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Quick Thought Reviews For 09/05/12
Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by

Time for another addition of Quick Thoughts. Lots of Marvel and others as DC is covered elsewhere.

X-Factor #243
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Leonard Kirk

Have to add David to the list (and it’s a short list) of people that know how to do a retcon. Brilliant. He covered all the bases. Why Lorna didn’t know, touched on the parts that were known. Perfect. It even explains her mental instability over the years. Well done. This storyline has been well crafted. Even though each issue is basically stand alone, wrapping up older plotlines or establishing a new status quo for them, David does an excellent job of keeping them flowing together nicely.

4 out of 5

Hypernaturals #3
Published by: Boom! Studios
Written by: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by: Tom Derenick & Andres Guinaldo

I like the 5 page flashback to open the issue. Something I always wanted to do with a series I created awhile back (just one of many). It’s a good way to fill in some blanks, introduce past concepts that affect future stories, and get the histories of characters without interupting the main story. This issue was a bit jumpy in spots but fairly solid.

3.5 out of 5

Avengers Academy #36
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Andrea Di Vito

A little too heavy handed with the theme in this issue. Also the jump at the end was bad. Squeezed too much into the body and didn’t have enough space for the last part. The parts with White Tiger and Reptyl were neat, but other then that a run of the mill issue.

2.5 out of 5

G.I. Joe #17
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Chuck Dixon
Art by: Alex Cal

I like Will Rosado’s work, but I love when Cal does Joe. This is a fairly standard “sit back, regroup, relaunch” kind of issue. A storyline ends, the characters get a chance to regroup and get some character moments and then the next storyline lauches. Nice touch having the Joes headquartered on the Flagg. I’m liking the leaner/meaner Joe team.

4 out of 5

Savage Dragon #181
Published by: Image Comics
Written & Drawn by: Erik Larsen

Some pretty heavy commentary hidden away in this issue. Larsen doesn’t hold back on his views and Dragon speaking to the alien race is a great way to convey those view. It works extremely well in this issue. Also love that we get an actual age for Dragon.

4 out of 5

Fairest #7
Published by: Vertigo
Written by: Matthew Sturges
Art by: Shawn McManus

Any questions on if this series was not going to be in-continuity got answered with this issue. At least we think so. Is this revelation real? We’ll have to wait and find out but it definately sheds a different light on every Beauty and the Beast appearance from here on out. Love how McManus changed his style to fit the time of the story.

5 out of 5

Hawkeye #2
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: David Aja

Wow. This shows what a comic is capable of when the artist and writer are completely in sync. Good story and excellent art and layouts. Some really great pieces in this issue. Love how Kate Bishop’s talk is spread out as Hawkeye draws breath to shoot. Great stuff.

5 out of 5

Read: New Mutants #48, Astonishing X-Men #53, Amazing Spider-Man #693, Archer & Armstrong #2, The Boys #70

One Response
    • G.I. Joe #17 was a good book. It is setting up Target Snake Eyes nicely. I liked the cat fight. Shipwreck was a strong character. I think his characterization was nice but it seemed odd with my own preconceived notion of the character from previous incarnations.

      I agree with Troy that the art looked good.

      I can’t quite figure out what Cobra Commander is really up to.

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