DC Comics: The New 52!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Fastball Special" - by Jeff Bailey

Animal Man #3

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Travel Foreman

It’s now obvious that Lemire and Foreman have deep-seeded emotional trauma. And I am so grateful for it. Buddy and Maxine continue their trip through the Red, the place of power for all the animal men (and women it seems). They are not alone. In some truly horrific images, we are introduced to the Three Hunters who are after not only Buddy and Max but the rest of the family as well. Lemire’s story twists and turns. It balances so well the needed exposition and gruesome action. Foreman’s art is right there with him. It is the stuff of nightmares and it is amazing. If you can handle it, start reading this series because the last panel of this issue will freak you right the hell out. And for that, it is the Pick of the Week.

Story- 5

Art- 5

“We have been expecting you.”

Invincible #84

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Artist: Ryan Ottley

The old truths of this book are still the truth. The characters feel real and have depth. The emotions bleed through the page. The art is crisp and clean and as good as it’s ever been. Most of these panels I want hanging on my wall. But none of that is new. It’s always been great and continues to be. But Kirkman seems to be taking an ever so subtle turn with where Mark is headed. If I’m right, I think we are seeing him grow up. He is a superhero that is starting to question if there is more that he can be doing to help those in need than just punching someone in the face. Superhero comics have to tell the same story over and over again. Nature of the beast. But I wonder if something different is going on here. I wonder…

Story- 5

Art- 5

“He did WHAT?!”


Witch Doctor #4- 5/5- The end of Dr. Morrow’s first (hopefully of many) wonderful, twisted, funny arc.

Action Comics #3- 4/5- Imagine, if you will, if a young Peter Parker were an alien with superpowers.

Red Lanterns #3- 4/5- The dialogue is a bit stilted but I’m diggin’ the rage.

Uncanny X-Men #1- 5/5- Magneto’s brains almost leak outta his eyes.

Amazing Spider-man #673- 4/5- It wraps up Spider Island in a neat, sweet, very naked little bow.

Irredeemable #31- 3/5- Yeah, the death was supposed to be edgy but it felt like it was treading the same old water.

That’s what I read this week, Plexers.

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