This Week in Comics (10-24-09)

So once again it’s the time where I give my two cents on this comics of this week. Despite the fact that I spent $40 on comics this week so I’m in the hole $40.02. I have 3 midterms next week and I should really be studying for them but I just can’t break away from the sweetest escape. So here is what I think of this week’s issues.

The Invincible Iron Man #19

Written by Matt Fraction

Art by Salvador Larroca

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Its over…its over. THANK GOD ITS OVER!!!!!!!!!! World’s Most Wanted part 12. No ongoing series should have to go on this long. Like the previous 11 issues this depicts Tony Stark on the run from Norman Osborn and Tony’s mind has withered to the intellect of Mike Tyson. The major difference with this issue and the others is that Osborn has finally gotten out from behind his desk and done something. That something would be finally fought against Tony Stark. Tony is at quite a disadvantage against Osborn because he’s using the V.1 armor to compensate with his flimsy and deteriorating mind. The final throw down is just what everyone expected it to be…completely in Osborn’s favor. While Tony tackles Osborn (or gets tackled I should say) the ladies in his life attempt to take down H.A.M.M.E.R from within. This part was the better part of the story because it really shows how powerless heroes can make the biggest impact. As for the art I still have my usual complaints for Larroca and some new ones. Once again Norman Osborn looks way too young for his age, he’s not Rob Lowe for god’s sake. The next complaint is on the close up scenes with Pepper Potts and Black Widow. I couldn’t tell who was who (redhead confusion) but that may be a complaint for the inker to work on. Once again this series provided a solid issue, but once again it was solid not groundbreaking. This book has the potential but really needs to get those last little bits into action before it can be an A grade book.

8/10

Thunderbolts #137

Written by Rick Remender

Art by Mahmud A. Asrar

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I am now paying $1 for Thunderbolts than I was a month ago, but is it worth the price hike? Short answer: No. Long answer: This issue was filth. This book was immature and it was a recycled overused story that we have seen a million times. My best friend is brainwashed and now I have to fight him. This book was barely about the Thunderbolts, and it was more like a New Avengers story, which I should also mention hasn’t been good either. I’ll keep things short and simple, this book was lame, not worth the investment and the remaining members of the Thunderbolts. If you need further proof to why this book is bad, just go inside your local comic store open the last page, and then look at what Ant-Man is covered with as he walks down the streets of New York. Maturity at its finest.

5/10

Dark Reign: The List Hulk

Written by Greg Pak

Art by Ben Oliver

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I will make this short and simple. This book was a little on the pointless side. It really did not add much to anything in the Hulk books and the Dark Reign side I could really care less because it has gone on way too long. They basically try to turn Victoria Hand into the Baroness from G.I. Joe, but I don’t buy into this at all. It has some talk of the Warbound warriors and that’s about it. This issue is not worth the $4, but as an added bonus it includes Amazing Spider-Man #14 to give you the impression that you are getting a bigger story. Save your money.

5/10

Incredible Hulk #603

Written by Greg Pak

Art by Ariel Olivetti and Giuseppe Camuncoli

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Remember back in the day when Wolverine fighting the Hulk was one of the best matchups around? Well now we get to have Hulk Jr. vs. Wolverine Jr. and I have to say that I am not particularly pleased this issue. Every is acting completely out of character, Bruce Banner are acting completely out of character sharing a beer and not ripping each other’s throats out. I feel like this book has become a parody of itself even though its only been going on for 3 months. It shouldn’t even be called Incredible Hulk it should be called Incredible (insert character to fight next). It doesn’t focus on the Banner and Skaar, but who they are going to beat the hell out of next. I like the art by Ariel Olivetti but I just can’t stand the fact that he has resorted to using fake backgrounds. I didn’t have to worry about the mixing of real art on fake art because Giuseppe Camuncoli does most of the art in this issue. I am new to Camuncoli’s art but I enjoyed it, it seems like art that would be seen in a typical Wolverine storyline, simple yet gritty. But it wasn’t enough to salvage the issue. It just feels like another set up for a bigger play, and needs to work in with the story as a whole and keep the fans eager for more.

6/10

Dark Avengers #10

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Mike Deodato

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Beautiful. This issue has done all the right things to please the reader. First off this issue is very accessible to new readers because it starts off a new arc (assuming they get the idea that the Avengers have been replaced and all that other Dark Reign stuff). Then we start off the story with a big mystery, and then we experience conflict from the main characters. This book has action and a ton of suspense, which really makes me want to keep read it. Bendis has his ups and he has his downs but this is definitely an up for Bendis. I really think Bendis should cut down on the titles he is writing in order to produce work of this quality. As usual Mike Deodato’s art is stunning and is among the most talented in marvel’s art gallery. There isn’t much wrong with this issue except that there could have been a bit more action to spruce things up, but I have a feeling that we are going to get plenty of action in the next issue when Osborn’s new friends have words with him.

8/10

The Brave and the Bold #28

Written by J. Michael Straczynski

Art by Jesus Saiz

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Would you believe that I have never read a comic about the Flash in my life? He just doesn’t appeal to me, I mean he runs fast does some other stuff but that doesn’t really connect with me at all. This being my first issue of the Flash I went in with some low expectations but kept my chin up since JMS was at the helm. I have to say that this issue really does respect to a Flash newcomer. The story starts off in a corny fashion of Flash running past the speed of light during an experiment then getting thrown back in time to WWII and then encounters the Blackhawks. This issue really hit it home because it shows Flash at conflict with himself in one of the greatest conflicts of all time. Flash has to ask himself is it ok to kill even it times of war? The stereotype for the Flash is that he was always around as the comic relief for the Justice League, but now JMS has painted him in a new light. Straczynski’s Brave and Bold is something that can be enjoyed by everyone, because they are stories that allow fans new to have a great story about a classic character, and they can even get a comic history lesson on some much more classic characters too. Two issues into his run J. Michael Straczynski is making The Brave and the Bold one of the best comics to read.

9/10

Chew #5

Written by John Layman

Art by Rob Guillory

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Chew is an interesting book, not just interesting but insanely good. Originally I bought Chew because the really hot girl who works at Southern California comics recommended it to me, and I am not one to turn down a pretty face (especially one that’s also into comics). But Chew just sunk its teeth into me and did not let go. I found myself hooked into this crazy story with its goofy artwork about an Asian guy who gets psychic readings from the things he eats. This book hits me harder than most other books because it actually gets an emotional response from me. I have felt humor, suspense, and beyond all things disgust at some of things I have seen in this issue. It’s not very easy to gross me out because I spend on day on /b/ but I am glad that this book can merit such a reaction from me. To my surprise this series will keep going and I am very glad that it is. Tony Chu still has to win the heart of his mystery girl, agent Savoy has some unexplained business and the FDA’s war against the chicken smugglers is only beginning. I love this book, and I usually don’t like indie books but I really am looking forward to seeing this series come back for seconds. All right enough with the food jokes.

9/10

This week’s low point would have to be The List: Hulk as it was completely pointless and a rip off. This week’s high point is Chew, which narrowly edged out The Brave and the Bold to be the best book of this week.

That’s all for this week in comics until next time.

– Matt Dunford “your comic book guy”