Comic Reviews for 8-03-11

Written on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Reviews 8-03-11

Warning: Spoilers Below

-Ultimate Fallout #4

More seeds are planted for the future in Ultimate Fallout #4 written by Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer with art by Sara Pichelli, Salvador Larroca and Clayton Crain. We are again treated to multiple stories that will certainly feed into the future of the Ultimate Universe. Most well known and leaked is the appearance of the new Ultimate Spider Man, Miles Morales. The brief fight with the Kangaroo works as an introduction and hammers home how inexperienced the new would-be hero is right now.

The two remaining stories pick up strands that have been left open by Bendis in the past. First we see the awakening of Reed Richards trapped in the negative zone by Jonathan Hickman. After freeing himself Reed appears to gather or cultivate a group of people that he is going to refine down to a smaller unit for some unknown scheme.

The final story by Nick Spencer picks up the threads from Ultimate Origins as a reporter tells a White House official about obtaining proof that tests run by the United States led to the creation of all mutants.

All three stories will certainly work as great lead-ins for the new Ultimate series to come but we are left with the same question as the previous issue. Why couldn’t all of this have been worked into the first issues of each coming series instead of put together in this format?

Grade B

– Gates of Gotham #4

More of the dark history of Gotham City is revealed in Gates of Gotham written by Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins with art by Dustin Nguyen and Derec Donovan. In this issue we see the penultimate chapter of the series. We see the high society royalty-like figures of Gotham turn their back on the surviving Gates architect after the death of his brother. We also see the current wearer of the armored suit escape Robin and Red Robin.

Snyder and Higgins writing continues to mount the intrigue and interest. We also get a new perspective on the city and where its origins are. There seem to be subtle ties to the Wayne family history similar in tone to what we got in The Return of Bruce Wayne. In the end we see that Alan Wayne is willing to forsake someones death to protect the other members of Gotham’s high society. We see little beyond what we already knew in the last issue of the Architect’s plan. Now we simply see it unfold more before the conclusion in the final issue.

Grade B-

-Secret Six #36

The series comes to a close as Bane’s plan comes to a head in Secret Six #36 written by Gail Simone with art by J. Calafiore. In this issue the Six prepare their plan to cripple and break Batman by killing four of his closest allies (Red Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman and Azrael) only to be betrayed by the newest forced member, the Penguin. Using a tracking device the Six find themselves surrounded by most of the active heroes in the DC universe. Rather than going quietly or giving up Bane distributes vials of Venom to them to prep for the fight outside.  It’s not too gruesome but suggested through the narrations of Huntress that all members of the Six are killed. While the heroes will undoubtedly feel bad later, this shows DC’s normally pristine ‘heroes’ in a very dim light. It’s a perspective to rarely seen.

Simone’s writing continues to be perfect for this series. The serious nature and weight of the story is offset by moments that make you uncertain if you should laugh of shudder. A favorite in this issue is Bane giving a young child a knife to hide in her teddy bear so that “Your enemies will always be at a disadvantage.” In the end Simone shows us once again that the strength of these character is that they are a family, no matter what other terrible things you can say about them.

Grade A-

2 Responses to “Comic Reviews for 8-03-11”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been reading these comic reviews for a few weeks now and I’ve never wanted to leave a comment until now. The spelling and grammar seems a bit off.

    You spelled Miles’ name wrong. Some sentences are redundant and missing basic things like commas and apostrophes. Some don’t even make sense mostly because there’s a word missing or there’s too many words. As another example, “All three stories will certain work as great lead ins for the new Ultimate series to come but we are left with the same question as the previous issue.” You’re missing a couple things in here. “Certain” needs to be “certainly” and “lead ins” needs a hyphen. And that’s just one little thing. I could pick apart all the reviews and go line by line.

    I’m sorry to be so blunt and to call you out in a public forum but all of your reviews are like this. I’d like to continue reading and check out the new things when posted and remain a fan, but not if the reviews are written like this. I can find better and well written reviews elsewhere.

  2. Kyle says:

    It’s a fair point and I won’t argue with you Anonymous. Part of it is a keyboard on the verge of finally dying on me, but the bigger problem is that I despise going back over my own work. I’ll try to put more effort into it so you won’t have to suffer so in the future.