Noteworthy Comics, 6/1/10

Posted on June 1, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

This week, I have a lot to say about a lot of the books I read, so you get 2 extra reviews to read!  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:

Thor #610
Thunderbolts #144
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2
Gotham City Sirens #12
Doomwar #4
Secret Warriors #16
Marvel Zombies 5 #3
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37
Fantastic Four #579
Green Lantern #54
The Rise of Arsenal #3
Secret Avengers #1
Savage She-Hulks #3
The Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1

And here’s what I thought:

Fantastic Four #579

Marvel Comics, $2.99

Jonathan Hickman, Neil Edwards, Andrew Currie, Paul Mounts

I’ve only been picking up Fantastic Four for a short time recently, but I do have a large collection of Fantastic Four comics from a few years ago, not to mention nearly the entire run of the Marvel Knights 4 line, so it’s safe to say that I enjoy Marvel’s First Family.  Jonathan Hickman does a good job with the characters, as is to be expected from a writer of his caliber, but while I enjoy the story, I feel like I came in a little late.  I kind of understand what’s going on from the recap pages, and it seems to be an intricately woven tapestry of story, where each individual character is playing a monumental part that only becomes clarified when viewed as a whole.  I have no problem with that as a a concept, but there’s something to be said for self-contained, or at least less intricate stories.  I’m not begging for less intricacy, just maybe something a little easier to follow.

Ollie’s Beard 3/5




The Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy

I’ve mentioned before my love for Thanos.  This purchase was a no-brainer for me.  What was surprising, though, was the amount of Thanos present in the story, or the lack thereof.  This book serves to get you excited for the upcoming Thanos Imperative miniseries, getting all of the players in place, and introducing the readers to the “Cancerverse” that lies on the other side of the Fault, which has been covered heavily in the Guardians of the Galaxy book up until n0w.  I’m willing to give a certain amount of good will to the writers who decided to bring Thanos back into the Marvel Universe, but I have to say that most of that good will is used up by ignoring the use of the word “Cancerverse.”  That said, the story here makes light of the troubles the Guardians have faced recently, namely Adam Magus, but even taking that into account, it serves its function, bringing the reader into the coming story.  Cosmic Marvel fans, or people looking to get into the Cosmic Marvel books would be hard pressed to find a better place to start than here.

Ollie’s Beard 3/5




Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2

DC Comics, $3.99

Grant Morrison, Frazer Irving

Picking up right from the place where the last issue ended, we start with Bruce, thrust into the role of Mordecai Wayne in colonial America, serving Gotham as an investigator/witch hunter of sorts.  The story is mixed with interesting future elements featuring Superman, Green Lantern, Booster Gold, and Rip Hunter at the end of the universe, trying to track Bruce.  What’s best about this issue is that it’s a little bit more clear, and while the language barrier between Bruce and the natives of this time period still exists, it’s nothing like trying to decipher what Bruce was saying to the cavemen.  The book makes great use of Batman’s detective skills, much like the last one made great use of his fighting skills, and even shows a softer side to Bruce as a character that you may recognize if you’re a long time Batman reader.  There’s even the ties to the current Batman and Robin storyline, which was expected, but still nice.  Altogether, this is a great book, with a much more concise and easy-to-follow story than any I’ve seen from Grant Morrison recently.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5




Thunderbolts #144

Marvel Comics, $2.99

Jeff Parker, Kev Walker, Frank Martin

I have to admit, I was reeled into this title with last week’s Enter the Heroic Age book, although it wasn’t that much of a hard sell.  I’ve bought the Thunderbolts in the past and always really enjoyed the concept.  This takes a different approach, though, and it’s kind of refreshing.  The book sets itself up to be a typical team book with a “building the team” kind of approach for this first story, and it had me let my guard down.  That got me really surprised for the last page reveal, which was not something I was expecting.  It was nice to see Luke Cage’s leadership skills brought to the front during the building-the-team sequences, and it was especially surprising to see some of the characters that were selected for this incarnation of the team, as well as his reactions to them.  My favorite by a longshot, though, was the inclusion of the Man-Thing.  He’s not really a member of the team, but he’ll play an important part in the books.  Altogether, this one was able to keep my interest and get me hooked enough to buy the next issue, so great job!

Ollie’s Beard 3/5




Doomwar #4

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Jonathan Maberry, Scot Eaton, Andy Lanning, Robert Campanella, Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Things are heating up as this title builds towards a conclusion.  As T’Challa and Shuri’s teams, including the Fantastic Four try to combat Doctor Doom’s new Doombots, which were the reveal at the end of last issue.  It seems to be a losing fight that’s going on here, and I’ll be interested to see how, besides the inclusion of Deadpool that the cover indicates, the team compensates for heavy losses.  T’challa shows some good foresight in trying to think differently than Doom would expect here, and what’s most interesting is that Doom is so far ahead of everyone as far as moves go(as in a chess match), that it’s hard for me to see how this is going to get to the inevitable conclusion.  Kudos go to Jonathan Maberry for keeping me guessing in this title.

Volstagg’s Beard 4/5




Green Lantern #54

DC Comics, $2.99

Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy

More Green lantern stories linking directly to Brightest Day.  This one, as the cover shows, features Atrocitus and everyone’s favorite feline Red Lantern prominently.  There’s also a cameo by Sodam Yat, the current host to Ion, that ties to the business of the shadowy Guardian we’ve seen in recent Brightest Day books.  Seems Atrocitus is the closest to figuring out what’s going on with that, which is interesting in itself.  Meanwhile, Hal, Carol, and Sinestro are tracking down Atrocitus to get his help in dealing with the White Lantern that suddenly showed up on earth, and it seems to me that before it’s all said and done they’ll have to recruit Hal’s Technicolor Lantern Corps again.  All I can really say here is that with this much build, between Green Lantern, Brightest Day, and all the other tie-ins, this story had better pay off in a big way.

Ollie’s Beard 3/5




Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Karl Kesel, Paulo Siqueira, Fabio D’Auria, Kurt Busiek, Pat Oliffe

This book was one of the highlights this week.  It features a really solid main feature starring Spidey and Captain America that shows the first encounter between the two, as well as a strong backup story about Spider-Man and Marvel Comics in the Marvel Universe.  The main feature captures some great back and forth between a young Spider-Man, who is a little star-struck upon meeting the famous Captain America, and even a Cap that lives up to the idealism of the character at the time.  All this is not even mentioning the villains that they face, the highly entertaining Rogue Scholars, consisting of Darwin, Curie, Kafka, and Tesla, all of whom I would not mind seeing again.  Altogether, it’s just a fun Spidey story that hits all the right beats.  The back up is a lot of fun too, in that it has some interesting elements that lead to some memorable characters, as well as a classic down-on-his-luck Spider-Man who’s trying to do what’s right, but also trying to help his image as a hero.  Solid stories, both, and well worth the price of admission.

Odin’s Beard 5/5




Secret Avengers #1

Marvel Comics, $3.99

Ed Brubaker, Mike Deodato, Rainier Beredo

I’m sure you’ve all seen the teaser posters for this book, which give the silhouettes of the characters on the team, along with a phrase from each.  Those were enough to spark my interest in this book, but what sold me was Ed Brubaker on writing duties.  This book doesn’t spare the action, and gives everyone a job to do on the team.  There’s no excessive exposition, and while there are mysterious enemies and mysterious goals, not to mention a frankly confusing reveal at the end, this book is much more what I was expecting from an Avengers relaunch than what we got from last week’s Avengers #1.  To make a long review short, these may not be your daddy’s Avengers, but they could be yours, and all for the low price of $3.99.

Odin’s Beard 5/5





And that’s it for this week.  As always, feel free to drop a line in the comments with anything you thought about this week’s books.  I’d also really appreciate it if any DC, Dark Horse, or Image fans could turn me on to any cool non-Marvel books.

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