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This Week In Comics 9/4/2008

I start this week’s reviews off with Marvel Apes #1. The basic story is this: Marty Blank (a.k.a. – The Gibbon) has donated his body to science since the Avengers won’t take him and Spiderman laughs at his job inquiry. During the experimentation, the Gibbon (along with the hot scientist) get teleported to a version of the Marvel Universe inhabited by primates. Here we meet the Ape-Vengers and a monkey version of the Fantastic Four. As they try to find their way back to their own world, they discover that this world is a lot more primal that their own.

Written by Karl Kesel, the issue seemed to me as though rather than really putting all his heart into it, he really just looked for any excuse he could to adapt a Marvel name or organization to this new universe. The art by Ramon Bachs is a bit to Saturday morning for my tastes as are the colors by Javier Mena Guerrero.

I picked up this title hoping it would be at least as good as the the Marvel Zombie titles. However, it let me down. Not even The History of the Marvel Apes Universe bonus at the end saved it. In fact, it was just another reason to mangle the names of even more Marvel characters. It earns 2/5 stars.

This week from DC, we look at Secret Six #1. The team is hired to break a murderer out of Alcatraz and deliver her across the country to Gotham. However, it seems this could just be a plot to rid the world of them all. And Junior, the baddie it appears they will be up against, though still a mystery, doesn’t seem like the kind of guy even this group of cold-hearted killers wants to meet in a dark alley.

Gail Simone wrote this first issue of this new ongoing series and he might have succeeded in getting this title added to my pull list. With action, character development, and and excellent cliffhanger endpoint, we can’t wait to see where the plot is going. Nicola Scott drew the issue and we are very pleased with her work.

A promising first issue and we hope to see many more. Secret Six #1 has earned itself a 3 of 5 stars. Later issues might put this title up to regular 4 stars.

Our final title this week comes from Marvel’s creator-owned imprint. Kick-Ass Must Have collects issues 1-3 of this title created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. It tells the tale of a high school student who, after years of reading comic books, decides to put on a mask and jumpsuit and hit the streets fighting crime. However, he usually just ends up getting his ass kicked. It reminds me a lot of what would actually happen if some jackass actually went out and tried to fight crime.

Mark Millar wrote the three issues collected in this volume, offering us a funny, action-packed, and moving story. John Romita Jr. provided the artwork and, though it is not award-winning material, he knows very well how to tell a story through artwork and play off of Millar’s tale.

A great story that offers comedy, action, love, and family plotlines, Kick-Ass is definately a title you want to be reading. I award it 4/5 stars.

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