Posts Tagged ‘Thanos Imperative’

CBF Quick Picks #51 : Thanos Imperative Devastation

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I briefly touch upon the switching of the Marvel EIC guard before getting into the wonderful world of comics. Guess it was no shocker what I was picking this week, eh?

The epilogue of Thanos Imperative finally hit shelves and wrapped up a great storyline that leads us into the new Annihilators series in March. It wrapped up the last pieces of what was lingering in the mini-series and propelled us to new stories, which is a relief for me not knowing what the state of the Marvel cosmic universe was going to be.

Jumping back up in quality is also Brightest Day #17. This series had went to limbo for a bit, straying away from the main selling point of the book, but it came back strong focusing on Deadman, his re-discovered relationship with his grandfather, and the twist at the end that tells us we’re close to seeing what this White Light is all about. One can only hope for the best as we wrap up the last few issues of this book.

CBF Quick Picks of 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
It’s all come down to this. 2010 was a banner year for comics, but only 5 could survive as the top 5 Quick Picks of 2010.

Sign off here on your thoughts as to what you think are the top choices. Have a happy and safe New Year’s from Comic Book Fury!

CBF Quick Picks #44 : Thanos Imperative #6

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Seriously, why haven’t you picked this series up yet?

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning finished up another cosmic masterpiece in Thanos Imperative and what could possibly be the last of Marvel’s cosmic line for a long time (we’ll see for sure after the prologue issue and the Rocket Raccoon/Groot mini-series comes out). If that’s to be the case, then it ended with a bang. Big space battles, great character interactions, and a big sacrifice or two make for one great thrill ride. A shame this wasn’t picked up more in the stands – may the trade paperback fare better.

American Vampire #8 came very close to getting Quick Pick honors. Scott Snyder is really making a name for himself with this book and it’s all thanks to him not only juggling well-developed characters, but expanding upon a mythos that at one point thought it had nothing more to say. Rafael Albuquerque’s pencils are a big star in this too with the fantastic face and body renditions.

Bryan Q. Miller also continues to amaze me as to how much he brings to Batgirl with issue #15. The first 3 pages alone made me laugh out loud with Stephanie Brown’s take on the Batman family. Then it gets into her continuing adventures on campus and the mysteries she’s involved in. It says much to Miller’s talent when he can craft great stories out of a big character in the Batman universe and yet keep the stories self-contained so that it’s easy to follow.

Let us know your thoughts on everything that came out this week. Any stand outs to you?

CBF Quick Picks #40 : Thanos Imperative #5

Monday, October 18th, 2010

My deepest sympathies to my wallet last week – it cried and went into the fetal position knowing how many books it had to get. Then I showed it the latest issue of Thanos Imperative and all was well. Fantastic space saga as one would expect in the capable hands of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Lots of character growth, great-looking battles, and unexpected twists. I have no idea what’s happening to the Marvel cosmic universe once this ends next month.

Too many other books to talk about, but I do highlight some goodies:

– This guy named Bruce Wayne is supposedly coming back if you look at the 10+ books that came out last week bearing his name. All of the Bruce Wayne : The Road Home one-shots were way under my radar, but it was good to see Return of Bruce Wayne back to form and taking us one step closer to what happens when a ticking time bomb gathering Omega energy returns to modern times. I’m sure there won’t be any pizza parties.

– If you’re not done with DC zombies, then Untold Tales of Blackest Night will satisfy your hunger. Apparently, we need to find out what happened to Donna Troy, Scarecrow, Animal Man, and a bunch of nobodies during last year’s epic Blackest Night event. As is the case with anthology books, you get your hits and your misses. Probably for the hardcore.

– Mark Millar is not done getting movies green-lighted as soon as new series of his comes out. Superior #1 came out (you can check out the preview for #2 here) and it definitely is not the most controversial of books if you’ve read Nemesis lately. Touching story so far of a kid with Multiple Sclerosis who is given one magic wish by a space monkey to become the super hero character he grew to love on the big screen. Yes, I did type all that AND said it was touching. Take that for what it is.

CBF Quick Picks #35 : Batgirl #14

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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Back in action and was there ever a lot to talk about.

We kick off with a quick review of Avengers The Children’s Crusade #2 for the week of 9/1. For all the crap I give the Avengers books as of late, this one series from Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung delivers in spades. Characterization is effectively done and it’s all plotted well to make you wonder where the hunt for Scarlet Witch will go next.

I then sound off on the continuing brilliance of the cosmic saga known as Thanos Imperative in issue 4 and the climax of Daytripper, which ends a well-told series about the appreciation of family, friends, and life overall.

In the end, I give it to Bryan Q. Miller’s work on Batgirl #14. He’s been writing up a great series that’s stood out on its own in its own little corner of the Bat universe. This particular issue gets quirky as Batgirl and Supergirl go out on the town to enjoy an average Friday night, only to combat 24 copies of the 1930’s movie version of Dracula. I think that’s all I need to say to get you to buy the book…

CBF 2010 Mid-Year Report Card

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
We’re days away from San Diego (the comic world in general, not us – we’re glued to our desks playing Pokemon) and I felt it good to review what the 1st half of 2010 brought to us from the lands of Marvel and DC. This site has devoted a lot to DC books as of late, but there are still a few good Marvel showings that came out that weren’t Avenger-related. That being said, we really felt DC gave a lot to the readers from both its superhero and Vertigo imprints.

Enjoy the show and all the best to those attending San Diego this year!