Sunday, May 01, 2005

Comic Reviews - April 27, 2005 Part III

Mmmm leftovers...

Marvel

New Avengers #5

Penciller: David Finch
Writer: Brian Michael Finch
Inker: Danny Miki
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comiccraft’s Albert Deschense
Assistant Editors: Stephanie Moore & Molly Lazer
Associate Editor: Andy Schmidt
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Summary – Savage combat in the Savage Land. The New Avengers and Wolverine are ambushed by Mutates while tracking Sauron. Will Captain America say “Avengers Assemble!”? You better believe it!

Note: I’m not sure where this takes place, continuity wise I think it’s prior to Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. though.


Review:

The Good –

The basic storyline of this issue was very good. We pick up from last issue, get thrown into another situation and then get out of it. This is really nice because they really could have dragged it out more and it would have slowed the pacing. Instead a nice twist at the end of the issue is our reward. I am a huge fan of Bendis’ Powers and Daredevil and the man proves that he can write a team book with this issue.

Finch’s cover is awesome. Second to Liefeld’s X-Force Shatterstar #3 as the best cover of the week. He can really draw super heroes well, whether it be Spidey, Cage, Cap or Wolverine. I also love his Spider-Woman.

The Bad –

Ok first off, calm down. I’m not ripping on David Finch. I love his artwork, but at times I wasn’t sure who was who during the time they were all captured. It would have been easy had they been in costume, but since they were buck naked, all their faces looked a like. I think that he can draw super heroes with the best of them; he and the art team might want to offset the characters next time they’re all together like that.

The Money Shot –




Recommendation: Buy It

Ultimate Secret #2

Penciller: Steve McNiven
Writer: Warren Ellis
Inker: Mark Morales
Colorist: Morry Hollowell
Letterer: Chris Elliopoulos
Assistant Editor: Nicole Wiley
Associate Editor: Nick Lowe
Editor: Ralph Macchio

Summary - Picks up right after the events of the last issue. This is a fairly straight forward story with some good action sequences and plot progression.


Review:

The Good –

Artwork is great. McNiven’s style is very unique especially for Marvel where everyone is slowly migrating to the Hitch-like style everyone is crazy for. I love his rendition of Nick Fury, but the Fantastic Four pages really stood out.

I am a big fan of Warren Ellis’ Stormwatch and Authority runs, so I figured I would give his Ultimate stuff a try too. I’m glad I did because he is spinning a tale that spans the entire Ultimate Universe. The issue starts out with some great action scenes and then moves along at procedural like pace once we find out about Captain Marvel. Not familiar with the character at all, but that is what makes the Ultimate Universe so great. You can jump right in and enjoy it. Good stuff.

The Bad –

#3 doesn’t ship until September! This had Millarworld buzzing, so news on that should be coming soon from Marvel. The reasons are purely from a business standpoint.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

House of M Sketchbook

Artists: Various
Book Design: Carrie Beadle
Assistant Editor: Jim McCann
Editors: Tom Brevoort & Jeff Youngquist
Creative Director: Tom Marvelli
Editor In Chief: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley

Summary –

Contains sketches from the upcoming House of M crossover hitting the Marvel Universe this summer. This is a free promo piece, so go ahead and pick one up.

Review:

The Good –

This is 100% FREE. Some very cool sketches are within this promo and they are quite pleasing to the eye.

The Bad –

Not a lot of variations in this book. This book is appropriately named due to many of the artists tapping into Marvels House style. The only one that really stands out from the others is Pat Lee’s Gundam version of Iron Man shown below.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Get It

Dynamite Entertainment

Red Sonja #0

Artist: Mel Rubi
Cover Artist: Greg Land
Writers: Michael Avon Oeming & Mike Carey
Colorist: Caesar Rodriguez & Richard Isanove
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comiccraft
Editorial Consultant: Luke Lieberman

Summary –

Robert E. Howard’s other creation, Red Sonja relaunches similar to Conan did last year. This issue is only a quarter and must for all fans of Conan current being published by Dark Horse. They even seem to be using a similar way of telling the backstory, with the wizard from Conan #0 having text introduction at the beginning. I’m not a Robert E. Howard buff, but I think this has all the makings of an excellent book.

Review:

The Good –

This was a short but sweet issue. I was unfamiliar with the character of Red Sonja and a adequate job was done off filling me in on just what she is all about.

Oeming and Cary are two writers who I am unfamiliar with. Sure I am digging Oeming’s art on Powers, but this my first outing reading something he wrote. What a talented guy.

The artwork is also very good. Very Cary Nord looking, but it seems like comparisons are inevitable between this title and Conan from Dark Horse. Really, if you like Conan I’m sure this will be right up your alley. Plus it’s only a quarter.

The Bad –

Too short, but since this was a promo issue I really can’t hold it against them. They did their job by getting me intrigued with this character and I will be picking this up monthly.

The Money Shot –




Recommendation: Buy It

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The Top 5 List still stays the same as previously posted. New Avengers was pretty good, but still didn't top Hunter-Killer, LOSH, Daredevil, Authority Revolution or Sleeper Season Two.

Now I have to finish reading "Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton, so I can start reading "the Adventures of Cavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon.

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