Here at the Newest Rant sometimes I focus too much on the negatives of comics, or ones that aren't good. Therefore, this time let's just review four recent ones I really enjoyed. Click the cut for reviews of Incognito, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Osborn, and a Venom-focused issue of Amazing Spider-Man.
Well, Ed Brubaker promised things would start to, "boil," in issue three and they sure are. A mysterious vigilante is roaming the streets and even though it is hinted whom he may be, I think Brubaker is going to surprise us. Also, our protagonist Zack goes back to the underground but finds he isn't as warmly welcomed since switching to working for the good guys. Sean Phillips continues to turn in some great looking work and the plot seems to have kicked into overdrive. Great stuff.
4 out of 5 stars.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #4
This comic just keeps getting better and better! From great dialogue and insight into marketer Toby being a more complex and clever character than we think, to yet another great twist to close out the issue when this series so far has been delivering great, "Say what?" moments, this has been incredible stuff. Stop sleeping on this series if you aren't reading it, and start picking it up. It's some rad stuff. Plus this issue even has a cultural reference to the movie Black Swan and Mila Kunis, so that adds an extra bit of a grin to my face from the smile I already have from this comic.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Last issue was incredible, and this one isn't as good but is still pretty great, with a solid monologue from a character whom may be in more trouble than she realizes, to Deconnick and Rios making a fight scene that takes up about 3/4 of the issue seem interesting and clever while also full of action. This is on track to be my favorite mini-series of the year (although yes, the first issue did come out in 2010, but let's not be nit-picky).
4 out of 5 stars.
The Amazing Spider-Man #654.1
Despite the series' title, this is actually a Venom-centric issue that sets up the coming series by Rick Remender and Tony Moore very well. There are a few pages that reference recent events in the Spider-Man comics, such as Jonah Jameson's wife dying, but you don't really need to have been following Spider-Man to love this issue. You can trust me on that as I am someone who hasn't read Amazing Spider-Man for quite some time, which resulted in confusion with the last issue. This time, however, everything made sense. From spy-thriller type shenanigans, to the inevitable losing-control of Venom that our protagonist Flash Thompson suffers (bloody action results, of course). This was some highly recommendable stuff and makes me excited for the upcoming series whereas earlier I had expressed doubts--although Remender didn't write this issue so who knows exactly how "Venom" will actually read. Check this ".1" issue out as it actually serves the purpose of being both a great jumping-on point, and feeling like it really is stuff that happens in-between issues #654 and #655 as opposed to being completely unrelated to the main series (like the Wolverine .1 issue) or just giving an info-dump to the reader (like Invincible Iron Man's .1 issue did). Read this!
4.5 out of 5.