Thursday, April 21, 2005

Comic Reviews - April 20, 2005 Part II

Birds of Prey #81

Penciller: Joe Bennet
Writer: Gail Simone
Inker: Jack Jadson
Colorist: Hi-Fi Design
Letterer: Jared K. FletcherAssistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary -

The Black Canary and Wildcat head to Singapore to bust up a drug ring. Martial arts and the mafia, you can’t go wrong.

Review:

The Good –

While the previous art team was amazing, it is no surprise that the new team of Bennet and Jadson do a fantastic job. They did a guest spot on this title a few arcs back and really showed promise then, I’m glad they were chosen as the new team. Dinah looks really good and the other characters don’t look bad either.

The story has a little bit of something for everybody. I really like the mystical martial arts background of the 12 brothers. Also the developments with Huntress are equally interesting. Wildcat was a welcome addition this issue, I like the way his relationship with Dinah is played.

The Bad –

I don’t know if some of these jokers were over my head or what, but they kind of overdid it a bit. I know that Wildcat and Black Canary joke around a lot, but it got old after a while. I like how Gail Simone writes humor, but you can have too much of a good thing. Other than that this was a fantastic issue.

The Ugly –

Eh, how could they leave us with not one, but two awesome cliffhangers?

Recommendation: Buy It


JLA #113

Penciller: Ron Garney
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Jared H. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Mike Carlin

Summary –

The League calls in all the help it can get while battling the Void Hound in space, snooping around the Anti-Matter Earth and rescuing people on Earth. The CSA are biding their time as they watch the JLA battle the Void Hound. Meanwhile the Flash makes a discovery that could be the answer to all of the JLA’s problems


Review:

The Good –

Garney’s artwork continues to impress me. When I first saw his cover art I was very hopeful about the artwork of his run. I haven’t been disappointed. I especially like how he draws Wonder Woman and Batman.

The issues jumps back and forth between four major groups. The Aquaman group gets the shaft here, but they’re just doing standard damage control on Earth. The Flash is on his own in the Electro Magnetic Plane, where he visited during the first issue of this arc. The heavy hitters are in space fighting the Void Hound and the rest are on the Anti-Matter Earth getting intel.

Busiek handles this very well. I felt that each group got the attention that they deserved. He also wrote all of the reserves and guest stars in character

The Bad –

It took a little too long for the Electro Magnetic Plane to come into play. Although in this case I think good things will happen to us that waited this arc out.


The Ugly –

Damn those Qwardians are ugly.

Recommendation: Buy It


Manhunter #9

Penciller: Javier Pina
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti & Fernando Blanco
Colorist: Steve Buccellatao
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary –

The Trial of the Shadow Thief concludes. With a team of B-List villains busting the Shadow Thief out.

Review:

The Good –

I like the art on this book. Nothing really jumps out about it or anything, but is very clean and practical. The detail isn’t hyper realistic, which really suits the book.

The storylines in this issue included a past Manhunter being killed or drugged. Kate having to deal with the invading villains – Phobia, Monacle and Merlyn. Plus a mystery person from Kate’s past pays her family a visit. That is one thing that I love about this title. It balances the personal and professional storylines so well. Andreyko does a great job.

The Bad –

I’m not sure why Firehawk was there, no explanation was given. Seriously that’s about the only thing that was wrong with this issue.

The Ugly –

I hate these damn six page Matrix ads.

Recommendation: Buy It



OMAC Project #1

Artist: Jesus Saiz
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorist: HiFi Design
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Assitant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty
OMAC created by Jack Kirby

Summary –

Picking up minutes after the end of DC Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Checkmate, Batman and other heroes are spotlighted.


Review:

The Good –

Damn is Saiz good. I see a lot of Jae Lee in his work and that’s a compliment. His rendering is top notch as are his storytelling abilities.

The story for this issue was balanced well by Rucka. We got to see Checkmate, Batman, Wonder Woman and Booster Gold all taking the appropriate actions after Countdown.

The Bad –

So what did Blue Beetle actually do? They said he deleted everything, but the termination files for Brother I. Data on Batman, Wonder Woman and Booster Gold are still clearly visible on the screen. I think this should be cleared up a little bit.

The Ugly –

Ted Kord has seen better days.

Recommendation: Buy It


Question #6

Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards
Writer: Rick Veitch
Letterer: John Workman
Editor: Ben Abernathy

Summary –

The Question takes the fight to the Subterraneans in the concluding issue of this mini series.


Review:

The Good –

Tommy Lee Edwards is just kicking ass. Some of the most unique and dynamic layouts in comics today take place in this mini. I loved the tribute to the Death of Superman in the subway. “We Will Never Forget”. Also a tribute to 9/11 too I guess.

There are plenty of surprises in this issue. One I had no clue about and it is going to make me reread all the issues again. Mr. Veitch deserves a lot of praise for weaving this tale. I love his premis for Chi. So much could be based on it in the DCU.


The Bad –

I don’t like how the storyline ended with Vic on the train. I would have preferred some closure to that little subplot. Oh well, here’s hoping for another mini or better yet an ongoing.

The Ugly –

Usually I pick out an ugly character for this spot, but Edwards could make a piece of crap beautiful. So that’s that.


Recommendation: Buy It


Robin #137

Penciller: Guseppe Camuncoli
Writer: Bill Willingham
Inker: Sandra Hope
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Editor: Michael Wright

Summary -

Robin goes Round 2 with the Dark Rider, stumbles onto the Rising Sun Archer and deals with his new uncle the best he can. Plus a big pay off for those who have been reading since Willingham’s debut on the book.

Review:

The Good –

The artwork was good, a little loose, but that’s cool. The colors were great, they really got the Bludhaven vibe down.

The storyline was a big payoff for those of us who have been reading this since Willingham’s debut. A character dies, a character is resurrected and a mystery benefactor lurks in the shadows of Bludhaven. Willingham is doing a great job.

The Bad –

I’m not a big fan of the Dark Rider. He’s a bad character and I hope this is the last time we see him.

The Ugly –

How rotten was that last scene? No pun intended.

Recommendation: Buy It

Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy #1

Artist/Colorist: Frazer Irving
Writer: Grant Morrison
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary –

An underground village inhabited by witches and grundy’s is undergoing a series of social changes that could affect the way of life for everyone. A young boy named Klarion wishes to leave there and explore the towns above.

Review:

The Good –

This is a very unique story and there are a lot of original elements in it. I really like the premise for this and it could lead to a lot of developments within the DCU. I especially like the Grundy’s. I knew there was one in Batman, but there seems to be hundreds of them here. Sweet.

Morrison is pulling all of this Sheeda business together piece by piece. I think it will be fun to read all the Seven Soldiers books and see how they fit.


The Bad –

I don’t know the art just really isn’t pleasing to my eyes. I know they are underground in a dark society, but still. It could be worse though, I’ll continue to buy this book.

The Ugly –

Horigal.

Recommendation: Borrow It


Teen Titans #23

Penciller: Mike McKone
Writer: Geoff Johns
Inker: Marlo Alquiza
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Letterer: Comicraft
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary -

Lights out concludes with a bang and a twist.

Review:

The Good –

Everything about this issue was just fantastic. The art was great and this read like a gem. I love how everything in this book ties into the DCU in some way. I especially like the Batman and Batgirl bit, priceless.

It was awesome that they are giving subtle nods to past story arcs. I especially liked the Captain Marvel Junior and Superboy bit. Also it was great to see Vic get the spotlight.

The Bad –

McKone will be missed. This is his last issue. I wish him luck at Marvel though.

The Ugly –

Doctor Light had a rough day to say the least..


Recommendation: Buy It


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Top 5

1. Wolverine #27
2. Teen Titans #23
3. Bird of Prey #81
4. Manhunter #9
5. Cable&Deadpool #14


Hope you enjoyed the reviews.

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