Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 18, 2005 Part I

Marvel

Cable/Deadpool #15

Penciller: Patrick Zircher
Inker: UDON’s M3TH
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Colorist: Gotham
Letterer: Cory Petit
Assistant Editor: John Barber
Editor: Nicole Wiley

Cable created by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson
Deadpool created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza

Summary – Deadpool does his part to hold up to his promise with Cable. Either get his mind fixed or Cable will fix it for him. He meets a guy named Black Box who tries to program his mind to his own advantage. All what he gets in return are Deadpool’s comatose dreams of killing clowns and an amnesiatic failure in regards to his attempted programming.

Deadpool goes to track down Cable and continuity wise we are now at the point after the events in X-Force #6. In #6 Cable sacrificed himself to defeat the Skornn. Long story short, Deadpool, Siryn and Cannonball track him down, but to an alternate reality.

Review:

The Good –

Patrick Zircher’s artwork continues to impress me on so many levels. When it comes to drawing technology and fight scenes there are not too many artists at Marvel who can do it as well as he can. M3TH also renders over his pencils very well. I liked Zircher’s work on Detective Comics and Nightwing at DC, but M3TH makes him look even better.

Nicieza writes Deadpool so perfectly. No surprise there since he co-created him along with Rob Liefeld. Deadpool cracks some pretty good jokes like always in this issue and the part with the clowns is damn funny.


The Bad –

Not another Age of Apocalypse type story..

I know this is technically an X-Book, but a reason like this is why I don’t buy that many X-titles anymore. All the alternate reality, possible futures, etc.. get kind of old in my opinion.

The Money Shot –



Cable as War

Recommendation: Borrow It

Daredevil #73

Artist: Alex Maleev
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Production: Jared Osborn
Editor: Jennifer Lee
Executive Editor: Axel Alonso

Summary – The Daredevil support group continues discussing how he has impacted their lives. This time a wife of a super villain speaks out, which enrages a past victim of the villain who is coincidentally in the same group. An even further connection is established with another woman who is there because her daughter recently committed suicide.

Review:

The Good –

Maleev possesses one of the most unique styles on the racks today. He draws people especially well and his Daredevil is just amazing.

Bendis proves why he is one of the hottest writers in comics. Anyone can make super heroes interesting, but to do it with normal people is quite an accomplishment.

I also like how Daredevil appears for a handful of pages in this issue, in costume no less.

The Bad –

I have no idea what the deal is with this baby, is it an established Marvel villain?

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Wolverine #28

Penciller: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Klaus Janson
Writer: Mark Millar
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: VC’s Randy Gentile
Cover: Greg Land & Richard Isanove
Production: James Taveras
Editor: Jennifer Lee
Executive Editor: Axel Alonso

Special Thanks to Walter N. Crosby Jr.

Summary – The Dawn of the White Light is first on Wolverine’s hit list. He’s out to kill everyone who messed with his mind and causes the death of Ichiro’s son.

Review:

The Good –

Believe it or not this title was my first exposure to JRJR’s artwork. Needless to say that I am very impressed and look forward to his future work a great deal. He has a knack for cramming so much detail and action into every panel and not making it look cluttered at all. I am sure he has Klaus Janson to thank for this as well. Janson really came alive on Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil inking over Miller’s pencils and finishing out the run on pencils.

Paul Mounts uses a different palette here than he did in past issues. This one is darker settings, bars, Alaska oil refineries, etc.. so it’s suitable.

Mark Millar is one of my favorite writes working in comics today and he is writing quite the revenge tale. This is Part 3 of the 6 Part Agent of SHIELD storyline. I can see how he is structuring this run and I couldn’t be happier. It’s like a Sergio Leone movie put to paper with Wolverine painting his masterpiece of destruction.

The Bad –

I can’t find anything wrong with this issue to nitpick about. I’m not a diehard Wolverine or X-Men fan, I’m more of a Millar fan and that’s why I picked this run up. As a Millar fan I have no complaints, some of this best work to date is on this title.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

DC Teen Heroes

Robin #138

Penciller: Damion Scott
Inker: Sandra Hope
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Michael Wright

Summary – Robin snatches up the Penguin for a friendly outing of interrogation and humiliation. Also his mysterious benefactor, The Veteran finally reveals himself. And his Uncle Eddie isn’t who he appears to be.

Review:

The Good –

The different plot twists in this issue alone proves that Willingham can write multiple genres including super heroes. I loved the twist involving Tim’s uncle as well as Bruce’s special visit to him. This new character called the Veteran is also a nice addition to our cast. The return of Darla last issue was something that soured me a bit, but it looks like she is going to be a great villainess.

The fight scene between Robin and the Veteran was very well executed. Damion Scott’s strength lies in his fight scenes.

The Bad –

While the artwork on this title has been better, it’s also been worse. Damion Scott laid down the pencils on this issue with Sandra Hope inking over them. That helped a little bit. I could actually follow what was going on, something I couldn’t do in this teams last issue, which was months ago.

The Money Shot –



Robin Vs the Veteran

Recommendation: Borrow It

Teen Titans #24

Penciller: Mathew Clark
Inker: Art Thibert
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Letterer: Comicraft
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – Part 1 of the Teen Titans/Outsiders crossover, the Insiders. It is the moment long time Teen Titans readers have been waiting for. Superboy goes nuts and takes on his friends in what can only be described as the Beatdown of the Week. Also a traitor is revealed in the companion title, Outsiders. It’s not who you think..

Review:

The Good –

Mathew Clark is an artist I am not very familiar with, but I like what I see judging by this first issue. As usual Art Thiberts does his job and renders some wonderful scenes. I especially liked the action scenes which there are plenty of this issue.

Geoff Johns as always crafts a very good story centered on the team dynamics and interpersonal relationships.

It was cool to see him write the Outsiders at the end, if only for a few pages.

The Bad –

I feel kind of jaded…by Outsiders #23 now after reading this issue. I have to give it up to Winick and Johns for a nice double fake out though.

I have to give a huge “what the hell?” to Buzzscope for posting the solicit of Outsiders #24 without proper spoiler warnings. It ruined the twist in this issue of Titans for me. Bad judgment call there.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

1 Comments:

At 11:36 PM, Blogger todddavid said...

Great comments on Daredevil... Ed B would be a great replacement for Bendis...

Great blog!

 

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