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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/7/17

The new year is off to a great start! I got a mega dose of new comics this week, and hot damn if they weren’t all high caliber, enjoyable comics! It was like people were writing and drawing specifically for me!

Not only does Harley Quinn get back to roaring action, but we’ve got stellar outings for Nightwing, Hawkeye and Unworthy Thor! Even the first issue of the new U.S. Avengers was a smash! And I caught up with the new Nova! Imagine that.

Comic Book of the Week goes to another first issue: Unstoppable Wasp #1! Marvel is really killing it with the awesome, adorable, kickass female superheroes!

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She makes a good point

I haven’t reviewed Saga in awhile, even though it’s still an enjoyable comic. I like Saga, but for the past few volumes, it feels like Brian K. Vaughn is spinning his wheels. Am I alone in this? The stories are still fine, and the cliffhangers are as strong as ever, but I feel like the story has become lost in the weeds a bit. Ah well, that’s not going to stop me from reading.

Comic Reviews: Harley Quinn #11, Hawkeye #2, Nightwing #12, Nova #2, Unstoppable Wasp #1, Unworthy Thor #3 and U.S. Avengers #1.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 12/24/16

We got one! Finally, one of my regular comics has interrupted their normally scheduled programming for a Christmas special! And, of course, it’s Harley Quinn. So feast your eyes, dear readers, on a very Harley Christmas just in time for Christmas!

Speaking of which, Merry Christmas Eve, everybody! This week had some pretty good deliveries, from the start of the new Gamora solo comic to solid issues of Nightwing and Invincible Iron Man! But Comic Book of the Week is another delightfully fun tale of the Silver Surfer, as spun by Dan Slott. This series has got to be why Slott got into comics.

These two are adorable

These two are adorable

What else is going on? I dunno. The latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man gave us the new ‘origin’ of Ben Reilly and how he came back from the dead. It’s got me second-guessing my writing off of these new pod people clones. But when does a clone stop being the person they were if they keep getting cloned? Is each new clone of the original clone a new person? I’m tempted to think so.

This isn’t Ben Reilly back from the dead. This is a clone of Ben Reilly.

Comic Reviews: Gamora #1, Harley Quinn #10, Invincible Iron Man #2, Nightwing #11 and Silver Surfer #8.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 12/10/16

Everybody having a good holiday season? I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping, have my fingers crossed that a few of my online shopping orders arrive before the holiday, and am dealing with a ton of snow on the home front. But at least the latest changes to Pokemon GO have added a bunch of Charmanders in the downtown area for some reason…

Anyway, I’m just rambling because I can’t think of what else to talk about. We got some middling to OK comics out this week, like Champions. Harley Quinn has its first issue after last issue’s mind-blower, but it doesn’t live up to the excitement — still good, though.

I’m gonna give Comic Book of the Week to Nightwing #10. I’m a little hesitant, as you’ll see why, but I like the potential it puts forth. Plus, there’s a new gorilla character!

More sentient gorillas!

More sentient gorillas!

The latest issue of Clone Conspiracy was also out this week, and aside from a pretty overblown Big Twist, there still isn’t much to write home about. It’s like Dan Slott has this story he wants to tell, but he’s struggling to find ways to include conflict. It almost seems like more of a talking heads story, but there’s no way they can just do that for a Spider-Man Event. Better resurrect a bunch of random, old school Spidey villains!

Comic Reviews: Champions #3, Harley Quinn #9, Nightwing #10 and Unworthy Thor #2.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 11/26/16

Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews might never be the same after this week. I didn’t see it coming, but I’ve been buzzing on this since new comics dropped on Wednesday. Sure we got some solid comics this week, like Detective Comics and Teen Titans, but this is the week where everything changes.

Harley Quinn #8 wins Comic Book of the Week for probably the single best issue of the entire run so far. And not just because it’s so damn fun. This is next level stuff. This is so good, I’m going to do something I’ve never done in my several years worth of comic reviews.

Maybe I’ll be setting a precedent that I can in no way sustain, but I don’t care. This is Comic Book of the Year material.

Rated M for Mature

Rated M for Mature

But no, not just because of the tasteful nudity. Read below for my essay of a review!

Also, the latest issue of Civil War II was released this week, and the Big Event continues to underwhelm. Not to mention the fact that most other Marvel comics have simply moved on already. And it doesn’t even come close to the magic that is Harley Quinn.

Comic Reviews: Batgirl #5, Detective Comics #945, Harley Quinn #8, Prowler #2 and Teen Titans #2.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 11/5/16

Welcome to the last batch of comic book reviews before the possible ending of the world! I’d like to think we had some truly amazing comics in these, our final days, but they were mostly alright — except for two utterly outstanding comics.

Not only did Harley Quinn mostly stick the landing of their excellent rock & roll story, and not only did Unworthy Thor finally bring about the return of Beta Ray Bill, but writer Dennis Hopeless delivered the Spider-Woman issue he’s probably been waiting years to bring us. The man is brutal. Comic Book of the Week by a mile.

Thumpety Thump Thump

Thumpety Thump Thump

Also, if you live in America, be sure to vote on Tuesday!

Comic Reviews: Champions #2, Harley Quinn #7, Nightwing #8, Spider-Woman #13 and Unworthy Thor #1. 

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