Comic reviews by the Part Time Henchmen of comic books that were released this week!  Let’s see if these issues are the stars of their run, or headed for the bins!

Marvel Comics

S.H.I.E.L.D #5

Marvel Comics

Writer – Jonathan Hickman

Artist – Dustin Weaver

Price – $3.99

The fourth issue of this series was released six years ago.  I found myself needing a refresher for this series due to the length between issues. I was completely lost.

Charles Soule put in the work to get you back on board with the story, however. i found it difficult to understand what’s going on, so this was much appreciated.  I remembered a few of the players involved, but I was feeling thrown in mid-story, and I never recovered my way throughout this issue. The entire book is one long fight scene, which doesn’t bother me on its own.  The problem is that I have no context on why any of the parties are fighting. It has just been too long.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 – Marvel Comics

The art will amaze the reader.  The action-laden panels are very clear, and there is a lot of sharp detail in nearly every character.  Weaver has earned his pay on every page. I may not have understood what I was looking at, but I did enjoy the view.

This comic is extremely difficult to get into without the prior issues.  Even the page with the synopsis of prior events isn’t very clear since you  might not know Imhotep, or Sir Issac Newton.  Unless you have already ordered the back issues, I can’t recommend this one.


DC Comics

The Flash #47

DC Comics

Writer – Joshua Williamson

Artist – Howard Porter

Price – $2.99

With the Flash War storyline beginning, I needed to see if this felt like it would live up to the brand.

Williamson does an extremely good job of starting this story with a sense of urgency, and setting up the different tactics and styles of Barry Allen and Wally West.  The dialogue flowed well, including Iris’ mentioning past events. Even when a sudden group of characters showed up early in the story, none of the events felt forced.

The Flash 47 – DC Comics

I hadn’t heard of Howard Porter before, but I will pay more attention to him in the future.  His art style is has healthy drawn-in shadows and textures. Occasionally, he will draw eyes too large and adds a bit more lines than I’m comfortable with.  With that said, Porter is a big part of hy this issue is very dynamic.

I think this issue is stronger than a lot of people give it credit for.  It also feels like the first step in an event that will have a lasting effect on its characters.


Image Comics

Hit-Girl #4

Image Comics

Writers – Mark Millar

Artist – Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

Price – $3.99

This is a frustrating issue because one part of it dragged my interest down.


I’m a fan of Mark Millar’s work.  He makes layered characters that have an over-the-top quality and you feel drawn in.  This issue didn’t start at a point that made much sense to me. With that said, I did understand a lot more of the title character’s actions, if not all of her motivation.  

Hit-Girl #4 – Image Comics

The art is a bit shaky in my estimation..  It’s going for some kind of middle ground between manga and comics.  The problem is that it didn’t do either one justice. Hit-Girl herself could vary anywhere from a toddler’s build, to an adolescent.  Character’s bodies could change from scene to scene, or panel to panel. The art is a big distraction.

I could sense the wild spirit of the character in this book, even though the art prevents me from enjoying it.


Marvel Comics

Champions #20

Marvel Comics

Writer – Jim Zub

Artist – Sean Izaakse

Price – $3.99

Jim Zub should be proud of the job he’s doing with the Champions series.  You have to work hard to make young characters compelling, and I’m sure that is doubly hard when those are legacy characters.  

Zub doesn’t quite nail down the younger voices in this comic, however, he’s getting better at it.  He’s written an interesting story involving a classic Avengers villain. In short, the villain wants to save the world now so they can rule it later.  Additionally, his makes a strange ethical riddle for the Champions to solve while investigating other odd details.

Champions #20 – Marvel Comics

Sean Izaakse has found a good style for the Champions with action scenes which stand out, and have a terrific sense of environment and scale.  He also makes different ages very distinct. This becomes very apparent with the sudden arrival of Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight.

The end of the comic teases a fight between two teams who aren’t likely to cross paths, and that makes me eager to see the next comic. This issue is also a showcase of pulling together art and story elements to make a good experience.