Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rant-Reviews--Evil,Vigilantes, Arm-Breaking, Old-School Formats, And Last Issues.

Let's Start The Reviewing

Daken: Dark Wolverine #22
Since Rob Williams took over this book it became really, really good. Therefore, that of course means it has to cancelled, and it will be as of the next issue. This issue has an interesting narrative idea of Daken trying to make people hate heroes, and putting aside how in the Marvel Universe people already seem to always hate heroes that is kind of clever. I think perhaps seeing someone being a bad guy and just being unrepentant about it is a bit refreshing in this era of anti-heroes or villains with a soft-side where even Dr. Doom has to cry about something. Plus what Daken does to Reed Richards and says to him is just pretty hardcore.
4 out of 5 stars.

The Punisher #9
Frank Castle is going to have a female side-kick. I am not that excited about this. Why? Well, Garth Ennis did a female-Punisher really well already, there apparently was a good Punisher-Painkiller Jane cross-over that did this, and ehhh. It looks good and the action was well done so that is pretty neat, and the hyper-condensed water that makes a dangerous weapon is kind of cool...and but wha? We're heading into that cross-over with Spider-Man and Daredevil now? Hmmmmm.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

Aquaman #6
Mera, Aquaman's wife, is not to be trifled with. Touch her without permission and you will get a broken arm. Also, make jokes about how she needs water and she will us her powers to dehydrate you. Basically, if you mess with her Mera will fuck you up, without question. That's sort of been the plot of the Aquaman comic in general about Aquaman himself too. Geoff Johns is being kind of clever in making our hero and his wife much more tough and not at all happy to put up with other people's B.S. Plus, Ivan Reis turns in great art. It's not an amazing comic, but it is quite enjoyable.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Crack Comics #63
Another one of Image Comics, "The Next Issue" things they put out every year or so, this is enjoyable enough. At times it seems to be a straight-up homage to classic golden-age comics, then at other points it is slightly updating them with a bit of humor or making fun of them gently. That, or being minimal and neat such as with the last tale of The Red Torpedo. For my money though, the best story is the depressing two-pager about Slap Happy Pappy. That's some harsh stuff. Overall a fun assortment of material.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Black Panther #529
The last issue of the Black Panther comic that picked up with Daredevil's numbering, and kept it when Daredevil returned with a new first issue because Marvel comics is just plain weird. Black Panther's run had some ups and downs, at times being meh and at other times being fantastic. I would say it ends decently and that friend of the blog (I interviewed him) and writer David Liss did right by the character over his tenure with T'Challa.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Nothing too horrible this time, and some quality comics. I guess life doesn't have to be a downer.

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