Bruce Castle Quickies 5

4 stars = Stop reading review and go buy now!!!!
3 and a half stars = Great issue and make room on your trade shelf someday soon
3 stars = Recommended and maybe even trade worthy
2 and a half stars = Recommended
2 stars= Not the best, not the worst, not recommended
1 and a half star = Terrible issue and vocalize your disgust at your next social event
1 star = Awful awful awful and you may want to consider dropping this title
0 stars = Next con you attend where the writer and/or artist are present you should throw this issue in their face


Immortal Iron Fist #16– This is the last Fraction/Brubaker issue, or Fraction issue I guess, Brubaker left a few issues ago. Anyway, this has been a great run. It turned a character that a lot of people didn’t care about into something they could love. This issue doesn’t really break the trend. You get some nice moments in Danny’s life including training kids, his business life, and you even get some Misty Knight moments too. What threw me, was the ominous downer ending. I was kind of expecting more of a finale instead of a set-up for the next Iron Fist run. Oh well, Fraction was being nice to Duane Swierczynski I guess. Anyway, I’m going to miss Fraction on this book. 3 stars


Ultimate Spider-Man #123– Well, this is the first issue of the new venom arc. It definitely has that first issue feel.  Remember that Ultimate Spider-Man video game that was supposed to actually have continuity in the Ultimate universe but then never did? Well, they finally kind of tie that in. There’s nothing spectacular here, mostly just setup. The last page did make me laugh though. 3 stars


Thor Reign of Blood #1– I don’t think a lot of people like these one-shots at much as I do, but I love them! I so wish that Fraction was writing the regular Thor series. It seems like Fraction wants to. Oh well, maybe someday. At least I still have another one-shot and the Secret Invasion tie-in to look forward too. 4 stars


Young Avengers Presents Hawkeye #6– Who else but me could squeeze three Fraction comics into one review? Yes, I haven’t read the rest of this series and bought this issue only because Fraction was on it. And Alan Davis, he is a great artist and he shines here as well. As mentioned earlier, I haven’t read every Young Avengers story, but this was really good. Like, really, really good, it almost makes me want to read the whole series….Nah. 3 and a half stars


Uncanny X-Men #499– Sorry guys, this isn’t the right cover. This was last issues’ cover. Don’t blame me though, blame Marvel, this is the only pic I could find and I don’t have a scanner. I’m still loving Mike Choi’s art in this arc and I can’t wait till he gets on board X-Force. This issue was ok. The San Francisco thing still seems like it could have been explained in one issue. The Russian story is a lot better but it seems a bit pointless. It seems that Brubaker had one thing he needed to say in this arc, the rest is mostly filler. It took him five issues to say what he wanted to say! They said the same damn thing in the free comic book day issue and that was free! What the hell?! That said this certainly wasn’t terrible. It’s hard to recommend it though. I hope this title gets a lot better with issue 500. Brubaker/Fraction go! 2 stars

6 thoughts on “Bruce Castle Quickies 5

  1. I got shorted on my copy of Young Avengers Presents #6, which is a shame because the only reason I bought the issues is because I knew Fraction was writing the last one. Gonna have to wait TWO WEEKS to read it.

    I know. It’s so tragic. I don’t know how I’m going to survive.

  2. Yeah that is too bad. It was really good. Like I said, I didn’t read the rest of them, but I liked this one quite a bit.

  3. I thought Patriot and Hulkling were good issues. Haven’t read Stature yet, but the Wiccan/Speed and Vision issues were pretty forgettable.

  4. Yeah I’ve heard some have been ok. I don’t really care too much, just about Fraction! And Alan Davis! Plus the issue was great! I like exclamation points!

  5. Hey yeah, this one doesn’t get love from Scarlet Witch does he. That’s too bad. I’d like some lovin’ from Scarlet Witch.

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