The Week in Revue (Aug 28 – Sep 3, 2013)

Spotlight

Batman Incorporated Special #1

(w) Chris Burnham, Joe Keatinge, Dan Didio

(a) Chris Burnham, Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Masters

DC Reviews

Batman/Superman #3

(w) Greg Pak

(a) Jae Lee

Justice League #23 –> DC Comics News Review!

(w) Geoff Johns

(a) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

The Flash #23

(w) Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato

(a) Francis Manapul

Marvel Reviews

Captain America #10

(w) Rick Remender

(a) Joh Romita Jr.

Young Avengers #9

(w) Kieron Gillen

(a) Jaime McKelvie

The Week in Revue (July 10-16, 2013)

Spotlight

Batman #22

(w) Scott Snyder

(a) Greg Capullo

“ZERO YEAR” CONTINUES!!!

DC Reviews

Green Lantern Corps #22

(w) Robert Vendetti and Van Jensen

(a) Cliff Chiang

GUY GARDNER IS A RED LANTERN ONCE AGAIN! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS?

Justice League #22

(w) Geoff Johns

(a) Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

“TRINITY WAR” BEGINS HERE! THIS REVIEW WILL APPEAR ON DCCOMICSNEWS.COM!

Superman Unchained #2

(w) Scott Snyder

(a) Jim Lee

WHO IS THE MAN OF STEEL’S MYSTERIOUS NEW ENEMY? WHO IS THE ORIGINAL SUPERMAN?

Marvel Reviews

Uncanny X-Men #8

(w) Brian Michael Bendis

(a) Chris Bachalo

AFTER GOING TO HELL AND BACK, HOW WILL THE TEAM DEAL?

Young Avengers #7

(w) Kieron Gillen

(a) Jaime McKelvie

REMEMBER THOSE SKRULLS FROM THE FIRST ISSUE? THEY’RE BACK!

The Week in Revue (June 26 – July 2, 2013)

——- Spotlight
Batman/Superman #1
(w) Greg Pak
(a) Jae Lee

——- DC Reviews

The Flash #21
(w) Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
(a) Francis Manapul

Justice League #21 
(w) Geoff Johns
(a) Gary Frank
CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW ON DC COMICS NEWS!

Justice League of America #21
(w) Geoff Johns
(a) David Finch
CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW ON DC COMICS NEWS!

——- Marvel Reviews
Age of Ultron #10A.I.
(w) Mark Waid
(a) Andre Araujo

X-Men #2
(w) Brian Wood
(a) Olivier Coipel

Young Avengers #6
(w) Kieron Gillen
(a) Kate Brown

Young Avengers #5

(w) Kieron Gillen     (a) Jamie McKelvie

Origin stories tend to either be very, very cool, or very, very lame. I don’t know why, nor do I pretend to understand why. It just seems to happen that way.

Even before this conclusion issue, it was evident that Kieron Gillen’s team of Young Avengers was a whole different beast from Alan Heinberg’s from back in the day. And I was prepared for that. I was ready for my favorite franchise to look and feel completely unique from what I’d come to love. But I’d read Phonogram so again, I knew I was in for something different. I wasn’t, however, ready for just how awesome it could be. 

Gillen’s opening arc for the second volume of Young Avengers is one of the most intriguing and interesting takes on the “getting the band together” comic book trope I’ve ever read. These characters are teenagers and they act like it. What kids are voluntarily putting their lives on the line instead of being glued to their cell phones and tablets? Well, if any would, it would be the ones who are superheroes. Gillen understands that normal teenage behavior doesn’t go away when the superheroics kick in. These kids are always thinking about who they are and what they want, just like any other normal kid, The difference is that the Young Avengers have to juggle interdimensional monstrosities.


** SPOILERS AHEAD **

These kids don’t want to be a team. This simple fact is what makes this vision of the Young Avengers so appealing — by the end of Young Avengers #5, the only reason they all decide to stay together is to physically prevent an otherworldly invasion. It’s not because they all necessarily like each other. In fact, everyone hates Loki mostly, and Miss America doesn’t trust anyone else. Just like normal teenagers, their relationships are complicated. And just like eighteen-year-olds in real life, they have to recognize when to grow and step up to the challenge. This is as good at time as any.

GRADE
9.5/10

The Week in Revue (May 22-28, 2013)

——- Spotlight

The Green Team #1
(w) Art Baltazar and Franco     (a) Ig Guara
THE FOIL TO GAIL SIMONE’S THE MOVEMENT, THIS SERIES FEATURES THE SUPER-RICH TEENAGERS WHO INHABIT THE DCnU!

——- DC Reviews
Justice League Dark #20
(w) Jeff Lemire     (a) Mikel Janin
HOW DO THE JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, THE FLASH, AND SWAMP THING ALL CONNECT? ONLY JEFF LEMIRE KNOWS!

Teen Titans #20
(w) Scott Lobdell     (a) Eddy Barrows)
WILL SCOTT LOBDELL ACTUALLY DELIVER A SEMI-COGENT ISSUES THIS MONTH? I’M NOT HOLDING MY BREATH!

——- Marvel Reviews
Uncanny Avengers #8AU
(w) Rick Remender     (a) Andy Kubert
THE “AGE OF ULTRON” TIE-IN FEATURING KANG AND THE APOCALYPSE TWINS!

Young Avengers #5
(w) Kieron Gillen     (a) Jaime McKelvie
THE FINAL ISSUE OF KIERON GILLEN’S FIRST AMAZING ARC!

The Week in Revue (Apr 24-31, 2013)

——- DC Reviews

The Flash #19
(w) Brian Buccellato     (a) Marcio Takara
DC’S “WTF” MONTH CONTINUES WITH A BRAND NEW VILLAIN FOR THE FLASH!

Batman Incorporated #10
(w) Grant Morrison     (a) Chris Burnham
MORRISON’S EPIC BATMAN SAGA IS WINDING DOWN!

I, Vampire #19
(w) Joshua Hale Fialkov     (a) Fernando Blanco and Andrea Sorrentino
FINAL ISSUE! AND REALLY, FIALKOV’S FINAL ISSUE FOR DC! DANG.

——- Marvel Reviews
Young Avengers #4
(w) Kieron Gillen     (a) Jaime McKelvie
LOVE ME SOME YOUNG AVENGERS! 


Avengers #10
(w) Jonathan Hickman     (a) Dustin Weaver
HONESTLY, IT’S SUPER HARD TO KNOW WHAT HICKMAN IS GOING TO THROW AT US NEXT WITH THIS SERIES. WHATEVER IT IS, THOUGH, IT’LL BE GREAT.

Uncanny X-Men #5
(w) Brian Michael Bendis     (a) Fraiser Irving
IT’S THE ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK WITH ‘UNCANNY’ IN THE TITLE, NOW THAT THERE ARE, LIKE, 30.

The Week in Revue (Mar 27-Apr 2, 2013)

——- Spotlight

Guardians of the Galaxy #1
(w) Brian Michael Bendis     (a) Steve McNiven
THE GUARDIANS RETURN TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

——- DC Reviews
Batman Incorporated #9
(w) Grant Morrison     (a) Chris Burnham
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MOMENTS AFTER THE DEATH OF DAMIAN WAYNE?

The Flash #18
(w) Brian Buccellato     (a) Marcio Takara
THE TRICKSTER ACCUSED OF MURDER? AND A SPECIAL CROSSOVER WITH…DIAL H!

Justice League Dark #18
(w) Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes     (a) Mikel Janin
THE CONCLUSION TO “THE DEATH OF MAGIC!”


———- mini reviews
Aquaman #18
(w) Geoff Johns     (a) Paul Pelletier
“DEATH OF A KING” BEGINS HERE! A NEW ARC IN THIS ACCLAIMED SERIES!

Superman #18
(w) Scott Lobdell     (a) Kenneth Rocafort
H.I.V.E. MAKES IT’S NEW 52 DEBUT AS THEY TRY TO TAKE OVER METROPOLIS!

Teen Titans #18
(w) Scott Lobdell     (a) Eddy Barrows
FALLOUT FROM “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” AND THE DEATH OF DAMIAN WAYNE! GUEST STARRING THE SUICIDE SQUAD!

——- Marvel Reviews
Age of Ultron #3 of 10
(w) Brian Michael Bendis     (a) Bryan Hitch
MARVEL’S POST-APOCALYPTIC EVENT CONTINUES!

Uncanny Avengers #5
(w) Rick Remender     (a) Olivier Coipel
WONDER MAN, WASP, AND SUNFIRE JOIN THE UNCANNY AVENGERS!

Young Avengers #3
(w) Kieron Gillen     (a) Jaime McKelvie
MORE AMAZINGNESS FROM GILLEN AND MCKELVIE ON THE LANDMARK SERIES!

———- mini reviews
Fantastic Four #5AU
(w) Matt Fraction     (a) Andre Araujo
AN “AGE OF ULTRON” TIE-IN ISSUE!

The Superior Spider-Man #6AU
(w) Christos Gage     (a) Dexter Soy
AN “AGE OF ULTRON” TIE-IN ISSUE!