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Quick Thoughts Reviews For 10/31/12 and 11/07/12
Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by

Lots of scary books came out for Halloween and the first week of November was pretty good as well.

Like the last couple Quick Thoughts, this will include books from previous weeks. I have a huge stack I need to get through and it just keeps piling up every week.

Wolverine and the X-Men #19
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Penciled by: Nick Bradshaw

The search for the new teacher was funny. Aaron can write funny scenes. The part about Broo was odd though because it felt out of place. The odd part is it was the cliffhanger that ended last issue. This issue picks off and doesn’t get into Broo for most of the issue. Just felt odd to me. Does Idie know the priest was a Hellfire robot? That should have been explored. The new Hellfire Club kids are funny.

3 out of 5

X-Factor #245
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Peter David
Penciled by: Leonard Kirk

This has been an interesting arc by David. He’s trimmed the large cast (that he handled well) with a series of essentially single issues, and it all feels natural. Most writers wouldn’t be able to handle it. When a large cast gets trimmed, there is a forced event. David’s stories all flow smoothly from one to the other and all relate to established plot lines. Nothing feels forced. Each issue was about a specific character but each issue still fit with the others.

Well done.

And the whole time it kept the slightly off-kilter tone that is a hallmark of this series.

5 out of 5

FF #23
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Nick Dragotta

I have loved Hickman’s FF run, it’s been my favorite and defines what the Fantastic Four should be: crazy science and deep family connections. This last issue serves as an epilogue to his run and helps wrap it up nicely. From the previews and what’s been said, I don’t think I’ll end up liking Fraction’s Fantastic Four & FF, but I’ll approach it with an open mind. Hickman’s Fantastic Four and FF was great stuff, pure comic book beauty.

5 out of 5

Phantom Lady & Doll Man #3
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Penciled by: Cat Staggs

The latest issue wasn’t as strong as previous, or P&G’s other New 52 Freedom Figthers work: The Ray, but this issue does move forward with the idea of the Freedom Fighters being created in the New 52 as the Ray shows up and is working for a new Uncle Sam (and one that is sure to cause some controversy). They do a good job of showing PG and Dollman growing into their powers. Staggs work isn’t as strong as previous issues.

3 out of 5

Gambit #4
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: James Asmus
Penciled by: Clay Mann & Leonard Kirk

I didn’t think Asmus’ first issue of Gambit wasn’t that strong but I stuck with it. The book is improving. How he handles MI-13 in the next issue will go a long ways to deciding whether I keep this book on the pull list or not. This issue was decent. Nice mystery set up with Joelle, and about time learn her name. Still doesn’t have a solid handle on Gambit, but getting better. Was a very nice looking book. Lots of stuff for Mann to play with.

3.5 out of 5

Stumptown Vol. 2 #3
Published by: Oni Press
Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Matthew Southworth

Love seeing charcters from Rucka’s other books appearing in this series. Dex Parios is a great character, one of Rucka’s best. The mystery is entertaining. How and why did the guitar end up at Dex’s? Rucka keeps things interesting and the dialogue is perfect.

5 out of 5

Wonder Woman #13
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Brian Azzarello
Penciled by: Tony Akins

Love Azzarello’s Wonder Woman. One of the top five books in the New 52. I still get this major disconnect between this title and WW’s appearances in Justice League. It just feels like two different characters. That’s only heightened in this issue with the introduction of more children of Zeus, half-siblings for Wonder Woman. I like Lennox and can’t wait to see what else Azzarello comes up with. But this just doesn’t feel like the same character as the one Geoff Johns writes.

4 out of 5

Uncanny X-Force #33
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Penciled by: Phil Noto

I haven’t been a huge fan of this run on X-Force. I do like that Remender’s arcs are like 8 issues long, even if some of them feel more like filler then anything else. Absolutely loved the way Nightcrawler killed the AoA Blob. Gruesome. Phil Noto’s pencils have been flat in this series.

3.5 out of 5

Read: AvX: Consequences #4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #15, Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #18, Winter Soldier #12, Happy #2, Nightwing #13, Hypernaturals #5, Avengers #33, X-Factor #246, Avengers Assemble #8, Batgirl #13, Morning Glories #21, Earth 2 #6, Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #4, AvX: Consequences #5, Manhattan Projects #7, New Avengers #32, Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

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