Friday, August 26, 2005

Comic Reviews - August 24, 2005 Part II


Day of Vengeance #5

Penciller: Justiniano
Inker: Walden Wong
Writer: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Chris Chuckay
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Joey Cavalieri

Summary – The Shadowpact prepares for Round 2 with the Spectre and Eclipso. They have an ace in the hole this time in the form of Black Alice and she’s sure to make this an interesting battle.


The Good –

Justiniano, Wong and Chuckay are quickly becoming one of the finest art teams in comics. If it’s in the cards, I would love for them and Willingham to continue to work together on a Shadowpact monthly series.

This issue was great; I loved how they are using Black Alice. For those who aren’t sure who she is, see Birds of Prey #76. It’s a stand alone issue featuring the introduction of the character.

She is the Shadowpact’s secret weapon in the fight against the Spectre and Eclipso. I won’t spoil what her power is, but it might be one that does more harm than good. We’ll all have to wait and see.

The Bad –

As good as this book is it really should be getting more attention. It’s in my opinion the best Countdown mini along with Villains United, and this is the worst selling Countdown mini. I hope the good buzz on this cause some nice reorder action and of course, the trade should sell well.

I want to continue reading about these guys, so hopefully the entire creative team can fit it into their schedules.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It

JSA Classified #2

Penciller: Amanda Conner
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – Power Girl’s mysterious origin begins to unfold before our very eyes…or does it?


The Good –

Let’s just say fans of Crisis on Infinite Earths will be very happy to see a certain character this issue.

Besides that surprise you have a great looking story by Conner, Palmiotti and Mounts to look at. Conner really flexes her muscle drawing not only Powergirl, but Mr. Terrific, Jay Garrick, Director Bones, Superman, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes. All of them look really good and I hope that we have more DC work to look forward to from this team in the future. I would be particularly interested in them doing a JLA Classified arc or maybe a stand alone issue of Birds of Prey.

Then there’s Geoff Johns, it’s safe to say that he’s pretty good at this writing gig. I love his rhythm for this storyline. It seems like each issue is going to show us one of the possibilities of Powergirl’s origin, then by issues end renounce it. However, the evidence is presented in such a convincing manner you won’t be sure if it’s true or not until the end.

He also gets some big ups for a convincing explanation on the whole in Powergirl’s suit.

It’s also just plain cool to see Powergirl take on the entire Legion of Super-Heroes by herself.

This is recommended and essential Infinite Crisis lead-in material. I would say even more so than the Countdown mini’s.

The Bad –

The waiting is killing me on this. I was hoping we might have had a few hints at her true origin by now, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait until #4 to find out.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It

Legion of Super-Heroes #9

Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Art Thibert
Plot: Mark Waid & Barry Kitson
Dialogue: Mark Waid
Colorist: Sno Cone
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – The Legion gets ready to take on Terra Firma for a second time, but can they succeed without Cosmic Boy who has quit the team?


The Good –

As shown on the cover, this was Wizard Magazine’s Book of the Month. After reading the issue, I can see why.

Easily the best issue so far of the series and that’s saying quite a bit. The way this is executed from top to bottom is just so well done.

Cosmic Boy becomes the focus of this issue as he decides to leave the Legion and go back to his home planet before it shuts its borders down. While at the station he sees all the Legionaries who used to stand outside Legion HQ leaving too. Some motivational speeches start on his behalf. He clearly is someone that doesn’t know his place quite yet, but by the end of the issue he will.

The extra pages they put into this book are put to good use too. We get some extra story pages, plus an illustrated letter column that is entertaining in itself.

The Bad –

This is another book that should be doing a lot better than it is sales wise. I’m not sure if the Legion of Super-Heroes is too retro of a concept or what. I guess the large cast of characters could also play a part in it as well.

I encourage everyone to pick up #9 though and try this book out. Or better yet, wait until next month and buy #9 and #10 at the same time.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It

Teen Titans #27

Artist: Rob Liefeld
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Matt Yackey
Letterer: Comicraft
Assistant Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary – The Teen Titans team up with Hawk and Dove to take on Kestrel and his group of teen heroes gone bad.


The Good –

Rob Liefeld and Gail Simone on Teen Titans, in my mind there was no way this could fail…it didn’t.

First off, this is probably going to be the most favorable review you’ll find on the net for this issue, but I’m going with what I know and feel, so deal with it.

I’ve been a Liefeld fan since I bought Youngblood #1 back in the 90’s and I have continued my allegiance to this very day. He’s a guy that has so much energy in his life and work that I wonder why people go so far out of there way to bash him.

His work in this very issue is something different from him. Just by his posting on the net you can tell he is a huge fan of Bryan Hitch and in a way I think he is dabbing into some photorealism territory in this issue. The buildings and various skyline’s look to be filtered stock images of city’s and to be honest they bring a new look to his work.

I also liked the way he bulked up Robin and Kid Flash. I could never understand how a kid like Robin with no powers to speak of, could take out so many villains weighting 140 pounds soaking wet.

His Cyborg is what we are used to from him in the organic-metal department ala Cable and Sentinel. I also like his renditions of Wonder Girl and Raven. He toned down his original interpretation of Wonder Girl’s assets a bit, and I think it really improved the look of her.

The story Gail Simone is telling seems like it is right out of the 90’s, but in a good way. It reminds me a lot of the Spider-Man and X-Force crossover which Liefeld and McFarlane illustrated back in the 90’s. I’m not sure why, but I just got that vibe from reading this issue.

Her dialogue and everything is spot on as usual. From the credits it also looks like her two editors came along for the ride.

Hawk, Dove and Kestrel really haven’t really broken out yet in the book, but I look for them to have much bigger roles next issue. Kestrel had some nice scenes, but Hawk and Dove need to do some more. Although it was fun to see Dawn getting hit on by Cyborg a bit (although he just told her there was a seat available next to him). Should be interesting to see where that goes.

The Bad –

I can't stand these Lego comics that DC tends to put in the middle of some of their best titles. At first it was Heroscape, but now it’s these damn Bionicle’s. They totally ruin the flow of the comic and I hope they discontinue this practice in the future.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: Buy It


At 12:43 PM, Blogger WonK said...

Wow, the art in days of vengeance looks good. Perhaps I should have followed this.

I'm surprised that Johns didn't have Power Girl go for the obvious rejoinder to Big Boy's "microlad" comment: "More than I need to know, boy!"



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