Friday, April 15, 2005

Comic Reviews - April 13, 2005 Part II

Nightwing #107

Penciller: Phil Hester
Writer: Devin Grayson
Inker: Ande Parks
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Editor: Nachie Castro

Summary –

After looking back on Dick’s early days as Nightwing we are now brought back into the present Post-Wargames storyline. Dick has taken root in a mafia organization where he is using his skills as a vigilante and police officer as a muscle for a mafia captain.


Review:

The Good –

Being a HUGE fan of Hester and Parks on Green Arrow (as well as their pages in Daredevil #75) I just couldn’t resist picking up this title. It is no surprise that they made the transition from the Emerald Archer to Nightwing with ease. Just looking at the cover alone convinced me, but the interior storytelling is equally as impressive.

The writing is where this title gets mixed reviews from me. Grayson is deep in Nightwing’s head that’s for sure. He knows the character very well and tells the story through an inner monologue that Dick is running. I like the idea that this is where he would have ended up if not for Batman. In a previous issue he mentions that the statistics show that kids like him (orphans, white, but not that white, etc.) often end up as criminals on the streets. Here he is taking it a step further by breaking legs (amongst other things) for a mafia family based in New York City.

The Bad –

My only complaint is that this feels a lot like Daredevil-lite. Dick isn’t in costume at all throughout the issue, which is alright, but eerily similar to Bendis’ Daredevil. I am afraid that Devin Grayson is going to keep taking flack from Daredevil fans for this.

The Ugly –

The thugs saying fughetabowdit! all issue was annoying.

Recommendation: Borrow It

Bloodhound #10

Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Writer: Dan Jolley
Inker: Robin Riggs
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Bloodhound created by Dan Jolley and Drew Johnson

Summary –

The conclusion to what has become the final story arc in this title. Clevenger and Saffron have uncovered who the firebug is. The only problem is that have to get to him before the Sheriff’s department and the deadly assassin Zeiss do.


Review:

The Good –

The writing is generally pretty good on this title. This issue was no exception. Clevenger either possess a really deductive mind, or he is a metahuman. The way his character is written the audience is left wondering which it is. Since this issue marks the end of the series, perhaps we will never know.


The Bad –

The artwork on this book was great up until Kirk left a few issues back. He returned to do this final issue, but it looks like a rushed job.

The way this concludes is very bad for a final issue. This is similar to what Checker did with the Supreme TPB’s by just slapping “The End” on the last page. I would have liked to have seen this rewritten somewhat so we felt some closure, not a dead stop

The Ugly –

The cancellation of this title due to low sales/interest. Come on people, start buying quality books! If people kept buying it the quality for #10 would have been much better than this and we could still be reading this as an ongoing. Oh well, win some, lose some I guess.

Recommendation: Borrow It



As you can see neither of these books were awesome, but they weren't that bad either.

Nightwing is just coming off a Year One storyarc which featured the return of the original creative team. So it should be interesting to see the fan reaction of Grayson, Hester, and Parks. One thing is for sure though, this fan prefers Dixon, McDaniel, and Owens.

Bloodhound..it was great while it lasted. With Richard Dragon coming to and end this month, only Manhunter remains from the three street level books DC launched last year. I'm crossing my fingers because I really like that book as well. It's probably one of my favorite new titles.

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