September 4, 2012

Chirpin’ Tuesday Reviews 8/27/12

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Written by: Arnab
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American Vampire #30 (Vertigo)
Andy: Oh man — is this the climax of the series to date? I think so. A
Arnab: Snyder does a brilliant job on Batman, but his work on American Vampire is by far his best. This issue lingered with me throughout the week. A
Jeff: Pearl…you whore.

Aquaman #12 (DC)
Andy: This is superhero comics at its strongest. Aquaman is a character of few words and it works. A
Arnab: Arthur needs to take a couple chill pills. I love Mera. A
Dr. Bustos: If this book just became Aquaman, Mera, and his old super team hanging out having adventures, I’d be down. B
Infinite Speech: I hope by the end of this arc that Black Manta remains the major bad guy Johns has built him up to be in this awesome series!

Avenging Spider-Man #11 (Marvel)
NickZ: “All the feels!” on this very special issue of Spider-Man.

AvX: Vs. #5 (Marvel)
Infinite Speech: I crap better stories than this one.
Jeff: When even the title page declares that this mini-series has no substance, you know this book is bad.
NickZ: I never thought Storm and T’Challa made a good couple to begin with.

Batman: Detective Comics Annual #1 (DC)
Andy: Too many words. Boooring. D+
Arnab: As far as Annuals go, this one was good. Batman doesn’t play a major role, but considering he’s got multiple titles, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. B+
NickZ: Through and through a good Batman story, well… for an annual anyway.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3 (DC)
NickZ: A really great issue! Fills in somethings nicely and gives us some great insight into the Minutemen.

Captain Marvel #3 (Marvel)
Dr. Bustos: Carol Danvers time traveling and teaming up with awesome women is a series I will follow to the grave. A

DC National Comics: Looker #1 (DC)
Andy: Pretty vanilla but also pretty pretty. C+

The Flash Annual #1 (DC)
Arnab: Superb! Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato have proven, yet again, that their talent is not limited to illustrations. This title is without a doubt, the best title in the new DC that has actually been rebooted. A
An annual that is the worth the 5 bucks. The Rogues are back in a big way and the details of their new powers gets revealed. Plus, Grodd attacks and he’s not monkeying around! (get it because he’s a… oh, forget it.)

Gambit #2 (Marvel)
Arnab: If only the other X books were this good. It’s fanastic that Marvel has utilized this amazing character so well in the past couple of years, first in Legacy, then in X-23, and finally here. A
This is what I want to see Marvel do with their properties. Tell interesting stories of various genres using their characters. Gambit is like a perfect heist book that just happens to have a mutant in it.
NickZ: This book reminds me of Wolverine’s solo adventures, when they were good!

Goon #41 (Dark Horse)
Infinite Speech: Are you not entertained?!?!?! Then you obviously aren’t reading this series!

Green Lantern Annual #1 (DC)
Andy: This pulled me back into “Green Lantern.” I may hate Van Sciver’s politics but holy hell his art is sick! A

Justice League #12 (DC)
Infinite Speech: It’s been twelve issues and I could care less about this team. Can’t wait for the JLA title next year.
NickZ: Wonder Woman breaks Steve Trevor’s heart, fires him, and immediately moves on to Superman. What a biotch!

Justice League Annual #1 (DC)
NickZ: Very strange to have new people join, just for the team to break up, but the last 6 pages have me intrigued for what’s in store for Batman and the Justice League come 2013. (Hint: BIG connection between Justice League #12 and this issue!)

Locke & Key Grindhouse #1 (IDW)
Infinite Speech: Hill and Rodriguez do in 16 pages what some titles fail to do in 16 issues!
I never realized Rodriguez’s range of artistic ability before this issue. He is truly one of the greats.

Morning Glories #21 (Image)
Jeff: Great…more characters we know nothing about.

New Deadwardians #6 (DC/Vertigo)
Jeff: What’s with all the vampire sex in Vertigo books this week?

New Mutants #48 (Marvel)
Infinite Speech: See my Chirp for AvX #5.
Jeff: After a glimmer of hope that this book might end on a good note, this issue takes it back to incomprehensible drivel.
NickZ: Can they just kill Doug already and get it over with. They never should have brought him back in the first place.

Skull Kickers #17 (Image)
NickZ: The high-seas hilarity continues until the very end! (ominous exclamation point) Also, this book wins for best Dramatic Slow-Motion scene in a comic book…ever!

Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #14 (IDW)
Infinite Speech: Ever sent a letter out of anger and then realized you made a mistake? Yeah, Snake Eyes just got a new nemesis because someone did just that.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who: Assimilation #4 (IDW)
NickZ: Guinan and the The Doctor do what they do, to try and figure out what is going on, meanwhile it’s Borg vs. Cybermen. Need I say more?

Superman Annual #1 (DC)
NickZ: Okay, this issue didn’t suck. There may be hope for Superman yet in the form of one Scott Lobdell.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series: April #7 (IDW)
Andy: Super pumped about the first appearance in this issue, but it fell flat for me overall. C+
Infinite Speech: Story was way better than the artwork but we get the appearence of an old favorite!

Uncanny X-Force #30 (Marvel)
Andy: The hell happened to the art in this issue? Not as good when the main cast is absent, too. B-
Arnab: This book excels when it doesn’t revolve around Betsy, Fantomex, and Wolverine. B+
Infinite Speech: Story was great but I hate it when an artist ages a child character just to make him/her look cool.
Jeff: I would buy a Brotherhood of Evil Mutants ongoing with this cast.
NickZ: I love that they gave Apocalypse the memories of “Clark Kent”. I hope he doesn’t turn to the dark side.

Witchblade #159 (Top Cow)
Infinite Speech: On the fence with this one concerning the story but the art is still strong!

Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (Marvel)
Andy: One of the top 3 X-books out right now. The confrontation between Phoenix Cyclops and Xavier, Beast, Iceman and Angel had better be awesome. B+
Arnab: To call this title trash, would be to insult trash. The best part about this book is Kid Gladiator and Broo, though neither of them are even mutants. Also, I do not like Kitty and Bobby. C-
Dr. Bustos: I missed some major stuff not following Avengers Vs. X-Men, that’s annoying, but this book makes up for it. A-
Infinite Speech: This title reminds me of the early Claremont books that kept the X-Men exciting, fun, and relateable.
Jeff: I love issues that have a slower pace but connect all the dots of what’s going on with these characters. Great issue!
NickZ: Lots going on in this issue. The only thing I’ll say is Husk and Toad…GROSS!

X-Treme X-Men #2 (Marvel)
Jeff: This book is just not doing it for me. From the trendy dialogue to the mediocre art, feel free to skip this one.
NickZ: Dazzler is an idiot, a useless idiot.

X-O Manowar #4 (Valiant)
Andy: Hell yes — this is why I’m reading comics. Love the twist with Ninjak and who he’s really working for. A
Infinite Speech: A lot of action but the layers are starting to be peeled back and I’m excited!