Released 4/7/10

Posted on May 10, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

After a brief hiatus, By Odin’s Beard returns!  The order of business this week will be to catch up on 5 weeks of comics, and what better place to start than the beginning?  Here we go!  As always, I pick up my comics at Comics and Paperbacks Plus in Palmyra, PA.  You can find them on Facebook here or here, or you can stop in if you find yourself in Central Pennsylvania. You can also follow me on Twitter, just to see what I think of my books as I read them!  Here’s what I got the week of 4/7/10:

Batman and Robin #11
Great Ten #6
Jonah Hex #54
Nemesis: The Impostors #2
Red Robin #11
Electric Ant #1
Marvel Zombies 5 #1
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Spider-Man: Fever #1
World War Hulks #1

Check out what I thought after the jump!

Nemesis: The Impostors #2

DC Comics, $2.99

Ivan Brandon, Cliff Richards

I’m not a big fan of not knowing what’s going on, but I can be forgiving in the right circumstances.  These are the right circumstances.  I’m pretty sure this was an attempt by DC to capitalize on Marvel’s recent release of a comic by a similar name, although I believe the Nemesis in this book has been around longer.   There are some obvious ties to both Wonder Woman(and the Amazons) and Batman which I find intriguing, although the character comes with such a level of paranoia that even the reader is forced to question which parts are real and which parts are in his imagination.  One things, for sure, though, the book is a brilliant blend of mystery, action, and great art.  If you’re not reading this, you should be.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

 


 
 


 

Jonah Hex #54

DC Comics, $2.99

Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jordi Bernet

It’s nice to see what some would consider a niche corner of the comics market still going strong after 54 issues, and even getting a movie in the coming month.  That success can be attributed to Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.  I have in my comic collection the first few issues of their ongoing run on Hex, and I remember enjoying it quite a bit back then, and the last few issues I’ve read have been very fun one-off stories, this one included.  What’s great about the character is that he’s a guy who’s very hard to outwit, and even the writers of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon series on Cartoon Network have realized this and paired the disfigured bounty hunter with the Dark Knight detective to great effect.  Now, the only thing I can say that could even be construed as a little negative about this particular issue is that the art takes a little adjusting to, but that’s not to say it’s bad.  If you like good western fun, or are a fan of good comics in general, this is one you should be reading.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

 


 
 


 

Batman and Robin #11

DC Comics, $2.99

Grant Morrison, Andy Clarke, Scott Hanna

It’s no real secret that I’m really enjoying this title.  Grant Morrison really knows how to tell a good Batman story, even if Bruce Wayne is not the subject directly.  This particular story does a great job of taking the action with Damian and Oberon Sexton’s part, the mystery aspect with Dick, and tying it all together with clever in-between narration from Alfred, serving as the go-between for the two titular characters.  Morrison does a great job working with his artist’s strengths in each of his arcs, and that’s something that’s fairly rare in comics these days.  He also does a great job keeping you guessing about the identity of Oberon Sexton.  All told, this is a fantastic book, and if the entirety of the return of Bruce Wayne is as good as this title has been, then it will have been worth it.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

 


 
 


 

Marvel Zombies 5 #1

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Fred Van Lente, Kano, Tom Palmer, Val Staples

Wow, it seems like I have nothing but good things to say about this week’s comics.  Van Lente excels with this issue of Marvel Zombies 5, and makes the outlook for the series going forward look very good indeed.  What starts off as a seemingly straightforward western story, with great Alternate Universe leanings, gets a zombie twist.  Van Lente’s Machine Man is well written and funny when he shows up, and the addition of Howard the Duck to the A.R.M.O.R. team is a surprise, but a welcome one.  However, the real show stealers are the “Romero” type zombies of classic Marvel western characters, not to mention Hurricane and his daughter.  Marvel Zombies 5 promises to change what the Marvel Zombies series has been in the past, to innovate and bring something new to the table.  If all goes as it should, it would be really interesting to see what, if anything, they’re able to do for Marvel Zombies 6.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

 


 
 


 

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Ant #1

Marvel Comics, $3.99

David Mack, Pascal Alixe, Christopher Sotomayor

I’ve read a Philip K. Dick story or two in my time, but this was my first introduction to The Electric Ant.  I was not really surprised by what the story contained, as it’s as fantastical and well-plotted as anything else by Dick, but I was very pleased upon reading it.  You feel for Garson Poole as you read the issue, but at the same time, there’s no way you can know what it’s like.  That’s part of the fun, though, to try and imagine what you would do if you were to wake up and find out that everything you thought was true wasn’t.  To make an excellent story even better, the art is fantastic.  Just a step away from being real, it does the job of helping you to relate and put yourself in the action superbly.  If you’ve never read Dick before, this would be an excellent introduction, and would surely have you hooked.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

 


 
 


 

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Jonathan Hickman, Dustin Weaver, Christina Strain

The best from of the week when these books were released.  Seriously.  You can look through all the other stuff by all the other publishers and Marvel, too.  You won’t find better.  Hickman has the perfect blend of old an new, with just the right amount of mystery and intrigue thrown in for me to care where this story is going in the long term.  There are nice nods to established Marvel history, like Apocalypse and the avatar of Konshu very early in the book, The Brood, what could be an Eternal, Galactus, and of course new characters that have never been used in the Marvel Universe, like Da Vinci, even if the first thing I thought of during his parts was Assassin’s Creed 2(tell me he’s not holding a piece of Eden at the end of this book), and of course Leonid and the Dark Man.  I will be looking forward to this book every month, and I’ve heard that the events of this and all of Hickman’s other books are somehow related, so I’ll be looking forward to how all the pieces fit together.

Odin’s Beard 5/5

 


 
 


 
And that’s all I have for now.  Be sure to come back tomorrow, when I’ll be covering the comics that were released on 4/14!

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