The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For The Week of 02/16/11

Quick Thought Reviews For The Week of 02/16/11
Published on Thursday, February 24, 2011 by

Thunderbolts #153
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jeff Parker
Penciled by: Kev Walker

Hyperion turns on the Thunderbolts and they deal with him in the way that only the Thunderbolts could. It’s nice to see them react as a team.

Avengers Academy #9
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Mike McKone

Finesse is an interesting character and her time with Taskmaster is the best part of this issue. The Avengers trying to decide what to do with the kids isn’t as good.

The Boys #51
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Russ Braun

Another solid issue of The Boys. It was a bit hard to follow on what the simulation was meant to convey as a result. Butcher’s handling of Monkey was spot on for this book. There was even some emotional moments with Butcher and Rayner.

Magus #2
Published by: 12 Gauge Comics
Written by: Jon Price
Art by: Rebekah Isaacs

Another very solid issue, story and art. We learn the history of this world, as it relates to magic, and how magic was sealed away for humanity’s best interests. Various pieces of the board are added and moved around and new characters are added to the mix. We’re also presented with a bit of a mystery at the end.

Wolverine & Jubilee #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kathryn Immonen
Art by: Phil Noto

Another solid issue. The interplay between Logan and Jubilee is well done and Jubilee’s conflict shines. Immonen does a great job of conveying the change to Jubilee and how hard it is to adjust to.

Legion of Super-Heroes #10
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Paul Levitz
Penciled by: Yildiray Cinar

Levitiz does an amazing job with handling such a large cast and keeping it fresh. He could easily make it a mirror of his classic run but he doesn’t, adding new and fresh concepts to the old Legion. This title isn’t made of arcs but multiple storylines all converging and diverging as the series progresses.

Generation Hope #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Salvador Espin

Teon is my favorite of the Lights. There’s just something nice about his simplicity. The rest of the Lights are just okay. Nothing special about them, even Kenji. I’m still wondering what the point of this comic is and hope that the other young mutants on the island don’t get overshadowed by the newcomers.

Wonder Woman #607
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski & Phil Hester
Penciled by: Don Kramer

I like the new Wonder Woman costume and this would be a great storyline if it wasn’t Wonder Woman. I still want to know how this new Wonder Woman affects everyone else in the DCU. Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, etc… Without that connection this is nothing more then an elseworlds or a storyline that will end and be replaced with the status quo, which makes it pretty much worthless.

The Amazing Spider-Man #654.1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Humberto Ramos

The first real look at the new Venom, as we follow Flash on his second mission. The 20 mission limit is interesting and should make for a good story once it’s up and Flash has to give up the suit. The rest of it is alright, nothing special.

Daredevil Reborn #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Andy Diggle
Penciled by: Davide Gianfelice

For someone that says he wants out of this life, he sure doesn’t take the chances to get out, he sure acts like he wants back in. Diggle’s story is good but he doesn’t do a good enough job of showing that Murdock wants out of the life.

Twilight Guardian #2
Published by: Image Comics/Top Cow
Written by: Troy Hickman
Art by: Sid Kotian

Hickman does a great job of toeing the line between crazy and interesting. This could very easily come across as TG and the other “heroes” being totally nuts, and in a way they are, but there’s also something endearing about TG and how she thinks that makes for good reading.

Spider-Girl #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Paul Tobin
Art by: Matt Southworth & Paul Azaceta

Tobin’s got a good voice for Anya. She’s fun, but the underlying tone of sadness is always there. It’s nice to see her lay a trap for the hunter, the daughter of Kraven. A bit too much of the “lying to the roommate” for the first issue with the roommate. Can’t see it lasting too long before the secret identity is out.

Invincible Iron Man #500.1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Salvador Larroca

Now this is how you do a recap. Tony recaps his life from being a teenager to now but it’s at an AA meeting. Extremely well done and well crafted. Fraction really has a handle on what makes Tony tick.

Green Lantern Corps #57
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Tony Bedard
Penciled by: Tyler Kirkham

Why does it feel like this issue was rushed? The appearance of Firestorm serves no purpose and just complicates things. The Weaponer turns way too quickly. It just feels like Bedard took two issues and pushed them into one in order to make room for The War of the Green Lanterns.

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