Monday, May 16, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 11, 2005 Part III

DC Heroes

Green Arrow #50

Pencillers: Tom Fowler & Tommy Castillo
Inker: Rodney Ramos
Writer: Judd Winick
Colorist: Guy Majors
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Bob Schreck

Summary – Team Arrow and the Outsiders use all of the resources that they have at their disposal to locate their missing friend Arsenal. When those fail they turn to the one person none of them want help from, Batman. He gives them a location on Arsenal and Team Arrow and the Outsiders head off to rescue him. We also learn who is behind all of the events of the past few issues.

Review:

The Good –

There was a nice ending to this issue involving Brick and the true conspirators behind the last few issues. It was kind of obvious who was behind it, but it looks like it is much more personal now for both parties.

I also like how they made use of Shane McCarthy’s upgraded version of the Riddler from his run on LODK. He has really brought more to this character than anyone else recently.



The Bad –

I’m still not a fan of the interior art on this book. I don’t know if it’s the fact that Hester and Parks were on this for so long and I’m used to them or what. I think it’s safe to say we were spoiled with their artwork for years and now have to get used to this new team.

I also don’t like how the Riddler looked more like the Joker.

Once again Connor got his ass kicked by Drakon. While a few weeks ago in Richard Dragon he was holding his own against Dragon, who holds his own against Shiva. Does this make Drakon the best fighter in the DCU now Winick? Get real.



The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

Wonder Woman #216

Penciller: Rags Morales
Inker: Mark Propst
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorists: Richard and Tanya Horie
Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Creator: William Moulton Marston

Summary – Wonder Woman, Wondergirl and Ferdinand’s expedition into the realm of Hades continues.

Review:

The Good –

The art on this issue is much better than the previous one. It looks like the new art team is getting used to the characters more. There were some downright awesome fight scenes in this issue. Including, Diana taking on Medusa and Ares destroying this one demon with no effort.

I picked this arc up mostly for Wondergirl and I was pleased to see that she was featured more in this issue. Some hints are given to her lineage (which is an ongoing plot in both this title and Teen Titans), a demon tells her that she has Olympian blood. So it is now official that her dad is a god. Unless her mom isn’t her real mother..but I doubt it.

The subplots featuring the Embassy people were also kept a minimal, but it looks like these will be pretty major. I think someone on Diana’s staff might work for Checkmate..

The Bad –

The scene where we were about to learn the identity of Wonder Girl’s dad was so mean on the part of Rucka. The demon is about to reveal it, then Ares comes out of nowhere and kills it. What a tease!

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

JSA #73

Penciller: Don Kramer
Inker: Keith Champagne
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – This issue begins the Black Vengeance story arc, the sequel to last years Black Reign storyline that ran through Johns’ JSA and Hawkman books. This also ties into the Day of Vengeance mini series out now.

Review:

The Good –

I only read the JSA title on a sporadic basis. Last year I picked up the issue featuring Negaton (I think that’s his name) which Sean Phillips illustrated and quite enjoyed it. I also picked up the Identity Crisis tie-in issue at the end of last year which I also liked. I stuck with it for two more issues before dropping it during JSA/JSA. Just didn’t know what was going on.

In this issue the JSA are back in present time and the storyline couldn’t be easier to follow. Those who haven’t read the previous Black Reign storyline are brought up to speed as well as those who aren’t reading Day of Vengeance. This is really executed by Geoff Johns very well.

I also think that the art team of Kramer and Champagne are a real reason this book is so critically acclaimed. Geoff Johns is a great writer, but on all his books he is paired with fantastic artists.

Fans of all the Infinite Crisis stuff will want to pick this up since we find out why Black Adam has joined the Villains and not opted to go it alone. A pretty noble reason too if you ask me.

The Bad –

Some of the JSA members are really obscure characters and the average comic reader might not have heard of them. Sure there’s the Golden Age versions of the Flash and Green Lantern, but the rest aren’t well known. The truth of the matter though is that this makes no difference. You can read this issue without knowing who anyone is. They give you there names at the beginning of the issue and the rest explains itself.

Bottom line; don’t be afraid to try this arc out. If you’re a fan of Captain Marvel, Hawkman and Day of Vengeance jump right in with two feet.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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