Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 04, 2005

Detective Comics #806

Penciller: Ramon Bachs
Writer/Layouts: David Lapham
Inker: Nathan Massengill
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Associate Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Bob Schreck

Batman created by Bob Kane

Regnum Defende

Artist: Jeff Parker
Writer: Scott Beatty
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Editor: Michael Wright


Summary – City of Crime continues with Batman’s crusade to find a missing pregnant girl. Meanwhile an army of automaton sleeper agents are operating in secrecy throughout Gotham City. The backup story this issue features Alfred Pennyworth during his days in British Intelligence. This is Part 1 of Regnum Defende by Scott Beatty and Jeff Parker. I’m not sure what that means in Latin, but something to do with defending something I’m guessing..

Review:

The Good –

This was a very entertaining issue overall. It is really nice to see the status quo Batman and Robin operating in pre-Wargames Gotham City. These robots are an interesting plot element. I wasn’t sure how this arc would fair, but so far things are shaping up to be pretty good. We are at the halfway point and it looks like things are just getting started. Both Bachs and Lapham are doing stellar work as storytellers and I look forward to more twists and turns as this story progresses.

The Alfred Pennyworth backup is very good as well. Parker handles all the art duties including coloring and the story by Scott Beatty is very good. This is the first time in a while I liked the backup in this title.

The Bad –

I’m not sure if this storyline needs 12 parts to be told. A part of me kind of wishes it would only be a eight part story as opposed to an entire volume full of material. Don’t get me wrong it has been great so far, but I fear that Detective Comics should be a title that shifts creative teams a good deal. Keeping a team on this for a whole year isn’t a smart move IMO. We have the main Bat-title and Gotham Knights for stability. This should be like LODK.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #2

Artist: Simone Bianchi
Writer: Grant Morrison
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – Sir Justin’s adventures in New York continue while his flying steed, Vanguard is imprisoned by a mafia boss.


Review:

The Good –

The artwork by Simone Biachi is excellent. He and Steward doing a great job of making Justin look out of place, but somehow he still belongs.

The contrasting worlds of fantasy, super villains and street slime are all blended together very well by the art team.

An introduction of a new Sheeda called the Guilt is the highlight of this issue. He is a psychologically powered villain who torments Justin with the knowledge of what happened to Camelot and Avalon.

The Bad –

Not the best outing by Grant Morrison as a writer. I loved the previous issues of Seven Soldiers and this didn’t come close to what he can do. This was still an alright story, but Morrison could do a lot better.

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Recommendation: Borrow It

Superman #216

Penciller: Ian Churchill
Writer: Judd Winick
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Beth Sotelo
Letterer: Richard Starkings
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Special Thanks to Mark Waid and Alex Ross creators of the “Lightning Ambush”.

Summary – Finally! Superman Vs Captain Marvel! The battle we have all bought this arc to see comes to a head in the concluding act of Lightning Strikes Twice.

Review:

The Good –

As in the previous two issues Churchill, Rapmund and Sotelo do not disappoint in the art department. This is the most action packed issue of the arc and also the best looking. Considering how the last two issues looked that is really saying something. The artwork is very easy to look at and it packs a punch.

We finally get to see the big fight that was hyped since the first issue. While it wasn’t a straight up Superman Vs Captain Marvel fight, I like the way they handled it. I suppose that the “Lightning Ambush” is something from Kingdom Come. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I have yet to read that TPB *ducks*. If it deals with how Captain Marvel is able to put the hurting on Superman without using his fists, I like it.

The Bad –

The ending for this issue was very sudden. We also don’t get that much dialogue between Marvel and Superman. This turned out to be a prequel to Day of Vengeance (which we all knew once Eclipso showed up) and in that aspect it served its purpose.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Villains United #1

Artist: Dale Eaglesham
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Sno-Cone
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – Throughout the DC Universe the villains call a truce and join forces. You would have to be either very brave or very stupid to turn down the likes of Lex Luthor, Deathstroke: The Terminator, Talia Al Ghul, Dr. Psycho and the Calculator. It just so happens that six people do exist and they have been recruited by another villain going by the name Mockingbird to help bring down the Society as well as the heroes.

Review:

The Good –

This is one rocking issue. Easily the best book of the week by far. This issue focuses on two groups of villains in the DCU. The Society made up the heavy hitters and the Secret Six made up of C-listers.

Gail Simone does a great job of writing all of them. She makes Catman a bad ass and lets Deadshot be the bad ass he’s supposed to be. Mockingbird is an intriguing mystery as well. Rumor has it he is a major DCU villain, my money is on the Joker.

Oh and what about Eagleshame? This guys is amazing. Some of the cleanest and best looking art I’ve ever seen is in this issue. He draws both men and women (especially Talia and Cheshire) very well.


The Bad –

Nothing to say here, this was a very good issue. The best out of the three Countdown titles released so far.

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Recommendation: Buy It

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This was a pretty dull week. I usually try to get a Marvel or Image title, but nothing out there was appealing to me. This was an easy week to rank em.

1. Villains United #1
2. Superman #216
3. Detective Comics #806
4. Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #2

I was going to get Twilight Experiment #4, but my LCS didn't get it in :(

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