Professor Kyle’s New Comic Reviews 3-16-2011

Written on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Warning: Spoilers Below

-R.E.B.E.L.S. 26
Lobo takes most of the stage in issue 26 of R.E.B.E.L.S. written by Tony Bedard with art by Daniel HDR and Claude St Aubin. We pick right up from Lobo definitely killing Starro’s lieutenant Storm Daughter and tearing his way to Starro and Vril Dox. We’re also given hints of the slow takeover of new Starro’s back on the new Rann/ Tamaran homeworld.

Bedard’s run has been consistently well written for characters and interstellar crises. With everything wrapping up in two issues its hard to imagine this can all be done in 40 pages. We have the main character, Vril Dox held under Starro’s control and most of his allies led away from his main conquest. The next issue will tell a lot. Plus we’ve yet to see Lobo enact his Red Lantern Ring.

HDR and Aubin’s art blends well enough that no real difference can be seen from the first and second half of the story. The violence is subdued in this issue so there is less to be seen, but the quality of work keeps the same standard it has all along.

Grade B+

-Ultimate Avengers vs. New Avengers
We catch up with more of Nick Fury’s plans and designs in Avengers vs New Ultimates #2 written by Mark Millar with art by Leinil Yu. The feeling is somewhat similar to the first as we see Fury recruiting/ reestablishing a status quo on his team and attempt to stop a super human weapon deal. This time we see Punisher, Hawkeye, Blade and War Machine vs the proto hulk Tyrone Cash. Similar to last issue, when he’s finally stopped he tells the team Carol Danvers has gone rogue and will be coming for them. This will make for an interesting turn as we see what looks like both sides played against each other.

Millar keeps up the blockbuster movie feel he’s become known for. This story s well contained even on its own, but with the events of the first issue the layers build a real kind of suspense as to what is going one.

Yu’s are comes of much cleaner than it has in previous series here. While the shading and glossy look of some of the scenes may have been a little off he still know how to depict action like War Machine crashing through a street.

Grade A

-Knight and Squire 6
Knight and Squire reaches it’s end with issue 6 written by Paul Cornell with art by Jimmy Broxton. The Joker goes on a killing spree of England’s heroes with the terrified British Joker forced along. We bounce back and forth with the pair of Jokers (thats a pun folks) and the heroes and villains united to stop all the murder.

Cornell’s writing splits me on how this story ends. For the advantage the ending ties together previous issues all the way to the beginning and prove that everything we’ve seen has had value and ties together nicely. For the negative, I’m a huge joker fan and he comes off crazy but just a little too easily mislead and tricked.

Broxton’s art seems to very in level on different pages. While the style is well suited for this issue it seems to be more complex at the wrong times. The scene where Squire is having a serious emotional moment we see some of the simpler artwork as opposed to how much more work is put into each joker on the second page.

Grade B

-Avengers: Children’s Crusade. Young Avengers
Avengers Children’s Crusade Young Avengers takes a break from the main plot to focus back on the Young Avengers themselves and what initially brought them together. Kang. We follow Iron Lad, who is the teenage Kang, trying to fight off his villainous future. This story has the two confronting each other as we take an unexplored take on the teams first patrol and get a glimpse of what lies ahead for them as events unfold in the fight over the Scarlet Witch’s fate.

Allan Heinberg is definitely the right person to tell this story as the person who created the team. With the long gaps between issues of the main story it’s nice to have a refresher now and them. Since the Young Avengers were introduced six years ago, it is nice to have an intro for those not yet familiar.

Alan Davis’ art does a great job filling action and group scenes. We are treated to groups of the young avengers as the were and possibly are. The depiction of the original secret six was also a nice touch as a training program.

Grade C+

-Invincible Iron Man 502
Invincible Iron Man 502 written by Matt Fraction with art by Salvador Larroca pits Tony Starks mind clearly against Dr. Octopus’ disease. Here we see real insight into Stack and Octavius as the two do what they do best In Stark’s case it’s be brutally honest and using his mind to find some sort of real answer to his problem. Unable to cure Octavius or truely admit he can’t do it he tries to redirect things to anyone who might actually help. Octavius meanwhile proves that he wont be distracted or compromise. He may even have shown his understanding of his and other criminal minds when talking to Stark about his own wolf in the fold.

Fraction’s writing never fails to build drama of the moment and include snappy dialogue, especially when Tony Stark in involved. The higher level of threats and banter between Stark and Octopus has been a surprising treat.

Larroca’s art has been very satisfactory for me, but at times I cant help but notice peoples faces are a little slack and emotionless. This isn’t always the case, as when we have close up of Pepper being caught by Sand Man. One of the first panels she doesn’t look surprise, scared or anything just blank. The next panel her eyes look darker and reddening.

Grade B

-Unwritten 23
Unwritten 23 written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross gives us possible answers or more accurately some insight as to what and why Tom Taylor finds himself trapped inside the whale. We’ve struggled with questions from the onset of the story and it seems like we’ve reached an arc that is giving us more and more answers as Tom comes from discovering how to move from one story into another into the possible source of what enables him to do unbelievable things in a pretty real setting.

Carey’s story continues to move down a strange path with this issue. The story itself puts a lot of importance on the power of symbols and even collective believe, or as its wonderfully put here “I exist in the suspension of your disbelief”.

Gross’ artwork continues to do a great job of putting together strange scenes that seen utterly strange. Such as Baron Munchausen, Pinocchio and Sinbad the sailor working together to escape the same whale. All around the visuals have a very fantastical look without pushing over the top.

Grade A-

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