of 2013 less than 2 weeks into the new year.And it is so freaking mediocre it hurts.The biggest issue I've had with this book is that I just have no interest in Doctor Octopus as anything more than an occasional villain. This new spider-man is riding on the hype, and Slott had to do one major task: make us care about Ot...

8 out of 14 found this review helpful.

What a Waste 0

This is way too pretty a book to be wasted on such a premise.I mean it. The art is gorgeous. Not only that, the book is actually quite well written, though it has some major flaws. Specifically the one major flaw:The goddamn premiseNow, Hopeless has said this in interviews, but someone dies in this book. Some will die in other issues. And some will be characters we know and love. As much as I might hate it though, I can't fault it on a purely objective stance, since anything can be done well. Th...

8 out of 14 found this review helpful.

Welcome, She-Rulk. Took you long enough 0

I like Red She-Hulk. The book is beautifully drawn, well written, and fairly entertaining. The main issue is that it's really not about the actual Red she-hulk, preferring to focus on obscure D-list character Machine Man. If you're unfamiliar with Machine Man, he was created by Jack Kirby when he ran out of material for his adaptation of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A space Odyssey and needed to come up with something fast. And then he fought the Hulk. Yeah. He's pretty cool. Thankfully, though, this...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

R.I.P. Frank Castle's Facial Hair 0

I was expecting worse.Mostly because of the creative team (Daniel Way is probably one of the few people able to write a popular book for over 4 years and remain almost universally criticized by just about everyone), but honestly what got me upset about this most of all was the inclusion of the Punisher. Castle has a reputation of being an often over-used character that few writers are able to get right. In fact, I'd argue the only time I truly felt he was used to full effect was in Greg Rucka's ...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Mind Riot 0

When I picked up X-men Legacy #1, I was pleasantly surprised, but that's about as far as it went. It was interesting, with some neat concepts and a likable main character, but that's about it. Issue 2, on the other hand, is leaps and bounds ahead of it, offering a funny, creative and different sort of book that sets it self apart from the increasingly homogenized X-books.The book splits itself in two ways. Inside the world David constructed in his mind to keep his personalities under control, an...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Passion of the Skull 0

I think the biggest problem of this book is the expectations attached. Reading several early reviews, most people seem to think that this book was meant to just be a group put together by Captain America, led by Havok, and then would just go after the Red Skull. Which is reasonable, considering how it was hyped, but a little farther from the truth. Rick Remender instead is using this first arc to gather the team together through the events surrounding two groups of people: The Avengers in one en...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

War! Huh! 0

Man, I would read this series just for Ares. Everything about him, from the fact he's obviously based in some part on Brian Azzarello, to his just entertaining as all hell interactions with the rest of Zeus' children, just puts a smile on my face.Besides the moments where War clearly steals the show, Wonder Woman 14 is still another great installment to a great series. Big things are brewing, and seeing the build up between the imminent conflict with the firstborn, the meeting of the gods, the a...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

SHAFT 0

Kieron Gillen's spin on Journey into Mystery was one of the best runs I've read all year, even when you count the often terrible crossovers it was involved in towards the end. There, I said it. But that run is over, and while my heart is still heaving with sadness, there's a new volume out to replace it, with a fresh creative team and another Asgardian ready to step up. And it's actually quite good.Kathryn Immonen offers a nice blend of old and new here. Gillen's JiM fans should be pleased with ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

...and Rock and Roll 0

Thor has always been a mixed character for me. I feel like the world built around him is often far more interesting than the Odinson himself, but at the same time he never came across as unlikable or anything like that. I always just preferred Loki to Thor, I guess is the best way to put it. That being said, the idea of Thor, God of Thunder exploring 3 different eras in the Norseman's life intrigued me, and for the most part the story delivers on what it promised.Dividing the book into specific ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Red Night 0

Nick Spencer has a great track record when it comes to his indie titles, Morning Glories being a personal favorite of mine, and despite some lackluster stuff he's done for Marvel in recent memory I've never doubted his writing ability, so I couldn't pass up a chance to grab this double sized issue for only 2.99$, and neither should you.The plot instantly grabs your attention with it's main character. If I were to summarize it as best as I can, i would say that it's basically a story asking us "W...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

*Sob* 0

This is probably the saddest story I've ever read. It actually hurt a bit to read it. Kieron Gillen may of had some issues wrapping up Uncanny X-Men because of all the editorial demands, but here, he hits the ball out of the park. Unfortunately, in order to do that he had to make me cry bitter tears.Gillen had spent a hear and a half making Loki into an endearing character. He was funny and tragic at the same time, likable and even relateable, despite being a half-giant Norse god, and managed at...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Pretty much an ACDC song in comic form 0

I went into this book with absolutely no knowledge at all about either of the two main characters. I got no idea who blue devil is, and Black Lightning is that guy who controls lightning (he's a black hero, of course he controls lightning) and has a mildly racist name. So this was DC's opportunity to get me interested in these two characters, and for the most part, they sold me.Blue Devil's origin... is basically Spider-man. Like almost entirely. Not only that, but he's an acrobatic quip machine...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Point none. 0

Marvel NOW! Point One is a strange thing to review, for many reasons. Basically, this is meant to be our introduction into Marvel NOW!, and does it's best to introduce new titles and characters, but reading through it just felt disjointed and underwhelming.The first problem is the main story, the one that serves as the structure or frame of the whole issue. Here, we basically see Nick Fury Jr talking with some guy from the future. And it was bad. The thing is, the new Fury (I'm going to call him...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

O Raven, Why Art Though Here? 0

Alright, moment of honesty. I only bothered reading this book because I was a huge fan of the Teen Titans cartoon, and in that show Starfire and Raven were my favorite characters. Unfortunately, DC seems hellbent on completely re-imagining all of the Young Justice characters (usually for the worse), so when I heard Raven was being re-introduced, and that she was keeping her connections to Trigon and Azarath, I was cautiously optimistic. And for the most part, Raven is the same person as before, ...

4 out of 7 found this review helpful.

She-Rulk on the Warpath 0

I've never personally devoted much time and effort to caring about the Red Hulks. The Loeb run was garbage, and the past few years of Hulk stories never got me interested, though I'm hoping that will change with the new Mark Waid penned series.In any case, I was hesitant to give the Jeff Parker it's fair shot, despite the fantastic work he's done on the Thunderbolts, but about a month ago I decided to read through his run at a Chapters near my place, and I kind of enjoyed it. By this time, it wa...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Flight 0

I think of all the new titles that are a part of DC's so-called "Third-wave", Talon had the most to prove. Despite having the blessing and support of Scott Snyder, people were fast to cry fowl, labeling it an obvious cash grab due to the success of the Court of owls, which is stupid since sometimes the most popular characters in superhero books arose because of the urge to milk a cash cow for all it's worth. Strong titles have arisen from weaker titles, so it deserved it's fair look. And guess w...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

JEM! Is truly outrageous! Truly truly truly outrageous! 0

Aaaaaaaaand now you have that song stuck in your head. Your welcome.When the second wave of the new 52 was announced, I was disappointed by the line-up. Phantom stranger looked like one of Dan Didio's fever dreams and... it was. Team 7, while having a kick-a$$ creative team, was a disappointing bit of 90's schlock, trying to resurrect an era that was rightfully forgotten. Talon could go either way, being really good or really bad. Sword of Sorcery, however, piqued my interest, especially conside...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

*slow clap* 0

I have to start this review, my first in a while, by approaching a subject uncomfortable for some. But seeing how this book features a lesbian as it's hero, I'm sure most people reading this will be fairly open minded, so here we go. Unfortunately, for far too many gay character's, especially superheroes, sometime's a tragic backstory can backfire. Looking at Stryker from Avengers Academy, many felt that him being the victim of sexual abuse as a child and then winding up being gay later in his l...

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Back in Black (Not Pink) 0

Honestly, I never really intended to give this title a look at all. Sure, Gambit was always enjoyable in the X-books that he would use to grace us with his presence, but he always felt like one of those characters who could never really support his own book, and so was best left as a supporter for books like X-23, X-men Legacy, and of course uncanny X-men.Then I read Hawkeye #1. And like everyone else who seems to have picked up that book, I started to be a bit more optimistic about a character ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Cancer to the Rescue 0

I've been mulling over how to express how I feel about this issue for a while now, and in all honesty even now I haven't been able to come up with a proper way discuss this issue. I have to say there will be some MAJOR SPOILERS ahead, since there's no way to avoid them. And I suppose that's a natural response to this comic, because how do you properly talk about a story where the conflict is resolved by giving a child his cancer back?Now, immediately you might be a bit disgusted by this turn of ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

If Beast Boy is so important, where is he?! 0

So, despite the first issue not holding my interest at all, and the fact that I dropped the series quickly, I still managed to get a hold of issue 2, and I might as well talk about it. While this is a superior issue, there are more than a few problems that hold this series back from being anything more than average at best.The first thing you'll immediately notice is how quickly they were to drop the cast down from what looked like dozens of former Ravagers that escaped with the main group down ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Return to their Roots 0

For the new arc of Swamp Thing, Scott Snyder begins with an homage to the classic Alan Moore run, both in it's art and it's writing. The results are in my opinion spectacular, though I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a few hiccups.It's difficult to talk the story without mentioning the art, and vice versa, since both are so intertwined that if one went without the other, this issue would just fail horribly. Francesco Francavilla really plays to Snyder's strength in crafting a very uncomfortabl...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Minutes to Midnight, 0

Minutemen #1 brings us the debut of DC's Before Watchmen project, and of the titles announced I was most excited for this, which seems to be the general consensus of most people willing to give this event a chance. And this issue really gives them a good reason to put their faith in this project.Cooke decided to spend this issue setting up the cast in a rather simple way. Rather than counting on us having read the original graphic novel, he uses the frame of the original Nite Owl's book, Under t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The ravagers aren't all that ravaging. 0

Honestly, the Ravagers had it's problems months before it came out. It's pretty clear to me that It was probably not meant to be include in the DCU for a while, judging by how fast the Culling story arc was shoved out across 3 books and an annual that only left us confused and with a shoddy premise to stand on, and was commissioned to fill the space of one of the cancelled DCU books last minute. Still, it is its own book, and I approached it cautiously, especially since Scott Lobdell had nothing...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Thaw 0

The first Batman annual of the new 52 came out today, written by the unequaled Scott Snyder, and you better believe this met my expectations, which were pretty high going in. Mr. Freeze has always been an interesting villain, but never quite got the defining story he so deserved, and this issue sets out to correct this travesty. While I enjoyed the hell out of it, there's a few gripes I have with it that keep it from truly being one of the finest done-in-ones I've read in a while.Let's start wit...

9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Manta's sting. 0

People have plenty of good reason to hate on Geoff Johns, but if there's one thing we all seem to be agreeing on is that his run on Aquaman is proving to us all that he's still got the chops to keep writing hard hitting and engaging stories.To begin with, Black Manta is an INCREDIBLE villain. John's does his best to make the character as threatening and as menacing as possible, and he succeeds at making it work. Rather than making him the sort of villain that just shows up and thrashes everyone ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Exposition, Exposition... 0

I've been liking this series thus far, and Geoff Johns knows better than anyone else how to create an enjoyable Green Lantern tale. Unfortunately, here we see perhaps the biggest, most consistent flaw in John's writing: His tendency to build up situations that just feel pretty underwhelming.Look at the past two issues of the secret of the indigo tribe. Here, we had a legitimately creepy set up, a sinister, mysterious group that we knew barely anything about, and legitimate danger for Sinestro th...

2 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Seconds the best 0

I don't know what I was expecting when I first heard of Earth 2. Actually, scratch that. I thought it would be basically the basic DCU with a few cast changes and a bit of creative liberty. What drew me in was where this creativity could go.And man, did it go places.Let;s compare it to the obvious: JLA. Now, I say this without an ounce of Hyperbole, this one issue delivered more than the first arc of Justice League of America. I am not joking.One thing it had was weight, a feeling that stakes we...

12 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Another member? or what? 0

I think the main problem with this book is the tendency to force in characters at the most awkward moments. First there was Bat-wing, who was forgiven by the fact that his ties with Batman make his involvement feel much more natural than they otherwise would have. O.M.A.C. wasn't so lucky, and really derailed issue 8 towards the end, and now, out of nowhere, Firestorm is shoved in? Maybe it's because I haven't been reading Fury of Firestorm, mostly out of my dislike for the very poorly executed ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

GOAT-MAN! 0

Animal Man number 9. I loved it, you'll love it, let's talk about it.First of all, I was a bit hesitant over Steve Pugh's arrival on this title. Travel Foreman did such a wonderful job the first arc, and the issues where they began to split up art duties were uneven, to say the least, and a bit inconsistent. Here, Pugh has full control over every panel of the book, and he seems to have really come into his own. The general style is still the same, and the book clearly isn't as beautifully grotes...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.