Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 25, 2005 Part I

Batgirl #64

Penciller Ale Garza
Inkers: Jesse Delperdang & Andrew Pepoy
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Colorist: Wildstorm FX
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Michael Wright

Batman created by Bob Kane

Summary – Last issue Batgirl fought Deathstroke, but it was all a trap to lure her out into the open. Now Deathstroke’s daughter, the Ravager takes her turn trying to kill Batgirl.

Review:

The Good –

Garza’s artwork is very pleasant to look at, no doubts there. The finishing touches by Delperdang and Pepoy also add to the slickness of the series. The coloring crew at Wildstorm FX are really using some nice colors on this book.

I have to give credit to Gabrych for comparing the Ravager and Batgirl.

The Bad –

This whole issue was pretty much a giant fight scenes with some flashbacks. In order for this issue to work for me I would need a good fight scene and some relevant flashbacks.

The fight scene wasn’t up to par with the one in the last issue at all. I don’t like how Batgirl is starting to use blades, when she is the best empty hand fighter on the planet. More than likely for this fight to be fair it had to be with swords though, so I can see why they chose to use them. I guess I am just too critical and am used to the old Damion Scott fight scenes in the Lady Shiva storyline which were damn near perfect.

While the flashbacks were relevant, I think the whole comparison thing was poorly executed. I mean Rose and Cass didn’t even talk to each other while they were fighting. The flashbacks with Cass as a child are getting repetitive as well, and I wish they’d just stop it. Yeah her dad made her a killing machine and did crazy shit with her, we get it.

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Recommendation: Borrow It


Batman #640

Penciller: Paul Lee
Inker: Cam Smith
Writer: Judd Winick
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Bob Schreck

Batman created by Bob Kane

Summary – Batman goes to Metropolis to talk with Superman about him dying. Onyx and the Red Hood bust up the meeting from last issue.

Review:

The Good –

I really liked how Batman and Superman differ in their views about death. Superman prefers to think that he was in a state of suspended animation, while Batman believes that he was dead and everyone just made that up so it would make sense.

The Bad –

Well this issue had a lot of flaws. First off the regular art team didn’t do it. Therefore the quality we expect in this issue in the art department wasn’t up to par. I’m sure these guys are still developing, but I would rather have Mahnke anyway.

It seems like Winick phoned this one in. It is so decompressed it’s ridiculous. The whole scene with Onyx and the Red Hood fighting the perps was too drawn out. Plus the twist at the end was way too sudden.

I’m hoping better things for next issue.

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Recommendation: Pass On It


Day of Vengeance #2

Penciller: Justiano
Inker: Walden Wong
Guest Inker: John Livesay
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Chris Chuckay
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Artist: Walter Simonson with Mike Atiyeh on colors.

Summary – The team of C-List magic users puts plans in motion to take out the Spectre.

Review:

The Good –

This is the biggest surprise as far as the Infinite Crisis stuff goes. The artwork is excellent and the storyline screams of Vertigo.

Not surprisingly Bill Willingham is the author/creator of the smash hit, Fables for the Vertigo imprint, so he fits in with the magic side of the DCU quite nicely.

I was also glad to see Captain Marvel show up and fight the Spectre.

The Bad –

I wasn’t really sure what the Enchantress was doing at the start of this issue. At first I thought it was Eclipso narrating, but then I remember that Willingham said each issue will be done by a different member of the team. So I assumed it was the Enchantress. I have been informed she was just doing a ritual of some kind and that’s how she knew all that stuff.

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Recommendation: Buy It


DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1

Penciller: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inker: George Perez
Writer: Phil Jimenez
Colorists: Martin Breccia, Nestor Pereya & Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Editors: Eddie Berganza & Joan Hilty-Gomez

Summary – We learn what Donna Troy has been up to as of late.

Review:

The Good –

The artwork on this title is very distinct, nothing on the stands like it. Perez on anything is always a positive even when he is just on inking duties.

The Bad –

The storyline isn’t terrible in this book, but new readers will really be put off by it. Heck I like to think I know my fair share about the DCU and I was confused as hell. Luckily most of it was explained later, but I was really worried for a while.

A lot of the pages are done in the so called, “wide screen” style, something I’m not a real fan of unless it is done by Hitch.


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Recommendation: Borrow It


The Flash #222

Penciller: Howard Porter
Inker: John Livesay
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: James Sinclair
Letterer: Patt Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joey Cavalieri

Summary – Rogue War continues as the Top shows up and starts turning the reformed Rogues back to there old ways.

Review:

The Good –

Howard Porter and John Livesay are one of the great pennciler/inker teams in comics these days. With the help of colorist extraordinaire James Sinclair they are straight up tearing this arc up.

Geoff Johns is doing a great job writing this book so that you don’t have to follow the Flash all your life to know what is going on. Some references are made to people being related, but that’s mostly decipherable with a nice google search. Which usually turns up interesting facts relating to the history of the Flash.

Captain Cold shows why he’s the leader of the Rogues.


The Bad –

The identity of Owens mother is something we’ve been wondering about since Identity Crisis. In this issue the corpse of Digger spills it to Mrs. Zolomon, but we aren’t privy to the name of said mother. With Johns departing after Rogue War, I am assuming he will fill us in during the next few issues.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Green Lantern #1

Penciller: Carlos Pacheco
Inker: Jesus Merino
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – Hal Jordan returns to the skies and Coast City. He’s not the only one who has come to Earth though..

Review:

The Good –

Whether it is Ethan Van Sciver or Carlos Pacheco, this book is going to have a really kicking art team. They are going to do alternating arcs on this and I look forward to seeing what this duo can come up with.

In this issue EVS does the first four pages which retell how Hal got the ring. Then Carlos Pacheco picks up in the present.

Both do a great job and it’s no surprise that the two of them are some of my favorite artists. Each has a very distinct look, but they go so well together. Moose Baumann did a great job keeping the look of the book consistent.

I like how there is talk of all the Green Lanterns in the first issue tying in with what is going on throughout the DCU. The talk about reforming the GLC will happen this summer. Dave Gibbons will be writing Green Lantern Corp: Recharged, or something to that effect. So look to that if you are a GL fantatic.

The Bad –

The $3.50 cover price was a little steep..I am guessing this was an extra sized issue. Oh well if it is one time only I can deal with it.

I would have loved to see the whole body shot of the villain, but the time will come for that.

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Recommendation: Buy It

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