W. Scott Poole's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comics Bulletin Reviews: 14
7.8Avg. Review Rating

10
Astounding Wolf-Man #6

May 31, 2008

Best of all your inner wolf will be pleased to learn that, finally, the book is becoming a monthly title beginning with #8 in July. No more two-three month waits. Issue #6 is actually a great place to jump on if you havent been following this outstanding series. Kirkman is promising major status quo changes in issue number seven and a TPB of all seven issues will be released over the summer. Not since Lon Chaney Jr. has there been such a good reason to feel good about lycanthropy.

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10
Astounding Wolf-Man #7

Jul 4, 2008

Pick this one up. There was blood, lots and lots of blood.

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10
Bomb Queen: Divine Comedy #1

May 23, 2008

The Bomb Queen books are almost always kinetic and this one is no exception, throwing the funny, the raunchy and the profound at the reader in equally bizarre proportions. Despite all thats happening (and this review only hits the high notes) the several storylines and character arcs are put in play perfectly. Robinsons art is really ideal for the attitude of the book. Every single image of Bomb Queen features bust proportions undreamed of even by Frank Cho or Michael Turner (and serves as a running joke about the super-racks of comics since the '90s). If you are not reading, being offended by and laughing out loud at this new series, you should be.

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10
Brit (2003) #8

Sep 1, 2008

If none of this convinces you, buy this book to see a series of panels featuring an Agency sniper taking out Confederate zombies at the Gettysburg National Monument.

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8
Hellblazer #244

May 22, 2008

This time around, Giuseppe Camuncoli did do a great job on the page and panel layouts. There is a great splash page with an insert on page three of the book that really captured poor Grimaldis plight. The demon for this issue is suitably scary and also fairly icky (Think Man-Bat spliced with Alien and the frumpiest elementary school teacher you can remember). My major criticism in Lee Loughridges coloring. He does some interesting things with tonal change to underscore the pace and even the meaning of the narrative but some sections of this issue are pitch black and others washed out with bright yellow. On the other hand, if you like stylish demon women, youll love Lee Bermejos cover.

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7
Punisher (2004): Little Black Book #1

Jun 10, 2008

These problems aside, I liked the view of the Punisher we get here and thought that art really fit this particular tale. All in all, a good addition to the Punisher canon and a nice break from Skrull-mania.

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7
Punisher War Journal (2006) #22

Aug 9, 2008

Punisher War Journal #22 is not a bad place to jump on this title as it sets up an issue that promises some status-quo altering events. It also sets up what promises to be a major showdown between the Punisher (joined by some erstwhile femme fatale allies) and Jigsaw, backed up by the Wrecking Crew. The subtext for this series has been that Jigsaw is the only major villain Frank has not killed, or even really tried to kill. Hes always preferred to smash the former-crime bosss face one more time. Fraction and Remender seem like they are in the mood to change that. Whatever this great writing team decides, it will be worth watching.

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4
Scream Queen #1

Jun 5, 2008

I couldnt like this book. Some of the art from Nate Watson is nice although there is not much continuity to the faces that he draws, almost so much so that it becomes hard to keep the characters straight. The plotting includes some odd decisions that are supposed to be twists and turns but end up not making much sense. I might pick up the next issue to see if this takes an interesting turn but I am dubious. Unless you are a committed slasher fan, with Jason Voorhees action figures in your bedroom, I wouldnt pick this one up.

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6
Spawn #179

Jun 6, 2008

I miss the days when Spawn lived in an alley. Narrative sense has increasingly disappeared from the Spawn verse. I think that this has become even more true after the whole the Apocalypse came and Spawn remade the world thing. This issue would be a one bullet if not for Mayhews art.

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10
The Walking Dead #49

May 15, 2008

Kirkman is mostly the silent partner in this issue, letting the tale unravel through Adlards art. The art has been one of the great pluses of this book from the beginning, giving those of us who think the world needs fewer post-apocalypse Zombie books reason to pick it up. Get this one, especially if you havent followed the series and if, like me, an occasional viewing of early Romero takes care of most your zombie needs. Its a great introduction to a good book that may be about to get better.

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6
Wolverine: Killing Made Simple #1

Aug 12, 2008

This is one is for devoted Wolverine fans only with nothing especially extraordinary about either the writing or the art. The title certainly leads you to expect a much darker set of Wolverine tales that what you get here. Despite the interest organizing principle of Wolverines mortality, it was mainly an adamantium-laced disappointment.

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8
Wonder Woman (2006) #21

Jun 13, 2008

A fun issue, though I would try and pick up #20 if you havent seen it yet before going on Ms. Simones wild ride.

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7
Wonder Woman (2006) #22

Jul 14, 2008

Pick this one up only if you have been following the arc or just to admire Loprestis work. Simone is an extremely talented author but this might not be the best place to jump on the series and experience that talent.

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6
Zombie Tales #1

May 29, 2008

BOOM! Studios has brought out this series to follow up their popular Zombie Tale one shots. The Niles story is good, so pick this up if youre a fan of his or if you gnaw your extremities off (or someone elses?) in anticipation of the next zombie book. Otherwise, Id leave this one on the rack.

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