The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 04/27/11

Quick Thought Reviews For 04/27/11
Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by

We’ve missed the last couple Quick Thoughts but we’re back on schedule.

Uncanny X-Men #536
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Penciled by: Terry Dodson

I wasn’t sure if I’d like Gillen on Uncanny but so far I have. There’s a sense of humor and casualness to his work, it’s refreshing. The bit about the slaves sacrificing themselves was hard to follow. Dodson’s art is as great as always.

Green Arrow #11
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: J.T. Krul
Penciled by: Diogenes Neves w/ Vicente Cifuentes

This has been a bit of a hard storyline to get behind. I’m not quite sure what Green Arrow’s role is but I’m not liking this spirutality and the whole forest thing. It doesn’t seem to work with Green Arrow. The “i’ve always been a hero” thing is way heavy handed. Neves needs to put some detail into GA’s costume.

X-Men #10
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Victor Gischler
Art by: Chris Bachalo w/ Paco Medina

Awesome art by Bachalo. There’s some jumpiness to it, but it just looks damn cool and I think it’s a problem more with the script. The story wraps up pretty quickly and doesn’t amount to much.

Captain America #617
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano, Chris Samnee and Mike Deodato

A good story that covers alot of ground. We see Bucky in the gulag, well drawn by Guice. We see Sharon Carter and the Black Widow working to find a way to clear him and we see Steve Rogers getting closer to taking the shield back.

FF #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by: Steve Epting

I love Epting art. The story is great as well. The FF having to help Doom makes for good reading. I like the cliffhanger it ends on. The cover for next issue gives it away though.

Ruse #2
Published by: Marvel Comics/Crossgen
Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Mirco Pierfederici

Nice to see Ruse back. It’s like Waid never missed a step between the original and now. The tone is the same. Archard’s cases are as good as before. Pierfederici’s art is much better then the first issue. It looks great in this one.

Thunderstrike #5
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Tom Defalco
Penciled by: Ron Frenz

A good end to the mini-series and hope we see more of Kevin Masterson. I’m also glad to see the mention of Avengers Academy. One of my issues with the book is the lack of other teenage heroes. How old is Grunny? I thought she was equivalent to mid-20s, but is she equivalent to Kevin’s age?

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #4
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Written by: Haden Blackman
Penciled by: Rick Leonardi

I knew there was something wrong with Lady Saro. This has been a good story showing the transition from Anakin Skywalker to fully being Darth Vader. Leonardi’s art is really nice. Best I’ve seen from him.

Avengers #12.1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Bryan Hitch

This is what the .1 issues should have all been like. This sets up future storylines. Bendis weaves in the timeline that Iron Man had seen issues ago, shown by the older Tony and Maestro. I’m not sure about this timeline though because the Intelligencia was stopped in Incredible Hulk and Wizard isn’t up to what is shown in this issue yet.

Batman, Inc #5
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Penciled by: Yanick Paquette

This storyline has been a tad confusing. It makes sense by the end but during the course of it, it made no sense. Too many elements, too many threads, and bits get thrown in that don’t make sense. The prologue at the end reads weird as well.

Xombi #2
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: John Rozum
Art by: Frazier Irving

Read this series. That is all. Excellant pacing. Excellant story. Excellant writing. Excellant art. Just the right amount of explanation with just enough “what the heck”.

Amazing Spider-Man #659
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott w/ Fred Van Lente
Art by: Stefano Caselli

Sigh. It didn’t last long. Already Peter’s perfect life is starting to unravel. Couldn’t it have lasted a little while longer? The rest of the FF seemed out of character. Valeria looked too old. And Spidey was annoying. I usually like Dan Slott’s Spider-Man, but not this issue.

The Mission #3
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber
Art by: Werther Dell’edera

This is a well crafted story. Well plotted and well laid out. We can see Paul slowly coming undone and it just reads naturally. The art by Dell’edera is getting better each issue.

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