I’ll be changing the review format this week in an effort to make the reviews on “Sequential Pictures” more helpful to readers and provide a higher level of quality in analysis. The Weekly Checkup will now be a rapid fire look at many of the books released each week. Each review will be comprised of a couple quick, spoiler-free thoughts and a general recommendation. The Friday Followup will be an in-depth analysis of one or two new releases. These will be designed for people who have read the book and are looking for serious criticism of the art, writing and storytelling in a given issue.
I hope this improves the site and would love to hear any feedback on the change.
Age of Ultron #7
“Age of Ultron” has finally reached the beginning of a story. Seeing alternate versions of beloved characters is always cool, but that’s just about the only positive thing there is to say about this story. So all you need to see is the cover. You’re welcome.
Recommendation: Keep Walking
All-New X-Men #11
Here we have Brian Michael Bendis doing what he does best in his very decompressed style of writing, developing characters. Even though all of the plot has already been revealed in “Uncanny X-Men”, this book continues to be a great read just to see the cast develop.
Recommendation: If you like X-things, read this series.
The vast majority of my enjoyment from this book comes purely from seeing many of my favorite characters, like Jay Garrick. There are some really great spreads of Doctor Fate and other JSA stalwarts, but the dialogue can be clunky and the story tends to drag. However, it’s the only place left to get a JSA fix and it’s not too bad.
Recommendation: JSA fans only.
Green Arrow #20
Lemire wraps up his first arc this week and shows how quickly a bad book can turn good. There’s a lot to like here with an ongoing mystery, great action sequences, and some ominous villains mucking about. The supporting cast may leave something to be desired though. It bares a striking resemblance to WB’s “Arrow”, but it’s still a pretty kick ass adventure.
Recommendation: This is one of the best books at DC. (even if that doesn’t say much currently)
Wow… Why aren’t Andy Diggle and Jock doing more creator-owned work? This was a great mini-series that nailed the ending. It is not for the faint of heart though, as Diggle isn’t pulling punches in a work that is entirely his own. This is definitely a book I’ll buy as a collected volume and I’m anticipating discussing this more on Friday.
Recommendation: Read it, if you’re not buying comics just for superheroes.
Superior Spider-Man #9
Believe the hype, Dan Slott has done it again. This book continues to be one of the more innovative and brave superhero books on the market. Slott knows his characters and allows them to progress the story in a very dramatic fashion. It’s really good stuff and makes you wish more writers at the Big Two had this sort of audacity.
Recommendation: Read this (and all of the tweets between Slott and outraged fans today).
Ten Grand #1
This is a really interesting first installment with absolutely gorgeous art, as always, from Ben Templesmith. It’s part detective noir and part supernatural thriller, but entirely its own story. I look forward to taking a deeper look at this on Friday as well.
Recommendation: If you enjoy “Hellblazer” or “The Dresden Files”, you’ll love this.
The Movement #1
Where the hype on Superior Spider-Man was well earned, it’s just not there on this book. With a cast of misfits and a writer like Gail Simone, it has all the elements that made “Secret Six” great, but the ideas come across muddled. Only time will tell if this issue shows promise or a lack of direction.
Recommendation: Simone fans will probably like it.
Come back on Friday, if you’d like to discuss the finale of “Snapshot” or the debut of “Ten Grand”. I’ll see you then, same sequential time, same sequential station.