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   Fear Itself #1 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Steve McNiven Cover,5/4/2011 10:02:13 PM
Strong first issue to an event mini-series that has lots of potential. Fraction does a nice job setting up the event and building up the threat. Immonens art is a strong compliment to Fraction and Im anxious to see how his work expands the story in the upcoming issues. Fear Itself has a lot of promise. Secret Invasion started strong but fell flat by series end. But this feels different. And issue 1 is a fine way to start an "event" series.
   Flashpoint Wonder Woman And The Furies #1,6/19/2011 12:48:13 AM
Weve seen Aquamans first leap into the Flashpoint mini series pool. Now its Wonder Womans turn with "Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies". The backdrop of the Flashpoint world centers around a war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. This issue gives us the history behind what caused this war between ancient civilizations. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning co-write this series that reveals the first meeting between Diana and Arthur and their subsequent wedding. We get to see the events that pave the way for the war as well as get some insight into who is behind it all. The book is well written and has a solid pacing although its unfortunate there isnt more time spent on Arthur and Dianas relationship. It seems as if they meet in one panel and are announcing their marriage in the next. But thats a casuality of time and space limitations rather than poor storytelling. In fact, Abnett and Lanning make good use of their limited space, providing us with a compact and well structured story. For the most part Scott Clarks art is gorgeous. I was particularly captured by his beautiful portrayal of Diana. I also loved Clarks style of seperating his panels. The water panels were seperated by ocean waves or Kraken tentacles while on Themyscira panels were seperated by pillars or ancient architecture. Not only is it creative but very appealing. My only small qualm about the art is that sometimes the style seems to change. Most panels have a polished, more realistic look but there are
   Batman #711,6/19/2011 12:49:34 AM
Count me among those who have been dissappointed with what should be the Bat Universes flagship title. But I was really impressed with the last issue. This issue is the second part of Tony Daniels "The Long Way Back" story and Im still enjoying it. First of all, I love to see a story that incorporates some of Batmans classic rogue gallery. Personally, I love Two-Face and the organized crime element of Gotham. This story has them both and Im sold on Daniels direction. Just like last issue, Daniel grabbed me with a fantastic opening sequence, this time featuring Harvey Dent in a cemetery. Theres some slick dialogue and classic style Batman detective work that overall gives this book an old-school feel. I also really like Steve Scotts art. Much like the story, the art has a classic look and feel to it. Scott draws a beautiful Two-Face and most of his action panels are well done. There are a lot of characters in this story and Scott handles them well. Hes just a good fit for this book. This is a story that finally gets me excited about this title again. Maybe its due to me being an older reader but I love seeing these characters depicted well. The only sad thing is that right when the book gets back on track DC is "revamping" the title. Oh well, Ill enjoy it while it lasts
   Flashpoint Deadman And The Flying Graysons #1 Cover A 1st Ptg,6/19/2011 12:50:53 AM
Color me surprised. I really didnt know what to expect from this book but was drawn by its unusual concept and very catchy cover. Im happy to say this is a fun issue that not only is entertaining on its own merit, but actually does add a little depth to the entire world of Flashpoint. J.T. Krul writes this story of a traveling circus trapped in Europe and unable to get back to the United States due the war raging between the Amazons and the Atlanteans. Krul puts together some great character interaction between the Graysons, Deadman, and particularly Dr. Fate. I couldnt help but smile at nearly every panel hes in. The book left me anxious for the next issue especially since we know something bad is going to happen. How its different in the world of Flashpoint? I cant wait to see. Mikel Janins art is a nice compliment to Kruls story. Its unique but does lean more towards the realistic look which I personally prefer. Its well laid out and the characters are well done. This is a good looking book. Flashpoint is proving to have more good tie-in books than I ever expected. Granted, there are a few stinkers out there but this isnt one of them. This is a highly entertaining an satisfying issue and Im onboard till the end
   Flashpoint Grodd Of War #1,6/19/2011 12:56:47 AM
This is a bloody, violent Flashpoint tie-in thats quite good. Its a one-shot that doesnt feel like a one-shot. Amazing art compliments an interesting character study. Its just unfortuante there wont be another issue.
   Flashpoint Legion Of Doom #1,6/19/2011 12:54:29 AM
While the issue starts strong with a nice action sequence, it loses steam fast. The art follows suit. Wasnt sure what to expect from this book. Overall there isnt enough here to keep me coming back for another issue.
   Batman #710,6/20/2011 10:24:43 AM
Let me start by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. Ive been mixed on Tony Daniels past Batman work but this issue looks and feels like a classic Batman story. Also, Steve Scott is a perfect fit for the book. The opening two pages are fantastic and set the tone for the entire issue. I really think there is a lot of potential here. If Daniel can keep this story moving, this could be the first step in getting this title back to its flagship status. At least until the revamp takes place.
   Batman Arkham City #2,6/19/2011 3:10:15 AM
Even though its based on a video game storyline, this is a fun and entertaining series. This book takes a rather outlandish concept and manages to make it a lot of fun. Im enjoying this book.
   Batman And Robin #24 Cover A Regular Guillem March Cover,6/19/2011 3:08:00 AM
I really like the first issue of this arc but this issue is a waste of time. The story is basically one big uninteresting action sequence with uninteresting villians brought to us through uninteresting art. A huge dissappointment.
   Flashpoint Citizen Cold #1,6/19/2011 3:13:56 AM
While this isnt a terrible issue, it really doesnt add much to the Flashpoint world. The art is a tad inconsistent. Kolins really has a good opening few pages but the art (like the book) loses some of its steam. Still not terrible but there are better Flashpoint books out there.
   Flashpoint Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager #1,6/19/2011 3:17:14 AM
I have to say I loved this issue. Not only does this book add to the scope of the Flashpoint world but it features an interesting side story. Pirate Deathstroke is a brutal yet complex character and I cant wait to see what this 3 part mini has in store for him.
   Invincible Iron Man #505 (Fear Itself Tie-In),6/19/2011 1:00:15 AM
This has been the best Fear Itself tie-in. This title has been flat until last issue. This issue feeds on what made this a great run, some solid art and great character interactions. Plug in some great action and youve got a high quality book.
   X-Men Vol 3 #13 Regular Ed McGuinness Cover,6/19/2011 1:02:37 AM
Ive really enjoyed what Yost has been doing with this story. Sadly, this issue is a step in the wrong direction. everything feels rushed from the story to the art. The story does move forward a little but not enough to hold my interest. Im giving the book another issue and hopefully it gets back on track.
   Booster Gold Vol 2 #44 2nd Ptg (Flashpoint Prelude),6/19/2011 6:49:33 PM
Booster Gold seems to be playing an important role in the Flashpoint story and while this title is flying under many radars, its really a nice Flashpoint tie-in. While there are some head-scratching moments in the story, overall it solid. We get some good action and fun detective work as Booster attempts to find out who is behind this change in the world as he knows it. Dan Jurgens handles this book and does a nice job. Very good art and a solid story make this an issue worth picking up.
   DO NOT USE New X-Men #114,6/28/2011 5:22:15 PM
New X-Men #114 starts Grant Morrisons fantastic "E is for Extinction" storyline. This is a fantastic book setting up all of the upcoming events with a near perfect structure. Frank Quitelys art is a perfect fit for Morrisons storytelling which is why they have team together so often. If youve missed this arc, take advantage of Midtowns great prices and pick this three part series up. Its well worth it.
   X-Men Vol 2 #2,6/24/2011 8:48:01 AM
Chris Claremont & Jim Lee continue what I feel is one of the best X-Men stories youll find. Fantastic art mixed with tons of dialogue, something I highly miss in so many current comics. Claremont only wrote these first three issues of volume 2 but the are exceptional. If you dont have them, Midtowns prices make them a must grab!
   X-Men Vol 2 #3,6/24/2011 9:00:04 AM
Sadly, this issue ends Claremonts three issue kickstart of X-Men vol. 2 with Jim Lee. But it does so with the same great mixture of art and story. This is a story where Magneto is the centerpiece and I loved it. Again, if you havent read this arc, Midtowns prices make it a must grab. You wont regret it.
   X-Men Vol 2 #1 Cvr D Magneto,6/20/2011 4:11:33 PM
From this cover to the issues end, this is a fantastic book. Chris Claremont kicked off volume two of X-Men with this fantastic 3 issue Magneto story. Unlike so many books today, its full of dialogue and story that really works well. Lees fantastic art is among his best work and his crazy layouts and sharp character designs are near perfect. This is a great, great X-Men story and worth grabbing.
   Wolverine Vol 4 #7 Regular Jae Lee Cover,6/27/2011 7:20:23 PM
Its a shame that such a great story couldnt be packaged with stronger art. Almost everything about Aarons story works. Sadly, Acunas art feels rushed and sometimes looks unfinished. Wolverine is a unique book so I almost expect unique art but this just doesnt look good at all. But all is not lost. Aarons story continues to drive the book in spite of how it looks.
   Flashpoint Abin Sur The Green Lantern #1 Cover A 1st Ptg,6/27/2011 7:25:35 PM
While this is a fun, semi-entertaining issue, it carries with it the feel of a movie promotional advertisement. Even the art seems modeled after characters in the movie. Of course the issue sets up its Flashpoint twist which this issue sets up. While this isnt the greatest Flashpoint tie-in, theres still potential here for a story that could carry a lot of weight.
   Flashpoint Lois Lane And The Resistance #1,6/24/2011 10:31:43 PM
"Lois Lane and the Resistance" is a mixed bag. The story does fill in some significant gaps in the Flashpoint world. Lois is caught in the Atlanteans attack on Paris. Shes rescued by Amazons and offered "refuge". The story gives us some good insight into the inner structure and intentions of the Amazons. But while it feels important it is plagued with some lame and sometimes dated dialogue. Also the art is a headscratcher. The art looks rushed and is pretty underwhelming. Its hard to rate this issue. There is enough important information to save the story even with sub-par art. Hopefully issue #2 will step it up.
   Flashpoint The Outsider #1,6/25/2011 11:18:16 AM
James Robinson writes this intriguing story of Michael Desai, a stone-skinned mystery man with lots of money and power in the world of Flashpoint. The story is a well crafted introduction to the character although it only connects to the greater Flashpoint story through fleeting references. The art is servicable but does struggle during the action sequences. They lack the steady, fluid structure you would want. But even with the arts inconsistencies this is a fun issue. It offers up plenty of questions and Im certainly onboard for another issue.
   Flashpoint Reverse Flash #1,6/25/2011 3:45:09 AM
This is such a dissappointment. Most of the Flashpoint minis have been really solid but this issue is far from it. The story is nothing more than a brief look back at Eobard Thawnes attempt to kill Barry Allen. Nothing more. The art is boring, drab, and sometimes even looks like doodling. I was really expecting more from this book. Unfortunately I got a pointless issue that really adds nothing to Flashpoint, the event its supposed to be tied into.
   Superman Vol 3 #712 Regular Carlos Pacheco Cover,6/25/2011 3:52:37 AM
Taking a break from the mediocre "Grounded" arc, Superman #712 is an older story that was never published. It follows Krypto and takes place shortly after Connor Kents death during the Infinite Crisis. Its a cute and warm story that will really touch a certain audience (dog lovers for example)but for me it was just ok. The art is simple but effective in the present scenes but the flashbacks sometimes look cluttered while other times looking unfinished. The books inconsistent art doesnt help it. Ive seen where many have really enjoyed this book. For me it was simply ok. It has some heart but ultimately it never left me with any lasting impression.
   Fear Itself #3 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Steve McNiven Cover,6/27/2011 7:32:21 PM
Im starting to think that Marvel are experts at promoting an event but not so good at execution. This story started out with a lot of promise and there is still potential, but it felt as if it slowed down a bit. Immonens art is fantastic and the book looks great. But the story seems to be slowing down instead of picking up. It isnt a bad issue but for an major event Im hoping for a lot more down the line.
   Incredible Hulks #631,6/25/2011 3:38:00 PM
Lots of Hulk smashing and timely humor in place of plot progression. This is simple, dumb Hulk fun (and I dont mean that negatively). The art is exactly what a Hulk book should look like. The action is large-scale and the destruction is plenty. The art is a good compliment to a wall-to-wall action story. While I wish the main story of Greg Paks swan song would have been addressed, its hard to gripe about this issue. Nice art, some genuinely funny moments, and Hulk smashing usually equals success!
   Mighty Thor #3 1st Ptg Regular Olivier Coipel Cover,6/24/2011 10:43:35 PM
Fraction + Coipel + Thor + Galactus should equal success. After issue #1 I felt really good about this series. Sadly, Im starting to wonder. Fractions story lacks any real cohesion. It feels disjointed from Volstaggs "war" with a harshly stereotyped small town minister to Lokis attempt to get a lock of a naked Sifs hair to the preperation for war against Galactus. Coipels usually rock-solid art lacks the sharp detail and structure Im used to. The book looks hurried and thats unusual for Coipels work. With the exception of two fantastic Galactus panels, the art just didnt "wow" me. Im not sure what to expect from this series. I really thought this was going to be great but now I would settle for just good.
   Wolverine Vol 4 #11,6/25/2011 7:14:51 PM
Jason Aaron has established himself as a great Wolverine writer. While this issues action sequences are underwhelming, its the flashback sequences that really shine. It a gritty, sad story that adds a level of complexity to the Red Right Hand. Aaron and Guedes continue to churn out solid issues.
   X-Men Legacy #251,6/26/2011 6:54:39 PM
While this current X-Men arc isnt anything that will blow your socks off, it still has the feel of a classic X-Men story. The character interactions are good and the art is servicable. While it may not be the best, there is still something interesting about it that will have me back for the next issue.
   Uncanny X-Force Deathlok Nation HC,6/24/2011 8:37:32 AM
This is the second Uncanny X-Force volume and while not as good as volume one, it still has a lot to offer. This volume starts off with a Marvel .1 issue which isnt that bad. The actual Deathlok Nation storyline really picks up through the collected issues 5 through 7. The story is fantastic, really helped by a nice group of conflicted "heroes". Solid art for the most part help round out a solid collection worth picking up.
   Batman Incorporated #7 Cover A Regular Chris Burnham Cover,6/30/2011 4:59:50 AM
Im not the biggest Grant Morrison fan. I like some of his work but not all of it. He really gets it right here. Its a violent but satisfying story that really shows Morrisons strengths. I wasnt crazy about the art but overall its pretty good. This is a great issue and one you should pickup.
   Batman Arkham City #3,6/30/2011 5:05:07 PM
I have been waiting for this comic to stumble and fall but Paul Dini continues to surprise me. He takes a completely ludicrous concept and has made it really entertaining. Its a wonderful alternate Batman story for those needing a fix. Im really enjoying it.
   Detective Comics #878,6/30/2011 5:02:35 AM
This book shows why Scott Snyder is one of the best writers and storytellers in comics today. This is an incredible story with the shocking ending. Jocks hyper-stylized art sometimes works and sometimes doesnt. But this is all about Snyder. This is just another great book in his amazing Detective run.
   Flashpoint Green Arrow Industries #1,6/29/2011 9:51:29 PM
The Flashpoint tie-ins have been a mixed bag. Green Arrow Industries is one of the better issues mainly due to its quirky and head-scratching take on Green Arrow. Its completely different but still fun. The art is mostly good and adds to the strength of the book. Its hard to pinpoint why, but overall this is a lot of fun.
   Flashpoint Hal Jordan #1,6/29/2011 9:53:46 PM
First off the book looks great. The brushed look and vibrant colors really work. But except with one interesting action twist, this is the same Hal Jordan orgin story weve heard countless times. While I know this is a 3 part series, this first issue didnt seem necessary. Still pretty good though.
   Flashpoint Project Superman #1,6/29/2011 9:57:43 PM
This issue has an interesting concept that finally introduces Superman to the Flashpoint world. And while there is some entertainment value here, the book isnt without flaws. The art is the first problem. There is nothing special about the art nor is it appealling. Also the story isnt easy to follow closer to the end. It lacks cohesion which is surprising coming since Scott Snyder is involved. Still this is a pretty good issue and feels important in the world of Flashpoint.
   Gotham City Sirens #24,7/1/2011 9:27:47 PM
This is one of the casualties of the upcoming DC revamp. Its been a fun series and this issue kinda follows suit. The art is a mixed bag of really good and so-so work. The story is basically an action finale that is a tad formulaic. But while this issue didnt wow me, I still found it entertaining. You could do a lot worse.
   Green Lantern Vol 4 #67 Regular Doug Mahnke Cover (War Of The Green Lanterns Part 10),7/16/2011 3:18:06 AM
The delayed conclusion to The War of the Green Lanterns is finally here and it really packs a punch. Bright, vibrant, and action-packed. Plus its ending has crazy implications on the title for months to come (including the relaunch).
   Captain America Vol 5 #619 Regular Marko Djurdjevic Cover,7/5/2011 5:35:15 PM
Brubaker has been great on Cap but this book suffers from a disconnected feeling from the bigger events in the Marvel Universe. You can tell Brubaker ran out of time and had to wrap up his Bucky story prematurely. There are a lot of questions left up in the air and this issues ending is far to tidy. The art is simply ok and wont blow anyones socks off. There is entertainment here but nothing like I was hoping for.
   FF #5 Cover A Regular Mark Bagley Cover,6/30/2011 5:01:29 PM
Hickmans FF has consistently been one of Marvels best, most polished titles. This book is no different. Hickman continues to handle these characters well and his War of Four Cities storyline feels important. Add the gorgeous art and this is a great comic.
   Booster Gold Vol 2 #46 (Flashpoint Tie-In),7/16/2011 3:06:04 AM
Dan Jurgens continues this fun Flashpoint tie-in. Booster continues his struggle against Doomsday in this issue wish opens the Flashpoint world up to Booster while also having some great references to the past. The art is solid particularly Jurgens work on the first half of the book. This is a fun title and one that Im really going to miss once the DC relaunch hits.
   Detective Comics #879,7/16/2011 3:09:45 AM
Scott Snyder continues his dark and disturbing yet brilliant run. In this issue Jim Gordon searches for the truth about his son and we get our first look at Snyders Joker. The writing is stellar which is something were used to. Sadly the art is a mixed bag. The pencils are great but the colors are a distraction. The saturated pinks, reds, and oranges just dont work for me. But this is still a great read and well worth picking up.
   Flashpoint #3 Cover A Regular Andy Kubert Cover,7/9/2011 12:18:00 AM
Johns and Kubert provide the best main Flashpoint book to date. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. Maybe its due to being familiar with the many Flsahpoint tie-ins but the broader event is really impressive. Here Johns begins putting the key players together and leaves us chomping for the next issue.
   Flashpoint Abin Sur The Green Lantern #2,7/9/2011 8:16:17 PM
This should be an important Flashpoint book but instead it falls terribly short. The story moves at a ridiculously fast pace and never builds on any part of the story. The art looks rushed and at times unfinished. The characters look inconsistent and its generally unattractive. In other words this book is a flop.
   Flashpoint Batman Knight Of Vengeance #2,7/9/2011 8:18:11 PM
This remains one of the best Flashpoint tie-ins diving deeper into the dark, twisted world of Batman. The story packs plenty of surprises none bigger than the brutal ending. Well structured story and decent art makes this a good book to pickup.
   Flashpoint Citizen Cold #2,7/14/2011 3:21:42 AM
Ive really wanted this series to be good but it never gets past the coolness of its concept. The Rogues are after the hero Citizen Cold which has potential for a good story. But Scott Kolins never packs enough interest in the story to keep me involved. The art is very underwhelming and while consistent with Kolins other work it just doesnt work here.
   Flashpoint Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager #2,7/16/2011 3:12:31 AM
While not as strong as the first issue, Flashpoint Deathstroke #2 is still a fun action romp. While its not as structured as the first issue and the art isnt quite as sharp, I find this to be one of the better Flashpoint tie-in series.
   Flashpoint Frankenstein And The Creatures Of The Unknown #2,7/16/2011 3:15:54 AM
This isnt my type of story yet Jeff Lemire has managed to impress me with his supernatural Flashpoint title. This isnt as solid as the first issue but its still a fun read with several interesting dynamics at work including a contract monster hunter hired by the government but with her own axe to grind. The art is split between two artists and while their styles are different, they dont ruin the flow of the book. Neithers work will "WOW" you, its still servicable.
   Flashpoint Hal Jordan #2,7/31/2011 9:40:43 PM
Its really surprising that none of the Green Lantern Flashpoint books have any real feel of importance. This book feels more like an issue of necessity. The writing seems rushed and the art is mediocre. This is a big disappointment.
   Flashpoint Lois Lane And The Resistance #2,7/31/2011 9:43:27 PM
This issue is a huge jump in quality from the first book. We are introduced to Grifter, the leader of the Resistance. Lois becomes a supporting character and I wish I could have seen more of her, but this book was really fun and hard to gripe about.
   Jonah Hex Vol 2 #69,7/9/2011 8:20:23 PM
This issue is fueled by a fantastic story thats well crafted and near perfectly paced. Lemires art captures the tone but is a tad to scribbly and inconsistent. Still this is a fun read and one of the best books of the week.
   Captain America Vol 6 #1 1st Ptg Regular Steve McNiven Cover,7/16/2011 3:20:42 AM
This is what a Captain America book should feel like. Brubaker and McNiven have the makings of a classic creative team if this issue is any indication. McNivens gorgeous art is a perfect compliment to Brubakers crisp writing. What a book.
   Fear Itself Uncanny X-Force #1,7/9/2011 8:22:48 PM
While the art is decent this is one of those stories that makes you wonder "Why does this exist"? It barely ties into Fear Itself and isnt all that interesting. It takes the fantastic characters and throws them into a mediocre story that didnt interest me at all. A cash grab by Marvel?
   Red Skull #1,7/9/2011 8:24:50 PM
If youve read Paks "Magneto: Testament" you have a good idea what to expect. This first issue is a great setup and establishes the look and feel of the period perfectly. It is a little light on dialogue but it still relays plenty of emotion. This is going to be good!
   Ultimate Comics Fallout #1 Cover A Regular Mark Bagley Cover (Death Of Spider-Man Tie-In),7/16/2011 3:24:06 AM
Im not the biggest Bendis fan but this issue is great. Sure it employs a few cliches in an attempt to evoke an emotional response but I found them effective and appropriate. Bagleys art is top-notch. Ive always had mixed feeling about Bagleys work but when hes on he is on. This is a fine book sets up the series nicely.
   Uncanny X-Men #540 (Fear Itself Tie-In),7/9/2011 8:27:22 PM
This is one of the few good Fear Itself tie-in books. Gillen and Land team up again as Uncanny counts down to its final issue. Theres some great character interaction between the team as well as the promis of some heavy duty action. Lands art is slick and while many dont like him, I find his work to be solid (what till you see the awesome Juggernaut splash page). This issue is a lot of fun and a step up from the previous few books.
   Wolverine Vol 4 #12 Regular Jae Lee Cover,7/16/2011 3:26:56 AM
This may be a case of going to the well one to many times. This issue is structured identically to the previous two but without the pop of those issues. But thats not to say the issue is bad. It looks great and the story still is intriguing. But hopefully next issue will get things moving in a different direction.
   X-Men Schism #1 1st Ptg Regular Carlos Pacheco Cover,7/16/2011 3:36:35 AM
This is what an event set-up should feel like. Unlike Fear Itself, Schism feels urgent and important. Aaron sets up his series with some great dialogue and a true sense of concern. Pachecos art is great and his attention to detail and realism is fantastic. This is a solid book and one that easily prepped me for whats to come.
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