By: Derek Ng
Let’s not beat around the bush, comics are getting expensive. With so many new issues, epic sagas, and never-ending disasters, my wallet can only take so much. Cover Price is a weekly comic review with the set budget of $15. I mostly pick my choices based on cover, price, and hype. Which company suckered me into buying their issues this week? Were the issues I picked up worth the $15 cut? Were the issues you picked up worth your money?
4/15/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Convergence #2 – $3.99
Thor #7 – $3.99
Archie vs Predator #1 – $3.99
Spawn #251 – $2.99
Writer: Jeff King | Artist: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz
Convergence #2, again, continues with the heroes of Earth 2 (specifically Dick Grayson). I guess that the heroes of Earth 2 are going to be the main characters of Convergence instead of the New 52 heroes. I really like the Earth 2 characters and even I found this to be an odd choice. Continuing where Telos left off, the Earth 2 heroes are now trying to find a way to defeat his fanboy plans of causing the multiverse to kill each other. This is a much better read than Convergence #0 and #1 because of the character moments we have with Bruce and Thomas. That being said, this comic didn’t make me excited to read what’s next. I just enjoyed the present moments happening in the issue. I still cannot recommend the $3.99 buy for this comic at this point. I would say to wait for the trade or wait for this event to be over. Flip through the comic and see if you’re interested because you may be better off just looking at the other Convergence titles. Kudos to the cameo of Stan Lee’s Just Imagine DC Universe though (but, like all Stan Lee cameos, it was very brief).
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Russell Dauterman
The amazing thing about the new Thor comic is that it attracts new readers and keeps them wanting to read more. In recent memory, Thor has never been a more fun read for me. Jason Aaron breathed new life into the God with Thor: God of Thunder, and continues to make every issue well-worth the price of admission. If you don’t like the new direction, then this comic or review obviously isn’t for you. Thor #7 is two parts of the perfect Thor comic equation: Hammer time and The Destroyer. Thor fights Odin’s Destroyer and we continue to get hints of who she is (again Thor: God of Thunder #12 might be key, so go pick it up). The story is fun and exciting, but the art is really the star of this comic. I cannot get enough of Russell Dauterman’s art. It’s dynamic, beautiful, and flows. Matt Wilson provides bright colors that move well with the action and jumps off the page. This is a great comic team and they work extremely well together. Marvel has one book out that I’m consistently excited for and has me waiting every day for the next release: Thor. This comic is worth your money. Buy.
Archie vs Predator #1
Writer: Alex De Campi | Artist: Rich Koslowski
I haven’t read too much Archie. In fact, the last time I read Archie was when I was in middle school from Free Comic Book Day. That being said, I’m a sucker for the clash of trademarks. Archie vs Predator looks like an Archie comic. Even with my limited experience, I knew this was an Archie comic. Rich Koslowski’s art makes new readers feel welcome and familiar. The story, on the other hand, made me realize why Archie desperately needs the reboot it’s getting. The characters are flat and, sadly, uninteresting. I’m spoiled by the characters in many various current comics that are full of depth and diversity. But the Archie gang is truly a product of their time. They’re stereotypes and feel like Nickelodeon or Disney TV stars. So if you want to watch Predator kill these flat characters, then this is worth a flip through. Otherwise, you’re better off waiting for the Archie reboot.
Writer: Brian Wood | Artist: Jonboy Meyers
With the launch of a new creative team, I thought it was time to check out Spawn again. I applaud the team for making Spawn $2.99 because as a “relaunch”, this could have easily been $3.99. This is a comic that takes quite a while to read because of the heavy dialogue and exposition (which can be good for a comic of this price). Jonboy Meyers provides nice pencils and the comic itself is surprising full of vivid colors. The style reminded me of Joe Madureria’s style. But in the length it takes this comic to read, I found myself not caring. I had the odd sense of déjà vu while reading this because Spawn was looking for who killed his wife. We’ve all read this type of vengeance/revenge story before. Sadly, this comic didn’t make me a new reader of Spawn. If you weren’t a fan of Spawn before, I don’t think you’ll be after. There are many, many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much.
Panel of the Week: It’s a tie!
IN MEMORIAM: Herb Trimpe
Godzilla: King of Monsters #23
Writer: Doug Moench | Artist: Herb Trimpe
On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the comic industry lost a great artist, legend, and friend. Herb Trimpe was most famous for being the first to draw Wolverine, but I always loved his work on Marvel’s Godzilla: King of Monsters. In memoriam of this legend, I wanted to re-read this issue and provide a review. He will truly be missed and I encourage everyone to make a small donation to Hero Initiative in his honor.
Godzilla vs the Avengers. Just look at this amazing cover and could you not dream of a greater fight? That was my glee when finding this comic. When you see a comic like this, you know it’s going to be great. Pure and basic fun with odd situations that only comics in the 70’s could create. After Godzilla returns to his original size (he was shrunk by Pym particles), he’s mad and ready to rampage through NYC. This issue is actually SHIELD, Fantastic Four, and the Avengers vs Godzilla. At one moment, I even believed that Spider-man would make an appearance but, with my crush dreams, he did not. Herb Trimpe always drew Marvel’s Godzilla to be more of a giant lizard/dinosaur than the Toho design. This always threw me off, but I got over it accepting that Marvel’s Godzilla is different than Toho’s. Trimpe’s art really shines when he draws Dum Dum Dungan, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. It can be a little uneven at times, but this minor gripe that doesn’t detract from the reading experience. You can find this comic at a convention for usually $5 or less…and it’s worth every penny for that price. It’s such a fun comic, even if it does ends on a cliffhanger!
What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
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