The GeeksverseQuick Thoughts Reviews 12/15/10

Quick Thoughts Reviews 12/15/10
Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by

Dungeons & Dragons #2
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: John Rogers
Penciled by: Andrea Di Vito

Another fun issue. I like the happy-go-lucky tone of the adventuring party. They have a good banter between them. Bree Three-Hands is easily the best character in the series. Excellant art by Di Vito. A fun book.

The Boys: Highland Laddie #5
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Garth Ennis
Penciled by: John McCrea

A good look into the mind of Hughie. Ennis does a good job of having Annie and Hughie working through their troubles in a very real manner. I actually could do without the odd “scooby gang” aspects and the drug smuggler plot. Those bits, in my opinion, really bring down the book.

X-Factor #212
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Emanuela Lupacchino

Peter David writes a great X-Factor book. The way the cast interacts with eachother is fun to read. And his plots are pretty out there, except they work. This issue is no exception. Hela manipulated X-Factor in order to get Thor there, but Madrox figures it out and outsmarts her.

Thunderbolts #151
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Kev Walker

It took a bit, but this new version of the Thunderbolts is starting to grow on me. This issue was Ghost’s origin tale and it was what you would expect from the character. No mention of the time he was an Iron Man villian and can’t remember if this conflicts or fits with anything previous. Not a big fan of Kev Walker’s art but this issue it seemed he cranked his style down a notch or two. I do love the flies he always has buzzing around Ghost.

Captain America: Man Out of Time #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Mark Waid
Penciled by: Jorge Molina

This mini-series is meant to bring Caps reawakening more up to date with the modern world. Instead of being awoken in the 60s, he’s now in the 90s/00s. It’s a retconning series, but it’s done right. This is a series that probably needed to happen. Waid does a great job of keeping Cap off balance with all the innovations of the new age, texting, e-mail, search engines, etc..; but at the same time he does a good job of keeping Cap as Cap. Even when wildly out of his element, this is still Captain America.

Wolverine #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Penciled by: Renato Guedes

I can’t wait for this arc to be over. Not that it hasn’t been enjoyable, it’s just not something I like for Wolverine stories. Aaron throws in a “shocker” of a guest star, the one in Hell thats been manipulating Judd and the demons in Logans favor. At least Aaron is acknowledging that Wolverine really isn’t a Howlett. I hate that. They finally gave him a name and it’s not the right one. His name is James Logan, not James Howlett. Howlett wasn’t even his adoptive father, just who was thought to be.

Soldier Zero #3
Published by: Boom! Studios
Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Sergio Arino

Another decent issue. This book isn’t spectacular but it is solid. Solid art and story. You feel bad for Stewart’s brother James. The Soldier’s voice is kind of funny.

What If? The Amazing Spider-Man
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Mark Sable
Penciled by: Paul Azaceta w/ Matt Southworth

What if Spider-Man killed Kraven the Hunter at the end of the Grim Hunt? This seems like a forced answer to that question. It doesn’t make sense. Murdering Kraven then makes Spider-Man go nuts and assume the mantle of the Hunter? And what was with the animals going crazy? Weird.

Uncanny X-Force #3
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Jerome Opena

The Final Horsemen are pretty interesting. Opena’s art is pretty nice. The story is decent. Pretty fast paced. Parts of it are a bit hard to follow.

Birds of Prey #7
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Adrian Syaf

Starting off the Death of Oracle, which it turns out is all Oracle’s idea. So it seems its more a change of identity, a new name instead of Oracle. Syaf’s art is solid and I hope he stays on the book since Benes was having schedule issues and the fill-in artists weren’t as good. The story itself is decent, looks like Oracle is trying to use the Calculator to accomplish her plans but making him think he’s doing his.

Chaos War: Thor #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: J.M. DeMatteis
Penciled by: Brian Ching

Good Ching art, okay DeMatteis story. Some heavy stuff that is explored, or at least attempted. Too quick to really get into it too much. Which is a shame. Would have been interesting seeing more of Thor confronting faith and what it can do.

Chaos War #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Khoi Pham

A decent story as Hercules confronts his limitations and does something that he’s never done before, taking the route that doesn’t involved lots of punching things. Still cannot stand the coloring on Pham’s art. The shiny/metallic look is ruining this book. Horrible Panosian cover as well.

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