Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Bored, Dying, Devilish, and Hyper-Violent Heroes.

Reviews of Halcyon, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Superior, and because he pops up everywhere, Wolverine.

 Halcyon #3
The issue in which what was hinted at as the cause of violence around the world ending becomes indeed the reason--mind-control on a massive scale or something. The "why" isn't as interesting as watching the heroes and former-villains react to this new world however. I continue to enjoy this comic and look forward to seeing where it goes.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3
More of the super-heroes who die a little every time they use their powers--except this time the focus is on a former member of the Agents who doesn't die because his consciousness floats through machines, NoMan. There is more international intrigue with the team trying to rescue a captured teammate, and a twist at the end that I didn't expect, but which makes sense. My lack of DC knowledge makes it a bit harder to know much about this character, but the flashbacks to the past with illustrations by Howard Chaykin help a bit. Slight confusion aside I really am a fan of this comic.
4 out of 5 stars.

Superior #4
Since the big reveal last issue about how main character Simon's powers aren't a gift from God, but from the devil, this comic that seems so light and fancy free has taken on a bit of a dark undertone. I guess Mark Millar is going for something more than the, "Superman in our real world" story, which is fine as that concept has been done before, but hasn't the, "The Devil is behind this" twist been done by Millar himself in Chosen/American Jesus? Anyways, a solid issue even if not as much happened as in previous issues, but if the cliff-hanger at the end is any indication, I think things are going to be picking up again.
3 out of 5 stars.

Wolverine: The Best There Is #2
The first issue was bad, and this improves the comic to about average. Yah? This comic yet again has some over-the-top violence to give credibility to the Parental Advisory logo on the front of the comic, and some really outdated Marvel baddies for Wolverine to fight who all have the shtick that they can't die. Oh, and for some reason Beast is in the comic dressed in X-Men gear even though he quit the team eons ago. Maybe this comic takes place in the past, or maybe Charlie Huston is playing loose and fast with continuity. I sound pretty negative so far, how was this better than bad? Well, it was explained that Wolverine's out-of-character behavior last issue was due to a chemical (would have been helpful to hint at that in the first issue), and the art by Juan Jose Ryp continues to be quite nice, with absurd violence always being something he excels at drawing. Other than the pretty pictures though, I just don't enjoy this comic. The art helps it achieve a status of average, however.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

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