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 COMIC REVIEWS FOR THE WEEK OF: 050907

BOOK OF THE WEEK: INVINCIBLE #41
Comic Review by:
Mike Kurnat

Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley
Publisher:
Image Comics
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"...this issue really was a microcosm of the world elegantly crafted by Robert Kirkman, one of my personal favorites."
The issue starts out with a bang with the team fighting off the Sequid hoards (small squid like creatures with protruding brains that possess bodies) and the one armed Rex Splode being shot in the head. This issue really pushed the character of Invincible. We see him taking over a couple of really tight situations including taking down a space ship single handedly and delivering a device to take down the Sequids. Invincibleís alter ego Mark has a hard time in this issue as well. He sees his girlfriend Amber in her room talking with another guy and he decides to break it off with her and pursue his superhero teammate Eve. When Mark confronts Amber about what is going on they have an exchange that feels very real and something that most people can identify with even though Mark is talking about being away saving the planet and not having enough time for Amber. The Invincible series has always kept a really good balance between the characters, what they are doing in and out of the uniform and showing real world emotions and problems in otherworldly circumstances and this issue really was a microcosm of the world elegantly crafted by Robert Kirkman, one of my personal favorites. Throw in Dupli-Kateís funeral and the always stellar art of Ryan Ottley, youíve got yourself a solid book from beginning to end. Ottley has a couple of outstanding pages in this one including a splash page of the Sequids demise and Invincible with the exploding space craft behind him. This book is slowly creeping up on my favorites list and if you havenít been keeping up to speed on the series, issue 42 will have a complete recap of the series along with a cheapo $2 price tag. Check it out.

KIDZ CORNER COMIC REVIEW:
SHAZAM AND THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #3
a DC Comics mini series

Comic Review by:
Jim "Good Old JR" Rutkowski
Release Date:
050207

For the most part, the previous two installments of this four-part series included the perfect blend of whimsical superhero fare, heartwarming emotion and tongue-in-cheek satire, but this issue spends so much time taking overt (and hardly original) pot-shots at the current political climate, it hardly finds time to have any fun. Smith has somewhat deflated his all-ages take on Captain Marvel of all its charm, a feat I would have thought impossible after reading the previous two wonderful installments. Someone may want to tell Mr. Smith to tone down his political beliefs in comic books about ten-year old superheroes, talking tigers, evil alligators, and giant robots. I seriously question writer/artist Jeff Smith's decision to include so much straightforward political satire in this issue. This isn't because I have anything against political commentary in superhero comics, but Smith's thinly veiled criticism of current real world politics and media mixes with his light-hearted and energetic take on Captain Marvel about as well as oil mixes with water. Itís a shame because the first two parts demonstrated flawless story-telling. This issue seems like it came from another series entirely. I can only hope that Smith pulls it all together with the finale. Somewhat recommended.

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Comic Reviews by: Mike Kurnat

Battle Pope #14
Kind of a disappointing issue with very little happening in this usually action packed and comedy filled series. The main plot point is God proposing to Marry and the wedding follows right away. The high point of the issue has Jesus being the flower boy and God standing on the altar, looking confused, proclaiming, ďIíll never be able to retire.Ē As always with this book, if you are sensitive to religious humor steer clear, but if you want a pretty descent laugh pick it up.

Noble Causes #29
The Nobles and Blackthornes finally have it out in this issue after the death of Kitty Blackthorne at the hands of Celeste . With two cross family relationships the funeral of Kitty explodes when not only is Zephyr present at the funeral in disguise but when Celeste walks up to pay her respects, the Blackthornes donít appreciate their mothers killer being there. A descent enough issue that ends with the Nobles trying to right the situation in an unorthodox way.

Phonogram #6
Thank goodness this is finally over. I wonít rant on this issue like I did on the last one I reviewed but this has all the same faults and smug music references and commentary as the other issues. If youíve ever been in any kind of store, like AR for example, and heard someone ramble on about ancient pieces of media or print and proclaiming them better than anything that has been put out in the past decade, this is the novelization of that personís yapping. Wow, that turned into a rant. Pass, pass, pass unless you are that rambling person wanting to read your biography.

PVP #32
This was my first journey into the world of PVP and I came away more than satisfied with its nerd humor and lovable characters. After a few pages of Sunday funny style strips the story starts off with Skull the troll getting a surprise visit from his baby cousin. It turns out that the baby is doing a Little Man impression and is really a cigar smoking borderline alcoholic. Comedy ensues.

Strong Arm #3
All three issues have been far too similar for my liking and the story is only advancing in small snippets. The story starts with a rally of people trying to overthrow the government but gets right back with Rob trying to save Lindsey from her jerk boyfriend in the past and then is followed by Rob having the urge to kill her in the present. This book isnít going anywhere and itís starting to be frustrating.

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Reviews are based on the Sneak Peek titles sent out by Marvel & Image (DC no longer sends them out). It's not everything that's shipping for the week, but it is a real good cross-section of this weeks releases.

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