Hey X-Maniacs, X here to start another Best of the Rest post. As always, I'll toss a few reviews out there, and then my erstwhile lackey, JT, will add a few reviews. JT's reviews will have blue text. And yeah, enough talk, let's knock these reviews out.
Indestructible Hulk #6: Bruce and his science crew use some uru Thor lent SHIELD(that's weird...) to find some mysterious element in Jotunheim(where the Frost Giants lurk). Thor from the past shows up(wha?!) as do Frost Giants. Bruce hulks up, and all of this leads to Hulk lifting Thor's hammer... Yeah, under no circumstances should Hulk ever lift Thor's hammer. So I'm guessing either a) the hammer rose because it was heading back to Thor, or b) this is a wacky alternate dimension where anybody can lift the hammer. Regardless, this issue seemed kind of average-ish to me. With Mark Waid and Walter Simonson, I was expecting more than this. Score: 6 1/2 out of 10.
Stormwatch #19: What the HELL happened to this comic?! Ugh... This issue was horrible, and nearly impossible to figure out... Some aliens kill Adam One at the beginning of time(?), which alters reality(you'd think DC would shy away from doing THAT...), leading to Stormwatch being called Skywatch. with (some) different members. It was a mess and it ended with a Lobo appearance. So yeah, I hated it and hope that Jim Starlin rights this ship really fast. This used to be my favorite DC comic... Score: 3 out of 10.
Hypernaturals #10: We seem to be inching ever closer to finding out that Sublime was right and that the Quantinuum AI may just be up to no good. Or maybe it's just trying to protect humanity... Regardless, Sublime has had more than enough of working with the Hypernaturals and takes off. As for Evil Sublime, he's attacking Thinkwell's homeworld. So yeah, I finally managed to read this series, from issue #1-10, and I liked it. DnA doing a space tale is always a good thing, and this series is no different. Sublime is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine too. Score: 7 out of 10.
Venom #33: This issue revolves around Toxin(Eddie Brock) battling against the mysterious(still unnamed!) cannibal from last issue. The cannibal escapes from Toxin and ends up running into Venom. This one ends with Venom knocking the cannibal out and coming face-to-face with Toxin. Which is what I've been waiting for!! This issue proved something important to me... If Cullen Bunn stays away from all the demonic and supernatural junk, he CAN write a good Venom series! He proved it with the U-Foes and he proved it again here. Eddie vs a cannibal? Flash vs the cannibal? Flash vs Eddie? Yes, please! Here's hoping Bunn stays away from demons and lets Flash face the types of threats you'd expect a spider-family member to face. Score: 8 out of 10.
Winter Soldier #17: So yeah, some stuff happens and this issue ended... *sigh* Fine, I'll try a bit harder than that... Nick Fury's disembodied head tells Bucky to go after the Electric Ghost, who went all Super-Joker and committed like 57 terrorist acts in one day. Bucky ends up going to the Ghost's satellite(wait, what?!) and is defeated by her. Oh yeah, and Bucky's elderly sidekick, Robards, defeats a mini-MODOK off panel because why not. Yep, I'm done with this series. This comic was as bad as anything I've read all year, and I'm not gonna waste my money anymore. Bucky, you deserve so much better than this... Hopefully this book gets cancelled and a better writer gets a new series down the road. Score: 0 out of 10. The first imperfect score in quite some time...
Ultimate X-Men #25: Jean heads to Utopia because Kitty is an arrogant bitch in Jean's mind and shouldn't be leading the mutant people. Amen, Jean!!! Besides that, Jimmy is plotting with Warpath from Mach 2's crew and Psylocke is plotting against Mach 2. So basically, we have a 4 way power struggle brewing between Kitty, Mach 2, Jean and Psylocke... Um, couldn't there be ONE male character trying to take leadership of Utopia?! I mean, FOUR women are vying for the throne!? Very, very weird... Needless to say, I'm in Jean's corner, because Evil Jean is awesome. Score: 4 1/2 out of 10.
Green Lantern #19: We pick things up with Hal Jordan who now inexplicably looks exactly like Geoff Johns for some stupid ass reason still in Black Hand's ring as he contemplates his next move. Sinestro's returned to Korugar to get help from his people to take on the First Lantern, but he shows up and feeds off of their emotions. When Sinestro manages to save his people, the First Lantern changes it so he didn't, cause he can change time or something. Anyway, The First Lantern destroys Korugar, leaving Sinestro floating through space and his planet's debris when he finds himself in front of his Yellow Lantern. Also, Hal decides to kill himself while in the ring so he can wield the Black Hand's Black Lantern powers, so he flings himself off a cliff. Well, I hated this. I don't know much about the lantern because I refuse to follow GL Corps, New Guardians and Red Lanterns to keep up with this storyline. The way he changed it so Sinestro lost after winning was a giant screw you to the readers, and it looks like Sinestro will be wielding fear again. Plus, Geoff Jordan annoys me... how do you just randomly change Hal to a pudgy faced Geoff Johns? Ugh. Score: 2/10 only because Geoff Jordan killed himself.
Green Arrow #19: After the odd cliffhanger of Ollie falling to his death in the last issue, we see Ollie survives (SHOCKING!!!) and engages Komodo in battle. Surprisingly, Oliver manages to get the drop on Komodo, but Oliver is suddenly shot with an arrow by Komodo's daughter. Komodo's unhappy about her showing up and Ollie uses the distraction of her and the police to get away. The issue ends with Oliver being picked up by his newest tech guy and pulling an arrow out of his leg before blacking out in pain. This issue fell flat for me, the first two issues started out promising but Komodo and his daughter and the mystery of Oliver's longtime dead dad is not keeping me interested. I'll probably give this series one more issue and if things don't turn around I'll end up dropping it. Score: 4/10
And that's it for this week's Best of the Rest post! I had a few books I wanted to include but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet, so ah well. Due to my busy schedule, X is going to post a scan or something tomorrow since the only two books I've read and planned on reviewing were better as blurbs than full reviews. Anyway, til next time, this is JT and his erstwhile lackey X, signing off!