Quick Hits: Reviews of Knight & Squire #4 and more…

Knight & Squire #4

Knight and Squire #4: Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton have delivered the best issue of this series yet. Cyril works on improving the artificial intelligence in his Knight armor while Beryl goes on a date with a possible supervillain. Things go awry when the Knight’s suit comes to life and judges Cyril to be an evil duplicate. This issue features a perfect blend of action and humor with just a hint of emotional gravity. It also introduces us to Hank Hackenbacker, Cyril’s American butler. Oh, and that cover from Yanick Paquette is gorgeous.  A
Review by Rebel Rikki

Amazing Spider-Man #651: Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of the artwork of Humberto Ramos—he’s always been a dynamic artist, but his stylistic choices have just never been my cup of tea—but a strange thing happened with this issue; I found his artwork totally pitch-perfect. The tone, the pacing, the action all totally suited this final chapter of Dan Slott’s “Big Time” opening salvo. There’s probably a lengthy discourse to be had on the pairings of artists and writers and the duty of editors to find the appropriate talent to fit the tone of certain titles and story arcs, but they don’t call this section Quick Hits for nothing… Anywho! Back to Spidey… Spider-Man—in his fancy new spidey suit—has teamed up with the Black Cat to steal back a precious metal from the Kingpin and his new Hobgoblin henchman. Slott really nailed this first arc as the sole force behind Spider-Man, and he gave us something we rarely see—a well-adjusted, grounded and successful Peter Parker—all without making it feel too jarring or forced. Bring on the next arc Mr. Slott, I can’t wait to see where this goes. A
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Justice League Generation Lost #17: DC’s exciting weekly series continues here in fine and furious fashion. The JLI attempt to fight off the mind-controlled Creature Commandos, Blue Beetle lies helpless at the hands of Max Lord, and Checkmate gets a new master. Everything that Brightest Day botches is made right in Generation Lost, a series which has proved an engrossing action/mystery throughout. I love the way writer Judd Winick has slowly laid out Max’s schemes, giving readers enough each issue to keep them interested without providing so little as to cheat them (again I’m looking at Brightest Day). The art has also proven consistent, despite employing a number of pencillers. Joe Bennett takes a swing at this issue’s art and turns in solid, solid work.  B+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Secret Six #29: Sadly this issue comes up to bat with two strikes against it, being that it’s a compulsory read brought on my by foolishly wanting to know how the story from Action Comics #896 wraps up. I’ll say again that these stunt-crossovers (especially with no prior advertising or warning) are totally bogus ways to artificially inflate readership, and under no circumstances should they ever, ever happen. However, Paul Cornell’s run on Action has been wonderful enough to make me want pick this bad boy up, so I guess I’m part of the problem. What did I think? Well, Six writer Gail Simone does a really good job of continuing the tone established by Cornell in both the story and in various characters’ dialog. Artist Marcos Marz provides a poor substitute for Pete Woods, but colorist Jason Wright excellently matches the pallet established in Action. He’s by far the hero of this issue. In the end, I guess this book is okay, and it did deliver what it promised (in that I know what happened), but it certainly doesn’t make me want to follow the Six’s adventures any further.  D+
Review by Rebel Rikki

Unwritten #21: I fear I’m running out of ways to say how good Unwritten is. Mike Carey and Peter Gross continue their “Leviathan” story here as protagonist Tom Taylor finds himself sucked into the world of Moby Dick. Tom and his friends are forced to deal with questions central to this story’s core, such as how a novel can be real and how one can appropriate narratives for one’s own gain, which seems especially relevant to today’s political climate, doesn’t it? Meanwhile Frankenstein’s monster somehow makes his way into Moby, and one of Tom’s friends slowly turns into some kind of vampire after being infected by a crazy man who thinks he’s an evil character from a novel. This book’s blend of exciting storytelling, classical literary allusions and mass media is simply spellbinding, and Unwritten is consistently one of the finest books of any genre on the stands. A
Review by Rebel Rikki

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