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Don’t be fooled by the cover, it’s a little misleading. There are no actual avengers in this book. It continues to give us the history on the invasion from the Skrull’s side and how they got to the point they’re at now. The first part is a little slow as it gets through the history stuff but it continues to build momentum and ends really strong. We get to see the Elektra imposter and hear of not only how they began the invasion but also how they developed the technology to do it. It spans all the way back to the Kree Skrull war and through marvel history. The clues given as to who the other imposters might be gets the blood flowing and the choice the queen makes in the end not only confirms some suspicions of mine from about a month ago (boy it’s good to be right) but also makes a pretty big impact especially when weighed against the nick fury story we saw last week in Mighty Avengers. Go pick this one up and get in on the invasion.
This one shot definitely gets a pass. I was really disappointed in this book, especially since I’m getting into Thor, but it’s Strazinski’s writing that has turned me on to the character and this is not Strazinski. The pacing is terrible as this might be the wordiest comic book I’ve ever read. It reads like a story of old mythology with the trickery of the gods and its nice tidy moral, but there is nothing to hold your interest. Action is fairly sparse and what little there is gets so bogged down by the narration that it’s like watching a fight in slow motion. I kept waiting for this story to get going for something to be put at stake but nothing ever happened. I think the worst part was at the very end of the story when I got to the bottom of the last page and it said “To be continued”. How can it be a one shot if it is going to be continued? Wouldn’t that make it a two shot at least? I just can’t believe that they are actually asking people to come back to this story. It was the first time that I almost didn’t finish a book. In fact this review was the only reason I did. Leave this one on the shelves guys
The secret origin continues arch continues Most of the stuff with Hal is old news, except for what they’ve changed, but the stuff with Abin Sur is really intriguing. We learn a little bit more about the prophecy and the guardian’s knowledge of it. While this is exciting all it’s really doing is getting me anxious for the blackest night to get started. It gives you some good information but so far nothing you can’t live without. It almost feels like they wanted to do the blackest night along with the Final Crisis and needed a few months of filler to line it all up so we got Secret Origin. I would rather they have summed up all the Abin Sur and prophecy stuff up in one issue then get on to the goods. That being said Geoff Johns could make anything interesting so it is a good read I’m just an impatient little kid who knows what’s coming and wants it now.
All right boys and girls the big time summer events from DC are finally here and this is where it all starts. This book is a preview of what is to come in the world of your favorite DC characters. For those of you who stuck it out through countdown this is the final thread connecting the DC Universe to the Final crises and all the stories to be included. DC even includes ads for the upcoming books after the arcs after each segment with the subtlety of a stampeding elephant. We get a taste of Batman RIP, Green Lantern Darkest Night, Wonder Woman Whom the Gods Forsaken and all the crisis titles to come. It wouldn’t be a crisis if something major wasn’t happening to a flash and there is even a tease about that. This book did its’ job and did what countdown could not. It got me excited about DC’s summer events. At only 50 cents this book is definitely a must have and will get you ready to go.
With this one I have no one to blame but myself. I hated the last issue I read but it was kind of a light week so I thought I’d give it another try hoping that it would at least have something to do with the Invasion. Boy was I wrong. It was as slow and insignificant as the last issue I reviewed here. On one hand it is graduation day for the current class of heroes in training and on the other the instructors are caught up in a hearing to discuss what is going on in the initiative and why it has had so many problems. It’s dull, there is no real connection to the characters and it reads like the beauracratic dribble that the initiative itself was born from. Bore me once shame on you, bore me twice shame on me. I won’t let it happen again and I won’t be picking up this title again.
This is the first issue of a 5 part mini series from indi comic label Radical Comics. I’m always excited about new stuff and willing to give it a chance but unfortunately this is an example of why this story is at an indi label. It just wasn’t good. The art was interesting and the book looked pretty good but it was not well written or laid out. The panels were hard to follow. The narrator, who talked way too much, was not clear in what or who he was talking about and I don’t like what they did with the characters. They make Hercules a mercenary traveling to a distant land with a few cohorts for a job. The men he traveled with were savage, brutal, and cruel and the sequence of events just didn’t make sense. I think the true fans of mythology won’t even be able to get into this because it’s just not the portrayal of the character that we are familiar with. It was more of a Conan story than the greek demi god we know. There was no flow to the story and the action that got going didn’t have the pacing to bring the action out of the panels. At only a dollar it’s not a huge investment but I’m hard pressed to believe it’s even worth that. This book has some great art work but is a pretty painful read.
This is a good book that fits right into the continuity of the current Daredevil story line. As Matt Murdock continues to wrestle with his own morality sense of duty he is now conflicted over his role in dealing with a villain turned vigilante the Black Tarantula. The black tarantula is cleaning up his streets but using excessive force even by Daredevil’s standards. His past is coming back around and the gang that he left behind is looking to reclaim the power of the black tarantula and their foothold on the city. The story goes to some interesting places and makes for a good read. The ending is pretty open and may lead to an ongoing Black Tarantula title in the future. If it is anything like the one shot I’ll give it a chance.
I love the Teen Titans in all their incarnations so I will continue to go back to them with the hopes that it will get better. This week didn’t have as much action as the previous one but it did read well and kept me entertained. One thing I just don’t get is why have a team book if you are not going to have the team together. Last month had Ravager and Kid Devil getting messed up at the tower and this issue follows M’gann Martian and her inner struggles. Now I am a sucker for stories with inner turmoil and battling your own inner demons which might be why I was into this issue but I want to hear “Titans Together” and see the team together dealing with threats from the outside world as well as their own minds. I’m hoping that this will be the event that brings them all together and I’m wondering what their role will be in the upcoming crisis. If you’re a die hard titans fan then you won’t be too disappointed with this issue but I wouldn’t use this to introduce any of your friends to the titans.
The summer of Super heroes begins with this weekends release of Iron Man. Wanted will come on June 13th followed by The Incredible hulk on June 18th. While it’s not based on a comic book Hancock, the will Smith super hero movie is also due out on June 2nd as well as Hellboy July 11th and the Dark Night July 18th. It is a testament to the strength of this genre that the studios are set to release this many movies in such a short amount of time. The comic book fans are passionate and will continue to support the films. They have everything we want from a summer block buster: action, special effects, strong sexy women and personal growth. It’s all coming to you this summer so get to the theaters and enjoy.
The second installment of this manga style batman tale which brings us some of the dark night’s origin and how it catches up to him in the future. Yoshinori’s manga style of art brings a great fluidity to the action and his writing captures the dark side of Gotham’s protector perfectly. In the past Bruce Wayne’s determination to become stronger brought about a dark spirit that seeks power and while he was able to avoid it taking him in the past by leaving it ahs returned as his sensei said it might. The action really gets ramped up in this issue and promises more to come.