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Friday, September 16, 2011

My (Awesome) Week in Comics: September 16, 2011

Guess what? The comic gods doth smile upon me, as they gift me with two amazing comics this week. Two! That's more than one, people! You don't get these often, so hang tight because it's time for the most verbose comic book reviews around! What did I get myself into? Read on to find out!


Mark Waid ends Daredevil's initial storyarc with a loud, ear-splitting bang, as Matt is caught in the clutches of the supervillain Klaw! The hypersensitive senses of Daredevil versus Klaw the Master of Sound! It's the final round in Daredevil #3, and only one gets out alive!

Waid knocks it out of the ballpark again with another fun issue. Superheroes being super, drama that makes sense, a happy ending...I could go on and on why this issue is good. Klaw versus Daredevil was the match of the century, and Waid just made Klaw interesting again while giving DD a much-needed challenge in one fell swoop!

But I think a big part of what makes it good lies in the shoulders of Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera and Javier Rodriguez on art. This is a fun book, and this art team underlines that fact with art that's stylish, exciting and colorful. Paolo and Joe take visual cues and storytelling to the next amazing level, while Javier Rodriguez splashes on some color that's appropriately superheroic. Take a seat, grimdark, and let the bright shine through this time!

Daredevil #3 a well-rounded comic where everything works. These are the kind of comics you show people who haven't seen comics before to read, digest and love, and you can quote me on that. This one is a 5 out of 5.


If ever there's a plan for an Uncanny X-Force movie, I ain't watching it if Rick Remender ain't writing it.

Case in point: Uncanny X-Force #15, part 5 of Remender's Dark Angel Saga. Our heroes are left broken and battered by Archangel, with Fantomex, Deadpool and Deathlok (that's a lot of deaths) regroup ingto find a way to finish this fracas once and for all. But what can a mutant Frenchman, an undead cyborg and a merc-with-a-mouth do against the new Apocalypse and his powerful Horsemen?

A lot, apparently.

I've been enjoying the heck out of this series, and Remender hasn't stirred me wrong yet. The Dark Angel Saga reads like a blockbuster action movie, filled with intense firefights, superhuman drama and a little bit of comic book craziness that's missing in a lot of comic books right now. Using The World to force-evolve the Earth and start mutantkind from scratch? Only in Uncanny X-Force!

Remender is having fun with this book, even more so with this arc. There are a lot of surprise reveals, including one involving the Celestials that blow away every preconceived notion you have of Apocalypse. It's that kind of out-of-the-box storytelling that I love, and who better to make those wild ideas work than Jerome OpeƱa on art. He's been drawing the hell out of this book, and he can keep up with Remender's frenetic ideas. I don't say this lightly, but this book has to be seen to be believed.

Uncanny X-Force #15 is building to a climax I can't wait to see, and that's how good comic book stories go. This is a 5 out of 5.


Wow! This is probably the best comic book week this year! So what did YOU get this week? Leave me a comment below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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