The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 10/26/11

Quick Thought Reviews For 10/26/11
Published on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by

Secret Avengers #18
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: David Aja w/ Raul Allen

I’m loving what Ellis is doing with the Secret Avengers. This issue was great. Having Cap tell Sharon he loved her after she took out a group of terrorists was great. All of Shang Chi’s scenes were great. I’d love to see an Ellis written Shang Chi series with David Aja art. And speaking of Aja art, damn that was impressive. All the weird angles, upside down and rightside ups, and he handled it all masterfully.

4.5 out of 5

Blackhawks #2
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Mike Costa
Art by: Graham Nolan (layouts) & Trevor McCarthy (finishes)

Definately not a title where you want to become too attached to the characters as it appears they’ll have short lifespans. One of the main characters gets maimed in this issue. We learn a little more about the operational mandate of the Blackhawks and see them in another operation. The story itself is somewhat jumpy in the action and script. Not as polished as the first issue was. The art is decent enough.

Blackhawks #2 receives
3.5 out of 5

The Red Wing #4
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Nick Pitarra

I have to admit that I’m a little confused by the whole thing. I enjoyed it though, even if didn’t completely understand it. Hickman writes a good story. This one was over my head a bit. What I understand it to be is that in one reality Dom’s father did something bad and it created the timeline where Dom and his people harvest the past. In that reality/timeline Dom’s father killed Dom and went to the future with the jet and started the whole TAC program, ending up as the commander that Dom is talking to at the end. That’s what I got out of it anyways. Pitarra’s art is good. The figures are a little off, not quite what I really like. They remind me of Frank Quitely’s work, excellant but not the most normal looking of figures.

The Red Wing #4 receives
3.5 out of 5

Ultimates #3
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Esad Ribic

I love what Hickman is doing here. It’s got a real Warren Ellis-Authority feel to it. Large concepts, big ideas, and super heroes called in to save the day. Even the little moments are handled great. Ribic’s linework is stellar but the fight pages are a little chaotic and hard to follow. The lack of borders to the pages makes them all kind of run together and they seem like double page panels when they’re not.

Ultimates #3 receives
4 out of 5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman
Art by: Dan Duncan

I just realized that each Turtle has a different shade of green. That’s a good way to help tell them apart. I like how this origin is so similar to the original but at the same time it’s not. Having Raphael be missing and on his own is an interesting way to start the series. Love that the Turtles each have their own feel, opinions and personalities. Duncan’s art is nice. He’s got a style that’s similar to the old Eastman & Laird stories but at the same time it’s different.

TMNT #3 receives
4 out of 5

Teen Titans #2
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Penciled by: Brett Booth

I’m a huge Brett Booth fan. Always have loved his work. He does a great job in this issue. I’m enjoying the story. Lobdell’s script is a bit cliched and a tad annoying in parts, most of Red Robins captions to be honest, but overall it’s shaping up to be a decent book. Not liking the continuity issues that are already running rampart. Bart Allen? What’s his connection to Barry Allen if Barry was never married to Iris then Bart wouldn’t exist in the future. And I thought DC said that this was the only incarnation of the Teen Titans? Red Robin mentions that it’s the shortest incarnation. I’m confused.

Teen Titans #2 receives
3.5 out of 5

I,Vampire #2
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino

This really should be #1A or something. It really is the first issue, just told from Mary’s point of view and not Andrews. It works very well, giving a different view to the massacre. We got Andrew’s side of the relationship and now we get Mary’s. It’s a good choice by Fialkov has it adds depth to Mary. Sorrentino’s art is great. Atmospheric and some creepy looking vampires.

I, Vampire #2 receives
4 out of 5

Incredible Hulk #1
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Penciled by: Marc Silvestri

Great to see Silvestri pencils again. This was definately not Aaron’s finest work.

2 out of 5

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