The GeeksverseQuick Thoughts Review For Books Shipping 12/29/10

Quick Thoughts Review For Books Shipping 12/29/10
Published on Monday, January 3, 2011 by

Savage Dragon #167
Published by: Image Comics
Written & Art by: Erik Larsen

Wow, now this is an apocalpytic tale. Emperor Kurr has taken over his body and laid waste to the world thanks to a disease. His people have arrived and aren’t happy. But Kurr is still slaughtering everyone, including Angel. The only one left is Malcom, Dragon’s son. Where Larsen takes this book after this will be a surprise.

Ultimate Thor #3
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by: Carlos Pacheco

This story spans three time periods. Hickman does a good job moving through the three periods seamlessly. It flows smoothly. Each part building on the ones that came before and weaving into one piece that tells one entire story. And Pacheco’s art is amazing as always.

Captain America #613
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Ed Brubaker
Penciled by Butch Guice

The trial of Captain America begins and just after the opening statements a major curve ball gets thrown. I thought Sin was an interesting character before but she’s now gone off the deep end and is even more interesting. Guice’s art is still excellant.

Secret Warriors #23
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Alessandro Vitti

It’s the little things that show that Hickman has this entire book mapped out. A couple issues ago, in passing, the Hydra high command mentioned the death of Leviathan’s Magdadan and how it was blamed on them. This issue we see what happened. And we see that Fury never cut Druid adrift, just used another asset to refocus the big man and make him better and into someone that wasn’t a liability. Too bad for Druid the rest of his team fell apart.

New Mutants #20
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Zeb Wells
Art by: Leonard Kirk & Andrew Currie

Kirk does the Limbo scenes and Currie does the Utopia. You can tell the difference. I don’t know why this wasn’t just a continuation of the previous arc instead of being called a new one. It’s the same story with no stop in the middle. All the pieces are coming together for the big battle and finish next month. Best part of this issue? How Dani Moonstar uses a bow with a broken arm.

Superman #706
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: Amilcar Pinna

This is another interlude to the Grounded storyline and it’s as boring as the other. I really don’t want to read a comic about Perry White fending off an internet blogger. That’s not what I’m paying my money for when I pick up a Superman comic. Especially one that’s supposed to be in the middle of a “ground breaking” storyline.

Thunderstrike #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Tom DeFalco
Penciled by: Ron Frenz

This issue does a good job of expanding Kevin Masterson’s character. From how he feels about his step-dad, true feelings coming out in during danger, and that he wasn’t really being a bully at the start of the first issue (defending his mom’s honor). Frenz also does a good job at showing what a neophyte hero Kevin is. This is turning into a decent little mini-series.

Action Comics #896
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Paul Cornell
Art by: Pete Woods

Seeing Luthor and Savage try to outwit eachother is pretty fun. Cornell writes a good Secret Six. If Simone ever leaves the book, he should be next in line to get it. More layers are added to the mystery with the revelation that the Robot Lois may be working for someone else. And remind me to not get Robot Lois made. Woods does a good job with the panel of the employees. It’s hard to capture a good “rolling of the eyes” but Woods manages.

Marvel What If? #200
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Marc Guggenheim & Stan Lee
Art by: Dave Wilkins & Dale Eaglesham

This issue has two parts. The first is “what if Osborn had won the siege of Asgard” and is a pretty bad story. The events don’t make sense as they are laid out. Most What Ifs suffer from that, but this is one of the worst. The second story is by Stan Lee and Dale Eaglesham and asks “what if the Watcher killed Galactus”. It’s a much better story then the first and it’s interesting seeing Stan Lee’s script over a modern penciler. For some reason it doesn’t seem to jive well and looks awkward. But the end result of this What If is pretty interesting.

Hulk #28
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Gabriel Hardman

Parker’s done a good job with making Ross/Red Hulk a good character to read. He may not be likable, but you do feel for Ross. Nice job on weaving the back-up into the main story, bringing both together. Hardman knocked it out of the park with the all the varied monsters.

Justice Society of America #46
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Mike Norton

Hey editors, make sure you put the name of the guy thats actually drawing the issue on the cover credits and not the guy that normally does it. Nice to see more of the team, as Mr. America shows up, where is the rest of the group? I didn’t realize that the man at the train at the beginning is the mayor’s aide until just now. The art was pretty plain and lacked detail. I’m pretty sure Fate’s costume has more to it then just a belt. So far Guggenheim’s opening arc has been pretty bad.

Skullkickers #4
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jim Zubkavitch
Art by: Edwin Huang

I’m still waiting for the funny. This book is a tad boring as well. The lettering that describes the actions is pretty annoying in this issue.

Justice League of America #52
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: James Robinson
Penciled by: Mark Bagley

Robinson needs to slow down the storylines. He’s never really had a chance to let the team gel. It’s hard to follow who the team really is. Too many characters moving in and out. This book needs to slow down.

Green Lantern Corps #55
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Tony Bedard
Penciled by: Tyler Kirkham
Inked by: Batt
Colored by :Nei Ruffino
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Editor: Adam Schlagman
Cover: Kirkham, Banning & Ruffino

Big fight between the Weaponer and the Green Lantern Honor Guard. The Weaponer makes short work of them all. Which makes some sense as they did so up without a plan and without knowing what they were facing. But then the Weaponer really didn’t know either. So the fight shouldn’t have been so one sided.

JLA/The 99 #3
Published by: DC Comics and Teshkeel Comics
Written by: Fabian Nicieza & Stuart Moore
Penciled by: Tom Derenick

Is someone editing this book? This book can’t take place in the regular DCU, it’s an elseworlds tale, because this particular team of JLA doesn’t exist. Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman (Bruce Wayne) aren’t part of the JLA. And then there’s John Stewart and Dr. Light. When does this take place? That’s definately not Dick Grayson but it’s not the Bruce Wayne batsuit. And Wonder Woman has the new costume but is acting like the WW of old. Makes it hard to enjoy this book.

Osborn #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by: Emma Rios

This Goblin Cult seems a bit too connected to hae sprung up in such a short amount of time. Why wasn’t this being organized when Osborn was in power? He hasn’t been out of power that long. They’re connected enough to get Osborn transfered to some prison we’ve never heard of, that has multiple wings, and get their own priest on the detail? We’re supposed to believe that? This issue also has the hardest sequance I have ever had to read. By hardest I mean “to follow”. The red colored pages are horribly laid out.

Carnage #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Zeb Wells
Art by: Clayton Crain

This issue is hard to follow. The art makes the characters run together and the bi-monthly shipping schedule makes it hard to remember who is who. Just a jumbled mess.

Chaos War: X-Men #1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Louise Simonson & Chris Claremont
Art by: Doug Braithwaite

This was one of the better tie-in mini-series. Was nice to see Proudstar acting in a way that he might have been. Nice bit on the details with “i forgot you weren’t around for this”. The art was off in a couple of spots with Esme and Sophie being interchanged. Their hairstyles changed to make them seperate, and if they had been the same it wouldn’t have been noticable, but because they were noticable different the interchanging made it hard to follow.

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