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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sneak Peek Reviews for 06/23/2009

Berserker #1

Written by: Rick Loverd

Art by: Jeremy Haun

Sometimes creators make a silly decision. Rick Loverd tried first to find a home for Berserker as a television show. He should have seen the problem with that. This is a story that, in many ways, was meant for comics. In many more ways it was meant to be drawn by the likes of Jeremy Haun. This is an incredibly fun read that brings a fun nuance to what might, in other hands, be a pretty typical horror story. Berserker brings the idea of losing your temper to a new and incredible height, imagine blacking out when you get really pissed off and coming to with a couple dead bodies nearby … that’s the kind of thing that happens to characters in Berserker. This is going to be one bloody entertaining book. Fans of books like Crossed who want a book that’s a little scaled back will love this one.

Detective Comics #854

Both Features Written by: Greg Rucka

First Feature Art by: J.H. Williams III

Second Feature Art by: Cully Hamner

This is going to be the comic of the year. You heard it here first. Don’t ever forget that. Detective Comics featuring Batwoman is going to be the hottest thing since bread, I mean sure when we started slicing it was pretty cool and all but bread was a pretty big step in the first place. Williams’ art is going to quite simply put you on your ass. He has a different style for each story element in the issue. And all of it is awesome. The story is fantastic and while having read The Question Five Lessons of Blood (now available in super sexy trade paperback) will make for a more enriching experience I think that you can feel more than comfortable diving into this book and loving every single moment. There’s going to be a lot of questions and by the time the second story arc rolls around you can expect to get some answers but for now let’s just be glad that the action is on and it’s hot. The second feature of this book is also phenomenal. The Question is a character that has been begging for her own series ever since the end of 52 and now 2 full years later we can expect monthly Question stories for quite some time to come. Cully Hamner has brought his A-Game to this title and even though it’s only 10 pages you’re still going to have a lot of fun with it.

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia One Shot

Written by: Matt Fraction

Art by: Marc Silvestri

It’s not often that I find myself interested in reading a Marvel “Event” these days. There have been exceptions. Annihilation, Annihilation: Conquest, War of Kings … you’ll note, of course, that all of those books are about cosmic characters. So when I heard that one of my favorite writers currently working at Marvel, Matt Fraction, was going to be writing an event this summer I was immediately excited, worried, and frustrated. Excited because it’s about time that he got some face time on the big stage at Marvel as his work on Immortal Iron Fist, The Order, Uncanny X-Men, and Invincible Iron Man have been consistently amazing. I was worried because I didn’t want people to not like it and for it to have a negative effect on his career. I was frustrated because it felt like I might have to buy a Marvel event that dealt with major players and wasn’t just a super-fun space opera. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. This book is a lot of good. A whole lot of good. So much so that it would be considered, by most, to be awesome. Fraction is going to be the name on everyone’s lips for some time to come (here’s hoping that they will go back and read some of the awesome stuff that he did before he found his way to Marvel). Silvestri’s art is good, though it is quite clear that he had help (yes he has 4 people on “pencil assists” [a.k.a. drawing the backgrounds and unessential characters]). I think that if you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men that the best part about this event is that it built out of the events going on in the title over nearly the last 2 years. So, get set for Utopia to be broken, and for the world to look at Mutants in an all too familiar way … but with even more support.

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