Comics released 4/28

Posted on May 13, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

Day 4 of the great catch-up week has arrived!  Today, I’ll be reviewing comics that were released the week of 4/28.  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:

Gotham City Sirens #11
Rise of Arsenal #2
Justice Society of America #38
The Outsiders #29
Amazing Spider-Man #629
Captain America #605
Red Hulk #4
Fantastic Four #578
Hulked Out Heroes #2
Incredible Hulk #608
Marvel Zombies 5 #2
New Avengers #64
Secret Warriors #15
Siege: Secret Warriors #1
Thor #609

And here’s what I thought:

Amazing Spider-Man #629

Marvel Comics, $2.99

Roger Stern, Lee Weeks, Dean White

I didn’t get Spider-Man for a long time, mostly because Brand New Day was a concept that annoyed the crap out of me.  The suckered me in with issues #600, though, mostly because I’m a sucker for milestone issues.  Since then, Spidey running The Gauntlet has been incredibly fun and well written, with Mysterio, the Chameleon, Sandman, Electro and more all getting chances to take out the wall crawler and doing their level best.  About this issue, though, while it may be considered a diversion from the Gauntlet, the story may be my favorite from the past 30 or 40 issues.  I love the fact that Captain Universe is in it, I love that the Juggernaut is somewhat of a good guy, I love that it references things that happened in continuity years ago as happening months ago, I love the art, everything that goes on in this is just fantastic!

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

Thor #609

Marvel Comics, $2.99

Kieron Gillen, Billy Tan, Rich Elson, Batt, Christina Strain, June Chung

More story from the Asgardian crew, but no Thor.  I’m ok with that.  I like seeing how Volstagg is handling things, I love that the cops of Broxton recognize that he’s a good guy and let him go help.  I love seeing Kelda take on the H.A.M.M.E.R.(did we ever find out what that stands for?) troops to protect the mortals.  I love seeing Tyr realize that he’s made a terrible mistake.  Most of all, I think, is where Loki pulling his old tricks and getting what’s coming to him.  One can’t help but wonder exactly what he means when he says “you can’t stop us from saving you,” though.  The art in this book is a truly collaborative effort, but each does such a great job that I didn’t even realize it until I read the credits for this very review.  This book is pretty helpful if you’re following the events of Siege, and pretty cool even if you’re not.

Ollie’s Beard 3/5

Gotham City Sirens #11

DC Comics, $2.99

Paul Dini, Andres Guinaldo, Raul Fernandez

I started picking up Gotham City Sirens as a way to kind of fill out my comic reviews and to broaden my horizons, but mostly because it had The Riddler in it.  This is the first issue I’ve read without Edward Nigma, but it does follow the titular sirens through a day out of costume.  I was going to call it average, but it’s really anything but.  Harley and Catwoman go through their neighborhood looking for lost dogs and find an unexpected culprit, while Ivy goes to a new job in Gotham, and faces a killer confrontation at closing time.  There’s moments of great characterization where Dini remembers the characters’ pasts while also keeping in mind their present.  The art is phenomenal and makes the story very easy to follow.  YOu can’t go wrong getting this book.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

Hulked Out Heroes #2

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Jeff Parker, Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas, Edgar Delgado

I’m just gonna say it quickly, Hulked Out Heroes disappointed me.  First, there’s only one, and it’s Deadpool.  Seriously, Deadpool isn’t getting enough exposure in his 14 monthly titles, he needs a mini where he’s a Hulk, too?  Now, I know Deadpool’s thing is to be funny, but was it really necessary to send him back in time as a Hulk to kill an earlier version of himself?  It really seems like this could have been a subplot of a larger story involving maybe plural Hulked out heroes.  Maybe Spider-Man, he used to be the guy you put in books to sell them.  Or Wolverine would be good too.  Or, and I’m just throwing this out there as a suggestion, what about the Hulk?  I’m actually a little upset I spent 8 bucks on this series.

Superman’s Beard 1/5

Outsiders #29

DC Comics, $2.99

Dan Didio, Don Kramer, Philip Tan, Michael Babinski, Jonathan Glapion

I can safely say that this is the worst comic of this week.  Didio does a fantastic job crafting a tale about Looker, who’s apparently a vampire who hunts other vampires.  Unlike Blade, though, she does it for completely selfish reasons, has an even worse name, and dresses like something out of a bad porn movie.  In this, she fights another vampire who hunts vampires, the assassin named Stake.  Seriously, Looker and Stake?  Could you get any worse characters than that?  Was B’wana Beast busy?  And to make matters worse, the art isn’t very good, all the faces look the same, and the shadows don’t look natural at all.  I think this might be the first time I’ve done this, but…

Booster Gold’s Beard 0/5

Fantastic Four #578

Marvel Comics, $2.99

Jonathan Hickman, Dale Eaglesham, Paul Mounts

Ok, after that last one, I thought we could all use a good comic to look at, so I’m bringing up the always stellar Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four.  I’ve been hearing rave reviews of it since it launched, so I figured I would give it a shot.  The last issue was great, and Hickman does an excellent job making the events of this one tie to it in their own way.  Such an excellent job, in fact, that I didn’t catch on until the last few pages.  Apparently this also will have something to do with the other books he’s currently writing for Marvel, and he’s so good at it that I have absolutely no clue where he’s gonna go with it.  The art is amazing, and it lends itself to following the action very well.  All in all, you can’t go wrong spending $2.99 on a book of this caliber.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5

And that’s all for today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow, when I’ll finally be caught up for the last month or so.  Until then!

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