Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Comic Books (Part 1)

Sorry to anyone that actually reads these rambles that I haven't been on in a while. Senior year of college has been a major thorn in my side and coupled with finals and just plain not giving a fuck about school thanks to the nature of the classes I've chosen to study...just yeah. Luckily, the semester is over so that means I'll be posting here more often. Let's start with comics that have been released this month.

1. Thunderbolts v. 3 #1: In many ways, this is the very epitome of a black ops dream team. It's mine, anyway. Seriously, 3 out of my top 5 favorite Marvel characters are on this team (Punisher, Venom and Deadpool). The presence of Elektra and Red Hulk is welcome as well. There's really not much to spoil here, the plot revolves around General Ross (Red Hulk) recruiting his charges. It's kind of like taking all those ending scenes from the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and putting them together, only with the aforementioned characters. The art is a nice familiar look with Steve Dillon from The Punisher fame illustrating with his familiar style.

2. Wolverine Max #1 and #2: Ok, these were technically released in October and November, but I didn't get around to picking them up till this month. Interesting take on a badass character who's probably been over-utilized way too many times by Marvel. I liked the way it introduced Wolverine and the man not-so-subtly implied to be Sabretooth's origins and meetings in what appears to be Tokugawa-era Japan. I liked the way the series began with a plane crash. It's a pretty interesting and refreshing take on Marvel's most overused character.

3. Punisher: War Zone: Frank gets blamed for killing these cops, and that puts him on the Avengers' shit list. He probably didn't do it, but what do the Avengers know? This series is basically The Punisher vs. the Avengers. What's not to like? Also, Frank's new look is fittingly badass.

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