Saturday, 15 June 2013

Mini Trade Reviews

As I have read loads of trades over the past month and fallen way behind on getting reviews done. I have decided to do a page of micro reviews. Feel free to comment if you are looking for more details on any particular volume.

Nick Spencer.
Ryley Romosso.
Image Comics.

Easily the most stylish comic I have picked up in years. Ryley's use of subtle colouring, brought alive with vivid splashes of red paint that express a range of emotions brilliantly. The story, spins the classic hero/villain dynamic well and truly on it's head

Great Pacific:
Joe Harris.
Martin Morazzo.
Image Comics.

I love a good corporate espionage story and GP delivers. Slowly layering up the story in volume 1 and leaving me drooling for more.After his fathers death Sam Worthington III inherits a fortune and family business built on fossil fuels. We follow him to the Great Pacific trash pile as he works to reclaim the waste and restore his family name. Pirates, assassins,  giant octopuses and Polynesian myths ensue. Solid performance on the art from Morazzo. Another Image hit

First X-Men: Children of the Atom:
Neal Adams.
Christos Gage.
Marvel Comics.

Weird mashing of Movie and 616 continuities, terrible art and awful dialogue combine to make this clusterfuck of a book one of the worst I have ever read from Marvel. Not even saved by the fact it was £5.

Avengers: Avengers World:
Jonathan Hickman.
Jeremy Opena/Adam Kubert.
Marvel Comics.

A welcome reigniting of the franchise which sadly stagnated towards the end of Bendis' run. The book is dripping with Hickman's trademark design elements and is going to be another great chapter in his big picture story telling for Marvel. Awesome new villains, a few cool new characters. Although I would have preferred a return of the Sentry over Hyperion. There's also the introduction of new habitats and a really smart new roster that has me really excited for what is to come. The first issue is a bit of a treat for fans of the Movie line up. Coipel's art is flawless as ever, which is a little unfortunate for Adam Kubert who's following work just doesn't stand up.

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