Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Comic Reviews - July 27, 2005

Marvel

Daredevil Vs Punisher #2

Penciller: David Lapham
Inker: David Lapham
Writer: David Lapham
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Mike Sellers
Editor: Warren Simons

Summary – The war on the streets between the Punisher and Hammerhead heats up with Daredevil caught in the middle.

Review:

The Good –

This wasn't quite as good as the first issue was, but I liked it. We are getting the lay of the land now, so that we can see who is on whose side and whatnot.

The action was pretty damn good. I liked the Punisher's shootout in the subway, as well as Daredevil Vs the Punisher Round II. The Professor AKA The Jackal is one messed up guy and I hope he gets what's coming to him in the comic issues.


The Bad –

The subplot with the kid could be very interesting, but right now it seems pretty stereotypical. I also am interested in what his sister's role in the mini will be, since she looks very similar to Frank's deceased wife.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


DC

The Flash #224

Penciller: Howard Porter
Inker: John LIVESAY
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: James Sinclair
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Joey Cavalieri

Summary – Rogue War continues with quite a few surprises and revelations that are sure to please long time readers of Johns’ run.

Review:

The Good –

The undisputed comic of the week! EVERYTHING that has been going on in this title since Blitz is coming to a head and the past, present and future are colliding in what could be the best battle of the Speedsters ever!

I can't wait for the conclusion of this storyline next month. It's been a real treat.


The Bad –

Just from posting on a few forums, I feel that this book is lost on some people. I'm not sure if it's that they lack the knowledge of continuity to get the possibilities or what Johns is getting at or what. Also, it might take a while for people to figure out the differences between the Zooms. Professor Zoom doesn't have a backwards Lightning Bolt and he doesn't wear goggles. Zoom has a backwards lighting bolt and wears goggles. There that's all there is to it.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Legion of Super-Heroes #8

Penciller: Kevin Sharpe
Inker: Prentis Rollins
Writer: Mark Waid
Colorist: Sno Cone
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – The Legion is divided as the different factions lead by Brainiac 5 and Cosmic Boy collide.

Review:

The Good –

Another book in which all the buildup is finally paying off. Waid is through with the introductions and now they really start shaking things up.

The LOSH is divided and everyone is taking sides, either with Cosmic Boy or Braniac 5. The action scenes in this issue are really great. They only happen towards the end, but since this book is extra sized they make the most out of telling the stories they can (unlike Detective Comics which wastes paper with those shitty backups every issue).

I'm waiting for Mon-El to show up and lead these guys, but I'm not sure that's going to happen anytime soon. This was an awesome issue though, the fill-in artist Kevin Sharpe did an excellent job standing in for Kitson.


The Bad –

It took this book so long to actually get to this point, I wonder how many readers were lost after they lost their patience.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It



Outsiders #26

Penciller: Will Conrad
Inker: Sean Parsons
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Kevin Nowlan

Summary –

Review:

The Good –

Alright, flashing back to the Batman & the Outsiders era, Arsenal has to help Black Lightning and Metamorpho clean up a mess they left behind. The premise is pretty interesting, a few left over human bombs are on the loose after Metamorpho and Black Lightning decided not to deal with them in the past. The only problem is that they are starting to explode now.

I really liked the interior artwork, it was just great to see the old Outsiders back together again, even if it was just in flashbacks.


Tomasi's writing skills haven't rusted from his time at the editorial desk, that's for sure. Also love that Nowlan cover.


The Bad –

Batman just appears in the flashbacks. I hope to see Batman actually pop in here for real soon, perhaps that will be the case next issue.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It



Superman/Batman #21

Penciller: Ed McGuinness
Inker: Dexter Vines
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Richard Starkings
Associate Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Summary – A case of mistaken identity puts Batman and Superman up against the Maximums.

Review:

The Good –

This blew last issue away. I mean the McGuinness and Vines artwork alone is worth buying this book over, but Jeph Loeb really stepped it up for this one.

The fight scenes between Batman, Batzarro and the Atomic Skull were just hilarious. I thought Batzarro was kind of annoying last issue, but he made up for it with this appearance.

The Maximums vs Superman and Batman was also an epic battle. Batman took down Bonk rather easy, but it was a great idea making Bonk's alter ego a little girl.

The comparison between Atomic Skull and Ghost Rider was also classic.


The Bad –

All of the Batzarro and Bizarro double opposite speech is kind of annoying.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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