My Week in Comics: June 3, 2011

Whaddaya know? It's another Friday, which means another helping of the most verbose comic reviews around! What did I get myself into this week? Read on to find out!

Three issues in, and Fear Itself is still shuffling its feet to get to wherever it needs to go. As Sin continues her blitzkrieg in USA, the Worthy finds a friend in Ben Grimm, who picks up a hammer and becomes a new Worthy. Also, Bucky Cap to the rescue!

The amount of disjointed scenes here rival those of Final Crisis, with Fear Itself #3 reading more like a collection of select scenes from other Fear Itself tie-ins than a coherent story. The only saving grace was a short but important scene involving Thor and Odin that promised a couple of new plot points for writer Matt Fraction to use. A high-profile yet totally unnecessary death sent everything good about this issue down the drain. A poor showing for a book that was slaved over by Stuart Immonen on art, who seems to get even better and better with each issue. His grandiose splash pages are nothing short of awesome.

With nothing to advance the story, and a death that just leaves a bad taste in the mouth, Fear Itself #3 is a waste of effort and money. This is a 1.5 out of 5.

Someone's selling X-23's trigger scent to the highest bidder in X-23 #11, and only the team of Gambit, Wolverine, Jubilee and X-23 can stop their dastardly plan!

I actually liked this issue, despite having little action, based on the strength of Marjorie Liu's character work. I loved the interactions between the characters here. Jubilee teaches Laura a thing or two about living it up despite being a (not so) soulless killing machine, and it makes for some very fun moments. Liu writes a very cute and spunky Jubilee, and it rubs off on X-23, who's just so goshdarn moe in this issue. Is this the start of a beautiful friendship? Let's just say a book by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda about X-23 and Jubilee doing girly stuff and spilling blood will be bought sight unseen.

Speaking of Sana Takeda, I'm loving that she's become a regular artist in this book. Her manga-style art is just a good fit for a character like X-23. Couple that with a brewing OTP in X-23 and Jubilee, and we've got ourselves a winning formula. This is a 5 out of 5. If you haven't been picking up X-23, buy this issue and the previous one and just roll with it. You'd be glad you did!

Can't get enough of The Geek's reviews? Head on over to The Outhousers, where I reviewed Fathom #0, the start of a fresh new chapter for Michael Turner's beloved creation! Wet and wild? You know it!

Fear Itself is Disappointment Itself, but at least X-23 x Jubilee is in the works, and all is right with the world! Agree? Disagree? What comics did you get this week? Drop a comment below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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