Monday, November 28, 2011

Detective Comics #47

Cover: Bob Kane

Money Can't Buy Happiness
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Jerry Robinson & George Roussos
Letters: George Roussos
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week In Comics 11/23/11

I got nothin' for this little text blurb. Script is done for the next episode, it's just a matter of when I can record with thanksgiving coming up. So, here are some comic reviews. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMCS. 

All-Star Western v3 #3
Justin Gray. Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat, and Jordi Bernet 
     Pretty much everything I want out of this comic is in this comic. It's just Jonah Hex walking around Gotham being a bad-ass. I really couldn't ask for more. The art looks great, even if the women are pretty hilariously proportioned. It worked alright when it was prostitutes, but there is no reason for a shopkeep to look like that. As for the backup, I really don't see why this book has one. I know there are a lot of western characters to work with, but I don't think a book like this is popular enough to carry the extra price and pages. Backups should intro new characters in popular books that people will still buy for an extra dollar.

Batman: The Dark Knight v2 #3
By David Finch
     Lets just go through some questions I have, in order, as I read this: How many times can the twist of a comic be that the villain was Clayface the whole time? Why did the flash crash through a wall when he could vibrate through it and not damage city property? Why is Batman threatening a detective? Why does Alfred send Bruce Wayne text messages about supervillains without any sort of code? "Thank god for small mercies and lace panties," seriously? Was that supposed to be witty? Why does Damian Wayne not exist in this or Detective Comics? Why even have the flash in this issue if he is totally useless? Well, as you can see, this is a terrible comic.

The Flash v4 #3
By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato 
     This issue has one of the most heroic lines I've read in the new 52, "3.5 million are in need. And I'm going to try to help every one of them." With Superman alternating between jerk, dick, and whiner in his three comics, it's nice to see the Flash just being a hero. I'm not really sure where this story is going, and it's kind of losing its shine. Barry does some cool stuff, but I am just not really getting invested in any of it. The art is also kind of back and forth for me. While I think it looks great and has really good layouts, a lot of faces look the same, to the point of me confusing a couple of characters. And no, I'm not complaining that the clones have the same face.

I, Vampire #3
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
     Every time I see this book mentioned it's as a vampire love story. This is the exact wrong way to market it. This is a book where one vampire takes a hatchet to other vampires who are trying to take over the world. Sure, there is a thread of lost love running through it, but when the covers have vampires in blue jeans, and the interiors have katana fights, something is wrong. Plus, next issue they are going to Gotham, and it says Constantine will show up. These are two things I absolutely love. This comic deserves to stick around, and I really hope it does.

Justice League Dark #3
By Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin 
     Every issue of this series is better than the last. It's still kind of slow going, and still doesn't have the team together, but unlike Justice League, I actually feel like all the characters are coming together for a reason. I'm still not a big fan of the art. It's like the uncanny valley of comic cart. It just looks weird. Nothing much to say about the issue other than that.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Week in Comics 11/16/11

As I mentioned in the last episode of the podcast, I have been playing a lot of Skyrim. But not even yelling at dragons can keep me away from Batman. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEKS COMICS. Although, since this is going to be a bit late, that doesn't matter as much.

Batman v2 #3
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
     Scott Snyder needs to write Batman comics forever. This series is everything Dark Knight and Detective Comics aren't. the plot is well thought out and interesting, the writing isn't trying too hard, the action is good, the villain is threatening and not just a villain from a torture porn flick. Even the things that are definitely comic logic, like the secret 13th floor, are presented and developed in a way that makes sense for the story. My only complaint would be the art. It's not bad, but characters have very similar faces. That doesn't take away from this awesome book though.

Catwoman v4 #3
By Judd Winick and Guillem March
     I am having a hard time coming up with things to say about this. I definitely enjoyed it, but it doesn't really feel like anything happened. Sure Catwoman does stuff, but the entire middle of this book could have been gone. Just Selina in the apartment and then BAM cops show up. I guess it didn't leave much of an impact on me.

Justice League v2 #3
By Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
     As a comic where Wonder Woman walks around and experiences ice cream for the first time, I found this to be pretty funny. And then I remembered this was a Justice League series. Even with most of the core team appearing in the issue, there is still no league. If there is justice or not is debatable. Since this isn't a good book and I don't want to write an essay about it, lets quickfire through some more problems. Hal Jordan calls dibs on Wonder Woman. There is dialog like "Concentrate, Lantern! Those things you make with that ring are breaking apart. That means your mind is scattered, right?" Geoff Johns is still trying to make Aquaman cool. The Flash's mask doesn't cover his eyebrows. And so much more.

Nightwing v3 #3
By Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows and Eduardo Pansica
     I really like how this series is taking Dick back to his circus roots and giving him a backstory that hasn't been that well explored. Sure the circus stuff showed up here and there, but I never really got the feeling he had friends from that time. The characters and interactions in this really make it feel like there is a whole section of Dick Grayson's life that has gone on in the background. All that said, that costume is still terrible. I almost can't look at it. At one point John Grayson shows up in an outfit similar to the discowing costume and I almost wept. Seriously, why red? Alright, I'm done.

Wonder Woman v4 #3
By Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang
     This is definitely the same Wonder Woman who enjoyed ice cream in Justice League. That seems to be a major issue with setting some of the books back in time. Anyway, this is a book were Wonder Woman gets to mad she punches trees over. And that is just awesome. I'm really enjoying this series and all of its mythological roots. As well as the change in the way the Amazons view Wonder Woman. I am  hoping these next few issues are just the God of War games but with Wonder Woman. I want to see someone fight Aries.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Week in Comics 11/9/11

Over the last couple of days I've been barely able to focus on anything that isn't The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It's  not out yet, but I have been obsessed, seeking out any videos or info I can. The only thing that could possibly give me respite from my madness is these comics. So, lets hope they are worth it. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS. 

Batgirl v4 #3
By Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf
     This was kind of a strange issue. I don't know if I really felt the impact of the train bombing ob Batgirl. She just seemed to move on, which isn't col when that many people die. And then the whole thing with Nightwing. I can see them fighting, even if it's for stupid reasons, but whats up with Barbra using "Richard" instead of Dick. At first I thought it was kind of a way to piss him off, but she kept using it even in internal narration. This whole series has felt off so far. Maybe it's because I don't have the Babs-as-Batgirl nostalgia quite as hard as other people, but I am just not exited by this. I'd rather have Oracle back. 

Batman and Robin v2 #3
By Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason 
     Issue one of this was alright. Not the greatest thing ever, but a better than Detective and Dark Knight. In the two issues since I think this has become really good. I'm liking the interplay with Bruce/Damian/Alfred. While the villain has a sort of lame backstory so far, he does well in being a threat. Even Ace the Bathound is in it. I'm definitely more interested with each issue, and I hope that this can maintain its upward swing without coming back down too far.

Batwoman #3
By W. Haden Blackman and J. H. Williams III
     I just can't express how good this book is. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the art. I would marry this series if I could. To me, this is an absolute must read for anyone who likes comics. Probably for people who don't like comics too. This already feels like one of those runs that I am going to come back to and read several times. 

Demon Knights #3
By Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves
     Yet another super good series. Definitely good in a different way though. This book is ridiculous, fun, and funny. It's an enjoyable read. I was kind of disappointed at the lack of mechanical dragons promised by the last issue, but that is only a minor annoyance. It's not too often that a comic will make me laugh out loud, so and this issue gets that honor. I've said it before, but this is DCU D&D and that is great.

Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #3
By Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli
     Constantly referring to a planet as MONSTER PLANET is awesome. It pretty much captures what this book is all about. Insane over the top action. Similar to Demon Knights, this is just a fun book to read. It's a crazy action movie where Frankenstein and other monsters fight aliens. It sounds awesome because it is.

Huntress v3 #2
By Paul Levitz and Marcus To
     Not a lot happened in this issue. It really feels like a sort of repeat from the first. Still tracking this guy, still trying to save trafficked ladies. Still liking the art, but otherwise unremarkable. Hope the next few issues pick up.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Batman #4

Cover by: Bob Kane

The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos

Blackbeard's Crew and the Yacht Society
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos

Public Enemy No. 1
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos

Touchdown for Justice
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Week in Comics 11/2/11

This is the part where I make small talk. Maybe I toss in an excuse or few about the lateness of episodes. Usually it's just filler until I can say SPOILERS IN THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

Animal Man v2 #3
By Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman 
     Man, this book has some creepy visuals. Travel Foreman should get some sort of award for most weird looking tumor-monsters. His art is backed up by a pretty crazy and interesting story. I wish it were paced a little bit faster, but I think it would lose some of the weirdness if things got explained. Although I don't know if anything can remove the weirdness of the first couple of pages. It seems like this series is slowly moving toward a Swamp Thing tie in, which I approve of, but it's dropping kinda loose hints. I would be sad if they were just fighting the same enemy and didn't team up.

Batwing #3
By Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
     This book is still surprising ever week. I was so skeptical of a Batwing book being any good that I'm still not over it. This issue finally gave us a little backstory about David Zavimbe, which is good. Up to this point not a lot has been explained about anything, and it was nice to know something about these characters. Hopefully, with the events of the last few pages, we will be getting a lot of info about the The Kingdom. That is the most interesting part of the story to me.

Detective Comics v2 #3
By Tony Daniel 
     Have they solicited a new writer yet? I know I don't get an opinion because I will buy it anyway, but damn. This is just not good comics. Plot points appear out of nowhere just to explain the very next thing that happens. The things that then happen are stupid. I think Tony Daniel got dared to end every issue on a shock twist, and then explain it in a way that removes any importance next issue. It's like old serial movies where they would show the hero blow up and then in the next episode it shows the part where he dove out of the way at the last second. It's cheap. Comics aren't. New creative team please.

Men of War v2 #3
By Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick
Backup by Jonathan Vankin and Phil Winslade
     If there were one thing I could change about this book, it would be the backup. If there were two things, I would make this a lot less episodic. At this point things are starting to feel a little formulaic. Army guys show up somewhere, shoot people, SURPRISE METAHUMAN, end. I would really like to see this as a longer arc with character development. Maybe an antagonist who lasts longer than an issue. If these changes don't happen I don't see reading this too much longer.

Swamp Thing v5 #2
By Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette 
     Finally an issue that picked up the pace a bit. Things actually happened, and they were crazy. I think Snyder and Lemire got together and decided to write really gross things this week. More so than usual. although I was disappointed by the lack of backward-head people wielding axes, I enjoyed this issue a lot.