The Nice and Accurate Thoughts of Ben Eubank (re: comics)

A new week… a bunch of new issues. Here’s what I read and thought…

Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. – Issue six starts a new arc that involves the Ant Farm and the Humanids. I want to learn more about the headquarters of S.H.A.D.E. and I think this arc will raise some good questions or points about it. I’m looking forward to what approach the writers will take regarding self-aware Humanids… will they be easily dealt with, or will they be allowed to continue developing sentience. The Humanids release a collection of failed experiments within the Ant Farm… it will be interesting to see how certain characters react. This was my favorite comic this week although I didn’t care too much for the side story with Colonel Quantum. 5/5

Batgirl – Issue six ends the storyline with Gretel, the mind-controlling girl bent on revenge. We find out what has made her act this way, and we see some quality interaction between Batman and Batgirl. Overall, not a bad issue, but I was hoping for a little more. 2/5

Batwoman – This month’s issue is a collection of the main character’s stories… I was a little thrown off by Jacob’s part though. I like seeing some explanation as to where La Llorona came from. I’m not really feeling the art of this though… it’s good, but not as impressive as the previous issues. 3/5

Dark Matter –In the second issue of Dark Matter, we learn more about the crew’s mission… the title really makes some sense here. It’s a good story so far and it’s halfway through. I definitely recommend picking it up. 3/5

Doctor Who – In issue 14, the Silurians’ plan is started to be revealed. The Doctor and Amy rescue Rory, only to be captured later themselves. I’m curious as to what the Silurians’ plan is. The art is also starting to grow on me now after a few issues. 3/5

Green Lantern – In this issue, Sinestro goes in search of a Yellow Lantern named Lyssa, and enlists the aid of an old enemy. When they finally find Lyssa, she has a book that shows Sinestro a future with the Guardians destroying the Green Lanterns. Sinestro leaves Lyssa alone since he may need her help in the future and he goes to Earth to draft Hal Jordan once again. I liked the art of the battle between Lyssa, Starstorm, and Sinestro a lot. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next issue. 3/5

Journey into Mystery – Ah, Journey into Mystery, you are my favorite Marvel title. This is the second issue in the Terrorism arc. We find out who is behind fear manipulation and what he’s trying to do. The interaction between Loki and Leah is so fun. I’m looking forward to seeing this develop more and to find out why things with the fear are focused on Loki. 5/5

Legion LOST – This issue picks up with the Martian Manhunter trying to figure out who the Legionnaires are and where they’re from. There is a great fight scene that leads into some new questions as to why the Martian Manhunter got involved. He leaves the Legionnaires with some bad news that I’m sure they’ll ignore. I’m hoping the next issue starts up a good arc… the story feels a little slow. 3/5

Memorial – The third issue of Memorial was pretty good. Em’s journey takes her to a “library” where any possible past or present or future are kept recorded in the minds of blind monks. The art and idea of this were pretty well matched. After touring the tower, the Shadows invade and attempt to capture Em. The battle between the monks and shadows is pretty cool and almost succeeds in Em’s capture. She is taken to the Everlands but does something with the key she got in the first issue. I continue to love this story. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it has a Sandman-like feel. 5/5

Resurrection Man – Well, it turns out that Mitch Shelley resurrected into the hands of Gotham’s asylum. It was interesting to see him try to explain and prove his resurrection to other people… and it was pretty awesome when he actually succeeded. I’m new to Gotham, but jeez, there certainly seems to be quite a bit of corruption in that city. I’m looking forward to finding out more of the backstory that last issue opened up since it wasn’t mentioned this issue. 3/5

Superboy – This was a fantastic issue. Superboy met Supergirl… and it was bad then good then bad again. It was really neat to see their interaction and Kara’s contempt for him because he’s a clone. Superboy is so lost… I hope that he takes some of what he learned from Kara and starts making better decisions about who he wants to be. 4/5

Thief of Thieves – This was the first issue of Thief of Thieves from Robert Kirkman. The first arc is being written by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), and my impression is that it will be a fun series to follow. We meet two of the main characters, Redmond and his apprentice, Celia. Redmond is a famous thief who is about to start a huge job but he feels like he needs to change things with his life. It seems like we’re going to get a lot of character development in this series, which is great. It also seems like a fairly straight-forward plot… not something mysterious and twisted like Morning Glories. I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue and you should pick this up while you can! 5/5


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