MARVELHalo: Uprising #4
of 4 - Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev. The former Daredevil
team has finally completed the miniseries that began in October '07. Was it worth the wait? Well, unlike most things that take forever to get its ass out, this series is mostly worth it. The story is interesting, though light on plot. The dialog is great, not a surprise since that is where Bendis typically shines. The art is fantasticly beautiful, but with one complaint - the action sequences with Master Chief don't flow well and are often difficult to understand. On its surface, that comment would seem to doom this series, but the fact is that Master Chief, and heroic action in general, is mostly absent from this series. Instead we get a ground level view of the Covenant assault of Cleveland through the eyes of an everyday hotel concierge agent and a pop music starlet. It's a solid series that doesn't require in depth knowledge of Halo
in order to enjoy it. Hell, I'm even going to try to get Becca to read it.Punisher #4
- Rick Remender & Jerome Opena. Frank does an excellent job of pissing off the Hood.Rampaging Wolverine one-shot
- This collection of black and white Wolverine solo tales is pretty good.
The main story, by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Paco Diaz Luque, reminds me of the early issues of Wolvie's first ongoing title. In the story, Wolverine hunts don't someone from his past that did wrong and, well, this is Wolverine we're talking about. Flashbacks galore fill the tale with enough background to understand Logan's reasons.
The second story, by Chris Yost and Mateus Santalouca, is probably my favorite of the book. It's a short, sharply illustrated piece about a guard tower sniper that can't figure out how his target keeps getting up and coming towards him. His mounting confusion and fear is subtly portrayed, as befitting someone that is supposed to be as professional as this guy.
The third is a short narrative written by Robin Furth with accompanying illustrations by Nelson. Nicely, it continues off of the end of the previous tale. The surprise is unfortunatley ruined by one of the art pieces, but I still enjoyed it. It captured Wolverine's voice perfectly.
The final story is a bizarre one by Ted McKeever. Sure, McKeever is synonymous with bizarre, but I still couldn't really figure out if he was trying to say something or just playing around.Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill - The Green of Eden one-shot
- Kieron Gillen & Dan Bereton. Damn, that's a long title. But it's a great story with a nice religious message to it. The art is very rough, though intentionally so, and I still haven't decided whether or not I like it. Final analysis is that it is essential reading for fans of Beta Ray Bill, and a good place to start for people wondering why people like this horse-faced alien with the powers of Thor.Uncanny X-Men #508
- Matt Fraction & Greg Land. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed this series this much. Land's art may be over-the-top into pin-up land, but the writing is fan-freakin'-wonderful.Wolverine Noir #1
of 4 - Stuart Moore & C. P. Smith. Because I didn't end up enjoying X-Men Noir
that much I decided to continue or drop this series based on the first issue. And because of this issue, I'm not only going to pick up the rest but am also really looking forward to them. Wolverine fits into the noir sensibilities perfectly, the art is gorgeously fantastic, and the story even pulled in the Origin
series by Paul Jenkins. Moore & Smith have yet again proven to be a winning pair.Check out some of the sweet art at Marvel
, then do yourself a favor and go buy it. Oh, OK, you can wait for the trade if you have to.X-Factor #42
- Peter David & Valentine DeLandro/Marco Santucci. Pretty darn good.X-Men: Legacy #223
- Mike Carey & Scot Eaton. Carey is losing his momentum with a story that probably should have been told in half the space. Still, I'm not regretting buying it.DCGreen Lantern Corps #35
- Tomasi & Gleason. I haven't actually read it yet since I somehow missed the previous issue. Once I pick that up next week I'll read this one. I'm confident I'll enjoy it.IDW PRESSTransformers: All Hail Megatron #10
of 12 - Shane McCarthy & Guido Guidi/Emiliano Santalucia. The art is back up to its previous levels of greatness and the story is full of awesomely kick ass moments. A couple of mysteries are opened up, and I really hope they are explained before the series ends.Transformers: Maximum Dinobots #5
of 5 - Furman & Roche/Raiz. The art is still pretty uneven, but the story pulls together almost everything left open from Furman's run of IDW comics.TOKYOPOPStar Trek: The Next Generation, The Manga: Boukenshin
- Four mangatastic tales of the crew of the NCC-1701D. On second thought, make that three mangatastic tales and one not-so-much.Changeling
by David Gerrold & E. J. Su. An amusingly written and illustrated story where Wesley Crusher gets taught some well needed lessons.Sensation
by Diane Duane and Chrissy Delk. Another strong tale with wonderfully amerimanga stylized art, this one focuses on another fan favorite, Deanna Troi.The Picardian Knot
by Christine Boylan and Don Hudson. The story is hurt a bit by art that tries far too hard for the likenesses of the cast. Still, it was nice to see a tale that acted as follow-up to an episode of the series.Loyalty
by F.J. Desanto and Bettina Kurkoski. This well written follow-up to Picard's famous assimilation by the Borg demonstrates well the hesitancy Starfleet Command had towards allowing him to take command after he was freed. The art is a little uneven, balancing precariously between caricature and representation, but the interesting layouts redeem it. WILDSTORMX-Files #6
of 6 - Doug Moench & Brian Denham. The second part of Moench's story is as good or even better than the first. It would have worked quite well as an episode of the series. Overall, despite the weak spot that was Marv Wolfman's arc over issues 3 and 4, I hope that sales were strong enough that Wildstorm will produce more X-Files comics. I miss Mulder, Scully, and the monster of the week.