The GeeksverseQuick Thoughts For The Week of 03/16/11

Quick Thoughts For The Week of 03/16/11
Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

Generation Hope #5
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Penciled by: Jamie McKelvie

Can McKelvie be the regular penciler? I enjoy his work more then Espins. I’m worried that Gillen will be taking over Uncanny. His Emma Frost is not right. I’m also kind of wondering what the point of this all was. Why does Hope get her own untrained team when there is an island full of young mutants? Horrible cover also. Really bad.

JSA All-Stars #16
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Matthew Sturges
Art by: Freddie Williams II

This arc didn’t make much sense. Seemed like it was jumping around alot. The ending was decent. Nice to see Citizen Steel cut loose a bit. I’m still not a fan of Williams’ art. Maybe a new penciler would help me enjoy this book more. I like the characters in it, but I’m having a hard time getting into it.

The Invincible Iron Man #502
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Salvador Larroca

The conversation between Stark and Doc Ock is the high light of this issue. Fraction writes a great Stark in this issue. And Larrocca draws one creepy Doctor Octopus. Someone needs to give Electro a new look. The tattoo in the shape of his mask is horrible.

Superboy #5
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Pier Gallo

I like Gallo’s work overall but he can’t draw characters running. Not at all. Also, can he please have them change clothes once in awhile? Won’t someone notice that the Kents have a dog that looks just like Krypto?

Avengers Academy #11
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Tom Raney

Gage does a good job with the Korvacs flashback, interspacing images of the battle between the Avengers and Korvacs. And finally Tom Raney has a high profile monthly gig. About damn time. Except he needs to do something different with Veil’s mask.

Knight and Squire #6
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Paul Cornell
Penciled by: Jimmy Broxton

An odd series. Distinctly British. Not what I was looking forward to. A little less serious then had hoped. Still a good read though.

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade: Young Avengers
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Allan Heinberg
Penciled by: Alan Davis

Mouthful of a title. I’m going to assume this tells the tale of what happened to Iron Lad that led him to his appearance at the end of Children’s Crusade #3. Because otherwise there is no point to this story. But it does have Alan Davis art and that is worth the price.

The Amazing Spider-Man #656
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Marcos Martin

Interesting use of his brain and making up for the lack of a spider-sense. Nice of Pete to finally use his brain and come up with gadgets/webbing to help out his crimefighting. About damn time. Strong story. Good stuff. Last two issues have been some of the best Spidey in a long time.

Red Robin #21
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Fabian Nicieza
Penciled by: Marcus To

Another solid issue. The whole unternet storyline has been a little odd, but it wraps up nicely and still keeps Red Robin in a kind of moral gray area. To’s art is a bit too bright for this title though.

Batgirl #19
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ramon Bachs

Nothing I hate worse, as a comics fan, is to get an announcement that a “hot” creator is coming on board a title and he does a couple of issues and then it’s fill-in city. Get Pere Perez on this title and ditch Nguyen, who I don’t even think is right for Batgirl. Miller’s Batgirl is a great read. He’s got a great handle on her.

X-Factor #217
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Emanuela Lupacchino

One of the most unpredictible books on the market. Also very entertaining. The JJJ speech is right on the money. David has a handle on the large cast, each getting characterization and spotlight. Lupacchino draws a stellar Banshee.

Hack/Slash #2
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Daniel Leister

An interesting mix of old and new. Seeley starts the new ongoing off with new adventures featuring old villians. It’s a good way to tie in all the old Hack/Slash mini-series with the new ongoing and help introduce new readers to the world.

Birds of Prey #10
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Inaki Miranda

Bad arc. Just really bad. Is Oracle dead to the other heroes? Using a different name? I’m confused by the last part. It didn’t come out very well and the end result is still cloudy. Who is Gage by the way?

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