Friday, June 17, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 15, 2005 Part II

Adventures of Superman #641

Artist: Karl Kerschl
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorist: Tonya & Richard Horie
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Superman created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

Summary – The aftermath of last issue starts with Clark Kent visiting Pete Ross in prison. Of course the cover is pegged as an OMAC tie-in, so expect a visit from one of those guys.

Review:

The Good –

Kerschl’s artwork is on par with his work on the Majestic mini series released last year. It’s very clean and the coloring of the Horie’s is also very nice.


The Bad –

The whole storyline for this issue is really redundant considering the DCU as it is right now. I am just sick of all these mystery villains and all the twists and turns concerning them.

The OMAC showed up for a few pages and killed a Parasite. Hopefully all these OMAC tie-ins will be explained in the actual mini or in the Superman-Wonder Woman crossover next month.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It


Batman: Gotham Knights #66

Penciller: Al Barrionuevo
Inker: Bit
Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Colorist: Laurie Kronenberg
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Associate Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Summary – A Villain United tie-in issue focusing on HUSH and Prometheus. The Society wants Prometheus, but he’s dying from Poison Ivy’s virus. Talia forces the hand of HUSH to try and cure him.

Review:

The Good –

Barrionuevo and Bit’s artwork is perfect for Gotham. It’s gritty without being ugly and the coloring of Kronenberg fits right in.

The Bad –

This issue is really just a prelude to the next JSA Classified arc after the Power Girl story. To call it a tie-in rather than a prequel is a bad move. Although, at least some members of the Society appear in this issue.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It


Birds of Prey #83

Penciller: Joe Bennett
Inker: Jack Jadson
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary – The Birds in Gotham and Singapore are working their cons as Oracle has another spell.


Review:

The Good –

On their third issue the new art team of Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson have done a great job. The covers as of late have been exceptionally good as well.

Simone does a great job of cutting back and forth between all three locations in the book. I like how what’s going on in Gotham and Singapore are connected. The meet up at the end was also nice, although expected.

The Bad –

This was said to be an OMAC Project tie-in, but all that happened was a guy operating a forklift was going to get activated, then he wasn’t.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Day of Vengeance #3

Penciller: Ron Wagner
Inker: Dexter Vines
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Chris Chuckay
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joey Cavalieri

Summary – The Spectre and Captain Marvel duke it out as the fate of magic in the DCU hangs in the balance.

Review:

The Good –

These Walter Simonson covers are just amazing. I wonder if he is planning on doing more interior work in the future. Until then I’ll take his awesome covers on Day of Vengeance.

The art team for this issue did a fantastic job. This issue was done by Ron Wagner and Dexter Vines. I’m not familiar with Wagner’s prior work, but I liked what I saw this issue. Dexter Vines, who usually puts the magnificent finishing touches on Ed McGuinness’ work did his usual job on this issue.

Bill Willingham’s storyline really picks up this issue too. I like how he included Johny Warlock from his first “Robin” storyline into this issue.

The Bad –

Some questions are still left unanswered, but we have a few more issues to get clued in.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy it


Manhunter #11

Pencillers: Javi Pina & Diego Olmos
Inkers: Fernando Belanco & Bob Petrecca
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Colorist: Steve Buccellato
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary – The mysterious Dumas continues to hunt the Manhunters. Next on his list…Kirk DePaul!

Review:

The Good –

Both art teams did a great job this issue. I think they have similar styles because I didn’t even notice the transition from one to the other.

Andreyko continues to pile up the Manhunter body count as another one bites the dust this issue.

I’m glad that he is thinning out the herd as there are far too many Manhunter’s running around the DCU.

The Bad –

The guy he offs this issue has a small fan following and I can’t believe he was allowed to do it. Hopefully this doesn’t cause bad press for the book.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy it


Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witchboy

Artist/Colorist: Frazer Irving
Writer: Grant Morrison
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – Klarion makes his way up to the subway lines, previously seen in Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian #2. Here he meets the legendary Ebeneezer Badde, another Limbo Town expatriate. He isn’t who he seems though..

Review:

The Good –

So far this is my favorite of the Seven Soldiers titles. It’s very different than anything else on the stands and is full of the kind of uniqueness that can only come from the mind of Grant Morrison.

Frazer Irving is also doing a fantastic job on the artwork for this book. It’s very eerie looking without being goofy. In a way it’s kind of a horror/comedy comic at times. Although it’s main genre would be adventure.

The Bad –

Nothing really, this is one of the best books of the week.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

<< Home