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2.5 stars 2.5/5 Stars Average score of 11 user reviews

Better Late than Never? 0

 Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk is written by the co-creator of the TV show Lost, and so it almost goes without saying that this miniseries plays around a lot with narrative point of view and temporality, to varying degrees of success. This issue wavers between innovative and incomprehensible- in the larger context of the series as a whole it makes sense, but on its own this issue is a jumbled mess of barely recognizable flashbacks and flashforwards. Admittedly, it’s a bit unfair to jud...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Wildly Entertaining 0

 Superhero comics usually follow a simple model. A villain does something bad, leading to the hero coming along to mete out justice. Then there are the superhero books that try to be "realistic", by deconstructing this black and white situation into more complex shades of gray. Animal Man is one step further removed from the traditional superhero tropes- though nominally a series about a semi-active costumed hero, under writer Jamie Delaney the book is more an analysis of human nature.   ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

"Sad" About Sums It Up 0

 For anyone unfamiliar with Sad Sack comics, think of Beetle Bailey, but without the biting social commentary. The jokes here are inoffensive, often to the point of being tepid, with the biggest chuckle coming unintentionally from the dated "Ed Sullivan" references and the lead story's unfortunate title. Jokes about post-traumatic stress disorder also fall a bit flat- maybe they were funnier in 1979, I don't know. Nor, frankly, do I really care. ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The 52 Days of Christmas 0

Though this issue advances several of 52's plot lines, there are no major story beats or turning points this week. Instead, we get a welcome breather and a nice look at how a broad cross-section of the DCU spent the holiday season. The highlight of the issue for me- other than seeing Everyman inexplicably dressed up like Charlie Brown- is a single panel of Animal Man's wife Ellen blowing a kiss up at the stars, and wishing her missing husband a merry Christmas. It's a touching moment, and...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Nothing Earth-Shattering, But Still Pretty Good 0

 Though the cover to this issue name drops the classic 1951 film "The Day the Earth Stood Still," this comic actually adapts Harry Bates' 1940 short story "Farewell to the Master," on which the film was only very loosely based. With the exception of the addition of a new character (photographer Ann O'Hara), the adaptation is a very accurate one, preserving all the details of the original story, including the original character names and the surprise twist ending. As such, this comic is a step ab...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Limited Exposure 0

 This isn't a bad comic book per se, but it's certainly an unspectacular one. The script adapts an episode of the X-Men animated series almost verbatim, and it feels as though as little effort as possible was put into the transition to the printed page. Andrew Wildman's pencils are good enough, in an "every artist from 1993 wanted to be Jim Lee" kind of way, but the whole production just feels underwhelming. At times, the story simply doesn't flow, which I suspect is due to the remo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Extremely Mediocre 0

This is the penultimate issue of a miniseries that bears little resemblance to the Human Target's earlier appearances, as it's missing Christopher Chance's once signature practice of taking the place of the person he's been hired to protect- in other words, becoming a Human Target. Instead, "The Wanted: Extremely Dead Contract" is based on the altered version of the hero used for the semi-hit television series. It's a dumbed-down version of the character to be sure, but still works well e...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Interesting Story Threads 0

"The Unraveling!" follows the usual dynamic between the Punisher and Daredevil (or the Punisher and Spider-Man, or the Punisher and  Captain America etc.). Matt Murdock thinks that Frank Castle is a psychotic murderer who needs to be taken down, while Castle looks at Murdoch as a well-meaning but naive fool who needs to open his eyes and see that killing criminals is the only real way to stop them. What's interesting though is that this time, Daredevil's argument has a little extra weight...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Nothing Worth Saying 0

 "You Talkin' To Me?" is the third issue in a largely forgotten six month run of fill-in writers that fell in the middle of Garth Ennis' incredible (and otherwise uninterrupted) eight page run on "The Punisher". At a time when Ennis was breathing new life into the character, Tom Peyer's story falls rather flat. This issue (and the entire Medallion story arc) is simply bizarre, and much as that's due to a genuine attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor, a knowing wink to the reader isn't enough t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Nothing Worth Saying 0

"You Talkin' To Me?" is the third issue in a largely forgotten six month run of fill-in writers that fell in the middle of Garth Ennis' incredible (and otherwise uninterrupted) eight page run on "The Punisher". At a time when Ennis was breathing new life into the character, Tom Peyer's story falls rather flat. This issue (and the entire Medallion story arc) is simply bizarre, and much as that's due to a genuine attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor, a knowing wink to the reader isn't enough to cover ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Unlimited is Unoriginal 0

 The most striking thing to note about this issue is Joe Benitez's artwork, which is impactful in much the same way as a punch to the face. Simply put, Benitez' pencils just aren't very good. His knowledge of anatomy is questionable at best, he shifts between over- and under-rendering faces without ever finding a middle ground, and his sense of scale comes and goes from page to page. Ever woman has a twelve-inch waist and improbably long legs, and they seems to be stuck in a state of perpetual p...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.