This Week in Comics (10-3-09)

Hello one and all, are you ready for a week of comic book reviews to tantalize your geekiest desires? This week will be a little on the lighter side because I chose to buy nice present for my roommate Zach who turned 22 yesterday. So wish him and his Nordic gods much praise. This week I will talk about another Nordic god a hairy Canadian, and some super hero teams. Now on with the reviews.

Son of Hulk #15

Written by Paul Jenkins

Art by Andres Guinaldo

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So the tale of Hulk’s greyer, and attention whoring son continues. I can’t say that I was particularly impressed with this issue for a number of reasons. This book started out with Hiro-Kala as a rebellious anti-hero, but he has become a whiney emo kid just screaming for attention. Hiro-Kala has the omnipotent old power of Sakaar, and is conquering other planets to show his god-like status, yet he only does it to make himself feel better and it isn’t keeping me that interested. The art here could be tightened up a bit, the body portions were all over the place and the scenery was jumbled. I know that Jenkins is capable of putting out much better writing than this, but I already know where this book is headed (the angering of Galactus should be another hint there). I think you could stay away from this book; Hulk’s other son is doing a better job of entertaining us.

5/10

Thunderbolts #136

Written by Andy Diggle

Art by Pop Mahn and Carlos Rodriguez

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I knew it would happen sooner or later, the moment that every comic geek dreads. The time when a good book starts to suck. Thunderbolts has been a delight to read during the tenure of Andy Diggle. After Warren Ellis made Thunderbolts good again, Christos Gage came along for 3 issues and massacred the badass Thunderbolts that we had grown to love. Afterwards Diggle took the reigns of the bolts and gave it back its soul. But what one can give, one can also take away. That’s what I feel has happened in this issue, Thunderbolts has lots its soul. I know this is a major spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but everyone on the team has defected and decided that they don’t want to carry out murders. Hmm, the thing that made thunderbolts great was that the team was comprised of bloodthirsty villains, and now they simply want to act like chumps. (Facepalm) This book took a big hit this issue, and the cliffhanger is just stupid. I will praise the art of this book it sets the mood wonderfully, but there isn’t much of a mood to set unfortunately.

Secret Warriors #8

Written by Jonathan Hickman

Art by Alessandro Vitti

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I like this book, I like it a lot. Nick Fury is a great character, but his underlings not so much. This time the underling we are focusing on is Phobias. Phobias is finally starting to man up and earn the respect of his father Ares. Yet it isn’t Phobias who takes the cake as the star attraction its agent Garrett. That’s right agent Garrett is joining up with Nick Fury’s new team. Now some of you may not know who agent Garrett is, and the few who did may have forgotten. Well let me remind you guys exactly who he is. Agent Garrett was the Shield Agent assigned with bringing in Elektra in Elektra: Assassin by Frank Miller. During his mission to bring in Elektra Garrett was severely injured and had to have his body replaced with a cybernetic one. Agent Garrett has not actually done anything since the Elektra: Assassin Mini-series in 1987, although he did have a cameo in Elektra Lives Again in 1990. This is where it gets to me, because I never thought of those particular stories as being within the main marvel continuity, however agent Garrett’s presence at least demonstrates that they are cannon, or that we have a big plot hole to address. I don’t know for certain my Daredevil knowledge isn’t good as it could be. Anyway this book was solid, but not as a good as previous issues. I found the art to be sloppy in some places and I hate the way that Vitti draws Osborn’s teeth it just ugly. I do have another gripe with this book, the big event gripe. This book is beginning to parallel Thunderbolts by simply showing the same story with a different point of view. This happens during all the big events and it really brings down the quality of writing. But this issue was a few steps above Thunderbolts, so go pick it up.

8/10

Wolverine: Weapon X #5

Written by Jason Aaron

Art by Ron Garney

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End of the line for this story arc and Wolverine is going to have the final showdown with an army of laser-clawed Weapon X soldiers. Only this time Wolverine is lured directly into the fight. I have often criticized Jason Aaron and Daniel Way of being Mark Millar wannabes and trying to be as bloody and graphic as possible but without any true merit of storytelling. However I must admit that I was very surprised by the ending to this little saga. Oddly enough Wolverine is reluctant to fight, felling scared and he actually admits a long hidden fear. Wolverine seeking means to win other than his claws is a beautiful way to end this arc. However there are still some unanswered questions about this new Weapon X program that will allow the story to progress along nicely. Ladies and gentlemen there are 3 Wolverine books on the shelf, but this is the only one that is worth reading.

8/10

Thor #603

Written by J. Michael Straczynski

Art by Marko Djurdjevic

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This is a very sad moment, not sad as in that of a bad comic, but sad knowing that this is the second to last issue of J. Michael Straczynski’s Thor. After reading this issue I know what I will be missing out on in future Thor issues. First of all I want to praise the art of this book. Sorry Olivier, but Marko Djurdjevic has you beat big time. From start to finish this book has wonderful art, great coloring, and great shading effects. I love how Dr. Doom is drawn with those horrifying orange eyes. I think this may just be the best Dr. Doom representation ever. Another thing that really took me off guard is Djurdjevic’s talent for drawing the female form. On page four when you see Sif in the Daisy Dukes outfit I could have sworn that they just let Frank Cho draw her in there. So another reason to buy this book. Enough praising the artist, now I must praise the writer. Even though this issue was another issue for setting the pieces in place it was executed exceptionally well. None of the characters have been left out, Thor and Sif work together beautifully despite their few moments together, the warriors three show up and there are plenty of fat jokes at Volstogg’s expense. Most of the book focuses on Bill and Kelda as their feelings grow toward each other. Bill is becoming the star of the show and I know that big things are going to happen to prove this (hence Bill on the cover of the next issue). Doom and Loki have their evil plans and they will be set in motion in JMS’s big finale next month. This is such a great book and I hate to see it gone, but Straczynski is too good a writer to be taking all the guff he does from Marvel. One more issue then all the nine worlds will tremble with fear.

9/10

So that concludes this week in comics. I hope you have enjoyed it as much I enjoyed writing it. Until next time.

– Matt Dunford (Your Comic Book Guy)