Comics Reviews of the Week: 4/15/2009

20 04 2009

As you already know, the boys are taking the week off after doing 52 straight weeks of podcasting and since we don’t wanna leave our dozens and dozens of fans hanging, we’ve got these reviews below.

Green Lantern Corps #35

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Story by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason
Inked by Rebecca Buchman
Colors by Randy Mayor
Letters by Steve Wands
Cover by Nei Ruffion

“Emerald Eclipse” Part 3

To say that the Green Lantern books are the best in DC is not an understatement, it’s pretty much fact. The things Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi are doing in their books — this and Green Lantern, respectively — is leading up from just a sprawling story into one of the biggest event’s in comic’s history, and damn is it fun to read along the way!

Continuing where it left off in Green Lantern Corps #34, this issue begins with all hell breaking loose in the heart of OA in the Sciencells. And when a Red Lantern is to blame, the Corps move to action, plus a whole mess load of Sinestro corps members who’s ring’s have just been returned.

But the highlight of the book — besides the beautiful artwork by Patrick Gleason — is when Sadom Yat (a.k.a. Ion) returns to his home planet of Daxam, which is now being ruled over by Mongul as the HQ of the Sinestro Corps.

It’s the little moments in this book that are done so well  and always have been. With conversations between Sadom and Arisia to Sadom and his father (awesome!) this book has all kind of heart, with plenty of action to back it up.

This book is on the top of my stack this week because the characters steal the show as in past issues and seeing Sadom’s unflinching duty to the corps gives a real insight to his character, plus a kick-ass cliffhanger that makes you wish the next issue would come out already.

Peter J. Tomasi get’s it: he get’s the characters, the words and the whole universe. It’s rare to see a DC story shine so bright, yet be so self-contained (Though World of New Krypton isn’t that bad either) and it makes you appreciate the work ever so much more.

Case in point, if you’re just reading Green Lantern and not this, you’re missing out on one hell of gripping story and the true heart of Blackest Night.

-Jesse –

Punisher # 4

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Story by Rick Remender
Art by Jerome Opena
Colors by Dan Brown
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Mike McKone

Living in Darkness: Part 4

Rick Remender’s Punisher book does what no Punisher film could ever do…constantly entertain. I don’t mean the cheesy and over the top type of entertainment you might associate with a title like The Punisher. I mean the “Holy crap, this is f^#*in’ amazing.” type. In just four issues, we’ve seen Frank Castle take on The Sentry and The Hood’s goons, team up with a punk rock, vegan, hacker, named Henry, and eat some tasty, tasty liver.

Jerome Opena’s art fits this book perfectly. So why is another gentleman named, Tan Eng Huat taking over the art duties on issue 6? Hopefully, Marvel has some huge project that Mr. Opena is secretly working on. If you’ve enjoyed his Punisher art as much as I have, be sure to check out his work on the one-shot, Wolverine: Flies to a Spider.

In this issue, Remender starts to give Frank a much needed personality — more than his usual, “Criminals killed my family, now I will kill them…” At first, it seemed a little strange hearing Frank Castle make Donald Duck and Lynyrd Skynyrd jokes, but I eventually came to enjoy it. Remender also gives us a midget dressed as a devil and a tall guy dressed as a bear, so all you sicko costume fetishists can enjoy this issue too!

Get ready to have a nerdgasm, the next issue looks like a Henry vs. Microchip and The Punisher vs. The Hood battle of epic proportions. Plus, “the best murder you’ve ever seen” according to Mr. Remender himself. I haven’t been this excited for a Punisher book since…ever. If your only mildly interested in the character of The Punisher, or if you simply think his skull logo looks “totally wicked” you should be reading this book.

Here’s a sample of Marvel’s solicitation for Punisher #6:
The Punisher is the one man standing between the new kingpin of crime and total domination, but in order to save his city from the decay and corruption, Frank Castle will first have to survive the rage of– THE DEADLY DOZEN!

This is not The Punisher for action movie fans, this is The Punisher for fanboys, (and girls…maybe) Personally, I’m loving every panel of it.

-Freddie

The Good, Better, Best of the Past Week: by Arthur

:: Good ::

GI Joe: Cobra #2

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Written by: Christos Gage & Mike Costa | Art by: Antonio Fuso Price: $3.99

Christos Gage is writing a GI Joe book?!

AND I’M JUST LEARNING ABOUT THIS NOW?!?!?!

I don’t know what I’m more happy about, the slow week or this unpaid vacation. Probably option C.

Christos Gage.

Gage has been doing a lot of underrated work for awhile now — well, pretty much his entire career — which is a shame because for the past year he’s been doing some bang up work in the bridge episodes of the Thunderbolts, setting up the new War Machine comic, consistently entertaining month after month on Avengers: The Intitative, or, in his spare time, penning the sleeper hit X-Men/Spider-Man.

Not to mention doing a super serious spy story based on a licensed property.

Now, looking back I really shouldn’t be one talking about this, since I barely remember the 80’s animated series (but the stuff I do remember is all good), but this issue, and the one before it, is delivering a taut spy story [about a member of GI Joe going deep uncover to infiltrate COBRA] that would rival any other — in any media.

So if you’re a fan of GI Joe, Mike Costa, or spies in general, pick this up and enjoy.

:: Better ::

Rampaging Wolverine #1 + Wolverine: Noir #1

RAMPAGING WOLVERINE #1

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Written by: Joshua Fialkov, Christopher Yost, Robin Furth, and Ted McKeever | Art by: Paco Diaz Luque, Mateus Santolouco, Nelson, and Ted McKeever
Price: $3.99

Apparently MARVEL’s making a movie with this character… Who knew?

Going off on a quick tangent for a bit, could MARVEL try any harder to let people know that there’s a Wolverine movie coming out on May 1st? I mean, there’s this, Wolverine Noir #1, the trade of Wolverine: Logan, a couple pages of Uncanny X-Men, and those special Wolverine Appecration covers, and that’s just this week alone.

Anyways, back to the review… so I heard this is the kinda thing MARVEL used to do back in the Silver Age in order to entice the fans of a particular series (i.e. – they’d create Rampaging Hulk to get people to watch the Bill Bixby classic), but since I wasn’t around to read this, the best comparison I can make is last October’s Monster-Sized Hulk, in which a couple of good writers (like Jeff Smith) write a couple of good non-continuity stories (like Hulk vs. Frankenstein).

And this book is no exception.

There’s four stories here: Joshua Hale Fialkov’s (Elk’s Run, Cyblade, The Cleaners) writes a pirate tale that anyone who hates pirate will enjoy. Christopher Yost’s (X-23, Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers, Killer of Demons) starts off a two part HYDRA story that starts with two hunters fighting to the death and ends with Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born) doing a deep pychological tale told strictly in the short story format. And Ted McKeever, who’s best known for his self-created books like Metropol, wraps the whole thing up with something you have to see to believe…

WOLVERINE: NOIR #1 (of 4)

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Written by: Stuart Moore  | Art by: C.P. Smith + Rain Beredo
Price: $3.99

I also wanted to take the time to mention Stuart Moore’s Wolverine: Noir, set in the late 30’s Bowery, since it’s easily the best Noir currently on the market and it’s also shaping up to be a great character piece in its own right.

Now if you have to choose one, I’d suggest Rampaging as it packs more bang for your buck, but be sure to check out the inevitable trade for Wolverine: Noir.

:: Best ::

100 Bullets #100

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Here’s the long and short of it…

The Short:
100 Bullets is to Comics as The Wire is to Television.

The Long:
It’s the kinda comic that when it goes it makes you want to stop reading comics, it’s that’s good.

Now I don’t want get too into it ’cause A.) I don’t have the stones to do the series justice and B.) There. Are. Much. Better. People. Writing about this and what it meant to them, so I’ll just end with this…

from #50:

“So how’s the story end?”
“Like any good one…in tears.”

Special Thanks to the best team in the business: Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Patrica Mulvihill, Clem Robins, Dave Johnson, Casey Seijas, and Will Dennis.

All the best…

Also got to give credit where credits due to David Brothers, Tucker Stone,

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