Local Comic Book Store had a $1 trade paperback sale. As I flipped through every title on the table I notice a title by The Walking Dead creator, RobeLocal Comic Book Store had a $1 trade paperback sale. As I flipped through every title on the table I notice a title by The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman.
I enjoyed it well enough. SuperPatriot, created by Erik Larsen, is friend and colleague to Larsen's other notable character creation, Savage Dragon. SuperPatriot seems to be a tongue-in-cheek amalgam of the Marvel characters Captain America and Dethlok. Today he cleans the streets and fights an army of robotic Nazis.
This title works fairly well as an introduction to the character and his backstory. It has some humourous moments, and outright hilarious character concepts... but Kirkman's story itself is relatively uninspired.
Cory Walkers art ends up being much more satisfying than Kirkman's writing. The art is gorgeous, though. It's very clean and bright. The colours pop off the page in the modern segments, and the sepia flashbacks somehow manage to look aged, but clean as well.
If you find this title on sale somewhere, or if they're offering it cheap on comixology, it's worth a discounted price, to be certain. All in all, I've certainly purchased worse books, and I'd be disappointed if I had to pay full cover price for this one. But I'd buy that for a dollar....more
Wolverine is dead. One girl who wishes he wasn't, and several people who wish they got the chance to do the killing are locked in a cage. A mysteriousWolverine is dead. One girl who wishes he wasn't, and several people who wish they got the chance to do the killing are locked in a cage. A mysterious man has a mysterious proposition for them. Unfortunately, that mystery isn't really what this book is about.
I think the main purpose of this book is to introduce the bulk of these characters to guys like me who don't know who half these characters are, and don't know what the other half have been up to for the last 15-20 years. On that level, it succeeds... but a seven bi-weekly issues, it sure was a hefty price to pay for an introduction.
Since every issue had a different team working on it, the book has very little consistency. Most of the art, and almost all the writing is fair to middling. My favourite issue would be issue #6, which revolves around Mystique. I may be a bit biased, but I think even if I didn't enjoy her more than most of the Marvel Mutant community, she'd probably still be the best thing about this book.
I enjoyed the idea presented in the first issue, the X-23 issue (had never heard of her), the Mystique issue, and the last issue greatly. I could have done without any of the rest of them, to be honest. The mediocrity of this title has waned my interest some... but I'm still excited to see what Wolverines entails next month.
It's hard to say for sure but--aside from Mystique's story--I doubt there's much here that wouldn't be best suited as a little orange or grey editors note in that new title next month. I can't see how there's any harm in skipping this title all together....more
It feels like Rick Remender wanted this book was hoping to be the missing link between "The Watchmen" and "Kingdom Come". As it turns out, the link isIt feels like Rick Remender wanted this book was hoping to be the missing link between "The Watchmen" and "Kingdom Come". As it turns out, the link is neither missing, nor needed.
Remender and Mat Broome create characters that are clear analogues of existing DC and Marvel legends and set them in an environment where Not-Superman was duped by Not-Luthor into effectively ending the world. Now, Not-Superman attempts to atone for his sins with a ragtag bag of characters like Not-Batman, Not-Wonder-Woman, Not-Captain-America-or-Flash, Not Ghost-Rider-on-a-Horse, Not-What-if-Jean-Grey-Got-Stuck-In-Cerebro and many more.
One of the major problems the book has is that it depends on you knowing too much about these characters already. These are not the characters we already know, but so many of them are thrown at us that it's almost impossible to keep track of who they are and why we should care. This isn't like Kingdom Come, where finding your favourite character as an Easter Egg in the sprawling awesomeness of the art is exciting. These are speaking, story-driving characters, and you don't really know a damn thing about them except that they're not their famous equivalent.
The other major flaw of the book is that it's telling a story that really doesn't need to be told. Slightly altered versions of famous characters have lost hope in a world that doesn't want or need them anymore? Kingdom Come and The Watchmen have already got those angles covered.
This book feels like it intended to pull the best elements of both those books and create something original. It just doesn't work out that way. The pacing of the title is off and the story itself seems tried and tired.
The book has decent enough art, but that's not enough to save it. It's especially not enough to save a book that aspires to be like 2 of the most beautiful books in comics....more
I ended up picking up this run because my LCBS "accidentally" put it in my file because I'm currently getting She Hulk and Hulk. The end of June was lI ended up picking up this run because my LCBS "accidentally" put it in my file because I'm currently getting She Hulk and Hulk. The end of June was light week for me, so I went ahead and took it.
"The Man Within" is the story of Professor X and the X-men attempting to help Bruce Banner come to terms with his raging emotions and control his Hulk persona. The Leader ends up getting involved and Alan Davis starts throwing various "What If...?" style alt-Hulks at a psychic wall to see what sticks.
The art from Davis and inker Mark Farmer suits the book. It's nice and clean, but there's not really anything here that will drop jaws.
More interesting than the story itself, to me, is that Marvel has decided to do a run of non-connected Hulk storylines from various points in the past. I'm curious to see how this move plays out in sales. The Hulk, like Spider-man, has some crazy continuity to deal with, and I think several fans would like new stories from their favourite era. The problem is you need a really solid story to sell an almost "What If...?" level story that's not tied in to the current Marvel U.
Regarding this arc--"The Man Within"--the story's okay, and the art's okay. I guess the biggest draw here are the various Hulk iterations that pop up throughout the story. That's not really enough to recommend it, I don't think, but it might be enough for you....more
Most of my X-men knowledge comes from the 90s cartoon, their various guest appearances in other books in the 80s and 90s, and the movies. This is actuMost of my X-men knowledge comes from the 90s cartoon, their various guest appearances in other books in the 80s and 90s, and the movies. This is actually my first real exposure to Claremont's X-Men.
This book is great. There were pages where I literally stopped turning, just to take it all in. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to pick this up on the shelves in '82.
Relative to the time, the art is fantastic. The story is pretty heavy handed, but I think that's pretty much something you have to expect from the classic X-men stories.
A simple story that does a good job at introducing the Fantastic Four characters and their abilities. The art is fine for an 8x8 paperback. It's big aA simple story that does a good job at introducing the Fantastic Four characters and their abilities. The art is fine for an 8x8 paperback. It's big and bright and fills the pages.
Charlotte did ask for it a second time, but so far nothing about the book really seems to stand out for her. Your mileage may vary....more
Jen Walters, the She-Hulk, wants to be recognized as a great lawyer, not just a green one. At her latest performance review, her bosses not-so-subtlyJen Walters, the She-Hulk, wants to be recognized as a great lawyer, not just a green one. At her latest performance review, her bosses not-so-subtly let her know she was hired not for what she knew, but who she knew, and they were disappointed none of those superheroes brought their legal woes to her. Jen leaves and starts her own firm, taking a mysterious blue file with her.
Fortunately for this book, I really enjoy the writing. Because the art is absolutely horrible. Pulido's simplistic style is just not my cup of tea, I suppose. Most panels felt like he was literally just cut-and-pasting the same emotionless, dead-eyed face over and over. It left me begging for a new artist, imagining it couldn't get much worse.
When Wimberly joined on, his jagged edges make Jen and company look like they're cut from glass. In some panels that's an improvement on Pulido. Others, not so much. The art inside the books is truly disappointing, because Kevin Wada's covers are gorgeous, in my opinion. As with all overly stylized art, I'm sure there will be others that love both Pulido and Wimberly's work here, you just can't count me among them.
As much as I can't stand the art, I've really been enjoying the story, and the writing. The dialogue is mostly witty and believable. The stories are interesting and original. Like Dan Slott's run, this book has the potential to create some really unique moments that you don't get to see in your average superhero comic. Jen's entire exchange with the Shocker in #5 is one that will stick with me for years.
I think this series is an interesting, fun read. I'll ride out the bad art in it. It seems that Pulido returns in #7. Hopefully his next replacement isn't Rob Liefeld....more
Runaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian ARunaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian Alphona's artwork continues to suit the book perfectly, and Takeshi Miyazawa handles this book's second arc equally well.
Vaughan's up to his usual tricks writing witty dialogue that's full of pop-culture references and banter. The stories themselves, I think, work very well considering their target is a YA audience....more