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The Old Dog vs. The New Breed 0

Frank uses Malloy to track down The Exchange but the new kids on the block have plans of their own for The Punisher.    The Good I've got to start by saying that Marco Checchetto's art is absolutely breathtaking on this book. He has such a unique style that really stands out among Marvel's books. And Hollingsworth doing colors on this book is a great move. I've been loving his work on Max, but he gives both books totally separate identities. These two combine to give a wholly new, appropriately ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Alternative Methods 0

After the lost of Las Vegas Mark is inspired to   The Good I've missed FCO Plascencia's color work since he left the book. Nikos Koustis' work was pretty solid and respectable but didn't wow me. I opened this issue and was immediately blown away by the coloring of John Rauch. I've liked his work on a few Marvel titles like X-23 but he really impressed me here. His colors have a very glossy style that immediately pops off the page. Ottley's full page close up of Robot really comes alive thanks to...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

20 Pages That Read Like 40!!! 0

The Mystery Discover the location where Nox and the General have been holding the kidnapped children, but are caught off guard by what lies in wait for them.  The Good Zircher's art on this book has been nothing less than stellar and for the first three issues he's been the star of this mini series. He doesn't let up here as he truly goes to town this issue!!! Liss' script provides him with many action sequences that allow him to really cut loose and strut his stuff. His character design break...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Though Briefly, Burn Brightly!!! 0

David finally faces off against Roland Finch as this series comes to an all too soon closing.   The Good What can be said about Irving's work that hasn't been already by myself and a myriad of others? I'll simply say that it's absolutely amazing on every single conceivable level. And his coloring on this book is something that will inspire the rest of the industry to step their game up considerably. There is noway this book would have been half the success it was without him. He and Rozum have t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program 0

The Universal Inhumans make a play to take the Forever City as the FF and their newest villainous members enter the fray.  The Good Many weren't too thrilled with the last two issues that reintroduced Blackbolt and The Inhumans. As a huge fan of those characters, longtime reader of Hickman's Four, and appreciator of all things cosmic in the Marvel U I loved them. But I can be objective and totally understand other's feelings about them. Here Hickman returns to the war of Four Cities and in grand...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Perception is Reality 0

The Batfamily prepares for the final showdown with The Architect with the fate of Gotham at stake.   The Good This cover's a vast improvement over last issue's.    Last issue's story had some very good writing and story/character progression but I was let down by the art. For the finale it's all McCarthy.  His strengths as an artist really shine through in this issue. His ability to display unique and fluid motion really enlivens his art. And the minor touches like Cass and Damian removing their...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

One Will Rise, One Will Fall 0

Pearl and Skinner finally have the face off that's been a long time coming.   The Good Albuquerque's art on this series is always top notch, but this issue fully encapsulates the consistent excellence he produces. The little details like Skinner's wounds gradually healing panel to panel are minor touches that many may not take into account while reading but they make a huger impact on the story.  And the way he's able to convey both intense and subtle emotion in his figures via body language and...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Silly Bit'!!! Your Weapons Cannot Hurt Me!!!! 0

Juggernaut continues his slow but steady approach despite Scott throwing everything and the neighbors kitchen sink at him. Magik, Colossus, and Kitty take drastic actions in hope of stopping the unstoppable. A rift between Scott and Mayor Sadie begins to grow.   The Good I've gotta start by saying this issue was really, really humorous. Gillen always knows how to inject a good bit of humor into his stories, even during tense moments.   This issue once again shows Cyke pulling out all the stops t...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Perfect Timing 0

The TBolts have there backs against the wall as they face off against Sin's amphibious foot soldiers. As if that wasn't enough the Underbolts decide to make a break for it at a rather inopportune moment.     The Good Declan Shalvey's not on art this issue!!! Hallelujah!!! Instead art duties are split between Valentine De Landro/Matthew Southworth. Both turn in pretty solid work and their styles are similar enough that when the transition occurs it's not the least bit distracting.   This issue's ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Different Devil, Same Deal 0

Loki heads to Limbo to seek the aid of Asgard's bitterest foe  The Good The intro by Leah was really adorable. Even though I'm fully aware of what happened last issue these have yet to cease to be entertaining.   The brief cameo from Balder was well used.   The most hilarious Hel-Wolf/Loki moment occurs in this issue. Now that his life is forfeit, Hel-Wolf's oath of servitude is null and void and he wastes no time paying Loki back for the various indignities heaped upon him. The chase scene that...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

When Tony's Away 0

Pepper must contend with both the Hammer Corps and The Grey Gargoyle. And an unseen threat lurks in the shadow of Svartalfheim waiting to entrap Tony.   The Good This is a great cover love how action packed and kinetic it is.   The beginning of this issue does a great job of establishing how war the reach of the Serpent extends. Having sleepers in the realms of Odin really raises the stakes.   Fraction does a superb job of writing Pepper and it's always great to see her in action as Rescue. Pepp...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Worst...Vacation...Ever!!! 0

Terry needs a favor and as usual it's nothing that any sane man would want to get involved in. Who better to handle the job than his dear old son in law?  The Good I'm not very familiar with Julian, but from what I can gather he's a Babylonian demon who has some pretty twisted hobbies and a long history with John. Even without out reading the actual issues with the two interacting prior to this I got a great sense of the vitriol that exists between the two. It was good to see John get a little p...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Oh...You Thought I Forgot About That, Folk? 0

Cap wants answers for Matt's actions taken during Shadow Land and Matt discovers that his latest case has hidden layers  The Good  No false advertising on this cover, Cap and DD clash in this issue and it's a battle that plays out just as it should. Each of them using the others trademark weapon was really interesting and made for some great action moments. Waid manages to make him flawed in this issue without writing him out of character. That's something that's very, very rarely done and extre...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Stay in a Child's Place 0

Miss America Chavez must protect the In-Beibtweener from the forces of chaos. The Defenders smell something fishy. The Young Masters prepare to make their mark and establish their legacy of villainy.  The Good Dell'Otto's covers so far have been excellent.   Dragotta's really making some damned fine work on this book and Simpson's colors really add a whole new dimension to the already superb art on this book.    Chavez is one tough chica, but she has a moment of real vulnerability that establish...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Fooj! 0

Dominic struggles to grasp the finer points of modern warfare as his father faces his own struggle against time.   The Good This cover is absolutely amazing!!! The way it mirrors the artwork of a Myan temple's interior inscriptions is extremely fitting.  I like the interaction between Val and Dom in this issue. I got a sense of these two truly being childhood friends that are as close as brothers. Their moment towards the end of the issue really has some interesting dialog.  Hickman/Pitarra/Rose...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Miriam's Messiah 0

Tommy delves further into his Father's journals as he searches for the link between himself and "The Tinker"   The Good Yuko Shimizu always turns in great covers but this one really is something special. The way it flawlessly recreates a newspaper comic section is splendid. I mean this cover is a comic itself...whoa, totally meta dude.  Tommy, Lizzy, and Savoy take a backseat this issue as Wilson Taylor takes center stage. This was a great move as up to this point in the series we've not really ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

How Far Did the Fruit Fall? 0

Colleen has her mother at her mercy, but why has she gone to such lengths to hunt her down, why does she hate her so much, and what will she do now?The GoodI really, really hope that Fiona Staples returns to do covers on this book when it resumes in November, because she's absolutely dynamite!!!Grell and Dragotta continue to deliver nothing less than superb art on the 80's/60's sequences. So glad that the final arc of this first volume ended with these two on board.This issue features what's mos...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Silent Creeping... 0

12 year old Jack Garron sets out on the rode to the American Dream, but a nightmare lurks in the horizon.   The Good This is my first exposure to Attila Futaki's art and I must say I was absolutely blown away by it. He truly captures the atmosphere that Snyder's trying set and his models are so expressive and have so much character. Futaki's truly a gifted storyteller and Snyder/Tuft know just when to kill the dialog and just let his work breathe and speak for itself.   Tonally splitting the sto...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Son of the Bat or Son of the Demon? 0

In The final issue of this series Tim faces off with the man who murdered his father, Captain Boomerang.   The Good  Absolutely perfect cover.   Marcus To's work on this issue is absolutely perfect from cover to cover.   Much of the issue's him shadowing Boomerang and him internally narrating. Nicieza has such a firm command of Tim and it's really going to be a shame that he's not writing him in September.All of Batman's "sons" possess amplified aspects of his personality. This being the case, T...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Not Enough 0

We finally reach that fateful day as Frank's last words to Maria are revealed.   The Good  Johnson delivers one of his best covers yet on ANY series I've seen him work on.  I don't know what I was expecting Frank to have said to Maria, but I guess I thought it'd be something much more dramatic. What he actually says is rather tame. It's understated, but absolutely perfect and appropriate. The way Dillon draws Maria's reaction to Frank's Words and Frank's reaction to his family's deaths is superb...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

No Apologies 0

Nick Spencer finally unveils the sordid past of the glory we all love to hate and does not disappoint.   The Good Once again we see Abraham involved in one of the Glories' past. I love what Spencer's done with this character and how it all relates to his name. Rather simple but subtle enough that I didn't catch it until this very moment. Think back on your Sunday school lessons and it will totally change your perception of this issue.    I'm absolutely elated that Spencer didn't try to soften us...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Counter Strike 0

T'Challa makes his final preparations to take down the Hate-Monger and his right hand, American Panther.  The Good Francavilla's art's always a treat.   There's a good deal more action in this issue than last so it avoids the middle arc slow down that often happens.  We get some info on American Panther's background which fleshes out his character and motivations a bit.   I love Liss' interpretation of the Hate-Monger. I can't help but hear Glen Beck's voice as I read his dialogue.   I like the ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Gehenna 0

Dick and Jim race to take James down before he can do anything more drastic than he already has.   The Good 40 pages of JOCK and Francavilla?! Hells yes!!!! There's really nothing left to say about how amazing these guys are so I won't drag on here. These two guys were meant to draw Batman just as much as Snyder's meant to write him. Snyder scripts this issue and breaks up art duties to play to each of their immense individual strengths. Francavilla draws some of the most frightening and soul ch...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

DaDa Issues 0

Batman and Robin team up with Nightrunner to restore order after a prisoner break takes place at Le Jardin Noir.    The Good This cover's absolutely gorgeous and amazing on every level. Honestly 90% of me buying this issue was due to this cover.   Normally I'm not a fan of Tocchini's work, nor am I a fan of two artist doing pencils in the same issue. It's often distracting and jolting and hampers a read for me. This go around there's no such trouble here. This kind of surreal imagery of this sto...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Walker of The Middle Path 0

Tesla, Stark, and Richards arrive amidst the chaos of the civil war of the brotherhood. It comes down to Leonid, with the aid of the others, to end the bloodshed.   The Good  Can't believe I haven't mentioned this til now but, Gerald Parel has been consistently turning in amazing work on theses covers from day one.  Dustin Weaver's art is easily one of the best things about this series and he's quite as kept one of the industry's most talented up and coming artists.    The stuff with Da Vinci at...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Juggernaut Was Just the Beginning... 0

The alpha squad barely survives their encounter with the Juggernaut as things go from bad to worse.   The Good This book has really thrived amid the events of Fear Itself. I never thought I'd be saying this, but this crossover event has really given this title a sense of purpose and necessity, something it was in need of a few issues prior to its tie in issues. This title's been one of the best Fear Itself tie ins and has been doing a great job of making the chaos and panic feel palpable in it's...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Gail Simone and Quentin Tarantino Present... 0

All hell breaks loose as Bane's plan to take down the Batfamily goes sour. We get our self good ol' fashioned siege and the Six have no intention of going down without a fighting tooth and nail...or dragging a few people down to hell with them.    The Good Gail Simone has written the definitive version of these characters for many readers and as she ends this seminal series she brings a great sense of closure to each of their narratives.   The story begins as we open to Bane and Spencer the morn...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

City of Secrets 0

In the present Red Robin and Robin tango with the Architect. In the past Nicholas Gates is confronted with the true nature of Gotham and her elite.    The Good Firstly I've got to say that having Dustin Nguyen on pencils this issue was a real treat. I'm a huge fan of his work, especially on Batman books, so this was a pleasant surprise.   The Fight with The Architect was very impressive and he comes off looking like a real threat. In stories this short the villain often gets a win to make them m...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

D-Day 0

David and co. prepare to confront Roland Finch with the aid of the Pantheon.   The Good By now you should all know that Frazer Irving's art on this book has been absolutely amazing. It's lush, beautiful, dark, and disturbing all at once. Nothing encapsulates this more than the panel of Julian gazing stoically in the mirror.     I'm a Judeo-Christian mythology buff so the origin of the Skull stronghold was very interesting to me.     It's no secret that Julian's not the least bit fond of Annie, b...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Charles, Noooooo!!!! Charles, You Got My Head... 0

Cyclops initiates his plan to put a halt to the Juggernaut's momentum.   The Good This issue does a great job of showing what a sound, tactical leader Cyke is. I liked that he ran through past tactics to remove Jugg's helmet before resorting to newer methods. It was a nice nod to the X-Men's past stories and a nice treat for longtime readers.   I really liked that Cyke and the X-Men are working so closely with Mayor Sadie. The Psionic Conference Room is a great concept that I'd like to see used ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The One Eyed King in the Land of the Blind. 0

Everything comes full circle as the game comes to a close. But there are no true endings, just new beginnings.   The Good I was extremely happy to see that Vitti was returning to do the art on this final issue. He was the artists when I began reading Secret Warriors and he's come to define the visuals of this book.   This issue's all about character moments and if it's one thing Hickman knows how to do it's dynamic dialog that draws you in never lets' go.   Fury finally meets with Contessa after...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay 0

Tony abases himself to attain aid for the earth from the All Father. Pepper heads to Paris to do whatever she can to help those affected by the Grey Gargoyle's rampage, but the Hammers have no intention of making that an easy task.   The Good  I get to read in my drunk Tony voice, been some years sense that one's gotten a good workout.  Larroca turns in some really excellent pencils this issue. Some is best work this issue happens straight out the gate as you see Tony pleading for Odin's audienc...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Collateral Damage 0

Mark has to carry the weight of the tragic events that occurred in Las Vegas and as if that wasn't enough Powerplex renews his crusade against Invincible.    The Good One of the best things about this series is how Kirkman intricately explores aspects of superhero comics which are usually outright ignored or glossed over. In this issue we see the emotional toll that the destruction of Vegas has had upon Mark . This story could've quickly gone emo, but Kirkman expertly avoids this common trap. We...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Whisper That Shook The World 0

Black Bolt returns from The Fault to reclaim his throne, setting the events in FF #5 and 8 into motion The Good The issue starts with Black Bolt battling one of the Many Angled Ones and utterly obliterating it. Yeah, he fights against and defeats a extra-dimensional god. The fanboy in me very much so enjoyed this.     I think it was really fitting that the first Inhuman to discover Black Bolt is Lockjaw. These two have always had a very special relationship and this moment reminded me of the ver...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Boogeyman Rising 0

Gordon races to get to Barbara before The Joker can enact his latest atrocity against his family, but is there something more sinister than the mephistophelian mad clown afoot?    The Good I can't say anything about this cover that hasn't been said before. It's absolutely stunning and this is easily one of the most depictions of eerie and disturbing depictions of the Joker. Bar none this is the best cover to grace Snyder's Detective run and some of JOCK's finest work on this series.   The Joker ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Desperation 0

Henry, Skinner, the Vicar, and Poole make their last stand as they fight there way out of their prison.    The Good The pacing in this comic is absolutely superb and really gets you wrapped up in everything that's going on. You feel the same sense of urgency that the characters have. The flow of panels the dialog, Albuquerque's art it all builds a great sense of tension.     Despite the members of the Vassals that we met in this arc being new characters it's amazing just how attached them Snyder...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Paradise Lost 0

The air is cleared as John learns the reason behind the radical actions taken by Gemma and nothing between them will ever be the same.   The Good Camuncoli and Landini are back on art duties this issue. these guys have an incredible chemistry with Milligan and their art really builds the atmosphere needed for his stories.   I love the humor Milligan infuses into his dialog. John's internal dialog is always rife with humor. The moments with Chas and Epiphany and between Epiphany and Gemma provide...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Mother, Daughter Therapy 0

Len Brown makes the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the future of those he values and cherishes most.   The Good  Fiona Staples is quickly becoming my favorite cover artists in the game.  Once again Mike Grell does a stellar job on the 80s section of the issue. The way he draws Dynamo stands in a stark contrast to his robust and virile former self in Dragotta's 60s sequence. The Len brown we see here is a gaunt, feeble shade of his former self. This gives a true sense of the cost of wearing the Dyn...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Better the Devil You Know... 0

Matt Murdock's back in the saddle with a new lease on life. And he's gonna need it to face all the new problems coming his way.  The Good Mark Waid was the last guy I expected to write Daredevil. He's a great writer and responsible for one of my favorite comics of all time in Kingdom Come, but I've always associated him with brighter, happier characters. My fear was that without his pathos and brooding Matt would simply be Spider-Man in a devil suit. As I read this issue Matt's optimistic aura w...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Blood Feud 0

In the present the Bat Family regroups after the bombings of The Iceberg Lounge and Wayne Towers and in the past we see the relationship between the Gates and the founding families of Gotham turn sour.    The Good  I have my minor issues with McCarthy's interiors here and there, but his Covers have been all aces! This is his best cover yet on this mini and I always look forward to seeing what he's got whipped up for the next. I seriously want a poster of this cover ASAP! Third issues in a story ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.