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Comic Reviews - August 31, 2005

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Powers v2 #12

Story and Art: Brian Michael Bendis
Story and Art: Michael Avon Oeming
Pilgrim Cover: Bendis
Walker Cover: Oeming
Colorist: Peter Pantazis
Letterer: Ken Bruzenak

Powers created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming


Summary – Counting the original Image run of the book, this is the landmark 50th issue for Powers and it’s a great treat for long time fans as well as those trying the book for the first time.

Review:

The Good –

This is a unique comic to begin with, but this issue is extra special. Very rarely does an independent comic reach 50 issues, especially given the fact that neither Oeming nor Bendis were superstars at the outset. This is just a great achievement for both of them and each of them pitches in on the art and story for the issue.

I have to say that the transition from Oeming to Bendis’ artwork is very smooth. It’s an interesting contrast within itself though. This is my first time looking at Bendis’ sequentials (I liked his drawing of the Dollman in the WANTED: Dossier) and he is pretty good. His style is pretty loose and cartoony but it works.

Oeming on the other hand has an Art Adams meets Bruce Timm look and is in prime form for this issue. He also did a good job writing the pages Bendis drew, proving once again that he can both write and draw with the best of them.

This issue was very interesting because we got a look into the past of Pilgrim which we rarely get to see. We see her as a rookie cop with a corrupt T.O. And of course since this is Powers, she comes in contact with them. It’s quite a nice little tale.

Another good thing is the price. 64 pages with only ads in the back priced at 3.95. Some additional pages in the back are Oeming and Bendis talking about the book, their history, etc, which is entertaining in itself.

The Bad –

It seems like we’ve been waiting for this issue for a few months. It’s understandable though given the workload of both Oeming and especially Bendis of late.


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Recommendation: Buy It


DC

The Flash #225

Penciller: Howard Porter
Inker: LIVESAY
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: James Sinclair
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Associate Editor: Michael Wright
Editor: Joey Cavalieri


Summary – This issue marks the conclusion to the Rogue War storyline, as well as the overall story arc that Geoff Johns has been running (pardon the pun) with since he jumped on board the title. In the second of the three worst days in Wally Wests’ life he can only count on one man to help him. Barry Allen.

Review:

The Good –

Geoff Johns comes full circle with his run on the title. As a sort of rite of passage, for his departure he brings back Barry Allen.

Time traveling with the Flash is always fun. This Barry Allen is discovering that Wally is the Flash for the first time. He goes back through time chasing after Professor Zoom who escapes before Barry can kill him. So this is a younger Barry than we have seen before in the title. Head hurt? Its ok this all makes sense after reading the book.

I loved how Barry is just there to give Wally advice and doesn’t really do that much to help him. He just grabs Professor Zoom and lets Wally handle Zoom (Hunter Zolomon). The ending for this issue is just great and there is a big payoff for long time readers. Well a couple payoffs actually..

The art team did a great job on this issue. Porter, Livesay and Sinclair really do their best and bring a lot of unique layouts and poses to a book about guys who (for the most part) just run, run, and run.

The Bad –

It seems like the whole subplot involving the new Captain Boomerang’s mother was wrapped up too quick. I imagine Johns had a better way to do it, but simply ran out of time. I also heard he wanted to do a storyline involving Dr. Alchemy, but it seems like the greater call of Infinite Crisis is beckoning him. I can’t say I blame him, that should be a lot of fun to read and I can only imagine how much fun it will be for him to write.

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Recommendation: Buy It


Green Lantern #4

Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Writer: Geoff Johns
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Associate Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Peter Tomasi


Summary – Hector Hammond enters the life of Hal Jordan once again and as always that is never a good thing.

Review:

The Good –

Once again, praise for Geoff Johns. He is going about this series in all the right ways. In his first arc he brought new readers up to speed with the Manhunters and in this arc it looks like he will be tackling Hammond as well as The Shark.

He’s also very lucky that he gets one of the best artists in comics working with him for this storyline in Ethan Van Sciver. EVS did a fantastic job on Green Lantern: Rebirth and it’s just great to have him pitching in on the ongoing series.

Green Lantern #4’s storyline kind of goes through a number of genres. It starts out as kind of an X-Files beat, then goes into the intergalactic superhero field and finally ends on Earth with a moment straight out of a horror comic. It makes for an interesting read.

EVS’s layouts and storytelling abilities are a perfect fit for this genre bending issue. My favorite pages though are the ones on Oa featuring the Green Lantern Corps Cadets. I like how he made one a frog-alien. I imagine it is a tribute to his creator owned work CyberFrog.

The Bad –

I know that the paper quality is very high as well as the glossy cover, but since this book is selling so well you think DC would bump it back down to $2.50. I think it would get a lot more readers at that price rather than at $2.99.

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Recommendation: Buy It

Robin #141

Penciller: Scott McDaniel
Inker: Andy Owens
Script: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Phil Balsman
Editor: Michael Wright


Summary – Tim’s dead girlfriends back and she’s after Robin’s head! Luckily for Tim, he can always count on his best friend for some help.

Review:

The Good –

This was just a great issue. It almost makes up for Willingham’s last work on Batman #644..almost.

I basically like everything about this issue. One thing that stands out is the dialogue between Tim and Darla. Willingham has a knack for writing strong female characters in Fables and that has carried over to his work on Robin. The scenes with Superboy are also great fun. Let’s face it all the Titans want to wear the Robin outfit, but only Superboy manages to live the dream this issue.

Thank heavens Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens started drawing this book. They really bring a great deal of energy as well as just a real readable look to the title.

The Bad –

I think the cover was a little misleading, but that’s just me I won’t burn the book over that. I figured we would see Tim on some commando type mission, but it looks like next issue might be just that..

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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