The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 07/04/2012

Quick Thought Reviews For 07/04/2012
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by

Independence day brought new comics. What did you pick up?

Masters Of The Universe #1
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: James Robinson
Penciled by: Philip Tan

Tan’s art was kind of bland. Beast Man looked cool, the rest not really. The opening double page splash was just bad. Story was okay, but without backstory it was kind of lost. Just seems an odd way to begin the story.

3 out of 5

Stormwatch #11
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Peter Milligan
Penciled by: Eduardo Pansica & Ignacio Calero

The Hidden People, the last living Neanderthals is a great idea. Having them be Stormwatch’s ages-old enemy is great. This issue? Not so great. Bad story, okay art. This could have been a stellar new arc, introduction to an arch-enemy for Stormwatch. Instead we get this waste of an issue.

2 out of 5

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #180
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Larry Hama
Penciled by: S.L. Gallant

First thoughts is that an issue of Joe taking place at SDCC wouldn’t be good, but Hama makes it work. It ends up being somewhat fun, except that can’t really be SDCC since it’s not crowded enough. Some funny bits, but the location works really well for Hama’s story.

3.5 out of 5

Spider-Men #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli

I know the whole point of this mini-series is to have the two Spider-Men meet, but really? They all just readily accept that it’s Peter Parker? Peter doesn’t freak out when he finds out that he’s dead (and years younger)? The biggest parts of what make a dimensional story like this work are being left out just to throw the two together. Not working.

2.5 out of 5

Wolverine #310
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jeph Loeb
Art by: Simone Bianchi

I never read a single issue of Wolverine’s that concerned Romulus. I never read the death of Sabretooth. I have zero interest in this 4 issue arc and am disappointed that it interrupts the start of the Bunn run, ruining whatever flow he started. So far it looks like a clone story and that is very disappointing. Loeb’s Wolverine doesn’t even sound like Wolverine. I don’t remember, but I seem to think that when Sabretooth appeared during Aaron’s last issues, it was as a surprise to Logan. So how does he know that Sabretooth is alive at the end of this issue, which takes place before Aarons?

2 out of 5

Read: Fairest #5, Voodoo #10, Resurrection Man #10, Forgotten Realms #2, Uncanny X-Force #26, Morning Glories #20, Winter Soldier #7, Earth 2 #3, Wolverine #309

5 Responses
    • I was kinder to He-Man than you were in your brief review although I do agree with you on Joe: ARAH that it does work better than expected. I still want Hama to leave the blue ninjas alone for a few issues but that clearly isn’t going to happen. He rushed Dark Snake Eyes for this?

      Haunt #24 is still a solid book after the “new” creative team have put together several issues. while I don’t review every issue anymore it is a solid book. The art in this issue isn’t my favorite but it has a few moments that I enjoy with the sound effects. Also a future evolution of the Haunt form is shown for the first time hinting at things to come. This title has potential to be a strong long running title. It is evolving away from the McFarlane Venom & Spawn parallels.

      Creator Owned Heroes #2 probably deserves a longer review but I didn’t have time last week. The two stories are still going strong. The magazine style features are still fun. One curious ponder, why isn’t it a flip book?

      Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #27 is a series that I gave up on a long time ago just after this publisher took over. I’ve read the series and the comics offer very little new for long time readers of Jordan’s novels. They can’t without Jordan to add in any new material or side stories. It is just a weak rehash of what I have already read and pictured for myself.

      How is Winter Soldier going? It seemed convoluted from the descriptions but I haven’t picked it up to give it a fair chance.

      •  I like Winter Soldier.  Solid spy/super hero comic series.

        The Blue Ninjas are tired but at Joecon it was mentioned that Hama wanted a new baddie for Joe besides Cobra.

        •  I think a new baddie organization is a good idea for a while…but cyborg ninjas. Let Darklon back out with a splinter cell. Bring North Korea in with an Oktober Guard style group. Anything but blue cyborg ninjas.

          • I agree.  There would be more groups like Cobra and the Iron Grenadiers in the world.  Russia wouldn’t be the only country to have a top secret unit like the Oktober Guard.  America has the Joes, Russia the Guard.  What does North Korea have?  What does Great Britain have?

            •  I’d like to see Hama actually develop a separate group for the UK that isn’t just renamed Joe designs. That’d be awesome but I don’t think they’d threaten the Joes.

              North Korea, China, Afghanistan are all regions that could be explored topically and have a group that would get in the way of the Joes in military might and/or politics.  It would be a nice change up from the super ninja stories.

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