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Amazing Spider-Man #518
Amazing Spider-Man #518
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by J. Michael Straczynski , Art by Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Brooks, Joe Pimentel, Jaime Mendoza
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: Peter manages to capture the new Molten Vibranium man, but in the process he and Aunt May lose their homes.

Good Stuff: Thinking back through Straczynski’s run, this is likely the closest we’ve come to seeing the Spider-man that most of us know and love. We see some of his trademark patter, and we see him use his intelligence to come up with a solution to his problem. That’s nice to see, as it sometimes seems as if the character that Straczynski likes least in this comic is Peter Parker.

I was also glad to see that neither Mary Jane nor Aunt May were hurt. It’s become such a cliché of late to maim, kill or injure the loved ones of heroes for shock value.

Not so Good Stuff: While it was a reasonably solid issue, the story was still lackluster. I’d rather have seen Spidey fighting Big Wheel. I miss megalomaniacs sometimes.

I give this book 7/10.


Authority: Revolution #6(of 12)
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Ed Brubaker , Art by Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend
Publisher: Wildstorm

Synopsis: It’s several years later. The Authority have broken up and gone their separate ways, returning power to the people. We see each member in their current situation, save the Doctor, who overdosed on drugs a few years earlier. During a trip to his gravesite with Apollo, Jenny Quantum uses her powers to visit the Garden in order to see the Doctor, but apparently he isn’t there, and Jenny realizes that something is amiss.

Good Stuff: This issue focuses on action of a less “widescreen nature” and it does seem to work pretty well. Most of the members of the Authority are doing the things that one would expect; Hawksmoor is fighting crime as a superhero, Midnighter is staying underground and trying to keep shady dealings from going on, etc. The nice thing about it is that nothing seems forced or out of character, and given that there are six issues remaining, we know that more will be happening—and soon.

Not so Good Stuff: I hate to keep beating a dead horse, but Dustin Nguyen’s art really just doesn’t do it for me. Also, I do wonder if Jenny is a bit too much of a deus ex machina waiting in the wings.

I give this book 8/10.

Authority: Revolution #6(of 12)

Daredevil #71
Daredevil #71
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Brian Michael Bendis , Art by Alex Maleev
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: We eavesdrop on a support group meeting for those in Hell’s Kitchen who have been affected by Daredevil’s self-appointment of Kingpin. One woman recounts how her encounters with Daredevil have changed her life.

Good Stuff: I’ve grown weary of Bendis’s work of late, possibly because—in my opinion—he’s set himself up as a one-trick pony in his recent work. However, while this is much of the same, I have to give him credit for keeping things interesting. The girl’s story—and Bullet’s involvement—does keep you interested. It’s pretty much what you expect from Bendis, but I can’t deny it’s interesting. Also, one thing I enjoyed about the big fight scene was the coloring, which really pointed up the symbolism of the super hero.

Not so Good Stuff: I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I dislike Alex Maleev drawing fight scenes, and I think I’ve finally puzzled it out. His art—very well suited for talking heads and such—is tremendously static. There’s very little dynamism there. If a Todd Nauck or John Romita Jr. had drawn the fight between Bullet and Daredevil, I feel it would have leapt off the page. Here, it just kind of sits there.

I give this book 8/10.


New X-Men: Academy X #11
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Nunzio DeFillippis, Christina Weir , Art by Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: It’s years later—David has been elected President, and as he continues to amass power, he goes out of control, and it’s up to his former teammates to stop him.

Later, we discover it was all an illusion caused by Dani and Emma. David chooses not to have the block on his powers removed at this point.

Good Stuff: Well, it’s not the most original story in the world (particularly in the X-verse) but it wasn’t horrible. The events in the last few panels should finally bring a subplot that’s been boiling to the surface, which should be very interesting.

Not so Good Stuff: This story has been done, and pretty much done to death, particularly in the X-Books. I think it would have worked better had it been more tongue in cheek. As it was, it was a pretty standard alternate timeline story, and for that, it was a tad dull.

Also, while his storytelling is solid, I’m not much of a fan of Paco Medina’s pencils.

I give this book 5/10.

New X-Men: Academy X #11

Nightwing #106
Nightwing #106
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty , Art by Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Batgirl, Nightwing and Robin rescue Alfred from the clutches of Killer Croc. Jason Todd officially becomes Robin, and Dick takes on his new identity of Nightwing, gifted with a new costume from Alfred.

Good Stuff: Mostly action here, which is never a bad thing (just to repeat that for most superhero comic book creators out there having a comic that is mostly action is never a bad thing). Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent issue, with each character coming off quite well, particularly Alfred (Where’s that Marvel/DC Alfred/Jarvis crossover anyway?). Good characterization as well, as I never once felt that any character was acting implausibly—or at least implausibly given the years of history they all have.

Not so Good Stuff: Well, it wasn’t great, but it was really nice to have the real Dick Grayson back for a while.

I give this book 8/10.


Robin #136
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Bill Willingham , Art by Pop Mhan, Sandra Hope
Publisher: DC Comics

Synopsis: Another hired gun is after Robin in Blüdhaven, this one with an interesting twist of being a sleepwalker who has no memory of his previous actions. Also, Tim’s long lost uncle Edward is tracked down.

Good Stuff: This was kind of fun. The Dark Rider was an amusing villain, and I actually enjoyed seeing Tim’s confidence in going up against him. I also liked Batman’s assertion that Tim was smarter than he was—not really playing into Batman’s current characterization, but definitely in line with the way that Tim has generally been characterized. For the most part, pretty good stuff. Also, Pop Mhan’s pencils were a nice change from Damion Scott’s.

Not so Good Stuff: I’m just waiting for the shoe to drop on Uncle Edward being a supervillain. The long lost relative is a sub-plot that has never worked for me in the slightest, and doesn’t work for me now.

I give this book 7/10.

Robin #136

X-Men #168
X-Men #168
Reviewed by Randy Jackson
Written by Peter Milligan , Art by Salvador Larocca, Danny Miki
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis: The team deals with the threats in Northern Africa and Los Angeles. When they return to the mansion, they find they have been mentally affected by the creatures, and Emma imposes a quarantine.

Good Stuff: Well, it shipped on time, and Larocca’s pencils are decent.

Not so Good Stuff: I realize this isn’t X-Statix, but I was really expecting Peter Milligan’s run on this title to be a little more fun. Right now, it’s just dreary and dull. Even the ease with which the teams dealt with the threat—which I think was supposed to be fun—came off as a little smarmy and annoying. The murky coloring isn’t helping things much either.

I give this book 3/10.



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