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Comic Reviews - August 17, 2005

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Godland #2

Artist: Tom Scioli
Writer: Joe Casey
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft


Summary – The creative team behind Godland.continues to apply Golden Age concepts to the modern era of super heroes. In this issue Adam attempts to rescue the alien creature from the drug loving Basil Cronus.

Review:

The Good –

They don’t make comic like this anymore, this is a rare and fulfilling treat for comic fans everywhere. Tom Scioli is probably best known for his work on the Freedom Force comic flexes his artist muscle once again bringing Godland to life.

Fans of Alan Moore’s 1963, Jack Kirby’s Secret City Saga and the like will find this to be right up their alley. It is a combination of different super hero concepts ranging from Captain Marvel to the Fantastic Four and is executed brilliantly.

Casey does a great job balancing the Golden Age feel of the book with more modern dialogue by some characters. While this book may feel and look like it takes place in the 1940’s, a line about E!’s True Hollywood Stories tells us it takes place in modern times.

This is the first comic I’ve read by Casey that I know of and I have to admit that he knows how to tell a story. I may have to give his other book, the Intimates from Wildstorm a look when I get some spare change.


The Bad –

While this book’s uniqueness is something that sets it apart from the field, it might just be too different for some people. “Does it take place in the 1940’s or now?” is a question that many fans will ask.

The other thing is that this seems like it is being written for the eventual TPB. While that’s nothing new for comics these days.


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Recommendation: Buy It

Wildstorm

Authority Revolution #11

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

The Authority created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch


Summary – The Midnighter Vs The Authority!

Review:

The Good –

This is the best issue of Revolution hands down without a doubt. It’s pretty much non-stop action with nicely timed beats that reveal just how exactly Bendix planned this whole thing out.

Midnighter does his best Batman impression by systematically taking out his team mates one by one making the most out of their weaknesses (which are pretty limited given the pantheon that makes up the team). While at the same time Bendix taunts in his best super villain persona giving them the lowdown on how he was able to pull their defeat off.

In took them a good while to get to this point, but it’s safe to say that the creative team have captured what the Authority is all about in this issue.


The Bad –

Again, it kind of took them a while to hook into what makes the Authority the team/book it is. I would have preferred to be reading issue like this starting with #1 instead of #11, but what can you do?


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy it


DC

Batgirl #67

Penciller: Ale Garza
Inker: Jesse Delperdang
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Colorist: Wildstorm FX
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Editor: Michael Wright

Batman created by Bob Kane

Summary – Cassandra’s search for Lady Shiva brings her to Ben Turner, the Bronze Tiger. Also guest starring the Birds of Prey.

Review:

The Good –

Ale Garza’s back as the Penciller for this issue and it looks great. Pop Mahn’s good too, but I have to be honest in saying that Garza’s artwork is my favorite. I like how he draws women as well as his action scenes.

Gabrych is really turning Cassandra’s quest into a tour de force of the DCU Puglistic world. In this issue she meets Bronze Tiger, who is teaching karate to intercity kids in Detroit after recovering from his injuries in the Richard Dragon series. The Birds of Prey also show up as Cass gets her affairs in order with both Barbara and Dinah before going into the Lions Den of the League of Assassins.

The Bad –

Nothing bad to say about this issue at all.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Birds of Prey #85

Pencillers: Joe Bennett and Eddy Barrows
Inkers: Jack Dadson and Robin Riggs
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Hi-Fi Design
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary – The Black Canary and Huntress square off against the Silk Brothers with the help of Richard Dragon, Wildcat, Connor Hawke, Savant and Creote. While Barbara Gordon fights for her life on the operating table. Superman and Doctor Midnite also make appearances as does Batman from a distance.


Review:

The Good –

One of the most shocking moments in DC comics all year happens in this issue! Pick this up, because once the word get out about it, this title will fly off the shelves.

I loved everything about this issue. From the huge fight scene to the drama of Barbara Gordon’s surgery, it was just an absolute blast.
The Bad –

I would have liked to have seen Bennett and Jadson do the entire issue, but the guest team did a good job on their respective pages. The last one was kind of surreal, but I guess it fitted the mood.



The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Green Lantern #3

Penciller: Carlos Pacheco
Inker: Jesus Merino
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Associate Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – Hal clashes with the latest Manhunter android and discovers a startling secret to the source of it’s power. A Power Battery for a head!

Review:

The Good –

Pacheco is one of the best storytellers in comics right now and it’s just awesome that he’s on Green Lantern. The fight scenes were very well done in this issue as well as the tempo of the issue overall.

Johns is really the man this issue. The way Hal used the Power Battery in the Manhunter was pretty clever. While this series is taking it’s time to get going, it kind of has to. Hal Jordan is a new character for many people and Johns needs to setup the world where he will be living.


The Bad –

I hear the Manhunter continuity doesn’t quite match up to what was explained in Man hunter #13, but that’s a minor setback.



The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

2 Comments:

At 2:54 PM, Blogger WonK said...

Good reviews Jason. Not as in depth as some of our MW discussions, but I figure you're trying your best to avoid spoilers.

Korean in Kalifornia.

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger zilla said...

keep it up man - i love your reviews...

- zilla

 

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