Wednesday Checkup – 06/19/2013

Age of Ultron 10
Age of Ultron #10
Recommendation:The Critic
Age of Ultron was a $40 advertisement for some mini-series it sets up at the end. Marvel now has its own “punching the walls of reality” moment too. Good job!

Brother Lono
Brother Lono #1
Recommendation: I love “100 Bullets”, but it’s also a story that I have always felt was complete. “Brother Lono” walks the fine line of capturing the magic that made the dense crime drama work so well, without rehashing a completed story. The first issue sets the mood and the style of the series while introducing the characters, leaving the plot to wait. It works fine though, since this team can play with mood as well as any other team in comics. Anytime Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso work together, it’s a treat. I’m glad they made this book.

Captain Marvel 13
Captain Marvel #13
Recommendation: This has got to be one the strongest titles in the superhero genre. A great protagonist, diverse supporting cast, and Kirby-esque threats make this one of the most fun books on the stands. It also shows how much butt a girl can kick and why one of the next Marvel movies needs to be “Captain Marvel”.

Recommendation: Go to Comixology and buy this book, then buy “The Mire” and “Wolves”. For only 99 cents and in less than thirty pages, Becky Cloonan has written a third story that shows what comics are capable of as literature. The Thunder and Ink books are just stupidly good. You need to spend $2.97 and read them. Now.

Fables 130
Fables #130
Recommendation: Sometimes stories starring children are really fun and remind you what it’s like to look at the world through fresh, innocent eyes. Other times the kids are really annoying and you hope they fall down a well. This one belongs in the latter category.

Invincible 103
Invincible #103
Recommendation: Atom Eve has consistently been one of my favorite parts of Invincible for the last few years. She plays out the “realism” aspect of the book more than most other characters and little scenes like her driving rather than flying due to the baby play really well. Angstrom Levy’s return also may mark a return to the zany (but somehow simultaneously intimidating) villains that lit up Invinicible when it was first being published.

Superior Spider-Man 12
Superior Spider-Man #12
Recommendation: Like Captain Marvel, this book is pure superhero and understands what makes the genre tick. The slightly darker tone due to Sp-ock being in control turn some of the fun into an examination of what defines heroism and, more specifically, what defines Spider-Man. This issue offers another crucial choice in the Sp-ock saga and I’m excited to see how it all turns out. (I hope Jameson get’s to kick some Spider Slayer ass, but that’s just me)

Uncanny Avengers 9
Uncanny Avengers #9
Recommendation: If you dislike exposition, then you may hate this book. The villainous scenes all play very well, but when the heroes get together it’s to state what they believe and how they would like to act accordingly. Too much of this book felt like Remender defending the speech he wrote for Alex Summers in issue five.

Wonder Woman 21
Wonder Woman #21
Recommendation: NEW GODS!!! Let me repeat that, NEW GODS!!! In addition to one of the most talented writers in DC’s stable tackling one of the most consistently challenging (and rewarding) sets of characters starting this month, we all are allowed to get our hearts broken. Azzarello is really good at making you like things, then taking them away.


About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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