Comic Stash: January 9, 2013

Mini-reviews and ratings of comics released January 9, 2013.

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Action Comics
1 star

Grant Morrison
Rags Morales

Incomprehensible. I'm out.

Detective Comics
3 star
John Layman
Jason Fabok

Dark, violent and twisted without an appearance by The Joker. As I'm feeling that the "Death of the Family" arc is starting to drag, the lack of the primary villain really brings this down to an average rating for me.

Earth 2
2 star
James Robinson
Yildiray Cinar

I've come to the realization that while I'm marginally interested in the characters of Earth 2, I really couldn't care less about them. The book actually has a lot going for it, but after eight issues my curiosity is sated.

It's not you, Earth 2. It's me. I'm out.

Legends of the Dark Knight
2 star
T.J. Fixman, Andrew Dabb, Jonathan Larsen
Christopher Mitten, Giorgio Pontrelli, Tan Eng Huat

One out of three isn't great, and that about sums up this issue for me. Out of the three tales, I only cared for one of them (the Two-Face story). Considering I didn't like any of the artwork, then technically this issue is batting one for six.

But that's the nature of a title like this. The upside is that there will be a fresh batch of stories and artists in the next issue.

Fingers crossed.

4 star
Justin Jordan & Patrick Zircher
Patrick Zircher

Finally! Action, father talks to son, the torch is passed and The Shadowman returns. Plus a talking monkey in a top hat. What's not to love?

Superior Spider-Man
4 star
Dan Slott
Ryan Stegman

This would have rated 5 bananas if it weren't for the last page where we see the ghost/essence/remnant of Peter Parker exert some control over Doc Ock. Since this news is a few weeks old, I'm not going to rehash what the Internet has covered ad nauseum. If this is something you care about, odds are you've read/heard as much as you can stand on the subject. And if you don't care about this, there is no sense in lingering.

Besides, I'll concede that Dan Slott is probably a better writer than I am. One page won't run me off considering I highly enjoyed the rest of the book.

Star Wars
4 star
Brian Wood
Carlos D'anda

Want to know what happens after the first Death Star was destroyed at the Battle of Yavin but before the events on Hoth? This title aims to scratch that itch. And right out of the gate, things are looking pretty good. The character tone seems to be about right. It's nice to see some of our favorite characters being portrayed by someone who can actually write. (As opposed to George Lucas.)

The artwork is a little... cartoony. One can easily imagine this as an animated series. Most of the time it works, sometimes it's a little jarring and a couple of times I was all like, "That's AWESOME!!!" Your milage may vary.

Thor: God of Thunder
5 star
Jason Aaron
Esad Ribic

Read my reviews of the previous three books and the same holds true here. Story? Boom! Artwork? Boom! Cliffhanger final page of awesomeness? BOOM!