The GeeksverseQuick Thoughts For The Week Of 05/25/11

Quick Thoughts For The Week Of 05/25/11
Published on Friday, June 3, 2011 by

Secret Warriors #27
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Alessandro Vitti

The series is coming to an end and Nick Fury is laying out his last pieces. It’s interesting to see where Hickman is taking this. Every issue still makes me wish this had been able to go the full 60 issue distance that Hickman first planned.

Secret Avengers #13
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer
Penciled by: Scot Eaton

Good looking book, except Eaton gives Beast a big and bushy moustache. This story just barely qualifies as a Secret Avengers story. The connections to Beast are very tenuous.

Captain America #618
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Ed Brubaker
Penciled by: Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano & Chris Samnee

The mystery behind why the Russians wanted to send the Winter Soldier to prison are starting to come to light. I like the way it’s laid out, with three trails leading to the same conclusion.

Sherlock Holmes Year One #4
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Scott Beatty
Art by: Daniel Indro

A little hard to follow in parts. The flashback is nice, showing some of Holmes’ past, but it’s not structured well and gets in the way of the narrative flowing smoothly.

Daredevil Reborn #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Andy Diggle
Art by: Davide Gianfelice

Diggle brings Murdock full circle. This was supposed to be his rebirth from where Shadowland left him. It works okay as that, but then bringing him back to Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t make much sense. The Black Panther is there, why bring Daredevil back there.

Dean Koontz’s Nevermore #2
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Keith Champagne
Art by: Leno Carvalho

I feel really bad for Bobby Godric. He’s trying to find his wife, who died of brain cancer on his Earth, and he’s hopping from Earth to Earth to do it. It’s maddening. All these different Noras and none of them the right one. Then he finds the one that is looking for him. And the alien race he encountered last issue cause him hurt again. Well done.

Uncanny X-Men #537
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Penciled by; Terry Dodson

The action picks up and we see what Kruun’s plan is. It’s a good one. I like the way Gillen portrays Kitty. Just the way she should be. Smart and determined. Good use of her in this issue. The plan to get Wolverine’s attention is good. Excellant Dodson art.

FF #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by: Barry Kitson

How do you stop Reed Richards? You bring in his greatest enemies and you ask them. The War of the Four Cities heats up. Hickman is bringing together everything he set up in his Fantastic Four run. I love Barry Kitson art but I think Epting fits the book much better.

The Mighty Thor #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Penciled by: Olivier Coipel

Alot of set-up. Odin is up to All-Father type stuff. Fraction writes good gods. Coipel draws a good Sif.

Uncanny X-Men #249
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Mike Carey
Penciled by: Rafa Sandoval

Mostly a character study of Magneto, Rogue and Frenzy. Turning Frenzy into an X-Man is an interesting idea. She’s been an enemy of them for awhile, and even one of the original X-Factor’s villians. Be interested to see how Rogue’s little night with Magneto shakes things up.

Power Man and Iron Fist #4 & 5
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Fred Van Lente
Penciled: Wellington Alves

I like the new Power Man’s powers, just not him. He’s a walking and talking stereotype of an angry teenager rebelling against authority. Van Lente wraps everything up all nice and neat. A little too neat, but good enough.

Iron Man 2.0 #5
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Nick Spencer
Art by: Ariel Olivetti

I haven’t been a fan of Spencer’s War Machine since he started. I hate the look of the new armor. I don’t like the idea behind the book (chasing the dead Palmer Addley around and stopping the schemes) but I do like the way that Spencer handles The Immortal Weapons pretty well. I’m not sure yet how he’ll do Iron Fist. Also, who showed Olivetti how to draw the Prince of Orphans because that’s not it.

The Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro #3
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Ande Parks
Art by: Esteve Polls

This series is being drawn out needlessly. It’s obvious that Parks is playing for time with the Lone Ranger to allow for La Justica to arrive. This entire issue seemed a waste.

Xombi #3
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: John Rozum
Art by: Frazier Irving

A little hard to follow and very text heavy, but it resolves it self nicely by the end. The part where Kim heals and the dead are talking to him is very well done.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #518
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: David Liss
Art by: Francesco Francavilla

Liss’ run started strong but it’s degenerated quickly. Gabe talks very well for a 10 year old. He’s also pretty smart to get the powers for himself. The art is muddled and hard to follow. I like Francavilla’s work but he’s not good at super hero fights.

The Mission #4
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber
Art by: Werther Dell’Edera

I feel like I missed an issue. This one picks up an unknown time after the last and it seems that Paul and Gabriel have worked out their differences and are working well now. This issue increases the mythos introducing someone doing a mission for the other side and someone else doing missions for Pauls side. Interesting.

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