It is official my interest in Rebirth has diminished. So another issue of Civil War rolled by and another set of nonsensical events leading to a confrontation occurred. At least Totally Awesome Hulk made some attempt to justify the murder of Bruce Banner, but to be fair, it was as best as you were gonna get. There still lies a gulf of characterisation between the happy Bruce and the one that was scared of Hulking. I can see myself writing a post on Civil War, just to point out the frailty in the plot and how the original was actually much simpler and more effective. Mockingbird was a little disappointing but that is in part due to the extra guest stars in the issue. The story was a little stretched and Bobbi got lost in the mix unfortunately. You may ask how I could leave out Wonder Woman from this list? The problems I have with Rucka’s writing come through on this title: very subtle character work and no actual movement of any aspect of the story. The art was gorgeous in places but I struggle to recommend it based on low level emotional development. Old Man Logan went back to it’s violent roots but moving through to Japan, retracing well worn history. Sorrentino is just phenomenal as he always is but the lack of novel writing means it fails to make the list. Amazingly unbeatable Squirrel Girl did not make the list, purely because the fantastic premise of a date with Mole Man failed to culminate with any interest. Shame really. Autumnlands, 4001AD and empty zone suffered the same fates, a dip in the middle aspects of the plot despite wonderful artwork on all titles.

Marvel Codes

Old Man Logan #9 – FCMPYK63QRVC

the unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10 – FCMZ4G7F9DDU

Mockingbird #5 – FCMEK71D5MET

Civil War II #4 – CDDGK34C36WV

DC

373580._SX312_QL80_TTD_Nightwing #1

It is almost too cute this opening issue, but for a character like Dick it is acceptable. His interactions with Bruce, Damian and Barbara are all well thought out and in character. I am not overtly impressed with the new antagonist but it is only the beginning of the arc.

Marvel

375106._SX312_QL80_TTD_Totally Awesome Hulk #9

What an issue. As soon as you open the book, you notice Del Mundo’s art and it is simply beautiful. Carol’s confrontation with Cho was actually well written and fantastically handled. There was a surprise twist and he makes his intentions very clear for any future interactions.

374861._SX312_QL80_TTD_Ms Marvel #9 – FCMWAQINZHW1

Another refreshing issue that really gets to the crux of the premonition crimefighting dilemma that is Civil War. Kamala was always going to lose faith in Carol but the way in which it is handled was all too important. I am pleased to see the effects this change has had on the family and friends of Ms Marvel.

374806._SX312_QL80_TTD_Steve Rogers: Captain America #3 – THMRV9YGIEZB

This story reads as as a What If? story of Captain America and the conversation between Red Skull and Steve Rogers is simply quite terrifying. Even his mother’s history has been rewritten and the flashbacks are similarly devastating. The art is the weakest part of the comic but it doesn’t detract from the story.

375076._SX312_QL80_TTD_The Mighty Thor #9 – FCM0CTXQKQV0

There is a ominous tone to this story and the slow revelation that Jane Foster is Thor is going to cause huge ramifications. The battle of the realms continues with fervour and the fight with Silver Samurai was beautifully drawn.

375086._SX312_QL80_TTD_Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #9 – THM7VKRSJFD9

This book is an exemplary example of how to write a comic book of children for every age of reader. The balance of having two powered children fighting as superheroes and yet compete in school is handled fantastically. Bustos is brilliant at bringing the petulance!

374931._SX312_QL80_TTD_Black Panther #4 – FCM7Z0YR2DAW

Check my review out earlier this week!

 

Independent

376615._SX312_QL80_TTD_Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #2

I will never have enough positive word to describe Quietly’s art as it simply makes the comic. The writing is actually fine for Mark Millar but the fight between originally superpower individuals is just incredible, I mean a hero that can rearrange minds and one that can implant a cat riding a unicorn? Just wonderful.

376515._SX312_QL80_TTD_Outcast #19

Of all the previous arcs and the spread at which the story is progressing, we are only just coming towards a definition for the name Outcast. It is not that inventive but it is interesting especially when Azaceta is so intensely scary on the artwork. The plot may move slow but it’s insidiousness is the key.

376585._SX312_QL80_TTD_East of West #28

Now the son is finally about to come in contact with other beings and the race is on. Death and his hostage eyeball are on the case but the war is brewing and there is no doubt that the child is going to play the most important part of this story. It is very enticing indeed!

409273._SX312_QL80_TTD_Judge Dredd #8

This title continues to impress me because it moves a an irregular pace. Sometimes it is slow and steady and other times it moves rapidly. The answers to the Mega City ruralfication are coming but they are quite disturbing indeed, especially as the children become infected with a hideous virus.

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