First week in a while where a bunch of the comics I'm reading came out, so let's review a batch. Feel free to just read the reviews that interest you as I am posting a bunch, with even more to come tomorrow.
Basically quickly wrapped up the fight between the Red Hulk and Namor, then sent him on his way to help Rick Jones AKA A-Bomb on Monster Island. There was something about mind control and apparently in a comic I missed MODOK and the Leader lost their powers and are now normal guys. This was a mostly mediocre affair except for the as-always nice art by Gabriel Hardman and some decent dialogue by Jeff Parker. Plus the comic acknowledged how odd it is that Thunderbolt Ross loses his mustache when he turns into the Red Hulk, so that was funny.
3 out of 5 stars.
Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #4
Essentially one big fight-scene with a bit of exposition thrown in via mind-reading. Warren Ellis is clearing trying to tie in all his work on the Astonishing X-Men comics with this "Ghost Box" business, but he kind of lost me around the time this mini-series started to come out before his other Astonishing X-Men arc (Exogenetic) had even finished having been delayed like 6 months between issues
2 out of 5 stars.
This has got to be one of the silliest comic mini-series I have ever read, and I don't mean that as an insult or compliment, just a statement of fact. From last issues booby-trapped womb to this comic's absurdly bloody fight outside the White House. Not to mention the lame "hey, it was all a trick" ending that screams how there is going to be a sequel. Mark Millar set out to make a dumb action comic with pretty art from Steve McNiven, so it succeeds on that criteria. As something I liked though? It's just passable.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
Incognito: Bad Influences #2
Sean Phillips is a great artist, and Brubaker is a great writer, so why is this comic not as great as the first Incognito series and just good? The art is fantastic, but whereas the first Incognito was a twist on the concept of the great Brubaker and Phillips book, "Sleeper" this just seems to be aping that--good guy pretending to be bad guy to save other good buy pretending to be bad guy, and all that confusing jazz. It seems to be picking up steam with this issue though, so maybe the next few issues will really boil, as Brubaker claims in the back of the book. Plus, the extra article about pulp heroes is interesting as always.
3 out of 5 stars.
Chaos War: X-Men #1
The first of a two-issue spin-off from the Chaos War event I'm not reading. To be honest the only reason I picked this up is because I saw it had some Madrox clones coming back to life and I love Madrox. Sadly there isn't much to do with them. Also, pretty much none of this comic made sense to me as I'm not following Chaos War but even if I were I would still find some stuff lame. Evil crows and a crow-god? Yeah. The art was just passable and the whole time the characters just seemed to argue like children or fawn all over each other like Banshee and Moria. Just not good.
1.5 out of 5 stars.
Green Lantern #61
I had to check that I didn't miss an issue of Green Lantern, because as I recall the last issue ended with a cliff-hanger where a mysterious bad-guy was revealed to be an old Green-Lantern baddie I had never heard of named Krona. You would think the story would pick up there, but no, instead we suddenly get a jarring shift in story to Atrocitus trying to capture the Red-Lantern aspect and fighting some manifestation of that power named "The Butcher" while also arguing with the Spectre about what justice is. Compared to the previous issues of this comic I enjoyed this one was a letdown, and--as I said--sudden change in story-focus that may read better in trade but ruins momentum for us reading the monthly floppies.
2.5 out of 5 stars.