So Totally Awesome Hulk has a lovely tie-in with Bruce’s soul being saved and a new present begins for him. It was actually quite sweet and well written but then Civil War II decided upon a brand new take. The premise is a little convoluted and it fits in together with the disagreement with Carol and Tony loosely. We already have a badly paced main story where crimes are being thwarted before they are committed, but now as the Inhuman and Avengers converge prior to Bruce bring shot by Hawkeye. Apparently he hasn’t hulked out in a year and took precautions with Clint being able to stop him. The aspect that makes no sense is the timing, if you completely exclude Totally Awesome Hulk then this all fits together. Even truer is the idea that Hawkeye’s intuition makes him ideal to shoot him if he becomes Hulk again, which is rather pushing the skills of Barton let alone presuming he could handle murdering a friend. This idea of Clint’s heightened senses runs parallel to Ulysses being able to predict the future. It may happen but it also may not, so carrying out an action on premonition is very dangerous indeed. All that is without considering Bruce is no longer the Hulk which is clearly the current status quo. It is poorly thought out, poorly timed and poorly executed, however Marquez draws lovely similar faces.

Actually the week was otherwise quite good. There were a couple of Rebirth books that I did not enjoy that much. Wonder Woman Year One was reasonable story but there were inconsistencies to the art. It also comes at a time where Earth One WW was produced and delivered out very well by Morrison and Paquette. Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns was a reasonable summary book but there really is not too much to tell and it felt like treading water. Let us discuss the rest of the books!

Marvel Codes

Civil War II #3 – FCMVFZHEJ8T0

Deadpool #15 – FCMQAKBG6RTL

DC

373570._SX312_QL80_TTD_Nightwing Rebirth #1

I very much enjoyed this issue because there was an opportunity for the slow recap format of Rebirth to tell the story of Dick Grayson. Of all people, he had changed significantly since the new 52 and this well drawn issue summarised it welcomely.

373610._SX360_QL80_TTD_The Flash #2

The story is not necessarily a unique one as we have seen it in Superman and Spider-Man but it worked well in this issue. I like how the art remains strong and the characters are all well fashioned and individual.

Marvel

374871._SX312_QL80_TTD_Old Man Logan #8 – FCMKDENAE58S

Check my review earlier this week!

https://houseofflyingscalpels.com/2016/07/16/old-man-logan-8-catharsis-without-going-berzerk/

374901._SX360_QL80_TTD_The Vision #9 – FCMHQZ8LZDIZ

Check my review later this week!

 

374876._SX312_QL80_TTD_Power Man & Iron Fist #6 – FCMS0HTU5MWK

Such amazing ground level response dialogue and story. This is a tie in that actually has some meaning and brings some importance to the original Civil War. It even has its own story to manage intertwined with the Civil War II debate. Flaviano is great on the art too.

Independent

365747._SX312_QL80_TTD_Mirror #5

I have lost what is happening with this book as the story and characters are less distinct when the past and present stories are told together. However Lim’s art is simply breaking and the lettering really brings a combined composition feel to the book.

400425._SX312_QL80_TTD_House of Penance #4

Just incredible. Bertram’s art is glorious in its weird symmetry with the main creepy female character. The story is unfolding at a decent pace and the sheer terror and insidious creature that lurks around the house/mind is so amazingly rendered.

376710._SX312_QL80_TTD_The Wicked + The Divine #21

Now this is an issue to behold. When a set of characters fully unleash their powers, sometimes it can be a little disappointing but to see Dionysus in full flow and the Valkyries assemble is breathtaking. It is so fantastic how McKelvie and Wilson step up to the plate.

407295._SX312_QL80_TTD_Morning Glories #50

I was very excited to read this as I thought it was a final issue! It isn’t quite there but the story made massive headway, as it did with the previous comic. We finally got to meet the headmaster and both Spencer and Eisma are fantastic, so good to finally see this book move.

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