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Review: Nemesis #3 1

If Chief Morrow thinks he's got Nemesis right where he wants him, he's in for a hell of rude awakening as the super villain proves that no prison can bind him and no enemy's vulnerabilities are beyond his grasp. The Good I give Millar a lot of credit for not pulling a single punch to make this an unrestricted, uninhibited, totally balls-out outrageous experience. Nemesis' break-out and subsequent blackmail scheme against Morrow is so over-the-top, the roof (as it were) is completely out of sigh...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Captain America: Patriot #1 1

Jeff Mace's earlier days are recounted here - - how he went from being a reckless reporter to an amateur super hero to, ultimately, the third Captain America.   The Good Wow... this was one of the best comics I've read in a while. I was floored by how much wit, accuracy and subtly that Kessel was able to infuse into this issue's writing. This is a genuinely-touching character portrait of a hero who's ultimately been judged to be a mediocre in the scope of Marvel's history. It's quite a trick th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Red: Joe 0

Joe, Morgan Freeman's character from the upcoming movie Red, reflects on a costly mission he undertook in the USSR in the early 80s - - a mission that required his unit to make a great sacrifice from another agent's cover. The Good The twist at the end of this makes up for a lot of my qualms with it. It's actually a great example of some narrative slight-of-hand, because I definitely didn't see it coming and it makes you re-asses all 22 pages of what you just read. Once again, the team does a g...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Red: Victoria 0

Victoria, Helen Mirren's character from Red, remembers the time she did the worst thing a British spy could ever do - - she fell in love with a KGB agent.   The Good David Hawn's got some serious suave art. I was pleasantly reminded of Amanda Conner's work, in that they've both got clean lines, clear storytelling, a strong sense of graphic design and talent for drawing real women, not blown-up bimbos. Both he and Hoeber are masters of closure, the comics storytelling technique that tells more w...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #643 0

Spider-Man has to race across town with a newborn in hand while every NYC cop and his entire rogue's gallery comes gunning for him.  The Good Waid and the rest of ASM writing staff have done a great job of updating Spidey and his mythos to the times while still keeping them true to their roots. So is definitely classic Spidey - - Peter can't catch a break as the entire world seems against and, of course, the first thing to suffer is his social life. But then there's the also the added complicat...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #3 0

Believe it or not, the possibility of Wolverine blowing up planet Doom with a Phoenix force bullet and annihialting himself is only the beginning of the craziness in this issue. Once Spider-Man gets the Cosmic Cube, things get exponentially more bizarre.   The Good As much I focus on the imaginative scenarios that Aaron puts these guys through, it has to be said that he gets their personalities totally right and that makes even the most unbelievable scenes in this issue that much more believabl...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Red: Frank 0

Bruce Willis' character, Frank, recalls an assassination mission he had in Cairo during the early 90s whereine he taught a young recruit, the hardway, that it's dangerous to get attached.   The Good I don't like to compliment books on being "cinematic" because it implies that the highest comics can ever aspire to be is being like a movie. But the combination of spot-on-but-still-fluid likeness, tight dialogue and smooth, intuitive pacing made this comics one of the few I accurately, honestly sa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Shadowland: Ghost Rider 1

Ghost Rider's summoned by the Kingpin to deal vengeance upon every New Yorker's current enemy - - the Hand. And the task is almost like a mob hit for the often enslaved spirit.  The Good Crain's art is absolutely ravishing. He wears all the hats here, given his work a mutli-media painterly quality, and the result makes Ghost Rider look cooler than I've ever seen him look. No matter how absurd some of the situations get (like the whale riding) he renders it all in such a way that makes it a look...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: The Heroic Age: Super Heroes #1 0

Steve Rogers details his thoughts on every single character involved in the Heroic Age. This almanac contains profiles and stats for well over a hundred heroes.   The Good It's actually a bit fun to read some of Rogers' curt assessments of wild card characters like the Punisher and X-Man.  The writers involved in this should be complemented for never just putting out rote descriptions. Each one of these entries are actually pretty true to the characters, no matter how obscure, and the voice alwa...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: New Mutants #17 1

The New Mutants follow Magik for another jaunt into Limbo - - this time to save Illyana's old rival Pixie - - but, this time, they're facing the formidable threat of all the hellions who've been raised there.  The Good This issue's just filled with so many goods scenes and little moments - - Cannonball and Moonstar's sexual tension kissing game, the roughnecks' rather blunt approach to magic-induced hallucinations, Cypher's on-the-spot translations for the demon speak.  This is a book that just ...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: Taskmaster #1 0

Taskmaster takes an unlucky waitress along for his runnin' and gunnin' escape from the allied forces of all the criminal organizations he's ever trained foot soldiers for.   The Good   The Bad   I really wish they'd used the redesign Udon gave "Taskey" in the last solo mini-series he got however many years ago. It kept enough of the signature elements of his outfit (hood and skull) while omitted the outdated parts like the cape, trunks and pirate boots. I think it would've made for an even-more ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Scarlet #2 0

Scarlet steps up her vendetta against the Portland police department by concocting a very-involved scheme targeting the detective who did her wrong.   The Good   You know, I always enjoy a good case of characters breaking the fourth wall.  I'd call this a psychotic riff on Alfie or Ferris Bueller, but that'd be selling short this truly-involving style of this book, which is delirious mix of acid burn and personable realism. While I've got some issues with what's perhaps on over-reliance on photo...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Red Hood: Lost Days #4 0

Jason Todd's "lost days" take a decisive turn here as he realizes that the bomb maker he's been learning from is also planning to stage a massive terrorist attack. The Good   It's a brilliant perversion of Batman's own "wandering years" to have Jason Todd seeking knowledge from the scum of the Earth and, in the process, developing the motivations for his own brand of vigilante justice. Winnick gives this a sense of no-nonsense realpolitik that's evocative of a spy novel and Haun's carries the pa...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Deadpool Pulp #1 2

Deadpool and his whole mythos are put into the mix of 50s-era cold war, with Wade Wilson becoming a loose cannon for the CIA who was driven mad by his imprisonment and torture by the Japanese in World War II.  The Good   I've read a lot of these types of stories and I have to say that the way Glass and Benson put Wade into the 50s is actually pretty inspired - - not simply clever. In fact, tying DP's origins to imperial Japan draws attention to how many elements of his history and design we take...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Review: Shadowland: Elektra #1 0

Elektra ponders how she handle the "heel turn" of her former lover and Hand usurper, Daredevil, whilst in the middle of two very intense back-to-back bouts with armed goons and ninjas.  The Good   Now, this is an Elektra we rarely get to see! Wells has a perfect handle on this character who's simultaneously a killing machine and an introspective philosopher. The fact that she has this telepathic/spiritual discussion with her mentor while she's in the midst of a fight is absolutely brilliant. I'm...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: Hawkeye & Mockingbird #4 0

Hawkeye, Mockingbird and Dominic Fortune finally turn the tables of Crossfire and the Phantom Rider, sending them fleeing to Spirit Peak, Nevada - - a site that brings up some horrible memories for everybody.  The Good   Part of the fun of reading titles in a shared universe is that you get to see inversions of even the subtlest genre tropes. In this case, I got special enjoyment out of Mockingbird showing the telepathic conversation back down the Phantom Rider's throat (or, more accurately, bac...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: I Am An Avenger 0

A variety of shorts starring members and associates of the Avengers, including the Young Avengers, Iron Fist & Misty Knight, the Pet Avengers and Squirrel Girl.  The Good   For a story that could have easily been a heavy-handed navel gazer, the short about Iron Fist and Misty unpacking in their apartment and reminiscing about their sad baby scare was actually pretty well done. You get some good drama while things are still kept understated. The Young Avengers story also got some good fun and...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Secret Six #25 2

As Catman goes off the deep end yet again, the Secret Six and their rival outfit get approached, individually, by the new Mockingbird for an odd conquest mission.  The Good   The attitude and style of this book is endlessly entertaining. Every character's got a distinct voice and I just love watching how they play off each other. Whether it's Bane's eloquent brutality, Dwarfstar's homicidal mischievousness, Catman's gonzo tribalism or even Deadshot's use of blunt overkill for even the most sensi...

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Review: Black Widow #5 1

The Black Widow finally gets to take the fight to Imus Champion, the man who's been ruining her life this whole time,  and the experience certainly isn't eye-opening for him.The Good    I've always had a special spot for Imus Champion ever since his appearance during the Squadron Supreme arc of the Busiek/Perez run on the Avengers. I was glad to see him in full form as a formidable foe here, maintaining some dignity even as he was getting his butt royally handed to him by Natasha. The issues I h...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Dark Wolverine #90 1

Dakan wanders around the streets of San Francisco, pondering his father's legacy and the proper direction he should take his life next.  The Good   Though Pierfederici skimps on some glaring details like faces at points, when his art's on, it's on, reminding me of the suave, cool more photographic style that Daniel Acuna's been using on Black Widow. Similarily, some of Dakan aphoristic observations are genuinely insightful, like his musings on how the Zodiac killer began and ended his career out...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Gotham City Sirens #15 1

Harley Quinn and Catwoman cut through the monstrous flora that Poison Ivy's grown in Robinson Park and attempt to talk her out of a dangerous dalliance she's having with an alien plant man. The Good   Color me surprised, but this was actually really quite got good. I honestly wasn't expecting to a story with this kind of lean, mean storytelling in a book like Gotham City Sirens, but here it is, none-the-less. The premise of this super-villainess duo carving into a nightmare garden to save their ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Fantastic Four #582 1

Nathaniel Richards leads the nascent Fantastic Four into the conclusion of his multi-dimensional championship - - a bloody confrontation that may have disastrous consequences for the entire timeline. The Good   Wow is Hickman great with dialog. He's got a handle on Doom's voice throughout, but that scene where Nathaniel differs the dirty work to him was some piercing stuff. As if the drama couldn't even be ratcheted up enough, the "evil" Nathaniel's manic monologue about the FF cheating him out ...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: Time Masters: Vanishing Point #2 1

Rip Hunter and his skeleton crew of Time Masters stumble through an increasingly hostile procession of futuristic characters like Claw as they search for Batman in the past.  The Good   I've criticized other books for being too old fashioned, but it'd actually be a complement, here. This is a simple story, but it never insults your intelligence. Jurgens seems to have the best handle on Booster Gold out of anybody. The added dimension of him putting on the airs of being a shallow gloryhog, and fo...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Thor #613 1

Thor ventures deeper and deeper into Mephisto's lair to claim the sword Loki has left for him, but his path's beset by all manner of deceitful demons.  The Good   Gillen has an absolute mastery of language in this title. Many have tried to write in the Asgardian's classical speech and many have failed, but he not only succedes, he knows it well enough to know when to poke fun of it. As fan of all the stories Alan Moore did with the Demon in Saga of the Swamp Thing, I really got a kick out of Mep...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Justice League of America #48 0

Catharsis is reached in this JLA/JSA crossover as Jade manages to wrest Alan Scott, Obsidian and herself from the Starheart's control, thus satisfying her White Lantern labor.  The Good   It's fun to see how this book's been guiding some of the lingering ramifications of Brightest Day. I didn't quite understand what Jade's Eclipso-style joining with Obsidian entails, nor what the White Lantern's riddle entails - - I'm probably not supposed to, yet - - but I could get behind the emotional drama o...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Deadpool Team-Up 1

On behalf of the insurance company he works for, Machine Man serves Deadpool a hefty bill for all the damage he's caused in his mercenary career. DP doesn't have the money, so he opts to do a job for Machine Man instead - - bump off the Puppet Master. The Good    Capturing the right balance between snappy humor and bad ass action for Deadpool is actually pretty tough and Asmus handles it rather deftly. From the jokes about hamsters of machine lube to the constant ridicule of Puppet Master's eye ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Detective Comics #868 1

The emergence of the Jokerz erupts a full-blown "impostor war" between armies of weekend warriors imitating Batman and the Joker.  The Good   McDaniel, Owens and Major collaborative effort on this title reminds of just how much fun comics art can be in itself. The linework, the texture, the colors, the storytelling... it all this so much more exciting and involving. I just love the way they render everything. Even though their version of Gotham City's highly removed from reality, it still feels ...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Power Girl #15 1

Desperately scrambling for ways to defeat the seemingly-invincible Crash, Power Girl has no choice but to blackmail Nicholas into using his hacker skills to find the behemoth's weakness. The Good As I said about issue #15, this title continues to be well executed solo title. It isn't reaching for much more, but it doesn't really need to be. Winick and Basri haven't missed a beat in their transition from Palmiotti and Connor. Once again, I think the writing's really captured PG's personality as ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: New Mutants #16 3

General Ulysses supervises Project Purgatory, a research lab weaponizing infant mutants in Limbo. But the military man's playing with fire, and it's only a matter of time before he gets burned. The Good The whole concept of the army erecting a base in the underworld is actually rather cool. It's got shades of Avatar and Doom - - or rather, what you probably wanted to see in Doom. Wells gives the military men's macho talk in this a real sense of credibility. This isn't a bunch of cliches cribbe...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Shadowland: Power Man #1 1

A new Power Man arises from the spectre of Shadowland, but his appearence isn't too pleasing to the Hand nor the Heroes for Hire.  The Goo Before anything else, I need to say that the monologue Van Lente gave a newly pimped-out Cottonmouth had to be some of the funniest dialogue I've read in some time. Actually, he keeps the comedy and drama in a pretty skillful balance. I also enjoyed how he was able to make the Hero for Hire concept actually speak to the times, with this new guy listing his ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Batman Beyond #3 0

Terry McGinnis sees himself spread thin as his Batman duties start intruding on his normal - - a dilemma ratcheted up by the increased lethality of Hush's vendetta against the rogue's gallery.  The Good Everything I loved about Batman Beyond is back! It's like no time has passed at all. A lot of us used to comment that when BB was it's best, it recalled the classic Lee/Romita era of Spider-Man and that's very much the case here. You can't help but feel for Terry as he tries to do right and liv...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher 0

After taking care of a disease-maddened Hulk, the Punisher comes across a couple of survivors who may hold the answer to source of the plague... or they may just be bait for a trap.  The Good Parlov was my favorite artist on Punisher Max and he's really one of the most underrated talents in comics right now. There's a stoic strength to his lines that infuses every subject he renders with true heft and personality. I'm amazed out how he's able to use just a few choice lines to convey such subtl...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: DCU Legacies #4 0

Generations collide as the reemergence of superheroes in the DCU not only puts them in touch with their predescors, it also draw a whole legion of sidekicks and super villains.  The Good This is one of the few comics I've put down thinking, "Wow, that was a good inking job." The fact that Dave Gibbons handling those duties shouldn't make that surprising. There's a bold confidence and meticulous craft to his line work that really brings Garcia-Lopez's art to another level. Their splash of all th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Deadpool #26 0

After cashing his chips in at Vegas, Deadpool crosses pathes with Ghost Rider, who's hellbent on making him face his long history of misdeeds.  The Good Way and Barberi make this a hard package to resist. Their work just goes down easy. I especially enjoyed how Wade's dial spins from jokey smart ass to tightly-wound tough guy so unpredictably... it adds some great venom under all his jokes. Gracia's colors are amazing too, adding to one of the coolest depictions I've seen of Ghost Rider in a lo...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Thunderbolts #147 0

The Thunderbolts put the lid on a prison riot that breaks out just as the Avengers Academy is brought to the Raft to get "scared straight."  The Good I just love how mean this title is. Parker and Walker do a great job of delivering the goods of superheroic action while still keeping it understated enough to take seriously. Specifically, Juggernaut and Luke Cage use their brains to put the hurt on Purple Man and some random supervillains and the result is far more effective than a splash-page s...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: New Avengers #3 0

The Avengers' B-Team battle extradimensional demons in Central Park whose origins have horrible ramifications for the Sorcerer Supreme.  The Good Immonen and and Von Growbadger have been working together for a long time, but I've never seen their art look this good.  Martin's colors just give their work a real majesty and epic scope. I especially loved the spiral patterns they used for the demons. While I had some issues with patches of dialogue, Bendis makes these characters feel like they're ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Northlanders #31 0

Erik and his lover's herb-addled bliss is interrupted by Ulf, who brings dire warnings of retaliation from the Christian invaders. The Good  Wood and Burchielli make a great team on this book - - injecting this historical fiction with some modern attitude without falling into any frustrating, flippant anachronisms. It might be sound strange to compliment a book as brash as Northlanders for its subtlety, but I still appreciate how these didn't beat you on the head with drug sub-plot and its after...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: The Thanos Imperative #3 0

Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy learn that the Cancerverse has been created by the assassination of death's avatar, a revelation that shapes Lord Mar-Vell's unholy quest in the main reality.  The Good   This issue's doing some serious conceptual reconfiguration for the cosmic characters. The explanation of the new universe's divergence, the specifics of Thanos' death avatar crusade, Drax's hostility toward him, Nova's plea to the Kree empire for a task force... all of it gives me a real c...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 0

Peter wakes up to find himself imprisoned in warehouse with J. Jonah Jameson while the Chameleon besmirches Spider-Man's reputation with an explosive crime spree.  The Good   Now this is what an Ultimate Spider-Man comic is supposed to be! From plot twist to plot twist, the well-meaning kid can just never catch a break. I was quite impressed by how Bendis was able to get the tension going constantly, with one plot twist surpasses the other in terms of surprise. Not only is Spider-Man's identity ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Incredible Hulk #611 0

Four years of storylines have built up to this moment, the final knock-down-drag-out battle between Hulk and Skaar - - a fight which's outcome will decide the fate of Word War Hulks.  The Good   Wow... just when did Paul Pelletier go off and get his own gamma injection?! I've been a fan of the guy's work for years, but his art's a Hulk-sized version of itself. I was speechless over panel. This is powerhouse stuff. Miki and D'Armata deserve credit too for making this one of those rare "sense-shat...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.