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Aitch’s Next Issue Comic reviews week of 5/15/13


I’m late!!!   Yes, I know I am late but it’s been one of those kinds of weeks not to mention it was a very light reading week!



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Age of Ultron #8

So, I found myself asking,it’s only 2 issues left and why am I feeling like we have only uncovered the tip of the iceberg of this story?  Reading #8 we are only JUST uncovering some of the ramifications of what would happen (for more you may want to click this link also) if Wolverine offed Hank Pym to stop Ultron.  Morgan LeFey happens and it’s not pretty.  Tony Stark has more or less become a part of his Iron Man suit and the Defenders are the premier team of this alternate timeline. Also does anyone get the feeling that Stark is about to do what Pym doesn’t and become the alternate history’s mechanical cyborg megalomaniac? The interrogation scene was a bit unsettling.  This issue was pretty good but of course still leaves a lot of question unanswered and makes me wonder how all the loose ends will get wrapped up with 2 issues remaining and let’s pray it’s not a rush job. It’s a better event than what we have seen in the past few years but in my opinion a long way off from Civil War and Secret Invasion.

3 out of 5 stars

Batgirl #20

A new villain arrives by the name of Ventriloquist.  Wait. You saw that already?  Maybe not like this you haven’t. It’s enough that Barbara just finished dealing with a double dose of her brother and the Joker in the just concluded DotF storyline now another psycho comes along.  A young lady named Shauna who has been bullied since her childhood years sets out to make an impact and she does in more ways than one. Gail Simone really sets up this new villain whose wooden sidekick (or lead depending on who is controlling who) Ferdie has a few tricks of his own.  This is also coupled with the fact that Commissioner Gordon sets out to bring down Batgirl for the murder of his son which only means more bad news for Barbara.  This was a really creep, taut, and likable issue that shows that not only Batman is capable of getting some odd villains and coupling what goes on here, Babs has a heck of a ride coming between now and the end of the year, I predict.

4 out of 5 stars

Ultimate Comics Ultimate Spider-man 23

Slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite comics.  This comic’s cover takes some of its cues from Spider-man #50. It’s one year later and Miles is trying to enjoy life after his mom has passed.  He’s trying to date and he’s trying to decide if he should tell his new girlfriend about who he is.  Also he is trying to still piece together a relationship with his father as they try to move on.  It’s a great issue that falls slightly flat at the end, which I will touch on in a moment, looking at how Miles is coping with his grief while also being subtly reminded that he still has a responsibility as Spider-man.  he gets 2 visitors from his past in this issue and at the end, BOOM!  First appearance of Ultimates  Cloak and Dagger fighting with Bombshell and then the question becomes, will Miles help out as Spider-Man or…? It’s a bit flat to me because hopefully this isn’t what it takes for Miles to put the uni back on after he vowed that he wouldn’t however, I am guessing if his dad is in enough danger, it may force his hand. In the end though, some people can be quick to say that ‘not much’ happens in this issue but this is how great stories are told.  You can’t have every comic where action is no stop and this was a great way to show us what Miles is going through.

3.5  out of 5 stars

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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