Hey all, X here to kick off what looks to be a pretty slim Best of the Rest post. Both JT and I had lighter than usual comic weeks, meaning we really don't have a load of books to look at. So yeah. But hey, JT(whose reviews will be in blue text) will probably grace us with more than the measly one review he gave us last week... Probably...
Nightwing #20: After some digging around, Nightwing manages to find the Prankster, who he suspects will be able to help him find Tony "The Man Who Killed Dick Grayson's Parents!" Zucco. However, the two get off on the wrong foot when Nightwing interrupts Prankster trying to kill a corrupt businessman. After a bit of a tussle, Nightwing ends up getting trapped in a glass box(really), with Prankster telling him the only way he'd escape was to remove his mask, thus revealing his identity. This comic was okay, I guess. I still think Prankster has some potential as a vigilante, even though he was coming dangerously close to becoming just another run of the mill villain. On the positive side, Tony "The Man Who Killed Dick Grayson's Parents!" Zucco only appeared on two pages, and that makes me happy. Score: 6 out of 10.
X-Factor #256: The team heads after Mephisto in an attempt to send him back to Hell. Meanwhile, Tier kills all the Hell-Lords Mephisto had locked up. Mephisto kills Shatterstar and Rictor before he is attacked by Tier. Before Tier can kill Mephisto, Guido kills Tier, which makes Guido the new king of Hell. Guido brings Monet back to life and then banishes her from his sight. So yeah, wow... This was a big miss for me... Guido as the devil? Tier, Shatterstar and Rictor dead? Mephisto unable to figure out to teleport away from Tier when he was attacked? Tier killing like 6 Hell-Lords in a small room? Yeah, bad, bad stuff here. Score: 4 out of 10.
FF #7: Wizard and his newest incarnation of the Frightful Four(himself, Blastaar, a brainwashed Medusa, and Bentley-23, who doesn't want to be there) attack the FF. Bentley-23 predictably betrays Wizard, which frees Medusa from Wizard's mind-control, leaving Wizard and Blastaar as the Not-So Terrible Two. After Wizard is defeated, Black Bolt takes him into custody for brainwashing his wife(AGAIN!) and decides to have words with him... Meh. The story didn't really do much for me, but dammit do I LOVE Mike Allred's artwork! Seriously, it's like the perfect art for a comic book, and you all know I don't usually care about art in a comic! So yeah, oddly enough, if not for the artwork, I'd probably have scored this comic lower. Score: 6 out of 10.
Thunderbolts #9: Hey, check it out, I'm still getting this comic! Weird... A mystery man is constructing gamma powered Crimson Dynamo units to be used in terrorist activities. The T-Bolts manage to take down a few of the units and are able to trace the units back to the man behind them, Elektra's brother. So yeah, I don't get why exactly I'm still collecting this series... I don't think I've given any issue a score over a 6! Methinks I'll be rectifying that when I get to the comic shop on Wednesday... Score: 5 out of 10.
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1: Yon-Rogg sends Captain Marvel and her teammates after various menaces to keep them distracted so he could steal the piece of the Psyche-Magnetron that CM had stored at her apartment. After saving her elderly neighbor from dinosaurs(way cooler than I just made it sound, actually), CM returns to her place with Spider-Woman and realizes that she had been burgled. Spider-Woman promises revenge. Finally, a good comic! Huzzah!!!!! Man this week has been brutal comic-wise for me... I enjoyed this one, and think it set-up the upcoming Avengers Assemble/Captain Marvel crossover nicely. This feels like an Avengers story should feel, which is a nice change of pace from Bendis and Age of Ultron... Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.
Iron Man #10: 451 tells Tony a story about how he first met Tony's father before Tony was born. Basically Tony's dad went searching for 451 after learning that he and his wife were unable to procreate. 451 then makes vague comments about Tony having more parents than he knew of... UGH!!! What the hell is happening here!? THIS is the story they think are going to grab movie-goers who just saw Iron Man 3?!? Really?! Come on, Marvel, this is a DC-esque bungle! You're better than this! Yeah, in case I haven't made it clear, I think this entire storyline is idiotic. Dumb, dumb, dumb. All I know is that we better discover that 451 was lying the whole time to be an ass or something. Anything else will be horrible. Score: 4 1/2 out of 10.
Or, maybe JT won't review anything at all... Huh, go figure! I'm sure he'd blame his lack of reviews on me taking Nova #4, but don't buy JT's lame excuses! He's a slacker!! Slacker!!! On the plus side, unless he somehow manages to do -1 reviews next week, he'll definitely have more reviews next week than he did this one. But enough about that guy. Check back tomorrow for a Throwback post by yours truly. Until then? X out.