Today, I bring to you all the books I bought yesterday and read in my spare time. Other foolish titles were not worthy enough to read, but by cover alone, these made the cut. I know how precious your time is and you sometimes want to get right to the point. I agree. So I present to you not only a review, but also a synopsis... All one sentence each... Let us begin.
1. Ultimate Avengers 5 (Marvel)
The Next Generation: Part 5 of 6
We find out how truly powerful Red Skull is in this lackluster romp as he battles it out with the Avengers, while Captain America fights for his freedom.
Likes: Decent art, and interesting story.
Dislikes: Repetitive, boring, and too over-the-top
Verdict: You’re better off saving your money
2 out of 5
2. Ultimate New Ultimates 1 (Marvel)
Chapter One: Thor Reborn
Thor tries to escape Valhalla, and the Ultimates battle it out with the Defenders, with a great reveal towards the end.
Likes: Beautiful art, great action, and promising story arc.
Dislike: The dialogue occasionally comes off cheesy.
Verdict: If you liked previous Ultimate books, it’s worth your time.
4 out of 5
3. Adventure Comics 8 (DC)
The Future is Prologue/The Future is Now/Awake Part 1
Split into three parts, Brainiac 5 find out who he is named after, Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes form in present day and decide what their first mission will be, and a third story so boring, you’ll skip most of it.
Likes: 2 out of 3 of these stories were great and incredibly fun reads
Dislikes: The last story made me want my money back
Verdict: Legion of Super-Hero fans only.
3 out of 5
4. Sweet Tooth 7 (Vertigo)
In Captivity Part 2
A bit of history between Jeppard and his wife is revealed while Sweet Tooth makes friends with the prisoners and his life is put on the line.
Likes: Incredibly moving emotionally and distinct art style that plays well with the writing.
Dislikes: The book reads through very quickly.
Verdict: Currently, one of Vertigo’s best books, so this is a must read.
4 out of 5
5. Jonah Hex 53 (DC)
You’ll Never Dance Again
Jonah enlists the help of a dancer to bring in the bounty on two robbers.
Likes: Beautiful art and one of my favorite stories, and endings, to a Jonah Hex issue.
Dislikes: It’s only a one-shot story, and I wanted more.
Verdict: The Jonah Hex film is coming up soon, so this is a good time to pick up the book.
4.5 out of 5
6. Demo Vol.2 2 (Vertigo)
A starving man can only eat in his own home, and he has a chilling secret, yet he tries so hard to break out of his shell and meet new people.
Likes: B&W only, no shading, yet the art feels as though it has so much depth for its simplicity, and it is one of my favorite Demo stories so far.
Dislikes: None, but it may be a little disturbing for some readers.
Verdict: Each story is a one-shot, so don’t be too worried about reading them out-of-order, but if you like Vertigo, this is a must read.
5 out of 5
7. First Wave 1 (DC)
Doc Savage returns home for a funeral for someone close to him, and The Spirit makes a chilling discovery.
Likes: Pulp characters return to comics in an amazing way, and Morales and Azzarello are on their “A” game.
Dislikes: Batman’s on the cover, but not in the book.
Verdict: You may not know the characters, but this is a book you’ll at least want to try.
5 out of 5
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9. The Invincible Iron Man 24 (Marvel)
Stark: Disassembled 5 of 5
The story arc comes to a close as the battle between Doctor Strange and Ghost comes to a close with Tony’s life hanging in the balance.
Likes: Amazing story arc with a very surprising prologue setting up another great arc.
Dislikes: I still don’t own the trade for the first story arc.
Verdict: A great story and well worth your dollar.
5 out of 5