The Avengers

The Avengers #4.1

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Holy shit. This issue took this series from great to amazing. First off – my usual praise for the old school art, the wonderful dialogue, and just how well the nostalgia is nailed (right down to old comic ads!). But this issue… wow. Not only do we get an awesome battle against the Frightful Four, but we also end the issue on a truly shocking note. I really do not want to spoil anything, but it’s crazy. I can understand readers skipping the main Avengers story right now (even though I love that one, too) but I really think everyone needs to be reading these “.1” issues!

Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

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This issue finally delivers what we’ve been leading up to: the family fighting together. It’s a cool issue with a battle against the Mole Man. I liked that he even made a nod to the Fantastic Four. The series continues with solid heartfelt writing. Like how Peter and MJ argue about parenting in the middle of this battle, and how Annie feels ignored. The artwork is also wonderful. I continue to enjoy this series very much. Oh, and I’m curious about this ten year old version of Norman Osborn?

Deadpool

Deadpool #20

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I picked up this particular issue of Deadpool because of a great review over on Adventures In Poor Taste. And I was definitely not let down. This is a fantastic issue that stands alone as a one-shot. The entire issue is about a night that Deadpool spends with a suicide girl. He spend the night trying to do things with her to cheer her up – and all of these things have the sort of Deadpool humor that you’d expect. But the comedy is balanced well against the actual sadness of this one. And it’s sweet to see the heart come out when the issue ends and he’s done his best to save someone without using violence. Highly recommended, this one.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #7

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Wow. I did not expect this. This was actually the best issue of the entire TMNT Universe series. And even better is that it seems to be starting an actual new story arch rather than being a stand-alone issue like many of the recent ones have been.

The plot here is heavy. So Donatello figures out how to get Metalhead working again. And he figures it’ll be a nice security feature. Instead it turns out that there’s a ghost in the shell. (Sorry). So what appears to be Donnie’s own soul is still haunting the machine. And it’s tortured and confused. The issue ends with it having a flashback of Donnie being murdered by Rocksteady and then freaking out violently. Basically, the series is now revisiting one of the craziest, most violent, and most divisive stories in the main series. And it’s great.

The artwork is also top notch in this issue. It has a really classic feel to it. So after some weird transitional issues, I can now go back to raving about how great this series is. Awesome!

Supergirl

Supergirl #6

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Supergirl is still pretty good. To be honest I like Being Super a whole lot more. But this is good. And the whole invasion story is (mostly) wrapping up and we can kind of get on with the series. Though not perfect, this has been a pretty decent start to this new series.

The issue felt like it was trying to juggle too many characters at once, but at least the showdown between Kara and her dad (“dad”?) was well done. I do like the artwork. Though it has a sort of angular look to it that I don’t always love. But for the most part everything looks good and is expressive and the colors are nice.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones #5

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This Jessica Jones series still isn’t doing much for me. This issue is one of the better ones so far. But something just feels like it’s not clicking. There’s a strange lifelessness to the artwork. Like the faces don’t match the feeling of the words. And even some of the dialogue feels like it lacks any personality. The best I can word it is that I don’t even feel like this is the Jessica Jones character – right now it could be any private investigator in a comic book.

At least she’s starting to make some progress on this case. And the stuff with Luke Cage and Ben Urich here was pretty good. As usual, I just keep reading this because I love Jessica Jones. But it’s too bad that my favorite part was a page that had a bunch of artwork from Jessica’s past. Pictures of her as Jewel for example. I guess I keep hoping that things will sort themselves out and I’ll start to like it more.

Hawkeye

Hawkeye #3

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This new Hawkeye series continues to be top notch. Kelly Thompson’s writing is wonderful, mixing up millennial too-cool-for-school-isms with a neat little detective story. I’m actually reminded a bit of classic Buffy The Vampire Slayer tone here – which is a good thing, of course.

Kate continues her investigation which leads her to a frat party and eventually to stumbling upon some pretty crazy cult-looking stuff. I’m not entirely sure where this is heading yet, but I’m enjoying every page.

The Avengers

The Avengers #4

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I don’t really like when an issue does this… the entirety of Avengers #4 is just a monologue by Kang The Conqueror. I don’t know. I just kind of find that boring. The art was kind of nice, with its sort of watercolor look. Eh, this just wasn’t a great issue for me. Though the ending was intriguing since it showed some extended Avengers family may actually be getting into this book now. We’ll see.

Supergirl

Supergirl: Being Super #2

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It is really a shame that this is being intended as a limited series. It’s actually really great, and serves as a nice contrast to the main Supergirl series. This one is more about Kara the girl. It’s about her coming to grips with the powers she has, and adjusting to life as a teenager.¬†For instance this second issue deals with her mourning the loss of a friend. It’s a very human story, even if Kara isn’t actually human.

Actually, to be honest this issue is pretty sad. But the script is excellent, and really hits the nail on the head when it comes to tapping into certain emotions. The way Kara and her friend aren’t sure what to text each other is a good example. You get the impression that this is the first time either has dealt with a death so close, and it’s really well shown rather than told.

I also have to just praise the physical book for a second. I love when DC puts out these longer issues that have that flat book binding. I really, really recommend this series.

Batman · Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4

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Well I’ve been talking for a while now about how fun this series is. And it continues to be so. I don’t know how many issues they have planned, but I’d love to see this turned into an animated series or mini-series or movie or whatever. It would feel like a return to Batman: The Animated Series… plus would have Ninja Turtles. Win-win!

This issue focuses on the Scarecrow and his fear gas. He uses it on most of the city and also on Batman, Leonardo and Raphael. Oh, and meanwhile The Joker has Shredder in a daze with his laughing gas and is planning another attack on the city. And this all culminates in a big clash that has a surprising turn of events.

Keep spitting this one out, IDW. This series is killing the TMNT Universe issues lately.