Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Comic Reviews for October 12th 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. vol.2 #3
Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Dustin Weaver

Alright I gotta level with you guys on this issue: I am totally undecided on whether to drop this or not. It has been a year and a half now with nine issues to its credit and I don't know what the point is. Jonathan Hickman is a man with a ton of ideas and his creativity is what got me to be a fan in the first place. But after this issue, it's clear as day that there is no story here. This entire issue, sans one panel and a final page, there is no dialogue in this. The Celestial Baby, which has been an obscure part of this entire run so far, has grown to Godzilla like proportions and is now wrecking havoc in the hidden city. While I'll get to the incredible art in a minute, the issue overall reeks of laziness. We presumably only have three more issues to go before this entire story ends and Hickman only gives us this massive fight scene. It's frustrating because I still have no idea why I should care about anything in this book. From the pointless main character whose name I don't even remember (even the solict doesn't bother to mention him) to the more bizarre mathematical portion at the end; nothing makes sense. Why did we have to spend an entire issue on this predicament when bigger things are obviously dire right now?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Comic Reviews for October 5th 2011

Thunderbolts #164
Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Kev Walker

When the last issue of Thunderbolts hit, technically the .1 issue, I claimed this was one of the best titles for Marvel right now. It's still not a wrong statement because Jeff Parker and Kev Walker (one of the artists) has been making this one of the most fun and consistent books for the company the last year. With this new arc of the Thunderbolts being stuck in time, WWII to be exact, it offers a lot of promise and some good old Nazi killing. Sometimes though, a good book can miss a step or two. While this particular issue isn't bad by any means, it certainly feels like a 'speed bump' in a hectic street.