Friday, March 21, 2008

March 2008 Reads Part II/III.

I decided to combine this because I was lazy and I have something special planned for the next post. So this is going to be a long one.

March 5th Release:
Moon Knight #16: So I had to buy this one last Wednesday because it never came in the mail. It was kind of a letdown. The cover looks pretty badass, but the art inside looked very rushed. And it was a slow mover with not a whole lot of plot development. I'm guess that in the next issue, the ish hits the fan. Part of the reason why I like this series so much is because it has a nice balance of plot development, action and psychological drama. This one had a lot of expository dialogue and it was kind of boring. They have been bringing this Black Spectre storyline along very slowly and I wish things would pick up already.

March 12th Releases:
Fantastic Four #555: This one has gotten panned on other people's blogs, but I actually enjoyed it. It does have a whole lot of Reed in it and not enough of the Thing and Johnny's storyline seemed a little forced and Susan wasn't in it at all. But other than that, I thought it was a pretty good read. I never really bought many Fantastic Four comics because I thought they were kind of boring, but I've actually been very entertained by the last couple of story arcs and I'm going to keep this one on my regular buy list. I don't really understand why it's getting slammed on the internet so much, I'm really enjoying it a lot.

Mighty Avengers #10: I loved this one. It was funny, it had some action and a mysterious ending. Plus, it had Doom. I still really dig the effect they did to make it look like an old comic and there were a couple of other throwbacks that made this an enjoyable read. As I've said before, it's a very fun book and it brings back a lot of things that seem to be missing from main-stream comics nowadays. Add it to your buy list because it's fun, it reminds me of why I loved reading comics when I was a kid and it's one of the best comics that Marvel is putting out right now. I never thought I'd be saying that about an Avenger title, but I am, so there.

New Exiles #3: This one got a little better, but I'm still dropping it once the first arc is over with, and I think it ends next month. It's pretty boring and the story changes so much that I'm just totally over it. It is interesting to see how Claremont writes and portrays certain characters that are in alternate universes, but then that's half of the problem because it's so confusing. I don't know, I'm just waiting for this arc to end so I don't have to pick it up anymore. It regularly sells out too, and I have no idea why. I just really don't like it at all and I really want to drop it (yeah, I know I've said that like 5 billion times already).

Thunderbolts #119: So, the bad news; I'm still waiting for some doosh on eBay to send me my back-issues that I bought (I think I have to use eBay's Dispute Console to get him to answer my emails and give me a refund). Bad news Part 2: I had to go to my alternative comic store to pick this one up because it was sold out at my normal spot. The good news; this book is totally awesome. I loved it. And I barely know the current story arc and the characters. So that should tell you a lot about how good this one is. It's got a lot going on but everything is spaced out evenly so it's not overwhelming and it's got a very nice pace to the story. There's just a great flow to the book and I can't wait until the next issue. Really good stuff.

Wolverine #63: This one was interesting, each issue seems to reveal more and more about Logan and Mystique's previous relationship. There is an interesting ending that sets up the next issue and it will obviously lead off with a flashback to explain it all. So it's actually been kind of a surprise for me so far; I wasn't expecting too much from this story arc, but the creative team definitely brought their A game and you should check it out. I have a feeling that there are going to be a few more shocking secrets that are going to be revealed in the next couple of issues. I don't know why I have that feeling, but I just do. So get on this train now before it's too late.

X-Factor #29: I am really warming up to this book and I am excited to see how Longshot joins the team. I am less than excited that Arcade will be the featured villain for the next story arc, and I think he's actually on the cover of the next issue. Depressing. BUT, this issue was fun, I think it's really the only X-Title that is actually dealing with the fallout from the Messiah Complex. The team is in shambles and most of the team seems to want to leave. I'm guessing that this run-in with Arcade is going to bind them together, as well as introduce the two new members. So I was very surprised by this one and I'm hoping they keep up the good work. And I hope Longshot is in the next issue because that would be totally rad.

March 19th Releases:
Incredible Hercules #113-115: Ok, so I ended up reading part of the newest issue (#115) at the store and decided to buy it and the two previous issues (which is when it changed from Incredible Hulk over to Incredible Hercules). I love this series. It's funny, it's got action, it's got flashbacks, it's got a ton of collateral damage, it's just a fun book and I hope they keep this creative team together for awhile because it's really well done. I had a blast reading it and I would recommend it to everyone that reads this thing. And the cool thing is that Herc doesn't talk like he used to talk in the old Avengers days, unless it's a flashback he talks like a normal person. Just go out and buy this one already, it's really good.

Invincible #49: I thought this one was a little choppy. There was a big cliffhanger ending in the last issue and basically Invincible and every hero related to the book was captured. Then something happened and they were all freed in less than three pages. Kind of lame if you ask me. There was a funny part when Atom Eve asked why the evil villain captured them all and didn't kill them instead and Invincible said something like, "I dunno, he's old-school", which kind of came off like a joke about James Bond villains. It was kind of a lame explanation the more that I think about it. Anyways, something happens and Invincible gets super pissed at the division of the government that he's working for and the end really set up the climax for the 50th issue. I'm just hoping it's worth all of the hype because this one was kind of letdown.

War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle #1: I basically thought, "What the hell? It's only a five-issue limited series. It can't be that bad, can it?" Well, it kind of is. I haven't even finished reading it because it's real wordy. I had to but it down Wednesday night and I started reading Hercules instead and reading that book was the exact opposite experience of reading this one; Hercules is actually very good. So, I guess at some point I'll get back to reading this one if I remember to. I was interested in the premise, there's just a ton of words for a comic book. So I don't know if I'm going to pick up the next issue, we'll see if I get back to this one.

Wolverine: Origins #23: This continues to be a fun story. It's got a lot of slapstick humor going on, but with Deadpool involved, you kind of have to expect that going into it. It is kind of funny that in the last two issues all they've done is fight all over San Francisco. I mean, normally, there's a bunch of other storylines going on someplace else, or they travel somewhere, but this has been two issues of fighting and it's probably taken place over the span of an hour. So it's kind of a fun story and when you have Deadpool around, it's at least slightly entertaining because he is pretty funny. I think this arc ends in the next month or two, so I want to see what happens. I also have to find a copy of the first installment of the story.

That's about all for now, I'll be back on Monday with a special post. Hopefully I can get that together sometime over the weekend.

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