Quick Review from the Future: Avenging Spider-Man #18

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Title: Avenging Spider-Man #18 
Publisher: Marvel Comics 
Author: Christopher Yost 
Artist: Marco Checchetto

I am enjoying the heck out of Avenging Spider-Man #18 since the Superior turn that Spider-Man has taken recently. While SSM is reserved for the important, life altering, character defining, big plot moments, Avenging is a silly, fun, buddy comedy comedy. the art is nice too!

I’m not sure there is anymore to be said about this book. Is SSM is a truffle soufflé than Avenging is vanilla ice cream. Avenging is fun to eat, but it just slides right down to your stomach without really leaving much of a trace.

I enjoy this book, and will keep reading it and I suggest you do too, unless you hate things that are fun.

Quick Reviews for 3/6/2013

A heist, an epic battle of wills, a HUGE plot twist and dark musings all await in this week’s quick reviews! We’ll tell you all about SSM #5, Detective Comics #18, Lost Vegas #1, and SEX #1! We also have a New Review Metric!

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Detective Comics #18

DTC_Cv18_ds_02WRITTEN BY: John Layman
ART BY: Jason Fabok
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

Did you ever think, “God I am so tried of writers like Morrison, Slott, Fraction, and McCann? Writers who take risks, challenge me, and force me to re-engage their work, and by extension the world around me?!? I just want The Goddam Batman all the time!” Well now you have what you wanted and I had to read it. I hope you are happy!  #redskycrossover #dramaticbatmanpose

Vestrymen Grade: Don’t Buy

Sex #1

Sex 001 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 01WRITTEN BY: Joe Casey
ART BY: Piotr Kowalski
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

SEX! Rebellion! Also remember DKR #2? Not really? *Spoiler Alert* I’ve felt a little trolly this week! Sex is trolling me harder then I’m trolling Sex though. I don’t know how to engage this work.

Vestrymen Grade: Buy this Book

The Superior Spider-Man #5

Superior-Spider-Man-5-DC21_LR-1WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY: Giuseppe Camuncoli
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

You mad fanboyzzz? The Superior Spider-Man is a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker every could hope to be. He is smarter, faster, darker, and more Batmanarific!

Vestrymen Grade: Put It On Your Pull List!

Lost Vegas #1

lost-vegas-1-coverWRITTEN BY: Jim McCann
ART BY: Jane Lee
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: March 6, 2013

Remember Han Solo? What if he was a prisoner of Space Vegas?

Vestrymen Grade: Buy This Book

 

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Quick Review: Superior Spider-Man #4

SuperiorSpiderMan_4_TheGroup-000WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY:Giuseppe Camuncoli
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: 2/20/2013

We are four months into this thing now, it is The Big Character Change, The Great Project, The Future of Superheroes, or if you read the letter pages The Great Calamity.

The Superior Spider-Man makes me really, really uncomfortable. Peter Parker, hero that he was, was not The Paragon of Efficiency.

The rage that Superior has created seems to be coming from all angles but one of the core objections seems to be that Slott is using this monthly comic book to attack the idea of an Everyman Hero.  You would not be wrong if that was your objection to SSM. It is becoming clearer and clearer that Otto, at least, believes that the choices that Peter made as The Everyman are not heroic choices, but rather the choices of a lazy man with no direction. Slott has control over cause-and-effect in the books he writes so Otto’s success or failure are in his and his editor’s hands. Otto’s string of victories rings true to me, though. He is applying discipline, logic, and professionalism where Peter applied emotion, fun, and snark. The Everyman is simply not as effective as The Consummate Professional.

I seriously doubt that the creative team will allow any Spider-Man to ride as high as Mr. Octavius has been riding forever. I fully expect Mr. Slott, one of the few writers with the patience to do it, to take his time, to build up this new Spider-Man’s world before it all comes crashing down.

It is also worth mentioning this his successes as superheroing aside, Doc Ock is a creepy mother*&#*er.

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Vestrymen Grade: A-

Audio Quick Reviews for 2/6/13

You get our quick takes on the interesting Green Arrow #17, the slamtastic Legends of The Dark Knight #5,  the surreal Dial H #9, the sublime Dia De Los Muertos #1 and the amazing Superior Spider-Man #3. 25% more quick reviews for your money!

Green Arrow #17

Green-Arrow_17_Full-665x1024WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Andrea Sorrentino
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

There is a lot to say about this book, but really our dissatisfaction with it comes down to one thing and it’s the same reason that I’ve been avoiding Green Arrow since its New 52 re-launch. Ollie has not the facial hairs. I loved Ollie’s fantastic mustache.

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RIP awesome 80s ‘stache. [1880s ‘stache -L]

Vestrymen Grade: B –

Legends of the Dark Knight #5

LODK_05_Cv-650x999WRITTEN BY: Joshua Fialkov
ART BY: Phil Hester & Eric Gapstur
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

It is a Slam Bradley story. If you don’t love Slam Bradley, stop reading as soon as you finish this sentence and go buy and read Darwyn Cooke and Matt Hollingsworth’s Selina’s Big Score. Slam is great, awesome, and better than your PI.

Vestrymen Grade: A –

Dia De Los Muertos #Uno

WRITTEN BY: Alex Link, Christopher Long, Dirk Manning
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

If we can have Christmas in July, why not Halloween in February? We are  interested to see what happens with the rest of this three issue mini-series. We EXCITED, with the ferocity of Hercules.

Vestrymen Grade: A –

Dial H #9

DIALH_Cv9WRITTEN BY: China Mieville
ART BY: Alberto Ponticelli
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

Watching China and Alberto try to make sense of the insane, insane backstory that you inherit when you decide to write a Dial H book is fun just as an intellectual challenge, at least.

Vestrymen Grade: C

The Superior Spider-Man #3

SuperiorSpider-Man3_1WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY: Ryan Stegman
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: February 6, 2013

I used to hate The Vulture because I thought he was a boring villain. Then Dan Slott got a hold of him. Now I hate him in a way I never thought I would. He is a terrible, evil, annoying man who deserves everything that happens to him in this book and more. Seriously, screw that guy.

Vestrymen Grade: A –

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Audio Quick Reviews for 1/30/13

The Vestrymen’s do a quick podcast for your pleasure. We talk Hawkeye #7, The Superior Spider-Man #2, Masters of the Universe Origin of He-Man #1, and Batman Incorporated #7. Are comics better this week or are we just happier people? It’s your choice, but we warn you not to underestimate our vicissitude.

The Superior Spider-Man #2

Superior_Spider-Man_Vol_1_2WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott
ART BY: Ryan Stegman
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: 1/30/2013

We where a little worried about some of the choices made in SS #1. Oh we of little faith. This book was straight awesome, better than #1, even. Egg Fu on our faces.

Vestrymen Grade: A

Hawkeye #7

Hawkeye_7_Cover-300x456WRITTEN BY: Matt Fraction
ART BY: Steve Lieber & Jesse Hamm
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: 1/30/2013

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Why does your prose pull at my heart so

Why does your beauty so confound my soul

Fraction! you made me write beat poetry, you sneaky bastard!

Vestrymen Grade: A

Masters of the Universe Origin of He-Man #1

Masters-of-the-Universe_The-Origin-of-He-Man_1_Full-665x1024WRITTEN BY: Joshua Hale Fialkov
ART BY: Ben Oliver
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: 1/30/2013

I don’t know people, it is fucking He-Man. It is a good He-Man story? He is one of the Masters of the Universe, Man. He is Adam Greyskull, inheritor of a great and mysterious Sword of Power. Sword. Of. Power!

Vestrymen Grade: B-

Batman Incorporated #7

WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Chris Burnham
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: January 31, 2013

BATMAN INCORPORATED. You thought Morrison was just gonna let the Leviathan thing hang out there, weren’t you? WRONG! Strange Strange business.

Vestrymen Grade: A

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