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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/17/15

Another week, another new batch of All-New, All-Different Marvel comics! I’d love to read and review every single one, but I’m a busy man, especially this week. Did you hear about that murder at the church in upstate New York? That’s right in my backyard, and as the local newspaper reporter, I’m all over that stuff!

Fortunately, I still found time to read some new comics! And it was another good week! I scoped out the first issues of Chewbacca and New Avengers, and enjoyed a few of my favorites from DC Comics, like Starfire and Harley Quinn. But the clear standout and winner of Comic Book of the Week is Ms. Marvel #19.

Was there really any doubt?

It’s the end of the world, and they know it

I can’t wait for this series to come back from hiatus!

Comic Reviews: Batman #45, Batman and Robin Eternal #2, Chewbacca #1, Harley Quinn #21, Ms. Marvel #19, New Avengers #1 and Starfire #5.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 9/27/14

I don’t know what to tell you, henchies, but this week was kind of a busy one for yours truly. Couple that with a rather low key week of releases and I’ve only got four reviews for you! I know! I feel like I let you all down. But man, there were just some boring comics put out this week. I just couldn’t bring myself to read the latest issue of All-New Ghost Rider.

But we’ve got new issues of Batman Eternal, Cyclops, Storm and the excellent New Avengers, which easily wins Comic Book of the Week. If you’re a fan of Doctor Doom, you should be reading New Avengers. I’m giddy with excitement over that guy.

Though while we’re here, I was hoping I could ask you readers for some feedback on my Hench-Sized Reviews. I’m always looking for ways to improve this feature, but I’m not sure what you guys and gals like or dislike. Personally, I’ve started to feel like I put these reviews together on an assembly line. It’s efficient, but is it worth reading?

What do you folks think? Do you like that I include a synopsis? Would you like more review? I know I don’t talk about art much, but I could. Are these things even constructed very well? Are they getting too long?

Any feedback would be much appreciated, even if you only stumbled upon this page, or you don’t comment very much. I can only get better if you fine readers let me know how, so please, jump down to the comments and let me hear it!

Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal #25, Cyclops #5, New Avengers #23, and Storm #3.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/23/14

The week is finally here! Grant Morrison’s long-gestating project, Multiversity, has finally hit the stands! I think it was first announced back when I was in college. Feels like forever. It was one of those project that I never thought would see the light of day. But Grant Morrison lives to mess with our heads, and he definitely carries the slack.

And he’s not alone! This was a week of above average comics! Storm, Ms. Marvel, New Avengers; I was a glutton for good comics this week. But despite those quality issues – and Multiversity does indeed live up to expectations – I’m going to personally give Comic Book of the Week to Batman and Robin #34. It wasn’t the best comic of the week, but it spoke to me personally, and this is how I roll.

Moment of the week, though, goes to New Avengers. The world is coming to an end, and Reed Richards flies out to Latveria in the middle of the night to spend his last hour alive with his daughter, who has been staying with Doctor Doom. But only Reed knows the world is about to end. Every else is in the dark. All they know is that Reed woke everybody up in the middle of the night. It’s great.

I love Doom and Valeria

Though now that I think about it, why didn’t Doom ever get involved in the incursion storyline in New Avengers? Remember when that was teased all the way back at the beginning? That would have been awesome.

Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal #20, Batman and Robin #34, Ms. Marvel #7, Multiversity #1, New Avengers #23 and Storm #2.

You can also check out my review of All-New Ghost Rider #6 at Word of the Nerd.

And I was going to review Batwoman #34 this week, but something happens in that comic that deserves a much closer examination. Come back on Sunday for a deeper exploration of just why DC Comics has screwed us all over again. They say revenge is a dish best served cold, after all…

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/9/14

Reviews are going to be especially Hench-Sized today, folks, because your favorite henchman (and mine) is currently at Boston Comic-Con! If you’re there as well, maybe we’ll unknowingly bump into each other. You’ll know me as the especially handsome and charming fella. Unfortunately, no costumes this year. I’m just going for the fun of it and to maybe conduct some business. We’ll see!

As for this week, I’ve got some disheartening news. I was all set to review the new issue of Rocket Raccoon, having just come off the glorious Guardians of the Galaxy film. I thought to myself that I now understood the character, and surely he would translate well from screen to page. Nope! Not at all. I really wanted to like this comic. Skottie Young is doing great stuff. But the Rocket Raccoon comic is the complete antithesis of my sense of humor.

So to be fair to the issue, I decided not to review Rocket Raccoon #2. It’s a fine comic, sure, but I would have given it a bad grade because the comedy is just so terrible – but it’s not unintentionally terrible. I’ve no doubt there are a lot of people laughing their heads off at Rocket’s antics, but I am not one of them. Just like how I can’t stand Deadpool’s humor these days. And humor, as we all know, is subjective. So sorry, blog readers, I won’t be reviewing Rocket Raccoon going forward.

Pop culture references only work when the characters involved WOULD HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF EARTH POP CULTURE! WHY WOULD ANY CHARACTER HERE KNOW ABOUT ‘GOOD WILL HUNTING’?! WHY?!

But that’s OK! Because we’ve got solid issues of She-Hulk, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Grayson and another issue of New Avengers to look forward to! Isn’t that enough for you people? I just wish the Guardians comics were as good as the movie.

Comic Book of the Week goes to She-Hulk #7 for just being kind of adorable, with an homage of sorts to Honey I Shrunk the Kids. And if you’re so inclined, you can check out my review of Moon Knight #6 over at Word of the Nerd.

Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal #18, Grayson #2, New Avengers #22, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14,  and She-Hulk #7.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/2/14

How awesome was Guardians of the Galaxy? I had my doubts in the very beginning, but man oh man, that movie rocked! Physically, metaphorically and musically! Expect my full movie review either later today or tomorrow. Maybe I’ll go see it again!

For now, how about we bask in some comic book love? Though, foolishly, I didn’t bother reviewing the newest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. What can I say, I don’t particularly care for the comic. But I do love me some Uncanny X-Men, Hawkeye and Harley Quinn, all of which we got to enjoy this week.

Comic Book of the Week goes to New Avengers #21, because writer Jonathan Hickman is really pushing our favorite superheroes beyond the breaking point.

Bye Superman!

Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal #17, Harley Quinn #8, Hawkeye #19, Justice League #32, New Avengers #21, Red Lanterns Annual #1, and Uncanny X-Men #24.

And here’s my review of Cyclops #3.

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