COMIC BOOK REVIEWS FOR THE WEEK OF… 07/09/14

Jose: Only one week late…not bad. 

1. Batman Eternal #14, DC Comics, W/ Snyder, Fawkes, Layman, Tynion IV & Seeley, A/ Fabok & Anderson 

Damn! What a beautiful cover featuring a bloody Penguin and Caped Crusader! What a great issue of Eternal. Honestly. This title has to be one of the best of the year and one of the most consistent. For the past 14 issues i have been reading it non-stop from beginning to end. Moving along, the battle between Carmine and Penguin was illustrated beautifully but I wish it would’ve lasted a little longer. What really made up for that was seeing the smaller guy get the best of the big guy. Lt. Bard’s plan worked successfully but Batman did not approve of how Bard went about it. It was different and a little sneaky. I will enjoy seeing this dynamic and situation explored more during the next issues. Jim Gordon. Poor ol’ Jim is so broken being in Arkham and it shows beautifully through the dialogue. Once again, I could do without Harper Row and Red Robin. In the next issue, shit hits Arkham! 

Verdict: 4/5 

2. Grayson #1, DC Comics, W/ Seeley & King, A/ Janin

Here we have a new title to the New 52! stemming out of the events that took place during the Forever Evil event by Johns and Finch. If you haven’t read Forever Evil yet, please do. I really liked the first page of this issue because it was a quick and clever way to recap Grayson’s life up to this point. The art by Janin is great for this title, it captures the action and essence beautifully. The story…I’m not a big fan. I know they are trying to put Grayson out their as a Spy, away from the Super Hero world, but then you have the ending. I would much rather erase the ending and have him only deal with Spyral’s problems. Instead we will probably get a Spyral vs. Batman Inc. in the future. I have a feeling this title, Grayson, won’t last in the New 52!. That is just my guess. What do you all think? Am I being to harsh? 

Verdict: 2.75/5 

3. The Walking Dead #129, Image Comics, W/ Kirkman, A/ Adlard

Ladies and Gentlemen, Kirkman delivers another fantastic issue of The Walking Dead. We learn a lot during this issue. Negan and Rick interacting at any time always gets to me. It is so epic and important like it was when DeNiro and Pacino interacted in the film Heat. Rick has evolved so much and it is highly noticeable at how he interacts with people. Carl has a girlfriend and I wonder what that note says! Magna and her crew are about to fuck shit up for Rick and company. Ladies and Gentlemen, it looks like my prediction from last time is about to come true. Overall, a great issue and I can’t wait for the next one. 

Verdict: 4.75/5 

JOSE: I’m about to make drastic changes to my pull list and I will let you all know as soon as I can. I will only be buying the essential stuff and not wasting money on useless comics. That’s that. Until next week. 

COMIC BOOK REVIEWS FOR THE WEEK OF… 07/02/14

JOSE: Happy July!!!

1. Batman: Eternal #13, W/ Snyder, Fawkes, Layman, Tynion IV & Seeley, A/ Ortego 

I’m so glad that this series comes out every week so we don’t have to wait so long for great storytelling on a monthly basis. The scenes between Jim Gordon and his son, James Gordon, are fantastic and thrilling. The dialogue is on point and proves further more that a all star team is producing this comic. James Gordon is one of those dark, deadly, gritty and mysterious characters that are great when they make a appearance because it lets you know they are not dead from the previous appearance. It also lets you know that they will appear, raise hell and possible leave but not without consequences for the heroes. Lt. Bard, Bullock, Sawyer and Viki Vale’s plan is, so far, great and working to its full effect. Cluemaster and Stephanie’s story line! HOLY SHIT. That situation has taken a turn and for the worse. Harper Row and Red Robin? Not to fond of it. Overall, great and always even after being released over three months ago.

Verdict: 4/5  

2. Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #3, W/ Bendis, A/ Marquez 

Great cover! I really like it. It also has so much history behind it and that is prevalent in this issue. I also enjoyed this issue a lot. I believe that Brian Michael Bendis is a more successful writer of Spider-Man than  Dan Slott at the moment and probably for the last couple of years. Any thoughts on that? I believe this issue proves my point because we can all agree this issue was a set up for the events of issue #4 but the issue had meaning beyond that. It is rare when a filler issue means so much more than that. I mean we witness the birth and return of a Monster, a death (perhaps), story progression and a return to a place that hurt Ultimate Spider-Man readers about a year or so ago.I don’t want to get into the details of this issue because you must read it to experience it.I can’t wait for the next issue to see what happens. Overall, amazing. 

Verdict: 4.5/5 

3. Rocket Raccoon #1, W/ Young, A/ Young 

Marvel baby variant artist Skottie Young writes and pencils this new Rocket Raccoon title. I’m sure this title will be hot until September, probably just after the hype for Guardians of the Galaxy rubs off people.  We get a great cover by Young featuring Raccoon and his partner in crime, Groot. The art and colours work very well with the madness of the character. I especially enjoyed the splash page of the Wrestling arena where Groot was fighting. The writing is funny and made me smile/ chuckle a couple of times. I enjoyed short cameos of certain  Guardians of the Galaxy members. Real cool. Overall, a pretty fun issue that offers us a bit of a origin story for the character so many out there don’t know about. 

Verdict: 3.5/5 

JOSE: Who is excited for the Guardians of the Galaxy?