Thursday, June 30, 2011

Week in Comics 6/29/11

Well since I don't talk about comics enough, I figured I could do a sort of weekly roundup of what I got and my thoughts on them. Hint: It's mostly Batman related. I am not going to give too much of a synopsis, but there is going to be spoilers for this weeks comics in there. I warned you.

American Vampire #16
By Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque
     This issue shed light on the reason why Taipan had so many crazy vampire monsters. I really liked the idea that the Japanese were weaponizing vampirism and testing it on POWs. Japan did a lot of crazy testing on POWs so this is a pretty logical extension of that. I am glad that Henry finally brought up that Skinner was in the unit, since that probably would have come up earlier. As always this series is amazing in both art and writing. Anyone who likes comics, even people who are tired of vampires, should buy it.

Batman: Arkham City #3
By Paul Dini and Carlos D'anda
     I am not so sure how I feel about this series. It's good but it doesn't really leave an impression on me. I was actually surprised when I realized that it was issue 3. In this issue a thug named Lester Kurtz tries to join sides with the Joker and then the Penguin. For a comic that is meant to lead up to the real story of the game, it's not bad. The art is good and it's well written, I just don't really feel like this is at all important to anything. At least this comic now features a less slutty Harley Quinn than post-relaunch DC.

Batman Inc #7
By Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham
     This issue mainly featured Man of Bats and Little Raven, who I am sure I will get to eventually in the podcast. This was a pretty depressing story, and I am sure accurate to life on a reservation. One of the things I like about Morrison's reintroducing of all these old characters is that he really makes it seem like they have been around the whole time. We just haven't seen the years of stories they have. Something about Burnham's art puts me off. I think its too detailed, which give everything a kind of scratchy look.

Detective Comics #878
By Scott Snyder and Jock
     Scott Snyder is killing it on Detective and I am really looking forward to his Batman run post relaunch. I almost think he should be on Nightiwng with how well he is developing and portraying Dick Grayson's character. But I can see why a writer wouldn't pass up getting to write a brand new Batman #1. I am really interested in where the James Gordon plot is going as well. I am kinda iffy on Jocks art. While I think he does action pretty well, there is just something about how he draws Batman's face that I don't like.

Gotham City Sirens #24
By Peter Calloway and Andres Guinaldo
     I am not too sure if this is the last issue of this comic. If it's not I have no idea what the next couple will be about. This issue was kind of weird. I know part of Harley's character is her obsession and love for the Joker. She is basically an abused woman who keeps going back to the abuser. And that is what makes this strange. All of Harley's caption boxes make it seem like she knew exactly what she was doing. It didn't seem like justification, but like she fully intends and knows that she is ditching her friends and returning to someone who tires to kill her.

Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1
By Pornsak Pichetshote, Marco Castiello, and IG Guara
     First, Pornsak? I can't even believe that's a name. Second, I love Green Arrow. The idea behind this story is pretty great. It always seemed strange that no one took villain tech and applied it to current technology. The "can a corporation be a superhero" thing is kinda cheesy, but I'm pretty interested to see where this is going. There is a bit too much "OH LOOK HOW DIFFERENT THINGS ARE IN FLASHPOINT OLLIE CANT USE A BOW" though.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Detective Comics #34

Cover: Craig Flessel

Peril in Paris
Writing: Gardner Fox
Pencils: Bob Kane & Sheldon Moldoff
Inks: Bob Kane
Letters: Sheldon Moldoff
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Detective Comics #33

Cover: Bob Kane

Batman Wars Against the Dirigible of Doom
Writing: Bill Finger & Gardner Fox
Pencils: Bob Kane & Sheldon Moldoff
Inks: Bob Kane
Letters: Sheldon Moldoff

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Detective Comics #32

Batman vs the Vampire (Pt. 2)
Written by: Gardner Fox
Penciled by: Bob Kane & Sheldon Moldoff
Inks: Bob Kane
Letters: Sheldon Moldoff
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Detective Comics #31

Batman vs the Vampire (Pt. 1)
Written by: Gardner Fox
Penciled by: Bob Kane & Sheldon Moldoff
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Detective Comics #30

The Return of Dr. Death
Written by: Gardner Fox
Penciled by: Bob Kane

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Detective Comics #29

Batman Meets Dr. Death
Written by: Gardner Fox
Penciled by: Bob Kane

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Detective Comics #28

Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane


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Monday, June 13, 2011

Detective Comics #27

The Case of the Criminal Syndicate
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane

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