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Review Group Week 180 - IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1

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Review Group Week 180 - IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1

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Fat Cobra is awesome.



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Immortal Weapons #1
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WRITER: Jason Aaron and Duane Swierczynski
PENCILS: Khari Evans, Travel Foreman, Stefano Gaudiano, Michael Lark, Mico Suayan, Roberto De La Torre and Jordan White

Out of the pages of IMMORTAL IRON FIST! Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE) and Mico Suayan (MOON KNIGHT) plus an all-star roster of guest artists kick off IMMORTAL WEAPONS in this double-sized issue! Fat Cobra! No man has fought more heartily, consumed more mightily, or lived life more fully! Fat Cobra! Master of the sumo thunder stomp and the devil’s skullcrusher! Fat Cobra! Immortal Weapon from the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven! But to this day, no man has known the story of Fat Cobra’s life…including the Cobra himself! Discover the shocking origins of this boisterous brawler and witness his decades of adventure! Meanwhile, Danny Rand embarks on his own mission of search and adventure, in a special bonus story by IMMORTAL IRON FIST writer Duane Swierczynski running through all five IMMORTAL WEAPONS issues! Rated T …$3.99


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Mice Templar: Destiny #1
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story MICHAEL AVON OEMING & BRYAN JL GLASS
art VICTOR SANTOS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING

The second chapter in the saga of the Mice Templar begins here!
The Templar have fallen, leaving the natural world in the grip of tyrants and ever-increasing chaos. The promise of restoration for the Templar and the salvation of all creatures now lies in the paws of the newly-knighted Karic. But as sinister powers seek to thwart him, others are desperate to use his mission for personal agendas. Now Karic is anxious to complete his training so that he might rescue his family from slavery. But his new master is Cassius, a bitter Templar exile who does not believe in Karic's destiny. Their journey takes them to the legendary Haunted Wood, a dead forest inhabited by Diabhlan, ancient evil spirits hungry to feed off of living souls.


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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.

amlah6 - 8.75 (this week)
young neil - 8.00
thefourthman
Punchy - 8.00
King Impulse
Daringd
House of J - 5.50
McKegan - 5.00
Kerny
48THRiLLS - 7.50
Starlord - 6.00
BubbaKanoosh
Mr_Batman - 7.75
GLX
Sire v 2.0
MrBlack - 4.50
SuperginraiX - 7.00
Zechs
PDH
Doombug
Amoebas
Twigglet
VinnyPic
Chubbles - 7.50
Timberoo
ThrillHouse
guitarsmashley - 7.60
Jack Burton - 8.50

BLUE indicates explanation given for not posting a review.
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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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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: SoA #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. Action Comics Annual #10 - 7.87
052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
052. Dark Tower #1 - 8.61
052. Fantastic Four: The End #5 - 8.55
052. Fell #7 - 9.03
052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
052. Pirates of Coney Island #4 - 7.93
052. Ultimate Spider-Man #105 - 7.7
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
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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 Spotlight: 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 (Column)
160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68 (Column)
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41 (Column)
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08 (Column)
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.66 (Column)
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93 (Column)
165. Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - 6.4 (Column)
166. The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #1 - 7.82 (Column)
167. Ghost Rider #34 - 8.82 (Column)
168. Phonogram: The Singles Club #2 - 6.33 (Column)
169. Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1 - 7 (Column)
170. Unwritten #1 - 8.53 (Column)
171. The Boys: Herogasm #1 - 7.09 (Column)
172. Last Days of Animal Man #1 - 6.23 (Column)
173. Batman and Robin #1 - 8.01 (Column)
174. Amazing Spider-Man #597 - 7.19 (Column)
175. Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper - 7.00 (Column)
176. Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia - 6.40 (Column)
177. Justice League: Cry for Justice #1 - 6.71 (Column)
178. Wednesday Comics #1 - 7.84 (Column)
179. Blackest Night #1 - 8.86 (Column)
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Postby ****** » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:24 am

Grrr... it needs to hurry up and be 11 so I can go buy this. :x

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Postby Mr_Batman » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:26 am

I won't be getting this until tomorrow at SDCC 8)

Then review will be Monday

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Postby MrBlack » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:47 am

I read up one the whole Immortal Weapons thing in preparation for this.

Looks neat. I'm actually looking forward to learning a bit about Fat Cobra.

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Postby Punchy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:47 am

Bring me my wenches of waiting!

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Postby Jack Burton » Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:44 pm

This was a really good issue that managed to be hilarious and really sad at the same time. It really makes you feel for Fat Cobra.

8.5.

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Postby ****** » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:28 pm

Got my copy, but I haven't had time to read it.

I didn't pick Lenore because I didn't think most shops would have it, but then the shop I went to had a big stack of them. Did everyone else's shops end up getting it?

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Re: Review Group Week 180 - IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1

Postby malcolm reynolds » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:39 pm

amlah6 wrote:young neil, consummate purveyor of good taste that he is, has the pick for next week. Check back in a few days to see what we'll be reading.


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Postby malcolm reynolds » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:43 pm

amlah6 wrote:Got my copy, but I haven't had time to read it.

I didn't pick Lenore because I didn't think most shops would have it, but then the shop I went to had a big stack of them. Did everyone else's shops end up getting it?


Lenore would have been good the shop I go to always has stacks of this sort of stuff, and it would have been something different. Then again no one should ever complain about having to review Immortal Weapons, I'll be surprised if this gets a low average this week.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:27 pm

Immortal Weapons #1
as selected by amlah6


I will keep in mind
What Fat Cobra shows us here
Some books are discards

5.5
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Postby Punchy » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:29 pm

Haiku Review?

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Postby MrBlack » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:32 pm

Immortal Weapons #1: Fat Cobra

I am not an avid reader of Iron Fist by any stretch of the imagination, but when I learned that we were set to review this book, I took a little time to familiarize myself with recent events involving Danny Rand. Of the Immortal Weapons who have been introduced, Fat Cobra was definitely one of the more interesting ones, so I looked forward to reading this book.

I thought the first half of the book was fairly amusing (particularly the three page fight scene near the middle), but the ending was a little hard to swallow. I realize that Jason Aaron wanted to add some pathos to the character, but having him kill generations of his own children for no other reason than wanting to live just makes him a monster. Any positive feelings I had regarding the character were wiped away with this revelation, and I do not think I want to continue reading about a protagonist who has done such a thing.

While the overall story was alright, the character-defining tragedy that has become a staple of modern comics was just completely overdone, and the story is ultimately worse for it. On the upside, the backup from Duane Swierczynski was well done, and I would look forward to reading more if it meant that I would not have to buy another issue of this series.

The art was good overall, but having different artists do different pages was a little jarring, although I understand that they were meant to depict different parts of Fat Cobra's own life. The art for the main framing pieces was good, but there seemed to be an overabundance of cross-hatching.

Sorry guys, but I thought the story just did not cut it. I will give the art a good score, but the terrible story brings my overall score way done.

Story: 2
Art: 7
Overall: 4.5
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Postby MrBlack » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:32 pm

Punchy wrote:Haiku Review?

I should have done that.

I thought it stunk too.

EDIT: I edited my score after re-evaluating my score for the art, and realizing my overall average was wrong.

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Postby MrBlack » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:35 pm

Jack Burton wrote:This was a really good issue that managed to be hilarious and really sad at the same time. It really makes you feel for Fat Cobra.

8.5.

I feel about as bad for him as I do for Jeffrey Dahmer.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:35 pm

Punchy wrote:Haiku Review?


Yep. I've been thinking about doing it for a while, but this was just the right book for it.

A backup story with a backup

That's from my alternate haiku.

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