Saturday, July 16, 2005

Comic Reviews - July 13, 2005 Part II

Action Comics #829

Penciller: John Byrne
Inker: Nelson
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Nick Napoltano
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Summary – Part 2 of Sacrifice, which makes its way through the Superman titles and Wonder Woman this month, concluding in OMAC #4.

Review:

The Good –

Byrne and Nelson are the surprise of the year for me in regards to art teams, I am just so into this book. This is THE Superman book to read in my eyes.

Gail Simone does a great job making this issue entertaining even though we know it is all a ruse. The reveal at the end is great and I can’t wait to see how Adventures plays out next week given this new knowledge.


The Bad –

While I like the OMAC Project, I see no reason for it to cross into so many books over the summer months.


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Recommendation: Buy It



Batman #642

Penciller: Chris Marrinan
Inker: Andrew Pepoy
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Bob Schreck

Batman created by Bob Kane

Summary – A single issue story featuring Batman fighting the Killer Croc and the Madhatter.

Review:

The Good –

Not bad for a fill-in issue. Gabrych’s Batgirl has been a nice surprise and Marrinan and Pepoy did a great job of filling in for Mahnke and Co.


The Bad –

The storyline wasn’t bad, but let’s face it. We want Red Hood stuff if we’re reading Batman. While Killer Croc is a sick guy, he’s just not up to par with the Jason Todd situation. Overall not a bad issue though.



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Recommendation: Borrow It


Breach #7

Penciller: Marcos Martin
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Writer: Bob Harras
Colorist: J. Rodriguez Studios
Letterer: Clem Robins
Assistant Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Breach created by Bob Harras and Marcos Martin

Summary – A Villains United tie-in issue that has Breach fighting some deadly rifters.

Review:

The Good –

This book has a very unique look and is written very well. There is nothing else like this out there, save maybe Firestorm.


The Bad –

This is a Villains United tie-in issue, so imagine new readers will jump on. The only problem is that they will be pretty much lost as to what is going on. I kind of know what was going on, but the story didn’t all out grab me.


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Recommendation: Borrow It


Green Arrow #52

Penciller: Tom Fowler
Inker: Rodney Ramos
Writer: Judd Winick
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Bob Schreck

Summary – Part 1 of Journey Into Light. With their home destroyed, Team Arrow has to adjust to a life under fire. Plus, the return of a popular character who may have had the best afro in comics.

Review:

The Good –

A nice Cliff Chiang cover replaces the out of place James Jean ones for a few issues. I like Jean on Fables, but his Batgirl and GA covers just aren’t the ticket.




The Bad –

This wasn’t the best issue of Green Arrow. I am seriously considering dropping this title. Nothing really happened except for a Zatanna appearance so this could be called a Identity or Infnite Crisis tie-in.



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Recommendation: Pass On It



JLA #116

Penciller: Chris Batista
Inker: Mark Framer
Writer: Geoff Johns & Allen Heinberg
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Mike Carlin

Summary – Part 2 of Crisis of Conscience where all the problems that Identity Crisis introduced begin to surface within the JLA.

Review:

The Good –

What can I say about this issue? It was a huge improvement over #115 in both art and story and the dialogue just knocks your socks off. Just ask Hawkman about that.


The Bad –

These villains are pretty damn obscure, but it will be interesting to see what they can do.



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Recommendation: Buy It



Nightwing #110

Penciller: Phil Hester
Inker: Ande Parks
Writer: Devin Grayson
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Editor: Nachie Castro

Summary – Nightwing returns to Bludhaven and meets up with Robin.

Review:

The Good –

WOW. I think that this series is finally starting to come together! Hester and Parks were their usual awesome selves, but Devin Grayson put together one hell of a script for this issue. She wrote Robin pretty well and to my surprise I think Tim is bulking up a bit. He’s clearly on the same level as Nightwing is now when it comes to crime fighting. I like how she showed that and how she orchestrated Dick’s reaction to Tim’s comments regarding Bruce.

I look forward to seeing how Nightwing plans to join the Society in the coming months.


The Bad –

Hopefully if this improvement continues the swarm of readers this book lost will come back again.



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Recommendation: Buy It



Rann-Thanagar War #3

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

Summary – The Rann-Thanagar War continues to send ripples throughout the Universe.

Review:

The Good –

Ivan Reis and Mark Campos are quickly becoming one of my favorite Penciller/inker teams in comics. I really can’t say just how much I am digging their work on this book. Everyone that they put on paper looks instantly good.

Dave Gibbons is doing a pretty damn good job at keeping all of this interstellar stuff under control. A lot of stuff is happening on different planets in this mini (as well as in the Return of Donna Troy) and he is doing a good job keeping it all balanced out. I can’t wait for him on Green Lantern Corps: Recharged this summer.


The Bad –

This huge cast of characters, most of whom are unknowns might cause new readers to not pick this up. Don’t get me wrong, Green Lantern and the Hawks are big stars, but the rest of these aliens need a serious push. I hope this series will give it to them.



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Recommendation: Buy It



Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian #3

Artist: Cameron Stewart
Writer: Grant Morrison
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – The Guardian takes on an army of robots gone bad.

Review:

The Good –

Cameron Stewart and Moose Baumann did a really good job with the action scenes this issue. I loved seeing the new Guardian show off his fighting and combat skills by plowing through those androids. It was also nice to see the Newsboy Army get their hands dirty as well.


The Bad –

This was the worst of the three issues out so far in regards to the Guardian. There was really not much going on, more action that plot which is unusual for Morrison. I’m not sure what the reveal at the end means, so as with half the Seven Soldiers books (minus Zatanna and Klarion) color me confused.



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Recommendation: Borrow It




Wonder Woman #218

Penciller: Ron Randall
Inkers: Ray Snyder & Ron Randall
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorists: Richard & Tanya Horie
Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Ivan Cohen
Special Thanks to Rags Morales

Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston

Summary – The calm before the storm. Ares makes a grab for his daughter and someone inside the embassy surprises Ferdinand.

Review:

The Good –

I was bummed to see that Rags Morales wasn’t handling the penciling duties for this issue, but damn can this guest team draw! I was very impressed with the Randall and Snyder’s work. As always the Horie’s do an excellent job coloring.


The Bad –

I’ve been following this book for a handful of months now and I’m just getting into what’s going on. That being the case I have to say that I am probably going to drop it after Sacrifice. It’s not a horrible book by any means, but I’m going to start buying only books that I really enjoy month in and month out. While this book does a good job, it doesn’t do a great job.



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Recommendation: Borrow It

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