Monday, February 27, 2006

New Comics!

Alright...I'm a little late but better late than never right?

As with all of my comic talk I'll premise by saying that I talk about old comics too since I was in Scotland for a year and let them pile up. I buy a few new ones here and there and supplement them with arcs of titles I've kept running.

Green Lantern #s 7 and 8-
These were a last ditch attempt to test if I was to continue reading this series. Besides the treatment of Hector Hammond and Coast (Ghost) City's rebuilding I have found this new series to be uneventful, boring and pedestrian.

Now, I loves me some Geoff Johns but he struck out here. His attempt at bringing back the Neal Adams glory days of Lantern and Green Arrow by further ripping off an Alan Moore story sealed the deal.

Green Lantern is a character whose very premise allows for limitless possibility of storytelling but to rip off two different stories and pass them off as something new, clever and cute is downright blasphemous.

No more I says! But next issue has Batman using a power ring so I may have that one as my final issue. Someone out there tell me if it's worth it.

The New Avengers #s 11-13-
Oddly enough, I went into this arc (the Ronin arc from a while back) not wanting to like it.

It had a few strikes against it: 1) I already found out who Ronin is and 2) I know what Bendis did to Alpha Flight in a later issue.

But what can I say, I loved it. His grasp of dialogue between these characters (particularly Spider-man, a character I don't really like) is very tight. Makes me wish I'd been reading Ultimate Spider-Man. Although I won't be playing catch-up on them anytime soon.

Finch on the art chores is impressive (although I'm a little bored with the whole early 90s Image art look). His action scenes are things of beauty. Particularly the ninja assault on Avengers Tower.

Ninjas, Hydra, Silver Samurai? Check! Me likey.

All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder-
This was also the last time I was planning on buying this series. I have found Miller's take on Batman as an abusive and outlandish sounding asshole has turned me off. This issue, however, rescued this book from being wiped from my pull list.

Black Canary was very cool even though that jump kick drawing used on the cover and in the issue is way overused by Jim Lee. See: any issue of X-Men where he drew Psylocke or any issue of WildCATS where he drew Zealot. Christ! He even used it on Batman!

Evolve Jim!

Otherwise, I'm in for the new issue where we see Miller's Superman. I hope he's the fascist he was in Dark Knight.

Desolation Jones #5-
No complaints whatsoever. Although the art in this issue made me wish I read Promethea. JH Williams III has some really cool panel layouts going on here.

We see the desolation test in this issue which is a little different from what I expected.

Pick this comic up people! Its premise: LA is a prison city for spies put out to pasture. Jones is a British spy nutter who is on a quest to retrieve Hitler's homemade porno tape.

Awesome.

Teen Titans #32-
Johns is redeeming himself. I love this book.

I'm not a fan of Tony Daniel's artwork so call me pleasantly surprised to discover it is actually drawn by Todd Nauck despite Daniel getting billed on the cover. I'm not really a Todd Nauck fan either though.

Teen Titans is one of the books I'll be following with DC's One Year Later. Mostly for the upcoming inclusion of Titans East and the continued appearances of Doom Patrol. Johns, I'm sure with the help of Grant Morrison, is working on amalgamating the messed-up continuity problems with Doom Patrol and despite being a confusing read for anybody new to the series (or those who haven't heard of the Doom Patrol before) I loved it.

Cassie's character (the silent archer) is wonderful. She isn't over the top like Green Arrow or even too broody like Arsenal. And the arrow she used on Superboy Prime (don't ask) in this issue? Beautiful.

All-Star Superman #2-
There have only been two issues released and this is already one of the best comic series ever published in my opinion. Morrison captures what it must be like to have godlike powers through simple toss out dialogue.

I truly look forward to each issue.

Quitely is an amazing artist.

I believe I'm reading really fun pre-Crisis Superman comics with updated art. This makes me happy. I can't wait for Morrison's upcoming Batman work.




More comic stuff later!

3 Bitching, Moaning and Praise

Blogger Vesper said...

If you can pick out some new comics that you think I would like (since I haven't been reading them in a long time)...please let me know. If you send them in the mail, I can send money to cover the cost of comics and postage. Just like ebay! But better...and then I will post my reviews. I could just go to the comic store, but it's much more fun to have a friend send "recommended" items...

6:07 pm  
Blogger Des said...

Whoa! OK. I'll get thinking. But it might work out more positively for you if you just take my recommendations and go to a comic store or Amazon.ca since I'm so dang far away from a comic store.

2:35 am  
Blogger Vesper said...

Okay cool. Sounds good to me! ;) Thanks.

6:10 am  

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