Thursday, August 25, 2005

Comic Reviews - August 24, 2005 Part I

Dark Horse

Conan #19

Artist: Cary Nord
Color Artist: Dave Stewart
Script: Kurt Busiek
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Assistant Editors: Matt Dryer and Dave Marshall
Editor: Scott Allie

Based on the work of Conan creator Robert E. Howard

Summary - Conan continues his pillaging in the City of Thieves, but one treasure he steals will soon bring him more trouble than it’s worth.

Review:

The Good –

This continues the storyline from #17 (#18 was an issue with two guest artists telling stand alone stories), which follows Conan’s adventures in the City of Thieves.

The city is brought to life this issue with stunning artwork by Cary Nord and Dave Stewart. Kurt Busiek breathes life into the people, from the nutty wizards and shamans to the street performers inhabiting the city at night.

This was a nice issue mixed with both thievery as well as supernatural events. Also, if you like tales featuring scantily clad women, look no further. There are plenty of gorgeous women in this issue, two of whom are trying to manipulate our hero.

Another thing I like about this issue is that it can be read as a stand alone story. A lot of comics are written for trade these days in huge arcs, but this isn’t entirely the case with Conan. There are larger arcs happening, but they aren’t right there in your face being forced upon you. So if any new readers out there want to start checking this out, now is the time. This is a lead-in for one of the greatest Conan stories ever told, the Tower of the Elephant.


The Bad –

I was kind of disappointed that Conan did not fight the monster that appeared in this issue. I always enjoy seeing the guy go nuts and swinging around his sword. Still, something tells me this won’t be the last we see of The Thing In The Temple.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Marvel

Daredevil #76

Artist: Alex Maleev
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: VC’s Corey Petit
Assistant Editor: Cory Sedlmeier
Editor: Axel Alonso

Summary – The Murdock Papers begins here! Alex Maleev and Brian Michael Bendis start their final Daredevil storyline by bringing back the Kingpin. Which can only mean trouble for the ever so popular Matt Murdock.

Review:

The Good –

Everything.

Maleev and Stewart are in top form on art duties this issue. While Bendis writes some great dialogue for all the characters involved.

The Kingpin and Ben Urich’s chat within the Federal Prison where he is being held is executed incredibly well. I loved how the prison went under attack about halfway through and the Kingpin just said people try to get to him all the time. I also loved the flashback scene from Miller’s run on Daredevil when Elektra stuck Ben with her sai.

The scene where Matt stops the armed thugs was also very cool. I love seeing Daredevil in action throwing his billy club around or just plain beating the snot out of criminals. The applause for him was great and truth be told is probably what would happen in real life given these circumstances.

After this issue I believe that I am going to have to track down the first Pulse TPB..


The Bad –

I’m not sure why Brian Bendis is on the cover, when he makes only a small cameo in the book. ;)

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Daredevil Vs. Punisher #3

Penciller: David Lapham
Inker: David Lapham
Writer: David Lapham
Colorist: Edward Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Warren Simons

Summary – Daredevil and the Punisher’s paths cross once again, as they each try to bring their own unique sense of justice to Hammerhead’s organization. In this issue they both tangle with the psychopathic mutant, Bushwacker.

Review:

The Good –

Lapham is quickly becoming the man to go to when it comes to urban heroes. I love his take both artistically as well as his narrative on the Punisher and Daredevil. He and Darwyn Cooke are easily my favorite writer-artist combo at the moment.

In this issue he also turned the C-List villain, Bushwacker into a decent thread for the heroes. While true, he is still a loser, he gave them both a real run for their money.

The scene with the young kid and the gun is building up to something too. I’m not sure what, but it can’t be good news for Frank Castle.


The Bad –

I love the title, but this six issue format makes for some pretty good cliff hangers. I’m wondering if this would have been better served as an OGN.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Wolverine #31

Penciller: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Klaus Janson
Writer: Mark Millar
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: VC’s Randy Gentile
Editor: Jennifer Lee

Summary – Agent of SHIELD comes to a blood (or is that mud?) splattering conclusion! It’s Wolverine Vs the Gorgon Round 3, only one will walk away from this one.

Review:

The Good –

Millar, Romita and Janson end their critically acclaimed run with one hell of splatterfest this issue. Wolverine and the Gorgon just tear each other apart. Each giving it as good as they receive it. They just cut each other up in one of the best fights I’ve ever seen in a comic.

This is the ultimate revenge tale and for the most part I think its safe to say that Logan succeeds in what he set out to do. However, since the Hand and HYDRA are Marvel U mainstays it is obvious there are still some out there.

The last few pages were an interesting contrast to the huge blood bath that made up the first part of the issue or the entire series for that matter.

Everyone involved with this title over the past year needs to take a bow, they deserve it.


The Bad –

The way Wolverine beats the Gorgon is pretty predictable, but it doesn’t take away from the flow of the story too much. That last hit he gets in is dramatic enough on its own accord.



The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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