Small batch this week, but I read them and here’s what I think.

  • Ambush Bug Year None #1 – My only DC book this week! This was my second exposure to the character of Ambush Bug (the first being in 52 which I loved) and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I’m sure there are Ambush Bug fanboys out there that were so excited to hear about this book, but I just didn’t see the hype. The book tries to poke fun at DC and the events over the past few years, but it’s done in such an unfunny way that it just comes off as hokey and boring. I figured I’d give the book a chance, but I’m definitely not picking up the next issue.
    Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
  • Avengers The Initiative #15 – While I’ve loved this series so far, this issue felt a little lackluster. It focused on Crusader and the fact that he’s actually a Skrull. There was a nice recap from the origin that Robert Kirkman developed, but a bit more was added about his Skrull training. In typical war movie fashion, Crusader meets an old friend on the battle field. I’m more interested in the fate of 3-D Man who can now see Skrulls with his fancy shades. Bring him into the main book!
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Black Summer #7 – The finale of Warren Ellis’ tale of a group of super heroes taking the law (and government) into their own hands. I’ve loved this book from the start and I thought this conclusion was great and really fit the book well. Avatar’s been doing a great job with these issues (and the other Warren Ellis books they’ve been releasing lately). The art was a little off, but I feel like that’s been the case from the beginning with this series. It’s not horrible. It just feel a little sketchy. The story and the dialogue were top notch though.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Daredevil #109 – I’m not a huge fan of the huge 6 issue story arcs, so I’m glad that this one is only 4 issues. Ed Brubaker has been drafting this amazing story in Daredevil since he took over the book from Brian Michael Bendis. This arc has seen him collaborating with Greg Rucka again and it’s just been amazing. Each issue leaves me wanting more and more and this one is no different. I’m just continually shocked by how much seems to be packed into each issue and how quickly the characters seem to develop and grow. I want Matt Murdock to get better. I want him to be happy…but he’s such a miserable person and he makes for such good drama and noir-like stories that I almost don’t want him to find that happiness again. The art was also pretty good and just fitting for a Daredevil story.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Immortal Iron Fist #17 – I’m a little wary about this book now that Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker have left it. The previous issue was their last one and it left the book at such an interesting point that I was a little saddened that they didn’t continue where they left off. It’s been picked up by Dwayne Swierczynski (no idea how to even pronounce that) who is also writing Cable which I wasn’t too impressed by. While the story wasn’t too bad, I didn’t think it was too good either. Maybe I just had really high expectations after the great issues that have preceded it, but I just wasn’t impressed with this one. Throw in the pretty mediocre art and things aren’t looking good. I’ll stick around for one more issue, but Iron Fist is teetering on the edge now.
    Rating: ★★½☆☆
  • Invincible #51 – A great issue to follow the big 50th issue. Invincible is hands down one of my favorite books and I love the direction that it’s taken. Kirkman is fantastic at developing these multi-layered stories and peeling each piece off to give you this tale that’s just plain epic. This issue is just huge in some of the reveals with reappearances by some people we thought dead and gone. I’m definitely not spoiling anything here, but holy crap is this book good. This is my pick of the week.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • New Avengers #43 – Another look back at where these Skrulls are coming from, this time looking at the Captain America who popped out of the ship in the Savage Land. While readers know that it couldn’t possibly be the real deal, but it’s interesting to see how the characters react. They know that there’s a good chance that this is a Skrull, but there’s got to be a part of them that hopes that it really is Cap and he’s returned to set things straight. Things have gotten pretty crazy since the man died and there’s this feeling that if he was back, everything might go back to normal. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Thunderbolts #122 – The first issue of the regular series after Warren Ellis’ run. Those are some damn big and strange shoes to fill, but fortunately Christos Gage does an OK job. Norman Osborn is creepy, but not as creepy as he once was. The team is thrown head on into Secret Invasion with the appearance of the Skrull Captain Marvel ready to bust things up. The issue ends right when things start getting interesting though. I’m intrigued enough to keep reading. This won’t be dropped from my pull list just yet.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Uncanny X-Men #500 – A landmark issue showing the X-Men moving into their new digs in San Francisco. This issue definitely set up a lot of things to come for the mutants and I’m excited about it. This is another Brubaker / Fraction team-up book, so I know it’s in good hands. I really like the whole idea behind the story with the X-Men setting up a sort of mutant sanctuary for anyone to come and not be persecuted against. Sure it’s going to make San Fran a target by anti-mutant hate groups, but the X-Men are there to protect their own. If Cyclops saying “Hear me, my X-Men” didn’t get you, you probably shouldn’t be reading this book.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • War Heroes #1 – Mark Millar creates another fantastic creator-owned series with this first issue. Super powered soldiers popping pills to fight terrorism. Sounds interesting and frightening at the same time. This issue basically gave us a look at the world that the story will be taking place in. The pieces are being moved in to place for the later issues. Tony Harris’ art is perfect for this tale as well.
    Rating: ★★★★½