Comic Reviews – 10-30-13
Swamp Thing Annual #2 – 8.5
Avengers #22 – 8.4
Avengers A.I. #5 – 8.4
Infinity #5 – 8.0
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special #1 – 6.3
As you can see, tons of great books this week. The Infinity event is in kind of a lull now that Infinity #5 showed the Avengers liberating all of the planets. Avengers #22 was more of a calm before the storm type of issue that centers around Captain America preparing for the final assault. Earth is next. The next few issues of this series is sure to be great and I can’t wait to see what is next.
We also saw Battle of the Atom end this week which was bittersweet. On one hand, Battle of the Atom was an awesome comic book event that was worthy of the X-Men’s 50 Year Anniversary, however it ended in an oddball way. While the finale was good in hindsight, the execution just wasn’t quite there…it just didn’t seem like it got all the attention that it deserved from Brian Michael Bendis. We saw a glut of writers and artists on this giant sized issue which ultimately hindered the end result. Nonetheless, the ending still has implications on all of the X-Books that keeps my curiosity and interest piqued.
Meanwhile, Superior Spider-Man continues to be great. More now than ever, I am starting to get the feeling that Slott’s ending to the series is truly coming to the end, especially after his announcement at NYCCC. Everything seems to be unraveling quicker than ever for the Otto Octavius inhabited Peter Parker. The end is nigh for this current status quo, and at this point, I don’t really know how I feel about that. On the one hand, I am not quite ready to see the real Parker back, but at the same time I am growing weary of Ock-Spidey in general.
Moving on, I’ll conclude with my comic of the week: Guardians of the Galaxy #8. This book was way better than I thought it was going to be coming in. At first, I thought that we were going to be reading a cheap Infinity tie-in. Boy was I wrong. The art, while divisive among critics in regards to the tone of this book, was simply amazing and gorgeous on many levels. From the space scenes to the action inside, everything was a pleasure to look at. The colors gave me a sense of mystery and nostalgia as it harkened back to the bright neon 80’s style similar to what we saw in the Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon game earlier this year. Rocket Raccoon and Groot are as funny as ever. Pick this book up ASAP.
That’s all I got for this week. What were your favorite books?