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411’s Comic Reviews: Doomsday Clock #4, Weapon H #1, More

March 29, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Doomsday Clock 4

Hello and welcome to 411mania’s weekly Comic Book Review Roundtable! Each week we’ll be serving up a warm dish of reviews from Marvel, DC, and anything else that captures our interest. What did you pick up this week? Let us know in the comments.

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Yesterday we discussed The All-Time Worst Comic Book Sidekicks!

Now on with the show!

Normandy Gold

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

When her younger sister is found at the center of a brutal murder investigation, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold is forced to dive headfirst into the seedy world of 1970s prostitution and soon discovers a twisted conspiracy leading right to the White House.

Sex, violence and corruption collide in this gritty vigilante thriller from best-selling crime authors Megan Abbott (You Will Know Me, HBO’s The Deuce) & Alison Gaylin (What Remains Of Me), with artwork by Steve Scott (Batman, X-Men Forever, JLA).

Rough Riders: Ride or Die #2

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Volume Three of the hit AfterShock Series!

A young and scared H.P. Lovecraft joins the Rough Riders as they ride again against an ancient evil. This threat has returned to our earthly plane from the great beyond, and is hellbent on killing anything in its path. Our heroes soon learn that these unfortunate souls are not deceased, but instead have been turned into an ARMY OF THE DEAD! And the true nature of this ancient evil will change one of our beloved members forevermore!

Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad) with artwork by Patrick Olliffe (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).

Weapon H #1

Review by RobF

Greg Pak, who knows his Hulks, pilots the tale of Weapon H, free and on the run with Roxxon in pursuit. As he tries to hide from society Hulkverine is hauled into action by people in need. Will he be able to control his animalistic urges? And can he keep his family safe?

Clay Sung is a man embedded with the genetics of Hulk and Wolverine. He escaped, and now he is trying to protect his family while staying away from them as well as staying out of trouble. But, as one would suspect, trouble finds him in the form of the Wendigo. Our Hulkverine (as he is called) has decided to hide out in the Alaska wilderness. He runs afoul of a research team in peril and decides to help them. What he doesn’t know is that the researchers are mere pawns in a much larger game. They are Roxxon employees and their plight is no accident. Enter the Wendigo.

While this is far from an original story (we have just seen another variation in DC’s Damage) what sets this apart is the sheer insanity of it all. A Hulk/Wolverine hybrid is stalking the wilderness and battling a giant flesh-eating monster. It’s the same yet different, if that makes any sense.

Cory Smith’s artwork is a real pleasure. His Wendigo is sufficiently savage looking, and his detailed work fits the story well. Morry Hollowell’s colors are bright and vibrant.

A story that shouldn’t work does work due to combination of Pak’s writing and the above average art. It needs some fleshing out but there is enough here to recommend and make me want to read more.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Doomsday Clock #4

Review by John Pumpernickel

Doomsday Clock has exceeded my expectations so far and outside the delays, I’ve not had a lot to complain about.

The fourth issue maintains the same quality of writing and art but the story feels like it’s slowed a bit in order to focus on one character. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination but it’s something to look out for.

Geoff Johns has done his homework and carefully laid things out to deliver a complex tale that mirrors the original Watchmen in story beats. While Watchmen #4 focused on Doctor Manhattan, Doomsday Clock #4 turns its spotlight on the new Rorschach. His identity is revealed and, no spoilers, it’s a nice callback to the original series.
Artist Gary Franks again brings his usual brand of clear illustrations and strong lines that keeps the flow of the story going. His visual flair really compliments the issue and he was easily the right choice to bring this to life.

This is a more personal issue than the ones before and Doomsday Clock #4 deserves several re-readings but based on the first go around, we’re in the midst of something special.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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