Bruce Castle is Quick

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

Astounding Wolf-Man #7– I’ll admit, I haven’t really been enjoying this series much. I love Kirkman, but this book has been very bland and has had a slow pace. On top of that, the issues took way too long to come out and I forgot nearly everything between issues. But finally, after 7 issues, the wait has paid off. Probably the best part about this book has been the exploration of family drama and it’s done well. The art has also been consistently impressive. Even though it is a bit cartoonish, there is a clean strong feel to it and the art conveys a lot of emotion in its simplicity and that shines here. I won’t spoil the end of the book, but here’s a quote from me while I was reading it “Shit. Oh shit! OH SHIT!” For those of you who either haven’t been picking it up or just dropped it after a few issues, there is a trade of the first 7 issues coming out that I highly recommend. It’s also going monthly now yay! Or as monthly as Kirkman can get.  

3 and a half stars



Batman 678– This was a mind trip. I think it was supposed to be. I think I finally love this storyline. You get this sense of uncertainty and terror that you’re supposed to have. Morrison could have done the cliché hallucination issue, but he didn’t. He still keeps tabs on Batman’s allies. There’s still some action here and some big events. There’s also some comedy and certainly the feeling that you have no idea where this is going. All I know is Morrison has a plan. He has since the beginning. He’s also referencing concepts from old Batman stories that no one remembers. This gives you the feeling that Morrison has read every issue of Batman twice and is picking certain things from different stories to bring you the best issues possible. I can’t wait to find out what happens next and the month long wait is beginning to be cruel.

3 and a half stars



Boys #20

The Boys 20This is the most important Boys arc yet. Not in the sense that the Boys world is drastically changing, but in the way that this storyline will gain and lose the most readers. In the past this book has been a brutal humorous character study with a foundation made out of a “Fuck Superheroes” theme. I know some have loved this concept and some who said “Ennis hates superheroes. I get it.” Now this book ties the world of this superhero satire to not only the superhero genre, but the history of comic book publishing and recent real world political events. I think that some will love this, and some will feel that it is a longwinded interruption of the ongoing drama. I however, feel that this book is a perfect marriage of the two concepts. I thoroughly enjoyed the Legend’s detailed and humorous tale, as well as the moment between The Homelander and Butcher. I suppose I enjoyed the latter more, but I still think this is an essential storyline that needed to be told. Hopefully, this arc will gain many more readers than it will lose. Garth, Darick, I’m enjoying the ride!

3 and a half stars

Hellboy The Crooked Man #1–  You know, Hellboy is always filed under the horror genre. I love Hellboy books, but I have never found one scary, creepy maybe, but never really scary. This issue actually scared me. It’s too bad that Mike Mignola hasn’t done much art on Hellboy recently (he didn’t even do the cover of this issue), but Richard Corben is really doing a great job. This issue is set in Hellboy’s past, which is perfect because if people wander into their local comic shop on a high from the new Hellboy movie, they can pick this issue up without having to know any back story on the character. I’m not looking forward to the next issue because it will give me any new information on Hellboy, but simply because it will be a great story.

4 stars

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