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    Post Weekly Reviews - 17 October 2012 (With Previews)

    Hi.


    This week's reviews thread.
    The previews section is taken from Diamond's page, here:



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    ONWARD!



    This is a thread to post some quick one paragraph
    reviews of the week's releases.


    We have the reviews section to come back some time in the
    future, this is more informal and just to get a paragraph of your
    thoughts on the week's releases, and to discuss each other's opinions
    thereafter, if one feels the need.


    Here's the format:
    Title (publisher) # - Rating Out Of 5

    One paragraph review goes here.

    Title (publisher) # - Rating Out Of 5
    One paragraph review goes here.
    Post as much or as little as you like, I'll
    create a new thread each week.





    PREVIEWS:
    New Releases For 10/17/2012


    Every week, PREVIEWSworld announces which comics, books, and merchandise are on tap to arrive at your local comic shop. The products on this list are expected to ship to comic shops on the indicated date. This list, however, is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability, as not all releases may be on sale in all areas the same week.

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    It's going to be at least another week 'til I make it to the shop, but put me down for...


    Walking Dead #103 - Part 1 of a new story arc... really just a continuation of the Negan storyline that could drag on for awhile. How long? Maybe 40 or 50 issues, if Kirkman is really trying to top the Governor. Something to fear indeed...

    Marvel Zombies Halloween Special - Fred Van Lente returns to what he does best--- writing awesome Marvel Zombies tales! Kirkman who? Pick up a discount copy of Marvel Zombies 3 or 4 in time for Halloween if you've never read them before!

    Dark Avengers #182 - this series has been terrible lately, so I imagine this issue will fall to the bottom of the read pile. Sad.

    Journey into Mystery TP Vol. 03 - The Terrorism Myth - been looking forward to this one for awhile.


    I may also go for Mudman TP Vol. 01 eventually, but I have other things to get to in my read pile before then.


    Also, it looks like Wolverine & the X-Men #18 has been delayed from its original release date? I was looking forward to Jason Aaron writing Ghost Rider again. Humbug.

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    Journey into Mystery TP Vol. 3 - "The Terrorism Myth"
    Marvel/ $16.99

    Collects Journey into Mystery #632-636

    by Kieron Gillen, Mitch Breitweiser, Richard Elson, Stephanie Hans


    I'm just getting into this one, but so far it's a solid 5/5, even with Mitch Breitweiser playing it loose with the line work in the opening chapter. No matter. Journey into Mystery is currently one of the industry's best fantasy titles (along with Brian Wood's Conan the Barbarian) thanks to Kieron Gillen's exceptionally clever scripts. It's almost Vertigo-good, which is something I never thought I'd say about a Marvel title--- and B-level Thor spin-off book, at that! Thunderstrike was never this magical.

    Chapter 1: It's the winter solstice and Young Loki is tasked with finding homes for a litter of unwanted mongrel hellhounds or be forced by the voices in his head to gas the worst runts of the litter. Lots of fun supporting characters in this one, the first installment of JIM not forcibly tied-in to Fear Itself.

    Further comments once I'm finished reading.

    Stephanie Hans contributes some of the year's best covers:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MechanicalClavicles View Post
    Journey into Mystery TP Vol. 3 - "The Terrorism Myth"
    Marvel/ $16.99

    Collects Journey into Mystery #632-636

    by Kieron Gillen, Mitch Breitweiser, Richard Elson, Stephanie Hans


    I'm just getting into this one, but so far it's a solid 5/5, even with Mitch Breitweiser playing it loose with the line work in the opening chapter. No matter. Journey into Mystery is currently one of the industry's best fantasy titles (along with Brian Wood's Conan the Barbarian) thanks to Kieron Gillen's exceptionally clever scripts. It's almost Vertigo-good, which is something I never thought I'd say about a Marvel title--- and B-level Thor spin-off book, at that! Thunderstrike was never this magical.

    Chapter 1: It's the winter solstice and Young Loki is tasked with finding homes for a litter of unwanted mongrel hellhounds or be forced by the voices in his head to gas the worst runts of the litter. Lots of fun supporting characters in this one, the first installment of JIM not forcibly tied-in to Fear Itself.

    Further comments once I'm finished reading.

    It took a few days, but I finally made it through the rest of the Terrorism Myth. I have mixed feelings about the board game ending, but it turned out to be a solid story. The comparisons to Sandman are fairly obvious, but this is a Marvel comic, so be prepared for crossover and tie-in references that will seem arcane in a few years (or months) time.

    On the plus side, Kid Loki and spiteful Leah (Hela's handmaiden) are endlessly entertaining.

    Son of Satan is on hand to play the part of John Constantine. (As a side note, how amazing is it that DC's kept Hellblazer going for almost 300 issues, yet the idea of a Son of Satan series lasting 300 issues at Marvel sounds completely absurd?).

    Not a bad collection, though. I'll give it 4/5 stars overall.

    Also, there's more awesome artwork from Stephanie Hans.





    So, what's next for Journey into Mystery? Should I pick up the Exiled/ New Mutants crossover thing or just go straight to the Manchester Gods volume?

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    Co-written and drawn by Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash) A vampire I want to read about. The Feds who think he's a serial killer. No spoilers here, the book made me want to read more. Another book well written and drawn that's now on my list. I'm a new Tim Seeley fan.

    4 out of 5 Stars

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    The Walking Dead #103 - 2/5 stars
    Image/ $2.99

    Negan, in just his 2nd appearance, is jockeying for position as one of the worst comic book villains of all time. And by "worst," I don't mean evil like Dr. Doom --- this guy is just obnoxious and the whole issue suffers greatly because of it. I can't imagine that this vulgar goon will gain Kirkman's series any new readers. I'd also question the thinking of publishing such an awful installment of the comic during the month of the tv show's season premiere.

    On the plus side, the issue was a quick read. Took me just 8 minutes to get through, mercifully.



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    Marvel Zombies Halloween - 4/5 stars
    Marvel/ $3.99

    Oh snap! It's been awhile since Marvel released anything really spooky, so leave it to Marvel Zombies master Fred Van Lente to deliver just in time for Halloween. This one hits all the right notes, even if it is a bit detached from whatever on-going plot is left in the main Marvel Zombies books (Howard the Duck? okay...).

    Artist Alessandro Vitti deserves big credit for making this comic effectively bloody, even if the zombies on hand are mostly D- and F-list characters like Darkhawk, Squirrel Girl, and Mettle. Marvel Zombies Halloween is probably the best thing that Vitti has ever drawn --- much, much better than anything he ever did while helping Jonathan Hickman run Secret Warriors into the ground.

    And hey - for any of you true "Marvel Zombies" out there, this Halloween special features the first time (ever) that we're given a partial glimpse of Darkhawk's face (even if it is rotting off!).

    And there's a Francavilla cover, which seals the deal. Yeah, it's a quick read for $3.99, but definitely a treat.

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    Dark Avengers #182 - 3/5 stars
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    I rated last issue 1/5 stars, so I naturally had low expectations coming into this one, which marks like 6 straight issues devoted to having the Dark Avengers battle Rulk villain Sultan Magus while the Thunderbolts dick around on some Judge Dredd-inspired future world populated with petri dish descendents of modern day Marvel heroes. It's all been a bit rotten.
    This issue, thankfully, ties things up as the Thunderbolts return home and Juggernaut gets his groove back, with everyone teaming up to lay the smack down on the (worthless) new Dark Avengers. YES!
    Dark Avengers #182 marks the end of the time-travel storyline which began 20+ issues ago. It was a fun trip, but it probably ran about 7 or 8 issues too long.

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    Justice League #13 (DC COMICS) - 2.0/5

    Daniel's art hasn't suddenly made this better. That is all.

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    Hellblazer #296 (VERTIGO) - 4.0/5

    Revelations and deceit; a demon (or not) that wants shoes was fun. Constantine's own self-loathing has led him in the wrong direction but now most of the cards are out and the all-too-human foibles are, as ever, the root cause of the more grisly supernatural shenanigans. Good stuff!

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