Take It Or Leave It – November 28, 2012

Take It Or Leave It November 28, 2012

Welcome to Take It Or Leave It, where each week we pick out some of that week’s newest comics and give you our opinion on whether it was worth the price and you should take it, or if it was better left sitting on the shelf.

It’s just me this week, we’ve still got a pretty good collection of books below. From Talon to Bedlam, along with the final New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis, and a lot of others.

This week had a lot of books I was really looking forward to, unfortunately a bunch of them really let me down. On the bright side there were still a ton of really great books out!

Talon issue 2 Talon #2
I really liked the first two issues of Talon (0 and 1), but I wasn’t totally feeling this one. I really don’t like Sebastian Clark very much either, he’s pretty much a jerk. Calvin on the other hand, is growing on me more each issue. He’s got a sense of right and wrong, with the skills of super assassins. At this point he’s fought a different Talon from the Court of Owl’s in each issue, which after the events of Night of Owls, makes me wonder how many remain. If this issue did nothing else, it gave us a good lead up for next issue, which is the first of a two part story. That’s something to look forward to, along with the, hopeful, addition of some likable supporting characters for Calvin. Over all I feel like this issue didn’t really add much other then to let us know that Calvin is good at what he does, and Clark is kind of a dick and doesn’t know how to do anything physical.

Verdict: Leave It – Wait for issue 3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 16 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #16p
I grew up on TMNT, I’ve said that before, and I’ll probably say it again. For anyone in my generation reading this book you probably didn’t know how to react to some of the crazy revelations early on. I felt the same way, but since the book started it’s been a great addition to the turtles story. It may not fall in line with the older stuff, it’s a new beginning after all, but it’s just what this franchise needed. One of the best parts is the inclusion of classics villains, but with new twists. Shredder was fun, Krang is cool, Stockman is so far kind of unimpressive. But this issue has the conclusion of a fight with Slash, which is awesome. He’s a big mean turtles that wants to do nothing but destroy the turtles so that maybe his pain will stop. This definitely isn’t a book for new readers, but if you’re a turtles fan do yourself a favor and at least pick up issue 15 and 16 and give it a shot.

Verdict: Take It

Bedlam issue 2 cover Bedlam #2
Bedlam is a pretty insane story so far, it’s got a lot of jumping around, and killing, and crazy folks. So basically it’s an awesome story. We primarily follow Fillmore who has quite a sorted past, and is pretty much insane. He’s got a good heart though, kind of, I think anyway. There are some pretty nasty killings going on in the city Bedlam, and Fillmore tried to help out, probably not the wisest idea. Being that this is a Nick Spencer book I don’t expect to find out much to soon, he’ll give us bits and pieces of the story to keep us coming back. He’s kind of a jerk like that, but a talented one so I keep buying his books. This series really isn’t for children, but it’s a good read either way. Being only the second issue, you’ll actually be fairly confused if you didn’t read the first one, but you should be able to pick them both up without to much problem. And just remember this book has serial killers, like that show Dexter, and that’s popular right?

If you want more, check out our full review of Bedlam #2.

Verdict: Take It

Morning Glories 23 Morning Glories #23
I haven’t been reading Morning Glories for long, I picked up the first trade back in September at Balitmore Comic Con from series artist Joe Eisma. He was a really cool guy, and I liked his art, plus I had met Nick Spencer the year before and had been enjoying his work over at Marvel. It only made sense to see what this book was all about. I got hooked right away, and quickly purchased the next two volumes, and proceeded on to single issues. If you’re not familiar with the book, you probably don’t want to start with issue 23. Grab the first three volumes, that will get you up to issue 19, from there you only have a handful to pick up to catch up.

Issue 23 continues the mystery. Jun. . . I mean Hisao’s friends/family whatever they are aren’t really being to nice right now. There seems to be so much double crossing going on I don’t know who’s good and who’s bad anymore. We don’t know what’s going on with Hunter, or how Casey is doing. We know that Hisao is on a mission to save his brother and new friends after he realizes his old ones are kind of crazy. You should probably just read this, because I don’t think I’m doing it any justice at all.

Also I think next issue is going to be about Jade and Ike which is cool, I was wondering how they were going to fit into things.

Verdict: Take It

New Avengers 34 New Avengers #34
The end of an Era, last week we reviewed the final issue of Avengers written by Brian Michael Bendis. This week we talk about the final issue of New Avengers. This final story arc mostly focused on Dr. Strange, and Daniel Drumm wanting revenge or something similar for his brothers death. Only he’s dead too, so he was like possessing people and using them to fight Dr. Strange. We also get to see Dr. Strange be a pretty big bad ass, and have the story end on a pretty awesome note for him. It was fun, and the books art was done in a jam session style where a ton of different artists took turns drawing. It really was great a farewell book in a lot of ways, Bendis brought in characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, etc. And now with his leaving, two of his Avengers leave the team too. If you’ve been reading New Avengers, there is no reason to not finish, if this was going to be your first issue you’re going to be a little lost. Best for those new comers to wait a bit and pick up New Avengers #1.

Also, what the hell is with Hellstorm? He’s evil and all in Venom but he’s not in New Avengers? If you’ve got an answer let me know in the comments!

Verdict: Take It

Ultimate Comics Iron Man 2 Ultimate Comics Iron Man #2
Like I said back in October, the first issue of Ultimate Comics Iron-Man was so-so, it wasn’t a bad story and it laid a pretty good ground work for where it was going. It finally introduced a popular Iron Man villain too which was nice. I feel like issue 2 is where this book starts to actually get better. I read some other reviews that didn’t have the same opinion, but frankly this felt more like Tony. I’m a little confused about how exactly certain elements of Tony’s past fit. For instance where he and Rhodey, who is featured in this issue, fall as far as friendship is concerned. The original Ultimate Iron Man books establish that, but those aren’t canon anymore so who knows. Either way this has an interesting story going on, and I want to see where it goes which is something the Ultimate Universe needs.

Verdict: Take It

Ultimate Comics X-Men 19 Ultimate Comics X-Men #19
I’ve been enjoying Ultimate Comics X-Men so far, issue 18.1 was one of the better .1 issues I’ve seen so far. Issue 19 not so much, I’m not sure how I feel about the mutants being such a small group. I’m fine with there only being a few X-Men, but for there to, as far as we know, be only a handful of mutants left on earth is a bit to much like House of M. Only less mutants, and no magic. I hope they get past this arc quickly, let them setup there home base or whatever you want to call it, on this plot of land the US government gave them and then go be heroes again, or something that gets them out of the desert. It’s cool that we’re seeing some new mutants too like Warpath, along with some new mutants I’m not familiar with.

There are some interesting dynamics going in the group, with most of them behind Kitty, but several siding with the extreme childish Mach Two. I have a feeling she’s going to end up being a super villain at some point, hell she’s got similar powers to Magneto so it only makes sense. Even though this wasn’t the best issue, if you’re following the series it’s definitely a must read just to know what’s going on. If you haven’t started yet, you might want to wait till next time, hopefully issue 20 is a little more exciting.

Verdict: Return readers Take It. New readers, Leave It

Uncanny Avengers issue 2 Uncanny Avengers #2
I thought the first issue of this was really well done, and issue 2 follows suit. So far we’re primarily focusing on Rogue and Scarlet Witch which is a fun paring so it works. I wish they’d show a bit more of the other characters like Havoc, Cap, Thor, etc. We get a brief scene with them, then the rest is Rogue and Wanda being captured and things. I’ll admit I was nervous about the Red Skull being the villain, but in his introduction in this issue, it really works. It was nice how he brainwashed Wanda in no time flat and had her willing to do whatever he wanted. Rogue showed a lot of skill too, I never read X-Men Legacy, or anything really with Rogue before so I wasn’t sure what kind of character she was. So far I’m liking her though and I think she’ll end up adding a lot to this team book.

Verdict: Take It

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood issue 3 Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood #3
I just can’t say enough good things about Robyn Hood, it’s a fun fantasy story about a familiar character. Only she’s not familiar at all, you know how Robin Hood acts, and what he does. Robyn on the other hand is a bag full of surprises. This issue introduced the Merry Men, and showed us exactly what kind of mindset Robyn has, and what she’s prepared to do if need be. Basically go buy it, you won’t be sorry.

If you want more, check out our full review of Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood #3.

Verdict: Take It

Grimm Fairy Tales Sleepy Hollow Cover Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Sleepy Hollow #2
I was really excited for this book, the Headless Horseman has always been a story I really loved. The first issue was great, it did a really good job setting everything up. The second issue, slowed down a bit to much and pretty much had nothing happen. The redeeming factor was the history lesson about the ‘true’ story of the Headless Horseman presented by fan favorite character Sela Mathers. It was a great twist on the story, but the present day stuff just lacked anything interesting until the final page.

On the bright side of things, issue 3 should be a blast, and I’m still really looking forward to it. For the sake of reading the whole story it’s probably worth buying this issue. If you haven’t read any of it yet though, I’d recommend waiting for the trade in a few months.

If you want more, check out our full review of Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Sleepy Hollow #2.

Verdict:Leave It – Wait for the trade

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