Monday, May 16, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 11, 2005 Part II

Cosmic DCU

Green Lantern: Rebirth #6

Penciller: Ethan Van Sciver
Inkers: Ethan Van Sciver & Mick Gray
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – The Green Lantern Corps take on Parallax in an action packed conclusion to one of the most highly anticipated mini series of the year.


The Good –

This series has been of very high quality since #1 and #6 takes it to the next level. ALL of the Green Lantern’s that are still alive make an appearance. This includes the original Green Lantern Alan Scott and his daughter Jade. Johns and EVS do a great job in showing the different ways each GL handles their ring. Gardner’s is overrunning with energy, Kilowog’s makes a huge booming noise, John Stewart’s creations aren’t hollow, and they’re working machines. Kyles are constantly changing as he sketches in his head. And Hal is all about precision.

In this issue they also do a reverse of the Batman’s one punch KO of Guy Gardener from a previous Justice League of America issue. Hal puts Batman down quick, but to the Dark Knight’s credit he bounces right back up.

As always EVS’ artwork is just awesome. He was definitely put on this planet to draw comics. He draws the Corps and other DC characters so well; it’s no surprise that he gets high profile work such as this. He deserves it, he’s that good. I would love to see him illustrate a Miracle Man story sometime. I think his style suits that character very well.

I encourage everyone who is interested in the Green Lantern family of titles to buy this mini series. It’s out in multiple printings so you should have no trouble finding it. He brings you up to speed on the state of the GLC and Hal Jordan in general.

The Bad –

Can’t really think of anything to put in this section. I’m sure the diehard GL fans will have their pet peeves with this issue in some way (they almost always do with this mini) so I’ll leave that to their imagination. The rest of us could enjoy this book for what it is, a great mini with an A-List creative team.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It

Adam Strange #8

Artist: Pascal Ferry
Writer: Andy Diggle
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – The conclusion of the Planet Heist storyline and the mini series. What will be the final fate of Rann and its champion?


The Good –

The ending for this issue ties directly into the events of Rann-Thanagar war. The events of this issue will mean major trouble for entire galaxy.

Andy Diggle has done an excellent job on this series. He’s definitely a rising star writer that everyone should keep their eye out for in the future. He has the ability to make an incredibly lame villain like the Starbreaker pretty cool.

Pascal Ferry’s artwork has been a pleasure to look at throughout the series. While the first few issues were noticeably of better quality in artwork, this issue was very good as well.

The Bad –

This books sporadic shipping schedule the last three issues has been kind of a turn off for me. I didn’t know if I missed #7 or #8 as DC’s site had different shipping dates up for each of them.

The result of this is artwork by Pascal Ferry that looks a bit rushed. It’s still good, but nowhere near the quality of work on the first issues of this mini.

Still this was a solid ending to a great storyline that as you will see in the next review, has implications on the entire DCU.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It

Rann-Thangar War #1

Penciller: Ivan Reis
Inker: Marc Campos
Writer: Dave Gibbons
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editors: Peter Tomasi & Stephen Wacker

Summary – This mini picks up following the events of Adam Strange #8. Through a course of events (which I will leave up to this issue to explain) Rann, the adopted planet of Adam Strange is now in the Polaris System. The Polaris System’s Sun is what we call the North Star. Thanagar (the Hawkpeople’s home planet) orbits it. When Rann was sent there via Omega Beam it threw off the equilibrium of the system and long story short, Thanagar was destroyed. Rann still orbits Polaris after saving as man Thanagarians as they could, but the extremist Thanagarian faction are planning to take over Rann. Each planet has their allies which would have to get involved if one attacks the other, so we are looking at a serious possibility of interstellar war.

Major players in this issue include – Adam Strange, Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

Minor players include: Kyle Rayner, Kilowog and Hawkwoman.


The Good –

I followed the Adam Strange mini series since #1 and it is great to see the story being carried on here in Rann-Thanagar War.

Dave Gibbons is crafting an excellent take on Interstellar War. With all these alliances and such it reminds me of the situation that started World War I. If Thanagar attacks Rann, then Rann’s allies attack Thanagar. If Rann’s allies attack Thanagar, then Thanagar’s allies attack Rann’s allies, etc..

Most people will lump Dave Gibbons name with his and Alan Moore’s masterpiece called Watchmen. Needless to say he has illustrated one of the most critically acclaimed comic stories ever. Since then he has also been writing comics too and doing a great job. I enjoyed his DC Comics Presents: The Atom storyline last year.

Ivan Reis is the man bringing this story to life though. He caught everyone’s eye with his extraordinary work on the Teen Titans/LEGION Special that came out last year. He followed that with a stint on Action Comics before coming to Rann-Thanagar War. He is also set to handle penciling duties on Teen Titans in the fall. He really brings a lot of energy to his pages. All of the characters are drawn very well too. I don’t think I’ve seen Hawkgirl look so good. His massive interstellar explode shots remind me a lot of Bryan Hitch’s work on the Authority. I see a good bit of Hitch in his style, yet there are obviously a lot of non-realistic influences in his work.

The Bad –

As a continuity nut, I noticed a major discrepancy between the events in Countdown to Infinite Crisis and here in Rann-Thanagar War. In Countdown Adam Strange calls Jonn Jonnz while Rann is being invaded. Jonn says he will send Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Hawkwoman to help. Adam says ok to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, but tells Jonn not to send Hawkwoman since it’s her planet that is invading Rann.

Now in this issue Adam goes to Earth to get Hawkman and Hawkgirl and they go back to Rann. Then the invasion starts. Someone made boo boo on Countdown.

I also didn’t like how Thanagar was destroyed off panel. Something that huge should have been shown either in this series or Adam Strange.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It


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