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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 11/29/14

Happy Turkey Week, Comic Book fans! Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? And for those of you who don’t celebrate, did you have a good Thursday? I had a blast. I always get together with my family, and they’re a good group of people. I made banana bread, because it’s nice to contribute something, especially if it’s my favorite dish. I’m a grown up now, I should contribute.

Speaking of contributing, how about adding some more comic book reviews to the Internet? I know I can’t get enough! We’ve got new issues of Aquaman, Arkham Manor, Superior Iron Man and more, but the real standout this week is the (regrettably) final issue of Superior Foes of Spider-Man! Why couldn’t this series have done better or lasted longer? It was so much fun!

Shocker Rulz!

But all good things must come to an end. Or maybe it’s that we can’t have nice things? Surely one of the two.

Comic Reviews: Aquaman #36, Arkham Manor #2, Batman Eternal #34, Scarlet Spiders #1, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #17 and Superior Iron Man #2.

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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 – 3/22/14

What a great week for comics! Seriously, this is one of the best week’s I’ve seen in months! Nearly every comic I read this week was a real gem…except for that one comic. The one that pains me to even mention. The comic that burns a hole into my heart like a red hot poker dipped in demon blood! Why have you forsaken me, Christos Gage?! WHY?!

I talk, of course, about Superior Spider-Man Annual #2, which takes a slight break from Goblin Nation to show what Phil Urich the Goblin Knight is up to on the side. As regular readers know, Phil Urich is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters, having collected his Green Goblin series when I was just getting into comics as a wee lad in the 90s. And for the briefest of possible moments, when I heard about this comic only a few days ago, I allowed myself to believe that writer Christos Gage, who’d been doing such a great job with the Mimic recently, was finally going to tell the story where the good guy Phil shines through in light of his most recent heel turn.

But no. There was no such thing. Instead, the comic reinforced the evil bastard that Phil has become, declaring him all but lost to madness and villainy. Oh the pain to my little comic loving heart…

Fortunately, the rest of the comics this week were great! Especially the second issue of the new Ms. Marvel, which was just as adorable and awesome as the first issue.

This new series is off to a great start. Just like Phil Urich was back in the day, before…before…I’m gonna need a moment here.

Comic Reviews: Batwoman #29, Harley Quinn #4, Ms. Marvel #2, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #10, Thor: God of Thunder #20, Uncanny X-Men #19 and Wonder Woman #29.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/4/14

Welcome to the new year, Henchmen and Henchwomen! I can officially say I’ve been doing these weekly reviews for more than a year. I probably should have gone back through all the reviews and picked out the best issues of the 2013, but I’ve been sick all week, and have better things to do (coughing and video games). So we’re stuck just reviewing this week’s titles, which, thanks to New Year’s Day, were short once again.

Fortunately for us, Marvel and DC put out some good titles. Hey…there’s a good New Year’s Resolution! I should start adding at least one non-Big Two comic to the pile each week. Stuff from Image, Dark Horse and all the rest. Sounds like a plan. If any of you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. It doesn’t have to be a superhero comic either. I want to expand my horizons.

But for now, I’m more than happy for another delightful issue of Superior Foes of Spider-Man, the Comic Book of the Week! Behold, the secret origin of the new Beetle!

Comic Reviews: Aquaman #26, Batwoman #26, New Avengers #13, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7 and Talon #14.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 12/14/13

I hate Inhumanity already. I know, I know, I’m getting way ahead of myself. The event has barely even started, and it’s being written by one of my favorite comic book writers, Matt Fraction. But the evil that Inhumanity commits against Uncanny X-Men this week is nigh unforgivable! You’ll see what I mean when we get to it.

The rest of the comic book haul was pretty good this week. I especially enjoyed Mighty Avengers and Wolverine and the X-Men, both good books with some strong characterizations. I also gave a few looks at Batman, Superman/Wonder Woman and even Green Lantern Corps! But the hands down winner of Comic Book of the Week goes to Superior Foes of Spider-Man for turning in the funniest issue yet!

Comic Reviews: Batman #26, Green Lantern Corps #26, Mighty Avengers #4, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6, Superman/Wonder Woman #3, Uncanny X-Men #15 and Wolverine and the X-Men #39.

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