This week in comics 9-11-09

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, geeks, dweebs, and nerds lend me your ears. I have to say that I am very impressed with the books I read this week. I haven’t seen this many A grade books packed into a single week in many years.

The Marvels Project (Part 2 of 8 )

Written by Ed Brubaker

Art by Steve Epting

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If there is one thing that Brubaker has proven himself good at it is digging up the past. Though instead of digging up the past so it can haunt the present we have find our story set only in the past. This issue centers on Abraham Erskine the scientist known for creating the super soldier serum and his scientific endeavors before creating our favorite star spangled super hero. Though Erskine may be the star of the show in this issue there are three other plots going on at the same time. The first tells of a young Nick Fury assigned to help retrieve a defecting Dr. Erskine from the Nazis, we also see the first Human Torch adapting to his new powers, and New York’s reaction to the first generation of costumed crime fighters taking to the streets. I loved this issue; I loved the action and the intriguing plot. I am big fan of origin stories, and comic history so I feel right at home with this mini-series. Most of all I have to say that this comic wouldn’t be half of what it could be without Brubaker and Epting working together again. The dark and mysterious art by Epting hooks you in and makes you to learn more. My big regret about this issue is that it’s a really fast page-turner and you will be over with it really quick and hungering for the next issue.

9/10

Ultimate Comics Avengers #2

Written by Mark Millar

Art by Carlos Pacheco

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“He said he’s my son”. I can’t tell you how blown away I was after hearing those words in the previous issue. Mark Millar is a master of all things violent and the origin of how the son of the perfect human became a murderous assassin with no skin of his face. This is exactly what I love so much about the Ultimate Universe, new takes on established characters. This Red Skull like the 616 Red Skull has the body of Captain America but with a twisted new look. Of course there are many similarities between the Red Skull’s face and the Joker of The Dark Knight. I don’t think any plagiarism lawsuits will go into effect anytime soon, but I am happy that the Cap has met his match. Aside from how cool the new Red Skull is, this book takes time to put Nick Fury back into his former S.H.I.E.L.D associates who are not exactly thrilled to see him. Yet the situation they are in is becoming dire and they need a badass Samuel L. Jackson lookalike. I am really liking this story and I am glad that the Avengers is actually entertaining once again, it is action packed without stupid Loeb garbage, and has humor again. However there is another mystery to be solved. Cap learned he has a son, but Tony Stark has a brother!!!

9/10

Kick-Ass (Part 7 of 8)

Written by Mark Millar

Art by John Romita Jr.

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Took them a while between issues (as is to be expected from Millar) but Kick-Ass is back and is kicking ass or getting his ass kicked I should say. This issue is filled with epic twists and is at its peak intensity as Kick-Ass takes on the mob. I love the art in here, JRJR has always been my favorite and this issue displays exactly what he is capable of doing. Romita Jr. is extremely detailed in his art, however some might consider it too detailed. Keep in mind this book is written by Millar so you will have your fair share of blood and guts, and its not for the squeamish. In fact there is a scene in here where a car battery gets clamped to two very sensitive parts of Kick-Ass’s anatomy and if you think you know pain, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. Blood, guts, bullets, epic plot twists, and a kid getting his balls zapped with a car battery. It seems that Kick-Ass has it all, so check this series out before it gets popular when the movie hits. Then you can say that you were one of the cool people who actually read it first.

9/10

War of Kings: Who Will Rule? #1

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

Art by Paul Pelletier

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The War of Kings has ended, and those Kings are nowhere to be found. Who will rule in their stead? The Shi’ar world is ravaged by civil war, the Inhumans are mourning the loss of Black Bolt, and Gladiator is the one who has been hit the hardest. Gladiator has dealt with so much in the past few years; Vulcan overtaking the Shi’ar throne, then going against everything he stood for and rebelling against the Vulcan, and finally the death of Lilandra, that’s a lot for a guy to handle. Now the Shi’ar have need a leader and they are looking to Gladiator to fill that void. Gladiator has become my favorite cosmic character as of late. The struggle within to help the Shi’ar but he doesn’t see himself fit to rule because his life is dedicated to serving the throne. I am growing very fond of Pelletier’s artwork mainly because it is a style that reminds me so much of Mark Bagley when he was drawing for Ultimate Spider-Man. I must say I really love Gladiator’s new costume he looks great in black. This issue is a sign of things to come. If you are tired of lame issues of Amazing Spider-Man or Red Hulk, then look to the stars because the cosmic side of Marvel is the place to be.

9/10

Thunderbolts #135

Written by Andy Diggle

Art by Miguel Sepulveda

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So Black Widow takes off her disguise and it turns out that she is really…Black Widow. Didn’t see that coming did you? So now it has been revealed that Nick Fury has an inside girl on Norman Osborn’s Thunderbolts team. This book keeps getting better and better, I love the art and the intriguing developments that are going on here. So the story of Songbird on the run progresses and Natasha Romanov has joined her. Unlike Iron Man’s on the run story this issue doesn’t take up a half a billion issues to tell and is right to the point and gets the job done. Of course the T-Bolts show up to fight with out leading ladies and prevent them from reaching Nick Fury. Not much more to say here without spoilers. Go get it.

9/10

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus

Written by Matt Fraction

Art by Mike Deodato and Terry Dodson

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I haven’t cared too much for this saga, the previous issues were lacking a lot. However the conclusion is quite the story to tell. Previous issues got clogged up with lame stuff like anti-mutant riots and humans turning into sentinels, but now we get the to good stuff. So after all the talk now the fighting is going down, and boy does it go down. Deodato’s pencils are stunning as ever, and he seems to have gotten out of the habit of drawing Norman Osborn like Tommy Lee Jones. Terry Dodson does what he does best (drawing girls with gigantic boobs). Dodson does detail a touching scene between the Sentry and White Queen (the touching most would hope for). This was the best issue of the whole Utopia Saga and I am not the biggest X-Men fan because of how clogged up the series gets with cloning or time travel or stuff like that. But when you get to the action packed scenes then you have something. Not the best issue I have read in my life, but not too bad in the end.

8/10

Dark Reign: The List – Avengers

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Not every book this week can be good. This issue was drawn well; it had some funny one-liners, especially the one from Captain America on his dealings with Hitler. But it was just Hawkeye saying “I’m angry as Osborn so I’m going to kill him” then Hawkeye running off to just that. No real big developments here, a little on the bland side, you could probably skip on this issue.

6/10

That’s your comics and that’s all you’ll get until next time.

Matt Dunford “your comic book guy”.