Friday, July 22, 2005

Comic Reviews - July 20, 2005 Part I

Marvel

Daredevil #75

Artist: Alex Maleev
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Jennifer Lee

Special Thanks to Walter N. Cosby Jr

Summary – Decalogue concludes with Matt Murdock confronting the monster who has terrorized the members of the support group.

Review:

The Good –

Wow, this has to be my favorite Bendis and Maleev issue of Daredevil. I wasn’t too impressed with the Widow story arc, but I liked the Golden Age one. Decalogue though, this is the best bar none.

This was an extra sized issue which allowed for a perfect balance between action and drama. If you’ve been following this arc and are lost at who that little demon baby is, then this fills you in on it. At first I thought he was a character from a previous arc, but now he’s definitely a new guy made for Decalogue.

I also loved how the Hand was part of this story and the villain was an outcasted member.

Maleev does an awesome job on not only the Daredevil action scenes, but also on the scenes in the church basement. This is going to be one hell of an arc to read in TPB format. I encourage everyone who wants to read something completely different from anything on the stands to pick up the Decalogue TPB.


The Bad –

Nothing to say here. After five months of waiting we get a really nice payoff.

The only thing that I was unsure of was the fact that Matt refused to acknowledge himself as a ninja, when he clearly is one.

My friend WonK pointed out that this is most likely a sign of respect, since he never completed Sticks’ training, he doesn’t feel he deserves the title of ninja. Which I can deal with.

After coming off of an exciting arc like this, I can’t wait for the Murdock Papers storyline.

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Recommendation: Buy It




Wolverine #30

Penciller: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Klaus Janson
Writer: Mark Millar
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: VC’s Randy Gentile
Editor: Jennifer Lee

Summary - Wolverine, Elektra, various super villains and the Agents of SHIELD take the fight to the many heads of HYDRA.

Review:

The Good –

The team of JRJR, Klaus Janson and Paul Mounts is one of the best in comics today. Both JRJR and Klaus Janson have done magnificent work on Daredevil in the past and when they bring it to Wolverine they exceed their past outings.

I’m just so impressed with the quality of work JRJR puts out, especially given the fact that he also pencils the Black Panther and probably some Sentry issues as well right now.

The coloring by Paul Mounts tops this all off. He really is one of the best colorists in the business and I hope to see him color more of the books I read in the future.

Mark Millar is really doing something different with this storyline. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen from him before. As good as his Authority run was, I think that this is also up there as his best work. Here he’s just having fun and telling a great revenge tale that spans the globe. I’m wondering if he did this arc with Archie Goodwin in mind.


The Bad –

I know that the focus was supposed to be on Wolverine and Elektra and they are kind of pressed for time now with this arc, but it would have been cool to see more detailed beat downs of the various HYDRA bases around the globe.

Still, that’s a minor hassle because this and Daredevil were two of the best books I read this week. Marvel really should be proud of both.



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Recommendation: Buy It


Wildstorm

Authority Revolution #10

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

The Authority created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch

Summary – The Authority Vs Bendix starts here! Truths are revealed and there is plenty of fighting.


Review:

The Good –

This is the closest any team has come to bringing us back to the good old days of Millar’s Authority. The language, the violence, it’s mostly all here.

Heck even the retcons were handled very well. I especially liked the surprise involving Bendix and the Bleed.

The ending also looks like it’s going to be a setup for another huge fight next issue.


The Bad –

As good as this issue was at capturing the old feel of the Authority, I think it’s still time to give these characters a rest. They’ve had their time in the spotlight and have been milked like the rest of them.

Let WildC.A.T.’s have a go at it for a while, then bring the Authority back kicking in a few years.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Dark Horse

Conan #18

“Helm”
Artist: John Severin
Script: Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza
Colorist: Michelle Madsen

“Conan’s Favorite Joke”
Artist: Bruce Timm
Script: Kurt Busiek

Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Assistant Editors: Matt Dryer and Dave Marshall
Editor: Scott Allie

Cover: Cary Nord and Dave Stewart

Based on the work of Conan creator Robert E. Howard.

Summary – Conan’s lost helmet from the Ice Giants Daughter makes its way around the world. While in a special Bruce Timm story, we see Conan fight a hilarious battle with a foolish sorcerer.

Review:

The Good –

Helm was a pretty cool tale. Reminds me of another story, but I can’t put my finger on it. Still it was a nice way to explore the land and people of Hyborea.

Conan’s Favorite Joke was a real treat, even though it was only a few pages. I love Bruce Timm’s artwork and hope to see more Conan stories from him in the future.



The Bad –

Only four pages of Bruce Timm art is hardly worth spending 2.99 on the comic if you’re a fan of Timm. Perhaps next time he’ll be given the main storyline. I liked his artwork far more than Severin who did “Helm”. Not saying Severin is a bad artist, but Timm has one of the most unique styles and it fits Conan quite well.

While this wasn’t a bad issue, it really wasn’t as good as the previous ones that were part of the main storyline. I look forward to getting back into Tower of the Elephant next month.



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Recommendation: Borrow It


Dynamite Entertainment

Red Sonja #1

Artist: Mel Rubi
Writers: Michael Avon Oeming and Mike Carey
Colorists: Caesar Rodriguez with Richard Isanove
Letterers: Richard Starkings - Comic Craft with john Josh Johnson and Rick Wenzke
Editorial Consultant: Luke Liberman
Special Thanks to Arthur Liberman at Red Sonja Corporation

Based on the heroine created by Robert E. Howard


Summary – Sonja continues her journey from the #0 issue. She comes across a messenger which leads her to a while lot of trouble.

Review:

The Good –

This is only the second comic I’ve read with Mel Rubi artwork, and I have to say that I think it’s pretty good. He’s not quite up there with Cary Nord, but he’s no slouch either. As a matter of fact, he paints Sonja as not only a sexy warrior, but a strong women. A difficult balance to achieve.

I also liked Sonja’s explanation on why she wears the gear she does, as she said most men don’t even notice her sword.


The Bad –

Story wise I’m not sure where this is going and I’m not quite sure what is Sonja’s motivation. This was only an introductory issue so I think I’m being too harsh.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

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