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Review Group Week 165 - WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #1

Postby ****** » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:08 am

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It's Wednesday already? :shock:

I've been working 4 day workweeks for about 6 weeks now and I've completely lost my ability to keep track of what day it is. Permanent 3 day weekends are :cool:, but 10 hour workdays are :?.

So another Wolverine series, eh? Well, as long as it's Jason Aaron there can't be too many complaints. I'm sure Marvel will just cancel the soon to be 'Dark' Wolverine book when this Reign rubbbish has run it's course and the 'Weapon X' series will be renumbered to 300 or 350 or whatever imaginary milestone is closest at the next opportunity for Marvel to pop you for a $5 comic. That reprint for that issue that you already have in a long box somewhere will make it all worth it though.

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Wolverine: Weapon X #1
as selected by young neil[/center]WRITER: JASON AARON
PENCILS: RON GARNEY

THE STORY:
“THE ADAMANTIUM MEN” Part 1 (of 5)
In the jungles of Colombia, people are turning up dead, whole villages brutally slaughtered by a team of soldiers who move through the shadows like ghosts. On the streets of San Francisco, Logan learns that the files from the old Weapon X program, the blueprints for building Adamantium-laced super soldiers like himself, have fallen into the hands of the evil corporation, Roxxon. Once again, it seems, someone is looking to build the perfect killing machine. That means it's time for Wolverine to step in, and remind them that someone already did. Plus 8 pages of Director's Cut Extras!


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The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #1
as selected by thefourthman[/center]story MAC CARTER
art TONY SALMONS
cover ADAM BYRNE

When an ancient curse transforms young H.P. Lovecraft’s darkest nightmares into reality, the timid writer becomes both an unwitting god of destruction and the only person who can battle the evil he’s unleashed into the world. One part biography, one part horror pulp, one part fugitive thriller and you have... one weird tale indeed.


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If you would like to join the group it's easy. Just post a review and I'll add you to the member's list. As long as you stay active, eventually it will be your turn to make a pick.

With $4 comics becoming the norm, the economy being what it is and the growing popularity of mail order services the Review Group recognizes that it's becoming harder and harder to commit to participating each and every week. As long as you can post one review per calendar month you will stay in the member's list. It doesn't matter if you post your review the week of it's release or if you post it later. Going forward, there is no such thing as a "late" review.

The only request I make with the new format is that if you don't plan on posting a review or if you're going to be posting late is that you drop a note in the thread so that I can keep track of who is active and who isn't. The Spreadshee of Doom is thorough, but it can't read your mind.


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Comics are to be scored on a scale from 1-10. 1 being suck, 10 being a damn good comic. Beyond that, there's no right or wrong.

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If it's your week, you must announce your selection by 5pm EST the day Diamond releases it's shipping list. If you do not announce your pick at that time, I will add a poll to the thread that will remain open until 12pm EST so that the group can make the selection for that week. To ensure that you know it's your week, I will PM you when Midtown's list goes live on Thursdays.

young neil - 7.25 (This Week)
thefourthman - 5.50
Punchy - 8.00
King Impulse - 7.00
Daringd - 9.00
McKegan
48THRiLLS - 6.50
Starlord - 2.50
GLX
Sire v 2.0
MrBlack - 5.00
Mr. Batman
Flynn the Pirate
SuperginraiX - 6.00
Alex Delarge
Doombug - 7.00
GOSD
Chubbles - 6.50
guitarsmashley - 6.00
amlah6 - 7.00

BLUE indicates explanation given for not posting a review.
RED indicate that no review or explanation has been posted in two weeks.
RED and BOLD will be deleted at the end of the week unless a review or explanation is posted.


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Each Tuesday I will putting together all of our reviews and we will have our very own article on the front page of The Outhouse! If you would like for your review to be included, please try to have it posted by the end of day on Monday.

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[spoiler="Not a"]001. Daredevil #82 - 8.13
002. Exiles #77 - 6.29
003. Jonah Hex #5 - 6.26
004. American Virgin #1 - 7.7
005. Birds of Prey #92 - 6.41
006. Squadron Supreme #1 - 7.66
007. Blue Beetle #1 - 5.95
008. Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #41 - 6.67
009. DMZ #6 - 7.65
010. Captain America #17 - 7.43
011. Thing #6 - 7.03
012. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8 - 7.68
013. Cable & Deadpool #28 - 7.45
014. Fell #5 - 8.81
015. X-Factor #7 - 7.84
016. My Inner Bimbo #1 - 6.38
017. Wonder Woman #1 - 7.3
018. Green Lantern Corps #1 - 5.65
019. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 - 5.38
020. New Avengers #21 - 6.12
021. Detective Comics #821 - 8.05
022. Ultimate Spider-Man #97 - 7.86
023. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 - 4.17
024. Batman #655 - 7.69
025. Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6.41
026. Sonic the Hedgehog #165 - 6.5
027. The Boys #1 - 7.3
028. Heroes for Hire #1 - 6.25
029. Ultimate Fantastic Four #33 - 5.75
030. Local #6 - 9.1
031. Thunderbolts #106 - 6.14
032. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #8 - 8.34
033. True Story, Swear to God #1 - 7.69
034. Criminal #1 - 7.63
035. Fables #1/#54 - 8.83
036. WildCats #1 - 6.51
037. Action Comics #844 - 7.22
038. Incredible Hulk #100 - 7.5
039. Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius: Happy Franksgiving - 4.32
040. Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 - 4.34
041. Punisher War Journal #1 - 6.54
042. Immortal Iron Fist #1 - 7.35
043. Spider-Man: Reign #1 - 4.79
044. The Spirit #1 - 7.67
045. New Avengers: Illuminati #1 - 7.33
046. Winter Soldier: Winter Kills - 8.27
047. Amazing Spider-Man #537 - 6.94
048. Thunderbolts #110 - 6.75
049. Red Menace #3 - 7.43
050. Moon Knight #7 - 5.86
051. Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis #1 - 6.21
052. Fell #7 - 9.03
052. Dark Tower #1 - 8.61
052. Fantastic Four: The End #5 - 8.55
052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
052. Pirates of Coney Island #4 - 7.93
052. Action Comics Annual #10 - 7.87
052. Ultimate Spider-Man #105 - 7.7
052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
052. Uncanny X-Men #483 - 6.47
053. Batman #663 - 3.59
054. Civil War #7 - 7.2
055. Runaways #24 - 9.01
056. Punisher MAX #45 - 7.47
057. Blade #7 - 6.08
058. Army@Love #1 - 6.38
059. Blue Beetle #13 - 6.4
060. Avengers: The Initiative #1 - 7.27
061. Nova #1 - 6.92
062. Cable & Deadpool #39 - 5.92
063. Catwoman #66 - 7.06
064. 52 Week Fifty-Two - 7.15
065. Countdown #51 - 6.8
066. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #12 - 6.31
067. Captain America #26 - 8.28
068. Witchblade #106 - 5.81
069. Invincible #42 - 8.35
070. Sub-Mariner #1 - 5.54
071. Highwaymen #1 - 7.87
072. Superman/Batman #37 - 4.6
073. Dynamo 5 #5 - 6.28
074. Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 - 6.63
075. Lone Ranger #7 - 7.54
076. X-Men #201 - 4.76
077. Metal Men #1 - 6.18
078. Green Lantern #22 - 7.85
079. Pilot Season: Ripclaw - 5.89
080. X-Men: First Class #3 - 7.53
081. Teen Titans #50 - 8.02
082. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 6.96
083. Punisher War Journal #11 - 5.22
084. World War Hulk #4 - 6.96
085. All-Star Batman & Robin #7 - 6.43
086. Vinyl Underground #1 - 5.73
087. Green Arrow & Black Canary #1 - 8.27
088. The Sword #1 - 6.89
089. She-Hulk #22 - 7.38
090. Tales of the Fear Agent: Twelve Steps in One - 6.18
091. Annihilation: Conquest #1 - 6.93
092. Batman and the Outsiders #1 - 6.87
093. Flash #234 - 5.72
094. Gotham Underground #2 - 5.52
095. Ultimates 3 #1 - 4.8
096. Amazing Spider-Girl #15 - 6
097. Birds of Prey #113 - 7.16
098. Pax Romana #1 - 8.59
099. Hack/Slash #7 - 6.97
100. HULK #1 - 7.19
101. Booster Gold #6 - 7.68
102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
104. Reviewer's Choice
105. Tiny Titans #1 - 6.81
106. Loaded Bible 3: Communion - 8.68
107. Project Superpowers #1 - 5.93
108. Echo #1 - 8.34
109. Mighty Avengers #10 - 7.12
110. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 - 7.73
111. Proof #6 - 8.48
112. Secret Invasion #1 - 7.95
113. Titans #1 - 6
114. Noble Causes #32 - 7.26
115. Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide - 7.39
116. DC Universe 0 - 4.94
117. House of Mystery #1 - 7.77
118. Captain Britain and MI:13 #1 - 7.36
119. Checkmate #26 - 4.09
120. Final Crisis #1 - 6.91
121. The Boys #19 - 8.3
122. Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 - 5.53
123. Transformers Spotligt: Cyclonus - 5.92
124. Trinity #4 - 5.15
125. Jonah Hex #33 - 8.7
126. I Kill Giants #1 - 7.55
127. Batgirl #1 - 5.23
128. Uncanny X-Men #500 - 6.22
129. Wildcats #1 - 7.33
130. Venom: Dark Origin #1 - 7.16
131. Astonishing X-Men #26 - 5.12
132. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 - 7.67
133. Runaways #1 - 7.34
134. Marvel Apes #1 - 6.15
135. Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 - 6.22
136. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33 - 7.25
137. Back to Brooklyn #1 - 5.58
138. Four Eyes #1 - 9.42
139. Green Lantern Corps #29 - 6.16
140. Ghost Rider #28 - 7.44
141. Unknown Soldier #1 - 8.66
142. Amazing Spider-Man #575 - 6.98
143. Final Crisis: Resist - 6.44
144. Batman: Cacophony #1 - 7.37
145. Deadpool #4 - 6.57
146. Ms. Marvel #33 - 5.97
147. Secret Invasion #8 - 7.15
148. Punisher: War Zone #1 - 7.17
149. Ex Machina #40 - 8.11
150. Immortal Iron Fist #21 - 8.21
151. Incognito #1 - 8.65
152. Punisher #1 - 6.25
153. G.I. Joe #1 - 6.68
154. Hellblazer #251 - 6.94
155. Justice Society of America #23 - 6.53
156. Watchmen - 9.86
157. Batman #686 - 8.84
158. Amber Atoms #1 - 4.25
159. Runaways #7 - 5.25 (Article)
160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68 (Article)
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41 (Article)
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08 (Article)
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.76 (Article)
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.88 (Article)
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Postby thefourthman » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:53 am

So, um, yeah, this will be a link week. This comic is like last week's comic just kind of there, but maybe a little less readable. The art is just okay too.

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story 5
art 6

overall 5.5

I should chime in Friday with my pick, for all those that gots to know.

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:07 am

Wow, what a crappy week I drew...
Prospects are as follows:
Overlook #1
Secret Invasion Aftermath Beta Ray Bill Yadda Yadda Yadda #1
Wolverine Noir #1
and Phantom Generations #1...

I am inclined to go with the Beta Ray Bill book. However if you like one of the others better or have an entirely different pick altogether in mind, state your case and convince me otherwise...

FYI... love the new Neil Young it is like a Blues Album and a Garage Band exploded into a concept album about cars.

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Postby GLX » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:07 am

thefourthman wrote:Wow, what a crappy week I drew...
Prospects are as follows:
Overlook #1
Secret Invasion Aftermath Beta Ray Bill Yadda Yadda Yadda #1
Wolverine Noir #1
and Phantom Generations #1...

I am inclined to go with the Beta Ray Bill book. However if you like one of the others better or have an entirely different pick altogether in mind, state your case and convince me otherwise...

FYI... love the new Neil Young it is like a Blues Album and a Garage Band exploded into a concept album about cars.


Beta Ray Bill, plz.
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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:35 am

GLX wrote:Beta Ray Bill, plz.


I second this plea.

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Postby KING King Impulse » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:38 am

Either Kieron Gillen comic plz
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Postby thefourthman » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:49 am

King Impulse wrote:Either Kieron Gillen comic plz

I know Phonogram 2 #2 is out, what else?

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Postby KING King Impulse » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:06 pm

thefourthman wrote:I know Phonogram 2 #2 is out, what else?

Beta Ray Bill
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Postby Alex Delarge » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:26 pm

How about:

Rampaging Wolverine #1
Wolverine: Noir #1 (of 4)

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In all seriousness, I am boycotting Wolverine, so I am going to post a review of All-New Savage She-Hulk this week.

I vote for Beta Ray Bill for next week.
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Postby Punchy » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:31 pm

Alex Delarge wrote:In all seriousness, I am boycotting Wolverine, so I am going to post a review of All-New Savage She-Hulk this week.


That's not how it works, we review the book chosen by this week's picker, otherwise what's the point? How would you like it if, on your week, we all just reviewed something else?

Your boycott would actually make for an interesting review, what does someone who normally doesn't like Wolverine make of this issue?

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Postby ****** » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:35 pm

thefourthman wrote:Wow, what a crappy week I drew...
Prospects are as follows:
Overlook #1
Secret Invasion Aftermath Beta Ray Bill Yadda Yadda Yadda #1
Wolverine Noir #1
and Phantom Generations #1...

I am inclined to go with the Beta Ray Bill book. However if you like one of the others better or have an entirely different pick altogether in mind, state your case and convince me otherwise...


Sub-Mariner Comics: 70th Anniversary Special by Roy Thomas and Mitch Breitweiser, IMO.

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:46 pm

I don't know if I will talk about this in my review or not, but this issue bugs me. They take a top tier talent by Jason Aaron and put him on a Wolverine book, except they make a new one that is clearly designed to cash in on the movie hype. Meaning that we have a total of four ongoing wolverine books currently. This one is obviously written for the trade and has almost no reason for existing. I love Aaron and am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but if this is decompressed then should we not maybe get a double sized issue that develops the story a little, instead of getting the Origins treatment again where we get one tiny development an issue. This one doesn't even have a prolonged fight scene or anything.

Between the glut that the company puts out any how and then the fact that they are more expensive and offer little in way of compensation - file pages really, really, if I wanted that I would buy your silly ass index and hand books and atlas shit.

I wish comic book companies (especially the big two) would stop thinking for short term. Brian Hibbs talked about sales dilution in like his third Tilting Windmills and sited an article from ten years before that and here we are twenty years down the road and they still don't get it. They put out more and more books, or do silly things like make Amazing Spider-Man come out three times a month, but put all the avengers books out on the same day and all the x books on the same day to capitalize on the customer being in that day. You have to wonder how well one single issue comic monthly would sell verse its twenty competitors about the same character set. And when the economy tanks, instead of pulling back, they put out more but charge more. What the fuck are they thinking? DC is the same way, all the Kingdom come one shots and then six months later a fucking mini-series? How about not letting the crappy current arc come out, how about making the mini a fill in book in case Johns dies in a horrible accident or gets sick or just a freaking drawer story so that books can come out on time when teams get behind....

Okay rant over.

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:48 pm

Punchy wrote:That's not how it works, we review the book chosen by this week's picker, otherwise what's the point? How would you like it if, on your week, we all just reviewed something else?

Your boycott would actually make for an interesting review, what does someone who normally doesn't like Wolverine make of this issue?

As many problems as I have with this week's choice, if he wants to read that unreadble she-hulk book, I say let him go for it. I read like four pages and gave up... that shit was stupid.

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Postby Punchy » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:51 pm

thefourthman wrote:As many problems as I have with this week's choice, if he wants to read that unreadble she-hulk book, I say let him go for it. I read like four pages and gave up... that shit was stupid.


But the whole point is that we have to read what someone else chooses, to take us out of our comfort zone.

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Postby ****** » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:53 pm

I don't really have a lot to say about this week's book. It's a Wolverine comic with the typical kinds of Wolverine stuff happening and nothing about it really stands out. There's a bit of Wolverine being Wolverine and some setup for the arc. Nothing about the issue justifies the existence of another Wolverine ongoing series

The art in this issue was a huge improvement over what Garney was doing on Skaar but still falls a bit short of his work on Amazing Spider-Man during Civil War. The colors felt a bit more muted than they probably were meant to, but that's maybe an issue with Marvel's printing process.

Story: 6.5
Art: 7.5
Overall: 7

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