The GeeksverseQuick Thoughts Reviews – The Week of 01/19/11

Quick Thoughts Reviews – The Week of 01/19/11
Published on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by

Avengers Academy #8
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Mike McKone

The kids get upset over the video of Tigra being attacked by the Hood. The teachers try to tell the students that it’s okay but the kids go for “revenge”. Overall it’s fairly heavy handed and the lesson isn’t carried through that good.

Red Robin #19
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Fabian Nicieza
Penciled by: Marcus To

The use of Riddler as Red Robin’s subconscious and answering RR’s questions in riddles was a nice choice. I also really liked the costume Red Robin used in the Unternet. I hope we get to see it soon.

X-Factor #214
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Emanuela Lupacchino

This is a very odd story. What has Darwin walked into? It’s Peter David, and if it holds true to his previous issues of X-Factor, then every word of this will have some meaning in the future.

Thor #619
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Pascual Ferry

Ferry gives this book a cosmic/otherwordly feel and Fraction does a great job of making the scope of it seem huge. He makes the Asgardians seem truly godly and different from the mortals. The concept is high and the script is flowery, which makes it a bit dense in parts.

George R.R. Martin’s Doorways #3
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: George R.R. Martin
Art by: Stefano Martino

Martino’s art has stepped up a couple of notches since the last issue. Much better work all around on this issue. Martin’s story is better. It does seem a pretty big waste of an issue to concentrate so much time on this single world when there’s only one issue left. Having them go through a couple of other Doors would have helped propel the concept on more.

Legion of Super-Heroes #9
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Paul Levitz
Penciled by: Yildiray Cinar

Levitz does a great job with such a large cast. Cinar’s pencils are nice, getting better each month. The story is stretching out though, which is odd because normally I don’t mind long storylines, but then this one feels stretched out.

The Amazing Spider-Man #651
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Humberto Ramos

The end to the “Big Time” arc, which redefined Spider-Man’s status quo. He’s got a new girlfriend, he’s got a new job and for once his Spider-Man life doesn’t intrude on his Peter Parker life. He’s finally made the “big time”. It was a good arc and a nice new start for Spider-Man. The new Hobgoblin is a great character, the opposite of Peter Parker.

The Amazing Spider-Man #652
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Stefano Caselli

I like Caselli’s Spider-Man. He’s got a good feel for the agility and athletics of Spider-Man. Can’t wait to see more. The story is pretty good as we see what the back-ups in the previous arc have been building up to.

Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #4
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Joe Hill
Art by: Gabriel Rodriguez

Another good issue. Great writing, great art. Hill does a good job of providing a decent recap of the series and what it’s about but hiding it within a solid issue that advances the plot. Good for new readers and old.

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