Saturday, May 14, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 11, 2005 Part I

Action Comics #827

Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Nelson
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Superman created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Schuster

Summary –Superstar writer Gail Simone teams with legendary artist John Byrne on their first issue of their run on Action Comics. A female master of magnetism known as Repulse starts knocking off other magnetic masters in the DCU it’s up to Superman to stop her with Dr. Polaris’ help..maybe.

Review:

The Good –

Haven’t read a Superman story for ages? Don’t let that worry you I jumped right in and this is only the second issue of Action I read since that whole Reign of the Supermen crossover. I jumped right in just fine, Superman is Superman.

Gail Simone is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers in the industry. She writes stories that are the perfect mix of action and drama without lacking in either area.

Byrne’s art continues to impress me. Currently he’s drawing three comics a month (Action Comics, Blood of the Demon and Doom Patrol) and he still gives a great showing. I also like the finishing touches of Nelson. Guy Major’s chosen palette for this series is just perfect as well. Brosseau seems like a lettering maniac. It seems like I am typing his name every week.

The Bad –

The ever controversial John Byrne may be a reason people decide to pass this up. I think that’s pretty sad because he’s a great artist.

The Money Shot –




Recommendation: Buy It


Gotham Central #31

Penciller: Stefano Gaudiano
Inker: Gary Amaro
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Clem Robins
Assistant Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Summary – Keystone Cops concludes with a death and family reconciliations.

Review:

The Good –

Great art by longtime inker of the title Stefano Gaudiano. Gary Amaro does a good job inking over Stefano too. The look of this book has stayed very consistent since the departure of Michael Lark. Lee Loughridge’s colors fit the book very well. The look of a pulp comic is fused with modern comics very well.


This is a fitting ending to the Keystone Kops storyline as well as the subplot involving Montoya and her father. The ending scenario is executed pretty well and I get a genuine feeling of getting my moneys worth out of this book.

The Bad –

Really can’t think of anything negative to say about this book. I think sales are improving on this overall and I hope they continue to climb.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Nightwing #108

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

Summary – Dick Grayson’s new life in the New York mafia gets even more interesting.

Review:

The Good –

The artwork by Hester and Parks is always a pleasure to look at. This issue is no exception. I always wanted to see what these guys could do with an acrobatic fighter after I saw their pages in Daredevil #75. They do a great job capturing the energy of Dick’s movements while he is fighting. Gregory Wright also does a good job, setting just the right mood with the colors.

The Bad –

If you’re a fan of mafia crime dramas this probably isn’t for you. All the dialogue and stereotypical Italian stuff is in this. While it is a super hero comic and not an episode of the Soprano’s I expected better dialogue than such clichés.

The comparisons between Grayson’s Nightwing and Daredevil continue to mount. Dick spends most of his time out of costume in this issue..


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

Outsiders #23

Penciller: Shawn Moll
Inkers: Kevin Conrad, Art Thibert and Norm Rapmund
Writer: Judd Winick
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – The traitor within is revealed in this shocking event that leads into the Teen Titans/Outsiders crossover.

Review:

The Good –

The unmasking of the traitor is handled very well by Judd Winick. He does a great job showing the personal relationships of the team when Arsenal is putting everyone through the interrogation process. This is especially true for Arsenal, Nightwing and Starfire.


The Bad –

I am not feeling Shawn Moll’s art at all. Tom Raney did a much better job in my opinion as did Carlos D’Anda. He isn’t a bad artist don’t get me wrong, but he’s just not right for this book.

Having three inkers on top of him this issue was also not a good idea. We got three different looks.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

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