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COMICS WHAT THAT I READ THIS WEEK (February 16th, 2011)

Four issues. Three of ’em Marvel. Lets dance.

THE LENGTHS I GO TO TO SHOW YOU PEOPLE A MAN IN ORANGE CHAINMAIL BLEEDING PROFUSELY FROM HIS SEVERED HAND

Brightest Day #20

Normally, when I can’t find the cover the issue actually shipped with online I just put up whatever DC or Marvel solicited but just look at this silly thing. Manta in the background just makes it.

Aquaman uses zombie sharks to kill bad guys. Johns rips off a famous line of dialogue from Watchmen for some reason. Eh.

Nice JOCK cover.

Daredevil Reborn #2 (of 4)

This was ok? Pretty slow, nothing that really jumps out and grabs me. The few “Daredevil-y” moments Murdock has in the story (The winch, the truck full of guns) are all fun enough. Hoping this picks up.

They must be related, their costumes match!

Avengers Academy #9

Teenagers are assholes, sure.  But what struck me about this issue how Gage does a good job of emphasizing how this is also true for the super-powered teaching staff of the academy. Quicksilver doesn’t even want to be there, Tigra and Justice seem to hate each other, Speedball is a mess, and Pym’s barely holding it all together. I’m a sucker for teams that don’t quite work (see: The Defenders, The Champions) and the “Academy” Avengers team seems to qualify. Some surprising depth on Quicksilver in this issue that manages to make him alittle more sympathetic without compromising the asshole smugness that is his trademark. The real jewel of this issue is the Finesse/Taskmaster fight and it is really sharply choreographed and scripted with a pretty impressive payoff. This book has, over the span of 9 issues, really gotten into a nice groove. If Gage can keep writing issues like this, I’m sticking around for a long while.

Thunderbolts doing their "Johnny Cloud in New Frontier" impressions.

Best of the Week: Thunderbolts #153

It says something when Luke Cage fighting Kaiju is only the second most enjoyable aspect of this issue. Last issue was all about the team’s weaknesses, this issue really highlights how far they come in their redemption and team dynamics. Kev Walker draws this fantastic silent sequence where Juggernaut rescues Moonstone and Songbird and it really has resonance. This book is consistently great and Parker knows exactly when and how to give us these nice little character moments. Surprisingly upbeat issue, which probably means the ominous overtones we’ve been getting around Warden Walker are about to rear their head. Next issue is a Man-Thing spotlight, though, and I can’t wait. Parker’s one of the only writers who seems to do the character any kind of justice (he gets a great moment in this issue, for one).

Oh, and I’m pretty sure we’re getting Doctor Demonicus next issue too. The clues are there.

****

Unsurprisingly, Thunderbolts and Avengers Academy, which had some phenomenal character moments, carried the week. Brightest Day continues to be a hit or miss guilty pleasure and Daredevil Reborn is unremarkable but I hold out hope for the next two issues. What’d you guys read this week?

HIVE OF SCUM. PEOPLE COME TO UNDERSTANDINGS. THINGS BLOW UP. COMICS.

-Max

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