Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 08, 2005

Action Comics #828

Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Nelson
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – Superman’s battle with Dr. Polaris and Repulse concludes and two surprised guest stars show up.

Review:

The Good –

Easily the best book of the week. I loved the surprise visit by Black Adam and Professor Zoom. Perhaps the reason it wasn't branded as a tie-in was to make it more of a surprise when they showed up. It was great how Adam decided to help Superman, proving that he has a heart, albeit a black one. I have a feeling he is the weakest link in the Society and he (along with Deathstroke) could be turned very easily to the side of the heroes. Say what you want about Byrne, but the guy can draw circles around just about everyone. Nelson also does a great job finishing what Byrne starts. It is a bummer that they aren't doing the covers anymore, but I can see Byrnes point on it. I never thought I would be buying Action Comics on a regular basis, but as long as the current creative team stays onboard, I'm there. Doctor Polaris was very interesting and the origin of his other personality, Repulse. Can't wait to see what the Society has planned for Dr. Polaris. Between him and Dr. Light they have some heavy hitters in regards to Magnetism and Light.

The Bad –

Was there an error this week? To me this was a Villains United tie-in, but it wasn't branded as such. Nightwing #109 was branded one, but I don't see how it fit in at all. That being said this was a spectacular issue.

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Recommendation: Buy It

Dracula Vs King Arthur #1

Artist: Chris Moreno
Writers: Adam Beranek & Christian Beranek
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterers & Post Production: Nick Beranek & Heather Addley
Editor: A. David Lewis

Summary – Evil meets Medieval in Dracula vs. King Arthur. A conquered ruler makes a deal with the devil and a war between heaven and hell begins.

Review:

The Good –

When I first heard about this series I just couldn’t get it in my head that this made sense. Dracula and King Arthur in my mind went together like chocolate and pineapples, boy was I wrong.

Not only is the artwork fantastic, the story is very original in the ways it puts different spins on Arthurian legend. I love how Merlin isn’t some sage like Dumbedore or Gandalf. He looks more like a dirty shaman, which is what he was if he did in fact exist.

Chris Moreno’s artwork is very good. His storytelling abilities and character designs make this book great to look at.

As does the coloring by Jay Fotos. The coloring on this book is in league with Marvel and DC for sure.

The Bad –

This being a non-super hero independent book it might be something people overlook.

Don’t make that mistake, ask your retailer to score you a copy of this now.

You get 38 pages of story for only $2.95. You can’t beat that with a stick!

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Recommendation: Buy It

Fables #38

Penciller: Mark Buckingham
Inker: Steve Leialoha
Writer/Creator: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Daniel Vozzo
Letterer: Todd Klein
Assistant Editor: Mariah Huehner
Editor: Shelly Bond

Summary – Boy Blue’s travels through the Homeland concludes.

Review:

The Good –

Mark Buckingham’s artwork is fantastic. The art team on this title really does a fantastic job month after month.

The Bad –

Some pretty clever misdirection, but I have to say that this issue misses its mark. It's blatantly obvious that the Emperor that Blue killed wasn't the true Adversary.

I dunno, this issue was luke warm for me. Usually I dig this book every month and mount praise for it, but not this month. I look forward to going back to Fabletown next month to check in on the other regulars.

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Recommendation: Borrow It

Gotham Central #32

Artist: Steve Lieber
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Clem robins
Associate Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Summary – Up until now we’ve only been hanging out with the good cops in Gotham. Take a look at the bad cops in Gotham City.

Review:

The Good –

This was a pretty decent issue, told through the dirty cops in Gotham. Kind of predictable, but the art was nice. After watching the Shield week after week, what these guys were doing didn't seem that out of place. I guess that was kind of the point though. It was also great to see Jim Corrigan back at it again. He's so going to be the new Spectre.

The Bad –

I'm not sure what happened here, but it seems we have a fill-in issue. I believe this was previously solicited as the first part of Brubaker/Rucka's final arc together.

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Recommendation: Buy It


JLA #115

COVER IMAGE
Penciller: Chris Batista
Inker: Mark Framer
Writer: Geoff Johns & Allan Heinberg
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Assistant Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Mike Carlin

Summary – The highly anticipated follow up to Identity Crisis begins here. Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg join Chris Batista and Mike Framer for “Crisis of Conscience”. What happens when the mind wiped villains remember? It isn’t pretty.

Review:

The Good –

So the Red Tornado knew about the mind wiping too? How'd that happen? I take it that Batman knows that they took the villains memories away in regards to secret identities... It was kind of cool to see these obscure villains come back out into the open.

Very nice artwork by the team of Batista and Farmer.
The Bad –

It should be a pretty good arc, although this issue read very fast. I was done with it in less than 4 minutes, while Rann-Thanagar War took me over 6. I guess this had more action and less narratives.

Also don’t judge this by the covers. Batman doesn’t go up against the other JLA members or anything like that. To be honest this issue wasn’t the best showing from either writer.

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Recommendation: Borrow It


Nightwing #109

Penciller: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks
Writer: Devin Grayson
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Editor: Nachie Castro

Summary – Dick Grayson’s undercover work continues.

Review:

The Good –

Hester and Parks artwork is great, but this storyline is like a bad episode of the Soprano's.

The Bad –

Villains United tie-in my @$$. They either made a mistake or are just trying to push the sales on the this book. They mentioned the Penguin in Bludhaven, in my mind that doesn't make this a tie-in book. Overall this issue sucked. I'm not sure where in the hell they are taking Nightwing, but I won't be around to see where it ends up. I'm going to see what they do next issue in regards to Bludhaven then give this book the old drop.

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Recommendation: Pass On It


Rann-Thanagar #2

Penciller: Ivan Reis
Inker: Mark Campos
Writer: Dave Gibbons
Colorist: John Halisz
Letterer: Nick J. Nap
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi & Stephen Wacker

Summary – Intergalactic politics and war continue in this exciting mini series leading into Infinite Crisis.

Review:

The Good –

Starman! I'm not familiar with the character, but he has a kick ass character design. It was also great to see Tigorr. Also the Kyle Rayner fans can stop complaining, he actually did something this issue. Captain Comet is also a character I'm not familiar with, but he's pretty cool. The big battle should get interesting next issue. I'm not sure how in the hell Hawkwoman is going to fit into this though. Ivan Reis flat out rocked on this issue. His art is worth every penny I spend on this title or anything else he draws. I can't wait for his Titans stuff. Gibbon's writing ability is also very impresive. I look forward to his Green Lantern Corps mini.

The Bad –

Lots of stuff is going on here and it might be hard to follow for new readers.

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Recommendation: Buy It

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Finally catching up with my reviews. The new PC is up and running so I look to get some reviews for this week up tomorrow.

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