BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle Week Four

It’s been a really slow week in the world of comic book releases, with only a handful of DC Comics titles hitting shelves and a comparatively merger offering from Marvel’s Secret Wars I struggled to round out the bundle. Luckily, I was saved by Image comics and their brilliant new release, Plutona. I also wanted to pick up House Of M but unfortunately due to the bank holiday there was a delay on some comics at my local comic book store.

All non-sourced images are screen shots taken from the Marvel Comics and DC Comics app [Accessed: 03/09/2015]

Age Of Apocalypse Issue Three By Fabian Nicieza and Gerardo Sandoval

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I’m getting consistently bored of this series, it just has that horrible nineties ethos that everything has to be dark, gritty and visceral. I know that, in part, that’s was the point of the Age Of Apocalypse arc and that it’s all about the grim dark future but it still just feels clunky and the designs don’t interest me like with other Secret Wars spin-offs. Fabian Nicieza has written some fantastic dialog in this piece but the over arcing story does little interesting. If the issue has a saving grace it’s Sandoval’s artwork which suits the story well and is an almost perfect recreation of the Age Of Apocalypse series artwork. I recommend this to fans of the original arc but there are a lot better things you could buy this week.

DC Comics Bombshells Issue a Two By Marguerite Bennett and Laura Braga

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I’m tempted to give this pick of the week but there is some stiff competition this week and Bombshells has already had its time in the sun. Issue Two shows yet more aspects of the Bombshells universe introducing the Bombshells versions of Mera, the Joker’s Daughter and Zatanna. Bennett continues to explore the themes of wartime feminism with witty and fun dialog that could have sounded preachy if handled by a lesser writer. Laura Braga and the other great artists working on the project continue to support Bennett’s writing with thematic art styles that help to place the piece in the wartime era. I highly recommend this book to any comic book fans.

Deadpool Vs Thanos Issue One By Tim Seeley and Elmo Bondoc

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Jump on this crazy train before all of the issues sell out! Deadpool Vs Thanos pulls in aspects of the pre-Marvel Now storyline along with some Avengers and Thanos plot lines to create a great new piece of canon. Seeley has worked hard to create a fast flowing plot with a lot of asides that explain Deadpool’s schemes to combat the Mad Titan. The comic also gives them a natural reason to battle which makes the storyline slightly more believable than the majority of Deadpool’s arcs. Bondoc has also worked hard to make the Merc with a Mouth look fun and cartoony. I highly recommend this issue to any Deadpool fans out there.

Future Imperfect Issue Five By Peter David and Greg Land

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We finally get to the grand finally and things have taken an interesting turn as the focus is completely taken away from the rebellion characters and placed onto Maestro. I’m not sure whether I whole heartedly support the change as characters like Ruby Summers seem to have been dropped with little, if any, arc. Luckily, Peter David’s writing delivers with some throughout provoking dialog and an interesting final twist which gives the piece a very different tone. Greg Land’s art work is as strong as every in the issue as it supports the dialog well. I recommend this issue and the entire Future Imperfect arc to any fans of the Hulk both as a hero and a villain.

BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Plutona Issue One By Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox

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Before I had a look at the pull list for this week I had never heard of Plutona and going into it I had almost no expectations. Set in a world of super heroes Plutona follows a small group of young kids as they find a beaten hero in the woods called Plutona. It’s slow paced and almost feels like a more modern approach to a Spielberg film like E.T. I throughly enjoyed the piece as Lemire writes the children well and works with Lenox to create a pace that’s just right to build suspense and intrigue. The issue takes the pick of the week because it’s both an amazing piece of writing on the shelves this week and the cheapest comic I picked up making it good value for money. At around £2 it’s worth grabbing so you can say ‘I was into Plutona before it was cool’.

Spider Island Issue Three By Christos Gage and Paco Diaz

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this series, I picked up the first one and decided to continue to issue two but I didn’t think it would one of the series I was most looking forward to this week. Spider Island Issue Three continues the extremely creative arc by Christos Gage as we see the tide of battle begin to turn and Flash Thompson continue his arc to becoming a turn hero. Paco Diaz makes the whole issue interesting as his less realistic style really brings some of the silly character mash-ups to life. I highly recommend this to anyone who felt dissatisfied with the original Spider Island arc.

The Drawing Of The Three Issue One By Robin Furth, Peter David and Jonathan Marks

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I have never read any of the Dark Tower series, not in paperback or comic form. I have a lot of friends interested in it but I’ve always found the size of the story a little daunting. This week The Drawing Of The Three jumped off the shelf at me with a fantastic piece of cover art that really caught my eye.  Unfortunately, as I have not read the original novels I can’t comment on how good of a job Robin Furth has done translating the novel into this medium but the story really gripped me and it works towards a fantastic end point. The art throughout is different but very strong giving the sense of a memory or day-dream which works in the context of the story.

Thors Issue Three By Jason Aaron and Chris Sprouse

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Thors is not a bad book, I know I have slated it and put it down but that’s because every week it feels like it should be a stronger than it is. This week, with Issue Three, I have to say Jason Aaron comes out swing and now that the plot has been set up Aaron has got to work with some great dialog. Sprouse puts some extra detail into the characters which helps to really ‘sell’ the intense dialog of he issue. I highly recommend this book to Thor fans but I would say it still doesn’t work as well as some of Aaron’s other work.

…and that’s this week’s BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle! Check back on Monday for another brilliant Grr(aphic) Mondays.

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