Sunday, June 05, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 02, 2005 Part II

JSA #74

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

Summary – Black Vengeance, the Day of Vengeance tie-in continues as the JSA travel to Khandaq to fight the Spectre.

Review:

The Good –

Johns shows us how Doctor Fate was taken out by the Spectre. This was a very educational read for me because I had no idea that Dr. Fate was Hawkman’s son. I guess you do learn something new everyday. Then again I am pretty much just here for the Day of Vengeance tie-in and don’t plan on sticking around for the repercussions.

From what I hear reading Johns’ JSA is a commitment, but one that often pays off. With this issue I can see what people are talking about. A lot of subtext is obviously going on concerning the interpersonal relationships of the JSA. It seems like they are still playing on the Captain Marvel-Stargirl relationship I read about during Sean Phillips guest issue. It was also very cool to see Powergirl use her heat vision. Has she done that recently or is that like a new power that’s surfaced?

Oh and man what a surprise, Leonard Kirk penciled this issue! The fan favorite artist who drew the bad ass Bloodhound series takes on the JSA and does a fantastic job. Inker extraordinaire Keith Champagne meanwhile keeps the book looking consistent with previous issues.

The Bad –

Not much to say really, for people who are interested in this section of the DCU, you have your work cut out for you researching wise. There are a lot of subplots going on that make me think you would have to read JSA regularly to get them.

Still, you can appreciate this issue for the Day of Vengeance tie-in and you get to see a couple cool fights and moments.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #2

Penciller: Ryan Sook
Inker: Mick Gray
Writer: Grant Morrison
Colorist: Nathan Eyring
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Associate Editor: Peter Tomasi
Editor:

Summary –Zatanna and Misty travel to San Francisco to consult with Cassandra Craft about the events of last issue.

Review:

The Good –

Ryan Sook and Mick Gray did a fantastic job on this issue. The previous one was very Alan Moore-like with weird colors and magical trances, while this is the closest thing we’re going to get to a superhero magician. Wait, isn’t that was Zatanna is? Or is she a magician who is a super hero? She’s pretty cool either way.

Instead of her relying on her magic (well duh, since she has temporarily lost her mojo) she relies on magical artifacts scattered throughout Cassandra’s store to combat the Shapeless One.

It’s pretty cool and the ending is just great, really. The little dude and the bonsai are just awesome, like a weird fever dream. Then the surprise guest appearance by another cult character is just what the doctor ordered.

The Bad –

This isn’t for everyone. More or less if you like Zatanna as a character and are interested in the magical side of the DCU, then come aboard. However, if you are into straight super hero stuff, then some of the other Seven Soldiers books might be better suited for you. Morrison’s writing isn’t for everyone. People either love it or they don’t. I rarely see people feeling luke-warm about it.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

Son of Vulcan #1

Artist: Keron Grant
Writer: Scott Beatty
Colorist: Danimation
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.

Summary –

Review:

The Good –

Keron Grant’s artwork is something to be hold. He has a very manga style, making this book perfect for the Tokyopop generation. The character designs for Vulcan are great and you just can’t beat these action scenes.


The Bad –

That being said the story wasn’t enough to latch me onto this mini. The story just wasn’t up to par with Beatty’s other works (which I have enjoyed immensely).

One of the problems could be that I am not familiar with Vulcan and his supporting cast what so ever. Was he an old Charltan character or something? I have become quite familiar with the DCU recently, but sometimes guys like this pop out of nowhere and surprise me. He seems like a cool enough character, but as you can see from the money shot his time has passed.

Still if you like the cover art and feel like picking up another mini series, then try this one out. The art alone merits that at least.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It


Villains United #2

Penciller: Dale Eaglesham
Inker: Wade van Grawbadger
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Sno-Cone
Letterer: Pat Broseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – The newly revamped Secret Six go out on their first mission. Unfortunately it could also be their last.

Review:

The Good –

Wow. That’s all I can say about this comic. Out of all the Infinite Crisis preludes this has definitely started out the strongest.

Dale Eaglesham and Wad van Grawbadger’s efforts on the art front are just amazing. Right after I bought the first issue of this series I immediately went to my LCS and grabbed up all of the H-E-R-O issues he did. I flipped through them and they are just as good as the artwork on this book. Someone at DC picked the right team for this one, no doubt about it.

Gail Simone is a fan favorite writer currently writing three titles and is managing to keep the quality up in all three. She is two issues into this book and is doing an amazing job. She’s taken Catman from awful to awesome, grabbed up some obscure characters in the form of Pardemon and the Clown, brough fan favorites Cheshire and Deadshot into the fray and has introduced a mysterious woman named Scandal. Not bad for only two issues of work.

This is the book to read if you’re allowing yourself only one of these Infinite Crisis minis.

The Bad –

It’s a long wait until next month.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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Look for reviews of Superman/Batman #20, Detective Comics #807 and Batman Villains Secret Files 2005 tomorrow.

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