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   X-Men Vol 3 #23 Regular Adi Granov Cover (X-Men Regenesis Tie-In),1/11/2012 5:12:30 PM
 
This issue brings the Puternicstan-Sentinel saga to an exciting conclusion. Storm's command of the elements, Colossus's raw power, and Jubilee's recklessness take center stage as the X-Men and War Machine take on an army of Sentinels. Political intrigue, betrayal, and vampiric foreshadowing all make this a compelling issue of X-Men The dark mood of Will Conrad's art is a perfect compliment to Victor Gischler's intense and engaging story. Doubtlessly this creative synergy captured the mood of Puternicstan as a hotbed of political conflict.
   Green Lantern Vol 5 #5 Regular Doug Mahnke Cover,1/13/2012 7:49:15 PM
 
This issue accomplished two bold outcomes. It concludes Sinestro's and Jordan's campaign for the liberation of Korugar. It also hints at large-scale changes for the future. Johns' writing really captures the depth and complexity of the Green Lantern Corps. Mahnke's art captures Sinestro as both confident and contrite. The vivid colors convey both the depth of emotion and the turmoil of Korugar. Overall this is an excellent issue.
   Secret Avengers #20,1/24/2012 10:26:04 AM
 
Secret Avengers #20 is an impeccable tale of a secret operation gone wrong, which resulted in a race through time to find means of countering and implacable foe. This was one of the most well-executed renditions of time-travel that I’ve read in a comic in recent memory. The fact that Ellis told this tale in the span of a single issue, rather than the troubling allegiance to the six-issue story arc, is demonstrative of his effective storytelling. I should add that Alex Maleev’s art and Nick Filarti’s colors created a very engaging mood.
   Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #5,2/1/2012 1:56:39 PM
 
For the first four issues I had suspected that the events unfolding in Green Lantern Corps were divorced from those occurring in Green Lantern and Green Lantern: The New Guardians. In each of the latter two series we see the Guardians beginning to move closer to a nefarious agenda that is focused on replacing the Green Lantern Corps with “the third army”. Yet despite the gravity of these events the Green Lantern Corps series has focused on the mysterious Keepers and their unexplained connection to the emotional spectrum. Well issues 4 and 5 have firmly aligned this arc with the wider Green Lantern sub-universe. The Guardians are both the targets of the Keepers’ designs and the source of much of the Keeper’s misery. This issue may humanize the Keepers, or at least make readers more sympathetic to their plight. It also illustrates the Guardians callous abuse of power, making Sinestro’s recent remarks about them being one of the greatest dangers in the universe more credible. Overall this is a great issue. The creative team continues to shine. This issue marvelously captures the scale, depth, and complexity of the Green Lantern sub-universe.
   Secret Avengers #22 1st Ptg Regular Arthur Adams Cover,2/13/2012 1:08:39 AM
 
Whereas some writers start slowly at building suspense, creating an immersive milieu, and crafting characters that are compelling Remender skillfully immerses the reader into a complex and intriguing world within the span of the first dozen pages. The tension between Captain Britain and Hawkeye, the anguish of the Pakistani mother, and the resolve of the Adaptoids are all palpable, which spring forth from the page animated by Remender’s writing and Gabriel Hardman’s art. I began reading Secret Avengers during Warren Ellis’ run. I anticipated moving on subsequent to his departure, but decided to linger for a bit given my enjoyment of Rick Remender’s work on Uncanny X-Force. I thought that I’d try the first issue (#22) and move on to other things subsequently. However Secret Avengers #22 exceeded all of my expectations. Whereas some writers start slowly at building suspense, creating an immersive milieu, and crafting characters that are compelling Remender skillfully immerses the reader into a complex and intriguing world within the span of the first dozen pages. The tension between Captain Britain and Hawkeye, the anguish of the Pakistani mother, and the resolve of the Adaptoids are all palpable, which spring forth from the page animated by Remender’s writing and Gabriel Hardman’s art. Indeed, theirs is a stark world, but this creative time brings something brilliant to the shadowy ops of the Secret Avengers. I look forward to #23.
   Legion Lost Vol 2 #6,3/16/2012 10:16:00 AM
 
Legion Lost #6 is the best issue yet. The possibility that the 21st Legionnaires will be guerrilla operatives is intriguing and carves out a unique space for them in the New DC Universe. The appearance of the shadowy Martian Manhunter adds to this issue’s depth and excitement. Also Tyroc performs admirably as the mission leader. This issue is a good launch point for the new writer starting this month.
   Saucer Country #1 Regular Ryan Kelly Cover,3/16/2012 10:20:59 AM
 
This new series has the trappings of a sci-fi mystery on the backdrop of a fractious political milieu. Paul Cornell provides a context that leaves the reader longing for more. Additionally, Ryan Kelly captures the starkness of the New Mexican landscape as well as the intense longing of the main characters who are beginning to suspect the impossible—an alien invasion!
   Avengers vs X-Men #1 1st Ptg Regular Jim Cheung Cover,4/4/2012 1:14:12 AM
 
Avengers versus X-Men #1 wasn't good. It was great! The first issue aptly captures the scale of this story, and makes a compelling case for both sides of this conflict. The interpersonal tension between Cyclops and Hope underscores the X-Men's belief in her promise as the "mutant messiah". Conversely, Captain America comes across as determined to prevent the return of the destructive Phoenix Force, yet reluctant to commit the Avengers to a war with the X-Men. The story ends with the clash of ideas being expressed as an optic blast striking a vibranium shield. The art was vibrant. The story was superb.This may live up to the hype.
   X-Men Vol 3 #30 Regular Kevin Conrad Cover,6/22/2012 9:18:43 PM
 
X-Men #30 is Brian Wood's debut issue on the title. He begins with an arc that suggests that the origin of mutants may be markedly different from what we have believed thus far. In addition to this, Storm's team takes on a distinctly clandestine character, as Storm herself becomes more shrewd and calculating. Pixie's powers are pushed to a new limit, and the team gets a new aircraft. Wood brings his traditional brand of depth and realism to the story. I eagerly anticipated his run on this and Ultimate Comics X-Men. Additionally, the art by David (penciler) and Alvaro (inker) Lopez matched the weighty mood of the story. There are some great silent moments here, where Lopez captures the subtlety of the occasion. Also Rachelle Rosenberg's colors are vivid, and rich with emotion. At this point there are two X-Men covert operations squads: Storm's security team and X-Force. While Uncanny X-Force has been the birthplace of some of the most significant developments in X-lore (the re-birth of Apocalypse as Genesis, the fall and re-birth of Angel, etc.), I can't help but feeling like its staples are blood, gore, vengeance, and angst. I'm hoping that Wood's direction of Storm's team gives us a new model how X-Men covert-operations stories can be told
   Flash Vol 4 #11 Regular Francis Manapul Cover,8/5/2012 5:24:21 PM
 
This issue features Barry Allen reorganizing his life around a greater immersion into his identity as the now infamous vigilante--The Flash. His quest lands him in the midst of a mysterious feud between two of his most deadly enemies: Captain Cold and Heatwave. Overall this was a good issue. The story makes the at times unclear point of this series’ current arc a bit more intelligible, this includes why the Rogues are different in the New 52. There is the rather convenient circumstances that lands Allen in the midst of his two foes, but even this can be explained in part by the context. While this issue’s action sequences are clear, the main event is rather brisk. Flash makes such short work of Captain Cold and Heatwave one wonders why they would even be considered worthy enemies to begin with. Also, Allen is still a plain, dare I say uninteresting character. You don’t get any palpable sense of the emotional turmoil that he should be going through considering the events of the last 10 issues. While the writers have stated that they want Barry Allen to be someone who is always moving forward, he seems to be doing so at the expense of critical reflection and assessment, which reflects poorly on the development of the character and the world that he inhabits. This latter point is particularly bothersome given that the Gem Cities offers a rich backdrop for The Flash’s adventure. But this environment remains as devoid of nuance of Barry Allen thus far. With rega
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