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Weekly Comic Book Reviews 06/23/2008

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Weekly Comic Book Reviews

Guardians of the Galaxy #2
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Paul Pelettier
Publisher: Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy has a number of things going for it. It spins off of the second successful Annihilation serie; it’s by the writing team that have done an excellent and it contains a great cast of characters. Speaking of which the appearance of one Vance Astrovik was a very nice surprise. I like the use of debriefing cut-scenes and there’s plenty of cosmic stuff going on here. This series is off to a good start.

The Incredible Hercules #118
Writers: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Publisher: Marvel

I had my doubts about turning the Incredible Hulk into the Incredible Hercules, but it’s actually worked surprisingly well. This is probably my favorite of anything that Greg Pak has written and it’s also probably the best that Hercules has ever been written in the Marvel Universe. The Sacred Invasion concept sounded really hokey at first, but they’re pulling that off too.

Trinity #3
Writers: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Mark Bagley
Publisher: DC

Coming off the heels of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular 52, Countdown to Final Crisis has to be seen as a failure. So for the third weekly series, DC took a different tack and put their three biggest players into one series. And just to make doubly sure they put on a respected writer and an artist who is renowned for his speed and staying power. So how is it doing? Well definitely better than Countdown. Already I can see more direction and structure to the story and this week we certainly can’t complain about the action levels. The split story structure (main story plus backup) is probably a good call to keep things on track, but I’m not really a fan of it.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #55
Writers: Mike Carey
Artist: Tyler Kirkham
Publisher: Marvel

I’ve seen some criticism of Mike Carey’s run on Ultimate Fantastic Four, but I’m a big fan of it. I think he’s done a wonderful job of mixing the science aspect into things and has taken elements from the mainstream Marvel Universe, but done something different with them. Perhaps his run hasn’t been superhero enough for some tastes. Well this latest storyline may correct that problem. There’s no shortage of fighting, but it still has deeper elements at play.
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X-Men: Legacy #212
Writers: Mike Carey
Artist: Mike Deodato
Publisher: Marvel

Not only is Carey doing a great job on Ultimate Fantastic Four, but he’s probably the best X-Men writer currently too. When I originally heard the plan for X-Men: Legacy, it sounded like the series would be treading water for months. On the contrary though it’s a fascinating read that manages to deepen the X-Men’s mythology without contradicting it. Skillfully done.

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Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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