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Comic Reviews - August 10, 2005

Breach #9

Penciller: Marcos Martin
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Writer: Bob Harras
Colorist: Javier Rodriguez Studio
Letterer: Clem Robins
Associate Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Breach created by Bob Harras and Marcos Martin

Summary – Breach Vs Superman Round 2!

Review:

The Good –

This was a real slugfest. Breach takes on the mutant from last issue and after he disposes of him he moves onto Superman himself.

I love the way Breach handles Superman, calling him Groovy Guy in a joking kind of way. He means no disrespect, he has just been in a coma for decades and super heroes didn’t walk the Earth in his day.

The artwork by Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez as well as the work by Javier Rodriguez Studio deserves to be mentioned as well. They really make this book look fantastic.

Bob Harras and Martin have created a very interesting character, but despite the pretty substantial marketing push at the start of this title, sales aren’t good enough to sustain it.


The Bad –

One of the best super hero comics on the stands today and it’s slated to get cancelled at #11. It’s a real shame because this is a very unique series with a fresh take on the super genre. I would recommend everyone to enjoy this while it lasts.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Fables #40

Penciller: Mark Buckingham
Inker: Steve Lealoha
Writer/Creator: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Daniel Vozzo
Letterer: Todd Klein
Assistant Editor: Mariah Huehner
Editor: Shelly Bond

Summary – Boy Blue is held captive by the Adversary, who begins telling him how he rose to power.

Review:

The Good –

If you read this issue, the identity of the Adversary will be revealed in the first few pages. It’s a really good idea and the hints have been there for a while.

Buckingham and Lealoha do their usual awesome jobs in bringing Willingham’s script to life.

I really can’t say much about the story without giving anything away so I’ll just chill.


The Bad –

I am worried that since the Adversary has been revealed some people will stop buying this book since the big mystery is over.

If I know Willingham this is only just beginning, so I hope they don’t.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It



Supergirl #1

Penciller: Ian Churchill
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Writer: Jeph Loeb
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Summary – Kara Zor-El hangs out with the JSA. Her and Stargirl get along great, but when Powergirl shows up it’s obvious that three is a crowd.

Review:

The Good –

I love the JSA and I was thrilled that they appeared in this title. Supergirl #1 was a big seller and I’m glad to see them get even more exposure.

Churchill and Rapmund did a great job this issue showcasing the JSA and of course Supergirl herself. The Solomon Grundy fight scene was a classic slugfest and I liked how Stargirl and Supergirl just sat there talking through it. It made for some good conversation while all hell was breaking loose below.

When Powergirl showed up is when this really started to kick in though. It is clear that both Supergirl and Powergirl have some issues in regards to the other and we haven’t seen the last of it.

There was also a nice maneuver with Stargirl powering up Supergirl with her Cosmic Staff, but for some reason this also powered up Powergirl. A pretty cool scene.


The Bad –

A lot of people will probably think that they handled Stargirl and Supergirl pretty stereotypically in this issue and in a way I can see where they are coming from. It didn’t take anything away from the storyline though in my opinion.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It



Villains United #4

Penciller: Dale Eaglesham
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Sno-Cone
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – The Secret Six take the fight to the Society, but get more than they bargained for when they discover their most guarded secret.

Review:

The Good – It’s great to have Dale Eaglesham back on penciling duties. With the first issue of this mini he quickly became one of my favorite artists in comics today.

I love the way he executed the fight scenes in this issue with the Six taking on all those HIVE Agents. I especially loved how he choreographed the Catman and Deadshot combo at the start of the fight.

Gail Simone also keeps the twists coming and gives Firestorm readers a glimpse at what’s to come next month.

The real twist comes in the last few pages though as two members of the team apparently get too close for comfort.


The Bad –

I really can’t say anything bad about this book at the moment. This is in my opinion the best of the four Countdown mini’s and given the quality of each title, that’s really saying a lot.

The only thing that I expected and didn’t get was more detail in regards to Catman’s life between Archers Quest and Villains United. I supposed the pictures told the story better than any text ever could.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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