Marvel’s Noir line has been hit or miss with me. Some I’ve kind of liked like Spider-Man, and some I thought were a waist of time, like Daredevil. Luke Cage is the first that I’ve really enjoyed from beginning to end. And what a powerful ending to this mini! The twists, the turns, the wonderfully plotted ending – this is what Noir is supposed to be! Best of the lot! My Score: A-
I wasn’t going into this with a lot of interest, I’ll freely admit it. So it was a very nice surprise when I found myself enjoying the hell out of the writing on this new ongoing. I’m still not sure how far this series can go, but the concept is unique and rarely done. It’s always great to see Peter Gyrich in action and any comic that spotlights Lockheed is A-OK in my book. My biggest gripe here is the way Steven Sanders draws Hank McCoy. His head appears to suddenly have gone from cat like to a full fledged horses head. If this is going to be a constant, I have to say that I’m already longing for the cat head days (and I never thought I’d say that). Favorite moment has to be when Brand tries to explain to Lockheed that Kitty is still alive and they are trying to find a way to get her out of that magic bullet. I’m actually interested to see how this goes, but please put Beast back to some kind of normal appearance! I mean, for the Beast, that is. My Score: C+
My first reaction when I finished this was – why? It wasn’t bad at all. Solid writing and solid art, but I just don’t get why it needed to be done in the first place. It was fascinating, though, to see a very young Bruce Wayne as he began his foray into the world of crime fighting. A little lighter, not so broody, and a bit of a sense of humor makes me see a whole different side to Bruce that I wish still existed today. As for Doc Savage, I honestly know very little about him until this story and this story really didn’t do anything to make me want to learn much more. My Score: B
When this whole Dark Reign is over, if it ever is, I hope this team sticks together for a while. Dark Beast alone is worth the price of admission. A depressive mutant, a neurotic mutant, and a sadist mutant make Mystique the most normal member of this team. The dialogue is snappy, something I’ve grown to expect and enjoy from Paul Cornell and the pencils of Leonard Kirk flow well with the story. And even though I knew he was coming back, it was great to finally see Nathan Grey show up after all these years. I can’t wait to see the interaction between him and Dark Beast. If the other four issues are as good as the first issue was, this is going to be one great mini-series that I will hate to see end. My Score: A-
And speaking of great mini-series... this JSA story is one of the best to come down the pike since the original volume of Geoff Johns’ run. Kobra has never seemed more menacing, the stakes never so high, and the heroes more on the ropes than in this story. This is one I’ll be buying in trade when it comes out. It’s worth reading more than once. Congratulations to Trautmann, Kramer and team for giving us the kind of Justice Society story that we’ve been wanting to read for over a year now. My Score: A
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