Friday, May 27, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 25, 2005 Part II

Marvel

Ultimates 2 #6

Penciller: Bryan Hitch
Inker: Bryan Hitch & Paul Neary
Writer: Mark Millar
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Production: Tom Valente
Assistant Editors: Nicole Wiley & John Barber
Editor: Ralph Macchio

Captain America created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

Summary – With the Ultimates turning their back on him, Hank Pym joins another super team. Unfortunately this would be the equivalent of him joining a group made up of us.

Review:

The Good –

Hitch’s artwork is something that the entire industry aspires too. He really shows off his storytelling skills in this issue where there isn’t much action, but drama and comedy. It’s also interested to see him ink much of his own stuff on this issue.

Millar’s a funny guy and this story brings it out. The Defenders would be like us comic fans who have no powers starting up our own team. From Nighthawk (who is later mistakenly called Dark Hawk by the papers) is a hilarious analogue of Batman. The Valkyrie is definitely fan service for the guys. She’s a barely legal Thor wannabe who sleeps with Hank Pym, but at the end of the issue there is a hilarious condition for it.

Underneath all this comedy is a genuine tale of a man who has completely fallen from grace. As funny as it is, you do feel sorry for Pym.

The Bad –

Nothing really, this is one of the Top 5 books this week. No complaints here.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy it

DC

JLA #114

Penciller: Ron Garney
Inker: Dan Green
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Mike Carlin

Summary – JLA Vs CSA comes to a conclusion as both teams unite to defend the Anti-Matter Earth from the Qwardian Void - Hound.

Review:

The Good –

The art team of Garney, Green and Baron have been great since they took over with Austen’s “Pain of the Gods” storyline. To be honest I think this was there best issue yet. Drawing stuff on such an epic level and making it look good is a real strong point of this crew.

Busiek really likes the trick of having the teams swap uniforms, but it leads to something. In this instance it shows that the Wayne Brothers are more alike than they care to admit. It was also cool to see Superman ripping the S Shield off Ultraman at the end.

The Bad –

I didn’t like how we were teased with the Cosmic Egg from JLA/Avengers. Sure we know that Metron is watching over it (something we knew from the JLA/Avengers mini) but I was wanting some more hints on what could hatch from it.

I guess we’ll have to wait for JLA/Avengers 2…

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Legion of Super-Heroes #6

Penciller: Barry Kitson
Inker: Art Thibert
Writer: Mark Waid
Colorist: Chris Blythe
Guest Artist: Scott Iwahashi
Guest Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary –Star Boy is introduced to the person who funds the Legion of Super-Heroes. While Brainiac 5 encounters the mastermind behind the attacks.

Review:

The Good –

This issue is divided up into two stories, but they connect together seamlessly.

The art is very good in both parts. Kitson and Thibert keep the title looking consistently good. Wildstorm apprentice Scott Iwahashi is doing a bang up job on special projects such as this and the Wildstorm Winter Special. I see a bright future for this guy.

As always Waid does an excellent job at keeping the story flowing. He also answers some question that people were wondering about since the first issue.

I love how he is putting ancient (for the LOSH anyway) super hero comics into the story. I noticed some Mystery in Space and Superman comics on many occasions.

The sparring session between Karate Kid and Ultra Boy was great. I heard that Karate Kid was tough, but I had no idea he was this cool.

The mailbag segment at the end is hilarious too. Especially when Kevin O asks about the readers picking who the leader should be and Cosmic Boy has to cut out.

The Bad –

No complaints here really. This book always delivers what you expect from it. Chances are if you are still reading this, it’s your kind of book and you’re digging it. For those who aren’t and dropped it during the first three issues consider flipping through it at your LCS sometime. The pace has quickened a bit.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


The OMAC Project #2

Artist: Jesus Saiz
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorist: HIFI Design
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

OMAC created by Jack Kirby

Summary – Maxwell Lord, Batman and Sasha Bordeaux are the main players in this issue. Lord attempts to wipe out the competition and Batman and Sasha attempt to reunite with each other.

Review:

The Good –

Love the artwork on this book. I really missed Saiz on Manhunter, but was thrilled when I found out he would be penciling this series.

The storyline for this issue basically is a build up for next where Batman and Sasha have to take on multiple OMAC units. Still this issue holds up on its own because we see an OMAC take on a B-Lister and make mince meat out of it. This is the third time we’ve seen one in action. The first was when one took out Blue Beetle, then earlier this month in Superman one roughed up the Man of Steel.

The way Rucka is writing Brother Eye is kind of unique. He writes it in programming code, pretty original I think.

The Bad –

What the heck is Batman lip locking with Sasha for? I know he’s a player but he has been having something developing with Catwoman for a while. I guess it’s alright cause he’s a ladies man, but that was kind of a shocker.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Outsiders #24

Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Writer: Judd Winick
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – Part 2 of the Insiders crossover with Teen Titans picks up where Teen Titans #24 left off.

Review:

The Good –

Loved the twist of who the traitor really is. It seems like the traitor revealed in the last issue was just one giant red herring.

D’Anda’s artwork on this issue was nothing short of spectacular. These all out action issues is where he really shines because he just gets to cut loose and let the carnage rain down.

I loved how each of the Outsiders took turns taking on the traitor and all got seriously owned.

As you can see by the money shot, the Outsiders and Teen Titans are really going to have their hands full in Teen Titans #25

The Bad –

My only complaint is that they didn’t address Shift. They should have at least apologized to the guy.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Sleeper Season Two #12

Artist: Sean Phillips
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Colorist: Strachan
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Editors: Quinn and Dunbier

Special Thanks to Jim Lee

Summary – The series ends with the style and unexpectedness we come to love from this title.

Review:

The Good –

As always Sean Phillips and Strachan do an excellent job on art duties. There are very few if any comics on the stands that have the look of this book. There are no other people better suited for a super hero spy noir story than them. I’ll miss their artwork on this title so much.

Ed Brubaker ends the series with a bit of irony, but it’s very satisfying and justifiable. I couldn’t think for a better way for this series to end.

The Bad –

Unfortunately this is the final issue for the series.

Thanks to the entire team for an extremely enjoyable 24 issue run.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

1 Comments:

At 2:05 PM, Blogger WonK said...

Hi JA: enjoyoed the reviews.

"With the Ultimates turning their back on him, Hank Pym joins another super team. Unfortunately this would be the equivalent of him joining a group made up of us."

Us? Not sure I'd go that far,... how many of us are blatant (and suicidal) exhibitionists? These people don't even have superpowers, and their taking on a street gang, barehanded and often, barechested.

 

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