What ever happened to User Reviews?



So, some friends and I were sitting around the other day, shooting the breeze about the old days– you know how it is– and one of them asked, "Hey, remember all those comic books that came out last week? What ever happened with those?" Luckily, the User Reviews have been keeping in touch and gave us the skinny.


SunnyvaleTrash was in the comic shop the other day and– get this– ran into Robocop #1. Man, I haven't thought about Robocop since 1987. I wonder how he's doing…. (Story 4 / Art 4)

Everything you'd expect in a good Robocop story is here.  Writer Rob Williams makes sure to include over-the-top violence, malfunctioning ED-290s, a biting sense of satire, and of course, Murphy's struggle to figure out who/what he is.  All that, and he has set up a story arc that I am very excited to continue reading.

All of these elements are presented to you by artist Fabiano Neves.  His art was well-suited to the book and his story-telling was spot-on.  His Old Detroit looked run-down and grimy, and the panel-to-panel and scene-to-scene transitions were smooth.  And he draws some great gunshot wounds too!

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wayne2001bc says that they're still putting out Hulk comics! Wow. That takes me back. The Hulk and I lost touch years ago; I was starting a new job, he was starting a Loeb arc… anyway, apparently things are going pretty well for him now. Judging from this Fall Of Hulks Red Hulk #1, he's got his own crossover and everything. (Story 4 / Art 4)


Jeff Parker has been writing great Hulk stories lately. Like he did in Fall of the Hulks Alpha, he's able to weave this current mini-event and Marvel history into a coherent story. And this story entertains on many levels. The banter between Red Hulk and A-bomb is comic. There is a great scrap between these new hulks and the Cosmic Hulk. And there is a creepy moment involving Modok and brain harvesting. Carlos Rodriguez outstanding pencils are bolstered by Vicente Cifuentes's inks and Guru eFX's colors. The pages are bright and alive. They were the same who inked and colored Paul Pelletier's art in Fall of the Hulks Alpha and now I know why I loved the art so much in that issue. This is an exciting time for Hulk fans. And this series could be the dark horse out of the bunch.

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jsimpsonthebelmontlawyer says that Avengers: The Initiative #32 is busy finishing out the book's final arc in style. We've come so far since the #1 days. Man, remember Civil War?… Good times. Good times. (Story 4 / Art 3)

Full disclosure – the concept behind the Siege Crossover hooked me, and I have jumped into this title midstream. So, while I'm familiar with the characters, I have little to no idea about what was immediately going on with them prior to this issue. Nonetheless, I think the writing was a treat. I'm a sucker for "mind of the villain" stories, and this reminded me of some of those great Flash Rogues Gallery stories. The breakdown in Taskmaster's mind between the villains who have a bigger-than-life reputation and those who don't was as fascinating as it was tragic. My god man, I know you want respect, but doesn't it seem like a little much to start tangling with someone who can juggle tanks?

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Ask JeffR what Justice League of America #41's been up to, and he'll tell you, "Same old, same old." Hey… good for them, you know? Different strokes. (Story 2 / Art 3)


We've been here before, and recently. Half of Cry for Justice was just getting that specific band of superheroes together in order to tell that story and now James Robinson spends this issues doing that exact same thing again. Most of the story revolves around Donna Troy deciding that she needs to remain a superhero and she needs to get a new Justice League together.

I know this is a necessary story to get things moving to the next step. I know that Robinson had to do this after, apparently, decimating the team he created for Cry for Justice. I just didn't want to read this story again.

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  1. @JeffR-I agree that the "Getting the band together" issue can be tiring but it is a iconic staple of the medium & necessary for this title. However, for a guy like me who has kept JLA far away with a very big stick due to it bad writing & bad team choice I really enjoyed this issue. I also felt it very appropriate to set it self apart from Cry & Blackest Night.  Mark Bagley’s art was also superb as always.  Could Robinson done this issue better, more intentive, or outside the box?  Sure I’ll agree with that but if you want a great starting point for this new team this is it.

  2. @lantern4life – Sure. I totally acknowledge that some version of this story needed to happen in order to move things along. But I’ve been reading JLA stories on and off for years. I’ve seen this story told about a dozen different ways since CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. So, while I did find the plot to be boring and familiar, I did like some of the character interaction scenes. I think Robinson can pull it off and make it interesting to read these characters talking and working together. But, the structure of this specific issue overshadowed everything else. It had me focusing on the grinding of the plot more than caring about this new villain or the character stuff. Having said that, I am looking forward to what happens after everyone finally gets together.

    @Jimski – Thanks for quoting my review here. It is nice to talk about old times with friends. 😉

  3. I love "gathering the team" issues. They are my favorite.