Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Week in Comics 10/26/11

Despite what I said last week, I will be reviewing a Vertigo this time. Goes to show you that I really have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to this blog. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

All-Star Western v3 #2
By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat, and Jordi Bernet 
     I think my favorite thing about this series is how much it uses from the little bits of history in other books. It's everything I know about Gotham's past, plus even more stuff that ties into the future. On top of that, it's just a good read. I didn't feel as though the backup was as strong. It seemed like a wild west Etrigan/Jason Blood thing, but where the demon inside the guy is just a different guy with a mask. This is another book that I really think losing the backup, and the extra price, would help it out in the long run. Unless Jonah Hex and El Diablo are going to meet up, I don't really care about him.

Batman: The Dark Knight v2 #2
By David Finch and Paul Jenkins
     When the book opens with dialog like, "You are not afraid of pain. Not afraid of death. Afraid, maybe, of living" you know you are in for a ride. This is just not good. The dialog is over dramatic and trying way to hard to be Frank Miller at points. There is just a lot of bad ideas being tossed around, and the relatively good ideas are poorly executed. I wish I could send a note to DC along with my money that says, "Yes I am buying this, but I don't actually support it. I am just a crazy person with a Batman blog who feels he has to read everything with Batman in it." I mean, when you are tying to pass of the Ventriloquist as a bad-ass something has gone wrong. This is basically the plot of Arkham Asylum, but only the stupid part where Joker takes the Titan formula.

The Flash v4 #2
By Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul
     And now for a book that's good. This is one of those times where I feel as though I cant convey that this book is good. The art is great, its well written, the characters are interesting, it's just good. So go read it.

I, Vampire #2
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino 
     Once again, I am really liking this book. he cover of issue one is so misleading it should win some type of award for deception. This reads and feels like a Vertigo title to me. There's lots of blood, a little nudity, and no superheroes. The story isn't some swooning twilight fanfic, but something I'd expect out of a pre-twilight vampire movie. If you are/were a fan of vampires, before all the recent nonsense, check this out.

Justice League Dark #2
By Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin 
     This seemed a lot better than the first issue. This also had more John Constantine than the first issue. Maybe those are related. It's another team book where the team is still not together, which is annoying. This slow start almost lost me in issue one. I really hope the team gets together quick and this book starts being cool. AKA Constantine calling everyone squire while they fight demons. The art is still kind of annoying, but seemed less horrible than the first issue. Maybe I am just over the shock.

Spaceman #1 
By Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
     I loved 100 Bullets, and I thought the preview to this series in Strange Adventure was interesting so I have been looking forward to this series. The first thing that really struck me was the dialog. It's written in this weird future slang that kind of took me out of the book. I know people in the future won't talk exactly as we do now, but that kind of thing always breaks immersion for me. Beyond that, I really like the world this book takes place in. The future is dirty and crappy, but still obsessed with the lives of celebrities. It definitely feels like a commentary on a possible future of our current times. I am most interested in what happened on mars and any info on why the world is the way it is. Definitely interested in the rest of this series.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week in Comics 10/19/11

I'm taking a break from playing Arkham City to get this out on time. Don't you feel special for reading it. I think I am going to give up on Vertigo reviews for a little while. I no longer have a car and it's a bit of a chore to get to a comic shop every week for them. So, maybe they'll come back when Vertigo is same day digital. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Batman v2 #2
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo 
     I find that I have a hard time talking about good comics on an issue to issue basis. This is good. I can tell you that I liked the plot and the fighting, but I don't feel like I can really sell it without talking about the whole arc. It's so much easier to talk about bad comics. As per usual, I liked something Scott Snyder wrote. The art is kind of weird. I think it's good, but there are little things in it that bug me. Bruce Wayne seems really short in this. Maybe he wears platform Bat-Boots.

Batman Odyssey v2 #1
By Neal Adams
     Speaking of bad comics. This book starts with 4 pages of wordy tell-and-not-show dialog recapping a story that is just on the verge of sense, but not quit there. It then continues to a plot about Ra's Al Ghul's son that has way to much dialog and is crazy. THEN IT GETS EVEN CRAZIER. It cuts to Batman riding a giant bat and being attacked by people riding dinosaurs in a post apocalyptic future. But, Bruce Wayne isn't older and Dick Grayson is a teenager. This might be the most insane comic I have ever read. I can't even put it into words. This is something that must be experienced.

Catwoman v4 #2
By Judd Winick and Guillem March 
     Two in a row on the Batman and Catwoman having sex count. Technically it's the same scene, but I'll count it. Despite a lot of complaints I have read about that I don't really mind. To me Catwoman is supposed to be hypersexual. If these things where happening in like Supergirl this would be a different review. I still like this book and think it's good enough to keep reading.

Justice League v2 #2
By Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
     Ooooh so close to getting the entire league in one issue. Yet another slow paced issue that is 95% set up 5% cliffhanger. All the characterization seem off to me. Superman is picking fights while Batman tries to talk everyone down. Hal Jordan doesn't stop talking and constantly insults the other heroes. Barry Allen doesn't want to help. What the hell. 

Nightwing v3 #2
By Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
     Man, everybody's getting laid in the DCnU. Overall, I really liked this issue, it had some good fighting as well as moving the plot toward something other than Dick Grayson being another costumed protector of Gotham. I liked the art a lot too. There were some pretty cool panels during the fights. Oh, and blah blah red costume is dumb.

Wonder Woman v4 #2
By Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang 
     As I probably mentioned in my review of #1, I had been wanting to read Wonder Woman for a little while. With this series I got an easy chance, and thankfully it's really good. I really like how involved this is with the greek gods, and how it plays off of things I vaguely knew about Wonder Woman's origin. This is definitely the time to jump on with the series if you have any interest in the character. Hell, even if you don't.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week In Comics 10/12/11

This is a pretty Bat heavy week. I'm not complaining, it just seems odd that they would stack so many and not spread them out over a month. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #5
By Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy
     I loves me some American Vampire. I am pretty sad that both the WWII arc and WWII book have ended, but I guess the story has to move on eventually. I hope that these character show up in future arcs of the main American Vampire series.

Batgirl v4 #2
By Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf 
     I have to say, this issue was much better than the last one. A lot of the problems with confusing dialog weren't present, and the villain was less funny and more comic book-ey. While Simone is still dancing around how Barbra got the use of her legs back, at this point I don't really care. If people can come back from the dead by magic, people can walk again by magic. I'm glad I stuck with this book, and hope it continues to get better.

Batman and Robin v2 #1
By Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
     Bruce Wayne not knowing how to be a dad is exactly what I wanted out of this book. Dick/Damian was a great team and I was sad to see it end, but this is good in a different way. It seems like Damian has regressed a bit for the DCnU back into his super douchey self, but that gives story opportunities like Alfred looking so sad. Which is a great panel from this book. I am tempted to send that panel to people whenever they make me sad.

Batwoman #2
By W. Hayden Blackman and J. H. Williams III
     I can't say enough good things about this book. It looks like there is three talented artists and not just the one. The story is interesting and well told. Buy this if you haven't.

Demon Knights #2
By Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves
     Dungeons and Dragons. That's what this book is. It is the best kind of campaign because it's fun, funny and full of crazy action. Vandal Savage eats a dinosaur. You can't get much better than that. This is another book that people should absolutely be reading.

Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #1
By Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli 
     Yet another series that continues to be good. Not quite as funny as the first issue. It definitely felt more like Hellboy, but that's not a bad thing. Plus, the cliffhanger leads me to believe that the next issue will be an amazing fight for 22 pages. Which it probably won't be, but I can dream.

Northlanders #45
By Brian Wood and Declan Shalvey
     This is the part of the week where I complain about this books cancellation. I mean seriously, what the hell. Anyway, Nortlanders is good as always and you should all be buying the trades. Every single person in the world could use more vikings. Even vikings.

The Unexpected
By Various
     I was kind of disappointed by this. I enjoyed Strange Adventures, and was hoping this would be another cool anthology to check out some writers/artists I had never heard of. Bust most of the stories were pretty meh. There were a few good ones, but for the most part these stories relied on shock endings. It read like boring episodes of a modern Twilight Zone. Plus, the story that was a precursor to a new series didn't hook me at all.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Detective Comics #46

Cover: Bob Kane

Professor Strange's Fear Dust
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson & George Roussos
Letters: George Roussos
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Week In Comics 10/5/11

Now for the second wave of DCnU. I'm floating a lot of series to issue #2 as part of an attempt to read more than just Batman. We'll see how that goes. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

Action Comics v2 #2
By Grant Morrison and Rags Morales 
     You know, I really want to like this. I loved (most) of Grant Morrison's Batman stuff, so I had high hopes for his Superman. While I'm sure this is good, I just cant care about a Superman comic. Besides that, the art is pretty weak. I don't know why, but most of my art complaints come from people's faces. They just look weird in this. Lois Lane's face changes shape and size too many times for me to ignore it. Probably not going to continue on with this.

Animal Man v2 #2
By Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman 
     This series continues to be really good. It's creepy and dark in a way other comics try to be. I'm 100% interested in the story and where its going. This book is an absolute must read for any comic fan. Probably not kids, actually. The art is a little off, but I think it suits the book well. Like I said last month, it doesn't look like standard superhero art. That's not a bad thing. Definitely continuing with this. 

Batwing #2
By Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
     I really like it when comics have a history that seems like it's been happening all along and we just never got comics about it. This group of superheroes that is being hunted down feels a lot like that. This issue seemed like a bit of a quick read, but I don't mind too much. Plus it ended on a totally bad-ass line. Yet another I will continue reading.

Detective Comics v2 #2
By Tony Daniel 
     In all honesty, I picked this up to see how bad it was. There is nothing quite as depressing as one of DC's flagship titles being really bad. Which it wasn't until Batman showed up. That is not a good thing to say about a comic starring Batman. The Bruce Wayne bits seemed fairly normal, with the exception of Bruce getting laid. The only thing I got from that was that Bruce Wayne is capable of having sex from 2:15pm to nightfall. But, when Batman shows up the horrible narration kicks in. Another confusing thing. In Batman #1 Black Mask (aka Jeremiah Arkham) is in the breakout. In Detective #2 he is running the facility. Maybe should have worked that one out. Even worse is Harvey Bullock isn't wearing a fedora or smoking a cigar. And for no reason, a big titted woman in a slutty nurse outfit. Really, this wasn't as bad as issue #1. Not much better either. But, there is a lot of little things that annoyed me. Including another stupid shock ending. Who knows if I will keep reading. I almost feel obligated to.

Green Arrow v6 #2
By J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens 
     I really want this series to be good. It's basically not a Green Arrow book anymore. It's some wannabe Bruce Wayne with a bow. Sadly I will be dropping this book. Let me know when Ollie is a beard sportin socialist again. 

Huntress v3 #1
By Paul Levitz and Marcus To
     Confession time, I love the Huntress. I'm super glad to see her getting a miniseries. I'm even more glad that it didn't suck. I like that she is dealing with mob shit outside of Gotham. Huntress had been a mob fighting, Batman approval seeking character for a while. That changed a bit with Birds of Prey, so I was pretty bummed when she wasn't in the lineup. Already know I'm going to buy all of this series. 

Justice League International v3 #2
By Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti 
     Eh, this issue was alright. I don't think this is staying interesting enough to really keep me reading. It's solid all around, but I'm just unmotivated by it. So, this one is cut.

Men of War v2 #2
By Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick
Backup by Jonathan Vankin and Phil Winslade
     I really liked this issue. The mix of soldier and superhero still totally works for me. My biggest issue is the backup. Why is it there? It's a boring standard war story with bad art. And it makes it so that the book is $3.99. People aren't going to pay more for a comic they aren't sure of. If there is one thing that kills this series, it's the price. I'll keep reading, but I have a feeling this won't be around too long.

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1
By Greg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski 
     When I heard this was announced I was pretty surprised. The Penguin never really made it back into real villainy post-crisis. He was always just a mob boss type who Batman would get info from. This seems to be the case with this comic, but it works. The issue really demonstrates why the Penguin is in the position of power he is, through the present day and flashbacks. The art really adds to it though. this is some really dark and gritty art. I mentioned Animal Man being dark, but this is like black ink on black paper in a dark room levels of dark art. Might as well check out the rest of the series.

Swamp Thing v5 #2
By Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
     I thought the first issue was pretty slow, but I don't really mind that. This is definitely a little faster, but still most of the issue is dedicated to exposition. This would be an issue if I didn't think Scott Snyder was a great writer. I am still interested in this, and the exposition does help me understand a lot of things. I think people who have read a lot of swamp thing would be bored by this, but I'm pretty new to the character. Besides his appearances in Hellblazer, crossovers with Batman, and the animated TV series. I'll keep reading as long as it stays interesting. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Detective Comics #45

Cover: Bob Kane

The Case of the Laughing Death
Writing: Bill finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson & George Roussos 
Letters: George Roussos

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