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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/31/13

Such a good week! My pull list was absolutely overflowing this week, but I find I don’t mind at all when the comics are this good. This is the sort of week that reminds me why I love comics so much, when the stories are just so good, so entertaining and so fulfilling. Not to say there aren’t a few stinkers in the bunch, but even those stinkers had a few good bits – I even liked this week’s issue of Larfleeze, for once.

The real standouts this week are Aquaman, Thor: God of Thunder, FF and Uncanny X-Men, which are some of my usual favorites. Brian Michael Bendis has yet to let me down writing Cyclops, and Jason Aaron is a master of Asgard. The news that Matt Fraction is leaving FF makes this week’s issue bittersweet, but at least Geoff Johns is sticking with Aquaman for the foreseeable future. Winner of Comic Book of the Week is Thor: God of Thunder for an absolutely stunning Day in the LIfe type of story.

At the same time, this week’s Journey Into Mystery was almost as good, and it’s the final issue of the series. Sad thing there, because I could read Kathryn Immonen writing about Sif and Beta Ray Bill for the rest of my life. The Thor corner of the Marvel Universe was on fire this week.

Less impressive were the final issue of Trinity War and the New Avengers tie-in to Infinity. Both disappointing, but both mildly entertaining, with a few good scenes each. So at least there’s that.

Moment of the week, however, goes to Adolf the Impossible Boy in the pages of FF.

I love comic books.

Comic Reviews: Aquaman #23, FF #11, Journey Into Mystery #655, Justice League #23, Larfleeze #3, New Avengers #9, Thor: God of Thunder #12, Uncanny X-Men #11, Uncanny Avengers #10, and Wolverine and the X-Men #35.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 7/27/13

We check back in with a few different comics this week that I’ve skipped over in the past, namely Uncanny Avengers and Wolverine and the X-Men. The latter impressed me, if only for its superb use of Toad, while the former was kind of disappointing. The Marvel Universe is an odd place these days, and I just don’t think Uncanny Avengers really has a place in it. Maybe a few years ago it would have been something special, but these days, it’s lost in the shuffle.

Fortunately, Marvel is also publishing the excellent Superior Spider-Man comic, and I’ve finally given in to fan demand and read Avenging Spider-Man, now renamed Superior Spider-Man Team-Up. I liked it a lot, but this week it pals in comparison to the outright awesomeness of the Comic Book of the Week, Superior Spider-Man #14! Otto Octavius finally embraces his new Spider-Man persona, and it is glorious to behold!

How have we gone this long without Spider-Man henchmen?

Comic Reviews: Justice League Dark #22, Larfleeze #2, Superior Spider-Man #14, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1, Uncanny Avengers #10 and Wolverine and the X-Men #33.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 6/29/13

This is a week for new comics! I’ve been trying to add some new titles to my weekly review feature, because it’ll get pretty boring if I just review the same comics month after month, and this week definitely delivered on new possibilities.This week also featured pretty much every X-Men comic imaginable – and most of them good. But we’ve also got the first issues of Larfleeze and Batman/Superman, as well as the new creative team on Red Lanterns. Will the new writer finally deliver the Red Lantern series I’ve been waiting for? Time will tell. I also decided to try out Journey Into Mystery, but sadly, the series has already been cancelled, so it won’t benefit from the Henchman Bump.

This week’s definite winner is writer Matt Fraction, who once again delivers two of the best comics in the world: FF and Hawkeye. I’m going to award Comic Book of the Week to Hawkeye #11 for its ability to think outside the box, and tell a story from the perspective of Hawkeye’s dog. It’s a fun issue. Though the moment of the week – possibly the moment of the year – goes to Miss Thing in FF. In the issue, the team have come up with a new, more efficient way for Miss Thing to get into her armor.

Best pop culture reference of all freakin’ time! Matt Fraction has to have been sitting on that line since he first envisioned Miss Thing. Heck, I’m going to declare right now that Miss Thing probably only exists because Fraction wanted to find a way to include that classic line from the insane cartoon Fred and Barney Meet the Thing. The man is a genius.

Comic Reviews: All-New X-Men #13, Batman/Superman #1, FF #8, Hawkeye #11, Journey Into Mystery #653, Larfleeze #1, Red Lanterns #21,  X-Men #2.

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Larfleeze to Get His Own Series By Writer I Don’t Want Writing Larfleeze

DC Comics announced today the new creative teams that would be taking over the Green Lantern franchise in June. It seems that Geoff Johns is finally handing over the reigns of the franchise he single-handedly raised to A-list level, and he’s taking all of his fellow writers and artists with him. This is too bad for a series like Green Lantern, where Johns only just introduced Simon Baz, but it’s great news for a series like Red Lanterns, which has been terrible under writer Pete Milligan.

You can read all of the new creative lineups at Mtv Geek, because apparently for some insane reason, DC is turning to Mtv to announce things like this. Does any self-respecting comic book geek actually watch Mtv?

Anyway, the new teams are nobody I’ve ever heard of before. Good for them, but it’s nothing to get excited about. You can also check out Mtv Geek for interviews with the teams.

But tucked away within this announcement is the revelation that Larfleeze the Orange Lantern will get his own ongoing series! This is great news, because I’m a huge Larfleeze fan, and I think he’s one of the coolest new characters in the past 10 years!

Agent Orange, if you’re nasty

The horrible news is that the series will be written by Keith Giffen, the writer behind the current Threshold series, which has Larfleeze back-up features. Words cannot express how much I have absolutely hated Keith Giffen’s recent Green Lantern work, or the first issue of Threshold. His Larfleeze is absolutely terrible. Giffen turns Larfleeze into a one-note joke who is more annoying than entertaining. Jeez, I just…this is really frustrating.

But I suppose the problem is probably me. I have this picture in my mind for what kind of character Larfleeze could be…but nobody actually writing the character wants him to be like that. They all want Larfleeze to be a one-dimensional Looney Tune who rants and raves and cries a lot. Personally, I don’t think Larfleeze should have his own series. He should be a character in the Green Lantern stable, a wildcard who shows up now and again when you least suspect him.

But that’s just me. And clearly I just don’t get the character.

I’m also still looking for a Larfleeze action figure if anybody knows a guy. And he’s going to appear in an upcoming episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. I really need to watch that show.

Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 12/22/12

What the hell, Marvel!? Some of us still have Christmas shopping to do, yet you hit us the week before Christmas with a massive pile of new comics to buy? Jeez louise! Bad enough this is also my heavy DC Comics week too! So let’s just say I bought a ton of comics this week, all so Marvel can be all fancy and only release Amazing Spider-Man #700 next week. Their big marketing scheme is hell on my wallet. At least most of the comics that came out this week were pretty good.

Everything under the sun seemed to come out this week, giving us a wide range of different titles. We’ve got major releases for the Avengers, X-Men and the Fantastic Four, not to mention both X-Force titles. If you’re more into Batman and the Death of the Family story, there are both the Nightwing and Red Hood tie-ins, one of which was good and the other quite bad. So very busy week. And though there were a lot of great titles, I think FF #2 pulls away with Comic Book of the Week. I really think that title is going to live up to its awesome potential.

Comic Reviews: All-New X-Men #4, Avengers #2, Batwoman #15, Cable and X-Force #2, Captain Marvel #8, FF #2, Green Lantern #15, Green Lantern: New Guardians #15, Hawkeye #6, Indestructible Hulk #2, Nightwing #15, Red Hood and the Outlaws #15, Thor: God of Thunder #3, Thunderbolts #2, Uncanny X-Force #35, Wolverine and the X-Men #22, Wonder Woman #15.

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