Thursday, June 16, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 15, 2005 Part I

Authority Revolution #9

Penciller: Dustin Nguyen
Inker: Richard Friend
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Colorist: Wendy Broome
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy

The Authority created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch

Summary – Spotlight on Henry Bendix, with a surprise return of a favorite character from the Stormwatch days.

Review:

The Good –

A surprise return for a fan favorite character is the highlight of this issue. Hint: He/she is from Warren Ellis’ run on Stormwatch.

I believe this to be the best recent issue of the series. Both Brubaker and the art team did a good job.


The Bad –

Not much of the Authority is seen in this issue. You are let in on why the Doctor is no longer around though. Mostly it is Bendix talking with his cohort.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Wildsiderz #0

Penciller/Story: J. Scott Campell
Digital Inks: Avalon Studios
Writer/Story: Andy Hartnell
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Comicraft
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Summary – A preview of the next big thing from Wildstorm Entertainment. From the creators of Danger Girl, comes Wildsiderz. What happens when high school students acquire the powers of the animal kingdom?

Review:

The Good –

J. Scott Campell’s artwork has come a very long way since I last saw his work in Gen-13 during the eary 90’s. His stuff was great then, but I had no idea how much that young artist evolved until I looked at Wildsiderz #0 last week. It’s some pretty gorgeous stuff. Pair his artwork up with some magnificent coloring by Edgar Delgado and you have a title that is very easy on the eyes.

The overall story is kind of Power Rangers meets teenage superheroes, but it looks like it’s going to work.


The Bad –

Don’t think of this as an issue, think of it as a trailer. There are bios on all the main characters, plus an interview with the creative team. At the end you are treated to what I can only describe as a trailer, showcasing scenes from future issues. It is pulled off pretty well.

I have this in the bad column, as a warning for those of you who want to buy it for the story. There isn’t really one here, but it’s a great find at $1.99.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Powers #11

Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Colorist: Peter Pantazis
Letterer: Ken Bruzenak
Editors: James Lucas Jones & K.C. McCrory

Summary – Deena stands up to her boyfriend as the power gem goes missing before the FBI can pick it up.

Review:

The Good –

Oeming’s artwork shined as usual. This was a very dark issue and he and the rest of the art team really got the job done in that regard.

The Bad –

Not much really happened save for one major moment where a character does something we never thought she would do.

There also wasn’t a lot of jokes or dialogue, which I come to expect in a Bendis book.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It


Battle Hymn #3

Penciller: Jeremy Haun
Writer: B. Clay Moore
Colorist: Dave Bryant
Letterer: Greg Thompson

Summary – The team is up to no good in their downtime.

Review:

The Good –

These characters feel alive. That’s the biggest compliment I can give this creative team. You actually feel like these character existed in the real world all those years ago.

Haun’s artwork is amazing. He is a star in the making.

This book is gradually building towards something, but I’m not quite sure what yet.

It looks and reads very well though.

The Bad –

This issue is a lot like Powers. A character commits a murder and then not a whole lot happens. You basically learn that the guy who does it is a complete sleazebag since he’s sleeping with his teammate’s woman and what not. It’s too bad because I actually liked that character.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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