Comic Book Reviews – Mike’s Haul 6/5/2013

We are trying something different this week in regards to comic book reviews. Each week each member of the team will pick three books from their haul to review. Then out of all the books we review we will each pick out book of the week and post what the book was and why we picked it. Currently we have three people in the team and we hope to increase this as well as make improvements along the way! So please stick will us and we hope you enjoy seeing more reviews!

Comic Book Review Team:
Josh (@joshraj9)
Frank (@cizco)
Mike (@MikeFitz538)

Green Lantern #21

Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Billy Tan

This is an impossible task of following such a long run by Johns. I enjoyed most of the issue, especially the flash-forward at the start, except for the part with Hal & Carol which seemed forced more than anything. I also am not a huge fan of Tan’s art, and not sure if this issue hooked me the way I hoped it to. The beginning/ending teases were nice hooks for a new creative change/shift, but not sure how I felt about the still cryptic but wandering Guardians. I do enjoy that it seems the like before, the Lantern writers seems to be on the same page and coordinated well.

Review Score: 5/7

Avengers #13

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

I really enjoy Hickman’s writing since I’ve started reading his Marvel work with Secret Warriors. However, I’ve bee disappointed with Avengers (unlike New Avengers) that it’s often been slow, filled with big ideas that are often not very well explained. However, this issue is the second of 2 part arc, with the help of Nick Spencer and Mike Dedato, that really humanizes Hyperion, the stoic Superman like figure that Hickman added at the beginning of the series. I have enjoyed that with the large team, Hickman has teamed up character like Thor, Hawkeye, Superior Spider-Man, Spider-Woman & Hyperion, which often provides more comedy than is expected.

Review Score: 5/7

The Movement #2

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Freddie E Williams II

I’m a huge fan of Simone’s DC work, and liked a lot of this issue. I enjoy the general idea of this book, and appreciate the introduction of a certain character at the end. I do wish she has used some more recognizable characters from the pre New52 days because many of the new character I have a hard time relating to and enjoying many of the ‘new’ characters. I also really not sure how I feel about William’s art. It’s solid and the inks/colors help underscore the dark nature of the book, but there is something that, I guess, feels too cartoonish for a book like this.

Review Score: 5/7

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Josh Raj

Financial Analyst by day, DC Superhero by night! Fan of all things DC (Batman and Green Lantern). You can find me on Twitter: @joshraj9

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