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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Fastball Special"- by Jeff Bailey


Chew #21
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.
Story- 5
Art- 5
“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.
Story- 2
Art- 4
“Then kiss me before you bleed to death.”

*Shortstops*

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. 

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