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August 30, 2011
 

Chirpin’ Tuesday Reviews 8/24/2011

Action Comics #904 (DC)
Andrew:
Meh. Not bad, not great. Some of this week’s DC titles just seem so irrelevant with the impending reboot.
NickZ: A great end to this volume of AC. “Clark, coming from Krypton didn’t make you Superman… Martha and Jonathan did.”

American Vampire #18 (Vertigo)
Andy: Wait a sec…he can’t be dead, right? RIGHT!?
Arnab: I think I speak for everyone, and I mean everyone, when I say that I refuse to believe he’s dead.
Jeff: Wow! XXXXXXX has gotten out of some tight spots, but I don’t know how he can recover from getting stabbed by the woman he loves and then having bombs dropped on him.

Astonishing X-Men #41 (Marvel)
Jeff: Nick Bradshaw almost perfectly channels Art Adams, except for his faces…
NickZ: A fun X-Men tale and a sad but sweet ending between Armor and her dad.

Avengelyne #2 (Image)
Andy: Apparently if you’re a male civilian in this book, you’re going to die. That being said, I need to find me a gun that shoots “Jesus Fire!”

Batman: Arkham City #5 (DC)
Andrew: Great mini-series, and great appetizer for the Arkham City video game. I hope we see me AC comics in the future.

Batman: Gates of Gotham #5 (DC)
Andy:
…so this means Cassie is back for good, right? RIGHT!?
Arnab: Wicked cool ending to the mini-series. The interaction between the kids of the Bat was the best part.
NickZ: This was a great Batman/Gotham story. If you didn’t read it, make sure to pick up the trade.

Batman: The Dark Knight #5 (DC)
Andrew: I’m just glad this story is over. Reboot please!
Arnab: Holy Frack! I did not see that ending coming.
NickZ: Was that considered a win? Too many unanswered questions and an incomplete ending.

Batman Incorporated #8 (DC)
Andy: Step aside Pepe Moreno, there’s a new Batman: Digital Justice in town!
Andrew: Nice visuals. The story could have used more time, though. Can’t wait for the “next season.”
Arnab: The art, while it made sense for the story, was too weird for me. The end teaser made it all worth it though. Can’t wait for Leviathan.
NickZ: What a dumb filler story to end on. I see what they were going for, but it fell short.

Captain America & Bucky #621 (Marvel)
Andy: I’m surprised to say that this is better than the main Captain America title. Looking forward to seeing what Andreyko has in store for us.

Chew #20 (Image)
Andy: The only thing that sucks about Chew is that it never comes out on time.
Arnab: There is a reason this book won an Eisner for Best Continuing Series. It’s because of the fantastic writing and completely awesome artwork.

Daken: Dark Wolverine #13 (Marvel)
NickZ: One drugged out psychopath vs. one multiple personality disordered superhero…what more could you want?

Deadpool #42 (Marvel)
NickZ:
All the crazy chicks are drawn to Deadpool, like a moth to a flame.

Executive Assistant Lotus #2 (Aspen)
Andy: Holy hell that’s a lot of sexy women ready to kick some ass!
Infinite Speech: This series is much more than just eye candy folks but global espionage and murder never looked so good!

FF #8 (Marvel)
Andy: The two issue Black Bolt tie-in has jumbled this story a bit…and I’m a little lost as things are happening fast and off panel.
Arnab: It’s about time Franklin got in on the fun. In other news, Doom and Spiderman are hilarious, who knew?

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3
Arnab: Without a doubt my favorite Flashpoint tie in. And from what I’ve read, the only one that matters.

Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistanec #3 (DC)
NickZ: Wow, Britannia is a bad ass! She freaking went toe to toe with Wonder Woman!

Flashpoint: Project Superman #3 (DC)
NickZ: It’s great how perfectly this story fits in with Lois Lane and the Resistance #3. Also, the ending was a bit of a shocker, didn’t see that coming.

Gotham City Sirens #26 (DC)
NickZ: A great bookend to this series. The Sirens were good while they lasted, I’ll miss this book. Also, Catwoman is awesome!
Arnab: Fantastic final arc and issue. Catwoman is brilliant. I’m gonna miss her and Harley being in the same book. Ivy, not so much.

Graveyard of Empires #2 (Image)
Andy: This is a cool, fresh take on zombies: U.S. marines & Taliban vs. the undead! Although the name dropping gets confusing as characters all look alike.

Green Arrow #15 (DC)
Andrew: Decent issue. Can’t go too wrong with action and silly robots.
Arnab: I thought this was a great arc. Just a simple story about Green Arrow kicking ass, what more could you want?

Kevin Smith’s The Bionic Man #1 (Dynamite)
Andy: I gave it a shot, but couldn’t finish. This character is too before my time. Even Jonathan Lau’s great art wasn’t enough to hold my attention.

Kick-Ass 2 #3 (Icon)
Andy: Wow, I’m surprised I’m the only one on staff who picked this up. It’s what you would expect, but lets get Hit Girl into the mix already!

Mystery Men #4 (Marvel)
Andy: This series is a step above excellent. It’s executed very well, with strong, interesting characters you want to know more about. I hope it doesn’t all end with the next issue.

New Mutants #30 (Marvel)
Jeff: I can’t quite put my finger on why this book is troubling me, but the idea of Magma and Mephisto going on a date has some real promise.
NickZ: What was the point of this issue? New Mutants was doing great until they became part of Fear Itself.

The Punisher #2 (Marvel)
Andrew: This is probably my second fav Marvel book right now, next to Daredevil.
Andy: 616 Punisher is cool again! …but not as cool as Punisher MAX.

Snake Eyes #4 (IDW)
Infinite Speech: Ninja action backed by strong story telling and great art makes a fantastic book!

Star Wars: Jedi: The Dark Side #4 (Dark Horse)
Andy: I’ve tried in various mediums besides comics to get into the Star Wars Universe pre-the original trilogy. It’s just not happenin’.

Superman Beyond #0 (DC)
Andrew: I was expecting more from this title.
Andy: Yep, this confirms it- the Beyond Universe is dumb. Although, the last page was cool. Give us more of that.

Teen Titans #100 (DC)
Andy: Not bad, but I wish J.T. Krul had more time to develop this team. Oh well. At least Tim Drake will still be around in the DCnU.
Arnab: That was a nice ending. Loved seeing the Teen Titans of past and present reunite.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (IDW)
Andrew: This is the series I’ve been begging for for years. And it more than lived up to my dreams! A TMNT fan’s dream-come-true!
Andy: The fact that I’m Chirping about a new TMNT #1 is enough to make my week. This issue was fucking great. The old school Turtles are back with a modern edge!
Arnab: Totally awesome read. I’ve always been a TMNT fan, but this was my first TMNT comic. And it was  great.
Infinite Speech: Though the art was so-so the updated origins and twists were more than enough to satisfy my TMNT fix!

Uncanny X-Force #13 (Marvel)
Andy: I love where this is headed, and Blob running out a window plummeting to his death was a beautiful moment.
Arnab: Great story. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
Infinite Speech: WTF?! Iceman just punked out and ran away? Still this is the BEST X affiliated title out right now!
Jeff: Best panel–ApocaWolverine punching Orordius’ jaw clean off!
NickZ: You know things are bad when you leave the AoA universe and come back to something worse. Also Iceman, WTF? “I’m outta here.” Loser.

Wolverine #14 (Marvel)
Andy: Daken having a hand in this sick plot against his father was a brilliant move by Aaron. Talk about having a sense of awareness with his characters.
Jeff: Oh snap…someone’s a baby daddy!
NickZ: Maybe the most effed up ending to a comic book…..EVER!

Wolverine The Best There Is #9 (Marvel)
NickZ: Sharks in space, techno-zombies, and bug infestations….Not as exciting as it sounds.

X-Men #16 (Marvel)
Andrew: The idea of an X-Men/FF team up intrigues me, but hopefully the next issue is more interesting.
Arnab: The FF are popping up everywhere. It’s not necessarily a bad thing… yet.
Jeff: What the…? Have the Marvel writers and editors forgotten the many conflicts between Magneto, the FF, Dr. Doom, and the X-Men? And here they are…all buddy-buddy?
NickZ: When the hell did Dr. Doom join the Fantastic Four or Freedom Four or whatever the hell they are calling themselves these days? Stupid.

X-Men Legacy #254 (Marvel)
Andy: FINALLY! The space team is back!
Jeff: “Now that right there…that’s why I became an Acolyte.”
NickZ: It’s good to have Havok and company back but it looks like the X-Men have landed smack dab in the middle of another Shi’ar war.

Xombi #6 (DC)
Infinite Speech: The best new series coming out of DC right now!

Be sure to catch up on all past Chirps here!

Andrew Hurst
andrewhurst@comicattack.net
Andy Liegl
andy@comicattack.net
Arnab Pradhan
arnab@comicattack.net
Infinite Speech
infinitespeech@comicattack.net
Jeff Jackson
jeff@comicattack.net
Nick Zamora
nickz@comicattack.net

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