The GeeksverseQuick Thoughts For The Week of 05/18/11

Quick Thoughts For The Week of 05/18/11
Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by

Last Mortal #1
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: John Mahoney & Filip Sablik
Art by: Thomas Nachlik

I remember reading this in that Top Cow special awhile ago. It’s an excellant first issue with good art.

Avengers Academy #14
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Sean Chen

Good clean art by Chen. It seems a bit odd that the kids weren’t prepared for the Sinister Six. What have the teachers been doing? They were badly inexperienced. They are newbies but this came out as too much. They were TOO inexperienced.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #166
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Larry Hama
Penciled by: Ron Wagner

Cobra Commander is overboard. But the rest of the issue was great. Decent art by Wagner but Hama had a strong story.

Generation Hope #7
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Penciled by: Salvador Espin

An interesting mix of characters. Extreme personalities. I love Teon. I hate Idie and Kenji. Espin’s art is too cartoony and not the right style for this book.

Teen Titans #95
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: J.T Krul
Penciled by: Nicola Scott

Not liking the story but Scott’s work is excellant. Krul’s story and characters don’t have life to them. They’re flight, even the new one Solstice. They seem to speak in cliches. But Scott’s work is great.

X-Factor #219
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Emanuela Lupacchino

The three females are interesting characters. Have they been around before? I don’t recognize them. But would like to see more of ‘em. David’s got a handle on his characters and he’s able to keep the story fresh, interesting and moving forward.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer
Penciled by: Cafu, Mike Grell & Nick Dragotta

This issue plays on the history of the Thunder Agents and Nick Spencer does his own bit of retconning. Like most of the issues of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, it feels thrown together.

Uncanny X-Force #10
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Penciled by: Billy Tan & Rich Elson

So why called another dimension the “Age of Apocalypse”? That doesn’t make any sense. How does Dark Beast know about the life seed and death seeds?

X-Men #11
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Victor Gischler
Penciled by: Al Barrionuevo

So did Marvel give Gischler this series just so he could introduce his vampire characters? He retcons his Raizo Koda character into Xavier’s history. What’s the point?

Sigil #3
Published by: Marvel Comics/Crossgen
Written by: Mike Carey
Penciled by: Leonard Kirk

The reimaginging of Crossgen’s Sigil continues. It really doesn’t relate to the original in any way but it stands on it’s own as an interesting story. I’m liking the direction and Samantha Rey is a good character. She’s a little too good at the beginning of this issue. She felt too strong and too experienced.

Herc #3
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Neil Edwards

I’m liking the new Herc but how many weapons does he have and where does he keep them? Each new weapon has just the right ability for the right situation. He doesn’t need super strength and invunerability when he has those weapons. I thought Herc was supposed to be stripped of his powers? He’s probably even more powerful and versitile now.

Thunderbolts #157
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Kev Walker & Declan Shalvey

Do the editors actually pay attention? How can Hyde be working for the Thunderbolts when he’s in LA facing off against Moon Knight? This issue feels a little jumbled and muddled. Not one of the strongest issues of Thunderbolts.

Heroes For Hire #7
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciled by: Time Seeley

I like the idea behind the new Heroes For Hire and I like what DnA are doing with Paladin. I wonder what he did with the Spear of Odin he had after Siege? I also like the idea that whoever was beind the Puppet Master, who was controling Misty, was using them to take out the competition.

The Amazing Spider-Man #660
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Mike McKone & Stefano Caselli

A bit muddled but decent. More of Spidey fitting in with the FF. McKone’s art was odd. Not his usual style and I hope it’s not here to stay as it’s no where near as good as his normal work. I don’t think it helped the issue at all, made it harder to follow.

The Amazing Spider-Man #661
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Reilly Brown

Slott started off this run on Amazing Spider-Man very well but the last couple have been slightly muddled. This was not one of the strongest issues.

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #4
Published by: DC Comics/Vertigo
Written by: Chris Roberson
Art by: Shawn McManus

I like how Roberson weaves a spy tale with the fables. It all works together very well. I like how easily Roberson turns Dorothy Gale into a killer for hire. It fits nicely in with her story.

X-Men Giant-Size #1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Chris Yost
Art by: Paco Medina and Dalabor Talajic

This starts the “First To Last” saga. An interesting idea, playing with the present and past X-Men. Good to see the Neo back but what a way to get rid of that lingering plot thread.

JSA All-Stars #18
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Matthew Sturges
Art by: Freddie Williams II

So somehow the JSA and JLA are able to evacuate everyone in a 500 mile radius in upstate New York and that includes Syracuse and Albany? And they do it in nine and a half minutes? I’ve seen some far fetched stuff in comics but that takes the cake. And did the 500 mile radius really get destroyed? This issue ended weird.

Undying Love #2
Written by: Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman
Art by: Tomm Coker

A great looking book. Not as strong as the first issue but still entertaining. I wish I could read chinease to understand what all the characters were saying.

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