Weekly Comic Round Up 5/18

Another week has gone by and that means new comics have come out! We’ve got plenty to talk about this week so take a look at our thoughts from this week’s comics.

AQUAMAN #52
We finally come to the final issue of the “New 52″/DCYou Aquaman run before DC Comics launches “Rebirth” next week. Dan Abnett and Vicente Cifuentes are back to deliver the final issue and overall it’s not a bad issue. Aquaman is busy dealing with Scavenger while Mera is doing her best to contain Dead Water at the Spindrift Station. We get some more background info on Scavenger and Dead Water’s history together and soon there’s a fight between the three of them. Unfortunately, like most of the DC books who are rushing to close their current arcs, the book comes across as being very rushed. It’s a shame too, since Dead Water seems to be a really intriguing villain. It was also nice to see Mera being more than just a comedic relief as she has been in the last few issues. I don’t mind her making a few jokes once in a while, but it seemed like that’s all she did for awhile. It just didn’t fit her in my opinion. While the arc wraps up nicely, it doesn’t feel like an appropriate ending to this series. Cifuentes art however remains strong throughout this issue. He’s been on the book since Bunn’s run and it seems like each issue, his work gets stronger and stronger. Overall, it’s an enjoyable read but you can’t help the feeling like this was very rushed and it left you wanting more.

Overall Score: 7/10

-Ander

INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #3

Tony Stark is on the search for his biological father, and the quest has brought him to blows with a former flame from college who knows more about Tony’s birth parents than she will admit. This issue opens up with a very quick resolution to last month’s cliffhanger, then proceeds to cut back and forth between the past and present. These flashbacks have been used effectively so far to lay the foundation for events happening in the present. Brian Michael Bendis continues to nail character dialogue, but the pacing so far has been a little slow. Up until the last couple pages of this issue we’ve been at the same place in the story, but with the cliffhanger this month things really have the chance to kick into high gear in issue #4.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

-Alex

CIVIL WAR 2 #0
Marvel’s next big event is finally here with the start of Civil War 2. Yes, that’s right, there is another Civil War story arc coming out from the “House of Ideas.” I’ll admit I was skeptical and I still am a bit for this event, considering it feels more like a cash grab than anything else. However, this first issue is a great entry to set up the different viewpoints we’ll be seeing for this event. There are really three different stories going on in this issue: She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, and the new Inhuman, Ulysses. Bendis does a great job explaining the different views. She-Hulk is in court defending a client who was a past super-villain who was being wrongfully accused. She tells the jury how we cannot punish someone for a crime they did not commit. Carol’s side of the story is how she realizes how important it is to stop bad things from happening before they happen. Then we see Ulysses, who was just a shy, college student who was engulfed in the Terrigen Mist and became and Inhuman. Suddenly, he has the power to see the future. Overall, it was a very satisfying issue with absolutely stunning artwork by Oliver Coipel. If you’re expecting big action sequences, you’ll be a bit disappointed but this issue is strong even without those scenes. If this is what we can expect from Civil War 2 this summer, then count me on board.

Overall Score: 9/10

-Ander

TITANS HUNT #8

Titan’s Hunt has seen the reunion of the pre-52 Teen Titans. Up until this point the Titans have been battling from behind, trying to figure out what happened in the past and how they all know each other, but finally all the pieces have fallen in place. The Titan’s know who they’re up against, and now they’re going to confront the sinister Mister Twister. This issue marks the end of Titan’s Hunt and it does a fantastic job tying up all the threads in the story while still leaving the reader wanting more. With the perfect mix of action and character moments, each member had a time to shine. The series hit a bit of a slow patch in the middle, but the ending wrapped up very nicely and made for an overall solid series. While their was a definitive resolution to the Titan’s Hunt story, there’s enough nods and foreshadowing to leave fans guessing about what’s to come next.

Overall Score: 8/10 

-Alex

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #8
Laura Kinney has been busy taking care of a young clone of hers, Gabby, and is trying to introduce a bit of normalcy to her chaotic life as a super hero. Laura gets a call from S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, Maria Hill, and reluctantly answers it. Maria explains that they need her help trying to identify a mysterious object. She explains that she lost S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they attempted to retrieve the object and haven’t found them. Laura is able to smell a specific odor to the object, one that she says is familiar. We learn that one of their contacts was Old Man Logan, who Laura is shocked to see. But she tells Gabby that it is not the Logan she knew and cared for. Suddenly, Laura remembers what the smell was but a bit too late as suddenly the giant dragon, Fin Fang Foom rises from the water and attacks the helicarrier. Tom Taylor has done a great job on this book, and has given Laura a fantastic start to her life as the new Wolverine. I’ve been a huge fan of Laura taking over the mantle (I’m not missing Logan at all) and Taylor has made this series absolutely fun. Can we all just admit how absolutely adorable Gabby is? Marcio Takara does a splendid job on art duties as well. My only question is how this will relate to Civil War 2 as the title says this is the “Road to Civil War.” It’ll be interesting to see her meet up with Old Man Logan and where she’ll fit in the War.

Overall Score: 8/10 

-Ander

OLD MAN LOGAN #6

This issue picks up with Logan staying in a small town in the Northwest away from everything. Everything’s been quiet for two weeks, and Logan’s only concern is keeping Maureen safe, and looking after the town. It’s when Reavers show up looking for Wolverine, and start killing people to get to him that this issue really picks up. Logan’s inner dialogue is wonderfully written, this is a seasoned Wolverine and you can tell. The action is also phenomenally well drawn with stark colors creating a very visceral feeling for the reader. Finally the book ends with a cliffhanger that will leave readers dying to know how Wolverine reacts next.

Overall Score: 9/10

-Alex

UNCANNY AVENGERS # 9
A lot has changed since the Unity Squad has returned from the events at Pleasant Hill. However, their world is about to get a whole lot more complicated as we see the return of Hank Pym. Hank was last seen bonding with Ultron in an attempt to save the world in the graphic novel Rage of Ultron. Obviously the Unity Squad is a bit hesitant to trust Hank since he is still bonded to the genocidal robot, however he claims he has been able to tame Ultron. Steve asks Cable to find a way to take him down just in case they need it and while people are happy he’s back, they are very cautious. Cap also makes a call to Janet, Hank’s ex-wife. Overall, it was a very solid issue. I haven’t been keeping up with this series but I jumped on for this arc to see Hank return to Earth. This is also the first issue since Steve’s youth was returned so if you’re like me and are excited to see him back in the field, well here you go. Gambit also makes an appearance (for real this time) so those who ship Gambit and Rogue might also like this issue. Guest artist Pepe Larraz is on art duties and I’ve got to say, does a great job. Larraz has a style that’s similar to series ongoing artist Ryan Stegman but it’s a little softer and, in my opinion, a little more aesthetically pleasing than Stegman’s style. Overall, it was a fun issue and I would definitely recommend picking it up.

Overall Score: 8/10

-Ander

SINESTRO #24
The finale to Cullen Bunn’s stellar run on Sinestro is here and it was a pretty solid conclusion. The mission for Sinestro and his daughter Soranik Natur was to find a new home for the Korugarians and they’ve had to overcome quite a few obstacles in their way such as the Paling and now the Red Lanterns. Atrocitus and the Reds attack the Sinestro Corps. Eventually they fight over a terraforming device and the Soranik, now the acting head of the Sinestro Corps, decides whether she can use it to save her people or turn it into a weapon. Of course, she chooses to save her people and it seems like everything is happy ever after right? Well, something has awoken in the heart of New Korugar, somethin Sinestro is already aware of. This book hs been a pretty good series, but man do they really screw up the Red Lanterns. Does no one remember the series Red Lanterns? Why would Bleez be working with Atrocitus? Besides the Red Lanterns being messed up, the book itself was solid. I’ve loved seeing Soranik Natu get a chance to really shine and hopefully we get to see more of her in Rebirth with Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

-Ander

POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #5
We are at the penultimate issue of the Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death miniseries and while the series has been pretty good, we’re still left with a lot of questions. There are essentially three different stories going on here. We have the murders in the lab, the weird-plant monster in Ivy’s dreams and now the tale of Ivy’s sporelings. This issue is almost primarily about the sporelings. Ivy plays the overprotective mother hen in this issue and I think Amy Chu does a great job giving voices to the maturing children. They complain about how they’re not allowed to see the world outside of Ivy’s apartment. We do get some mentions of the murders from the previous issues but just barely. I did like the Swamp Thing shout out in the issue. I will say that the last page was a great cliffhanger but we have so much to wrap up in the last issue, it’ll be a lot to take in. Clay Mann returns on art duties and the issue really shines with his work. It’s an interesting read but really halts the plot by focusing mainly on the sporelings while we’re left until next issue to find more about the murders and the creature from Ivy’s dreams.

Overall Score: 6/10

-Ander

That’s it for this week! Please let us know what comics you picked up this week and what you thought of them, we’d love to hear from you comic readers.

Ander (@AnderWriter)

Alex (@apbattman)