Comic List Last Week – Jun.23.13- Preview

Its back my weekly  preview list of comics that I read and liked although this time there are a couple that I did not like so much. Here it is starting with my least favorite pick…

Thunderbolts v2 011-000Thunderbolts #11 by Daniel Way and Phil Noto: I usually try to find the best in a comic and share it but sadly this issue did disappoint me, left me with the worst of impressions. The conclusion of a story-line which was closed in a rush, with no meaning or any specific consequence and plot-lines just left dangling. I love all these “heroes” who are featured in this comic but they are so much out of character. Liking the roster is not enough to continue reading it though. I’ll just give it one last chance to see if the new creative team will freshen it up and give it an edge that it’s supposed to have.

Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna: It’s quickly Uncanny Avengers 009-000becoming one of my favorite reads. The art is excellent and the story is consistently becoming better each issue.  More accurately the character interaction and how the plots strengthen with actual twists and turmoil’s for this specific team are quite intriguing. There is continuous conflict between the X-Men and the Avengers and each part has its right and wrongs whenever they debate a situation. A very cool comic and a promising one. There is Kang, Immortus, Apocalypse Twins, X-Men & Avengers all in one comic what more can you ask?

Cable and X-Force 010-000Cable & X-Force # 10 by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larocca: Nothing special in this issue which doesn’t mean that the story was not good. We see the Uncanny Avengers pursue and attack X-Force just as they about to go on separate missions to deal with multiple future disasters. The fun part is that Blaquesmith returns and in the most unexpected ways. I like this title not only because the art is superb or that the story is good and intriguing it’s also the original X-Force team with a couple of pretty cool new addition Forge and Dr Nemesis! I really like it and I will continue to read it as a long time fan.

Venom #36 by Cullen Bunn and Pepe Larraz: What I like about Venom Venom-036-(2013)-(Digital)-(Nahga-Empire)-01is that even if they decide to rip the symbiote out of Flash Thompson he has become a very developed character that can easily now hold his own title with another superhero persona. I have seen in each issue the inner workings and demons of Flashes mind and Cullen Bunn continues to add more layers to this. In this issue Flash deals with a new crime lord who seems to be a lot more ruthless than what he expected. The art by Larraz is very nice, I like it plus the cover by Shalvey and Bellaire is amazing.

Constantine 004 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 001Constantine #4 by Ray Fawkes, Jeff Lemire and Fabiano Neves: To be honest I expected more from this issue but I believe it serves its purpose. It’s a standalone issue where Constantine decides to take a day off. He fights a mage crime lord and finds that Sargon is still keeping an on him. In a way issue 4 works as a prologue to the upcoming crossover between Justice League and Justice League Dark. A nice issue but not enough.

Half Past Danger #2 (of 6) by Stephen Mooney and Jordie Bellaire: ThisHalf-Past-Danger-02-(of-06)-(2013)-(Digital)-(Nahga-Empire)-01 comic book can easily be compared to a movie and not because of its story but mostly for the dialogue and the structure of how the story unfolds. Issue #2 continues to be as interesting as the first one with its character interaction and art, the simple things like expressions accompanied by body language has won me over. It’s also fast paced but not rushed, Simon Mooney moves the story forward with action but with the necessary time to build his heroes and the plots. I’m not saying more about the story you should read it it’s a great comic.

Keep on reading comics!


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Comic List Last Week -May.26.13- Preview

As I said my weekly list of comics that I’ve read will be back soon and here it is with four comics this time and most of them are a good read.

jk00001Helheim #3 by Cullen Bunn and Joelle Jones: I liked this issue even more because it had even more characterization. Rickard from a week boy becomes are fearless warrior who dies in battle, a witch who is his lover brings him back from the dead as a creature named Draugr and now in this issue he becomes something even more monstrous but with a free will. He chooses to wage war on both witches his onetime enemy and his lover who have been manipulating and destroying both his land and its people.

Cullen Bunn continues to weave an intriguing story and with Helheim #3 he establishes his hero and sets him on his own path accompanied by a new ally. Joelle Jones and colorist Nick Fillardi continue to provide excellent art. All in all a thrilling issue which makes me anticipate issue #4 even more!

Uber #1 by Kieron Gillen and Caanan White: There is so much Uber 001 (2013) (1920px) (Darkness-Empire) 002going in this comic that only the tiniest of hints will be a spoiler. From page one and through the whole issue it’s a real thrill, with plots, references and storylines based on real people and facts from the WW 2 era. The cool thing is that it’s done with an absolute respect without making it a parody this is something difficult to accomplish especially if you want to say it your way without giving any interest in research. Kieron respects the history and weaves elements of it in his story making it true and believable and all the more an exciting comic book. It’s not a superhero comic by far, the “power”s is just an aspect of the whole comic the people and what they are living in WW2 is where the whole story lays and this is what makes it a remarkable read.

Also Caanan White has leveled up his art in this issue its big, its detailed, it’s great in general it’s a lot better than #0. In general Uber #1 is a great comic even better than #0 story and art wise  and I enjoyed it it to its fullest!

Cable-and-X-Force-08-(2013)-(Digital)-(G85-Nahga-Empire)-01Cable & X-Force #8 by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca: The art in this issue is amazing; Salvador Larroca and Frank D’Armata are doing a superb job. Visually its one of the best comics out there with splash pages and big panels with dynamic art, colors and action scenes. Story wise the arc is tied up and ended nicely in a way that Cable succeeds in preventing a fatale future for earth although his actions do have consequences he will deal next issue as he confronts his “uncle”. Dennis Hopeless does a perfect job of building characterization and in this issue we see from amusing to creepy character interaction. It was a fun comic for me this specific issue and I enjoyed even more than I expected.

Thunderbolts #9 by Daniel Way and Phil Noto: This comic In Thunderbolts-009-(2013)-(Digital)-(Zone-Nahga-Empire)-01this issue we see who the is the man hiding behind the whole gamma gadget tinkering and selling it to the black market which I will not reveal  but I was pleased of his return, this was unexpected addition to the story. The art is not the best I like it more than Steve Dillon’s not because its better but it’s more fluid and suits more  the title in its action scenes but I know Phil Noto can do even better  I’m a fan of his from way back. The thing that still makes me feel uncomfortable is that we don’t see the full personality of all the characters but aspects, it is a team book but still I would like to see them in character. The interaction and only would be dynamic.

I will continue to read it after all it features one of my favorite roasters where only two characters have their own title and are not on other super teams. So yes I read this comic for Electra, Punisher, Red Hulk, Venom and Deadpool and I will continue to read it for a while.

So this is it guys I know it is a small list but it’s the ones I like and will continue for some reason or other and I would recommend to others to check out.


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