Weekly Awards For The Comic Books From May 21, 2008

Let’s go ahead and dish out The Revolution’s weekly awards.

The nominees for the Che for the best read of the week:

Captain America #38
Fantastic Four #557
Justice Society of America #15
Mighty Avengers #14
Superman/Batman #48
X-Factor #31

The Winner: Justice Society of America #15

This week was just loaded with some excellent reads. As always, Brubaker served up another quality read with Captain America #38. I already praised this book enough in my review. Suffice it to say that when it comes to consistency it is tough to beat what Brubaker has delivered in the past thirty-eight issues on Captain America.

Fantastic Four #557 was another good read. Now, I don’t find Millar and Hitch’s run on Fantastic Four to rival what they did over on the Ultimates. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a class effort. Fantastic Four may not be anything mind-blowing or revolutionary, but it is certainly an entertaining and well crafted read.

Bendis continues to impress with his Secret Invasion back-story issues with Mighty Avengers #14. To be sure, you have to like the Sentry to really get hooked into this issue. Luckily, the Sentry’s has not gotten stale with me. Yet. Bendis is doing what I have rarely seen and that is delivering excellent tie-in issues that far exceed the actual big-event itself.

Superman/Batman #48 was wonderful read. I really didn’t expect much from this issue and was pleasantly surprised. Michael Green and Mike Johnson display an incredible feel for Superman and Batman in this issue. The chemistry between the two characters was fantastic. This issue is exactly the type of interaction between the Big Red S and the Bat that I like to read. And the reader got treated to a great hook ending with the revelation that LexCorp is manufacturing green Kryptonite based weapons for the U.S. military.

It should come as no surprise that The Revolution enjoyed X-Factor #31. I have been praising David’s run on this title from the very beginning. David certainly has placed our rag-tag band of mutants in a tough situation and it was nice to see our heroes battling through what seemed like an impossible situation. All the members of X-Factor displayed true grit and determination as they refused to give up despite the long odds of stopping Arcade’s bombs placed around Mutant Town. If you enjoy great character work and fine dialogue then X-Factor is a book tailor made for you.

However, despite all the strong reads this week I went ahead and gave The Che to Justice Society of America #15. Johns cranked out another impressive issue. I have already lavished my love upon this title in my review. Suffice it to say that Justice Society of America #15 is one of DC’s more compelling reads. Johns finally has this story arc moving with purpose and is delivering a balanced story that should appeal to a wide range of comic book readers.

And now the nominees for the Sequential Methadone Award for the worst read of the week:

Amazing Spider-Man #560
Batman and the Outsiders #7
Wolverine: Origins #25

The Winner: Wolverine: Origins #25

The Revolution was less than impressed with Amazing Spider-Man #560. I like Dan Slott; I just don’t think that Marvel is giving him much to work with on this title. I find the story to be a bit juvenile and the dialogue simply average. I strongly dislike the constant rotating of the writers on this title. I firmly believe that consistency is key to a title’s success. And it is hard to have consistency when there is constant turnover at the writer position.

Batman and the Outsiders #7 was another pedestrian read. I am getting the impression that Dixon is just collecting a paycheck and phoning it in on this title. And that is too bad because Dixon is able to write a solid comic book. There is nothing special or particularly interesting that would make me recommend that you run out and give this title a try.

Of course, in the end I had to give the Sequential Methadone Award to Wolverine: Origins #25. I continues to be summarily unimpressed with Way’s work on this title. And if there is one character that I hope and pray turns out to be a Skrull it would certainly be Wolverine. I would love for everything from Wolverine: Origins to be completely retconned away.

So congrats to Justice Society of America #15 for winning the Che for the week and congrats to Wolverine: Origins #25 for winning the Sequential Methadone Award for the week.

2 Comments

  1. The use of Deadpool in this title is just… terrible as well. I’m a big fan of DP and the use of the character here is just… totally out of keeping with DP. It’s like someone kind of described Deadpool to the writer and he just through some things together.

    Would Wolverine kick Deadpool’s ass? Probably. But this entire run just seems… disengenous. It seems to be some bad excuse to do some crazy, cartoony things. Unfortunately, Deadpool has never been quite that messed up – and he is pretty messed up.

  2. And now the nominees for the Sequential Methadone Award for the worst read of the week:

    The Winner: Wolverine: Origins #25

    Might I make a humble suggestion? It might be a good idea to give the awards to comivs you already reviewd so that we, your legion of loyal readers can better understand why you loved or hated it.

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