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.
Federal Bureau of Physics #3
Written by Simon Oliver
Illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez
Review by David Harper
I’m going to be totally honest, I don’t always know exactly what is going on with this story. It’s pretty out there as far as concepts are concerned, and from an execution standpoint, sometimes it leaves things hanging perhaps a bit more than I’d prefer. However, between Nathan Fox’s gorgeous cover and Rodriguez’s consistently great and energetic art, this is one of the best looking books on the market. And Oliver succeeds at building a connection with series lead Adam Hardy to ensure that we’re invested in what’s going on, even while it perplexes us. I’ll want a little less head scratching in the future, but for now, the artist formerly known as Collider is something I continue to enjoy.
Plus, killer Optimus Prime cameo. (Editors note: It is actually Jetfire, according to series cover artist Nate Fox.) (Second Editors note: David was referring to a semi Robbi Rodriguez illustrated inside the issue that crashed into Adam)
Final Verdict: 8.0 – This book is just fun to read
Rachel Rising #19
Written and Illustrated by Terry Moore
Review by David Harper
For the last little chunk of story, Moore has been building the history and background of Rachel, Lilith and the rest of the witches that are affecting the town at the center of the book, and it has been good. That’s not an issue, but once upon a time, this book was more on the side of great. In particular, this issue struggles a bit with a harsh transition to a flashback story without much of recall to where we were. Once I got through the issue, I felt grounded again, but there were jagged ends that left a harsh feel to the onset of this book. The actual content itself was strong, with revelations made – the ending was particularly killer – and more industry best storytelling from Moore as a cartoonist. This book is setting us up for a drive to the finish, I feel, and with this issue out of the way I think we’re about to see a lot more momentum. It needs it, even if it is still a very, very good book.
Final Verdict: 7.5 – A solid chapter that establishes key points, but lags in story
Red Sonja #3
Written by Gail Simone
Illustrated by Walter Geovani
Review by Matthew Meylikhov
I think that with certain characters in comics, particularly cult female characters, there exists a certain amount of prejudice and assumption. It’s especially prevalent whenever it comes to giving the character an otherwise legitimate chance at becoming “mainstream” to most readers, because a lot of us see a skimpy bikini and make assumptions about the audience the book is trying to reach. Yet, with Gail Simone taking the reigns on “Red Sonja,” the character is seeing a level of attention and affection that’s unparalleled; I’ve never read a “Red Sonja” comic before and upon finishing the latest issue, my most prevalent thought is “I wonder where I can get more stories of her like this?” Simone and Walter Geovani have given us a book that definitively answers the question of why should we bother reading stories about Red Sonja, and it’s because Simone and Geovani have knocked the ball out of the park with this issue. With an exploration of the things that have shaped her reflecting directly on events of the most recent two issues, we’re given a beautifully rendered story that touches on what makes Red Sonja worthwhile: she’s compassionate, complex, mysterious, clever, talented, deadly, vulnerable, dangerous and impossibly interesting.
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Final Verdict: 9.0 – Perfect time to check this series out
The Walking Dead #114
Written by Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by Charlie Adlard
Review by David Harper
I know this is kind of horrible, but my favorite character in The Walking Dead at this point is Negan. That fucking guy doesn’t backstab people, and he certainly doesn’t mess around with them. He does what he does, and even though what he does is pretty awful, it is never not entertaining. In fact, the ending of this issue might have been the moment of the week, as a frustrated Negan realizes he’s dealing with a bunch of morons who can’t handle his braggadocio or handle his intelligence that supports it.
Past Negan, this issue sets everything up for the “All Out War” arc and even has a good ol’ fashioned tiger mauling. Charlie Adlard crushes on the issue, as per usual, and we’re given yet another top notch issue from a book that obviously shows no signs of slowing down.
Final Verdict: 8.0 – That’s the TWD I enjoy
Written by Brian Wood
Illustrated by David Lopez
Review by James Johnston
“Battle of the Atom” continues in “X-Men” #5 and the Event Disease has hit some character’s minds. Just in case you were worried some characters weren’t going to mess up on purpose to stretch out a three issue arc to ten, some people lose their minds when it comes to rational decision making. Granted, I did not read the All-New X-Men series up until “Battle of the Atom” so I’m not entirely sure why some people are insistent that the original X-Men stay in the present considering that would mess up time travel in insane new ways. That said, MOST of the writing in this issue is actually quite good, the typical “X-Men” cast have some really funny moments and Lopez has some really solid art that sells some of that humor. “X-Men” #5 is a fun book, it just suffers from some Event Craziness.
Final Verdict: 7.8 – Buy with a cautionary browse.