The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 11/02/11

Quick Thought Reviews For 11/02/11
Published on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by

Avengers Academy #21
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Sean Chen

I’m kind of disappointed in Gage with this issue. It was an odd introduction to having the new students brought into the Academy and only having them be part-time is even odder. The new teaching assistants are odd as well. It doesn’t make sense that those two would be the ones chosen. I do like Hawkeye as a teacher but the fight between the students and Avengers was so cliched it wasn’t even funny. It wasn’t written I’d normally associate with Gage, not up to his usually higher standards. Chen’s art was disappointing as well. Not up to his usual standards either.

2.5 out of 5

G.I. Joe #7
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Penciled by: Will Rosado

Rosado’s art is much better then Saltares. Hopefully he’ll stay around. The Joes still seem like they are fish out of water. Sure alot has been happening, but they aren’t reacting like the highly trained men and women they are. Dixon does good with the dialogue and jargon. Hopefully Hawk’s declaration is right and the Joes start fighting back.

New Mutants #33
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciled by: David Lopez

I like Lopez’s pencils. Like how he makes Doug all skinny and especially loved Warlock’s disguise. Great stuff. This issue works great as setting up the new status quo, taking the New Mutants from where schism set things up to where they will be going. I like the idea of the team not living on Utopia.

3.5 out of 5

Justice League International #3
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Dan Jurgens
Penciled by: Aaron Lopresti

Why is the head of UN Intelligence the guy that works with the JLI? Intelligence and the JLI’s mission don’t seem to go together. Jurgens seems to be settling down. Splitting the cast up was a nice touch, giving us a brief moment with each member. It allowed the story to slow down a bit. Better then the first two issues. Lopresti’s art is as solid as ever.

3.5 out of 5

The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode #2
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Tradd Moore

The things that Moore did in the first issue that I didn’t like, he does none of it in this issue. That’s a good thing. I like Petra. Jordan writers her as a strong and confident woman. Not the standard love interest of the hero. The Librarian is a very creepy villian. I like how Jordan has Strode realizing he can be “that guy”, the kind that always bullied him. Most times a puny kid gets powers and he goes and beats on the bullys before almost snapping. I’m glad Jordan avoided that cliche.

4 out of 5

X-Men #20
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Victor Gischler
Art by: Will Conrad

Could we have avoided the hero vs hero fight because it’s a misunderstanding? In this case it was the other option used for those fights, the “each side is too proud to just stop and listen and talk so a fight erupts”. Seen it too many times and it’s now a mark of bad writing. It really brought this issue down, as well as the forced inclusion of War Machine. He adds nothing to the issue and just makes it worse, and I’m a War Machine fan. I know this book is supposed to integrate the X-Men more with the Marvel Universe but forced integration doesn’t always work. I do like the characters in this story so that’s the only reason I’ll probably continue reading it. That and Conrad’s art is nice.

X-Men #20 receives
3.5 out of 5

Mystic #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: G. Willow Wilson
Penciled by: David Lopez

Not a strong finish to the story. It had been going very well but this isn’t as good as it could have been. It moves extremely fast and it doesn’t make sense that these young kids are the ones that work to save the world. Wouldn’t there be adults that would be able to figure it out? The split between the girls happens too fast and feels forced. The whole issue feels forced. It could have benefited from an extra issue.

3 out of 5

Batwing #3
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Judd Winick
Art by: Ben Oliver

Oliver didn’t do the shadowed figure thing he’s been doing, which is good. His art is excellant and that shadow thing was just distracting. Winick’s story was pretty good. He’s adding to the history of Batwing, which is good. Would be interesting to see why/how Batman picked this guy to be in Batman Inc. The story is decent but it’s hard to make a connection with The Kingdom when don’t know anything about them. Also odd that DC’s known African hero, Vixen, wasn’t involved.

3.5 out of 5

Action Comics #3
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Penciled by: Rags Morales

This issue jumps in time ALOT and it’s hard to follow because of it. 3/4 of the page will be one day and then the last panel will be another day. Conversations end in the middle and don’t continue. It’s a mess. But it looks good.

2.5 out of 5

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