Friday, June 03, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 02, 2005 Part I

Marvel
X-Force: Shatterstar #4

Art: Marat Mychaels
Cover Art/Plot – Rob Liefeld
Script: Brandon Thomas
Colorist: Matt Yackey
Letterer: VC’s Rus Wooton
Assistant Editor: Sean Ryan
Associate Editor: Nick Lowe
Editor: Mike Marts

Summary – Shatterstar’s adventures with X-Force from an alternate Earth concludes.

Review:

The Good –

Marat Mychaels goes out with a big bang on this title. This is easily his best work on Shatterstar and it was great that he saved the best for last. His fight scenes are very well done and he obviously has a knack for them. Ditto with Matt Yackey who has been supplying great colors on both this title and the X-Force mini.

The plot by Liefeld is standard for this X-Force book, which his a good thing because these characters have been in limbo for far too long. This brings the new readers up to speed with the characters and for the older readers adds a sense of nostalgia.

Newcomer Brandon Thomas also does a good job on scripting his first big title. He previously scripted Youngblood: Genesis and wrote a Spider-Man Unlimited story which I enjoyed. I hope to see more mainstream work from him in the future.

The Bad –

While this issue wasn’t deep at all, X-Force books don’t have to be. Sure this book isn’t an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s a solid little action title.

Just don’t expect something as deep as Miracle Man and you won’t be disappointed.

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Recommendation: Buy It

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Powers #10

Art: Mike Avon Oeming
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Colorist: Peter Pantazis
Letterer: Ken Bruzenak
Editors: James Lucas Jones & K.C. McCrory
Design: Keith Wood

Powers created by Mike Avon Oeming and Brian Michael Bendis

Summary – The arc chronicling the Blackguard concludes.

Review:

The Good –

Overall this has been a great story arc, but this last issue was downright hilarious. The line with the Blackguard’s wife saying how she wished she had a mutant baby was just tops. Bendis pulls it off very well, stuff like that is why I read Powers.

Oeming does a great job with the art as always. He is kind of a weird mix of Bruce Timm and Art Adams as far as his style goes. That might sound strange, but it works.

It was also great to see Retrogirl in action. She’s a very cool character. The way she brushes off the customer who has a crush on her was great.

It’s also great to see Batman and the Joker’s analogues done so well. This was a great treatment of that relationship without sticking to the material in the strictest sense.

The Bad –

No letter pages! What do we get for consolation? Eight pages of conversation between Bendis and Quesada patting each other on the back and jabbing with each other. I prefer the letter pages. They are almost as funny as the comic itself.

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Recommendation: Buy It

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ArmorX #2

Artist: Andy Smith
Writer: Keith Champagne
Colorist: Rick Hiltbrunner
Separations: Barry Williams
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Editor: Stephen Wilson

Summary – The aftermath of Carson’s night at the prom is shown. Plus a mysterious stranger is hot on the trail of ArmorX.

Review:

The Good –

Andy Smith does a great job on art this issue. He clearly has the makings of a fantastic artist. I can’t wait to see more work from him in the future.

The Bad –

Keith Champagne is mostly known for being the inker on JSA, but he flexes his writing muscles on this book. I wish he would pick up the pace a bit, but he is still telling a pretty decent story. He will be writing JSA this summer while Geoff Johns breaks for Infinite Crisis.

Also I am not a big fan of the dark coloring scheme done on this book. I think it would be far better looking if they used the same kind of brighter colors that Bill Crabtree uses on Invincible.

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Recommendation: Borrow It


Hero Camp #1

Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Writer/Letterer: Greg Thompson
Colorist & Titles: Russ Lowery
Editor: Kristen Simon

Summary – A day in the life of Eric Quinlan, the son of super heroes. Although he doesn’t have any super powers of his own, he is forced to spend the summers at Camp Enochuk, a super hero summer camp.

Review:

The Good –

Rodriguez has a very cool cartoony style he is laying down on this book. This is the first of his work that I have seen and I think it’s pretty good. He’s a solid storyteller who seems to be very versatile.

The color scheme uses on this book by Russ Lowery is also very nice to look at.

The Bad –

We are introduced to a huge group of characters right off the bat. Most we don’t even learn of their names. The main premise for this book also seems kind of lost in itself. This is called Hero Camp, but we are only at the camp for a few pages. The rest is the main character with a bunch of silly villains in the woods. I’m still trying to figure this book out.

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Recommendation: Borrow It

Invincible #23

Artist: Ryan Ottley
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Rus Wooton

Created by Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker


Summary – Invincible who? This issue is all about Allen the Alien!

Review:

The Good –

For the first time Kirkman employs the use of captions to help tell the story. Not just any captions though, old school Stan Lee style captions! It makes for a great story focusing on a character we have all been wondering about for a while.

I think this was Ottley’s best issue of the book yet. He’s such a talented artist it’s unbelievable. The fight scene was just awesome. He squeezed like 12 panels on a page and the blood (amongst other things) just flew everywhere. Invincible has a lot of bloody fights though. I think that the old Savage Dragon and Pitt issues are the only indy comics to top it.

The Bad –

Kirkman what were you thinking? You just did a #0 issue about Invincible to get new readers onboard and the first issue they read is about Allen and not Invincible? Let’s hope they enjoyed this issue enough come back. I’m sure they will, but this was just a bad strategy.

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Recommendation: Buy It


The Pact #2

Art: Valentine de Landro with Marvin Law
Writer: Jay Faerber
Inker: Kris Justice
Colorist: Ryan Vera
Letterer: Ray Dillon
Cover Art by Jim Valentino and Kris Justice

Summary – The Pact decide to have pizza on the moon, but a meteorite heading for Earth prompts the team to take a time out.

Review:

The Good –

This art team is very new to me, but I have to admit I dig there stuff. It’s not as clean as I would like, but it ain’t stiff either. Very fluid stuff.

Faerber created Zephyr so it is his turn to write this book. Next issue is Hester who created Firebreather and then Kirkman brings up the rear. Jay does a great job giving each of the teen heroes there time in the spotlight and developing his own troubled teen hero along the way. I enjoyed this issue quite a bit.

The Bad –

This is another book that isn’t deep, it’s just plain fun. Get past that and you should be ok.

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Recommendation: Buy It

1 Comments:

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Ray Dillon said...

Hey, thanks for posting the sad little letterer with that. ;o)

Yes, I was using the new Blog search engine to look for my name in stuff. Got a problem?

;o)

The Pact was a blast to work on. Hmm ... I need to ask around for my copies of that.

Great blog!

 

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