Weekly Comic Reviews 7/24

Hey all. Here we are with another installment of UTF’s Weekly Comic Reviews, I’m your Godzilla-loving host, Daniel Alvarez. There’s plenty of fine comics to be found here. Mass Effect gets a new series in Foundation, Robyn Hood is back, a cool gun and sword-wielding woman appears in Lazarus, among other cool things. Let’s get started.

The Bounce #3

After three issues I have to say the core concept of this title is starting to carry weight with me.  We have a very basic origin with very familiar beats but there’s enough variation here to create an aura that’s intriguing.  To the creative team’s credit I was enthralled from beginning to end despite some blatant moments of familiarity.

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3.5/5


Lazarus #2

It’s difficult to find any fault with Lazarus if not damn near impossible. Rucka is writing like an actor who chews the scenery. This is his forte and I am willing to give in to his gritty depths without question. Lazarus is a ticking time bomb, a compellingly dark take on class warfare and a twisted family drama that puts similar dysfunction to shame. It’s potential is off the charts and if you could only read one title, read this, it’s that good!

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5/5

Witchblade #168

In seventeen issues this creative team has more than put enough cogs in motion to make any devoted followers head spin.  They’ve abandoned quite a few of the more traditional characters to create a new life and rouges gallery for our protagonist.  But now the bill for her move to Chicago is due and she’s got to find some way to deal with this storm before it buries her beneath its gusts of wind.

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3.5/5

GAMMA #1

Gamma has some great artwork, and uninspiring writing. The series can not be recommended with so many other great titles littering the stands.

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2/5

MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #1

The interesting thing about the Mass Effect universe is how expansive it is. Much like Star Wars, there’s room for stories all over the place, whether they be in the past, present, or future. If Star Wars is the greatest science fiction movie series of all time, then Mass Effect would be the greatest sci fi video game series of all time. Foundation is a new story in this universe. It’s a definite must buy, even if you’ve never played the games.

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4.5/5

Mind MGMT #13

Get out your notebook. Seriously. I had to read this issue multiple times AND take notes. There is so much new stuff going on – new characters introduced, new plots brewed, new mysteries unfolded – everything seems new. Yet, in all this, there is that same Mind MGMT feel.

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5/5


Star Wars: Legacy Volume 2 #5

After five issues it’s come to this: our primary character has to step up in a way that she hasn’t had to before.  In a lot of ways she embodies the best aspects of her ancestors as Ania Solo takes her own history and embraces the burden of her future.

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4.5/5

Damsels: Mermaids #3

In the most basic sense what we have here is a love story wrapped up in a high seas adventure, that from the first page to the final panel is destined to pull you in.  There are certainly some pitfalls within the structure but for the most part the creative team delivers an engaging jaunt that’s worthy of your attention.

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3.5/5

Dark Shadows: Year One #4

There are many aspects of this tale that seem to be ripe for pitfalls.  That danger comes from the fact that our lead acts as a newly formed vampire that’s trying desperately to find a balance between his new and old life.  But thanks to the creative team there’s enough left alive in this deathly affair to make a release that’s engaging all on its own merits.

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4/5

Garth Ennis’ Red Team #4

At this point it may seem a tad bit unfair to pass harsh judgment on a franchise that’s barely begun, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do here.  My reasoning behind that is simply because what we get in this outing is, on face value, compelling but when it needs to it fails to capitalize on its own strengths making the comic book seem lackluster.

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2.5/5

Uncanny #2

Uncanny delivers a strong spy thriller that will hopefully feature a heightened amount of depth going forward. Readers should purchase this title without hesitation as the fun continues in this issue.

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4/5

Warlord of Mars #27

When it comes to these tales of a fabricated alternate reality of Mars, there’s got to be a suspension of disbelief.  Especially considering that we’re dealing with some polarizing concepts that if looked at from the right perspective can lead to some rationalizations about our own society.

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4/5

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #7

Doctor Who: Prisoner Of Time #7 continues the celebration of all things Doctor Who. It’s the seventh Doctor this time (Sylvester McCoy for those keeping record) with another fun little romp. Seven issues in, is the series beginning to pick up as get into the latter half? All in all, this is a good issue for Prisoner Of Time. Granted, it might not be the best, but it certainly offers a lot. Of course, it also helps if you’re a fan of the seventh Doctor.

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3.5/5

Doomsday.1 #3

If Doomsday.1 were an on-going series, then issue #3 would be an engaging chapter. But as part-three of a four-part arc, it leaves you wanting more. And not in the good way.

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3.5/5


Ghostbusters #6

The Ghostbusters have been through the wringer with this new volume, first they were abducted and now they’ve been dropped back into a world where they have to clean up messes that weren’t their own.  To the creative team’s credit they play with that aspect in ways that are sure to engage from start to finish.

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3.5/5


G.I. Joe: Cobra Files #4

Wrapping up a lot of the action, G.I Joe: Cobra Files #4 is one of those over-and-done with issues which quickly brings, and ends, the action scenes. Still, it’s told well and has some interesting points aside from countless explosions, swords and gun fights. All in all, however, these are minor complaints for a strong issue. This issue resolves a lot whilst providing new threads fluently. Cobra Files #4 doesn’t feel forced or pushing in one direction, making for a very solid read.

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4/5


Jinnrise #6

When aliens invade the Earth and our last hope is a genie with his motley crew there’s only one thing that’ll make it better… add another jinn to the mix! And that right there is what the creative team does in stellar fashion.  What we have here is something that’s going to please devoted followers and newcomers alike.

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4/5

ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION #1

A new cross over this week, with The Rocketeer / The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1. Obviously this is great for fans of both series, but this it hold up for fans of just one? Or, for that matter, does it hold up on it’s own weight at all? All in all, it’s not the worst start in the world but, when bringing two characters together, there just aren’t that many ways to do it in such a short amount of space and, at the same time, develop a story.

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2.5/5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #24

It’s a powerful and action packed thrill-ride that’s also an uproarious adventure.  I can’t say enough how impressed I was with this issue, as the creative team uses their prior story lines to debut an antagonist that’s sure to have fans talking while unstable alliances continue to form.

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4.5/5

Wild Blue Yonder #2

With a world that lays largely in ruins below man has taken to the skies; and that awesome concept right there is just the backdrop of this uniquely human affair.  Beyond it we have explorations involving a tyrannical government, questions of freedom, justice and fairness all sprinkled around a family that seeks nothing more than to take care of their own as they soar among the clouds.

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4.5/5

ALL-NEW FATHOM #1

There’s the world above and the one below the ocean’s surface.  And yes: the tales about the groups therein interacting is still more than worthy of your attention. All New Fathom #1 is an excellent release that’s a solid starting point for eager newcomers.  Recommended.

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4/5

Bloodshot #13

This is a great tie-in that gives you a dynamic look from Bloodshot’s eyes and advances the overall story of the Harbinger Wars. This issue is a great read on it’s own but it’s definitely worth investing the time and money to get full experience of how rich and dense the Valiant Universe has become. Bloodshot is a cornerstone of Valiant’s continuing mythology and each issue gets increasingly better and quite literally addictive.

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4.5/5

Harbinger #14

The Harbinger Wars event doesn’t wrap-up with a neat little bow and Dysart is to be commended for such honest storytelling. Harbinger #14 is a coming of age superhero story and what seems like the final chapter in the Harbinger Wars is really only the beginning. It’s unquestionably one of the single best superhero books going.

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5/5

Robyn Hood: Wanted #3

Overall, you can expect some solid action in this issue of Robyn Hood. Beyond that we get some scenes of Guy and Prince John. The former is obviously manipulating the kid, so it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. Robyn Hood continues to be one of the best female-starred books on the stands.

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4/5

2000AD #1842

Another week brings, of course, another issue of 2000AD. This week it’s 2000AD #1842 and inside we have Judge DreddDefoeAge Of The Wolf IIISinister Dexter and The Ten-Seconders. Let’s take a closer look at each.

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4/5

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I was born in the Big Apple and currently reside in New Jersey. Marvel is my favorite comic book company, with Spider-Man being my favorite character. But the absolute biggest thing you'll find me talking about is Godzilla. Besides the big G, my other favorite subject is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the greatest cartoon ever. My personal contact e-mail is djdjalvarez@Gmail.com