Monday, August 08, 2005

Comic Reviews - August 03, 2005

Firestorm #16

Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inkers: Rob Stull & Keith Champagne
Writer: Stuart Moore
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – Firestorm vs. the Pionic Man Round 2! But this time Jason has some help.

Review:

The Good –

If you are a fan of Teen Titans, Young Avengers, etc.. I think that you should give Firestorm a look. Since Stuart Moore has taken over the writing chores on #14 the book has gotten really good.

In a lot of ways it actually reminds me of the early Spider-Man storylines I've read by Stan Lee. It's just that kind of book.

The artwork by Jamal Igle, Rob Stull, Keith Champagne and Paul Mounts fits into all of this perfectly. You'll notice that this book just looks great.

The Bad –

Firestorm is one of those niche characters who just can't seem to become popular. At every turn DC tries to give him a push, but it seems like very little response is returned from the readers.

I have a good feeling about this book though, as well as the careers of the creative team in general.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


JSA #76

Penciller: David Lopez
Inker: Fernando Blanco
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – The Trial of Atom Smasher.

Review:

The Good –

This is quickly replacing JLA as the flagship title of the DC Universe. It's easily one of the best super hero comics on the stands
and perhaps the best team book out there with the exception of maybe the Ultimates.

The guest art team did an excellent job with the issue. I hope they come back some time in the future.


I was also glad to see that an OMAC guest appearance actually warranted something this issue by moving the plot along.


The Bad –

This is a title that is so heavily encased in DCU continuity and history the average reader would not be able to follow it. On top of that
this ties into three out of the four Countdown mini's. A treat for people buying all the books, but a nightmare for the casual reader.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It




Justice League Unlimited #12

Penciller: Carlos Barberi
Inker: Walden Wong
Writer: Adam Beechen
Colorist: Heroic Age
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover Artist: Ben Caldwell
Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.

Summary – The Justice League is trapped and only the Flash can save them! That’s the original Flash, Jay Garrick!

Review:

The Good –

Barberi and Wong did a nice job with the interior artwork on this issue. I especially liked the animated version of Jay Garrick.

For timeless stories of Justice League characters, this is really the book to read. JLA Classified might be what DC is pushing for that sort of thing, but they forget that
they've had a book like it for a long time. The animated stuff is the DCu's "Ultimate" universe and the stories are of very high quality.



The Bad –

Many will write this book off as it is a John DC book aimed at younger readers.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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