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2.42 stars 2.42/5 Stars Average score of 95 user reviews

Sub-par 0

This series continues to be very sub-par. The art, which changed in the last two pages to something that looks like it should suit the series better, was even worse than the first two issues. The plot was kind of boring and somewhat confusing in parts, the dialogue continues to be somewhat off, and odd artistic choices continued to show up (like the weird lightning-like crackling halo of energy around Sue's head whenever she used her powers. I get that it's supposed to be a visual cue so we can...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Better than last issue 0

Some of the problems I have with this issue are the same ones I had with the first issue. The art quality is inconsistent- sometimes it looks good, most of the time it looks awkward, and sometimes it's just downright weird. The dialogue, while marginally better than last issue, still feels kind of forced and inorganic. And the costumes are still horrible (seriously, who designed them?).Then there are other things I disliked about the issue that didn't crop up in the first issue. The dialogue an...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not really what I was expecting... 5

I picked up this issue expecting something amazing, and was a little disappointed. Sure, the art is great, and yeah, the concept is something I really enjoy. However, I found the writing kind of fell a little flat in places. There were some instances of awkward phrasing, and the scene with the group fighting the ogre ended kind of strangely, which is kind of an issue when it's the last part of the first issue of a new series. At any rate, it's still a good read, I'd recommend it to people, and ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Meh 10

Not much to say about Rage: Part One. It was, for the most part, the bland whining of a character I consider to be, for the most part, uninteresting, and frankly I had a hard time caring enough to finish the comic. The art looked rather strange and somewhat distorted, but the colours were nice, at least.What I did like was the segments that discussed Danny's childhood trip with his parents, specifically the moment before his father fell (to his death?). Sure, it was horribly angsty, but at least...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Not the worst thing I've ever read... 2

I really can't think of many positive things to say about this issue. The cover is...mediocre at best, the banter isn't horrible, and I suppose the team composition is somewhat novel. Other than that, though, this comic is an utter failure. The art isn't terrible, but it's pretty bad. Faces often look distorted, there's some strange use of movement lines and the colouring is rather strange. I HATE the team's costumes, the team doesn't seem to work well together (there's so much unnecessary bick...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Excellent but too short 0

When I picked up this comic I expected very little, and now I feel somewhat ridiculous because of that.This issue is awesome, though terribly short. I found myself drawn into the story almost immediately, due in equal measures to the unique, striking art and the fact that the main character is incredibly easy to sympathize with. It's refreshing to see a comic centered around a character with realistic goals and expectations. ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Awful 0

This comic was legitimately awful. The art was really quite poor, the colouring was equally subpar, and the writing was lackluster at best (and nonsensical and bland at worst). Even the team's composition is strange- why are Spider-woman and Spider-man on the same team, isn't that just redundant? While I'd like to write a longer review, there's honestly not much else to say. Power for Power isn't worth purchasing, let alone reading, and that's really all there is to it....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Getting better 0

This issue shows significant improvement from the last two, and I am quite pleased. There's a lot I liked about this issue, namely the fact that the intro is written like a letter to the reader, the well-written relationships between characters, the fact that Polaris is both a focal character and is being written well (that doesn't happen often), the fact that each character on the team is getting a little more depth as the story progresses (almost in equal measures), and the fact that Peter Da...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Genuinely enjoyable 2

About a week ago I read theAll-New Marvel Now Point One Issue #1 (that name is way too long) and really liked the bit that included the new Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), and after hearing a positively glowing endorsement from a friend I decided to give this title a shot, and I am very glad that I did. The writing and art worked together seamlessly to produce a somewhat unusual yet captivating feel that's utterly enjoyable and will, hopefully, continue throughout the rest of this series. While I've n...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Insert title here 0

You may wonder why I didn't title this review, and that's because there's actually very little to say about Dead or Alive.This issue brings us to the end of this miserable comic, and I couldn't be happier about that. In preparation for this review, I read this issue five times, and that's terrible.Anyways, let's move on to what made this issue awful. Almost everything about this issue feels somewhat...off, including the cover (which is of Rictus and is coloured incorrectly). The writing was cons...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Good, but still not worth it 2

Peter David continues to excel in terms of writing character interaction and seems to have done his research into the past of his team and character, but I'm still not entirely sold on this title. Once again there's a subtle dissonance between the art and writing style, and the issue remains too short to (in my opinion) really be worth buying. However, if you have money to burn and have some reason to be interested in this title (whether it's a specific character, the team itself, the writer, t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Good, but not worth the cost 3

This comic was something like 22 pages long, and it felt very, very short. In response, I shall keep my review similarly brief.While the writing in this issue is standard Peter David fare (with lots of banter and a focus on interpersonal relationships), there are underlying themes that call back to a much older X-factor. This new team is run by a group called Serval Industries, who seem to have decided having their own x-team would be a good idea (it probably isn't, but whatever). This is somew...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

The one in which the only good character dies 2

Here we are, ladies and gentlemen, issue 5 of this godawful series. I cannot properly convey how happy I am that there's only one more issue to read after this one. Anyways, onto the review.This issue was weird for a variety of reasons. On multiple occasions I noticed that various pieces of dialogue didn't really mesh together properly (the earliest example being on page 3). Mr. Rictus, my favourite character, also started acting a tiny bit strangely before his death at the hands of Wesley (I'l...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Boring 0

Crime Pays was no less mediocre and dull than the previous three issues of Wanted, although it was somewhat less offensive.This issue takes time out of the hectic action to give us some back story and exposition, and it was all BORING. And that's genuinely awful. Not only was I completely disinterested in the various plot twists that occurred, I was constantly wondering why I SHOULD care about all the information I was receiving and the events that were occurring. We learn about the origin of su...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Mark Millar Licks Goats 1

Wanted #3 marks (roughly) the half-way point of the title, in which the theme of the story changes and the plot itself begins to really take shape. It continues the stupid and quasi-offensive naming trend by being titled 'Supergangbang' (all one word). The title is not at all pertinent to the events of the issue, which means it actually serves no purpose (other than giving the issue a name by which we can refer to it).I'll admit, there are parts of this comic I enjoyed. Some genuinely interestin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Well, F*** You, Too 0

This is one of those comics where everything goes downhill after the first issue, and that's saying something, considering the first issue was utter garbage.Fredric Wertham, in his book Seduction of the Innocent, published in 1954, claimed that comics were a corrupting influence on youth that caused juvenile delinquency. His book proved to be incredibly influential, and led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority.Why do I mention this? Wertham believed comics were full of sex and violence. ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

NO STARS FOR YOU, Mark Millar 2

Oh god, Wanted.I first read this comic roughly five years ago at a public library. I read it in one sitting and hated it. So, after recently deciding I wanted to write up a piece about Mark Millar, the author, I re-read this delightful comic, and now I hate it even more. I know in the past I've gone on about how awful different comics are, but really, they're nothing compared to the awfulness that is this comic. That being said, onto my review of the first issue in this godawful 8-issue title. W...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Awesomeness 2

I started reading All-New X-Men against my better judgement, expecting something horrible. And I was very pleasantly surprised to be wrong. The title takes a concept that I wouldn't normally give the time of day and makes it not only work, but work spectacularly. One thing I really, really love about this series is the consistent attention to detail that Bendis pays to characterizing...pretty much all his characters. I mean sure, issues 12 and 13 may have contained some technically incorrect cha...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Interesting 0

An intriguing start. I'm hoping that this interplanetary theme continues in the way it has, especially given the fact that I have yet to read a Marvel space story that I've liked. A strong beginning, let's see if they can make it last.I give this a neutral 3. I'm interested to see where this goes....

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Try harder 0

I looove the idea of a comic centering around Legion, but at the same time I realize that it'll likely never be done well. That's purely because most writers don't know how to properly depict mentally ill characters- and yes, Legion is mentally ill.This attempt was vaguely amusing, but only enough to keep me from putting it down. It's hardly worth the effort of reading- to be blunt, it was boring.2/5 for being somewhat readable. Not worth buying...

1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Unsurprising 0

Exactly what I was expecting. A+X issue 2 brings mediocrity to new heights, with it's pointless plots, poor characterization and, well, being generally uninteresting. Marvel Now! has thus far failed utterly to impress me, and this issue was, unsurprisingly, no exception.2/5, don't bother....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fantastic! 0

I'll admit outright that the bits that were illustrated by Alan Davis are much of the reason I only gave this 4 1/2 stars. I can't stand Davis' art, and I felt that the issues jumping from artist to artist was somewhat jarring (the intended impact of Leah's big reveal was rather dampened, for me, by the fact that I didn't recognize her).Regardless, the writing was superb. The plot was somewhat convoluted and had many twists but managed to avoid being confusing, the characterization was all super...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An odd and unnecessary combination 0

I recently (about three days ago) read from where the Journey Into Mystery Fear Itself tie-in started to issue 635, and enjoyed it (may write reviews later). Today I was lent The Manchester Gods, and I must say that I'm somewhat disappointed with it.That's not to say that there's anything all that wrong with the Manchester Gods part. No, it was the Mighty Thor issues that I found underwhelming.In Manchester Gods, I enjoyed Gillen's writing and found it more or less on par with his earlier JIM ma...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Squares reviews The Slavers 0

This is a review of the entirety of the story arc The Slavers. I know this site only lists the issues as separate from one another, but since I read the entire arc in one sitting, I'm reviewing it all in on review.I know in the past I've said quite a bit about Garth Ennis' writing, most of it being rather...unflattering, and I stand by all of it. That being said, The Slavers was...amazing. I had absolutely no idea Ennis could write something so...well, meaningful. Granted, it's not like I've rea...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pretty good 0

If I had to describe this issue with one word, it would be unconventional. Staples' art is engaging and the execution is, at times, unusual, but everything works well together and manages to mesh quite nicely.I gave it four stars because while I enjoyed it, it wasn't all that amazing.As an aside, the plot summary for this page is pretty horrible.......

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Best Sandman Volume EVER 0

Forgive me for being so girly, but A Game of You was definitely my favourite story arc in the Sandman series. I found the prose to be probably the finest of what I've read of Gaiman's work so far, and the story itself was rife with imagery and fantastic characterization.Another thing that pleased me particularly was the fact that this arc focused less on Dream of the Endless, a character I've never really liked all that much. I know it seems odd that I'm reading Sandman at all if I'm no big fan ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Surprisingly awesome 0

To be honest, I didn't plan on reading Morning Glories. I only did so because a friend of mine loaned me the first three volumes of the series and recommended I try them, and since I have crazy huge amounts of free time right now I decided why the hell not, and gave this book a read.Holy crap, it wasn't what I'd expected. I figured it'd be something like gossip-girl-meets-private-school in comic form; while I can't in all fairness say that I was wrong, due to the fact that I've never watched any...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Breathtaking 0

Kyrie is, simply put, an astounding marriage of writing and illustration.The issue itself leaves nothing to be desired. Readers who prefer more action-intensive stories (or ones with less text) will be disappointed with this title, but hey, sucks to be them- this comic rocks!...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Earth-X is amazing 0

What makes a story good? Is it the skill with which it's executed? How imaginative and fantastic the tale is? The ability to easily follow the sequence of events from start to finish?Those things are all important, and Earth-X has them all in spades, but (in my opinion) the key element to a great story is the degree to which the reader is impacted by it. If a story fails to make a mark on it's reader, can it truly be called great?Jim Krueger and Alex Ross have herein managed to create something ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A failure 0

As I mentioned in a review I wrote of the issue before this one, when a comic's illustration actually gets in the way of (or, in the case of this and the previous issue, utterly ruins) it's story, the illustrator has failed to do their job. Period.The reason is simplicity itself; a comic employs two things in order to tell a story- writing (as in the words and whatnot used to tell said story) and illustration. In order to properly (hell, adequately) tell said story, the two must be at least some...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Inadequate art 0

Normally I try not to judge the quality (or lack thereof) of a comic based too heavily off it's art, no matter how good or bad it may be.However, there are occasions in which said illustration hinders or otherwise interferes with the story itself, and in those cases I like to make an exception.For much of the issue I found the art satisfactory (no more than that). In the scenes that took place in hell I found one or two characters in particular genuinely irritating to look at (for example, the h...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I expected better 0

Neil Gaiman is, without a doubt, one of my favourite authors in any medium, and his writing in The Sandman usually does a good job of showing exactly why that is.This issue was an exception.That's not to say that it was horrible, though I would call it bad; what I think is the main problem with this issue (and, indeed, the entirety of the story wherein appears John Dee) is that it doesn't feel like it fits. Suddenly this character who had up until that point been rather unremarkable and harmless...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It was definately pretty... 0

J.H Williams, you are amazing, but even you still have areas to improve on.Being a virtual stranger to the world of Batman, how would I sum up this collection?Pretty.The writing was pleasant, yes, but it wasn't anything incredible, if I may say so. The story itself was interesting in concept but felt kind of jumbled in places and seemed somehow disconnected. The plot twist felt a little like a last-minute addition and therefore didn't impact me as much as it should have.Oh, but it was really, re...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Useless and unecessary 0

After reading this comic I can't shake the feeling that I just completely wasted my time and money doing so.Maybe I'm out of touch, but since when does anyone give a crap about Iron Fist? I certainly don't know anyone who does. Hell, most people don't know who the hell he is, and I really wish I could be one of those people.Pointless story plus horrible art? Total fail, no stars....

1 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Nicely done! 0

Thank you, Mr. Wells, for showing us so perfectly exactly how much of a jerk Hawkeye is by writing a story that puts him in stark contrast with a character that's genuinely very likeable (Spider-man)!Normally I'm not a fan of Greg Land's art, but in this comic he does a fantastic job. Well done, sir!In this story we see how the ever-friendly Hawkeye really proves he's a hero of high caliber by ruining a childrens' archery competition, making fun of a kid who asks for his autograph, point out tha...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Two stars for a toasted Wolverine 0

We're already on the second issue and nobody's actually bothered to try and find out what the Phoenix is there for in the first place. As far as I recall, the Phoenix Force usually has a reason for returning (as I recall, last time it was hungry...), and people usually take the time to find out what that reason is.Okay, to be fair, from it's actions thusfar it seems like we've already skipped the rather benevolent 'song and life incarnate' phase of the Phoenix Force's manifestation (think Jean-i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bad planning? 0

I'm new to reading the Avengers, but the way the return of Norman Osborn and friends is dealt with herein is something I'd consider an embarassment. I don't know if there's been a lot of changes with staff and planning around the Marvel offices or something, but the way Dark Reign 2.0 ended makes it look like Marvel got bored and just decided to throw in an event about the Phoenix instead. Way to go, guys....

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Surprisingly enjoyable 0

I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this comic very much, but it was a lot of fun. Good writing, good pacing; all in all, a good read. Normally I don't go for comics that are such blatant filler, but this one was well done.In the past I've been really hesitant when it comes to stories involving Moonstar- she rubbed me the wrong way when I read the first run of New Mutants, and in the title's second incarnation I found her to be pretty unconvincing, but Abnett and Lanning have really made her grow...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A New Low 0

Congratulations, Mr. Aaron, you've finally disgusted me to the point of incoherence.From it's inception I've been reading this title only grudgingly at best, and I can now say without hesitation that they have all been utterly and completely horrible. The writing is absolute trash, and it's really rather depressing that this is what we, as comic fans, are expected to buy. To those of you who have liked this title thus far, I'm desperately jealous- I honestly wish that I had the ability to enjoy ...

1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Unnecessary 0

For 'the future of comics', this comic was really pathetic. The creators decided to attempt to mimic motion through a variety of effects- the cover, for instance, is supposed to give one the feeling that Nova is jumping off the page at us, so to speak. You could call the new format innovative and creative, and I don't know if I could argue about either of those points, but you know what else this new format is? Kind of wasteful.These days, comics are expensive, and this new format will result in...

0 out of 3 found this review helpful.