Reviews: February 22nd 2012

Published on February 27th, 2012

Each week here at Comic Impact we do our best to bring you reviews of the latest and freshest comic books out there. If you listen to the Pick Of The Week podcast every Wednesday then you’ll know it’s where we discuss which comics were the most exciting, surprising or perhaps shocking as a group for that given week. But we do read a lot more than what we cover solely in the POW podcast and sometimes there will be a comic which stands out and appeals to us more  personally than it will to everyone else. Perhaps an issue of a mainstream comic touched on a somewhat controversial topic, or an indie comic blew one of our minds but was missed by everyone else. Here at Comic Impact we’re addressing the need to talk about these treasures which stand out to us as individuals.

So ladies and gentlemen we bring to you the COMPACT. Where the Comic Impact team will each week be giving you a quick review of two comics which they thought were particulary worthy of being highlighted. You’re going to be able to see which comics we loved or perhaps hated in these bite-size reviews.

COMPACT will be available for you to read on Mondays. So stick around then each week for quick, side-by-side reviews of the comics that stood out to us individually at Comic Impact. We hope to share some of the great comic books out there with you readers and we love to read your comments too, so let us know your thoughts in the comments sections.

Susan is out of town this week so here are the comics the boys would like to share with you from the latest batch.

Matthew Todd:

Ultimate Comics:Spider-Man #7 – Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Samnee

Seven issues in and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man continues to be one of Marvel’s finest books and hands down the best book currently written by Brian Michael Bendis.

Miles Morales, his family and friends are incredibly compelling characters. I’m enjoying the naïve awareness Bendis has given Miles. He realizes he’s surviving as the new Spider-Man on instinct alone and he has to get better.

This month Bendis is joined by one of my favorite artists working today, Chris Samnee. This is the second issue he has drawn of the new series and this is a marked improvement over his last installment, his visual storytelling just gets better and better. The only thing I don’t like about this book is the wait between issues.


Wolverine and the X-Men #6Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw

As Wolverine and Quentin Quire con an intergalactic casino for money to keep the school open, Beast and Kitty have to defend against a Brood attack that’s both inside the school and inside Kitty herself.

This book is just so much fun. It’s the true heir to Grant Morrison’s X-Men run. A lot happens in every issue but it never feels cluttered. Nick Bradshaw’s art is beautiful and detailed. His line work reminds me a lot of Art Adams.

Jason Aaron is the best writer working in comics today. His range is incredible, from the dark and gritty crime series of Scalped and Punisher Max to the fun almost silver age imagination of Wolverine and the X-Men, Aaron shows he is far from a one trick pony. And be sure to read the letters column as each month a different faculty member answers fans questions and it is hilarious.

Simon Daoudi:

Foster #2 – Brian Buccellato, Noel Tuazon.

Remember when Susan made Foster #1 her POW? Well I am here to talk to you about Foster #2 by Brian Buccellato, who is currently co-writing The Flash over at DC Comics, and Noel Tuazon.

This time we get to find out a bit more about the villains. We also see a more sympathetic side to the main character. The relationship between Foster and the young boy he is trying to take care of reminds me a lot of the 1994 film ‘Leon The Professional’ by Luc Besson.

I am very intrigued to find out who these monsters are, where they come from, why they want the boy and want to know where his mother is.

Foster #2 leaves us with a couple of unanswered questions and a great cliffhanger. I am counting down the days until Foster #3 comes out from Dog Year Publishings. This creator-owned horror comic makes you want to come back for more. Get off your butt and go and buy this book before it’s too late.


Justice League Dark #6 – Peter Milligan, Mikel Janin.

Justice League Dark has been hit or miss with me. However this issue was one of my favorites because we got to see two of my favorites characters finally together. I’m talking about Deadman and John Constantine.

All of the Justice League Dark team is in the same place in this issue. They were all summoned by Madame Xanadu. This comic will from now on be linking up with one of Comic Impact’s favorites titles from the New 52 reboot; ‘I, Vampire’ by Joshua Fialkov.

I feel like Mikel Janin is on top of his game with the art but that Peter Milligan is missing something in his writing. If this comic was not linked to ‘I, Vampire’ I would drop it. Tell Jeff Lemire to take over again in #9 so Justice League Dark can be so much better than it is at the moment.

Rob Andrews:

Secret Avengers #23 – Rick Remender, Gabriel Hardman

I’ve found Secret Avengers to be a bit temperamental since it hit the shelves a while ago. I’ve taken breaks from the series before, but two issues ago I came back to it being a long time fan of Rick Remender’s writing and Hardman’s artwork.

The previous issue was solid but lacked the interaction a team book needs. This issue hit a home run though and I was very happy with it.

It had everything from especially superb dialogue to fantastic character development. Fans of Ant-Man should like this issue and the ending should stun the fans. I’ve never been a follower of Hawkeye and have found him annoying but this was a great issue for him too. I want to mention the main villain, Father, who I find fascinating and incredibly eerie.

This was a perfect issue for story and art. I’m going to follow the Father character closely. Read about Father in another one of Remender’s comics which came out this week – Uncanny X-Force #22.


No Place Like Home #1 – Angelo Tirotto, Richard Jordan

No Place Like Home is the latest horror story to be put out by Image Comics and it’s something you might want to read if you’re a fan of Tim Seeley’s ‘Hack/Slash‘ comics.

The story follows Dee, a young girl who returns home to attend her parents funeral after they are killed in mysterious circumstances in the opening pages of the comic. As the issue progresses it becomes obvious to Dee and the reader that there is something much more disturbing and supernatural at work and similary behind her parents death.

Richard Jordan provides some very fitting artwork and I would highly recommend this first issue if you are a fan of delicious horror stories. I have a good feeling this is going to be a good story. Jump on while the numbering is low.

Be sure to listen to the POW podcast every week for more indepth reviews of many more great and wonderful comic books. We might even let you know about the ones which sucked really hard! And be sure to come back next week for another dose of COMPACT.

Rob Andrews