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Review: Green Hornet #11 1

The elder Kato leaves Green Hornet and the new Kato to their own devices right when a dangerous new cult, Los Hijos de Santa Muerta, threatens their reputation on the street.   The Good I love how this comics meld modern superhero aesthetics with the mouthier tone of the pulps that birthed Green Hornet. While they’re still serious about their work, Kato and GH are still a couple of wiseasses and their approach to handling gangs like this cult is refreshingly more worldly than that of your typic...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Chaos War: Ares 1

As Ares struggles to find a final resting place in the Greek underworld, he remembers a meeting he had with Nightmare and the Chaos King - - one that proved to have grave implications for the current war. The Good Considering how all the gods featured in this have such malignant domains, there’s a delightful upside-down, funhouse mirror, twisted quality to this temptation game in the garden. Oeming pulls out some clever and elegant turns of phrase for that portion, as Nightmare’s pleas to...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: Generation Lost #15 1

It turns out that the world has forgotten the existence of Wonder Woman, too - - though that may not actually be the result of Max Lord’s tampering. The Good Winick’s awesome. Bennet’s stellar. I’m running out of compliments and superlatives because the level of quality on this (bi-weekly!) book is so high. Refreshingly, I can just sit back and enjoy the show. It’s almost impossible to critique. I’m just thinking about how intense Captain Atom and Booster Gold’s argument was, how Rocket Re...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Booster Gold #39 2

Booster Gold's avoidant behavior finally reaches a breaking point as he's forced to face the certainty of Ted Kord's death. The Good Giffen and DeMatteis impressively find an emotional core to even the most convoluted of circumstances in this issue. As ludicrous as time travel gets in comics, there's an undeniable tragedy in the fact that BG can have all these impossible adventures and see his bigger-named colleagues get resurrected, but he simply can't have his friend back.Th...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Thor #618 3

Though a solution to the unusual problem of the goblin refugees isn't to be found yet, Thor makes  a bold move to bring Odin back to Asgard's aid.  The Good Compliments to Fraction and Ferry for thinking outside the box. While still staying true to the character's nature, this doesn't look or feel like any Thor I've read before. That scene with the Aesir looking over the horde of neon refugees is demonstrative of that in itself. I especially liked the glowing, Tron-like humanoids who see...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Queen Sonja #12 0

Queen Sonja recounts an episode from her past where she fell in with a thieves’ guild - - and also fell in love with her mentor. The Good Lieberman strikes a deft balance in this young Sonja’s portrayal. You’ll find a heroine here who’s at once humble enough to accept guidance from these rogues, but still possessed of the same defiant will she’s famous for. This arc’s looking to be a tale of her first love (and her first lost love?) and it similarly keeps the romantic stuff terse without feeli...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Generation Hope #2 3

Even with the assistance of X-Men veterans, Hope's team finds itself utterly baffled by the polymorphic monster they've tracked to Japan.  The Good While I'm a little perplexed about his appearance (more on that below,) the villain's ramblings on art and ideas are impressively chilling. You really do get the sense that this latest batch of still-green mutants are facing a threat can't quite begin to understand. Espin's lush art and smooth storytelling evokes a great visceral feeling to the proc...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Secret Six #28 2

The Secret Six's conflict with its rival outfit comes to a fiery, bloody head instigated by the appearance of Deimos' hideous dragon form.  The Good There's such a diversity of voices in this: from the unnervingly-articulate Bane to the whimsically-foppish Ragdall and the sadistic-but-none-too-bright Dwarfstar, every villain has an immediately-distinct personality. While the action in the Warlord's world delivers the goods (and then some) it's almost just as exciting to see how these big person...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: Taskmaster #4 5

Tasky and his wife draw the legions of MILF to a stockpile warehouse; but, when they're holed together, they finally have to confront their twisted history of their relationship.  The Good I never thought a character like Taskmaster was capable of this kind of pathos. His relationship with his wife has some surprising depth, but it never gets overbearing enough to get in the way of the manic and truly inspired action. This is strong balance of the strange and the kickass, the gubusting and the ...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Review: Brightest Day #15 3

A Justice League reunion coincides with a celebration of the 25-year-long peace that Martian Manhunter has brought to a resurrected and revitalized Mars - - but nothing is as it seems.  The Good The tile of this issue deliberately evokes Moore's seminal Superman story, and it certainly lives up to the association. With additional traces of his classic "For the Man Who Has Everything," this was the first comic I've read to juxtapose superheroes with nightmarish surrealism as well as Morriso...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Marineman #1 3

After a deep-sea diver's mysterious disappearance, charming undersea naturalist Steve Ocean is recruited by a secret government department to investigate.   The Good Good lord... where did Ian Churchill go to up his game this much? This transformation is more dramatic than even the one Mike Deodato went through. I've been a fan of his work since his days on Cable and this drastic, cheery re-invention of his style is vastly more appealing. It's almost like it was trapped inside him all these y...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Bring the Thunder #1 1

An unnamed armored superhero thinks back to how his spectacular transformation began in the Afghanistan War, when his unit came across alien weaponry.  The Good The fact that this comic features highly-trained and battle-hardened commandos waxing nostalgic about the finer details of David Bowie, Omar Sharif and the game of Bridge… that alone earns high points for me. These aren’t cookie-cutter hard cases, but three-dimensional men with their own take on the world. I appreciated the diversity ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: The Boys #49 3

The Boys’ surveillance of the Homelander begins to undercover the big hero’s fractured psychosis, as well as one very big misdeed he may have been involved in. The Good Ennis is just a master with words and the Homelander’s opening dialog/monologue in the bathroom was, at once, greatly amusing and chillingly unnerving. All throughout, he infuses all these wildly outlandish superhero espionage with a sense of authenticity almost more convincing than even some true-to-life crime dramas. Compl...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Deadpool #29 0

Things get ridiculous as only Deadpool can make them when the merc with a mouth becomes the Secret Avengers' unofficial leader.  The Good This is just good, mean funny. DP's cavalier executions of the clones, his insistence that Black Widow sit on his lap, Steve Rogers' mature acceptance that he'll have to sit on DP's lap, the final reveal of the fireworks... it's all the right kind of black humor I enjoy so much. The art team, as a whole, puts some classy work here, too. You've got the requisi...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: Detective Comics #871 5

Batman and Gordon investigate a rash of bizarre,seemingly-unrelated crimes that have resulted because of ex-GCPD cops selling villains' gimmicks on the black market.  The Good The notion of super-villains weapons getting distributed to private crooks (almost like assault rifles) is a sensible extension of the "escalation" theme that's defined the Bat mythos. The rogue's gallery is dangerous enough, as is. How much more dangerous is it when their toys fall into untrained hands? It's also fun to ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Thunderstrike #1 1

Eric Masterson's son, Kevin, finally comes of age to claim the Thunderstrike - - but is he worthy of its power?  The Good Seeing DeFalco and Frenz doing another book after Spider-Girl's conclusion is a real treat, because they pay proper attention to storytelling fundamentals that the "new school" all-too-often neglects.  As a fan of books whose heroes have a degree of moral ambiguity, I was actually appreciative of the fact that Kevin's bully. The story's facing the consequences of his trou...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Ultimate Spider-Man #150 0

After the Chameleon fiasco, the Ultimates take a meeting to discuss whether they should allow Spider-Man to continue his superheroic career or if they should intervene in his affairs.  The Good The strength of Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man run is that even an issue entirely about the Ultimates taking a meeting can be really riveting. Spidey's adventures have long been described as a metaphor for coming-of-age, but I haven't run in to any other comics that have so keenly captured him as a bright,...

11 out of 12 found this review helpful.

Review: Batman #704 5

As Batman tries to convince Catwoman to take her sidekick out of the picture, the Wayne foundation's property in Crime Alley is target by a mysterious outfit of Asian assassins. The Good Daniel totally gets these character, so much so that I was seriously hearing Kevin Conroy and the rest of the animated series cast talking in my head as I read the dialogue. I even had some strange new voice for Damian, even though he's never had a voice actor. Also, as somebody familiar with Taoist/Buddhist st...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Soldier Zero #2 0

Armed hostiles might actually be the least of Soldier Zero's problems as he tries to overcome the language barrier.   The Good While I might've had some minor issues with the precise execution, the way in which Soldier Zero communicates with these humans - - with a jumble of sampled soundbites -  -  was a neat spin on the usual culture class you see in alien visitor stories.  The costume designs in this are quite sleek too, updating the classic superhero look enough to make it look like it coul...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Brightest Day #14 0

Deadman passes his ring along to Batman, being convinced that he's the chosen one - - but the ring itself might actually disagree.  The Good This was a surprisingly-good character study that delved into Deadman's regrets about his own selfishness without ever getting overwrought. Actually, Johns and Tomasi drew a very sharp line from that history to Brand's current shirking of responsibility vis a vis jumping to the conclusion that Batman's the chosen one. Being as frustrated by heroquest clich...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Thunderbolts #150 0

Bad blood boils to the top as the Thunderbolts' old grudges with the Avengers come to a head while the two teams are stranded in a parallel world.  The Good This how you do an anniversary issue. Bringing long-held tensions to head in a way that never pussyfoots around the real, mean drama. And things do get mean. So often, superhero battles seem like showy dancer number with a lot lights and smoke, but this is a very nasty, very brutal fight (watch out for Thor wrecking Juggy's helmet!) with so...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: American Vampire #8 0

When the vampire killers finally show up, our heroes are faced with the difficult of decision of whether to turn their secret weakness over.  The Good Tone can make all the difference in the world and I seriously enjoy how mean this title is. There's a hard terseness to all the dialogue that makes me think fondly of provocative historical dramas like There Will Be Blood and it's a nice counterpart to the usually gothic atmosphere these stories have. And Albuquerque's art is an absolute revelati...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Knight & Squire #2 0

The Knight and Squire's search for a local supervillain runs them afoul a gang of militant, oculist Morris men.  The Good There's an undeniable charm to seeing these familiar superhero tropes recast in the quaint setting of suburban England, with so many of the seemingly Earth-threatening menaces this duo faces turning out to be tempests in teapots. Like a classic BBC comedy special, you can follow and enjoy this even when you aren't always laughing out loud or completely following what's going...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Chew #15 0

Tony Chew's reunion with his extended family may prove to be just as twisted as his adventures on the cibopathic beat.  The Good The opening scene, putting the reader into the mind's eye of cibopathy, is truly virtuoso. Layman and Guillory are you giving you something truly involving and original here, and it's truly exciting. Even the double spread with all the captions about the Chu family so alive in its spontanteity (and I was so tickled to see Oni's editor, Charlie Chu, included in the mix...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Thor #617 0

Thor seeks out and claims a reincarnated Loki while Balder tragically ignores the apocalyptic warnings of a scientist associate of Iron Man's.  The Good Having been around since the title reverted back to Journey to Mystery following Onslaught, I'm actually quite pleased by this latest riff on the notion of the Aesir hiding in civilian human identities. That, along with Balder's ennui regarding the fate of Asgard, combines the traditional romance of these stories with a modern sci-fi edge witho...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: The Thanos Imperative #6 1

There's much more to Thanos' apparent to submission to Lord Mar-Vell than meets the eye and Nova and Starlord will have to make a very bold move to handle the consequences of the deceit.   The Good Thanos has always been unique in the arena of evil space  lords in that, at his base, he's really just a needy "paramore" trying desperately to win a woman's approval. So I was so glad to that this whole epic culminates in him losing it worse than a high schooler after a break-up. While I still have ...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Emerald Warriors #4 0

Guy Gardner's task force intervenes in Daxam's politics, just as Sodam Yat is marshaling his cult into a force against the Guardians.   The Good It's an odd thing to say, but I appreciate how Tomasi's characterized Sodam's father, and Daxam's government in general, as stubbornly ignorant. Maybe it's because it's a refreshing counterpoint to the usual "holy natives" you encounter in alien stories, but I think the rest real reason is that this has a intriguing moral complexity to it. With equaly...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Secret Six #27 0

After Bane is gravely injured, the Secret Six and the more-evil counterparts effectively have to switch sides in the civil war they're intervening in.  The Good I don't know if this was obvious from the beginning and I just missed the clues, but I was pleasantly surprised by the connection to Mike Grell's classic Warlord that was revealed in this issue. Also, I continue to appreciate the moral ambiguity of the cast, how no party is the clear cut "good guys" in this conflict and how those disti...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Chaos War #3 2

Herc's god squad crumbles before the Chaos King's terrible might during the evil overlord's blazing campaign through the heavens. The Good My favorite scene in this was definitely when the Chaos King was summarily executing the kingdoms of all the pantheons in quick succession. Not only was it poetic in its brutality, but I appreciated seeing mythologies other than the Greeks' and Norse's getting significant face time. That being said, Herc's dramatic scene with Zeus (I won't spoil it) was some...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #647 0

Several stories about Spider-Man and his loved ones are told, all of them revolving around Harry Osborn's Halloween-themed going away party.  The Good Since this is an anthology, it's best to focus on my favorite shorts and the one I liked the most was definitely the Gale's snarky goof on city labor unions.  Well's intense short about Harry Osborn to Vin's none-too-subtle threat was a nice change of pace and, remarkably, the first time I've actually rooted for the character. While I'm usually l...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Supergirl Annual #2 0

Having finished her business in Bizarroworld, Supergirl finds herself thrown into the Legion of Superheroes' future where her romance with Brainiac 5 blossoms amidst a terrible conflict with Satan Girl. The Good Brainiac comments at one point that Kara's going to remember this whole experience as it were a dream, and that line's apt to describe what I enjoyed about the story. This really captures the whimsy of the Silver Age while still having a strong character piece and a surprisingly-menaci...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Secret Avengers #6 0

The Secret Avengers are bedeviled by an unholy secret society whose appearance may herald the resurrection of Shang-Chi's villainous father.  The Good I've been following Deodato's art since the mid 90s and it's been a treat to see how his art's evolved into such a lush, norish direction that gives even the most fantastical subjects a cold-as-steel reality. It's that sense of reality that I should harp on, as Brubaker gives all the dialog a terse hardness that gives this book a "darker Avengers...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Uncanny #529 1

While Danger is preoccupied with Madison Jefferies, Emma Frost plots to put Sebastian Shaw out of the picture permanently. The Good Fraction's dialog positively drives this forward. From that new mutants "primal narrative" to Fantomex's subtle "hypnosis" on Madison Jefferies to Emma Frost's characteristically-prissy ennui, the exchanges in this are almost like helpings of a juicy steak you just can't resist chewing on. Actually, it was his characterization of Fantomex that won me over the most....

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Thunderbolts #149 1

The T-Bolts' anti-hand rescue operation gets much, much nastier when Crossbones discover that he may have gained some powers from the Terrigen Mists.  The Good I've been reading T-Bolts since it first launched after Onslaught and this has been one of the most interesting line-ups so far. From catty Moonstone to awkward Ghost to sadistic Crossbones, he gives each member of the team a distinct voice and M.O. Actually, speaking of the M.O.'s, this had some seriously badass action. I genuinely was...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #646 0

Tracking the "goblin baby" to the Lizard's lair, Spidey and Doc Ock must team up to save the child for both of their interests.  The Good The real fun of a thriller is the cathartic conclusion when the hero gets his payback and, to that end, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Spidey make a "monkey" out of Doc Ock in such a humiliating fashion. People have had some issues with the art, myself included, but it's really grown on me over the course of this arc. It's unusual, but it gives the roller coaste...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Detective Comics #870 0

The "Impostor Wars" conclude as Batman finally discovers the identity of his impostor - - a man with a terrifying connection to the impostor Joker.  The Good The twist about the impostor Batman's identity might've been easy to guess given that there aren't actually that many suspects in this story - - but, still, I didn't see it coming and the reveal adds a horrifying dimension to the plot we've been seeing. Actually, I was really impressed by how Hine was able to weave some serious challenges t...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Steve Rogers Super Soldier #4 1

Steve Rogers races against time to prevent Machinesmith from putting the legendary Super Soldier serum on the black market.   The Good As a long-time Cap fan, I got special enjoyment from the treatment of Machinesmith in this issue. Brubaker not only nails the  insufferable jackass' personality, he gives him probably the most satisfying comeuppance you can imagine. Seriously, having long been frustrated by the character's cheating immortality, I was tremendously pleased to see him thwarted in t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Justice League of America #50 0

The Crime Syndicate's arrival heralds a new bout of multiversal conflict that already includes the Tangent universe and a batch of alter-reality New Gods. The Good I'll hand it to Robinson. I was getting concerned that the CSA's plans here were going to contradict the point of the Earth 2 OGN. So I was quite relieved by the fact that they not only remember the nullifying power of Earth 1, they've also taken what they learned to forge an even scarier plan. This issue also ends with one hell of a...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home: Commissioner Gordon #1 0

Now that Gotham's villains have Vicki Vale's scent, Commissioner Gordon might be the only who can protect from a hit put out by two low-level capes. The Good Kudranski's art is incredibly moody, keeping the intensity at a pitch throughout. Even though the story's told in a non-linear fashion, I also enjoyed the methodical progression of the goons' assault, Gordon's defense and Bruce Wayne's more-involved-than-expected intervention. Also, while it wasn't as probing as the Batgirl and Catwoman sp...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: New Mutants #18 1

The New Mutants conflict with Limbo's "new Hellions" erupts into a full-out, knock-down, drag-out brawl.  The Good Execution is the name of the game and Wells & Kirk deliver another well-executed comic that draws you into the action and gets you involved in every step of it. Even simple scenes like the "brain stem cannon face" mutant getting his lens fitted on had serious solid tension.  I don't know what these new Hellions' history is, but I was quite intrigued by the parade of colorful gr...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.