Short Comic Reviews: Hulk, Rat Queens, Ms. Marvel & Deadly Class

March 3, 2015 5 stars, Book Review, Comics 4 ★★★★★


Part of the Marvel NOW! initiative! Hulk: Indestructible force more weapon than man. Banner: Smartest man alive. Combined, they are the strongest, smartest weapon on the planet! And NOW!, the Indestructible Hulk is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Hulk’s first official missions include taking down the all-new Quintronic Man and battling Attuma on the ocean floor! But not everything is as it seems: What is Banner’s secret hold over S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill? What and where is Bannertown, USA? And which one of Banner’s lab assistants holds a deadly secret? Plus: Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are friends but Hulk and Iron Man are anything but! The Golden Avenger guest-stars as Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and superstar artist Leinil Yu take the Hulk in an all-new direction…NOW!

COLLECTING: Indestructible Hulk 1-5, plus never before seen extras!


My Thoughts:
So here we have Banner realizing that there’s no way to cure himself and rather than fight against Hulk, he decides that maybe it’s better to just utilize him. Smart thinking right?! So he cashes in on a little deal made with SHIELD. He provides them with Hulk’s services for their missions and in return they provide anything he needs to conduct his science-y research crap. He wants to be known for his scientific impact on the world rather than just being a green machine.

Anyway, very enjoyable comic read even though the storyline wasn’t as interesting as I would have liked. There are a lot of new character intros, I liked the artwork, and there’s also lots of Hulk badassery going on here.

Stars: ★★★★


Rat Queens

Who are the Rat Queens?

A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit.

It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

COLLECTING: Rat Queens #1-5!

RAT QUEENS (VOL. 1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe

My Thoughts:
The plot isn’t much to some regular person, I mean these badass ladies are just doing random quests, fighting some goblins, drinking some ale, and occasionally surviving an assassination attempt here and there. We’ve see this. I’ve seen this. IN EVERY FANTASY RPG GAME I’VE PLAYED.It’s not the storyline that really drives this home. It’s the characters, the humor, and the dialogue just killed in the best way possible.

It didn’t even matter where these bitches were going, I only knew that I wanted to be there with them. Each of them has their own personal traits or quirks: Hannah the badass elven mage that doesn’t give two shits. Violet the dwarven warrior who’s always trying to come up with catch phrases and too hipster for her own good. Dee the divine cleric that doesn’t believe in a higher power and comes from a cultist background. Betty the hippy lesbian thief smidgen who’s obsessed with drugs and candy.


Stars: ★★★★★



Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!

COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson

My Thoughts:
I’m not saying this is a bad comic. This is in NO WAY a bad comic. I feel like I need to clarify what my 2-star is equivalent to…it means that the comic was “okay” and/or “not for me” and that is the case with Ms. Marvel. I’m sorry but this just wasn’t for me. I’m so happy to include that every single one of my friends loved it, so don’t think that I’m discouraging you from reading it.

You have Kamala who is gifted with super powers of elasticity, healing, size manipulation, and super strength. Not really any notable villains or battles, the humor is there but it’s not really laugh out loud for me (more like a smile here and there), and it’s heavily focused on her Pakistani background. Which I have no problems with. I’m really impressed that they managed to bring in a wonderful sense of diversity into these new comics and getting different outlooks as far as race and religion goes. That’s all well and good, but really what else is there?

The characters weren’t all that interesting. Kamala was the only one worth knowing about, the others are cardboard cut-outs, and the only thing I really enjoyed was her questioning the ideas and issues dealing with superheroes in general. It all fell a little flat for me despite the hype.

(I also should mention that this had a middle-grade vibe, I’m not particularly into that genre)

Stars: ★★


Deadly  Class

It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Experience the 1980s underground through the eyes of the world’s most damaged and dangerous teenagers.


DEADLY CLASS by Rick Remender

My Thoughts:
I know, it’s a bit crazy that I have not one, but two 5 star graphic novels to share with you guys. This comic is the best comic I’ve read since Saga and that’s saying something. Marcus’s journey from homelessness to attending a school for assassins is one that is unique, gritty, and there’s never a dull moment. I was entertained THE ENTIRE TIME and I wanted more I tell you! MUCH MORE. We’ve got murder, drugs, mysterious backstories to the vivacious characters we meet, and even a hint of romance between two beautiful and deadly women.

It is amazing, all sorts of badass, and comes with my highest recommendation. I know my comics and if you’re looking for one with beautiful artwork, an unusual storyline, and promising characters…all done in a very dark theme…LOOK. NO. FURTHER.

Stars: ★★★★★

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