Inside Pulse » RJ Schwabe http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » RJ Schwabe http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Review: Batman Incorporated #8 by Grant Morrison, Chris Brunham, and Jason Masters http://insidepulse.com/2013/02/27/review-batman-incorporated-8-by-grant-morrison-chris-brunham-and-jason-masters/ http://insidepulse.com/2013/02/27/review-batman-incorporated-8-by-grant-morrison-chris-brunham-and-jason-masters/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:45:50 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=326413 Batman Incorporated #8: The Boy Wonder Returns

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Chris Burnham and Jason Masters
Release Date: 02/27/2013
Cover Price: $2.99
Review: Digital Copy (From Comixology)

Well, here it is. The big, already-spoiled, big issue from Grant Morrison, as he begins to pack up his run on Batman, giving us the final fate of the character he created, Damian Wayne.

For those who have not been reading Batman Incorporated: Talia al Ghul, mother of Damien, is the leader of a group called Leviathan, a global terrorist group, which she founded after Damian chose to remain with Batman. An agent of Leviathan, known as The Heretic, has been revealed to be a bio-engineered clone of Damien Wayne that has been made into an adult.

In recent months (and issues), Talia and Leviathan has placed a billion dollar bounty on the head of Robin (Damian Wayne), infiltrated Gotham City with its mind controlled sleeper agents, attacked (and killed) members of Batman Incorporated, and captured Batman. When the issue begins, Wayne Tower has been captured by Leviathan, Batman is trapped in a safe, and the members of the Batman family are helping the GCPD fight an army of mind-controlled children. Damian, who was given orders to stay in the Batcave, puts on his Robin Armor and flies to Gotham City

Synopsis

  • Damian heads for Gotham City/Wayne Tower, assisting Nightwing by subduing the Leviathan mind-controlled children, allowing Nightwing to follow Damian to the tower.
  • Batman is working to free himself from the safe trapped in a pool underwater.
  • Red Robin enters Wayne Tower and is attacked by the mind-controlled Leviathan agents. Eventually he is joined by both Robin and Nightwing.
  • Nightwing and Robin fight The Heretic, but the Heretic quickly overpowers Nightwing, leaving Damian to fight his clone-twin by himself.
  • Damian is able to hold his own against The Heretic, thinking that the plan is to bring him to his mother. But it is revealed (to Batman) that Talia views Damian as a failed experiment.
  • The Leviathan agents weaken Robin with gunshot and crossbow bolt wounds, allowing The Heretic to run Damian through with a flaming sword.
  • Batman frees himself from the underwater trap, and fights his way into the building to cradle his (seemingly) dead son in his arms.

Analysis

I started thinking about this review before I read the comic. I was planning on a small tirade against hyped and spoiled comic books, and my general dislike for the creative power given to Grant Morrison, who I feel is over-hyped by the comic book community at large. I haven’t really enjoyed the current run of Batman Incorporated, and I really haven’t cared for Damian Wayne, regardless of who was writing him. So, with an overhyped death issue in my virtual shopping cart, I had the review mapped out in my head without a digital page turned.

My planned review has been completely scrapped, as this is an excellent comic book. The book is an excellent climax to the Batman Incorporated story arc, and gives Damian a death scene that may be one of the best hero deaths I’ve read.

The only real flaw is that I really hate when writers make a doomed character more interesting than he or she was previously. The Damian Wayne in this comic book bears little resemblance to the character I have read over the last few years, even when he was written by Grant Morrison. (I’ve not read all of his Batman and Robin run, to be fair). To give Damian his final send-off while partnering with Dick Grayson is a very nice moment. And in fact one of Damian’s best moments ever is by Nightwing’s side.

The other thing that really works is the pleading of Damian. He calls out to his mother, not to stop fighting him for mercy’s sake, but rather because he thinks he understands his mother enough to reach her. He expects her to relent, but he does not drop his guard to do so.

I have a decent idea as to where this is leading in the other Batman titles. Does this bring things back together after splitting them apart with Death of the Family? Or will the final wounds be ripped apart of the Batman family?

If you have invested some time in the character of Damian Wayne, then you owe it to yourself as a comic book fan to read this comic book. It is very well done.

Verdict

An excellent send-off for Damian. Grant Morrison made me feel sorrowful for a character who I don’t really care for. The best death scene I remember since Superboy’s death in the pages of Infinite Crisis (apparently partnering with Nightwing is a harbinger to death). I really enjoyed it, and in fact it has made me feel more fondly about the entire Batman Incorporated (vol 2) run.

Overall Grade: 10.0

In reality, it is a 9.5. For me, a true 10.0 comic book is one where I someone who doesn’t follow the series will enjoy it, and I think this relies too much on you having to have read most of the Grant Morrison Batman run. However, the following image made me kick it up to a 10.0 for purely mark-out, pandering reasons.

In the midst of an episode like this, and you harken back to the 1960’s Batman television show? GENIUS!

 
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Marvel NOW! Review: Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott & Ryan Stegman http://insidepulse.com/2013/01/09/marvel-now-review-superior-spider-man-1-by-dan-slott-ryan-stegman/ http://insidepulse.com/2013/01/09/marvel-now-review-superior-spider-man-1-by-dan-slott-ryan-stegman/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:30:24 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=322608 Superior Spider-Man #1: Hero or Menace?

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Release Date: 01/09/2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Review: Digital Copy (From Comixology)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard the news. Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus) has switched bodies of Peter Parker (Spider-Man), and then Otto’s body died with Peter’s brain supposedly inside it. However, before he died, Peter transferred all of his memories including the trauma and the guilt he has experienced over the years. With this new knowledge of what Peter went through, Otto decides to devote his life to the path that Peter started, as the Superior Spider-Man.

Synopsis

  • A “New Sinister Six” has formed with new members: Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, Living Brain, Beetle, and Overdrive. They steal a Barometric Oscillator but are confronted by the new Spider-Man.
  • After getting beat up, Spider-Man attempts to leave, but returns to rescue a police officer from an exploding boomerang allowing the Sinister Six to escape.
  • Back at Horizon Labs, OttoPeter works with the scientists to create weapons intended to help Spider-Man.
  • OttoPeter then goes on a date with Mary Jane while listening to the Sinister Six through his headphones.
  • The Sinister Six invades Horizon Labs the next day, and are confronted by Spider-Man who was waiting for them. He uses the technology of Horizon Labs to easily defeat the Sinister Six, and even invites the media to watch.
  • OttoPeter is about to damage or kill Boomerang, when Peter (from inside OttoPeter’s head) stops him, saying he’s going to find a way back into his own body.

Questions and Answers

Q:    Has Peter Parker gone to heaven?

A:     No, he is an unseen personality inside OttoPeter’s head, who can stop him from doing things.

Analysis

Wow, dozens of mixed feelings about this book. The short answer is clever and well done, but not sure I really enjoyed it.

First off, this is a brilliant character study of Otto Octavius, even given the influx of the morality and memory of Peter Parker. In addition, Dan Slott does a MASTERFUL job of putting things into this first issue that would bring out a reaction from Otto’s side of his brain, and not Peter’s, most notably the Sinister Six.

Actually, from the first page, you learn the exact difference between a hero and a villain’s core being. If a hero was hanging out at a graveyard, he would be at the graveyard of a mentor, a friend, or a love? Otto, well he is hanging out at his own graveyard. We learn very quickly that OttoPeter is very much driven by his ego.

The other thing that is very clever is that we see how Otto is actually smarter than Peter Parker. Able to combine his knowledge of science and his abilities as Spider-Man together to easily defeat the new Sinister Six, and almost showing them up at every turn.

And I loved Otto having to force himself to realize that all of his achievements will be remembered as ones scored by Peter Parker. The price of this switch from his decaying body to Peter’s youthful one is Doctor Octopus’s ego. And even though he knows that the trade is more than fair, OttoPeter feels a little cheated by it.

It is very clever and interesting. If this was a new hero, or an alternate universe, or a what if story, or some mini-series, I’d probably be okay with it. But this is Spider-Man. I may be able to read a comic book where Wolverine or Gambit or Iron Man made arrogant selfish decisions as heroes. And while I understand that OttoPeter is going to be an ego-driven selfish character, it doesn’t make me want to read more about this character. Especially now that Slott has given us an ‘out’ for this altered hero, as Peter is living inside his head along with Otto.

I really do not understand the reaction of Mary Jane in this issue. Yes MJ and Peter were never married, but as I understand the (Brand New Day) altered Spider-Man timeline, they still spent significant years together. I’m sure there were several body switching, brain altering, crazy new persona, it’s a clone and not Peter situations. Wouldn’t Peter’s arrogant behavior give her major cause for alarm?

I think it is interesting that OttoPeter is more confident than Peter Parker, bordering on arrogance. That take is interesting enough to see a Peter that is confident and driven enough to get what he wants done as well as what he wants to have. But the arrogance is a real turn off for me.

This was a fine book, a clever story, and a fine read, but I just don’t know if I want an internal monologue of an arrogant, gloating, OttoPeter each month.

My recommendation is very simple. If you are intrigued by where the Octopus/Spider-Man brain switching story is going to go, then read it because it is very enjoyable. If you were unsure about whether you want to read a story where Doctor Octopus is a hero, then I would probably avoid it.

Verdict

For me, this did everything you want a comic book to do, except get me to read another issue (tho I certainly may do it for ComicNexus). I can’t give it a bad grade because it is clever and interesting, but it certainly did not pull me in having me wonder what will happen next issue. I chalk it up to a good story that isn’t interesting enough to engage me as a regular reader.

Overall Grade: 8.0 (good, but not my thing)

 
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Review: Harbinger #7 by Joshua Dysart & Barry Kitson http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/21/review-harbinger-7-by-joshua-dysart-barry-kitson/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/21/review-harbinger-7-by-joshua-dysart-barry-kitson/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:15:12 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=320669 Harbinger #7:

Publisher: Valiant Comics
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Barry Kitson
Release Date: 12/19/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Review: Digital Copy (From Comixology)

After learning that his friend Joe Iron was killed, Peter Stanchek has violently escaped from the Harbinger Foundation, with the help of Faith, a girl whose powers he helped activate. He joins his childhood crush, Kris Hathaway, to get back at the Harbinger Foundation. At the end of the previous issue, Peter and the gang were able to pit the Harbinger Foundation against Project Rising Spirit (from the Bloodshot comic), giving them time to escape.

Synopsis

  • After Project Rising Spirit destroys Kris Hathaway’s family home, Toyo Harada obliterates their soldiers.
  • A week later, Toyo is assessing the damage, and learns from an operative, that Peter has a list of potential Harbinger Foundation members and knows about the monk who is the advisor to Harada.
  • Peter, Faith, and Kris go visit Charlene Dupre who is a stripper with the nickname, Flamingo, who is a Psiot on the Harbinger Foundation list.
  • Peter touches Flamingo in the club, and it stirs memories in her, specifically of her current boyfriend Huxley who abuses her.
  • Peter invites Charlene to their hotel room, where he touches her again, and activates her pyrokinetic powers (the mental ability to spontaneously start fires).
  • Flamingo returns to the strip club where she sets her abusive boyfriend on fire. She is met by Faith who invites her to join their group.

Analysis

This is not a perfect comic book. It really isn’t. But, there are moments in this book that are some of the best character building moments I have read in a comic book in a long time.

The character of Flamingo was not one of the most interesting characters in the original Harbinger comic book. In this book, the writers craft her such a powerful back story, that it makes her more real than most female superheroes.

And let’s not forget that they make the character a stripper. When most comic book writers introduce a stripper into the pages, usually it is a cheap way for the artist to include some fan-service eye candy to the mix. Put a scantily clad, attractive woman on the covers, and you’ll boost your numbers. And usually when they do this, the character development goes in the toilet.

Flamingo feels fully fleshed out. The images of her being a bit of a pyromaniac as a kid lead you perfectly into the latent powers that exist inside of her. The narrative of her sexuality through her high school years that led to her leaving home and making her way to New Orleans. How she gives in to her boyfriend, Huxley, as it is easy to give into someone who wants to ‘take’ you. After being dominant for so long, she enjoys being submissive until he starts to turn on her and become abusive. How deep down she knows that he is taking every piece of joy out of her, and part of her wants him to take it all. And the inner narrative of her not wanting us, the audience, to see her when she is at her low point after being abused by her ex-boyfriend, but how she wants us to see her strong, whether it is in full command of her sexuality on stage or fully in command of herself after her powers have been revealed.

It is wonderful. I read the comic book, wanting to continue the journey, and thought it was serviceable. And as I was driving around on comic book Wendesday, the story got deeper and deeper into me. And I loved it more and more. I re-read it a second time, and I could feel the character of Flamingo.

It is so easy to put characters into a stereotype, a basic character meme and not develop them further. Peter is the angry young man; Kris is the brainy anti-establishment girl; Faith is the fat nerd girl. It would be so easy to put Charlene into the loose moraled, high school slut category. But the book rises above that.

And the artwork from Barry Kitson (and others) is pretty good. I never liked how Faith has looked in previous issues, and here she looks less like a cartoon fat girl. I still think the art team has made her too ‘huge’ looking, but it is much better, certainly.

I’m giving this my highest rating, even though it doesn’t quite deserve it. A truly great comic fills you with something, and then gives you a reason that you want to come back next month for even more. But this is such a lovely entre into the girl’s life, and those moments stayed with me when the (digital) pages were closed.

Valiant comics is doing something really good here. Harbinger is quickly turning into their flagship title. And for an old school Valiant fan, it is a delight to see and read.

I know that not everyone will feel this way about this comic, but I hope that many of give this one a try to discover it for yourselves.

Verdict

A perfect character story, back story, and origin all wrapped up in a nice package. It is truly a rare thing. You should check this one out. I think it’s pretty special.

Overall Grade: 10.0 (Special)

 
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Comic Nexus Weekly Buying Guide – December 19, 2012 http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/20/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-december-19-2012/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/20/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-december-19-2012/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:00:39 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=320497 The Nexus staff has been pouring over their notes to bring you their (sight unseen) recommendations for this week’s comics. Do not let our work and sacrifice be in vain. Ensure that our deeds are spoken in the annals of comic book shops and digital download bandwidth everywhere.

Top 10 Anticipated Comics for December 19, 2012

The following are the top 10 comics that are most likely to be purchased by the members of the Comic Nexus staff.

  1. HARBINGER #7
  2. X-O MANOWAR #8
  3. SAGA #8
  4. DAREDEVIL #21
  5. NIGHTWING #15
  6. FF #2
  7. HAWKEYE #6
  8. WONDER WOMAN #15
  9. CABLE AND X-FORCE #2
  10. CAPTAIN MARVEL #8

Bagged or Bored List

The Comic Nexus staff ranked their interest in the top comics for the week. The following is the full break down. Here is the ranking guide:

5.0 – Definitely will buy
4.5 – Likely to buy
4.0 – Thinking about buying
3.5 – Waiting to see reviews
3.0 – Will read story (trade, friend, discounted)
2.5 – Would buy, but not enough money
2.0 – Not interested enough
1.5 – Uninterested in this book.
1.0 – I wouldn’t buy this with your money.

Publisher Title

Price

Rob

Matt

James

Joey

Mike

Avg

Marvel Comics A PLUS X #3 NOW

$3.99

2.0

3.5

3.5

1.0

1.0

2.20

Boom Studios ADVENTURE TIME #11 [DIG]

$3.99

1.5

0.5

1.5

2.0

0.5

1.20

IDW Publishing ALAN ROBERT KILLOGY #2 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

0.5

1.30

Marvel Comics ALL NEW X-MEN #4 NOW

$3.99

4.5

5.0

3.5

1.5

2.5

3.40

Image Comics AMERICAS GOT POWERS #4 [DIG]

$2.99

2.5

2.0

5.0

5.0

0.5

3.00

Dark Horse Comics ANGEL & FAITH #17

$2.99

3.0

3.0

1.5

3.0

0.5

2.20

Marvel Comics ASTONISHING X-MEN #57

$3.99

3.0

4.5

3.5

1.5

0.5

2.60

Marvel Comics AVENGERS #2 NOW

$3.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

1.5

3.0

2.90

Marvel Comics AVENGERS ARENA #2 NOW

$2.99

2.0

5.0

4.0

1.5

1.0

2.70

DC Comics BATWOMAN #15

$2.99

3.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

1.0

3.40

DC Comics BEFORE WATCHMEN MOLOCH #2 (MR)

$3.99

1.5

2.0

1.5

2.5

0.5

1.60

Archie Comics BETTY & VERONICA #263 [DIG/P+]

$2.99

1.5

2.0

1.5

2.5

0.5

1.60

Archie Comics BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #208 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

1.5

2.0

1.5

3.5

0.5

1.80

Dynamite Entertainment BIONIC WOMAN #6

$3.99

1.5

2.0

1.5

3.0

0.5

1.70

DC Comics BIRDS OF PREY #15

$2.99

2.0

1.5

1.5

3.0

1.0

1.80

Dark Horse Comics BLACK BEETLE NIGHT SHIFT #0

$2.99

1.5

2.0

3.5

3.5

0.5

2.20

DC Comics BLUE BEETLE #15

$2.99

3.5

1.0

3.5

2.0

1.5

2.30

Dark Horse Comics BPRD 1948 #3

$3.50

3.0

3.0

5.0

2.0

2.0

3.00

Dark Horse Comics BPRD HELL ON EARTH #102 RETURN O/T MASTER #5

$3.50

3.0

3.0

5.0

2.0

2.0

3.00

Boom Studios BRAVEST WARRIORS #3

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

Aspen Comics BROKEN PIECES #5

$3.50

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

0.5

1.30

Marvel Comics CABLE AND X-FORCE #2 NOW

$3.99

4.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.80

Marvel Comics CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 NOW

$3.99

2.5

2.0

3.5

1.5

1.5

2.20

Marvel Comics CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #640

$2.99

2.5

2.0

3.5

1.5

0.5

2.00

Marvel Comics CAPTAIN MARVEL #8

$2.99

2.5

5.0

3.5

3.0

4.5

3.70

Image Comics CARBON GREY VOL 2 #2 CVR A EVANS & LOH

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

Marvel Comics CASTLE A CALM BEFORE STORM #1

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.0

1.30

DC Comics CATWOMAN #15

$2.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

4.0

0.5

1.80

IDW Publishing CLASSIC POPEYE ONGOING #5 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

1.5

0.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.30

Image Comics COMEBACK #2 (MR) [DIG]

$3.50

1.5

2.0

5.0

4.5

0.5

2.70

Marvel Comics DAREDEVIL #21

$2.99

3.0

4.5

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.50

Dark Horse Comics DARK HORSE PRESENTS #19

$7.99

2.5

3.0

5.0

1.5

0.5

2.50

Dynamite Entertainment DARK SHADOWS #11

$3.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.30

DC Comics DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #15

$2.99

4.5

3.0

5.0

1.5

2.0

3.20

DC Comics DJANGO UNCHAINED #1 (MR)

$3.99

2.0

1.0

3.5

3.5

0.5

2.10

Dark Horse Comics EMPOWERED SPECIAL #3 HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT (MR)

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

Dynamite Entertainment EVIL ERNIE #3

$3.99

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.10

DC Comics FABLES #124 (MR)

$2.99

3.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.70

Marvel Comics FF #2 NOW

$2.99

2.0

5.0

5.0

2.5

5.0

3.90

Boom Studios FREELANCERS #2

$3.99

2.0

3.0

2.0

4.5

0.5

2.40

Marvel Comics GAMBIT #7

$2.99

2.5

3.0

1.5

2.0

1.0

2.00

Zenescope GODSTORM #3

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

0.5

1.10

Dynamite Entertainment GREEN HORNET #32

$3.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.30

DC Comics GREEN LANTERN #15 (RISE)

$2.99

5.0

2.0

1.5

5.0

4.5

3.60

DC Comics GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #15 (RISE)

$2.99

3.5

2.0

1.5

5.0

4.5

3.30

Zenescope GRIMM FAIRY TALES #80 A CVR CAFARO (MR)

$2.99

2.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

0.5

1.60

Image Comics HAPPY #3 [DIG]

$2.99

3.0

4.5

5.0

4.5

0.5

3.50

Valiant Comics HARBINGER (ONGOING) #7 SUAYAN CVR

$3.99

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.00

Image Comics HAUNT #28 [DIG]

$2.99

1.5

2.0

5.0

1.5

0.5

2.10

Marvel Comics HAWKEYE #6

$2.99

2.5

5.0

5.0

2.0

5.0

3.90

DC Comics HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5

$2.99

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.0

1.50

DC Comics HELLBLAZER #298 (MR)

$2.99

3.0

4.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

2.10

Boom Studios HELLRAISER ROAD BELOW #3 (MR) [DIG]

$3.99

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.10

Aspen Comics IDOLIZED #4

$3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

4.5

0.5

1.90

Marvel Comics INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2 NOW

$3.99

2.5

3.5

4.5

2.0

3.5

3.20

IDW Publishing JOE PALOOKA #1 [DIG]

$3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

0.5

1.30

Marvel Comics JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #647 NOW

$2.99

2.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.90

DC Comics JSA LIBERTY FILES THE WHISTLING SKULL #1

$2.99

2.5

1.0

3.5

4.5

0.5

2.40

IDW Publishing JUDGE DREDD #2 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

1.5

3.0

1.5

4.5

0.5

2.20

DC Comics LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #15

$2.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.30

IDW Publishing LOCKE & KEY OMEGA #2 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

3.0

4.0

1.5

1.5

4.5

2.90

Image Comics MACGYVER FUGITIVE GAUNTLET #3 [DIG]

$3.50

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.10

IDW Publishing MARS ATTACKS #6 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

1.0

1.0

3.5

1.5

0.5

1.50

Dynamite Entertainment MASKS #2

$3.99

2.5

1.0

1.5

4.0

0.5

1.90

Dark Horse Comics MICHAEL AVON OEMINGS THE VICTORIES #5 (MR)

$3.99

3.0

3.5

1.5

1.5

0.5

2.00

Image Comics MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #3 [DIG]

$2.99

1.5

1.0

5.0

1.5

0.5

1.90

DC Comics NIGHTWING #15 (DOTF)

$2.99

5.0

1.5

5.0

5.0

4.0

4.10

Image Comics NOWHERE MEN #2 [DIG]

$2.99

2.5

2.5

4.5

4.0

0.5

2.80

Dark Horse Comics NUMBER 13 #1

$3.99

3.5

3.5

5.0

5.0

0.5

3.50

Dynamite Entertainment PANTHA #5

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

Abstract Studio RACHEL RISING #13 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

3.0

4.0

3.5

2.5

0.5

2.70

DC Comics RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 (DOTF)

$2.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

5.0

1.5

2.20

Dark Horse Comics RIPD CITY O/T DAMNED #2

$3.50

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.40

Zenescope ROBYN HOOD #4 A CVR GARZA (MR)

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

0.5

1.10

Dark Horse Comics ROTTEN APPLE ONE SHOT

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

Image Comics SAGA #8 (MR) [DIG]

$2.99

3.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.60

Marvel Comics SCARLET SPIDER #12.1

$2.99

2.0

1.0

3.5

2.5

3.5

2.50

Marvel Comics SECRET AVENGERS #35

$3.99

3.0

1.0

5.0

1.5

1.0

2.30

Bongo Comics SIMPSONS COMICS #197

$2.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

3.0

0.5

1.60

Oni Press SIXTH GUN #27

$3.99

3.0

3.0

5.0

3.5

0.5

3.00

IDW Publishing SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #20 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

3.0

1.0

1.5

3.0

2.0

2.10

Archie Comics SONIC UNIVERSE #47 [P+]

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

2.0

0.5

1.30

IDW Publishing STAR TREK 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR WINTER 2012

$7.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

IDW Publishing STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION HIVE #3 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.30

IDW Publishing STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION #8 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

2.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

4.5

2.20

Dark Horse Comics STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE HARD TARGETS #3

$2.99

2.5

1.0

5.0

4.0

0.5

2.60

Dark Horse Comics STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI PRISONER OF BOGAN #2

$2.99

2.5

1.0

5.0

4.0

0.5

2.60

Image Comics SUPER DINOSAUR #16 [DIG]

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

DC Comics SUPERGIRL #15

$2.99

2.0

5.0

1.5

5.0

0.5

2.80

Image Comics SUPREME #67 [DIG]

$3.99

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

3.5

2.00

DC Comics SWORD OF SORCERY #3

$3.99

4.5

5.0

1.5

3.0

2.5

3.30

Dynamite Entertainment THE SPIDER #7

$3.99

2.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.40

Image Comics THIEF OF THIEVES #11 (MR) [DIG]

$2.99

3.0

3.0

5.0

2.5

1.5

3.00

Marvel Comics THOR GOD OF THUNDER #3 NOW

$3.99

3.5

4.5

3.5

1.5

4.0

3.40

Marvel Comics THUNDERBOLTS #2 NOW

$2.99

2.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.0

1.90

IDW Publishing TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #12 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

3.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.50

IDW Publishing TRANSFUSION #2 [DIG/P+]

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

0.5

1.20

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #18

$3.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

1.5

3.0

2.90

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #19

$3.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

1.5

2.0

2.70

Marvel Comics UNCANNY X-FORCE #35

$3.99

2.0

4.0

5.0

1.5

1.0

2.70

DC Comics UNWRITTEN #44 (MR)

$2.99

3.0

3.0

5.0

n/a

0.5

2.88

Dynamite Entertainment VAMPIRELLA #25

$3.99

1.0

1.0

1.5

n/a

0.5

1.00

Marvel Comics VENOM #28

$2.99

1.0

2.0

3.5

n/a

2.0

2.13

Oni Press WASTELAND #42 (MR)

$3.99

3.0

3.5

5.0

n/a

0.5

3.00

Image Comics WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #2 [DIG]

$3.50

3.0

1.0

5.0

n/a

0.5

2.38

Image Comics WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #2 [DIG]

$2.99

1.5

1.0

5.0

n/a

0.5

2.00

Image Comics WITCHBLADE #162

$2.99

1.5

4.5

1.5

n/a

0.5

2.00

Marvel Comics WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #22

$3.99

2.5

5.0

5.0

n/a

0.5

3.25

DC Comics WONDER WOMAN #15

$2.99

5.0

5.0

5.0

n/a

0.5

3.88

Zenescope WONDERLAND #6 A CVR SEJIC (MR)

$2.99

1.5

2.0

1.0

n/a

0.5

1.25

Marvel Comics X-FACTOR #249

$2.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

n/a

4.5

3.63

Marvel Comics X-MEN LEGACY #3 NOW

$2.99

2.5

3.0

4.5

n/a

0.5

2.63

Valiant Comics X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) #8

$3.99

5.0

5.0

4.5

n/a

5.0

4.88

Marvel Comics X-TREME X-MEN #8

$2.99

2.0

5.0

1.5

n/a

4.5

3.25

DC Comics YOUNG JUSTICE #23

$2.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

n/a

3.0

1.88

Staff Picks of the Week

The following is a list of the books that we, the Comic Nexus staff, are most looking forward to this week.

Mike Mailaro: FF #2

Matt Fraction’s Fantastic Four run is shaping up to be something great, and both series have been a lot of fun. I did like FF’s first issue a little more than Fantastic Four (in no small part because of Mike Allred’s art), but both series are still head and shoulders above most other comics. 

Some commentary: Marvel seems to have made their shipping schedule even more insane than normal with several books coming out two or even three times this month. This required me to drop a few titles I really didn’t want to drop (Avengers, Thor, Hulk, Cable and X-Force). Bad enough paying 4 bucks a comic, but I can’t afford to pay that in back to back weeks. Marvel really needs to start price dropping their digital books like everyone else does.

Matt Graham: Avengers Arena #2

Avengers Arena #2 – Tough call, as I can’t wait to see where Cable and X-Force is going, but AA is laden with hooks. Getting #2 one week after the debut…okay, that part is sort of lame, but let’s not get into Marvel’s aggressive shipping schedule. The book is Marvel’s obvious stab at that Hunger Games (Yes, I’ve read Battle Royale, but face pop-culture facts) just like the X-Men vampire stuff coincided delightfully with vampire fever in other books and TV shows. Copying something isn’t always flattery, but Dennis Hopeless is a great writer, and the best writers can steal and still make it their own – and Avengers Arena certainly makes the most of its potential. Like Laura Kinney, it’s not a simple clone, it has its own heart and style. I don’t believe for a moment they’ll kill off my Laura, let alone Haz-Mat, and I still think the whole thing is a VR situation and our team is jacked into The Matrix, as it were. It doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best books to come out of Marvel all year, if only for Kev Walker’s pencils. It has a lot more going for it on top of Mr. Walker, though.

Joe Smith: Harbinger #7

I’m looking forward to this issue the most and I want to see what character is introduced this month as part of the Resistance. Last month’s issue was very strong and I want to see them continue with the momentum.

James Fulton: Uncanny X-Force #35

This has to be the biggest week for new comics in months, as all the publishers try to put out almost two weeks’ worth of titles and clear the decks for the end of the year. I can’t believe how many books I’m supposed to be buying this week. So which one am I most excited about? I think it has to be the final issue of Uncanny X-Force, which has been one hell of a series. Rick Remender took the concept of an X-Black Ops squad run by Wolverine, and actually did something with it, constructing plotlines that actually got resolved, and delivering some very exciting, very beautiful comics along the way. He’s also the guy that had AoA Nightcrawler teleport a shark into AoA Blob’s stomach recently. There’s no telling what could happen in this last issue (except I’m pretty sure Wolverine will survive whatever goes down).

Trade of the Week: Marvel Masterworks: X-Men Volume 5

1, Weird to recommend this, when I don’t even have Marvel Masterworks volumes 1-4. However, this always seemed like an interesting period of time for the X-Men, discarding the classic blue and yellow uniforms embracing the more funky costumes of the 1970s, which got to show off their individuality a bit more. 

Plus, the parallels between X-Men and Doom Patrol became very interesting during this time. I love the pencil lines of Marvel’s Essential series, but for $25.00 ($14.00 on Amazon) to have a year of early X-Men comics.

Final Word

The Comic Nexus staff are huge fans of Valiant comics, and are at the top of the list every week. Please let us know if there is any other information you’d like to see in the pages of the buying guide. (Post a comment below, or message me on twitter @rjschwabe)

 

 

 
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Death of the Family Review: Batman #15 by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/13/death-of-the-family-review-batman-15-by-scott-snyder-greg-capullo/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/13/death-of-the-family-review-batman-15-by-scott-snyder-greg-capullo/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 05:00:06 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=320020 Batman #15: But Here’s the Kicker

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Release Date: 12/12/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Review: Digital Copy (From Comixology)

The Joker has returned to Gotham City with his original face reattached to his head. He has captured Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, killed dozens of police detectives, and started to re-enact some of his classic old crimes. On a bridge, The Joker confronts Batman on the bridge of the reservoir with The Joker claiming he knows who The Batman is.

Synopsis

  • As Batman confronts The Joker, the GCPD led by Harvey Bullock confront The Joker. But Joker’s snipers attack the police department.
  • Batman attacks Joker, but is stopped by a toxin on the Joker’s skin which temporarily paralyzes him. The Joker kicks him into the water
  • Bruce has a nightmare of being with his ‘family’, where he is attacked by the Joker wearing the face of Alfred.
  • Bruce wakes to the family, all of the Robins and Batgirl, confronting him about what The Joker knows about them. Bruce tells them of a story of an early encounter with The Joker, and how he found a calling card of The Joker’s in the water of the Batcave.
  • After confronting a guard from Arkham Asylum, Batman discovers that The Joker has holed up there, converting it to a trap for Batman.

Analysis

There’s a common technique in any type of episodic fiction, especially in comic books, and that is each episode adds a new mystery to be solves, a new conflict to be resolved, and new revelation to be revealed in the next issue. And then you repeat the technique again until the resolution where all is revealed in one big payoff. When it is done well, when it works, it is hardly noticeable, and we let ourselves be pulled and manipulated by a story. When it doesn’t work, the manipulation seems obvious and we start to question why we let ourselves be financially and emotionally invested in fictional characters.

For me, this just didn’t work.

Why?

Very simply, this felt like I was being strung along.

The previous issue set up a confrontation between the Joker and the Batman on the reservoir; teased at a hidden secret that Batman has kept from the rest of family; suggested that the Joker has experienced a revelation with confronting Batman and his allies.

Well, the confrontation between Joker and Batman was anticlimactic at best and repetitive at worst. I don’t know how Batman and the GCPD don’t bother to check to see if Joker has allies. And I totally don’t buy that the Joker has a toxin that goes through the Batman’s fist.

The reveal of the mystery of Batman was so innocuous. Bruce kept hidden that ‘maybe’ there is evidence that The Joker knows about the Batcave and who Bruce Wayne is. That’s the big reveal? That’s the big secret? And to add insult to injury, it certainly seems like Scott Snyder is writing the Night of Owls story for a second time. In the first story, Bruce was convinced that there was no Court of Owls, only to be proven wrong. And now in this story, Bruce is once again convinced that there is no way that The Joker found The Bat Cave and his true identity. Everyone likes to see a magician change up his tricks.

And the revelation of The Joker’s new approach to The Batman is that there is ‘love’ in his eyes for Batman? Not enough of a pull to keep me excited. I’m sure that something is going to be interesting on this front at some point in time during this story arc, but right now I’m not seeing enough.

More? See if this rings a bell. The Joker has taken over the asylum for the criminally insane and freed all of Batman’s villains to confront him there? Does that sound familiar? It should, you probably played it on your favorite game console a few years ago.

And, let me be perfectly frank. Scott Snyder’s jumping on social media and hyping up each issue as his favorite Batman comic book that he’s written so far, is starting to stretch thin. But maybe that’s my fault for twittering.

Now, this is not a bad comic book. Far from it. But I don’t remember being this disappointed in a comic book in a while.

Backup Story: Red Light, Green Light

Writer: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Artist: Jock

Synopsis

  • The Riddler is in his cell in Arkham Asylum, when he is confronted by The Joker who has taken over the asylum.
  • The Joker throws a bomb into the Riddler’s cell forcing him to escape from the death trap on his own.
  • Riddler escapes, and The Joker suggests that Riddler is able to keep Batman’s mind sharper than the other villains, and starts to reveal part of his plan to him.

Analysis

This was so much more interesting than the main story. Villains showing respect for each other, highlighting how they are different, is always an interesting story to me. But this gave a chance for both The Joker and The Riddler to shine, and show off who they are. And it did a much better job of describing the approach being taken by the Joker, worshiping him as the Bat King.

Verdict

Tremendously disappointed. I don’t like plots that just string me along, without really giving anything back story wise. I’m still going to keep reading the story, but my faith in Scott Snyder’s story has been shaken a little, I can’t lie. Hopefully the payoff to this tease will end well.

Overall Grade: 6.5 (Let’s see how it works out.)    

 
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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #699 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/05/review-amazing-spider-man-699-by-dan-slott-and-humberto-ramos/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/05/review-amazing-spider-man-699-by-dan-slott-and-humberto-ramos/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:05:39 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=319466 I’ve not been a reader of the Dan Slott era of Spider-Man, but not for any particular reason. The reviews were always decent enough, but though I like Spider-Man enough, there was never enough about the character to pull me in. Usually earmarking the series as something I would read in trades, maybe some Ebay lot where I could get a bunch of trades for cheap. But, after last issue’s revelation about Doctor Octopus switching minds with Peter Parker, it seemed like fun for a non-Spider-Man reader like me to review the book.

Obviously, Slott is trying to get some new readers onto the book, as well as gain some momentum for the debut of the new title, Superior Spider-Man. So let’s see if issue #699, which is the sandwich issue between the revelation from last issue and the big 700 anniversary issue. Sometimes sandwich issues are good, and other times they are all set-up and filler before the big issue.

The Amazing Spider-Man #699: Dying Wish: Outside the Box

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Release Date: 12/05/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Review: Digital Copy (From Comixology)

Now, I have not been reading Spider-Man, as I stated earlier. But keeping my ear to the ground, I understand the following to be true:

Earlier this year, Doctor Octopus was given a few months to live due to his damage from years of battles with super-heroes, specifically Spider-man. During his final months, he attempted to conquer the Earth using the newest version of the Sinister Six. Octopus was eventually captured and placed on The Raft to live out his days. In the last issue, it turns out the Octopus had transferred his brain with Peter Parker’s and was living his life as Spider-Man.     

Synopsis

The story is told all from Peter Parker’s perspective, trapped in Doctor Octopus’s body, which is in turn trapped in an iron lung in the super-villain prison known as The Raft.

  • Octopus’s body is dying, and Peter is panicking trying to figure out how it was done.
  • Peter realizes that he has access to Doctor Octopus’s memories. Peter realizes that when he used Otto’s control helmet to control the Octobots, it allowed Octopus to map Peter’s brain waves. And then used a brain swapping Octobot to take over Peter’s brain.
  • Peter is able to use the same mind powers to contact the same Octobot to contact super-villains. Hydro-Man, Scorpion, and Trapster, to help break him out of prison. He then sends them out to capture Spider-Man.

Analysis

This is the best issue of any comic I’ve read in a long time where little to nothing happened. Half of the comic was summing up the current Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus conflict that has permeated the Spider-Man comic universe for the last year, and the other half was setting up the next issue where it all comes to a head.

Normally, these are useful but rather boring issues. This worked so well, I’m astounded. Everything, from Peter thinking of the horrible things that Octopus would be doing as Peter Parker and Spider-Man, to the reaction of The Raft doctors keeping the body of Octopus alive, to Peter figuring out how Octopus did it, to him realizing how he let Octopus into his mind, and his embarrassment at being rescued by Paste Pot Pete. This worked really well.

Plus, the funniest scene I’ve seen in ages is Peter going through Otto’s memory and then trying to ignore the memory of Aunt May and Otto potentially having sex. Too funny. But, does Aunt May really need to look frail and on death’s doorstep all the time? I do think the Ultimate universe has a better 2000s take on her than the mainstay Marvel universe.

I was a little curious about the conversation between Peter and The Lizard. Wasn’t sure if it was just an illustration of conversation between super-villains, or it this is a piece of the puzzle for the next issue. I really hope that this isn’t just background information for the Spider-Man universe going forward.

Another interesting fact was the idea of The Trapster, Hydro-Man, and the Scorpion (who knows which one at this point in time) all begging to be part of a new Sinister Six.

The art was certainly well done. Ramos does a nice job combining a modern sense of comics with a classic Spider-Man look. I think the design of Doctor Octopus’s failing body is really strange, but it’s an interesting choice.

The only main issue is that I was surprised when I got to the last page, surprised that the issue was over already. It felt like the story was just getting going, right when it ended. That’s what happens with ‘sandwich’ issues like this. You give so much time to information that there are not enough pages to allow stuff to happen. A very minor complain, especially as these issues are coming bi-weekly (I believe).

All in all, it’s a very good book. I may not pick up issue #700, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the story (just budget issues, and the solid chance that Marvel will leak the story to the press before anyone can purchase it.

Verdict

I figured that Dan Slott was writing a good Spider-Man book baked on the buzz, but this was even better than I expected. A really enjoyable issue and I don’t really remember enjoying a Spider-Man issue as much as this one. Lots of fun, and I’m mildly intrigued as to where it goes next. Bravo.

Overall Grade: 9.0 (More fun than I expected)

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Comic Nexus Weekly Buying Guide – December 05, 2012 http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/05/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-december-05-2012/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/12/05/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-december-05-2012/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:30:17 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=319310 Well, it’s the holiday season, so maybe you’re pinching your pennies. It’s even a better time to check out the buying guide to help you pick out the best titles for the week.

So, these are the titles that the Comic Nexus staff recommends purchasing this week.

Top 10 Anticipated Comics for December 05, 2012

The following are the top 10 comics that are most likely to be purchased by the members of the Comic Nexus staff.

  • SHADOWMAN (NEW) #2
  • EARTH 2 #7
  • WORLDS FINEST #7
  • AVENGERS #1 NOW
  • X-FACTOR #248
  • ANIMAL MAN #15 (ROT)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699
  • HAWKEYE #5
  • INVINCIBLE #98 [DIG]
  • IRON MAN #3 NOW

Bagged or Bored List

The Comic Nexus staff ranked their interest in the top comics for the week. The following is the full break down. Here is the ranking guide:

5.0 – Definitely will buy
4.5 – Likely to buy
4.0 – Thinking about buying
3.5 – Waiting to see reviews
3.0 – Will read story (trade, friend, discounted)
2.5 – Would buy, but not enough money
2.0 – Not interested enough
1.5 – Uninterested in this book.
1.0 – I wouldn’t buy this with your money.

 

Publisher Title Price Rob Grey James Joey Mike

Avg

DC Comics ACTION COMICS #15 $3.99

2.5

3.5

3.0

5.0

1.0

3.0

IDW Publishing ADVENTURES OF AUGUSTA WIND #2 [DIG/P+] $3.99

2.0

2.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.9

Marvel Comics ALL NEW X-MEN #3 NOW $3.99

4.0

5.0

3.0

2.0

4.0

3.6

Image Comics ALPHA GIRL #5 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

2.0

2.0

1.5

3.0

1.5

2.0

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699 $3.99

4.0

4.5

4.5

1.5

5.0

3.9

DC Comics ANIMAL MAN #15 (ROT) $2.99

3.0

4.5

5.0

2.5

5.0

4.0

Archie Comics ARCHIE #639 [DIG/P+] $2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

2.5

2.0

1.7

Archie Comics ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #22 [DIG/P+] $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.3

Marvel Comics AVENGERS #1 NOW $3.99

3.5

5.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

4.3

Marvel Comics AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15 $3.99

2.5

2.5

3.0

1.5

2.5

2.4

DC Comics BATWING #15 $2.99

2.5

2.0

3.0

3.5

4.5

3.1

DC Comics BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #4 (MR) $3.99

2.0

2.0

1.5

4.0

2.0

2.3

DC Comics BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #5 (MR) $3.99

2.0

2.0

3.0

5.0

2.0

2.8

Image Comics BLACKACRE #1 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

2.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

1.5

2.5

Image Comics BLOODSTRIKE #33 [DIG] $3.99

2.0

2.0

1.5

4.5

4.5

2.9

Dark Horse Comics BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW WONDERLAND #2 $2.99

3.0

3.0

1.5

2.0

1.5

2.2

IDW Publishing CHASING THE DEAD #2 [DIG/P+] $3.99

2.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.7

Dark Horse Comics COLDER #2 (MR) $3.99

2.5

3.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

2.1

Image Comics CREATOR OWNED HEROES #7 (MR) [DIG] $3.99

1.5

2.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

2.3

Image Comics CYBER FORCE #2 [DIG] PI

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.4

Marvel Comics DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #3 $3.99

4.5

3.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

3.1

Dynamite DARK SHADOWS VAMPIRELLA #5 $3.99

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.3

Marvel Comics DEADPOOL #3 NOW $2.99

2.0

4.0

1.5

4.0

4.0

3.1

DC Comics DETECTIVE COMICS #15 (DOTF) $3.99

4.0

3.0

3.0

5.0

1.5

3.3

DC Comics DIAL H #7 $2.99

3.0

1.0

5.0

2.5

1.5

2.6

IDW Publishing DOCTOR WHO VOL 3 #3 [DIG/P+] $3.99

4.5

2.5

1.5

1.5

3.5

2.7

DC Comics EARTH 2 #7 $2.99

5.0

5.0

5.0

2.5

5.0

4.5

Image Comics EPIC KILL #7 [DIG] $2.99

1.5

1.5

1.5

4.0

1.5

2.0

DC Comics FAIREST #10 (MR) $2.99

3.0

2.0

3.0

2.5

1.5

2.4

Avatar Press FASHION BEAST #4 (MR) $3.99

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

1.8

Avatar Press FERALS #11 (MR) $3.99

2.0

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.9

Zenoscope FLY VOL II #2 A (MR) $2.99

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

Marvel Comics FURY MAX #7 (MR) $3.99

2.5

2.0

3.0

2.5

2.0

2.4

Boom Studios GARFIELD #8 [DIG] $3.99

1.0

2.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.7

DC Comics GI COMBAT #7 $3.99

2.5

1.0

2.0

2.5

1.5

1.9

IDW Publishing GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #185 [DIG/P+] $3.99

2.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

2.5

1.8

Image Comics GREAT PACIFIC #2 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

2.0

2.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

2.4

DC Comics GREEN ARROW #15 $2.99

2.5

1.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.8

Image Comics GUARDING THE GLOBE #4 [DIG] $2.99

3.0

3.0

3.0

4.5

1.5

3.0

IDW Publishing HAUNTED HORROR #2 [DIG/P+] $3.99

2.0

2.5

1.5

2.5

1.5

2.0

Marvel Comics HAWKEYE #5 $2.99

2.5

5.0

5.0

1.5

5.0

3.8

Dark Horse Comics HELLBOY IN HELL #1
$2.99

2.5

2.0

5.0

2.0

2.5

2.8

Dark Horse Comics HOUSE OF FUN ONE SHOT $3.50

2.0

2.0

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.8

DC Comics HUMAN BOMB #1 $2.99

2.0

2.5

3.0

4.0

1.5

2.6

Boom Studios HYPERNATURALS #6 MAIN CVRS [DIG] $3.99

2.5

2.0

1.5

5.0

2.0

2.6

Image Comics I LOVE TROUBLE #1 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

2.5

2.5

3.5

2.5

2.0

2.6

Image Comics INVINCIBLE #98 [DIG] $2.99

3.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

2.5

3.7

Marvel Comics IRON MAN #3 NOW $3.99

3.0

4.0

5.0

3.0

3.5

3.7

Archie Comics JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #187 [DIG/P+] $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

4.5

1.5

2.0

Archie Comics KEVIN KELLER #6 REG CVR [DIG/P+] $2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.4

Boundless Comics LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #24 (MR) $3.99

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.3

Image Comics LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #1 (MR) [DIG] $3.50

3.0

2.5

3.0

2.5

2.0

2.6

DC Comics LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #3 $3.99

2.5

3.0

3.0

2.5

1.5

2.5

DC Comics LOONEY TUNES #210 $2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

3.0

1.5

1.7

Dynamite LORD OF THE JUNGLE #10 (MR) $3.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.7

IDW Publishing MAGIC THE GATHERING PATH OF VENGEANCE #1 [DIG/P+] $4.99

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

Marvel Comics MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES #9 $2.99

2.5

1.0

1.5

2.5

2.0

1.9

Archie Comics NEW CRUSADERS RISE OF THE HEROES #4 $2.99

2.0

n/a

1.5

4.0

2.5

2.5

Image Comics PERHAPANAUTS DANGER DOWN UNDER #2 [DIG] $3.50

2.5

2.0

1.5

3.5

1.5

2.2

DC Comics PHANTOM STRANGER #3 $2.99

2.0

3.5

1.0

3.5

2.0

2.4

Boom Studios PLANET O/T APES CATACLYSM #4 $3.99

1.5

n/a

5.0

3.0

1.5

2.8

IDW Publishing POUND GHOULS NIGHT OUT #4 [DIG/P+] $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.4

Marvel Comics PUNISHER WAR ZONE #2 $2.99

2.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

1.5

2.3

Marvel Comics RED SHE-HULK #60 NOW $2.99

1.5

1.0

3.0

2.5

1.5

1.9

Dynamite RED SONJA #72 $3.99

2.0

n/a

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.9

Dynamite ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #31 $3.99

1.5

n/a

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.8

DC Comics SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #28 $2.99

1.5

1.0

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.5

Valiant Comics SHADOWMAN (NEW) #2 $3.99

5.0

n/a

4.0

5.0

5.0

4.8

Bongo Comics SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING #7 $4.99

2.0

n/a

1.5

3.0

1.5

2.0

DC Comics SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #8 $3.99

2.5

5.0

1.5

2.0

4.0

3.0

Archie Comics SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #243 [P+] $2.99

1.5

n/a

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.8

Aspen Comics SOULFIRE VOL 4 #3 $3.99

2.0

n/a

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.8

Marvel Comics SPACEKNIGHTS #3 $3.99

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

Dark Horse Comics STAR WARS PURGE TYRANTS FIST #1 $3.50

2.5

2.0

1.5

3.0

1.5

2.1

Avatar Press STITCHED #10 (MR) $3.99

2.5

n/a

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.9

Image Comics STORM DOGS #2 (MR) [DIG] $3.50

2.0

2.0

5.0

2.5

1.5

2.6

DC Comics STORMWATCH #15 $2.99

3.0

2.5

3.0

2.0

2.0

2.5

Oni Press STUMPTOWN V2 #4 $3.99

4.0

n/a

5.0

1.5

1.5

3.0

DC Comics SWAMP THING #15 (ROT) $2.99

3.0

2.5

5.0

2.5

4.5

3.5

Dynamite THE LONE RANGER #11 $3.99

2.5

n/a

1.5

2.5

1.5

2.0

Dynamite THE LONE RANGER SNAKE OF IRON #4 $3.99

2.5

n/a

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.9

Marvel Comics THUNDERBOLTS #1 NOW $2.99

3.5

3.5

4.0

3.0

3.5

3.5

IDW Publishing TMNT COLOR CLASSICS MICRO SERIES MICHELANGELO $3.99

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.6

IDW Publishing TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #86 [DIG/P+] $3.99

3.0

2.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

2.1

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #18.1 $2.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

2.5

3.0

3.1

Dynamite VOLTRON YEAR ONE #6 $3.99

2.5

n/a

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.9

Zenoscope WAKE THE F#CK UP #1 (MR) $2.99

2.0

n/a

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.6

Dynamite WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #19 (MR) $3.99

2.0

n/a

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.6

IDW Publishing WOMANTHOLOGY SPACE #3 [DIG/P+] $3.99

4.5

2.0

3.0

2.5

1.5

2.7

DC Comics WORLDS FINEST #7 $2.99

5.0

5.0

3.0

n/a

5.0

4.5

Marvel Comics X-FACTOR #248 $2.99

3.0

5.0

5.0

2.5

5.0

4.1

Marvel Comics X-MEN #39 $3.99

2.5

2.0

3.0

1.5

2.0

2.2

Staff Picks

The following section, the members of the Comic Nexus Staff give their opinions of the book they are most looking forward to this week:

Jim Lang: Avengers #1
Avengers #1 – Jonathan Hickman is the one writer at Marvel who can do no wrong – all of his previous titles, Secret Warriors, and Fantastic Four and FF, to say nothing of his independent work (The Nightly News, Pax Romana, Manhattan Projects), have been fantastic. He puts together very large, complex stories and is able to juggle a multitude of characters and sub-plots, and unlike his immediate Avengers predecessor, Brian Michael Bendis, he manages to pull it all off in the end, crafting big epic tales that have satisfying conclusions. Even before seeing the vast line-up of characters he’s including in this book, I was excited to see what he can do with it; now, knowing that he’s brought some X-characters like Sunspot into Avengers Tower, I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. Also, Jerome Opena is one of the best artists Marvel works with. Should be great!
Joey Smith : Hypernaturals #6
Hypernaturals 6: This is the book I’m most looking forward to this week and it will be the first one I’m buying this week. It’s been consistently good and I’m getting more invested in the characters each month. I’m just as anxious for Shadowman though as Valiant continues to bring it every week (that they release a book). I’m still interested to see what happens in the next issue as I want to find out more about the mythos of this book.
Mike Maillaro: Amazing Spider-Man #699
Amazing Spider-Man #699: This was a tough week. Quite a few books I am really excited to buy this week, like X-Factor and Hawkeye, not to mention Animal Man and Earth 2. And I am definitely curious about Avengers and Thunderbolts. But at the end of the day, I really had no choice but to give the nod to Amazing Spider-Man. Last issue’s ending was a huge kick in the stomach, and with just three issues left in Amazing Spider-Man, I am really excited to see where Dan Slott is taking us as we head in to Superior Spider-Man.
Grey Scherl: All-New X-Men #3
I never thought I would see the day where I was putting over Bendis for writing the X-Men, and AVX solidified that….so why do I love this book? Because Marvel’s chosen Golden Boy has been off to an uncanny start. His pacing is perfect, the characters are spot on, and he’s actually found a way to weave gold out of Scott’s status quo. So far this is the best Marvel NOW! book and I am totally cool with the accelerated shipping.
Matt Graham: Creator Owned Heroes #7
This is what comic books are all about. Artists and writers showcasing their talents with imaginative, original material. When I talked to Jimmy Palmiotti last August here in Toronto, he gave me a free issue and I scrambled for the two issues I had missed. This book is a callback to the old anthologies and the glory days of fanzines and magazines: two serial stories of original material from creators like Phil Noto, Steve Niles, and Darwyn Cooke, along with con photos, art galleries, fan art, and exclusive interviews and showcases with talent like Amanda Conner and Mark Waid. And don’t just enjoy it, the community behind this book is all about giving you the confidence and examples to get your own creator-owned content out there.
Trade Paperback of the Week: Fury Max: My War Gone By vol 1
For me, Garth Ennis is like the ex who you’ve moved past, but you still care about her and want to check in every once in a while to see how they are doing. After his run on Preacher, I read lots of Garth Ennis titles, but each time I was reminded of a better version of the story in either Preacher or Hellblazer.That being said, I’d like to check in on him. Being able to take a mature stance on classic Marvel characters is a perfect fun little gig for him. And bringing back Nick Fury to the cold war era always seems like a fun time. So, I’d drop the 20 bucks (or more likely the $11.17 at Amazon) and revisit an old friend.

 
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Comic Nexus Weekly Buying Guide – November 28, 2012 http://insidepulse.com/2012/11/28/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-november-28-2012/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/11/28/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-november-28-2012/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:10:10 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=318802 And it’s the third week for the buying guide. Hopefully, it is helping you with your weekly purchasing decisions, or at least give you ideas for future purchases. Onto the last week of November. And well, some weeks you get a big turkey feast and other weeks you get leftovers. Not necessarily bad comics, but most of the November Marvel NOW books have debuted, and most of the heavy hitters from DC aren’t published in “Week 4″. So, maybe we can help you find something you weren’t going to get anyway.

Top 10 Anticipated Comics for November 28, 2012

The following are the top 10 comics that are most likely to be purchased by the members of the Comic Nexus staff.

  1. FF #1 (Marvel Now!)
  2. TALON #2
  3. BATMAN INCORPORATED #5
  4. AQUAMAN #14
  5. MORNING GLORIES #23 (Mature Readers)
  6. ALL NEW X-MEN #2 (Marvel Now!)
  7. THOR GOD OF THUNDER #2 (Marvel Now!)
  8. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14
  9. ALL STAR WESTERN #14
  10. UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 (Marvel Now!)

Bagged or Bored List

The Comic Nexus staff ranked their interest in the top comics for the week. The following is the full break down. Here is the ranking guide:

5.0 – Definitely will buy
4.5 – Likely to buy
4.0 – Thinking about buying
3.5 – Waiting to see reviews
3.0 – Will read story (trade, friend, discounted)
2.5 – Would buy, but not enough money
2.0 – Not interested enough
1.5 – Uninterested in this book.
1.0 – I wouldn’t buy this with your money.

Publisher Title Price

Rob

Grey

Matt

James

Joey

Mike

Avg

Image Comics 68 SCARS #3

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

1.50

Marvel Comics A PLUS X #2 (Marvel Now!)

$3.99

2.0

4.0

3.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

2.17

Boom Studio ADVENTURE TIME #10 [DIG]

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.33

Marvel Comics ALL NEW X-MEN #2 (Marvel Now!)

$3.99

4.5

5.0

5.0

3.0

1.0

4.0

3.75

DC Comics ALL STAR WESTERN #14

$3.99

4.0

1.5

5.0

5.0

4.0

1.5

3.50

DC/Vertigo Comics AMERICAN VAMPIRE #33 (MR)

$2.99

3.0

2.5

5.0

5.0

2.0

2.5

3.33

Dark Horse ANGEL & FAITH #16 STEVE MORRIS CVR

$2.99

3.0

3.5

2.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

2.33

DC Comics AQUAMAN #14

$2.99

2.5

4.5

5.0

1.5

5.0

4.5

3.83

DC Comics ARROW #1

$3.99

2.5

3.5

3.0

2.0

2.0

3.5

2.75

Marvel Comics ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1

$4.99

2.5

4.0

4.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.67

Bongo Comics BART SIMPSON COMICS #77

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

3.0

1.5

1.58

DC Comics BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #10

$3.99

2.0

4.5

2.0

1.5

3.0

4.5

2.92

DC Comics BATMAN INCORPORATED #5 (RES)

$2.99

4.5

5.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

1.5

4.00

DC Comics BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #14

$2.99

4.5

2.0

4.0

1.5

4.0

1.5

2.92

Image Comics BEDLAM #2 (MR)

$3.50

4.0

4.5

1.0

5.0

1.0

1.5

2.83

DC Comics BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #4 (MR)

$3.99

1.5

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

1.5

1.83

DC Comics BEFORE WATCHMEN SILK SPECTRE #4 (MR)

$3.99

1.5

2.0

5.0

3.0

4.5

1.5

2.92

Dark Horse BPRD HELL ON EARTH #101

$3.50

2.5

2.0

3.0

5.0

2.0

2.5

2.83

Marvel Comics CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #639

$2.99

2.5

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

2.08

Image Comics CHEW #30 (MR)

$2.99

3.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

2.0

1.5

3.08

IDW Publishing COBRA ONGOING #19

$3.99

2.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

3.0

2.5

2.08

IDW Publishing CROW #5

$3.99

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

3.0

2.0

2.08

Image Comics FATALE #10 (MR)

$3.50

3.0

2.5

2.0

5.0

2.0

3.0

2.92

Marvel Comics FF #1 (Marvel Now!)

$2.99

3.5

5.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

4.42

DC Comics FLASH #14

$2.99

2.5

4.0

3.0

1.5

3.0

2.5

2.75

DC Comics FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #14

$2.99

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.5

2.0

1.5

2.00

Bongo Comics FUTURAMA COMICS #64

$2.99

2.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

3.0

1.5

1.75

Marvel Comics GAMBIT #6

$2.99

2.5

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.58

Dark Horse GHOST #2

$2.99

2.0

2.5

4.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

2.92

IDW Publishing GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #15

$3.99

1.5

5.0

1.0

1.5

3.0

3.5

2.58

IDW Publishing GODZILLA ONGOING #7

$3.99

1.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

1.5

1.58

Dynamite GREEN HORNET #31

$3.99

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.5

1.5

1.50

Boom Studio HELLRAISER ROAD BELOW #2 (MR) [DIG]

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.17

DC Comics I VAMPIRE #14

$2.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

2.5

3.25

DC Comics JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #2

$4.99

2.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

2.0

2.00

DC Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14

$2.99

4.5

3.0

5.0

5.0

2.5

1.5

3.58

DC Comics LOT 13 #2 (MR)

$2.99

3.5

3.5

2.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

2.42

Marvel Comics MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #8

$2.99

1.5

1.0

3.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.83

Dynamite MASKS #1

$3.99

2.5

1.0

2.0

1.0

4.0

1.5

2.00

Image Comics MORNING GLORIES #23 (MR)

$2.99

3.0

3.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

4.5

3.75

Image Comics MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #2

$2.99

1.5

4.0

1.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

2.42

IDW Publishing MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.42

Marvel Comics NEW AVENGERS #34

$4.99

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.08

Image Comics NOWHERE MEN #1

$2.99

1.5

2.0

1.0

4.0

3.5

1.5

2.25

Boom Studio PEANUTS VOL 2 #4 [DIG]

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.25

DC Comics PHANTOM LADY #4

$2.99

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.5

1.92

Image Comics PLANETOID #4

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

1.92

Image Comics PROPHET #31

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

5.0

1.5

4.0

2.33

DC Comics RED LANTERNS #14 (RISE)

$2.99

2.0

2.5

2.0

1.5

4.5

3.5

2.67

Dark Horse RIPD CITY O/T DAMNED #1

$3.50

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.92

DC Comics SAVAGE HAWKMAN #14

$2.99

3.5

1.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

2.00

Marvel Comics SECRET AVENGERS #34

$3.99

3.0

3.5

3.0

5.0

1.0

1.5

2.83

Dark Horse STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI PRISONER OF BOGAN #1

$2.99

2.0

1.0

1.0

5.0

2.0

1.5

2.08

DC Comics SUPERMAN #14

$2.99

2.5

3.0

3.0

1.5

5.0

1.5

2.75

DC Comics SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES #7

$2.99

2.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

3.0

2.5

2.17

DC Comics TALON #2

$2.99

4.5

4.5

4.5

5.0

4.5

1.5

4.08

DC Comics TEEN TITANS #14

$2.99

2.5

2.5

2.0

1.5

3.5

1.5

2.25

IDW Publishing TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #16

$3.99

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.83

Marvel Comics THOR GOD OF THUNDER #2 (Marvel Now!)

$3.99

4.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

1.0

5.0

3.67

IDW Publishing TRANSFORMERS PRIME RAGE O/T DINOBOTS #1

$3.99

3.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

1.5

1.75

IDW Publishing TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #7

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.25

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN #2

$3.99

3.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.08

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #19

$3.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

4.0

1.0

3.5

3.08

Marvel Comics UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 (Marvel Now!)

$3.99

2.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

1.0

4.5

3.42

Marvel Comics VENOM #27.1

$2.99

1.5

2.0

1.0

3.0

2.5

1.5

1.92

Dynamite WARLORD OF MARS #22 (MR)

$3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.25

Oni Press WASTELAND #41 (MR)

$3.99

2.5

1.0

3.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

2.42

Image Comics WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #1

$2.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

5.0

1.0

1.5

1.83

Marvel Comics WOLVERINE MAX #2 (MR)

$3.99

2.5

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.83

Marvel Comics X-MEN LEGACY #2 (Marvel Now!)

$2.99

2.0

4.0

4.0

4.5

1.0

1.5

2.83

Marvel Comics X-TREME X-MEN #7

$2.99

2.0

4.0

2.5

1.5

1.0

4.0

2.50

 

Staff Picks

The following section, the members of the Comic Nexus Staff give their opinions of the book they are most looking forward to this week:

Joe Smith – Aquaman #14

This book has been a win for me as I’ve purchased and enjoyed every issue of this run. I’ve bought maybe 10 books from this character in total (and not consecutively). The thing that I’m most anxious about is how the book is going to look with the departure of Reis as he’s been a fundamental part of the creative team. I want this book to continue its success nonetheless.

Mike Mailaro – Thor: God of Thunder #2 (Marvel NOW!)

I really wasn’t expecting all that much from Thor 1, but I have to say, that comic completely blew me away. Loved the story, loved the art, glad that the next issue was only two weeks away. It is very rare that Marvel can mark a book 4 bucks and get me to feel satisfied by that, but Thor was worth it and I don’t even mind paying it twice in a month. BRING ON THE GOD BUTCHER!!

Grey Scherl – Ghostbusters (Ongoing) #15

Really? Nobody else here reads this? It’s almost like I don’t know you guys anymore! We all have different tastes in comics, but I thought we’d at least share in our love of the Ghostbusters!In all seriousness though, with the finale of The Boys in the last several weeks, Ghostbusters has moved up into contention with Hack/Slash for my favorite book outside of the big two. Do you like the Ghostbusters movies? Did you grow up with the cartoon? Hell, did you play the video game a few years ago? Erik, Dan, and Tristan can answer yes to all of these things, and no, they aren’t afraid of any ghosts. The book embraces all the things that have made the franchise endure so many years and generations.Right now our team of Ghostbusters is facing a new kind of threat, that of competition, as a former rejected applicant has invented his own anti-ghost gear and started a team called the Ghostsmashers, but Egon thinks that blowing ghosts up instead of trapping them is a bad thing and…look, you don’t need a synopsis, just look deep into your heart and ask yourself the most important question you will come up with today.

“Do I love the Ghostbusters?”

And if the answer is yes, then go buy this book. If the answer is no? Go buy this book and work on changing it to a yes.

Matt Graham – Morning Glories #23

Morning Glories as a concept has been done over and over in books, television, films, and certainly comic books. A group of talented youths is taken in/sent/accepted by a school/laboratory/shady government cover where they are trained/studied/exploited by bad people. We’re talking about Lost, the 70s classic The Fury, Battle Royale, and of course, The X-Men/New Mutants. At first glance, there’s nothing unique about it: a group of teenagers comfortably stereotyped into their social roles in a mysterious prep school that betrays its sinister intentions right from the start. And that’s why it works beautifully.Nick Spencer has cannibalized the best of the concepts like the original X-Men, The Breakfast Club, and by his own admission, “Runaways meets Lost”. Except unlike Lost or most ongoing series, he has a plan with a definite ending at the 100 issue mark. This book is one of the most absorbing books I’ve deigned to buy monthly. Joe Eisma’s art is gorgeous and as is crucial for a book about teenagers, he actually draws teenagers. His line work is fantastic when it comes to making clothes look worn and draped over bodies, and his crisp architecture goes a long way into selling the school as a consistent entity.Spencer and Eisma also play it close to the vest when it comes to their title, so all I can tell you is that the past twenty-two issues have been rife with murders, flashbacks, flashforwards, and untrustworthy characters and events, and the introduction of The Truants is stepping it up and answering as many questions as it’s dropping. Get in on this now.

James Fulton – Prophet #31 (Image) and Multiple Warheads Alphabet to Infinity #2 (Image)

I’m picking two books to discuss this week, because I’ve noticed that one is getting no love from the Nexus staff, and the other is only being appreciated by one other person, at least at the time of writing this (don’t let me down Grey). These books are Prophet and Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity, both by the incomparable Brandon GrahamProphet has revived the old (horrible) Rob Liefeld character, and made him interesting. The series follows Old Man Prophet, who long-time Image readers would remember, as he has reawakened and has to work to put a stop to the Earth Empire, which appears to be run by clones of himself. The larger plot moves slowly, but each individual issue is a smorgasbord of great science fiction concepts, strong narrative, and fantastic art (this month – Giannis Milonogiannis).Multiple Warheads, meanwhile, is Brandon Graham at his wildest, as he writes and draws two as yet unconnected stories – one featuring a couple on an extended road trip through a strange future landscape; the other following the adventures of a black market organ harvester. The book is funny, stunningly original, and a visual wonder.

Trade of the Week – X-Factor: Road to Redemption (Marvel)

As a comic book reader, you really have to consider cost and value when choosing comics. This can be even more true when it comes to trade paperbacks. I mean you have hardcover editions listing for $25.00 that tie into three other similarly priced hardcover editions, where you only care about a single issue.You get the point.And then there are those certain series. Where the writer or the title has enough clout where the trades are almost always standalone series. Even better when the trade is printed as a softcover.

Peter David carves out his own little section of the Marvel universe, and then does whatever he wants with it. He takes any under-utilized characters and makes them interesting. And you get all of this for $17.00 (or less than 10 bucks if you want to wait for Amazon). Currently, I am a few trades behind on this series, but even so, this would easily be my choice for new trade this week.

Gift Idea of the Week – The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (paperback edition)

Okay, quiz time:

  • Do you know someone who likes all-ages comics/comic strips/sequential art?
  • Do you not know what to get this person?
  • Are you willing to spend $50.00 on them?
  • Do they have a soul?

If so, (or if you fit the description yourself), then may I humbly suggest The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, recently released in paperback form.

Calvin and Hobbes is, in my humble opinion, the greatest comic strip ever created. Only Peanuts can be argued as being better. Bill Watterson created the character of Calvin, the young trouble-maker that most of us see in our souls, if we look closely enough. And to balance that out, he gives him a best friend in the form of his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who provides child-like wisdom to the destructive Calvin.

I own the tome-like hardback edition of this myself. And other than its bulk (each volume in the slip case is really heavy), it is wonderful. And on Amazon, it is being sold for $50.00. Everyone should own this.

Conclusion

There are some really good suggestions from the staff here, with some independent books really getting some focus this week.

Good hunting!
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Comic Nexus Weekly Buying Guide – November 21, 2012 http://insidepulse.com/2012/11/21/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-november-21-2012-2/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/11/21/comic-nexus-weekly-buying-guide-november-21-2012-2/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:00:52 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=318267 Another week for the Comic Nexus weekly buying guide. Now keep in mind, these are not reviews of comic books that anyone here has read already (that is unless my fellow Nexus writers are bogarting their secret stash!). We can’t get comic books any earlier than Wednesday afternoons, the same as anyone reading this guide.

Top 10 Anticipated Comics for November 21, 2012

The following are the top 10 comics that are most likely to be purchased by the members of the Comic Nexus staff.

HARBINGER #6
X-O MANOWAR #7
WONDER WOMAN #14
DAREDEVIL #20
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 (Marvel NOW!)
MIND THE GAP #6
NIGHTWING #14
JUSTICE LEAGUE #14
X-FACTOR #247
REVIVAL #5

Bagged or Bored List

The Comic Nexus staff ranked their interest in the top comics for the week. The following is the full break down. Here is the ranking guide:

5.0 – Definitely will buy
4.5 – Likely to buy
4.0 – Thinking about buying
3.5 – Waiting to see reviews
3.0 – Will read story (trade, friend, discounted)
2.5 – Would buy, but not enough money
2.0 – Not interested enough
1.5 – Uninterested in this book.
1.0 – I wouldn’t buy this with your money.

 

Publisher Title Price

Rob

Grey

Matt

James

Joey

Mike

Avg

IDW Publishing ADVENTURES OF AUGUSTA WIND #1 $3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

2.0

1.5

1.58

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698 $3.99

2.5

4.0

2.5

3.0

1.5

4.5

3.00

Marvel Comics ASTONISHING X-MEN #56 $3.99

3.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.75

Marvel Comics AVENGERS #34 $4.99

3.0

2.0

4.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.42

Dark Horse Comics BALTIMORE: THE PLAY (ONE SHOT) $3.50

4.0

1.0

5.0

5.0

2.5

1.5

3.17

DC Comics BATWOMAN #14 $2.99

3.5

1.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

2.0

3.25

DC Comics BIRDS OF PREY #14 $2.99

2.0

3.5

3.0

2.0

3.0

1.5

2.50

DC Comics BLUE BEETLE #14 $2.99

3.0

3.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

2.17

Dark Horse Comics BPRD 1948 #2 $3.50

2.5

2.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

1.5

3.00

Dark Horse Comics BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SPIKE #4 $2.99

3.0

2.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.83

Marvel Comics CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (NOW!) $3.99

2.0

3.5

4.0

4.0

1.0

3.0

2.92

Marvel Comics CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 $2.99

2.0

4.5

5.0

3.0

1.0

5.0

3.42

Fantagraphics CASTLE WAITING VOL II #18 $3.95

2.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.50

DC Comics CATWOMAN #14 (DOTF) $2.99

3.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

5.0

1.0

2.17

Image Comics CLONE #1 [DIG] $2.99

1.5

3.0

2.0

4.5

4.5

2.0

2.92

Image Comics COMEBACK #1 (MR) $3.50

1.5

3.0

2.0

5.0

4.5

3.0

3.17

Marvel Comics DAREDEVIL #20 $2.99

3.0

4.5

5.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

4.42

Marvel Comics DARK AVENGERS #183 $2.99

2.0

2.0

2.0

5.0

1.0

1.5

2.25

Image Comics DARKNESS #108 (MR) [DIG] $2.99

1.5

1.5

5.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

2.08

DC Comics DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #14 $2.99

4.0

2.0

3.0

5.0

3.0

2.0

3.17

Marvel Comics DEADPOOL #2 (NOW!) $2.99

2.5

3.0

2.0

1.5

1.0

2.0

2.00

IDW Publishing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS #5 $3.99

1.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.58

Dark Horse Comics EDGAR ALLAN POE CONQUEROR WORM $3.99

1.5

1.0

5.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

2.58

DC/Vertigo Comics FABLES #123 (MR) $2.99

3.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

2.00


IDW Publishing FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE #2 $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.42

Dynamite Entertainment GAME OF THRONES #11 (MR) $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.33

Image Comics GLORY #30 [DIG] $3.99

1.5

1.5

4.0

5.0

1.5

4.5

3.00

Dark Horse Comics GOON #43 $3.50

1.5

1.5

4.0

1.5

1.5

2.0

2.00

DC Comics GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #14 (RISE) $2.99

2.0

4.0

2.0

1.5

5.0

5.0

3.25

Valiant Comics HARBINGER (ONGOING) #6 SUAYAN CVR $3.99

5.0

2.5

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.58

Marvel Comics HAWKEYE #4 $2.99

2.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

1.0

4.5

3.08

DC/Vertigo Comics HELLBLAZER #297 (MR) $2.99

3.0

1.5

5.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

2.42

Boom Studios HELLRAISER #20 MAIN CVRS (MR) [DIG] $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.25

Marvel Comics INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 (NOW!) $3.99

4.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

1.0

5.0

3.83

Marvel Comics IRON MAN #2 (NOW!) $3.99

3.0

3.5

2.0

5.0

1.5

4.0

3.17

Image Comics IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #4 [DIG] $2.99

2.0

2.5

5.0

1.5

2.5

1.5

2.50

Marvel Comics JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #646 (NOW!) $2.99

2.0

3.0

5.0

3.5

1.0

1.5

2.67

IDW Publishing JUDGE DREDD #1 $3.99

1.5

3.5

5.0

1.5

4.5

1.5

2.92

DC Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE #14 $3.99

5.0

4.5

2.0

1.5

5.0

4.0

3.67

Dynamite Entertainment KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #14 $3.99

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.33

IDW Publishing KISS #6 $3.99

1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

1.67

DC Comics LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #14 $2.99

2.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.0

1.42

Image Comics MIND THE GAP #6 $2.99

3.0

2.5

5.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

3.75

Marvel Comics MINIMUM CARNAGE OMEGA #1 $3.99

2.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

4.0

2.33

DC Comics NIGHTWING #14 $2.99

3.5

4.0

2.0

4.5

4.0

4.5

3.75

Dark Horse Comics NUMBER 13 #0 $3.99

1.5

3.0

4.0

2.5

4.0

1.5

2.75

Dynamite Entertainment PETER CANNON THUNDERBOLT #3 $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

4.5

1.5

1.83

DC Comics RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #14 $2.99

2.0

2.5

1.0

1.5

3.0

1.5

1.92

Image Comics REVIVAL #5 [DIG] $2.99

1.5

5.0

1.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

3.58

IDW Publishing ROCKETEER CARGO OF DOOM #4 $3.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

3.0

1.5

1.5

1.58

Image Comics SAVAGE DRAGON #183 [DIG] $3.50

1.5

2.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

2.0

1.75

Dynamite Entertainment SHADOW #8 $3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.50

Bongo Comics SIMPSONS COMICS #196 $2.99

1.5

1.0

1.0

1.5

3.5

1.5

1.67

IDW Publishing SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #19 $3.99

2.5

1.5

2.5

1.5

1.5

2.5

2.00

Image Comics SPAWN #225 $2.99

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.25

IDW Publishing STAR TREK ONGOING #15 $3.99

2.0

1.5

1.0

1.5

1.5

5.0

2.08

Dark Horse Comics STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE HARD TARGETS #2 $2.99

2.0

2.0

4.0

5.0

2.0

1.5

2.75

Boom Studios STEED AND MRS PEEL ONGOING #3 [DIG] $3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.50

DC Comics SUPERGIRL #14 $2.99

2.0

4.0

5.0

1.5

3.5

1.5

2.92

DC Comics SWORD OF SORCERY #2 $3.99

4.5

4.0

5.0

1.5

4.0

1.5

3.42

Dynamite Entertainment THE SPIDER #6 $3.99

1.5

1.0

2.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.50

IDW Publishing TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #11 $3.99

2.5

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.67

IDW Publishing TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #11 $3.99

2.5

2.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.67

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #17 $3.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

1.0

5.0

3.50

Marvel Comics ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #18.1 $2.99

3.0

2.0

5.0

4.0

1.0

4.5

3.25

Marvel Comics UNCANNY X-FORCE #34 $3.99

2.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

1.0

2.5

3.42

DC/Vertigo Comics UNWRITTEN #43 (MR) $2.99

3.0

1.5

5.0

5.0

1.5

1.5

2.92

Dynamite Entertainment VOLTRON #9 $3.99

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.5

1.5

1.0

1.33

Marvel Comics WOLVERINE #316 $3.99

2.0

1.5

4.0

3.0

1.0

1.5

2.17

Marvel Comics WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #21 $3.99

2.5

4.5

5.0

5.0

1.0

2.0

3.33

DC Comics WONDER WOMAN #14 $2.99

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.5

2.5

4.50

Marvel Comics X-FACTOR #247 $2.99

3.0

5.0

3.0

5.0

1.0

5.0

3.67

Valiant Comics X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) #7 $3.99

5.0

3.0

5.0

4.5

5.0

5.0

4.58

DC Comics YOUNG JUSTICE #22 $2.99

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.5

2.0

2.5

1.83

Staff Picks

The following section, the members of the Comic Nexus Staff give their opinions of the book they are most looking forward to this week:

James Fulton Wonder Woman #14
Wonder Woman has been terrific since the relaunch, as Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang (and sometime Tony Akins) have taken a character I’ve never liked, and made her book into one of the most creative and original of the New 52. Diana deals with endless amounts of family drama, and the New Gods are being reimagined within this series. Great art, writing that is full of puns and wordplay, and a killer story – this series appeals to a broad readership.
Mike Mailaro - X-Factor #247
My book of the week: X-Factor #247 – After the end of 246, I have been literally counting down the days to X-Factor 247. This is just about the first time in history I have been grateful for Marvel’s two book a month schedule. It has been a VERY long two weeks waiting to see what happened to Pip. And besides all that, the cover with Jamie Madrox fighting Civil War era zombies is just pretty damn cool. Definitely the first book I am buying and reading this week!
Grey Scherl  Indestructable Hulk #1
I am not a Hulk fan, never really have been, never really will be. I have tried multiple runs by multiple writers, and while I liked him as a Gladiator, my favorite Hulk’s have been in movies and cartoons. Two years ago I could have said virtually the same thing about Daredevil. Why is that relevant? Because Mark Waid is writing the Hulk, and that makes it a must buy. Waid is the master of making any character interesting, and I have been waiting on the edge of my seat to see what he has in mind concerning the Hulk.
Indy Book of the Week – Harbinger #6 & X-O Manowar #7 (Valiant Comics)
Our independent book of the week comes from Joe Smith:It’s a tie for me this week as I am eagerly anticipating both Harbinger and X-O Manowar. Harbinger sees the beginning of the Resistance and X-O begins his team-up with Ninjak. The focus on each respective book has been on each main character, but now it looks like we’ll see this focus expanding starting this month. I have not felt let down by either of these titles each month. These titles have been bringing it and have been incredibly consistent. They are the first ones that I want to read when they come out.
Trade of the Week – Nexus Omnibus Volume 1
Additionally each week, we also want to spotlight a trade paperback that would be a good addition to a collection. This week, I’ve selected the new Nexus Omnibus hardcover edition being published by Image Comics (listing at $24.99)(Amazon lists the available date for this title as December 04, 2012, listing for $16.49)

 

Lots of time you read a book because you have a favorite character, favorite wrtiter, or it was a book that collects a favorite series you enjoyed from your youth. But then, there are books you just always wanted to read, but never got around to it.

 

Nexus was one of those books. A book that had a really good name, a really good look, and got really good reviews. Plus this is the book that “made” writer Mike Baron and Steve “The Dude” Rude.

 

The name conection is purely coincidental.

Conclusion

The Valiant books get the best rankings for the week, as well as a high recommendation from Joe Smith. Hope that this guide helps you make some intelligent choices.

 
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Marvel NOW! Review: X-Men Legacy (vol. 2) #1 by Simon Spurrier & Tan Eng Huat http://insidepulse.com/2012/11/20/marvel-now-review-x-men-legacy-vol-2-1-by-simon-spurrier-tan-eng-huat/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/11/20/marvel-now-review-x-men-legacy-vol-2-1-by-simon-spurrier-tan-eng-huat/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 04:30:20 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=318219 X-Men Legacy (vol. 2) #1: Prodigal

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Tan Eng Huat
Release Date: 11/14/2012
Cover Price: $2.99
Review: Digital Copy (From Comixology)

So my basic understanding is that this title was relaunched to reflect the new reality coming out of the ashes of the A vs. X mega-series. Specifically, how the son of Charles Xavier, known as Legion, deals with a world in which his father no longer lives.

David Heller aka Legion is the mutant offspring of Charles Xavier, and his power stems from his mental disorder, dissociative identity disorder (or MPD). He is an Omega level psionic, but each of his personalities can control a different party of his psychic ability. He died during the Age of Apocalypse, but apparently was brought back a short time ago.

Synopsis

  • The Qortex Complex is a jail that keeps what appear to be interstellar criminals and evil doers. Their jailer is one called the Hazeguard who extracts ‘badness’ using the Xtractor.
  • In North Sikkim, India, David Heller is living in a camp and working with Merzah the Mystic as his Guru, who appears to be trying to fix Legion’s broken mind.
  • The prisoners of the Qortex Complex try to escape by attacking the Hazeguard, who also happens to be David Heller. David appears to move between the two realities as jailer, mystic, apprentice, and liberator.
  • When David feels the death of his father, his psychic backlash destroys the mystic camp in India, frees the prisoners of the Quortex Complex, and notifies Blindfold that the future has been altered.
  • The prisoners of the Qortex Complex freed, they move forward to attack each other as well as their jailer, Legion.

Questions and Answers

Q:    How did David end up as the jailer of the Qortex Complex? Or is the Qortex Complex simply a part of his mind, and the prisoners are the multiple personalities in his head. And if the Qortex Complex is just in his head, then where is his corporeal body?

Analysis

Sometimes there are comic books that are just too weird to review: The action cannot be recapped; The story is a piece of a greater whole that you cannot see; The general dream-like existance is intentionally confusing; etc; You expect this more when you read an independent comic book or some wacky Vertigo title, and not from a superhero comic book. This book is a lot like that. (In fact I read a comic book called Bedlam recently that was flat out unreviewable. I had no idea how to describe what happened or even whether it was good or not)

Yes, the X-Men have gone down the strange and wacky road before, but it’s certainly not what you’re expecting.

In this book there are obviously many things going on. David appears to be in a mental prison of someone’s making (either himself or his father, I would guess). And he appears as both the adversary and the hero in the same title. Now this is probably a good idea, given the role of Legion in the history of the X-Men. It’s a clever enough idea. If I was told to write a comic starring Legion, then I might take a similar approach

However, this is the major issue in which the entire book hinges, I don’t think that Legion gives you enough of a reason to read this book. I mean, if I’m a big X-Men fan, I might read a mini-series starring Legion to see how the death of his father is affecting him. That’s interesting. But X-Men Legacy has traditionally been a team book, and I think you lose the existing audience by making the first issue a wacky trip into the mental state of David Heller, who has never been an overly popular character.

Additionally, the tone is really strange. There’s almost a sense or humor or parody in the text of this book, but it’s not strong or consistent enough to say it’s a funny book or even that humor is it’s strong suit. I’m unfamiliar with Simon Spurrier’s work, so maybe I’m just missing the boat here.

Now, please don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad book. It is just strange. There are many good points:

  • It does not read like a typical first issue book or a first issue team book.
  • It portrays David Heller as a very self-conscious character, similar in nature to characters created by Peter David.
  • The book leaves you wondering which direction it is going.
  • The artwork is solid.

Verdict

This is a decent book, but in the end I don’t think it matters. Basing my opinion solely on issue #1, this book has no reason to be called an X-Men book, especially one that supposedly continues the legacy of a previous title that lasted 4+ years. I’m mildly curious about what happens in the next issue, but not intrigued enough that I would put $2.99 down on it. Read someone else’s copy, if you can.

Overall Grade: C (Good enough to read, but not to pay for)

 
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