Weekly Comics Round Up – July 25th

It’s a smaller pull this week than we had last week.  But, we have no shortage of good books  this week.  So without further ado let’s see what we got in the box.

Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #13

The world of the ultimate Avengers…err.. the Ultimates has been hit pretty hard in the last few months.  First most of Germany and Europe was destroyed by the Children of Tomorrow, Washington DC was destroyed, and that is in addition to the instability in the far east.  Add to that they have a paranoid new director of SHIELD, the loss of Asgard, and no one seems to know what has happen to Captain America.  Things are not looking good indeed.

The Children have been defeated by the US Government is in shambles and the country is on the verge of falling apart.  Rising out of the ashes comes a reinvigorated Captain America, ready to fight to bring his country back together.

Cap truly shines in this issue, and he acts as the spark to reignite the Ultimates and possibly be the saving grace for America.

Fans of the Ultimate universe may want to take notice that if you are not reading any of the three current Ultimate universe titles, now is the time to start.  Marvel has decided to have all three stories sharing in the current crisis and stories will bleed over and affect the other titles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12

Splinter has been taken hostage!  The Turtles and some new friends have to rush to save him.  But, they might be just too late because The Shredder has revealed himself and he has thrown the full might of the Foot Clan against Splinter.

This is an epic fight issue.  Seeing Splinter fight is one of those childhood things we always wanted to see.  Especially seeing Splinter fight The Shredder one on one.  This is one of those moments we have always wanted to see.  Much like when Yoda first ignited his light saber in Attack of the Clones or when Dumbledore faced off against Voldemort.  It’s exciting to finally get to see the Master take action.

I know I’m guilty of gushing every week on the titles that I just simply love, and I just can’t help it.  Anyone who is a TMNT fan from any era needs to be reading this.  It’s as simple as that.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries #6: Casey Jones

Also in the TMNT world is the micro series that focuses on one specific character.  Giving them a whole issue to be fleshed out.  Other characters are included, but it is really one singular character that is given the spotlight.

This time around it’s Casey Jones.  We really get a very good look into his past, the pain and loss he carries with him, but we also see that it is that very same pain and loss that gives him strength.  We also see that he is much more than just a mindless thug or a crazed psycho with a hockey mask.

This might be one of the best issues of the micro series so far.  The art and writing just take the story up to a whole new level.

Star Wars: Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #4

Boba Fett’s great tale of revenge has come to it’s explosive end.  This book is truly for anyone who is fan of the Fetts.  Here we see him shine in all his glory.

I think what really makes this book great is that it shows he is not just a mindless killer.  He is capable of outthinking an opponent just as well as outgunning them, and frequently does both.  Plus there are some nice funny moments.

This whole series has really gone back to the “Western in Space” adventure roots that much of Star Wars derives from.  It wouldn’t take much to make this tale set in Tombstone or Dodge City and star a Wyatt Earp type of character.

It’s action, revenge and payback Mandalorian style.

Manhattan Projects #5

Just when I thought this book couldn’t get any stranger, what with a dead president AI system, evil twins, and alternate universe versions of people.  They go ahead and give us this.  But, the higher they push the crazy, the more fun it gets.

Aliens, Brain-eating, hive minds, radioactive scientists all this and more gets squeezed into this alternate reality story of the minds who created the atomic bomb.  I simply can’t wait to read each issue to see where Hickman and co. will take this time.  It’s absolutely nowhere you would expect and it’s a fantasticly twisted ride getting there.

These scientists are working to change the world, but once they are done how much of a world will we have left?

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