Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Comic Reviews - April 20, 2005

This week was huge, so I am going to do Marvel, Dark Horse and Image tonight. Tomorrow will be all DC.

Beware there are possible spoilers in these review. Read at your own risk.


Cable & Deadpool #14

Penciller: Patrick Zircher
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Inker: UDON’s M3TH
Colorist: Gotham
Letterer: Cory Petit
Assistant Editor: John Barber
Editor: Nicole Wiley

Summary –

A Murder In Paradise concludes in the hilarity and kinetic fashion we have all come to expect from this title.


Review:

The Good –

As always the artwork is very nice to look at. I was a big fan of Zircher’s Nightwing and Batman, but since adapting a more manga type style for this book he has grown on me even more. M3TH and Gotham also deserve praise for their share in enhancing Zircher’s pencils. They did a great job on the fight scenes this issue. The ending pages were great. No dialogue was necessary, you could tell what was on Logan's mind. He's going to work doing what he does best.

As usual this issue was stolen by Deadpool. He was just hilarious. From Bea cheating on him to talking seriously with Nate, he’s just a great character. I’m looking forward to Enema of the State next month.

The Bad –

Not much to say in this section. The only thing I didn’t like was that Cable was kind of left out, but they explained this well.

The Ugly –

Deadpool’s heroic fantasy involving Bea.

Recommendation: Buy It


Wolverine #27

Penciller: John Romita Jr.
Writer: Mark Millar
Inker: Klaus Janson
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: VC’s Randy Gentile
Assistant Editor: Jennifer Lee
Executive Editor: Alex Alonso
Cover Art: Greg Land and Richard Isanove (after STERANKO)

Summary -

Agent of SHIELD opens with a fleet of super powered beings attacking a SHIELD Helicarrier. The only hope for Nick Fury and his team stands about 5’10” and goes by the name of Logan.

Review:

The Good –

Wow, the art on this issue is just fantastic. The Greg Land and Richard Isanove cover was spectacular. A fitting tribute to Jim Steranko, the legendary artist of Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD. The interior art has JRJR and Klaus Janson just tearing it up. The coloring of Paul Mounts completely jumps off the page. These are just beautiful to look at. Seeing Logan just going nuts on the Hydra SPB’s is ecstasy.

Millar’s run so far has taken a little bit from different genres of comics: martial arts, action, super hero, and espionage. Now it looks like he is writing the ultimate revenge tale.

The Bad –

It kind of takes away from Northstar’s death that his corpse is walking around so soon. I guess it really doesn’t matter since I heard that it’s a clone or something anyway. Seriously.

The Ugly –

The Black Hawk helicarrier crashing into the rural farm country. No wonder produce prices are so high.

Recommendation: Buy It


Conan #15

Artist: Greg Ruth
Scripter: Kurt Busiek
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Assistant Editor: Matt Dryer
Editor: Scott Allie

Summary –

The arc Born on the Battlefield continues from Conan #8. We get to see Conan as a boy growing up in his village in the land of Cimmeria. The talented Greg Ruth teams with Kurt Busiek again to tell the tale of Wolves in the Woods.


Review:

The Good –

The artwork is a fantasy fans dream. Ruth pencils, inks and colors the issue he is a very talented guy.

The story itself is also very good. It’s not your standard coming of age tale. It weaves in personal stuff with Conan’s grandfather as well as Conan’s desires to become a man.

The Bad –

A very interesting situation takes place at the end of the issue, which is kind of unclear to me. Perhaps it will be cleared up in the next part of this arc. Interesting, but unclear.



The Ugly –

Conan tearing into the Alpha Wolf looking like me tearing into my favorite piece of KFC.

Recommendation: Buy It


Invincible #22

Penciller & Inker: Ryan Ottley
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Rus Wooton

Summary –

All of the ongoing subplots get adequate page time as Mark takes a back seat to his friends and associates. Fear not, his presence is still felt throughout the issue.


Review:

The Good –

Like always Ottley delivers on art. I was worried when Walker was no longer doing this title, but was instantly relived when I saw Ryan’s first issue.

All of the subplots progress. Especially the Amber and Mark one. This is a good idea because it seemed like they had been crawling lately. Heck we even got to check in on Eve.

The Bad –

Would have liked to see how Titan has been doing and how his criminal empire is expanding. I guess it was time for the older threads to get touched up though so it’s cool.


The Ugly –

That last page is what every supporting cast member dreads.

Recommendation: Buy It

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