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The CBI Retro-Review: Wonder Woman #304

Brought to you by The Comic Book Illuminati, OutrightGeekery goes back in time with a retro-review.

“Polaris means peril!”

Wonder Woman must make some choices in this issue. First she has to decide who to help first, save her beloved Colonel Steve Trevor, or Major Keith Griggs. Then she has to decide whether or not to enlist the help of Green Lantern when Dr. Polaris throws the gauntlet down by threatening to magnetically turn the Earth sideways off it axis.

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Review: Unity #20

A lot of things have come to light in this issue. The War-Monger is a @$$! Causing wars and stuff! I believe we have found our “Savage”. She, in my opinion, the female version of Harada. She’s been everywhere but nowhere. Within these last few issues, she’s become one of my favorite bad guys in comics.

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Review: We Stand on Guard #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist/Cover: Steve Skroce

‘O, Canada!’

Brian K. Vaughan is a living legend among comic book writers. The list of his work at the Big 2 publishers is renowned as quintessential character crafting – RunawaysDr. Strange: The Oath, and The Hood: Blood from Stones are stories as important to their cast as any, and it’s the same with his work at DC on titles like Young Justice and Swamp Thing. The writer known simply as BKV, however, is truly known for his work on more independent-esque comics like The EscapistsPride of BaghdadY the Last ManEx Machina, and, of course, SAGA. Well, Vaughan has delivered the quality comic consumables we’ve come accustomed to seeing from the author with his latest offering, We Stand On Guard, which is as equally thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

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Review: Bloodshot: Reborn #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mico Suayan
Colorist: David Baron
Covers: Mico Suayan, Dave Johnson, Robert Gill, Pete Pantazis, Ryan Lee, Allen Passalaqua

Valiant Entertainment

Blighted by unexplained murders, happening in similar styles across a small part of America, The F.B.I. and Ray are in a race. One wants to stop the nanites from killing again, and the other wants to bring the killer in. But during this time, we see a certain gifted F.B.I agent has had a troubled past, and that Bloodsquirt and Kay may be more trouble that their worth.

Jeff Lemire finally brings Bloodshot over the hump, making him realize that there is something that he needs to do. People’s lives are at stake. The nanites have to be stopped, and there is only one way to do that. To bring them back into the fold.

Mico Suayan proves, yet once again, why he is the comics industries fastest up and coming superstar artist. His unique, specific style of using as close to photo realistic set pieces is just astounding. I truly do not think there is anything that I can say that hasn’t already been said.

With the dark overtones of this,book, David Baron has done a fantastic job of making sure that Mico’s work stands out against the background.

This was an awesome read, even “magical”. If Valiant keeps putting out boons like these, the big two need to stand up and pay attention

Rating: 5/5

Review: He-Man: The Eternity War #7

Story: Rob David
Script: Dan Abnett
Penciler: Edgar Salazar
Inkers: Jason Gorder, Denis Freitas, Rob Lean
Colorist: Mark Roberts
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover: Jonboy Meyers

DC Comics

“Master Of Death”

In my entire childhood, I never once thought I could ever feel sorry for skeletor. This issue, it made me rethink that stance. Growing up, I always knew there had to be more to skeletor’s story. I’ve always knew that the lands of Etheria and Eternia have always been interconnected. Now I know how.

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Trade Review: Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Writers: Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Publisher: Boom! Box
Price $14.99

As someone who primarily picks up their indy books in trade, the waiting process can be an interesting process. While you’re waiting for that first volume, lots of talk goes back and forth in the comic shop and on message boards about certain books that make you consider checking out certain books when the time finally comes. Certainly, there have been many highly praised books from the past that have left me disappointed, but enough good talk was going around for Lumberjanes that I decided to give it a try. And I’m sure glad that I did, because even though I’m about the furthest thing from the target demographic here, this turned out to be one of the most enjoyable comics I’ve read in a while.

Coming from co-creators Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters, Lumberjanes is centered around the eponymous group of 5 who stumble upon a number of misadventures while attending summer camp; that is to say that this is a book about girl scouts exploring a supernatural wilderness. If that sounds like a quirky premise, that’s because it is, and the writing reflects a light-hearted sense of fun that pervades the experience. Each of our leads has a distinct voice and personality, and the dialogue provided by the writing team is filled with charm. On artistic duties, Brooke Allen matches the atmosphere of the book nicely with high-energy line work that exudes a quirkiness all its own.

So the book is quite charming, as I expected going in. But beyond this, though, the story does a very effective job establishing a good long-form story. The mysteries of the camp are introduced subtly and effectively, with a lot of moving pieces being put into place in a way that makes me anxious to come back for more.

And I must say that it’s a good thing the book is of high quality, because it’s something that the industry needs more of: a book with compelling female protagonists. Our heroes don’t sit around daydreaming about boys or anything like that, but rather lead lives of action, and indeed kick a lot of ass.

Lumberjanes is one of those rare books that adults can enjoy and then pass along to their kids to read. It provides both boys and girls with good role models and provides good life lessons (the words to the Lumberjanes pledge in particular are good words to live by). Maybe it’s not very complex and doesn’t have a lot you can sink your teeth into, but that won’t keep you from enjoying yourself. This is a book that can be enjoyed across a wide range of demographics, and it’s one that really should be. Whether for yourself or for your kids, be sure to give it a look.

Verdict: 4 out of 5

Review: Imperium #6

Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: Scot Eaton
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Covers: Scot Eaton, Livesay, Paul Mounts, Cafu, David Baron, Kano

Valiant Entertainment

Broken Angels 2: Go Down Fighting

It’s all hands on deck, leviathan is under attack! P.R.S. doesn’t know what to do as they are being attacked on multiple fronts. Harada, being as presumptuous as he is, underestimated P.R.S. Not many things catch Harada off guard, P.R.S. was one of them, the other…well…you’ll have to pick up the book.

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Review: X-O Manowar #38

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colors: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Covers: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Ulises Arreola, Cary Nord, Cafu, Brian Reber, Jay Fabare, Tom Fowler

Valiant Entertainment proudly presents…

The wedding of…X-O Manowar

This issue…was a heartfelt closure in more ways than one. This would be a great jumping on issue for the new readers. It closed a chapter in Aric’s life, but opened another for the both of them. There are, however, seeds of dissent that will come to light in the near future.

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Review: X-Men ‘92

X-Men 92 #1Writers: Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Artist: Scott Koblish
Cover: Pepe Larraz

Today’s modern Comic Book-based property has reached a level of mass popular appeal that most long-time comic readers never imagined would be attained. Video games, TV series, and, yes, blockbuster movies have pushed comic book characters and stories past the confinement of those paneled pages and directly into the social subconscious. Now, pretty much everyone knows who Wolverine, Scott Summers, and Jean Grey are without having to ever pick up a single comic book issue, and those same people are coming to us long-time readers to garner new information and learn about different perspectives on characters we’ve known for years. I know I experience this all the time, and while it’s kind of strange to discuss comic books with somewhat knowledgeable people who have never actually read a comic book, the newfound popularity of the medium is exciting for everyone. This is not, however, a new experience for me. Continue reading Review: X-Men ‘92

Review: Squadron Sinister #1

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