Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Kinda Bad, Pretty Mediocre, and Quite Good Comics.

We've got three comics, one sorta bad, one pretty average, and a good one. Green Arrow #10, X-23 #7, and Iron Man 2.0 #2. Did I list them in order of decency? You might just have to click the cut to find out...or I'll just tell you that yes, yes I did. You should read on anyways though, because you might enjoy hearing my thoughts.

Green Arrow #10
This issue in which J.T. Krul reveals the knight Galahad we all think is just a crazy man is in fact...a crazy man. Wow, what a twist. Oh, plus the heroes fight some evil bugs, the demon Etrigan spouts some lame rhymes, "Sticks and stones cannot break these bones," really? Oh, and an evil plant version of Green Arrow is revealed as the bad-guy who shot an arrow into his skull earlier in the series because the forest has a black heart of evil or something. Yeah, this is a pretty lame series and I don't quite know why I get it other than liking Oliver Queen and having a sick hope J.T. Krul will make this as bad as that Rise of Arsenal comic that was just so terrible that it was good.
2 out of 5 stars.

X-23 #7
I picked this up because it is the issue before the big cross-over that starts with Daken and I thought it might be important. It wasn't. I couldn't quite follow what happened having not read this series before this issue. Oh, and the art was this weird-but-pretty almost manga style. Basically X-23 and Gambit fight some pirates and sharks and she whines about how hard it is to be a normal person. When X-23 is being a bad-ass and just straight-up killing fools like a cold machine she is kind of cool, when she does the whole, "woe is me" routine I find her grating. That is why I prefer Daken, he's an evil killing machine and he knows it and loves it. That is also why the cross-over between the characters might be interesting. Still, okay stuff but not that great. Marjorie Liu writes a fun Gambit at least, but I've enjoyed she and Daniel Way teaming up on Daken more.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

Iron Man 2.0 #2
We know the twist with this Palmer Addley character from the last issue of Iron Man 2.0, but the crew doesn't. Nick Spencer continues to cause trouble with the various characters affected by Addley in this issue and the plot thickens in interesting ways as James Rhodes AKA War Machine AKA the new Iron Man 2.0 (but I'll always call him War Machine because that is a cooler name) looks to some friends to try and figure out just what is going on. This had some funny moments, some serious bits, contained a bit more action than the bit talk-heavy first issue, and was otherwise a good time with a fun cliff-hanger that furthered my wondering just what shenanigans were going on. I'm liking this series so far and hope it can keep the intrigue up but does start providing answers before too long--I don't want it pulling a "Lost" and just adding question after question with no answer. Still, good stuff.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

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