Saturday, September 10, 2005

Comic Reviews - September 7, 2005 Part I

DC

Gotham Central #35

Penciller: Kano
Inker: Stefano Gaudiano
Writers: Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Clem Robins
Associate Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Summary – The penultimate chapter in the critically acclaimed Dead Robin story arc. Another teenager is found dead dressed up in a Robin costume and the Special Crimes Unit is exhausting ever lead to catch the killer.

Review:

The Good –

As with all Brubaker/Lark team-ups this issue and storyline in general is excellent. I really miss NYDP and the Shield is on hiatus right now, so this is an excellent source of entertainment if you like police procedurals. Now if only DC would get their butts in gear and put the TPB’s out on a timelier basis, then more people would be reading this.

This issue follows the investigation into the “dead Robin” homicide where a boy was found thrown from a rooftop dressed as Robin. At the end of the last issue another body was discovered making this a multiple homicide with a killer who has serious issues.

The cops are the main players in this arc, but Batman and Robin show up for a few panels. The whole beat between Romie Chandler and Batman was really well done over this arc and I look forward to seeing the two meet face to face again someday.

Kano, Gaudiano and Loughridge did an exceptional job this issue on art duties. Michael Lark will be missed, but Kano is a great choice for taking over this book.

The Bad –

Not enough people are reading this book. I can’t fault the trade waiters because that’s a great way to read comics now adays. I can fault the higher ups at DC who will pump out expensive DC Archives volumes, but not trade a critically acclaimed series.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Justice League Unlimited #13

Penciller: Carlo Barberi
Inker: Walden Wong
Writer: Adam Beechen
Colorist: Heroic Age
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
Cover Artist: Ben Caldwell

Summary – The Red Tornado malfunctions and goes on a destructive joy ride through Phoenix, Arizona. However, the Red Tornado isn’t just an android; inside of him is the Earth’s Air Elemental. It’s going to take the entire Justice League to stop him.

Review:

The Good –

The JLU animated series is highly regarded by fans and the comic is staying true to the shows charm. Every issue they tell a timeless story featuring the well known and virtually unknown heroes and villains of the DCU. This issue focuses on Steel and Red Tornado.

This is an all ages comic, but the storylines really make people of all ages think. I liked the moment in this issue where the Red Tornado found Steel’s relationship with him ironic considering Tornado’s status of being a machine. Can you be friends with a machine?

The artwork is also very nice and true to the cartoon, while having just a hint of Japanese influence to please the kiddies.

If you want timeless JLA stories, this is the book to read. JLA: Classified tends to give the spotlight to a creative team rather than the characters, while this one is all about the characters.

The Bad –

I don’t see many adults reading this on the comic boards I go to. I encourage everyone to at least try an issue. There have been issues featuring the Question, Blue Beetle, the Atom, etc.. so I am sure your favorite character is represented. Plus it’s only $2.25.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Outsiders #28

Penciller: Mathew Clark
Inker: Art Thibert
Writer: Judd Winick
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Joan Hilty

Summary – The new art team of Mathew Clark and Art Thibert bring in their run with a bang. The aftermath of the Insiders story arc is dealt with, in a perfect manner for new readers to jump on.

Review:

The Good –

My favorite thing about this title was the showcase of this particular issue. I love how Winick puts the human back in super-human. Since reading the first TPB I could tell that the potential for telling these kinds of stories was there and it has been realized throughout this books run.

I loved every single scene in this issue. I was very impressed with the heart to heart talk between the depressed Shift and his brother Metamorpho. As well as Thunder and Grace Choi who dealt with the loss of their teammate in a social setting. The scene on the rooftop where Jade recruits a replacement is very well done and surprising. I’m sure a lot of fans will be happy with the new member. Speaking of fans being happy, I’m sure the Wolfman/Perez fans will be especially thrilled to see what went down this issue between two former Titans. Just see the money shot, that’ll tell the story.

I’m really liking the new art team too. While Carlos D’Anda brought a very unique look to the book, this is a more modern-classic type style that suits the team well.


The Bad –

I will really miss the character that perished last issue. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of her though.

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Recommendation: Buy It

Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian #4

Artist: Cameron Stewart
Writer: Grant Morrison
Colorist: Moose Baumann
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Associate Editor: Michael Siglain
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – Learn the secrets behind the Newboy Army as well as the Guardian’s role in the coming conflict.

Review:

The Good –

This comic is a real treat for those who have been following Seven Soldiers as a whole. A good bit of information is revealed that should answer some questions that were raised both in this book and the other titles as well.

On its own this issue and series stands out as a great look at the main character and him coming to grips with his inner demons. He’s one of those people who was always a hero; he just didn’t know it yet.

Cameron Stewart did an excellent job on this issue, especially the flashback sequences. This is a different style that Moose Baumann usually uses in terms of coloring, but he shows his range very well here.


The Bad –

To be honest, in order to get the most out of this issue you should be reading the other Seven Soldiers titles. It’s not necessary to enjoy the book, but you should be reading the other ones. At least Klarion the Witchboy and Seven Soldiers #0 are essential reading.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It



Villains United #5

Penciller: Dale Eaglesham
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
Writer: Gail Simone
Colorist: Sno-Cone
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Summary – The all out battle between the Secret Six and the Society heats up. Secrets and traitors are revealed in the penultimate chapter of this mini seris.

Review:

The Good –

WOW! This gets my 100% approval of Book of the Week. Considering how high quality this week was in terms of titles, that is really saying something.

Day of Vengeance and Villains United are really delivering when it comes to all this Infinite Crisis stuff. VU in particular is doing a great job with the villains and anti-heroes.

There were a lot of twists and turns this issue as well as a few secrets being revealed. I particularly like the Deadshot angle as well as Scandal’s father being…well that’s a spoiler.

Fans of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths will be pleased to see two very special guest stars as well…

Everyone on this team from Eaglesham to Simone is just doing some of the best work currently in comics right now. I knew that this series would be good from the start, but I didn’t think it would have the potential to be THIS good.


The Bad –

Those of you who are waiting for the trade on this are going to be biting your nails in an effort not to read the oh so good, spoilers.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

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