January 15, 2013

Chirpin’ Tuesday Reviews: 1/9/13 & 1/2/13

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47 Ronin #2 (Dark Horse)
Infinite Speech: Sakai & Richardson do this Japanese tale justice!
Andy: This is beautiful. The names are tough to follow, but I’m not lazy. (3/5) #Ronin

Action Comics #16 (DC)
NickZ: I’m just gonna say it, Morrison’s run on Superman is just crap!

Adventure TIme #11 (Boom!)
NickZ: If you don’t like Adventure TIme, then you just to like fun.

Adventure Time with Fiona & Cake #1 (kaboom!)
Dr. Bustos: Great start to a series I’ve been anxiously awaiting. Can’t wait to see Lumpy Space Prince. A
NickZ: For all of us who have been waiting for this one, we weren’t disappointed.
Andy: Yes! So much fun and the kiddo loved it! The only bad part is that it’s “of 6.” 6 isn’t enough. (4.5/5) #AdventureTime

Age of Apocalypse #11 (Marvel)
Jeff: Something finally happens in this issue…but what is it????
NickZ: This was the “holy crap” issue. What’s happens now?

All New X-Men #5 (Marvel)
Infinite Speech: Best thing that happened in this issue is Beast’s new mutation! He no longer looks like a wet cat!
Jeff: I’m in X-Men heaven right now. Bendis. The Original 5. How can this get any better?
NickZ: Feels like Bendis is going to make everyone fall in love with Jean Grey again and I couldn’t be happier!
Andy: Beast is such a dick. Wolverine pushing to take out kid Cyclops felt out of character post Schism. (3/5) #XMen #MarvelNOW

American Vampire #34 (Vertigo)
Andy: The future looks wild. (4/5) #AmericanVampire

Artifacts #24 (Top Cow)
Infinite Speech: One of the strongest titles coming out of Top Cow right now!

Avengers Arena #3 (Marvel)
Jeff: Ok, this book is like Uncanny X-Force good.
NickZ: I have been most pleasantly surprised by this book. You’ll want to get in on this one before it’s too late.
Infinite Speech: Holy #$%@! This is just a load of fun and Kev Walker is making it look fantastic!
Andy: I’m as shocked as you are that this book keeps getting better. (3.5/5) #Avengers

Bart Simpson Comics #78 (Bongo)
Andy: One word — Bartman! (2/5) #Simpsons

Batman the Dark Knight #15 (DC)
NickZ: Batman proves once again that there is nothing he won’t do to save Gotham.

Batman Inc #6 (DC)
Dr. Bustos: Knight and Squire are two of my favorite characters, so of course they get put through the wringer. B
NickZ: The $*#! hits the fan in the ultimate custody battle ever!
Andy: I hope that character is really dead — there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be. (3/5) #Batman

Batwing #16 (DC)
NickZ: This book is consistently one of the better reads with such great depth to every story and character.

Bravest Warriors #4 (kaboom!)
Andy: For four months now I’ve genuinely lol’ed. (3/5) #BravestWarriors

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #17 (Dark Horse)
NickZ: Buffy and Illyria together!?! Need I say more?

Cable & X-Force #3 (Marvel)
Jeff: This issue picked up for me. I like the “Ocean’s Eleven” feel and wouldn’t mind that vibe continuing.
NickZ: I like that this book has a purpose and every person in it has a specific reason for being there. It’s just so Cable.
Andy: I’ll give it a few more issues, but it’s not working yet. (2/5) #Cable #XForce

Clone #3 (Image)
Andy: My god this series is f-ed up on a psychological level. So good, but if you’re a parent, your stomach will turn. (4.5/5) #Clone

Daredevil: End of Days #4 (Marvel)
Jeff: I love the mystery in this book and how Daredevil is hardly in it. Give Ben Urich his own crime book!

Detective Comics #16 (DC)
NickZ: Not of any real relevance to the “Death of The Family” storyline, but worth reading nonetheless.

Doctor Who #4 (IDW)
Jeff: This issue made me look up the London Beer Flood of 1814, which is a real thing that happened.

Earth 2 #8 (DC)
Infinite Speech: This issue is was the cure for insomniacs everywhere.

Eerie #2 (Dark Horse)
Andy: “Signaling the End” wins. Needs more original content. (2/5) #Eerie

End Times of Bram & Ben #1 (Image)
Jeff: Appropriately irreverent, hilarious, and devilishly drawn. Can’t wait to read more!
Andy: I’m happy this comic exists. If you like #religious humor (that’s not condescending) read it! (4/5) #indiecomics

Fairest #11 (Vertigo)
Andy: The creative team of Lauren Beukes & Inaki Miranda is proving invaluable to the #Fables franchise. (4/5) #Fairest

Fantastic Four #3 (Marvel)
Jeff: This is just a good, classic, one-and-done FF story. I’m really enjoying this!
Andy: I like the “Space Family Robinson” theme sans the dog & parrot, but understand it’s probably not for everyone. (3/5) #FantasticFour

Fatale #11 (Image)
Dr. Bustos: Another new story and with even more overt supernatural elements, what a eerie and interesting world this is. A

First X-Men #5 (Marvel)
Jeff: What. The. Hell. Was. That?
NickZ: The worst crap series EVER! Don’t waste your time and money.

The Flash #16 (DC)
NickZ: The only way this book could be better if it was about Wally West.

Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #7 (Dynamite)
Infinite Speech: Trautmann and Indro have excellently reintroduced Flash Gordon to the masses! They made an all Zarkov issue one of the best in the series!

Ghost #3 (Dark Horse)
Andy: Still waiting for things to get rolling — that psycho woman certainly helps! (3/5) #Ghost

Glory #31 (Image)
Andy: This issue kicks total ass with a “Holy shit!” moment on the last page! Bummed it’s all ending soon. (4.5/5) #Glory

Godzilla Half-Century War #4 (IDW)
Andy: I don’t even care about Godzilla, but I’m loving this miniseries! The art is phenomenal. (4/5) #Godzilla

Guarding the Globe #5 (Image)
NickZ: Avengers and Justice League, take note: This is what a superhero team looks like.

Invincible #99 (Image)
Dr. Bustos: I don’t care for watching them fight as much as I love watching Robot and Cecil fighting off the horrible disaster. B+
NickZ: Crazy story! Amazing art! Single panel pages! I cannot wait for 100!

Iron Man #5 (Marvel)
Infinite Speech: A lot of nothing happened just for Tony to show us another new suit of armor at the end.

Jinnrise #1 (IDW)
Infinite Speech: The art was great it’s the story that has me on the fence. Going to give it another shot to make a final decision.

Justice League Dark #15 (DC)
Andy: The last two pages made the issue. (3/5) #JusticeLeague

Mega Man #21 (Archie)
Andy: Reminds me of being a kid every time I read it. From the big word balloons, to the story driven moral lesson at the end! (3/5) #MegaMan

Morbius: The Living Vampire #1 (Marvel)
Infinite Speech: Stay as far away from this as possible! Leave this on the shelf and go buy something else!
Jeff: Not a bad issue, but not gripping enough for me to continue. Morbius’ voice seems really off.
NickZ: Interesting enough first issue, I’ll stick around for number two!
Andy: Checked it out because of Keatinge’s indie work. A decent start for a niche character. (3/5) #Morbius #Vampire

New Avengers #1 (Marvel)
Dr. Bustos: Any time I can get some awesome Black Panther and Wakanda action, I’m pleased. A
Infinite Speech: Hickman focuses on Black Panther for the first issue and Epting makes everything look great. Can’t wait to see where this series goes.
Jeff: Don’t give me that “Hickman is too smart” crap. His Avengers books are terrible.
Andy: I can’t wait to see what Hickman has in store for #BlackPanther. (3.5/5) #Avengers

Plume #1 (Devil’s Due)
Andy: The main character is endearing, but a little light on the content for a $3.99 cover price. (2.5/5) #Plume

Prophet #32 (Image)
Andy: Such cool use of gadgets and organic beings in this series. (3.5/5) #Prophet

Punk Rock Jesus #6 (Vertigo)
Jeff: A great ending to a very thought-provoking series. A great commentary on religion today.

Red She-Hulk #61 (Marvel)
Dr. Bustos: Once again, I’m super pleased with the Machine Man and Red She-Hulk team up. A

Road to Oz #4 (Marvel)
Jeff: This story is whacky, but I just love Skottie Young.

Savage Hawkman #15 (DC)
Andy: Hawkman actually acts savage. Too bad the dialog is painful to read. (1.5/5) #Hawkman

Scarlet Spider #13 (Marvel)
NickZ: Kaine takes a real licking from some werwolves! (see what I did there?)

Secret Avengers #36 (Marvel)
Jeff: So is Hank Pym really a Deathlok now? This is Rick Remender we’re talking about.
NickZ: Where’s John Conner when you need him? Clint Barton will have to do.

Shadowman #3 (Valiant)
Andy: Demonic monkeys annoy the crap out of me, but everything else was badass. (3.5/5) #Valiant #Shadowman

Smallville #9 (DC)
NickZ: Superman and Flash…err Impulse have a “fastest man alive” race, Smallville style!

Star Trek #16 (IDW)
Andy: If there’s one storyline to give more than 2 issues to tell, this was it. (3/5) #StarTrek

Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse)
Jeff: I wanted to like this, but I can’t imagine an in-between story being compelling enough to stick around and read.
Infinite Speech: WOW! Brian Wood rekindled what was great about this era and kicked it into lightspeed! The beautiful artowork didn’t hurt either!
Andy: An ambitious move taking place in-between episodes 4 & 5. Shows promise, but was bogged down with expo and randomness. (2.5/5) #StarWars

Star Wars: Purge of the Tyrant’s Fist #2 (Dark Horse)
Andy: Cool, but I wanted to see Vader waste that guy. Who’s the hot Imperial commander? (3/5) #StarWars

Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
Jeff: To all the idiots who got their feathers ruffled by ASM #700, Are you happy now?
NickZ: This is going to be a very fun book with great art and surprises around every corner. Don’t miss it!
Infinite Speech: I’m definitely on board with this one! So glad Slott found something new to do with Spidey!
Andy: I don’t understand why everyone’s crapping their pants. I’m reading #SpiderMan again, so mission accomplished! (3.5/5) #SuperiorSpiderMan

Superman #15 (DC)
NickZ: Superman and Lex get very Silence of the Lambs on us and FINALLY Supes calls in his JL friends to deal with H’el.
Andy: Very long-winded. Did Luthor even reveal anything useful? (2/5) #Superman

Sweet Tooth #40 (Vertigo)
Andy: Thank you for this series @JeffLemire. Nature is watching us, folks. Lets not be scabs. (5/5) #SweetTooth

Talon #3 (DC)
NickZ: Calvin and Mr. Clark get some much needed help from someone from Calvin’s past.
Andy: Guillem March’s art is great on this book. The Talon on the final page scares me. (3.5/5) #Talon

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #7 (IDW)
Andy: Every Turtles fan needs to read this — it’s rich in TMNT lore and makes the alien Turtles concept not so off. (3/5) #TMNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1 (IDW)
Andy: This was everything I had hoped it’d be. The art’s f-ing shellrific! (4/5) #TMNT #NinjaTurtles

Teen Titans #15 (DC)
Infinite Speech: Great tie in to Death of the Family with fantastic art from Booth. This is my favorite DC book and it still shocks the hell out of me!
NickZ: Batgirl helps out the Titans while the Joker matches wits with Red Robin.
Andy: Needs more Tim Drake. (2.5/5) #TeenTitans

Think Tank: Military Dossier #1 (Top Cow)
Infinite Speech: Great companion book to the main series!

Thunderbolts #3 (Marvel)
NickZ: Deadpool really makes this book for me. No one knows Wade like Daniel Way.
Andy: Things are picking up nicely. Hope that bullet in the head is permanent. (3/5) #Thunderbolts

Thor: God of Thunder #4 (Marvel)
Jeff: This book is so fantastic. The story is flawless, the art is magnificent, and Thor is trouble.
Andy: Esad Ribic is absolutely killing this book on art, and Aaron is redeeming himself after that Inc. Hulk run. (4.5/5) #Thor

Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots #2 (IDW)
Andy: Seriously, this should be #BeastWars… even #BeastMachines would be better. (1/5) #Transformers

Ultimate Spider-Man #19 (Marvel)
Dr. Bustos: J. Jonah Jameson is one of my favorite characters, while he’s not the big cartoon I love, this one is still pretty great. A
Infinite Speech: Bendis and Pichelli back together to give us another great issue in this series.
Jeff: Sara Pichelli is back on art duties this issue and I couldn’t be happier. Her Venom is scary!
Andy: I like the developing story of Miles’ dad — he’s going to come out a different man at the end of this. (3/5) #SpiderMan

The Walking Dead #106 (Image)
Jeff: What the crap did Negan do to Carl? I need to know!
NickZ: Is it just me or is there some strange admiration-thing going on between Carl and Negan?
Andy: For an “anniversary” issue, this was pretty boring. Still, an awesome achievement by Charlie Adlard! (2/5) #WalkingDead

Willow Wonderland #3 (Dark Horse)
NickZ: Willow needs to discover what the covens true motives are before it’s too late to help her friends.

Wolverine & the X-Men #23 (Marvel)
Jeff: Ok, now that the Frankenstein crap is over, can we get on with this?
NickZ: This Frankenstein story was the worst! I’m glad it’s over. Although, Doop with brass knuckles was rad!
Andy: Glad this arc is over. The bookends were cool, but the stuff in-between was a poor choice for #MarvelNOW. (2/5) #Wolverine #XMen

X-Men: Legacy #4 (Marvel)
Jeff: This issue confirms that this book needs X-Men in order to work. Keep Chamber and Blindfold and I’ll be happy.
NickZ: I’m really liking Legion…err David for the first time. This book is pretty awesome.
Andy: This series has pulled an unexpected 180 since issues #1 and #2. Hopefully, people stuck around! (4/5) #XMen



  1. UPDATE: I shelled out the cash and purchased the original art for the final page of “Glory” #31 by artist Ross Campbell. Totally worth it!!

  2. @Jeff — the London Beer Flood. Sounds like a good time, but it probably wasn’t.

    @Nick Z — “First X-Men” is worse than “X-Men Forever?” That’s a tall order.

    @Infinite Speech — You, of all people, I’m shocked loved “Star Wars” #1 so much. When the F did Leia EVER fly an X-Wing? WHEN!? And if she was that good, the Rebellion sure could’ve used all the pilots they could get during the Battle of Yavin… and you didn’t read “TMNT: Foot Clan” #1? WTF is wrong with you!?!?!?!?

    • Leia was already a trained pilot but if you remember she was too important to the cause and as the LAST surviving person from Alderaan (that we knew of at that time) there was no way she’d be put in an X-Wing to go destroy the Death Star. She’s also been shown to pilot an X-Wing in other Star Wars comics and novels.

      I corrected the TMNT: Foot Clan mistake and picked it up. HOLY #$%@! This was wayyyyyyyyyyyy better than I expected and I’m diggin’ that it’s just not some historical account but stays in the current timeline of the other books as well. Great story so far!

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