Comic Reviews for October 1, 2014

Death of Wolverine #3

After Kitty Pryde does a wickedly gory move with her phasing powers nothing in this issue could match up. Not only do we get very little action from Wolverine in this issue, other than a scene of him in full samurai garb leading to a short and lackluster fight, but the comic is starting to show signs of intense editorial oversight, demanding that the story skip between all of Logan’s former haunts whether or not it makes much sense.

For instance, this issue Wolverine along with Shadowcat head for Japan, the two starting off their search for Ogun by just hanging out near a stream. The scene puts Steve McNiven’s talents to good use in a rare moment of peace for Wolvie, cherry blossoms falling around the two as Logan ruminates on the benefits of losing his healing power potentially foreshadowing at this miniseries’ endgame. However, when a character reveal occurs a few pages later, I had to question the necessity for the move to Japan since the locale doesn’t end playing at all into the story, providing only setup for the last issue concerning a villain that I’m not familiar with at all, and refuse to Wiki on account of not giving a crap. (Read the complete review here)

Cloaks #2

It’s a lot to ask any comic to be groundbreaking in its storytelling, but what bugs me about Cloaksright now is that it seemed to have figured out a way of using the comic medium to tell a story about a close-up magician and his illusions in a visually engaging manner. Perhaps there’s more of that to come in the future, but when four pages are devoted to an entirely unnecessary montage that’s neither funny nor provides much insight into Adam or his new supporting cast, I don’t feel I can hold out much hope that this comic will astonish in its final two issues. A montage works when it shows us a character’s devotion to improving in a certain craft or skill in a quick way. Cloaks fails at it because everything we’re shown are things we already know from the previous issue. We got that he was observant, and athletic, so what was the point of showing us him doing field training over just a few days? Did he really get better at shooting, spotting, or fighting within that time span? The whole thing reeks of filler.

Another annoyance was that we’re not really provided any reason to care about Cloaks having their agents identities revealed. We’re given no information on anything righteous the organization has done, nor do we get to know any of their agents in a way that would make us concerned for their safety. Currently, everyone just exists to tell Adam how awesome he is and spout exposition, and when they’re not doing that, they allow him to spill the details of their entire operation to his brother. WTF, super clandestine group? With internal security like that, it’s surprising that they’ve avoided exposure up to this point. (Read the complete review here)

Last Born #1Last-Born-#1-10.2.14

So far though, Last Born has yet to transgress anything despite showing signs of coming strangeness in its second half. The premiere devotes the bulk of its pages to Julie, and her dull life in 60’s America. Julie has a by-the-book life other than having a dad who grows increasingly detached from reality ever since his encounter with the cave that opens this issue. After she gets a notice that she won’t be receiving financial assistance to attend college, Julie resigns herself to her aunt’s wish that she marry her high school sweetheart, a perfectly nice but boring dude. Once he makes his proposal though, Julie makes a break to the swamp, and finds herself in a grey urban ruin where things kick into gear.

Once they do though, it’s hard to tell what’s actually happening. Julie encounters a malevolent shape shifter that does some funky stuff to her brain, and then she’s saved by a pair of wandering warriors who’s intention we’re not given any insight to. By the last few pages, we’re introduced to another pair of characters elsewhere who state that they world they now reside in is about to come to an end, and we’re left on a cliffhanger that doesn’t tease some much as evokes a ‘huh? (Read the complete review here)

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