Take It Or Leave It – November 14, 2012


November 14, 2012 Take It Or Leave It
Welcome to Take It Or Leave It, where each week we pick out some of that week’s newest comics and give you our opinion on whether it was worth the price and you should take it, or if it was better left sitting on the shelf.

In this week’s Take It Or Leave It we’ve got some Bat-Family books, that are currently in the grasp of the Joker, the return of Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples hit book Saga, and a slue of other books from all over the comic shops shelves!

Books are alphabetical by publisher

Chris
Holy shit some of the stuff I read this week was intense. It’s a shame though because no all of them were a good kind of intense.

Batgirl 14
This wasn’t the best issue of Batgirl in the New 52, but it was pretty solid. I liked seeing Barbara be incredibly vulnerable but then realize it wasn’t time for that and switch to 100% intense. The big problem is it’s tied into Death of the Family, and it just didn’t compare to Batman 14. If you’re a fan of this book, and you’ve been reading it for a while you’ll probably want to get it just for some of the twists. On the other hand if this is just so you can follow all of Death of the Family I’d honestly skip this one, it doesn’t add all that much. I would like to talk about the art for a second though, it’s good and I enjoy it. But the Joker just didn’t look right, if you’ve read the last couple issues of Batman then you know right now he’s probably one of the creepiest looking things in comic books, in Batgirl though he looked more comedic which took away from the overall apprehension of “Oh shit the Joker is back!”

This is definitely a tough choice, but overall it was a fun book even with a few minor issues.

Verdict: Take It


Batman And Robin 14
I’ve really enjoyed Batman and Robin lately, it’s had a really solid story and even the Night of Owls tie-in was a good read. Unfortunately they decided to do a ‘zombie’ story and I’m just not feeling it. I love zombies in movies, and stuff like the Walking Dead, but this is god damn Batman the only undead character I want to see is Solomon Grundy. Now I get that these aren’t really your normal zombies, but I’m not going to get into that. I just don’t think it worked, and even if it did that final page, just ruined the whole book it felt so uncharacteristic for both of them. I’m still a fan of the series, and I look forward to next month, but this one was just a total miss for me.

Verdict: Leave It


Saga 7
It’s pretty much unanimous around the internet, if you’re a comic fan and you don’t read Saga you’re doing it so wrong it hurts everyone. After a 2 month break I can’t even put into words how excited I was to read this book and as always it delivered. I’m not going to say anything else about the story, just go pick up the first trade if you haven’t read any of it yet that’ll get you covered up to issue 6 then pick up issue 7 and don’t ever stop.

Verdict: Take It


All-New X-Men 1
There are a lot of X-Books on the shelves these days, and after AvX I was a little apprehensive about this book. It just seemed silly the younger, original X-Men coming forward in time to talk some sense into Cyclops seemed more like a story arc than an entire series. But Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t usually write a bad story, so I thought I would give it a shot. And I was honestly pleasantly surprised by it. This isn’t just a time travel book where we see how these young characters deal with being in a future where they’re all pretty screwed up. . . or dead. A lot is going on here, between the characters at the school and Cyclops’ team looking for new mutants. I’m looking forward to seeing where this book goes and I’ll definitely be picking up issue 2.

Verdict: Take It


Amazing Spider-Man 697
With every new issue of Amazing Spider-Man and get more and more terrified for what’s going to happen. Something drastic is going to be changing the status quo in spidey soon. We already know Pete isn’t going to be in the suit after issue 700, but we don’t know who it will be or why. 697 definitely helps to build on that tension and we see a lot of terrible things start to play out. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but at this rate if you think Pete is going to get through 700 alive, it might be wise to start rethinking. At least the battle with the Goblins is out of the way, and Pete can actually be Spidey for the last few issues of the series. I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing more Kingsley / Urich Hobgoblin interactions in the future too.

Verdict: Take It


Fantastic Four 1
I’ve honestly never been a huge Fantastic Four fan, I read a portion of Hickman’s run and was actually pretty surprised at how much I liked it. Then I heard Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley would be taking over and that pretty much decided that I would be picking this title up. The press info for this book had it sounded more like a family vacation in space then what this book is really going to be. If you were expecting a happy go luck romp to other planets you’re probably in for a surprise. In just one issue Fraction set the stage for a series story that has the possibility to truely impact the Fantastic Four and it’s future. Well as much as Marvel would let someone impact the future anyway.

Verdict: Take It


Venom 27
Venom has been a fantastic book since it launched, but like the last issue of Scarlet Spider I just wasn’t feeling it. This is the side effect of a crossover, it’s something that no team has ever really been able to cure. The book had enough high points that it’s still worth reading, but as an event I’m pretty disappointed with Minimum Carnage. Hopefully if they do another Carnage vs. Venom story later on it more centered on those two characters. Even though Flash wasn’t the host for the symbiote when Carnage was born, through his bond he has that responsibility to take care of his flash offspring, and not in a nurturing way.

Verdict: Take It


Grimm Fairy Tales Myths And Legends 23
Part 2 of The Summoning story arc was better than the previous issue, more action, more characters, more awesome. With only 2 issues left in this arc I feel like it’s moving a bit to slowly. We’re getting a lot of different things thrown at us, but only little bits of it are sending the story forward. I hope in the end the story rolls into the next arc rather than trying to cram everything else into this next two issues. All of that aside though it was a really fun issue, villains fighting villains, heroes fighting villains, pretty much everyone fighting villains! The teaser for next issue at the end also leaves a lot to look forward to, if these first two issues were just some build up, next issue should be what sets this arc apart of any others.

Verdict: Take It


Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland 5
I’m pretty new when it comes to the Wonderland books, I have a basic idea of the back story, but I haven’t had the chance to read all of it yet. Wonderland the ongoing has be good enough to not require me to really know what was going on. Issue 5 steers away from the Callie and Violet problems of last issues and shows us what’s going on in Wonderland. You’ll know that two characters from Call of Wonderland show up too, and they’re pretty much the stars of this issue. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s confusing as hell if you haven’t been keeping up with all these stories. If you can get past that though it’s a lot of fun to read, there’s plenty of banter between characters and a good dose of action. This book is really starting to hit it’s stride and it’s better to get on board now before you’re way behind.

Verdict: Take It



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