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Sex? Not so much. 1

Surprisingly there isn’t much sex in Sex #1. I say surprisingly because this book wasn’t called Armored Saint and then advertised as a mature book with sex. It’s like having a book called Batman in which hero doesn’t make an appearance. If sex isn’t the driving force of the book, it’s a weird name. It appears that, perhaps, the title is just the ultimate experiment in determining if sex sells. But let’s put the title aside for now.Sex #1 – The Cook Company (Image Comics)The mention of Batman is ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Mr Sandman, Send Me a Dream 0

When I got back to my desk to put this together at the end of the day, the video of me was blurry. For some reason the camera decided not to focus on me. So I used the frame from my previous animated features. Because I don't script these reviews each one is unique and I really liked what I'd said in this one so rather than redo it, I just kept the audio. To see what my reviews are normally like, check out the previous two reviews.Link to transcript to will be posted here sometime around Monday ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Comic POW! Live Video Review of GCS #20 0

I’ve written a lot about ComiXology recently and, really, I just discovered one of the biggest benefits. And that’s the fact that I can go back and find issues that have come out months or even years ago and I can get them really cheaply. I don’t have to worry about a premium on the fact that they are issues that are very rare. I can get issues like Batman #38 for only a dollar or two dollars. So I decided part of what I’d do at Comic POW! is take an issues that I’d like to take a look at from C...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Pit Pit Cheerio 0

There's one huge thing that really took me out of the story here - Thing and Human Torch use way too many Briticisms. Sometimes it's words like "holiday" instead of "vacation" and sometimes it's "walkabout" instead of "out for a walk". Other times it's phrases that just don't sound right. The Fantastic Four live in New York and should speak like it. What took me out of the story even more was the way Davis wrote Thing. He was way too smart. Davis tries to lampshade it by having Doctor Strange sa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Biggest Lie (Tim Drake) 5

It's well-known among long-time users of Comic Vine that covers routinely lie. It's almost a given. I know I'm shocked when the cover ISN'T a lie. However, in this case the solicit was also a lie. Because do you know how much Red Robin is in this issue? ONE PANEL. Yeah. So if you were thinking of buying this because you like Red Robin and not because you're following the Night of the Owls you will be very disappointed.As far as this talon goes, Winick may have made a mistake. The talon mentions ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Continues to have best Tie-Ins 1

This issue is awesome. The biggest reason - there is no fighting. This is Wolverine and Cyclops having a philosophical debate for the first time since Schism. That's pretty bold for a book that's a tie in for a giant fight between Mutants and The Avengers. But it works exceptionally well. Jason Aaron does a good job explaining his point of view and he doesn't look like as much of a wacko as he has in other books related to the crossover.The big plot twist near the end with a bunch of Wolverine's...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Good thing #3 comes out next week! 0

I wasn't sure if Brian K. Vaughan would disappoint with issue #`2. Too often I've come across the rare good issue #1 that failed to deliver on the rest of the series. Saga #2, however, continues with the same great sense of humor. The characters all seem to speak like normal people even when they're in the most abnormal of circumstances. BKV also continues to humorously mash up our world with his sci-fi/fantasy world. Case in point: assassin's have agents. All too often we have assassin's in wor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not what you expect 2

As I did with Amazing Spider-Man’s “Brand New Day", I’d like to use the purchase of a trade paperback to take a look at a complete story arc. This time I’ll be looking at Uncanny X-Men: Divided We Stand. This story arc takes place in the aftermath of the crazy Messiah CompleX, in which the first post-M-Day mutant was born. At the end of that arc Cyclops proclaims that the X-Men are no more. Given that, there are certain expectations that come from an arc called “Divided We Stand”.I expected to s...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Looks like Things Improved While I was Gone 0

I wasn't a fan of the first arc and between DC, Marvel, and Image I have to be selective in what I read because I don't have infinite money. I am stretching things a bit this month to great all of the Night of the Owls. I have to say that Daniel's writing on TEC has improved. I really enjoyed this issue. I liked who it was focused on and where it takes place. I hadn't read the solicits or descriptions so I was wondering how the Talons were going to intersect with the story once it became clear i...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Did I miss a few pages? 1

"With the Berserker free, Logan fights for composure"? This does not happen at all. They come out of the construct and Wolverine is lying on the ground of the cafeteria and then does nothing berserk.That outright lie aside, it was a good ending to Alpha and Omega that actually allows it to make sense why Quire is still in the school (depending on whether this takes place before or after Avengers vs X-Men. The way they get out of the construct doesn't feel forced. Overall, I think Wood did a good...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Goodbye X-Men Vol 3 0

I've been complaining for ages that there were too many X-Men books. Looks like I've finally been proven right. X-Men volume three is just a series of X-Men stories that could take place any time. And when it's time to cut monthly books to fit in great stuff like BKV's Saga or Hickman's The Manhattan Projects the book that doesn't contribute anything to the overall story gets the cut.Of course, that's not my only beef with X-Men Vol 3. I haven't exactly been a huge fan of the generic plots the b...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Yup, Grant Morrison Wrote This 2

This is the most Morrisonesque issue of Action Comics yet. The main characters create a device that makes dreams manifest after learning about the idea from some monks. Another character creates an amazing device while high on drugs. I haven't read anything that explores Morrison's ideas this fully since Batman RIP.Morrison also has some fun with the idea of Obama as Superman. What I mean by that is that in the backup story Superman deals with the Iran/Iraq expy in a way I really wish we could h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

That was awesome 0

Man, why can't Phil Noto ALWAYS do the art for this book? He was so perfect! I mean, this book has had a string of great artists. I didn't care too much for the Otherworld's artist, but it did fit in very well with the feeling of that strange place and how reality was more mutable there. Still, Noto is great on this issue!I've said it before with Red Hood and in some indie comics - while I don't want my heroes to be sociopaths, their being able to kill really brings some dramatic tension to the ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Second Best Tie-In I've Read so Far 4

Now, I haven't read Secret Avengers yet, so maybe that'll take the #2 or #1 spot, but so far the X-Men tie-ins have been a lot better than the Avengers tie-ins. This one works really well to give perspective to some of what we've see in the main AvX series. We get to see into the heads of a few characters and I like where they are going - character-growth-wise. I was shocked that they split up Colossus so soon after Kitty became tangible again, but they are potentially doing some pretty neat thi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Iron Man just needs a Mr Fusion 0

This issue was available for free at my comic shop this week and I think it's a brilliant idea on Marvel's part. Bendis' run on the Avengers books is about to end and people who are just learning about it for the first time (first time in a comic shop or saw the commercials for the movie) can pick up the #1 issue like I did and see if they are interested in buying the trade paperbacks. There's really only one problem with The Avengers #1 - it reads like the plot to Back to the Future Part 2. Don...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

What the eff did I just read? 0

What the eff did I just read? I was just browsing through my comic shop's shelves, looking for some Avengers Vs X-Men titles tie-ins that aren't on my pull list when I saw Saga. The name rang a bell, like something I should be checking out. The clean, simple, and mostly white cover drew my attention. The characters seemed like something out of WoW, which isn't normally my cup of tea. I'm not a huge fantasy person - the only fantasy series I've ever read is Discworld and that's almost like callin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

It Begins! 0

While this month's Red Hood and the Outlaws dipped into the Night of the Owls, Nightwing was the only book other than Batman that was officially a part of the cross-over this month. You can guess really early on who the Talon chasing Dick Grayson is. I'm not sure if it makes sense because I thought he was the Talon that Bruce had under observation, but I guess not? Either way, it's a fun issue that partly gives the story of that Talon and partly takes place in the present as Nightwing races to p...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great issue! 0

Dabnabbit! I want to hate this comic. As I just wrote in my X-Men review, I have to trim back the number of comics I'm reading on a weekly basis. That was pretty easy to do after the first issue or two of Red Hood and the Outlaws, but it's growing on me quite a bit. I think part of it is that they played coy for so long about Jason Todd's history. We know that it (and MOST of the Bat-History) is mostly the same as before the new 52, but there are SOME changes. And it's also filling out parts of ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Vamps....yay? 0

With this issue ends the seemingly pointless Jubilee arc. I only say seemingly because with comics you never know when something you thought was poinltess turns out to be key to a future storyline; sometimes it's been planned all along and sometimes it's a nifty bit of retcon. Either way, I just didn't really see the point of this arc unless it was to decide the fate of Jubilee so that she wouldn't become another mutant lost in the crowd. It just continues to showcase that X-Men in its current f...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Fraction (like Hickman) makes comics that break my head 0

This month's issue was a little dense, even for this book. While I was able to follow the overall story, I was left with a strong feeling that I was missing something key. I'd love to read a page-by-page analysis of this book and what everything in it means. Still, after having a few issues where we were in everyone's head, it's nice for the last issue and this one to each focus on one person. I'm also picking up a theme - the past and what it means to these characters. It was interesting to see...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It's OK, but it has a neat twist or two 2

So the fights start to take place. Overall, the whole conversation between Cap and Cyclops seems a bit dumb. They're both being ridiculously unreasonable. I know the writers were going more for shade of grey than just having one side or the other be the bad guys, but it probably would have been a little better written if Cap had not come making demands. Still....the book has a couple nice twists. Two of them involve some characters who were featured in issue 0. Frankly, for one of them, I was wo...

2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

False Advertising, much? 2

I just wrote a review for Wolverine and the X-Men #9 in which I praised the fact that it felt like a normal issue despite being a tie-in to Avengers vs X-Men. This issue of Avengers takes that concept just a biiiiiiiiiiit too far. In fact, only the first two panels involve AvX directly. The bulk of the book has nothing to do with it at all. And the last page ties it back in. I don't know if it's meant to be a spoiler who Noh-Varr is talking to because I don't read Avengers, but I'm glad to see t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

For once the cover isn't a lie 0

Yup! Monet and Layla fight - after the fight they had a couple issues ago over Guido, it's not really a huge surprise. The story that's been going on for the past six issues or so is finally wrapping up and I have a feeling that over the next few issues we'll finally see what's up with the leadership of the team and if they're still going to be doing detective work. The villain in this issue (as appeared in the last issue) appears to be setting up a huge storyline. For how isolated X-Factor tend...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

There's Promise... 0

I'm not a huge fan of the artwork in hell yeah. It looks a little too "photoshop" - the first few panels are even a little pixelated. But, on its own, that's no big deal, I've given high marks to books that had art styles I didn't like.What Hell Yeah has going for it is an interesting narrative. Sure, books like Incorrruptable/Irrideemable have explored similar conceits, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for another crack at it. Especially in this case where the focus is on the kids of thos...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Finally answers the questions we've been asking since issue #1! 5

First of all, I think this issue should finally put to rest all the doubters from issue #1. Lobdell has finally explained pretty much everything that happened in that issue and it's all had a purpose. I think it was the general cheese-cake-i-ness of the new 52 #1s that put everyone off.And we FINALLY get the answers that I think have been distracting everyone from the new 52. (At least it's been distracting me and a few of the CV regular podcasters) With a soft-reboot like this one, DC could hav...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Great Start...but what about consquences? 0

Ever since Quentin was kidnapped and forced to go to the Jean Grey school, this has been inevitable. It's so inevitable, that I wouldn't be surprised to find out that in-universe, the teachers had a betting pool on when Quire'd cause trouble. This is a great first issue to an arc, which is tough to do. I like how Quire acts with Rachel and the others. And, while I absolutely LOVE Bachalo's style in the main book, I think it doesn't do justice to Quire's evil nature while it comes across perfectl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

And now for something completely different 0

Man, there's one thing that really bummed me out about this issue - it's not as amazing as Remender's usual work on UXF. He is so often a 5/5 guy that this one was disappointing to read. It was definitely an interesting way to hit the reset button on the Age of Apocalypse and get a focus on all-new characters, but I don't know - this issue kind of makes me less enthusiastic for the new series it's meant to launch.I *did* like what they try to do here based on what they learned in the 616 univers...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT 0

This is a good action book. There's the right amount of comic-book-style talking while fighting (although it would be nice every once in a while to just have a silent fight) and the fights are well choreographed. It's too bad that the premise of this mini-series requires you to not really know what's going on. So you know that Cable's just going to keep capturing people without finding out what their beef with Hope is because then Cable would realize that he's probably causing what he came to pr...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Noose Tightens 0

This is the book I'm second-most excited about every month (first is Uncanny X-Force). This issue does not disappoint. The flashbacks are gone from this book. Story time is over and the plot is now in full swing. Batman is closing in on Penguin as he has been getting bolder and bolder in his crimes. It seems he may have come a bit more unhinged with the death of his mother. I'm also enjoying the sub-plot of his blind girlfriend. It really is an amazing book and I'm sad it ends next issue.Last ti...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Huntress Goes off the Rails 2

This has been such a great mini-series that to have this issue is just so disappointing. Perhaps they erred in making it a six issue mini, but I feel that the awesome, tight action of the first three issues was gone.I was also left extremely confused with respect to the other reporters knowing who Huntress was. Maybe I missed something or maybe I've been listening to too much of the CV podcast where they've mentioned every month that it'd be weird for her to be getting so deep into this issue as...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Of course he'd be there 0

We jump forward another decade and a couple hours east to Las Vegas. Snyder continues to tell the story of America and during the 1930s the big public works projects were one way to keep the populace employed. Of course Skinner Sweet is in Las Vegas - it's the new Wild West. But how will he affect those around him in THIS decade.We also find out that America isn't the first time that Vampires have evolved. While it seems like a minor plot point, I like to think that it partially answers the crit...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

No Metrosexual Vampires to be Found Here 0

If you thought Scott Snyder was a Batman one trick pony, think again. Together with Stephen King, Snyder weaves a new vampire mythology that undoes all that emo vamp crap we've had to deal with since Interview with a Vampire. This volume goes back and forth between 1925 and 1880 with a couple of stories that quickly become entwined. The 1880 story is neatly wrapped in the frame story that an old guy is recounting the events that he puts into a book. It's the story of Skinner Sweet a ruthless wil...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Getting Close to the End 4

While I'm not keen on Bobillo's art, I do really like that he makes Valeria and the other kids actually look their age. The story is going at a very slow pace and I'm very anxious to see just how Hickman ties the the events of FF and Fantastic Four together. It started off as a story about the Reeds back in Fantastic Four then it added in the Universal Inhumans and the Kree. Now those stories appear to have split off, but they're still somewhat related. I'd like to see just how it all fits toget...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

That's a Wrap 0

This is a wrap-up issue. It's wrapping up Carey's Five Year run on X-Men Legacy. It's wrapping up the space arc where Carey brought back the Star Jammers, who'd been gone since X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire. And it's wrapping up X-Men Legacy's pre-Regenesis storyline. For a book that started out being about Professor X, it looks like post-Schism it's going to be about Rogue and Company. It seems pretty skippable unless you need to see Rogue and Magneto post-coitus.One thing really, r...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Weird Interim Story Arc 0

This is a really weird arc to serve as a placeholder until Marjorie Liu comes on board. It does, however, tie pretty nicely into the Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 corner of the X-Men universe. A previous arc established Ghost Boxes as a way to go back and forth between dimensions. And, in general, Astonishing has been the more sci-fi of the multitude of X-Men books since Joss started vol 3.Greg Pak has done a great time giving us just enough details to imagine the worlds these X-Men came from. It tick...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Manga-Doom! 0

Last issue Doom ended up with Scarlett Witch's reality altering powers. In this issue he uses it to turn himself into a Shojo character. Seriously, all I could think about for the first few pages with his shiny face were those girly-looking guys in anime/manga who are all sparkly. It was a bit distracting.Anyway, this issue is half - "is wanda really that bad? Hasn't every super hero had a bad day where they killed someone?" and half awesome Doom-fight.In this issue Doom claims to be the real pe...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

More Talking 3

Mr Sinister keeps yapping away. He even admits that it's partly to unsettle/distract the X-Men so he can win. The biggest reveal here, which is probably a huge "duh" for anyone who's been following along with the X-books for the past year is that Hope has something to do with the Phoenix. I've been calling it for months - we've seen it in her eyes and others have warned Scott about her. The Phoenix Force is involved in 2012's crazy X-Men v Avengers event they've been hyping up. There's still the...

1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Way to be creative Tim Drake 0

I"m going to go ahead and put my biggest gripe with this issue out there because it's pretty minor and if this is all that's wrong with the issue, it's doing pretty well. When Tim names the team the Teen Titans, everyone acts like that's the coolest idea they've ever heard. But we've had more than a few hints that Dick's time in the Teen Titans was not erased by the new 52. So I think it would have been more appropriate for people to have had a different response in-universe.With that out of the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Meandering Along 2

I'll do a standard CV review for this issue.The Good: I like the fact that this book tends to be the one that most explicitly ties the Batman universe together. In this issue they mention the Dollmaker episode from Detective Comics. And they mention that Ivy is in Birds of Prey. It also ties into the fact that Batman is in the Justice League. It's good to see that level of cohesion that's sometimes missing in DC titles (as opposed to Marvel). This issue also has some good detective work. So far,...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Valley 0

The issue has a funny start with Red Hood and Arsenal at the bar. This scene also reveals that Arsenal's vice in the new 52 was changed from being a drug addict to being an alcoholic. We get some slight development on the plot vis-a-vie who killed Red Hood's monk trainers, but then the book shifts to another antagonist and his beef with Starfire. It's a tried and true trope, but the fight is pretty good.Overall, it's an interesting issue, but I still have no idea what this book is really about. ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.