By: Derek Ng.
Let’s not beat around the bush, comics are getting expensive. With so many new issues, epic sagas, and never-ending disasters, my wallet can only take so much. Cover Price is a weekly comic review with the set budget of $15. I mostly pick my choices based on cover, price, and hype. Which company suckered me into buying their issues this week? Were the issues I picked up worth the $15 cut? Were the issues you picked up worth your money?
5/27/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Convergence #8 – $4.99
Old Man Logan #1 – $4.99
Writers: Jeff King, Scott Lobdell | Artists: Stephen Segovia, Carlo Pagulayan, Eduardo Pansica, Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Paz, Scott Hanna, Trevor Scott, John Starr, Peter Steigerwald, and half of Earth 2, it would seem.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 8 times, and I obviously have a problem. This is the end of the Convergence event and I’m glad it’s over. DC Comics can now move on and go back to the New 52 stories. I remember when rumor was Convergence would end New 52 and bring the Pre-52 heroes back. Turns out that was both true and false, which begs the question if this event really mattered? Not really. You can completely skip this event and be very happy if you’re enjoying the New 52. Convergence #8 doesn’t do much to correct the errors of the past issues. The story is still mediocre and frustrating. Who is the villain of this story? What was Brainiac’s role again? The only good thing I can say about this issue is the art. There is a very large artist team and they do a great job ending Convergence with a visual bang. This issue is even full of those awesome splash pages by Ethan Van Sciver similar to Convergence #0. So artistically, you’re getting your $4.99 worth. However, as a complete package, Convergence #8 is not worth your money. The whole Convergence series was not worth your money. While it was fun to see the characters we love, maybe it’s time to let them take a break again.
Old Man Logan #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
There are very few Wolverine stories I have read, but I have read Mark Millar and Steve Mcniven’s Old Man Logan. And that comic arc is one of my top 10 favorite comic book stories. I loved the time and place in which Old Man Logan took occurs, so I was very excited to see its return spearheaded by Brian Bendis. And make no mistake because this IS, not only Old Man Logan, but the Wolverine we so dearly miss. While reading this issue, it occurred to me that Wolverine has been dead for almost 8 months. I didn’t think I would, but I really did miss him. Bendis’ Old Man Logan reads similar to Millar’s, but this Wolverine is done with guilt. Bendis’ Wolverine wants to correct his errors of the past and is ready to kill anyone in his way. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the original run of Old Man Logan, because Bendis spends most of this issue building out that Villain-ruled world. New readers are welcome to join, and I highly recommend you do, because Andrea Sorrentino provides some gorgeous art. I would even say that Andrea Sorrentino’s art works better than Steve McNiven’s did, only because it’s a much darker, shadow, style. Think of Bendis’ run on Daredevil with Alex Maleev, because that’s what Old Man Logan is like and it’s perfect. There’s a lot of violence and action, but also moments of character reflection. The panel layout alone is a work of art and rhythm. This comic must be read and seen to be enjoyed. This is the best Secret Wars tie-in yet, and I can’t wait for the next issue. Don’t miss this issue. Old Man Logan #1 is worth the $4.99.
Panel of the Week:
LOOK AT THIS. If you want one Marvel comic this week, BUY THIS ISSUE.
There are many, many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
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