Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Comic Reviews - July 20, 2005 Part II

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Adventures of Superman #642

Artists: Karl Kerschl, Derec Donovan, Cam Smith Sean Parsons
Writer: Greg Rucka
Colorist: Tanya and Richard Horie
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaeffer
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – The JLA confront Superman after the events revealed in Action Comics last week. Plus, the man behind it all is revealed.

Review:

The Good –

The artwork was pretty good even though three people were in charge of it.

The Hories did a nice job coloring it all.


The Bad –

Not too keen on the storyline this issue. I hope people reading OMAC pick this up or they will be lost.


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Recommendation: Borrow It



Batgirl #66

Artist: Andy Kuhn
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Colorist: Wildstorm FX
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Michael Wright

Batman created by Bob Kane

Summary – Cassandra hit’s the road to find out the identity of her mother once and for all. It’s Detroit or bust.

Review:

The Good –

It was great seeing Andy Kuhn draw this issue. I’m a big fan of his Firebreather comic by him and Phil Hester.



The Bad –

This was a throwaway issue. It really didn’t do anything for me in terms of story. Oh and another OMAC showed up!

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Recommendation: Buy It



Birds of Prey #84

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

Summary – Barbara Gordon puts all her affairs in order before going under the knife. Plus the Huntress and Black Canary have problems of their own.

Review:

The Good –

I love this comic. What makes it even better is that next issue we might be seeing some serious chop socky action. With Wildcat and the Canary with help from their friends taking on the 12 Brothers.


The Bad –

Nothing really. This is one of the best books on the stands.


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Recommendation: Buy It


Day of Vengeance #4

Penciller: Justiano
Inker: Walden Wong
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Chris Chuckay
Letterer: Patt Brosseau
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Joe Cavalieri

Summary – The fight between Captain marvel and the Spectre continues as the Enchantress fights the battle within herself.

Review:

The Good –

Justiano looks like he took last issue off in stride. He and Walden Wong really turned it up this issue.

Willingham continues to tell a story that has ramifications through the DCU.


The Bad –

I hear that a Shadowpact spin-off is in the works. I hope they aren’t milking this for too much.


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Recommendation: Buy It


Detective Comics #808

Penciller: Ramon Bachs
Inker: Nathan Massengill
Writer: David Lapham
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
Associate Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Bob Schreck

Batman created by Bob Kane

Summary – City of Crime Part 8, we continue to see the view from the Point. Crown Point. Robin also has his hands full guarding a injured police officer. He calls in a former cop who shall remain nameless to give him a hand.

Review:

The Good –

I love the artwork by Backs and Massengill. This issue was pretty good, it’s picking up the pace from the last few.


The Bad –

While this isn’t a bad storyline, it should have been either a maxi or OGN. I’m kind of getting sick of it tying up Detective Comics.

The Killer Croc backup was also a waste. I want my quarter back.


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Recommendation: Borrow It


JSA Classified #1

Penciller: Amanda Conner
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – Powergirl’s mysterious origin is the topic of the first arc in this new ongoing series.

Review:

The Good –

The Adam Hughes cover is a big plus on this title. I’d be willing to bet that’s the one most people picked up.

I also liked the interior work by Conner and Palmiotti.


The Bad –

The only bad thing about this is the continuity involved. This is more or less the most open to people who have been following the JSA title over the last few years.

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Recommendation: Borrow It


Manhunter #12

Penciller: Javier Pina
Inker: Fernando Blanco
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Colorist: Steve Buccellato
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary – Manhunted concludes with the identity of the Manhunter killer revealed.

Review:

The Good –

The twist in this issue was executed very well by all parties involved. The people who wrote the HUSH and Red Hood storylines should study this arc to see how you really do a mystery like this.

Pina and Blanco continue to do a great job on the art. I know a lot of people miss Jesus Saiz, but these guys have done a bang up job as well.


The Bad –

Next issue, OMAC’s. I hate these guys, they’re everywhere!


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It



Robin #140
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Penciller: Scott McDaniel
Inker: Andy Owens
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Editor: Michael Wright

Summary – Robin gets a first hand look at the Veterans base of operations. He spars with some of the Veterans protégé’s while Darla comes back to Gotham looking for Tim Drake.

Review:

The Good –

Overall a pretty good issue. After reading Darwyn Cooke’s New Frontier series I was glad to see that John Cloud (or rather his grandson) is in DC continuity now.

I also liked how Tim is shown as being a really skilled hand to hand fighter. He’s obviously had the training for it.

McDaniel and Owens are doing a great job on the artwork. They have saved it from the inconsistent mess that it was.


The Bad –

I’m not too sure that the fact of Nightwing being the first Robin is common knowledge in the DCU. Tim kind of dropped that one on the Veteran for free if it isn’t. It was an interesting idea though that the Veteran might have tried to recruit him too.



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Recommendation: Buy It



Teen Titans #26

Penciller: Tony S. Daniel
Inker: Marlo Alquiza
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Letterer: Comicraft
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – Soul Searching takes us into Superboy’s heart and soul. Courtesy of his teammate Raven, who knows all about battling your inner demons.

Review:

The Good –

I was very impressed with Tony S. Daniel’s work on this issue. He’s good enough to become the second artist ala Tom Grummet on this title.

I think that would work out pretty well, having him and Ivan Reis alternating arcs.

I liked the way Raven was written in this issue though. There could be a unexpected love triangle here between Superboy, Wonder Girl and Raven if they want to do it.


The Bad –

Overall the story didn’t really do much for me. It was basically a rehash of Conner Kent’s past. Although we did get to see some stuff not previously seen before. Such as his first meeting with Luthor and it was revealed what Lex named him.

It looks like he’ll be absent from the Titans for a while. Which means he won’t be in the Rob Liefeld and Gail Simone storyline that will be happening in August and September.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

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