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Weekly Comic Reviews for April 23, 2014

Welcome to my spoiler filled corner of the internet where I review comics. I will be here every week with a few reviews for the (usually) newest books. My ratings are simple. I don’t use or really like number ratings. I go by Pass, Read, and Buy. See I told you it was simple. Now that we got that cleared up let’s get to reviewing some comics!

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All Star Western #30
Story by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti | Art by Staz Johnson, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Finally Jonah Hex has come back to the Old West. After his zany time traveling adventures, thanks to Booster Gold, Hex returns to his own time period. He runs into an old friend, Tallulah Black, but things don’t go exactly as he wanted them to. Honestly, I would’ve preferred seeing Hex stuck in time for a bit longer. I was really enjoying seeing him in the current time dealing with other heroes. This issue was pretty good though. It sets up a new adventure for Hex and puts him right back into the middle of trouble like he’s used to—well minus the scars, that is. This issue also has an extra story debuting Madame .44 into The New 52. Before The New 52, she was basically Robin Hood of the Old West. Not sure if they’ll keep her that way now. Her debut story here though, while generic, is decent enough to make me want to see more of her, and the artwork for her story is fantastic.

My Recommendation: Read

 

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The Fallen #2
Story by Alex De-Gruchy | Art by Michael Montenat

The Fallen is a series set in a post-apocalyptic future full of heroes and villains. After the Pulse killed billions and turned the world into a baron wasteland, the remaining people turned against all with powers and blamed them for the destruction. Makes sense. This series feels like the love child between Watchmen and The Last of Us. With zombies that aren’t your average brain eating type and a bunch of random—not sure if they’re really good or bad—super-powered beings. This story’s universe definitely takes the best from both of the two franchises. While the universe created here is great, the characters who inhabit the universe are mediocre at best. Two issues in and there has been no real character development. The only interesting characters are the villains and we don’t even know anything about them besides that they like to kill. Oh and they openly admit to killing for the fact that they’re Super Villains. Good job on the writer for eliminating any real motivation for them except, “We’re evil because we’re evil!”

My Recommendation: Pass

 

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Thunderbolts #25
Story by Charles Soule | Art by Paco Diaz

Month after month I would read this series hoping it will be better than the last. And month after month I’ve been disappointed. What is the definition of insanity? The idea behind Thunderbolts is so good: take some of the baddest and craziest people in the Marvel Universe and put them on a team together to do the jobs that no one else can. Oh and make their leader the Red Hulk in case somebody gets out of line. The story in this issue, like all of the stories in this series, is pointless and just an excuse to put the characters in super-dangerous situations. This time it’s a mystic jungle. Scary. If the characters where done right then I could get over the bad story. My biggest gripe is that nobody ever feels like themselves in these books. The best way to explain it is when an actor or actress gets replaced in a film franchise or television show. Sure it’s technically the same character, but since someone new is portraying the character there is a new feel to them and not always a good. As long as Deadpool stays on the team I’ll continue reading but I can’t recommend that anyone else does.

My Recommendation: Pass

 

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Daredevil #2
Story by Mark Waid | Art by Chris Samnee

This new Daredevil series is an example of a slight change in character, which is working quite well. This new series is much lighter than most are used to when it comes to a Daredevil book. It takes some getting used to, but seeing the “Man Without Fear” in a new city is a very interesting concept. Gone is the dark gritty alleys of Hells Kitchen; now is the age of a brighter (and cleaner) San Francisco. The villain here is a forgotten hero by the name of The Shroud: an interesting combination of Daredevil and Batman. I don’t care much for him, but his back story is fantastic and I would love to see a bit more of it. There is also a great moment where Daredevil pokes fun at himself not being an Avenger while still using their resources. I’m not particularly fond of the art here, but overall I did really enjoy this book and look forward to reading more of this series.

My Recommendation: Buy

That’s it for this week. Come back next week for more comic book reviews and chimichangas.