May 29, 2012

Chirpin’ Tuesday Reviews 05/23/12

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Written by: Arnab
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All-Star Western #9 (DC)
Andy: The most forced tie-in ever. Would have stood fine on its own, but with the Night of the Owls banner, this scores a C-.

Amazing Spider-Man #686 (Marvel)
Decapitated Dan:
I think I might have to move Mysterio to my 3rd favorite Spidey villain. This book is great!
Infinite Speech: I will weep the day that Slott is no longer on this title!

Aquaman #9 (DC)
Arnab: I do not like Ya’Wara, Black Manta seems to misdirecting his anger, and Mera needs to be featured in more action sequences. B+
Dr. Bustos:
The Prisoner seems like a really interesting character, please don’t kill him DC. Oh, look who I’m talking to. B+
Infinite Speech: I guess the only guy who can avenge the death of his parents and be a good guy is Batman. Sorry Black Manta.
Andy: Who knew Aquaman could stay so enjoyable for 9 straight issues? A

Astonishing X-Men #50 (Marvel)
Andy: Wasn’t there supposed to be a wedding in this issue? I’m all for the social message, but this isn’t 1995, Marvel. B-
Arnab: Marjorie Liu writes people extremely well. Human interaction, powers aside, is what makes her stories so compelling. B+
Iceman was uncharacteristically douchey in this one.

Batman Incorporated #1 (DC)
Arnab: Fan-freaking-tastic! 140 characters doesn’t come close to being enough to express just how awesome this book was. Bruce arrested, Bat-Cow, Damian! A+
I don’t even… bloody and violent, but WTF? This series feels like it’s trying to upstage Batman and Robin. That title is kicking ass right now, and a lot of us have moved on from Morrison’s Batman run… we’ll see. B
Dr. Bustos: Batman Inc. is back! Damian shines when written by Morrison, and we get a sympathetic assassin. Also, Bat-Cow. A
NickZ: Glad to see the return of this book, now if they would only bring back Red Robin’s solo book, I would be happy.

Batman: The Dark Knight #9 (DC)
Arnab: This was actually a well written story from the point of view of one of the most recent Talons. Unfortunately, the cover was so misleading it hurt the overall presentation. B+
Really!?!? You are going to spotlight Red Robin on the cover and he is literally in one panel where he doesn’t even speak?!?! F#*K YOU DC!
Andy: Surprisingly good. Maybe the best issue of this entire series so far, and one of the better Owls tie-ins. B+

Chew #26 (Image)
Arnab: Toni, Tony’s sister, is fantastically awesome. The whole biting in bed thing, brilliant. Chow, Tony’s brother, is scum.

Deadpool #55 (Marvel)
Deadpool is quickly going to have to learn to live without powers. Or you know, add a healer to his one man team. A
NickZ: ‘Pool learns the hard way that life without a healing factor can suck almost as much as shaving.

Dominique LaVeau Voodoo Child #3 (Vertigo)
Andy: Gave it a solid chance, but this isn’t for me. Too bad, because Denys Cowan’s art is perfect for the book. Any old school Milestone fans checking this out? It fits that vibe. C+
Infinite Speech: Hinds and Cowan are slowly gaining my interest with this title.

Fables #117 (Vertigo)
Andy: A cub has to die by the time this arc wraps, right? The Bufkin story is dragging on a bit too long… B

Fantastic Four #606 (Marvel)
Arnab: This was a nice, touching, filler story. It probably would have been better had I known who the old guy with the tumor was. B
Like Body Wars? Love this issue! C+

Ferals #5 (Avatar)
Andy: Need a rated R werewolf fix? Look no further than this series full of horny lycanthrope mayhem! B+

The Flash #9 (DC)
Arnab: Gorrilla Grodd is F’n pyscho. The ending felt a tad rushed though. B+
Dr. Bustos:
I love Gorilla City, they almost make Grodd sympathetic in his desire to not let the city fall. A
NickZ: Grodd is crazy as ever and Manapul’s art is candy for my eye holes.

The Fury of Firestorm the Nuclear Men #9 (DC)
Arnab: Ronnie Raymond is pretty much the only reason I read this book. Jason is written in such a strange, off-putting way. B
I only got this book because of the JLI tie-in, I have no idea what is going on with the army of Firestorms and I really don’t care.

G.I. Joe: Cobra #13 (IDW)
Infinite Speech: Costa & Fuso are THE team for this book!

Hero Comics 2012 (Hero Initiative)
Andy: You buy this to support the best charity in the industry. Highlights for me included an original Kevin Eastman TMNT story and a Dave Sim Elephantmen short. B-

I, Vampire #9 (DC)
Arnab: So damn cool. Andrew Bennet is brilliant, the Van Helsings look cool, Tig is still annoying, but the issue was great. A
Decapitated Dan:
I like where this one is heading, but another fight so soon after the crossover. I don’t know, but I am on board.

Journey Into Mystery #638 (Marvel)
NickZ: Now this is the Marvel wedding that should give people pause!

Justice League Dark #9 (DC)
Andy: Animal Man writer, Jeff Lemire, makes his JLD debut! A pretty seamless transition, if not a little wordy. A good jumping on point, and the art is still top notch. B
Decapitated Dan: Lemire makes this feel a lot more super hero-ish, and I don’t know yet. I miss Shade being on the team already. Still a good read though.

Lord of the Jungle Annual #1 (Dynamite)
Andy: Um, when the regular series is only on #4, and it’s noted on page two that this story takes place after #8, that should tell you something. Also, $5 Dynamite? Seriously? C-

Mighty Thor #14 (Marvel)
Infinite Speech:
Someone should have told Donald Blake not to lose his head! Wow!

Mind MGMT #1 (Dark Horse)
Andy: Didn’t know what to expect, but it wasn’t much. After giving it a thorough read-thru, there’s a lot going on here and the premise is sound. If you’re into indies and mysteries, don’t miss this! B+

Prophet #25 (Image)
Andy: You know a comic is awesome when you’re still not sure what the hell is going on, but you’re loving every page! B+

Ragemoor #3 (Dark Horse)
Andy: If you dig Poe or classic Eerie/Creepy stuff, don’t miss this one! It’s not for everybody, but it’s got that classic creepiness I love. B

Rebel Blood #3 (Image)
Decapitated Dan: AHHHHHHHHHH-Mazing!!!! Love this mini! I hold it in my arms, hug it, make sure it gets the nourishment it needs and then I hand it off to you, now read it suckas!!!!!

Savage Hawkman #9 (DC)
Andy: Joe Bennett’s artwork is great, and it really helps make Liefeld & Poulton’s script feel decent. Far better than I was expecting, and shows promise of a turnaround. B

Secret Avengers #27 (Marvel)
NickZ: Good(?) news: Captain Marvel is back! Bad news: He’s evil and apparently so are two of the Avengers.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #1 (Dark Horse)
Andy: Focusing more on the Imperial Officers was a good move. We can only take so much Darth Vader before you go, “really?” B-

Superman #9 (DC)
NickZ: They could turn this book into a Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen book and it would be an improvement.

Teen Titans #9 (DC)
The Culling is over but the war is far from over. Harvest is shaping up to be the next generation’s Darkseid, but more powerful.
Infinite Speech:
So, all of these super powered teens are involved in the Culling and yet NO Static Shock? Thanks DC.
NickZ: Teen Titans is better than the Justice League. (Never thought I would be saying that.)
Andy: It’s alright, but there are too many damn words! Doesn’t Scott Lobdell have an editor? C

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #5 (IDW)
Andy: I’m still into it despite never caring about the Transformers before. Classic styled art and strongly written script. Only problem is too many of the damn robots look like each other. B

Ultimate Comics X-Men #12 (Marvel)
Andy: Bo-ring. Remember when Iceman, Shadowcat, Storm, and Kitty Pryde, and hell, even Human Torch were a part of the Ultimate X-Men? That was fun. C-

Voodoo #9 (DC)
Decapitated Dan:
Another great issue, I hope Voodoo kills everyone, everywhere. I don’t think Hellspont has ever looked better. Awesome book.
Infinite Speech: There have been a LOT of decapitations in this series lately!

Witchblade #156 (Top Cow)
Infinite Speech:
Slowly but surely being turned away from this title.