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Review Group Week 162 - INVINCIBLE #60

Postby ****** » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:23 am

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Week 4 at the Outhouse! Can we get a book that scores over 7 at some point... please?!?! Maybe Invincible will be that, terror to the trade waiters that it is. Of course maybe if the 4th Ultimate Edition hardcover wasn't 8 months late I wouldn't be as far behind on the series as I am. I get lateness in comics - it's kind of par for the course, but 8 months late on material that's already been reprinted once already?! Seriously? For shame, Kirkman, for shame!

So, you'll maybe notice that I hid the previous selections behind a spoiler box. Nice and tidy, another Bendis Review Group ripoff, or both? I would think the reduced scrolling would be a welcome respite to the group's index or middle fingers depending on how you rock your mouse.

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[center]ImageInvincible #60
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story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art & cover RYAN OTTLEY & FCO PLASCENCIA

THE CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE DECADE!
Invincible is drawn into a company-wide crossover event done in ONE oversized issue! SPAWN! SAVAGE DRAGON! YOUNGBLOOD! SHADOWHAWK! CYBERFORCE! PITT! ULTRA! and many, many more all here for one issue – don’t miss it!

SPECIAL FOUR-PAGE GATEFOLD COVER BY RYAN OTTLEY AND FCO PLASCENCIA!


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Story and Art by Roger Landrige

Acclaimed creator Roger Landridge's zany romp across The Muppet Show stage continues! This issue is positively GONZO! Literally. But what exactly IS Gonzo? And how expensive is he to insure? Gonzo ponders these mysterious questions, all while performing his hilariously dangerous routine, which might be shut down by the theater's insurance agent!


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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.

Chubbles - 7.50 (This Week)
guitarsmashley
amlah6 - 6.00
Sunless
Ryan_the_Iowan

Young Neil - 7.25
thefourthman - 6.00
Punchy - 8.00
Kid Impulse - 6.00

Daringd2 - 9.00
McKegan - 7.50
48THRiLLS - 6.00
Starlord
GLX
Sire v 2.0
MrBlack - 9.00
Mr. Batman
Flynn the Pirate - 5.00
SuperginraiX - 6.00
Alex Delarge - 7.00
Doombug - 9.00
GOSD - 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)
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Postby GLX » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:24 am

Dear smashey,

Please pick something awesome.

K? Thx.
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Postby ****** » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:27 am

GLX wrote:Dear smashey,

Please pick something awesome.

K? Thx.


Be afraid, be very afraid.

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Postby Alex Delarge » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:33 am

GLX wrote:Dear smashey,

Please pick something awesome.

K? Thx.


Might I suggest:

X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Prologue - Start of Messiah War
Green Lantern #39 - Start of Agent Orange
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Postby Alex Delarge » Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:16 pm

I was pretty excited about the return of the Angstrom. The beginning of the issue showing how he survived getting his ass handed to him years ago was very interesting. The premise with the alternate universe Invincibles was great too. To be perfectly honest this story suffered from the inclusion of the other Image characters. You could reduce the size of the initial wave of evil Invincibles and reach the same level that they ended with, removed all the Image characters, and had a much better issue. Many times I was reading and not understanding what was going on a large part of this issue, 30% or more was incoherent. I originally got into Invincible because the fight between him and Omni-Man was masterfully done, lately, the fight scenes in this book have largely disappointed me. It could have been better and the crossover was unnecessary and ultimately hurt the final product.

I love how Kirkman weaves one story into another and I am looking forward to learning more about the people that rebuilt Angstrom and their ultimate goals. I was also disappointed in that Angstrom didn't do a whole lot. He should have killed Invincible's family, especially his mother, or at least made a better effort at it. This story deserved more issues to play out.

7/10
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Postby ****** » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:01 pm

I really hope this isn't anyone's first issue of Invincible, because it's in no way a reflection on how great the series is, the first three hardcovers worth of material at least. What I've read of Invincible has been classic superhero storytelling done in a modern style. This issue attempts to recreate a modern superhero crossover event within the confines of 30 pages and succeeds only in duplicating the over-complication and disappointment manufactured by Marvel and DC in their annual sprawling events.

While reading this comic, you can see the very broad strokes of what the story is, but when you get down into the details it feels rather disjointed and rushed. Major occurrences take place off-panel while pages of miscellaneous Image characters are shoehorned in just so that the book can be called a crossover. Like with all crossovers, the point is to reset the universe to a new status quo and this issue does provide that at least.

Even if this comic isn't always exactly readable, Ryan Ottley does a masterful job of making it a fun book to look at. Normally I would knock off points if I had trouble determining from panel to panel what I was supposed to be reading, but in this case I think that falls pretty firmly on the script.

Do better next time Kirkman!

Oh, and get the fourth hardcover out already! :smt013

Story: 3
Art: 9
Overall: 6

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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:48 pm

Alex Delarge wrote:Might I suggest:

X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Prologue - Start of Messiah War
Green Lantern #39 - Start of Agent Orange


Might I suggest you shut your whore of a mouth.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:50 pm

And I wont be reading this week since I too am a HC reader. Despite how ridiculously late it is.
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Postby ****** » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:55 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:Might I suggest you shut your whore of a mouth.


My official entry into the "Guess what the frak Yoni is going to do" sweepstakes is...

Top 10 Special #1

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Postby ****** » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:56 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:And I wont be reading this week since I too am a HC reader. Despite how ridiculously late it is.


Your name was already in blue foo! This is what it's like when the group is organized sucka! :twisted:

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Postby Alex Delarge » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:21 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:Might I suggest you shut your whore of a mouth.


Hey this mouth is what pays the bills. They don't call me the Whoracle or nothing, wait I am confusing myself with Barbara Gordon.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:22 pm

amlah6 wrote:My official entry into the "Guess what the frak Yoni is going to do" sweepstakes is...

Top 10 Special #1


Oh man, I totally forgot that was coming out. But man what a great pick. A continuation of my favorite comic with the blessing of moore. Oh man you might be onto something there. And I didn't add it to my BOC because I was going to wait for the trade.
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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:45 pm

Invincible #60

First off, it will be so many kinds of wrong if this doesn't win cover of the week.

I am getting caught up through trades on this title, so I am a bit behind. This was kind of all over the place, did Atom Eve get hurt off panel or did I just miss it? I think this was waaay too much to pack into one single issue, I will give Kirkman credit for his ambition but it turned out to be a sloppy read. Ottley penciled his ass off and saved what was a clusterfuck of a story. As awesome as the cover was the pages in between were just as impressive, there were some amazing panels and he seemed to do his best patching together Kirkmans story. I love the premise of different Invincibles wreaking havoc and having Angstrom Levy being the mastermind but maybe this should have been a 3 issue arc instead of one crazy extravaganza.

STORY - 4 (Damn, really?)

ART - 10

OVERALL - 6

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Postby Punchy » Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:57 pm

All you mutha uckas reading this in trades!

Get the issues!

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:10 pm

Punchy wrote:All you mutha uckas reading this in trades!

Get the issues!


I am working on it.

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