Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 22, 2005

DC

Legion of Super-Heroes #7

Penciller: Barry Kitson
Inkers: Art Thibert & James Pascoe
Writer: Mark Waid
Colorist: Chris Blythe
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – Braniac 5 leads a team of Legionaires to his homeworld of Colu to investigate the threats made last issue by a mysterious enemy. Meanwhile while Brainy is away, Cosmic Boy will play.

Review:

The Good –

Barry Kitson, Art Thibert and James Pascoe are one hell of an art team. Each of their characters are full of life and the backgrounds are just awesome.

Ditto with the coloring of Chris Blythe, he has chosen a very suitable color palette for this issue.

Waid also kicked some serious ass, bringing in silver age elements inspired by his child hood reading comics. The Silver Age concept of the “Bottle City of Kandor” gets new life, this time as the “Bottle World of Colu”. Pretty cool stuff.

Also the nod to the upcoming Crisis was nice. It seems Colu is going to be playing a big part of it back in the 21st Century DCU, as seen in Teen Titans.

The Bad –

I don’t know if it was only my copy or not, but there was some major printing errors in regards to lettering. Some of the letters were very faded and I could hardly make out the dialogue on some pages.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Robin #139

Penciller: Scott McDaniel
Inker: Andy Owens
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Editor: Michael Wright

Summary – Robin must take down the latest rogue that is after the price on his head, Junkyard Dog. His path also crosses the Veteran once again in an issue that marks the debut of the new art team of Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens.

Review:

The Good –

Damn it is great to have an art team on this book that actually has some storytelling ability. I had no problem following what was going on from page to page and the fight scenes were awesome (a well known trait of McDaniel and Owens).

I also liked Batman’s reaction to Robin’s ruse. He wasn’t mad at him, but rather proud of the plan and suggested that Tim continue it. He even supplies him with more goodies for the Robin’s nest.

Willingham is writing a wonderful story…but…

The Bad –

I love Willingham as a writer and he seems like a great guy from online interviews, but we need some better villains. He created an awesome one in the form of Johny Warlock, but he hasn’t been on center stage for some time. The Rising Sun Archer, Dark Rider and Junkyard Dog are all fools.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Teen Titans #25

Penciller: Matthew Clark
Inker: Art Thibert
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Letterer: Comicraft
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – Part III of the Teen Titans/Outsiders crossover, The Insiders. The teams battle their way through Supermen robots and come face to face with Lex Luthor and Superboy.

Review:

The Good –

Clark and Thibert really kicked ass this issue. The battles with the Supermen robots were great as well as the Wonder Girl Vs Superboy fight.

Johns did a good job writing both the Titans and the Outsiders in this issue. I like how this issue has little threads that connect the entire DCU together, such as the planet Colu. It’s a popular place this month.

The Wonder Girl and Superboy scenes were handled very well too. Their relationship has been handled very well by Johns and it has been great to watch it evolve over these last two years.

The Bad –

I found that a few Titans and Outsiders were left out of the spotlight, but that is only natural in an event such as this. I guess they were taking care of a lot of the Supermen robots off panel.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Dark Horse

Conan #17

Artist: Cary Nord
Script: Kurt Busiek
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Assistant Editor: Matt Dryer & Dave marshall
Editor: Scott Allie

Based on the work of Conan creator Robert E. Howard

Summary – Conan’s travels bring him to the City of Thieves. Needless to say there are plenty of skulls to crack and treasures to steal.

Review:

The Good –

Another great standalone story by the Conan team.

The Cimmerian didn’t like living amongst the “honest folk” so he comes to the City of Thieves to do what he does best.

Nord’s artwork is really worth the wait every month. He really brings the City of Thieves to life and transplants the reader into every dark alley and tavern.

Busiek is doing a great job adapting Robert E. Howard’s character for comics. We are really getting the best of both worlds.

The Bad –

The bad news is that we get a fill-in artist next month..the good news is that it’s Bruce Timm!

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Recommendation: Buy It

Image

Hero Camp #2

Artists: Robbi Rodriguez & Chad Thomas
Writer/Letterer: Greg Thompson
Colorist: Russ Lowery

Summary – Another day in the life of Eric, the non-super powered teen at Hero Camp.

Review:

The Good –

This is turning out to be a book that has loads of potential. The ideas planted in this issue alone are screaming to be explored further. I loved how the one kid has what could be an invisible girlfriend..or she could be imaginary. That’s great.

How cool is the one girl who can make three super powered hairy midgets out of her spit?

This is a lot of fun and the artwork is great.

The Bad –

There are a bit too many characters and we aren’t really told their names. A roll call sheet is needed for this book in a major way. To be honest I believe that there were Hero Camp comics before this, so in the minds of the authors the characters have already been established. I think the bio pages and backup strips are their way of filling us in, but I would rather have an easier reference.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Iron Ghost #2

Artist: Sergio Cariello
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Colorist: Rick Hiltbrunner
Separations: Barry Willians
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover Art & Character Designs: Flint Henry
Editor: Stephen Nilson

Summary – The Iron Ghost haunts Berlin and he’s killing off Nazi’s faster than he can reload.

Review:

The Good –

Sergio Cariello is fantastic! He is an underrated artist in terms of both energy and storytelling. His action scenes are great and his women are great looking. He’s not a cheesecake artist, but he can draw it just as good as any of them (save Adam Hughes of course).

Chuck Dixon’s war time vigilante is very unique, I loved the way he set up this issue. The #1 person on my suspect list was the main character for this issue and let’s just say Dixon executed him brilliantly.

The Bad –

Truth be told this wasn’t a very deep issue, but as far as Dixon comics go they usually aren’t. You can always count on him for a great action tale full of testosterone and bullets. This issue was no different. Don’t go into this expecting a Morisson, Gaiman or Moore type story and you’ll love this.

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Recommendation: Buy It

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