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    Wrapping Wednesday: Micro Reviews for the Week of 10/2/13

    By | October 4th, 2013
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    There is a lot to cover on Wednesdays. We should know, as collectively, we read an insane amount of comics. Even with a large review staff, it’s hard to get to everything. With that in mind, we’re back with Wrapping Wednesday, where we look at some of the books we missed in what was another great week of comics.

    Let’s get this party started.

    All-New X-Men #17
    Written by Brian Bendis
    Illustrated by Stuart Immonen
    Reviewed by Zach Wilkerson

    As much as I’ve enjoyed ‘Battle of the Atom’ so far, it’s finally time to admit that it’s not really going anywhere. Bendis, whose issues encompass half of the total crossover, is taking his sweet time in telling this story. This chapter gives a bit of insight into what’s going on in the future, but brings us no closer to any answers regarding either group of future X-Men. Hopefully, now that all the pieces are (seemingly) in play, the story can truly get moving. Stuart Immonen does continue the crossover’s trend of spectacular art, so there’s that, at least.

    Final Verdict: 6.8 – Browse

    God is Dead #2
    Written by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa
    Illustrated by Di Amorim
    Review by Brian Salvatore

    This seems so unbelievably up my alley, and yet falls short. Hickman and Costa are not natural writing partners – it is unclear as to how this book was crafted, whether Hickman’s plot was scripted by Costa, or something closer to collaboration. This feels like a Hickman book in the broad strokes, but nothing about the book itself either has Hickman’s brilliant ideas, nor Costa’s gift for crafting compelling dialogue. The military scenes feel like un-self-aware versions of Mars Attacks, and the gods all feel like cheaper versions of what is currently happening in both “Wonder Woman” and in “Thor: God of Thunder.” Because the gods are so iconic, it can be easy to get them wrong, which is precisely what happens here. Amorim does a fine job, art-wise, but if the story is dull, nothing can really save that. Overall, a minor work from all involved.

    Final Verdict: 4.5 – Avoid

    Green Lantern #24
    Written by Robert Venditti
    Illustrated by Billy Tan
    Reviewed by Zach Wilkerson

    Coming on the heels of last month’s “Relic” one-shot, “Green Lantern” #24 marks the beginning of ‘Lights Out.’ This is the first crossover of the post Johns-era, coming just four months after ‘Wrath of the First Lantern.’ Yes, that means you have to read all the Lantern titles (sans Larfleeze) to get the full story. However, if this first issue is any indication, it just might be worth your while. Relic is a surprising solid addition to the Lantern mythos, and the idea of the emotional spectrum as a finite resource definitely adds an interesting wrinkle. Tan’s art isn’t quite as solid as in previous issues, but it still looks pretty great under Alex Sinclair’s colors. Considering how solid the Lantern line has been of late, ‘Lights Out’ should only get better from here.

    Final Verdict: 8.0 – Buy

    Theremin #3
    Written by Curt Pires
    Illustrated by Dalton Rose
    Reviewed by Sam LeBas

    “Theremin” #3 is a labyrinth-like exploration of the role of perception in understanding, especially as it relates to self. Though the sequence of events within this issue does not proceed neatly from point A to point B, there is a clear thread binding the events together. Rather than taking in events as they happen, the audience is allowed to experience the perceived reality of the titular character just as he does, perhaps through the lens of memory. As thought meanders as we recall a specific incident, slipping to a related incident that may have happened years earlier or later, so too does this issue. The remnants of of our experiences are catalogued by themes like, ‘love,’ ‘sadness’ or ‘pain,’ maybe even put into folders dedicated to people and places, but as we remember our lives, most often we do not do so in a linear, chronological fashion. That space of memory and personal perception is captured skillfully by Pires and Rose in this issue. From the inspired construction of the narrative to the dizzying, punch drunk visuals, “Theremin” #3 offers a one-of-a-kind reading experience. Held together by the memory of love the events in this issue offer action, adventure, and thought-provoking interpersonal exchanges. “Theremin” #3 escapes the confines of structure, and explores new territory in the world of storytelling.

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    Final Verdict:: 8.4

    The Witching Hour #1
    Written by Stve Beach, Lauren Beukes, Brett Lewis, Annie Mok, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matthew Sturges, Ales Kot, Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham, and Mariah Huehner
    Illustrated by Steve Beach, Gerhard Human, Cliff Chiang, Emily Carroll, Ming Doyle, Shawn McManus, Morgan Jeske, Victor Santos and Tula Lotay
    Review by Brian Salvatore

    A Vertigo anthology is usually a good bet to take, and this was no exception. Sure, if you’re not a huge “Dead Boy Detectives” fan, one of these stories will bore you (as it did me), and some of the art (especially Human’s piece) isn’t up to the Vertigo standard, but overall, this is a great horror anthology. Everything has the creepy feel of Halloween lurking around the edges, and the stories that work the best all distinguish themselves as more than just straight horror. The DeConnick/Doyle piece has a romantic angle, the Chiang/Lewis story is horror via sci-fi, and the Kot/Jeske story is more a mystery than anything. This is a lot of fun, and while $7.99 is a lot, nearly 70 pages of content makes the price tag worth it.

    Final Verdict: 7.5 – Buy

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