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Weekly Comic Book Reviews 06/30/08

Avengers: The Initiative #14
Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Artist: Stefano Casseli
Publisher: Marvel

Marvel’s Secret Invasion is still going strong and here we get to see how the Skrulls managed to infiltrate pretty much every super-team on the planet. A minor sub-plot that has been there since the beginning of this series comes bubbling up to the surface with an unexpected pay-off. Good stuff as always. I really liked both the story and art, and I did get a kick out of the use of the new 3-D Man.

Captain America #38
Writers: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Rob De La Torre
Publisher: Marvel

Brubaker’s stellar run on this title continues as Captain America faces… Captain America. We’re in the middle of a storyline here that has taken years to develop and Brubaker just keeps tightening the noose a little more with each new turn. Can things get any worse? Yup they can and they do. I’m glad they’re letting this title play in its own little universe, having it mixed in with Secret Invasion would just weaken the story as a whole.

Daredevil #108
Writers: Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka
Artist: Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano
Publisher: Marvel

See above. Well okay, Daredevil doesn’t fight Daredevil, but Brubaker just keeps making Matt Murdoch’s life more miserable. This latest story gives more face time to Dakota North which is very welcome and really has me wondering just exactly what is going on.

Fantastic Four #558
Writers: Mark Millar
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Publisher: Marvel

This issue has the cover line The Death of The Invisible Woman. If that doesn’t get your attention, there’s Doctor Doom getting his ass handed to him in a matter of moments and then a HUGE surprise at the end of the issue. So far Millar and Hitch are delivering on their promises for Fantastic Four.
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Final Crisis #2
Writers: Grant Morrison
Artist: J. G. Jones
Publisher: DC

The second issue of DC’s big summer crossover makes a little more sense than the first, but in all honesty I still don’t really know what’s going on. It feels like I’m getting a CliffsNotes version of the story. None of the scenes actually flow together. I can’t fault them for the scale of the storyline, but it’s hard to care very much if they don’t give us time.

Hulk #4
Writers: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Publisher: Marvel

Four issues in I’m really thinking that Hulk got the bad end of the deal when they turned his title into Incredible Hercules. Within the first few pages of this issue we get Red Hulk beating up on a Watcher and Green Hulk saying “Stop hitting big bald man!”. Is this a parody? There’s plenty of violence if that’s your thing, but somebody forgot to put a plot in there.

Project Superpowers #4
Writers: Alex Ross & Jim Krueger
Artist: Carlos Paul
Publisher: Dynamite

I really want to like Project Superpowers. There’s lots of potential in these old characters and it’s nice to see someone other than DC and Marvel make a solid stab at superheroes. Problem is we’re four issues in and I still don’t know what’s going on. The world is finally starting to fall into some sort of place, but there are too many characters and they’re not getting the time they need to develop.

Trinity #4
Writers: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Mark Bagley
Publisher: DC

DC’s third year long weekly series falls firmly between the standards set by the last two. So far it lacks the depth and subtlety of 52 but it is much more cohesive and interesting than Countdown to Final Crisis. This week is mainly a giant battle, but there are signs of the arc surfacing. What exactly is the mark on Wonder Woman for example? It’s not a must read yet, but it might be in another month.

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Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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