Saturday, October 29, 2011
Artist: Francis Manapul
Ever had a time when your mouth was moving faster than your brain? It can get you in trouble. For Barry Allen, he has to figure out how to get his brain to think as fast as his entire body can move, which is pretty darn fast. What a treat to watch Barry refine his powers and use this new idea to actually map out the outcomes of his speedy actions before he even makes them. Manapul’s writing is still a bit raw but it is entertaining and paced well. While the story is good, it’s his art that is the hero of the book. The panel layouts are genius and he is able to convey motion, a must for a Flash book, as well as I have ever seen. This was a joy to read and was therefore, the Pick of the Week.
“I hope you filled out your warranty card.”
Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #6
Writer: Mark Smith
Artist: Armand Villavert
The first issue ended with a twist and I was fearful that would be all this book had going for it. But Smith has been able to immerse us into this world and the give the kids in the school depth and meaning. All the young villains’ planning and skills get tested in this issue as they take on the heaviest of superhero heavies. The battle is great and the teamwork is fun to watch. Villavert’s art showcases and differentiates each of the kids’ powers in riveting fashion. This is definitely one of the great comics that you aren’t reading. Pick it up.
“Heh. Kids these days.”
Red Wing #4- 2/5- Just did not deliver in the end. Or is it the beginning?
Sixth Gun #16- 5/5- Our history can be used as a warning for our future.
Walking Dead #90- 4/5- Great early tension but the end was forced and out of character.
Batman: Dark Knight #2- 2/5- From the dialogue to the art to the story, I just don’t understand the need for this title.
Teen Titans #2- 3/5- DC is trying to make the characters in their team books reallllllly annoying.
GL: New Guardians #2- 4/5- Art is still a bit rough but interested in where the last page leads.
I, Vampire #2- 5/5- Love the atmosphere of this book.
JL Dark #2- 4/5- All of DC’s “dark” books are rock solid.
Aquaman #2- 4/5- Mera is one tough lady. And that’s a good thing.
Amazing Spider-man #672- 4/5- Spider Island has finally finished its 17 year run.
Venom #8- 5/5- Remender has turned Flash Thompson into one of this year’s best characters.
Daredevil #5- 5/5- Sorry, Foggy. I thought you were with the brunette. My bad.
Wolverine and the X-Men- 5/5- Robert Drake, CPA to the mutant stars.
That’s what I read this week, Plexers.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Cliff CHIANG
Up until last week, I’d never bought a WW book. Couldn’t have cared less about Diana. But a funny thing happened on the way to the DC relaunch… this has now been 2 issues of awesomeness. Zeus has been a bad boy by cheating on Hera and she wants his latest offspring not so much to be dead, just not alive anymore. Well, it’s up to WW to make sure that doesn’t happen. Azz’s dialogue is sharp and appropriate to each character. It’s also very sparse, which allows CHIANG’s art to tell an amazing visual story. Unbelievable panel work in this issue and I gotta say, Diana looks great. CHIANG draws her powerful and feminine. Plus, it’s great that she really looks Greek. Batman was cool but this is the Pick of the Week thanks to CHIANG!!!!!
“Tell me what’s not to be afraid of.”
Uncanny X-Men #544- 4/5- Satisfying yet somewhat confusing “end” to the series.
Wolverine #17- 5/5- Logan teams up with a talking gorilla. Sold!
Fables #110- 5/5- I want Fables to have my children.
Red Hood #2- 4/5- Am I supposed to like these people or not? What’s the deal with that?
Catwoman #2- 4/5- Brace yourself, there’s more sexy time in this. Shocking.
Green Lantern Corps #2- 4/5- High “loss of appendages” to pages rate.
Batgirl #2- 4/5- I would rather she had Dick..errr.. dated Richard. Nightwing. You know what I mean.
Nightwing #2- 4/5- It’s official… Every relaunch title character has to sex with someone at least once in the 1st 2 issues.
Justice League #2- 5/5- I don’t remember every early member of the JLA being such a jackass.
Batman #2- 5/5- Stupendous. Capullo is kiiiiillllliiiinnnngggg it!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Artist: JH Williams
Pick this off the shelf. Look at the first 3 pages. Gaze in wonder at the way the fight scene is laid out. Go on, I’ll wait. Yeah, I know. From the cover to the panel layouts to the coloring to the body language, this is just a beautiful book. There is so much to take in and absorb that I almost feel as if I don’t want to turn the page for fear of missing some minor touch or little pencil stroke. But let’s not overlook the story which has been so well paced thus far. As Kate continues to search for the missing children, we are allowed further into her world and the characters that reside in it. And it’s those people that make the world seem rich and full. I wanna know more about this world. I wanna find out what happens to the kids. I wanna see Kate on another date. (Hey, that rhymes.) I wanna make this the Pick of the Week.
“This is so camp Crystal Lake.”
Writer: Tom Morello
Artist: Scott Hepburn
If Gerard Way can make Umbrella Academy awesome, then surely Rage Against the Machine guitarist Morello can do something cool with this, right? Right? Anybody? Yeah, it’s no UA. After hearing Morello give interviews about this book, I get what he’s going for… a dystopian landscape where an unlikely hero rises up out from the masses… but it’s just not very good. Or original. The unevenness of both the story and art is displayed throughout the book. Speech patterns don’t match. Art that is clean one page is hazy and crosshatched the next. Maybe there’s a good story in here somewhere but I couldn’t find it. Luckily I have My Chem playing on Pandora right now, so I at least got that going for me.
“We have caught you!”
Ultimate Spider-man #3- 5/5- If you’re not reading this, then you are just wrong.
Ultimate X-Men #2- 4/5- It’s nice to know that in the Ultimate Universe, everyone is good looking.
Amazing Spider-man #671- 3/5- The art is waning and the story needs to be done.
X-Men: Regenesis- 4/5- Pick your sides. Storm or Toad? Dazzler or Dust? Milk or Cheese?
Morning Glories #13- 3/5- I might now be buying this simply out of spite.
Irredeemable #30- 3/5- I want to care again, Mark Waid. Please help me a little.
Green Lantern #2- 4/5- Sinestro- Hell yeah! Hal Jordan- meh.
Suicide Squad #2- 4/5- It’s weird and strange and a man-shark bites people’s heads off.
Frankenstein #2- 4/5- DC Hellboy continues to be a really fun read.
Grifter #2- 4/5- Muuuuuccchhhhh better than the 1st issue.
Resurrection Man #2- 4/5- So obviously none of this was meant to relaunch women’s clothes.
Batman & Robin #2- 4/5- It’s slightly possible that Damien is a tad psychotic.
Demon Knights #2- 5/5- Some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on. And Dragons.
Uncanny X-Force #16- 5/5- The Blob has massive nipple rings.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
We’ve all had jobs that we thought were beneath us. Maybe it was dog walker or pizza delivery boy. For Tony Chu, it’s meter maid. Once the most important special agent in the gov’t, Tony now has to come to grips with handing out tickets from a Segway. In a kilt. The story takes place over three days and we get to watch Layman put Tony on a crazy rollercoaster of vocational ups and downs. The dialogue, as always, snaps and it’s easy to get a feel for all the characters in very short time. Guillory’s art continues to amaze me as I find more and more Easter eggs in each panel. Even at its most gruesome, the art leaves me grinning like a schoolgirl. Um, a very manly schoolgirl. Yeah. Anyways… Chew continues to be one of the best books out there and is, once again, my Pick of the Week.
“Is he licking motor oil?”
Detective Comics #2
Writer: Tony Daniel
Artist: Tony Daniel
Maybe it’s been a while since Bruce has been Batman but I don’t really know who this is. It looks like Batman but as Daniel moves us through the story so far… it’s confusing. Does Bruce have lots of casual sex with reporters? Does he walk into obvious traps and start yelling out for a kidnap victim alerting the bad guys to his exact location? We are introduced to a new villain, The Dollmaker, and to be honest, he’s kinda.. lame or tame or contrived or something that just doesn’t do much for me. And the ending, while controversial, just feels hollow and kind of cheap. The art is dark and atmospheric, setting the mood very well but there are a few panels that don’t quite make the grade. Overall, I appreciate Daniel’s attempt to go to Bat’s dark places but it just doesn’t feel like it has the weight of Snyder’s Batman.
“Then kiss me before you bleed to death.”
Huntress #1- 4/5- Really dug the art and look forward to the rest of the mini-series.
Penguin #1- 5/5- Oh man! The Penguin mess you up, fool!
Red Lanterns #2- 3/5- I’m going to like this once they finally explain what these lanterns do.
Action Comics #2- 4/5- Whatever he might become later, this version of Supes kicks massive amounts of heiny. Pardon my French.
Invincible #83- 4/5- The maturing of a superhero is a fascinating study.
The Walking Dead #89- 5/5- Grenade meet pin. Now say goodbye.
That’s what I read this week, Plexers.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Ultimate Spider-Man #2
Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
I was exceedingly skeptical about this new incarnation of Spider-man. Not because of all the racial hoopla (Miguel O’Hara has been a non-white Spider-man for years) but because I know Peter to be Spidey (There was no clone. Stop asking.) But I wanted to give it a shot and the 1st issue was ok but moved really slowly for me and I could feel myself waning on the title. But O, Bendis, you magnificent bastard! I smiled the whole way through issue 2. I rooted for Miles as he was confronted by the bullies. I sympathized with him as he had the heart to heart with his dad. I felt his fear as he and his best friend (a terrific character in a Frog-Man tee) tried to figure out what was happening to him. Pichelli’s art is beautiful and really highlights the new and different spider powers that Miles is starting to manifest. At the end of the day, this issue made me excited for the next one more than any other book and thus, it is The Pick of the Week.
“Dude, you have powers.”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ivan Reis
I’m so angry. I… see… wha… Aquaman?? Reallllllyyyy?? Here’s how you know you should run out and get this… I wanted to hate it. I picked it up so that I could laugh at people who thought that Aquaman could somehow be a good character. I was ready to mega-loathe it. But… dang it. It’s really good. There is no denying the art is outstanding. Look at the angles and different viewpoints Reis uses throughout. People’s expressions are rich and full and the coloring pops something fierce. But it would have been for naught if Johns hadn’t made fishboy compelling and I mean quickly. And he does. This is heavier on the character intro than it is on the plot and that works out just fine. There is the right amount of self-deprecation mixed with a real sense of depth and power for Aquaman. So I guess I am dropping a few of the new 52 but I am going to be subscribing to this one. I have a feeling it’s going to be a while before I have heard that last of being wrong on this.
“I don’t talk to fish.”
Sixth Gun #15- 4/5- Really good look at some of the characters’ pasts
Savage Hawkman #1- 2/5- Art- Blech! Story- zzzzz
Firestorm #1- 2/5- Stop talking. Stop talking. Stop talking. Please stop talking
I, Vampire #1- 4/5- I’m in cuz they don’t sparkle
GL: New Guardians #1- 3/5- Rushed in places it should be slower and slow in places that should be faster
Superman #1- 3/5- I like 5 years ago Supes in Action . I don’t care about now Supes
Flash #1- 4/5- Good writing start for great artist Manapul
Teen Titans #1- 4/5- I’m going to struggle when Tim’s not the focus
Batman: Dark Knight #1- 4/5- Solid enough for the Batman fans
JL Dark #1- 4/5- Flying teeth ate Superman. Yep. It’s true
Gladstones #5- 4/5- You are all messing out on a fun, twisting comic!
Daredevil #4- 5/5- The new Matt continues to impress
Wolverine #16- 4/5- I liked it. I think. Robert Goulet Logan is weird
Venom #7- 4/5- Remender, much like Flash Thompson, has a hard time pulling punches
Amazing Spider-man #670- 4/5- Spider Island will never end. But it’s entertaining
FF #9- 3/5- Boring. Dropped it
That’s what I read this week, Plexers. Wasn’t that enough for one week?