Friday, January 14, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Worgen, Bullseye, Talky Avengers, and a Punisher.

All of these comics have been out for a bit but I either forgot to review them even though I wanted to or just read them. You can still easily find them at your local comic book store (or possibly library if you have a cool one), so don't let that discourage you from checking my thoughts out...

New Avengers #7
This issue is pretty much nothing but people talking. Some of the discussions are interesting, like Spider-Man debating with Victoria Hand whether or not Osborn is evil or a flawed genius suffering from insanity, or Luke Cage and Jessica Jones interviewing people who want to be their baby Danielle's nanny (I love the choice they make, as it is a character I find awesome), and everyone tells Doctor Strange how much they like him. Bendis has always written good dialogue, so it was fun to read, even though something, anything, could have happened to shake things up. This will read great in a trade paperback, but as a single-issue leaves me wanting a bit more, especially considering this 22-page comic cost $3.99. Come on Marvel, quit cutting prices on your ancillary mini-series and start doing something with these big titles or I may have to drop this Avengers or the other adjective-less series also written by Bendis. I just don't feel this was "worth" the extra dollar (although that won't impact my score as I'm not rating based on cost...for now).
3 out of 5 stars.

World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen #2
This issue continues the trend of decent art even if it is hard to tell what action is happening sometimes, and a tendency to jump forward and back in time to an annoying degree. We have action in the present, we go the past where there is a flashback from a character talking, and I just get more and more confused. Still, the whole lore about Worgen is fun and I still enjoy the comic despite its flaws. The problems are getting more annoying however and I don't know if I can put up with the jumbled time-line for three more issues.
3 out of 5 stars.

Punisher: In the Blood #2
Ah, Rick Remender is wrapping up things from the last Punisher ongoing and the one before it he co-wrote with Matt Fraction--War Journal--bringing back a character from the end of that series, that's intriguing. Anyways, we have another comic with a lot of talking, although this one also intersperses the Punisher being really violent with criminals--like brutally so, especially for a non-Max comic. The little cliff-hanger at the end essentially just outright says what was hinted at in issue one, that Frank Castle's wife is possibly back from the dead due to demon magic and working for the bad guys or something. It's a little weird. I enjoyed seeing the two Jigsaw's chat with each other, Micro, and Henry. I'm liking this and genuinely curious where things are heading.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Bullseye: Pefect Game #2
The conclusion to the two-part mini-series written by Charlie Huston. I liked the first issue enough I dedicated a whole post to it, and while I didn't like the 2nd issue as much, I still had quite a fun time. Maybe the thing that threw me off was all the Baseball lingo, or the somewhat anti-climatic ending (although the last-page reveal was neat, even if I could see it coming from a mile away). Either way, this was still a lot of fun and makes me perplexed that the same guy writing this fun romp could be doing the much-hated "Wolverine: The Best There Is." This comic also took a long time to read, as I enjoyed looking over the art and there was a lot of narration--that's a not a complaint, that's me being happy that I feel I got my $3.99's worth, something I don't always feel with the aforementioned New Avengers.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

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