Comic Reviews – 8-14-13

starwars8This was a bigger week for me than I anticipated. There were quite a few titles that I missed when making my pull list in addition to there being a few comics that I missed from last week, including Trillium. Here goes:

Batman #23 – 7.3

Star Wars #8 – 8.5

Lost Vegas #4 – 8.8

Walking Dead #113 – 9.0

Infinity #1 – 8.5

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2 – 5.9

Scarlet Spider #20 – 5.0

Uncanny X-Men #10 – 5.7

Trillium #1 – 9.0

I wish I was able to get my hands on Trillum last week. Unfortunately, my local shop got shorted and didn’t get their full order in until this Wednesday. I’m glad the owner held one for me. That book was great and more than likely would have garnered my book of the week had it came out this week. Gimmick or not, the two parts of the story, each read by flipping the book around, was brilliant. They both came together perfectly as the stories met in the middle of the book. The story had an air of mystery to it that begs to be read while at the same time giving you a great introduction to the world that our protagonists live in. Jeff Lemire’s art is beautiful and surreal. I particularly loved the colors in the book. This is a comic that I can’t wait to read more of. Meanwhile, I completely forgot to pick up Robocop last week. I finally got a chance to read it and came away impressed.

But alas! I need to talk about this week. As you can see, I gave out a lot of low scores. I was really disappointed with both Spider titles. In particular, this issue of Superior Team-Up is probably the most disappointed I have been with a comic so far this year. I was expecting so much more with Ock-Spidey meeting Scarlet Spider. Instead, I was duped into reading two issues of a lackluster story. I wished I had saved my money on these, but I had to give them a chance. Superior Team-Up was pretty damned good last month.

Speaking of disappointments, I might be in the minority here, but I don’t think that the Zero Year arc in Batman is all that great. So far it has been a let down for me. I’m just not able to get into it for some reason that is hard to put a finger on. Maybe it’s because the previous arcs in the series have been so great. The one thing that is impressive, though, continues to be the art; in particular, the coloring of the Zero Year issues has been phenomenal.

That leaves me with my comic of the week which has to be Infinity #1. Since I haven’t been reading Avengers since Marvel Now, you can consider me a virgin when it comes to the continuity involved leading up to this series. That said, this issue did enough for me to want to see this until the end. Hickman does a great job of setting things up for newcomers like me. The story was wistful and although the length of the issue was extended, I didn’t even notice because it was such a pleasure to read…if that makes sense. It is totally worth the $4.99 price tag that comes with it. This is an event that I look forward to investing my hard earned money in.


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