Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Wait, didn't I just review comics with Wolverine, Deadpool, and X-Factor?

No, your eyes aren't tricking you, I am indeed reviewing comics featuring characters who pop up a bunch--Wolverine and Deadpool (in this case the Max version)--or a comic that happened to come out twice this month--X-Factor. Does more=good? Let's find out...

Wolverine #5
The conclusion of "Wolverine Goes to Hell" in which we see a character that doesn't normally get much screen-time, his actual birth-father. In an interesting twist his pop tells him how proud he is of his son proving the Logan's proud, killing so many folk and whatnot. That interesting conversation aside you also have a bunch of action with demons fighting over a blade, Ghost Riders popping up (Jason Aaron did some great work with them too), Damion Hellstrom doing an exorcism, and a surprise appearance by a bunch of fellow mutants at the end of the comic to set up issue six, er 5.1 (Have I mentioned how idiotic I find this whole ".1" business? It'll make it very confusing when you're trying to collect these comics). We also get an explanation of just how Wolverine got sent to Hell and those promotional pieces about Crossgen comics Marvel has been putting in all their newest issues. Overall solid but not amazing.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Deadpool Max #4
I review a bunch of Deadpool comics but have never gotten around to a "Max" one until now? Odd. Well, having not reviewed the earlier issues I can say I didn't like the first that much, found the second a tiny bit better, things improved with the third, and now that we have reached the fourth I'm starting to actually enjoy the comic whereas at the start I just sort of thought, "Eh." Some people are hating on Kyle Baker's art, but I like it, and David Lapham's way of writing Deadpool is starting to grow on me. I'm not amazed, but this is at least above-average. As this is in its own universe apparently Lapham can take more risks and bring in familiar-yet-different characters, and he takes advantage of this by introducing Cable, and you know things are always fun when Cable and Deadpool team-up! If this issue had more of that it would have been even better.
3 out of 5 stars.

X-Factor #214
An all-Darwin issue, taking place in some other-dimensional wild-west, with a reveal about what the future may hold for one pregnant character's child. Compared to other issues this one wasn't as much fun as some of the other previous issues, but was still a solid comic.
3 out of 5 stars.

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