December 20, 2011

Chirpin’ Tuesday Reviews 12/14/2011

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American Vampire #21 (Vertigo)
Andy: Loved it. I want more of that sexy Indian mountain vampire lady. She could suck my blood anytime. Rawr!
Arnab: Under normal circumstances I probably wouldn’t have liked this art, but I found the naive artistic quality matched up to the origin-esqe story.
Jeff: I think I’m supposed to like Jordi Bernet’s art, but those giant Native American vampires just looked silly.

Avengers Academy #23
Capekiller: Not sure how much more of this book I can take.

Avengers: X-Sanction #1 (Marvel)
Andy: Not as bad as I was expecting. We’ll see what happens…
Arnab: Now is a good a time as any to say: Go X-Men! Those lousy Avengers think they’re cooler than everyone.
Capekiller: Not a fan of McGuinness’ art and this story is a little muddy.  Excusable for a new #1, but we need some answers fairly quickly to buy in.
Jeff: I felt like I had already read half of this book because of the dang preview in the back of every book the last month. Still, I like where this is going.

Batgirl #4 (DC)
Andy: Ok, so it was a miracle that Barbara can walk again. Lets move on.
Arnab: It was a decent arc, here’s hoping it gets better.

Batman and Robin #4 (DC)
Andy: With every issue, this book keeps getting better. If you bailed after #1, come back for #5. It’s getting good.
Arnab: Biggest turn around in the history of my comic reading experience. This was a great issue.

Batwoman #4 (DC)
Holy crap. This whole book was gorgeous spread after gorgeous spread.

Blue Estate #8 (Image)
Andy: A must read if you live in Los Angeles, or are really into the Hollywood scene.

Carnage U.S.A. #1 (Marvel)
Andy: Wells and Crain deliver again! This is Marvel Horror done incredibly well. It’s creepy and disgusting. Check it out.

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #4 (DC)
Andy: DC’s monster book by writer Jeff Lemire continues to kick ass on every level.

Green Lantern #4 (DC)
Andy: Despite reading this issue in under 5 minutes, it was still well done. Again, this is the best Green Lantern has been since pre-Blackest Night.

Hawken #2 (IDW)
Andy: Tim Truman art set in the old west with a horror twist. What’s not to love?

Journey Into Mystery #632
Capekiller: For listeners of CoC, I change my mind, this is one of the three best series of 2011.  An Asgardian Christmas tale with Loki giving Hel Hounds as gifts!

Locke & Key: Clockworks #3 (IDW)
: A great twist on time travel. Hill & Rodriguez continue to please.

Marvel Holiday Special 2012 (Marvel)
Andy: Decent. The best part? Wolverine teaching his team of X-Men how to play hockey! GO SABRES!

Magneto: Not a Hero #2 (Marvel)
Andy: Really well done. If you dig Magneto, don’t overlook this series.
Capekiller: Story jumps a bit, but I am happy to see Joseph back.
Jeff: So I’m not sure I understand why Joseph is evil now. That guy hated Astra back in the day.

The New Avengers #19 (Marvel)
Capekiller: Osborn’s Dark Avengers look like the real deal, and Victoria Hand’s role with the New Avengers is looking more and more interesting.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 (Marvel)
Arnab: Seriously, all of you, this is Hickman at his finest
Capekiller: Hickman weaves a very intricate story that balances science, history, philosophy and superheroes!

Severed #5 (Image)
Andy: Fuckin’ A this book is disturbing. Really succeeds in playing off the creepy old man motif.
Arnab: This book brings true horror into your home, with it’s portrayal of murder, mayhem, and chaos in middle America.

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (IDW/DC)
Andy: I’m already a ‘Trek fan, but could this series get me interested in the Legion where other titles have failed before? Possibly…

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #1 (Dark Horse)
Andy: A bit wordy and exposition heavy, but I’m really looking forward to this one. The potential is there and Ostrander is a great Star Wars writer.

Stitched #2 (Avatar)
Andy: If you like military horror, you’ll love this book. Kind of convoluted, but the art is pretty (gory) and the story is interesting enough.

The Strain #1 (Dark Horse)
Andy: Wow, this one took me by surprise. Made my skin crawl from start to finish, and it has likeable characters. Definitely worth $1.

Superboy #4(DC)
Arnab: I just want Superboy to be best friends with Tim and Bart. That’s all.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #4 (Marvel)
Andy: This one is getting boring really quick. Which is a bummer because Ultimate Iceman is awesome.
Jeff: Ugh…this William Stryker is even worse than the 616 version.

Uncanny X-Force #18 (Marvel)
Andy: Ho. Ly. Fucking. Balls. Bow down to Rick Remender & Co.
Arnab: This was terrifically awesome. An amazing conclusion to what has been a brilliant story.
Capekiller: Sure it excites people like Jackson, but I’ll wait and see how they do without Apocalypse as a story device…
Jeff: This might be the best single issue of 2011.

The Walking Dead #92 (Image)
Andy: The best issue in awhile. Things are about to change dramatically (again), and for the better (for the first time?)… I think.
Arnab: With just a couple of sentences this new stranger has thrown everyone’s life into upheaval, how cool is that?
Capekiller: This is the save this series needed for me.  Some new super ninja character and news of multiple other “communities”…this is the progression I was looking for!
Jeff: Yes! It’s about time we start opening this world up a little.

Witchblade #150 (Top Cow)
Andy: I don’t usually read Witchblade, but checked this one out since it was the end of Ron Marz’s tenure on the book. I’ll probably check back in for #151.

Wolverine: The Best There Is #12 (Marvel)
Capekiller: The conclusion of a great, great Wolverine arc.  Step aside haters, this is what a Wolverine book should look like!

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Andy Liegl
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