REVIEW: ‘Thunderbolts’ #27

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Pencils by Carlo Barberi
Inks by Carlos Cuevas
Color Artwork by Izrael Silva

Issue #27 is a changing of the guard for Thunderbolts as the writing team of Ben Acker and Ben Blacker take the reins from the prolific Charles Soule. Acker and Blacker, known for their Thrilling Adventure Hour show and various contributions to the Nerdist Writer’s Panel on The Nerdist podcast channel Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘She-Hulk’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Javier Pulido
Color Artwork by Muntsa Vicente
Leters by Clayton Clowes

After many hours spent reading his work on such titles as Swamp Thing, Thunderbolts, Inhumanity, Superman/Wonder Woman, Red Lanterns and Letter 44, I have come to a very sane and quite logical conclusion which is that Charles Soule is a super hero. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Red Lanterns’ #27

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Alessandro Vitti, Jim Calafiore
Color Artwork by Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering by Dave Sharpe

Charles Soule is without a doubt the hardest working man in comics. He is certainly prolific but more impressive than the sheer volume of his creative output is the quality of the work he produces. Soule is impossible to classify as any one type of writer because his work Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Black Widow’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by Nathan Edmondson
Artwork by Phil Noto
Lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles

Atonement, that’s what Natasha Romanov is seeking in the inaugural issue of her new series. She is seeking ways to make up for the many bad things she has done in her life, professional and private. For Natasha aka Black Widow that usually means Continue reading

REVIEW: “Swamp Thing” #26

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Jesus Saiz
Color Artwork by Matthew Wilson
Lettering by Travis Lanham

When I first heard that Charles Soule was going to be following Scott Snyder on Swamp Thing I wasn’t very familiar with his work and being a huge fan of Snyder’s, I maintained a wait and see attitude.  I honestly didn’t expect Continue reading

‘The Couch Nerd’ with Galen Garner, Episode 2

The Couch Nerd: Quickie for the Week

By Galen Garner

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! We are in for a wonderful week with the big kick off of three of two of our major shows that we will be following here at the Couch Nerd. For a quick reminder, I try my best to warn about spoilers, but I can’t always promise that I will not remember to do so. (I had someone ruin Harry Potter for me, so since then my spoiler soul has been dead.) Continue reading

REVIEW: “Thunderbolts” #5

(Marvel NOW!, 2013)   –   Reviewed by J.G. Butler

thunderbolts-5I’ve been really enjoying this title.  Super silly, gory, and full of great over the top action!  Even though I’m not totally familiar with all the characters they feel true and right where they should be.  The intro thingy on the back of the cover talks about how they were brought together to take down evil they could never have reached on their own.  Which they do, you just don’t care who it is – and neither do they.  The king or whatever of somewhere is really mean to his people and has enough power to be a threat to some other country and more importantly has something powerful the big wigs want, blah blah blah.  It doesn’t really matter with this title.  Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher and Venom just like killing bad guys and we like to watch.  Of course Gen. Ross has his own agenda that gradually unfolds, and members of the team begin to uncover super crazy stuff happen behind the scenes in what is already a horrible place to live.  Throw in a “angel” and a love triangle and you’re ready for anything.  Very gory without trying too hard.

Deadpool and Punisher are a great goofball and straight man team, but the scene where Punisher straps a landmine on himself bothers me.  Sure, he might do that were alone, trying to save a bus full of kids or something, but not when there is a big mouth smart ass with the ability to regenerate standing right next to him to strap it to.  WTF!

For the most part the writing by Daniel Way (Astonishing X-Men, Ghost Rider, Incredible Hulk) is solid and easy enough to follow.  The artwork from Steve Dillon (Preacher, Avenging Spider-Man, Hellblazer) is good but every character’s face is as flat as the backgrounds. The coloring is horrible, and makes everyone look plastic.  Most of the time it looks like the characters were drawn separately from the panels and backgrounds, to be layered together later.  Also, a light source of some kind seems to be coming from everywhere, even in the jungle – no shadows or shading except by their own bodies on themselves.

This is a very fun read but sad to say I won’t be surprised if we see the creative mojo run out after a year or so.

WRITING:  7.5 / 10

ARTWORK:  5 / 10

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:  6 / 10

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