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Weekly Comic Book Reviews For 7/21/08

Amazing Spider-man #566
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Phil Jimenez
Publisher: Marvel

It’s a risky move doing a sequel to one of the classic Spider-man stories. I’m actually not that big a fan of Kraven’s Last Hunt myself, but it is very highly regarded. I quite like the idea of someone targeting Spider-man but actually getting his friend instead. Peter Parker borrowing Daredevil’s uniform was an amusing moment too. All in all Kraven’s First Hunt is shaping up better than I expected.

Captain America #40
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Steve Epting
Publisher: Marvel

What’s left to say about Brubaker’s run on Captain America? If you aren’t reading it you should be. This isn’t the easiest entry point mind you with all the intertwined plots. There are hints that we still don’t know what the Red Skull’s real end game is. Pick up the trades then start reading the monthly.

Doctor Who #5
Writer: Gary Russell
Artist: Mirco Pierfederici
Publisher: IDW

Gary Russell has a long history with Doctor Who and he has no trouble in capturing the tone and vocal stylings of the Doctor. I found this issue quite confusing though. Something about the layout of the visuals made it hard to keep track of what exactly was happening in each scene.

Final Crisis: Rogues Revenge #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Scott Kollins
Publisher: DC

Geoff Johns finally gets a chance to clarify/re-write recent events in Flash/Rogues history with the latest Final Crisis spinoff. It’s not a bad read, but most of what happens here shouldn’t even have been necessary if the original stories had been written properly.

The Mighty Avengers #16
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Khoi Pham
Publisher: Marvel

Obviously the Avengers titles have the advantage of also being written by Bendis who is the architect of the entire Secret Invasion plot. In this latest tie in issue, Bendis shows us just how deep the plotting has been as he carefully weaves together yet more of the Avengers storylines from the last several years. None of this is required information to enjoy the mini-series but it does add a lot of depth to it.
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Trinity #7
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Mark Bagley
Publisher: DC

Despite the title, this comic is really more of a Justice League story than one purely about Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The “trinity” element is certainly very much at play, but we see the combined resources of not only them, but the entire Justice League being put into play to combat this largely unseen threat. And what is that threat? I’m really not sure but they’ve got me hooked to find out.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #56
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Eric Basaluda
Publisher: Marvel

Carey continues to skillfully combine super heroics with more scientific elements in this latest storyline. Plenty of action, but also a clever use of Namor and recent event play nicely into the unsettled nature of the team currently. This may be the Ultimate book I’m enjoying the most right now.

Powers #56
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Avon Oeming
Publisher: ICON

I’m a huge fan of Powers, but this particular storyline seems to have dragged on for millenia. That’s probably largely an artifact of the publishing schedule rather than the quality of the story though. It had seemed like Bendis was writing Deena into a corner, but he pulls what appears (right now at least) to be a Deus Ex Machina to ensure her survival, though not her freedom at this point.

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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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