The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For The Week of 01/11/12

Quick Thought Reviews For The Week of 01/11/12
Published on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by

X-Factor #230
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Emanuela Lupacchino

Since reading this book I’ve wondered why David doesn’t get more team books. This has such a large cast and he makes it work seemingly effortlessly. Each member gets their moment to shine. And the interaction/banter between the characters is great. This issue spotlights what Madrox’s death means to the team. Should be interesting to see what the return of Havok and Polaris do to them.

4.5 out of 5

Snake Eyes #9
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Alex Cal

Is the new Cobra Commander after some personal revenge with his choice of targets (read the Cobra annual)? I’m liking the new storyline, it really shows the Joes operating. Dixon at his best. Snake Eyes and Helix are still a little too strong in this issue, but it works well. Interesting that Alpine is still a major part of the story after losing his legs. A figure made of the new IDW version, with the new kicks, could be cool. Cal’s art is great. He does military very well. Love seeing a mix of the Pursuit of Cobra (toyline) mechs and the Hiss tank design from the RoC video game. He still has an issue with berets though.

4 out of 5

Wolverine And The X-Men #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Nick Bradshaw

Aaron does as good a job handling this large cast as Peter David does over in X-Factor. This is just such a fun book. It’s nice to see Aaron stretch his writing chops as everything I’d seen from him before had been serious. There’s seriousness to this book, but for the most part there’s a tone of fun and craziness. Good stuff. Bradshaw’s art is pretty good.

4 out of 5

Demon Knights #5
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Paul Cornell
Penciled by: Diogenes Neves

This is a motley crew. Al-Jabr is the most interesting. Can’t wait to see more of his thoughts on magic and invention. Cornell’s doing a good job stretching out the cast introduction so it feels natural and not forced. Interesting characters and this issue works well to show a bit more about them all. Neves art is perfect for this series.

4 out of 5

Batgirl #5
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Gail Simone
Penciled by: Ardian Syaf w/ Vicente Cifuentes

I’ve generally liked Simone’s Batgirl. It’s been a decent series. It’s like how much of Simone’s work is, decent but not spectacular. But this issue was off. The part with Bab’s mother just read oddly, unfinished, stiff. The Gretel parts were good and she seems like she’ll be interesting.

3.5 out of 5

Brillant #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Mark Bagley

This issue is much better then the first. Bendis fleshes out the characters a bit more and delves into how they came up with the ability to give super powers. The story is more interesting, the characters more interesting and it’s all better paced. Bagley’s art is much better as well.

3.5 out of 5

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