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Sam Humphries: If You Break My Heart I'll Never Forgive You 0

The GoodThis is one of the few books I'm getting (actually, it might be the only one) where the art is better than the writing. That's not to say that Humphries is doing poorly, but the art is of a consistently high quality that the writing has yet to hit. Both Dexter Soy and Adrien Alphona are great here, but Soy wins out because he gets more pages, and more things than just talking. Highlights include the bottom right panel of page 5, the entire Psylocke-Spiral fight, and the bottom panel of ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Song of Ice and Hickman: A Game of New Avengers 0

The GoodThat cover is the best of a series that has great covers. I love the idea of Namor and Black Panther fighting, and then love seeing them miss each other, but still have an attack coming up (they're both holding back clenched fists). Tensions are rising between Wakanda and Atlantis and because of that, Namor and Black Panther have a conversation in this issue. I love how Hickman portrays both of them as who they are (Namor: arrogant, Black Panther: honorable), and they're both still leve...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

So...Does Matt Fraction Just Not Care About This Series? 0

The GoodFraction can certainly write Ben, Victor, and Reed. There's no doubt here that these characters are The Thing, Doctor Doom (or rather, the future Doom), and Mr. Fantastic. That's something that Fraction always does well: giving characters their own voice, having them stick to it, and having it stick to how they've always been portrayed. Doom is arrogant, Ben is a lovable palooka, and Reed is the smart, kind, if somewhat distant, scientist. Well, Doom isn't as good as he could be. See mo...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Cap Needs To Meet Hawkeye, B.J., and Klinger 0

THE GOODThings just can't go right for Cap in Rick Remender's run. I mean, he takes one step on one page, and gets set back two the next. I love it. The inner monologue of Cap on the next to last page, juxtaposed with the last page, does just that, and it's a fantastic reminder of the kind of writer Remender is, and what the medium of comics can be. I've said elsewhere that I think this arc is going on too long, but if the rest is going to be like this issue, I'm perfectly fine with that. John ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Plot Development? In THIS Book? 0

THE GOODI'm so grateful for Sam Humphries to FINALLY answer some questions that he brought up in the first issue. Oh man, did Bishop have a rough time before he shows up in Uncanny X-Force #1. I really liked that Humphries bothered to give that whole area of the story a meaningful backstory, as opposed to just "Bishop was taken over by a mutant." I wasn't expecting the explanation, and I'm excited at the ideas that this issue raises.Good lord, Adrien Alphona is perfect for drawing the mindscape...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

T&A Equals Totally and Awesome 0

THE GOODSlightly sexist jokes aside, the female part of this book might actually be my favorite part. I'm really looking forward to a book where each of these characters gets to have major parts. Kitty Pryde and Rogue are great characters and are going to get more time than they have in the other series they've appeared in recently. It's a shame that they, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke (who I haven't really noticed outside of Uncanny X-Force) are such awesome characters but aren't used. I'll admit, ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Waterworld Meets Good Writing 0

THE GOODPage 4 and page 20. You're welcome. Sean Murphy doesn't have to draw well for the rest of the series. There're also plenty of nice splashes throughout (the helicopter at the start of Chapter 3, the guy with the screwed up face on page 23, and page 24 (though not a splash)).At some point, Scott Snyder is going to stop doing horror comics and I will be very sad. Everything is just so dark and foreboding. I love the idea that this character (Lee Archer) has had a terrible past, and she mee...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Marvel 616.1 0

The GoodI wasn't reading comics in (or alive for most of) the '90s, but I think I would have liked a certain gimmick that apparently arose during that decade: dat cover. I've heard a lot of people say that they don't like it, but I can honestly say that I like it.Of what I've been reading, Hawkeye has been nothing but really cool. He just epitomizes "badass" in this issue, with the way that he handles the bad guys of this book. Has he always been this cool?Bryan Hitch is amazing and everyone nee...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tilting At Dead Pools 0

THE GOODDeadpool vs. Don Quixote. Deadpool vs. Sancho. Deadpool vs. Moby Dick. Deadpool vs. the sailors of the Pequod."Call me...Ishmael." "But that...that's my name." Jaws reference. Sherlock Holmes. Killer Deadpool-bots.Art and writing and whatnot.Interesting things could be happening to Deadpool. Either way, I'm thinking that Cullen Bunn has written a nice way out of this story, and possibly even DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, as this is a direct continuation of that.THE BADI never read ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Substance < Style 0

THE GOODThis comic looks really good. I mean, every character is distinct from each other, the art is crisp and clear, and the two spreads look really awesome in this issue.Kieron Gillen writes some good, snappy dialogue for these characters that don't bog you down with words (*ahem* Talon *ahem*) but get the point across. Loki, especially, busts out the wit.The interactionsTHE BADI don't have a penchant for team books that don't start out as team books (thank god I only got into Justice League ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Dun-dun-dah! 0

THE GOODDoop.The first two page and two of the last three pages expand the character of Max Frankenstein. They show him to be equal parts bad guy and good guy. I've got high hopes that he'll be coming back in later issues and there'll be some conflict in him about which side he should fight on.Frankenstein as a character is interesting. It's kind of cool that he'll be coming back in later issues. I also like that Jason Aaron develops the powers of Frankenstein by showing off his super-strength (...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Climbing Out of Trash and Into Mediocrity 0

THE GOODFor the first time in about four issues, we get to the point where we have a solid creative team: Thank god. Fabian Nicieza and Allan Jefferson did pretty good work in the last issue and almost salvaged that arc, but fell a little short. Now that Nicieza is writing his own arc, I have high hopes for this series.Jefferson has some great moments in this issue. My favorites were David on top of the building on page 6, and David turning towards Kia and Theo in the nightclub on page 8 and 9.N...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Heart of Darkest Darkness 0

THE GOODThis series is probably the darkest thing on the shelves right now, and I'm truly loving the twisted machinations of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack. The death of Daredevil has really shined a light on the darkness-infested corners of New York City. Bullseye's characterization here is great. His madness just before his death is absolutely a highlight of the issue, and I can't wait for this series to continue to see why he had a hooker dress like Elektra and why had the devil mask wit...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Movin' On Up 0

THE GOODSurprisingly, the best thing about this issue and previous ones is the art. Guillem March is doing great things here, and I'm very excited to see more of what he has in store for the world of Calvin Rose and Co. I really like how he makes the faces of the varying characters to look like that of owls. He also instills a certain level of creepiness and menace to the Talon introduced in this issue, which is something he's done with the other Talons in this series, and is something that I'm ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Short Goodbye 0

THE GOODScott Snyder and Rafael Albequerque have been knocking it out of the park in the pages of American Vampire, and the developments of this issue indicate that that won't change when the book returns in several months. I'm especially interested to see what goes on with Abilene Book and a certain something in a certain room in her house (spoilers ain't cool).This ties into the above paragraph, but I really liked the vision of the future that happens in this issue. We see the return of a char...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

New Black Panther Avengers 0

THE GOODSteve Epting. I was really sad when he left FF, and now I'm really glad that he gets to do something else with Hickman. There's something about his work that, while no single panel is particularly impressive, really works well as an issue.Jonathon Hickman is just good at writing. I like everything that he's written, and this is no exception.Black Panther is a hero that I've never really cared about. I mean, I've never really gotten the point of him in a world that already has Captain Ame...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Jonathan Hickman Continues His Case For God-Hood 0

THE GOODJonathan Hickman is writing the Avengers. It's science-fiction heavy already. Do I need to say more? Okay, I will. Ex Nihilo is already one cool villain. Aleph is as well. I'm interested by Abyss and her powers. I'm interested by how the Garden came about. Hickman has basically written Interest Factory #1 here.Jerome Opeña. Jerome. Opeña. He is so perfectly suited for this story, I can't believe it. His work on Uncanny X-Force blew me away, and like his work on Uncanny, he feels tonally ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Black Widow: War Zone 0

THE GOODFor some reason, Carmine Di Giandomenico can draw redheads really well. Overall, the characters look good. Frank Castle especially, once he shows up.Black Widow's hunt for the Punisher is the highlight of this issue. I was surprisingly interested to see where her chase led her.Rachel was written well. As someone who didn't read Rucka's Punisher ongoing, her few pages in this issue helped shine a light on those stories and make me want to buy it in trades (which I will be doing).Rucka con...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Swamp Thing Arrives In Gotham As Rotworld Ramps Up 0

THE GOODWilliam Arcane returns. I love that creepy kid.There's a twist in here that I'm not going to spoil, but it made my jaw drop. Not because it was particularly story-bending, but it was one of those wacky things that only happen in comic books (and make sense). I'm very interested to see where this goes, but I feel like it possibly ruins the plot point Scott Snyder is setting up with Alec Holland still thinking that Abigail Arcane is alive. We'll have to see, though.Batman and Barbara Gordo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Disappointing Substance With One Beautiful Cover 0

THE GOODThat's one good-looking cover. I mean, I've liked few other covers more.The conversation between General Thaddeus Ross and Frank Castle is great. Of the team-gathering moments, the one between the two of them is the best. It's also the longest, so perhaps that says something about giving Daniel Way time to flesh out characters.Frank is drawn okay. Not the best Punisher I've ever seen, but not the worst.THE BADThere's a lot of it in this issue. The worst thing would have to be the art. I ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.