Chimichangas

Weekly Comics Reviews for May 07, 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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Black Widow #6
Story by Nathan Edmondson | Art by Phil Noto

Black Widow has been a very entertaining series thus far. It is very much in the same vein as the Hawkeye and She Hulk books. They all take these fairly big and well-known characters and put them in much smaller situations. None of the universe-threatening problems are present here. In Black Widow we get to see what she does with S.H.I.E.L.D. when she’s not rolling with the Avengers. This book is very much what the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show should have been. In this issue we see Romanova take down her old enemy Damon Dran, The Indestructible Man, and then a nice twist that all Marvel media is taking right now involving S.H.I.E.L.D. (Hail Hydra.) Apart from an ending that we keep seeing, this book has a very solid story and start to an arc. The portrayal of Romanova is so close to the movies, which is probably a big reason for me liking it so much. Why there has not been a Black Widow movie at least announced yet is beyond (BEYOND!) me. The art in this series is growing on me, but I’m still not a fan—it’s basically dark water-coloring. Be it dark or light I think water coloring gives comics an old and generic look. I know I’m the minority, but I’m OK with that.

My Recommendation: Buy

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Deadpool vs Carnage #3
Story by Cullen Bunn | Art by Salva Espin

It had to happen eventually, I suppose, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it. What am I disgruntled about you wonder? Deadpool clearly getting his ass kicked multiple times by Carnage. In fact Carnage owns everyone he comes across in this issue. He does it so easily too. Maybe that’s why it stings so much for me. Besides the fights in this issue, we see Carnage actually follow Deadpool’s advice and look for the signs in the world to discover what he should do next. Oh, and Shriek shows up again for absolutely no reason. The most interesting part about this book is the last page where we see Deadpool get taken over by four, that’s right four, different symbiotes. This means the final fight between these two is going to be quite one-sided—as it always should be. My problem with that is Deadpool getting rid of the symbiotes is probably going to take up a good portion of the final issue. Now I’m not the biggest fan of blood and gore, but this book is full of both and I loved it. With the story not really moving forward much, all the gruesome panels really help to keep the book entertaining. I get that it can be hard to fill out the middle of a story, but this issue seemed a bit lazy. Here’s to hoping the final issue picks back up and that we get more fat Deadpool.

My Recommendation: Read

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Nailbiter #1
Story by Joshua Williamson | Art by Mike Henderson

The cover to this book is amazing; just look at it. I honestly picked this one up solely based on that alone. Seeing the blood and fingernails in his teeth is just so cringe-worthy. It’s just a shame that the story in this first issue will make you cringe (in a bad way) just as much as the cover. I know better than most that you have to go a bit easier on first issues since they’re mostly just twenty-two-page introductions into the world of the book. This is just inexcusable though. So far the story has been nothing except boring clichés that have been done far too many times. For example, the main character is a disgruntled detective who when we first see him is holding a gun to his head, attempting suicide, only to be stopped by a phone call from a close friend. Underneath all the clichés, this story is about a detective trying to find his missing friend in a town that is “The Birthplace of Serial Killers.” In the town he meets an (ex?) serial killer known as Nailbiter, whom is going to help him not only find his pal but discover the secrets this town is hiding. I have a feeling this book is going to take a page from Halloween III: Season of the Witch and have some type of cult that’s operating behind the scenes and creating these serial killers to accomplish some (dumb) goal. There are some books that can overcome a weak story with some stunning visuals. This is not one of those cases. While there truly is some very chilling panels, the book doesn’t do a good job of setting up a creepy mood. The biggest problem is that everyone looks like a caricature and they’re always making goofy faces that I can’t help but laugh at. Hard to be creeped out when you’re giggling like a school girl.

My Recommendation: Pass

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Original Sin #1
Story by Jason Aaron | Art by Mike Deodato

Am I wrong for being disappointed at the lack of Angelina Jolie in this book? I’m just saying that I feel somewhat misled here. I thought this was going to be the first Marvel event-book in a while that I could really get behind; that joke was bad even for my standards. Moving on. “Who Shot The Watcher?” That’s the question this book poses, and honestly I’m a bit intrigued. Normally I skip event-books because after a few months they never matter anymore. Sure that slow moving fart gas (Terrigen Mist) is still floating around, but no one is really paying it any attention. The execution of this story is a bit weak. This book lays the foundation for a series of events including some random-ass Marvel heroes doing an investigation about the murder of Uatu in places that the Avengers “can’t go.” I foresee a lot of filler in this series future and I’m not looking forward to that. The team that I am excited to see more of is the combo of Winter Soldier, Moon Knight, and Gamora. It’s just so random that I can’t wait to see more of them. One thing that this book does do very well is comedy. I got a few good laughs out of this book and it wasn’t due to bad art this time. In fact, the art is quite nice here. Maybe a little too heavy on the shadows and shading, but it really helps to make some of the panels look truly amazing. Now it’s time for me to put my Marvel knowledge to the test and try to predict who the killer is, which really isn’t difficult. Marvel has done everything shy of just out right telling us who did it. Was it Doctor Doom? Nope. Was it Tarantula? Nope. Was it Aunt May? It’s plausible. Was it Doop? You’re damn right it was! Doop killed The Watcher!

My Recommendation: Buy

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