Weekly Comic Reviews 7/3

Hey everyone. Here we are with another installment of UTF’s Weekly Comic Reviews, I’m your Godzilla-loving host, Daniel Alvarez. This week has some very interesting entries. Zenescope’s reimagining of The Wizard of OZ starts, the Green Hornet’s relationship as partners with Kato is strained, plus other things you gotta check out. Let’s begin with some Bronze!

Age of Bronze #33

It doesn’t get any better than Age of Bronze. It’s easy to forget, due to the sporadic shipping, how wonderful this comic is. Do yourself a favor and pick up the first three trades, which should get you up to the latest storyline. I can only imagine how great a television show this serious would make. HBO, are you listening?

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5/5

Invincible Universe #4

While the twist is hardly unexpected, this is another high-quality issue of Invincible Universe. In terms of craftsmanship, no series can beat it.

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4/5

Mice Templar IV: Legend #4

It takes a lot of skill to offer readers backstory in a way that still furthers action. That’s why most writers weave backstory in delicately, trying to find balance between flashback and the momentum of narrative at hand. But Mice Templar Legend #4 didn’t want to go that way — it’s mostly flashback, but executed so masterfully that the backstory actually catapults us into issue #5. And it’s a delight to read.

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5/5

Thief Of Thieves #15

Another potentially lackluster issue, Thief Of Thieves #15 feels a little underwhelming. That said, its teases and promises for the future do give it some weight and credit.

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3/5

Abe Sapien #4

Overall, Abe Sapien is back for another great issue. Those looking for action may be disappointed, but the dialogue doesn’t fail. This is one of the best written comics I’ve read in awhile. Even if you’re not into Hellboy or B.P.R.D., I recommend giving this series a shot.

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4/5

CATALYST COMIX #1

In the current indie community there is a stigma about mainstream comics being bad for you. Writer Joe Casey says about as much in the text peice of his column towards the back of the title. Whether indie or mainstream, comic books are still virtually the same. In either medium it is up to the creators to impress the readers with the story or world that they have built. With this comic book I enjoyed the experimental approach to the writing and art, but nothing really caught my interest as a reader. This book functions as an anthology with three stories in every issue. It is difficult to make me care with only 31 pages total in the comic book.

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3/5

Mister X: Eviction #3

If you’re a fan of pulp magazines, science fiction, and film noir, than this is the series for you. Sci-fi noir has rarely looked this cool. Even with the somewhat lackluster ending, Mister X: Eviction is highly recommended.

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4/5

The Bionic Woman #10

I want to like Bionic Woman #10, I really do. Yet for everything it does right it does something wrong. This issue has its merits, but it’s also pointing out its confused identity and character.

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2.5/5

Mark Waid’s The Green Hornet #3

Overall, the third installment of Waid’s series is the most engaging read yet. The Green Hornet/Kato relationship is strained and what happens in the end with that will leave you speechless. Looking for a superhero comic like Batman? Check out Mark Waid’s the Green Hornet.

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4/5

THE OWL #1

Krul and Michael have a great start here with issue one and while not a completely original idea it’s solid and well executed. The potential is there and from what I’ve seen in issue #1 that potential will be fully realized!

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3.5/5

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #4

All in all, I’m still holding promise for this series. Special Missions shows a great understanding in storytelling and quick-paced action. A few minor faults shouldn’t be enough to hinder this.

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3.5/5

Transformers: Monstrosity #2

All in all, this is a great follow up for the mini-series. This isn’t surprising, but it’s good to know that Transformers: Monstrosity #2 is following up, so far, on the promises and quality delivered with the first issue.

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4.5/5

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #19

All in all, this is certainly an issue worth reading for fans. As a one-shot it has little to offer, since it builds up on previous plot lines and works its way into new ones. However, as a standing issue of Robots In Disguise, this is a welcome change of pace for a singular issue.

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4/5

GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: OZ #1

The Wizard of OZ is a timeless movie. Everyone has seen it at least once, if not twenty-five times. With a prequel called OZ: The Great and Powerful recently releasing on DVD, the time was right for this book. It’s basically what you’re expecting, a modern retelling of the story Zenescope style. While Dorothy so far lacks the pizzazz Robyn has, the fantastic portrayal of the Wicked Witches and story makes it all worth it.

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4/5

Shadowman #8

I like Shadowman and I love where the story is heading. Jordan is writing a terrific magic and mystical story with great creatures, monsters, ghosts with deep character. If you are looking for a non-traditional superhero with edge then Shadowman is a book you should be reading.

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4/5

2000AD #1839

As usual, we have another selection of comics from Rebellion. This week, in 2000AD #1839, we have Judge DreddDefoeCadet AndersonSinister Dexter and The Ten-Seconders.

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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