The GeeksverseQuick Thought Reviews For 09/19/12

Quick Thought Reviews For 09/19/12
Published on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by

Lots of comics, lots of stuff happening in those books. The third month of DC’s Zero Month, but what were the other publishers up to?

Avengers Assemble #7
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Mark Bagley

This just felt like a wasted issue, just a place holder really. There was nothing major going on in this issue, the only events of consequence (Thanos taking out the Guardians) could have taken place in an earlier issue and the Avengers being rescued could have been two pages in the next issue. This really didn’t have to happen. Not sure why they’re forcibly stretching this arc out so long.

Really, this entire series has been a waste. There’s no need/point to this Avengers title. Hopefully the upcoming writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, can give it a reason to exist.

2 out of 5

The Ultimates #15
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Sam Humphries
Penciled by: Billy Tan

Divided We Fall is a crossover that’s not a crossover. It’s taking place in the three Ultimate titles, but the books aren’t crossing over with eachother. It’s not really a theme crossover either as the storylines don’t really interact. Little odd. Decent enough issue. Get to see Captain America in all his inspirational glory. Get to see the Ultimates in action and the last page helps set up the next story arc.

3 out of 5

Fables #121
Published by: DC Comics/Vertigo
Written by: Bill Willingham
Penciled by: Mark Buckingham

Poor Dare. This storyline didn’t wrap up in any way, shape or form that I thought it would. It does highlight that no one is really safe and that things can change on a dime in the world of Fables. A sad way to end a sad storyline. This is still one of the best books on the market and Buckingham does some absolutely gorgeous pages month after month. This has been a long storyline, which really didn’t seem to lead anywhere but had a fairly big payoff at the end but it’ll be nice to get back to see what’s up with the rest of the Fables cast.

4 out of 5

Fantastic Four #610
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Ryan Stegman

Can tell that Hickman is working to wrap up storylines pretty quick with his run (and the title) coming to an end soon. He does take the time to set up some interesting things, like Reed’s ambassadorship to the AIM island, it’s just too bad that after his run is over that stuff will be forgotten and passed on. I like the more religious fanatic aspect to the Wizard. It’s an interesting way to take the character and can really play off the science versus religion discussions. But again, too bad it won’t be utilized in the next run of Fantastic Four.

3 out of 5

X-Factor #244
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Leonard Kirk

How to drastically change your book in five issue. That’s the lesson David is teaching us in the latest issues of X-Factor, and for the most part it’s a good one. He’s radically changing the book but in a way that makes sense. It all flows naturally and feels right. No storyline is forced. And even the big revelations (like the one about Polaris last issue) make sense. He’s wrapping up storylines and setting up some future ones.

This issue focuses on Siryn and takes her to a new and interesting place, at the same time removing her from the team. It’s an interesting angle to take the character and can be thought of as an extension of her story. Excellent art by Kirk.

4 out of 5

Avengers Academy #37
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Tom Grummett

Final Exam was supposed to be a major storyline that helped define these characters, where they’ve been, who they are and where they are going. It doesn’t do that. It was nice to see the Young Masters (some of ‘em) make an appearance. The storyline itself seemed forced right from the start. There’s some decent resolution to the Briggs story but if we’re meant to think that Finesse will be all evil now, it doesn’t come across that way. I’m sad to see that this title will be ending as I think there is still a lot of ground that can be covered.

2 out of 5

Battle Beasts #3
Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Bobby Curnow
Penciled by: Valerio Schiti

This is an excellent mini-series. Great characterization, good plot and well drawn. We get more of the personalities of the “good” beasts in this issue, learning why they are working with Vorin. Can see some issues coming with Vorin’s stubborness (he is a ram afterall) about the dread weapons and thinking he can control them. I really like the character of Bliss. Curnow is doing a great job with this book and I hope it comes back as a second mini-series or ongoing.

4 out of 5

Read: Avengers #30, Cobra #17

One Response
    • I’m glad to hear that Bobby Curnow and Valerio Schiti have put together a good fantasy story from the toy line. Perhaps it needs to be a semi-regular mini series to keep the excitement up and the quality up as well.

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