Monthly Archives: September 2011

All Star Western #1

I’ve never read any of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s run on Johah Hex, but I’ve heard great things about it. From what I understand this is the spiritual successor to that bool. Much like Green Lantern, Jonah Hex was recently the victim of a critically slammed movie adaptation. But like Green Lantern, the source material is much much better than the movie it spawned. Continue reading

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

This is such an interesting book. The fact that it’s the first ongoing book starring Kyle Rayner in nearly a decade, coupled with Tyler Kirkham’s art, makes this feel like a book straight out of the late 90’s. But it’s in a good way. There’s just something about this book that reminds me of Saturday cartoons. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this book appeals to my inner child. The colors, all the different corps members just dying to be made into action figures, I love it all. This first issue is a little oddly paced, but I can’t deny that it’s so much fun.

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The Flash #1

I always get a little nervous when I see that an artist is trying his/her hand at writing. It’s not that artists can’t be great writers, it’s just that I feel comics are usually at their best when a writer/artist team work together on a book. The problem with artists writing books, as was witnessed en masse in the 90’s formation of Image Comics, is that most of the time the art will take precedent over story and character development. Classic style over substance. But occasionally you get an artist that finds a way to perfectly uses the artist medium of comic books to blend picture and story in such a synergistic way that can only come from a single mind. That is what Francis Manapul has successfully done in this book. Continue reading

Aquaman #1

After revitalizing Green Lantern and The Flash, Geoff Johns has taken on Aquaman as his latest pet project. Every character Johns touches at DC turns to gold, instantly becoming a top 10 seller. But this one is a bit different. None of DC’s “Big 7” Justice League members are as derided and disregarded as Aquaman. With his work in Brightest Day and now here, it is Johns’ goal to turn that perception around, and lift Aquaman up to A-list hero. It’s too early to tell if he’ll have the success Green Lantern Hal Jordan received, or if we’ll a see a more mixed Barry Allen Flash degree of fan reception. Nevertheless, this is an extremely solid opening issue that shows that there is more to Aquaman than talking to fish. Continue reading

I, Vampire #1

I know what you’re thinking, because it’s what I was thinking. Vampires, really? All forms of media are being saturated by Vampires right now thanks to the Twilight phenomenon. Besides Twilight there’s True Blood, Vampire Diaries, countless Vampire movies released every year, and the incredible American Vampire comic written by Scott Snyder under DC’s Vertigo imprint. When I, Vampire, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Andrea Sorrentino, was first announced I immediately wrote it off. It was a creative team I was unfamiliar with, it smacked of teenage vampire romance, and I didn’t see how it could compare with what Snyder is doing over in American Vampire. Now that I actually have the book in my hands I can say without a doubt that out of all 52 new comics published by DC, this book is THE biggest surprise in terms of quality. Move over American Vampire, there’s a new vamp book at DC, and it’s my Book of the Week. Continue reading

DCnU Week 4

Here we are, in the last week of the first month of the new 52. There are 13 more #1 issues to be reviewed, and here are the ones I’m looking forward to the most. This time I’ll be including links to previews of the issues.

Aquaman #1-This is Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, the creative team behind some of the behind Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and a great deal of John’s Green Lantern Run, doing what they do best; taking a character who has been out of the limelight for a while and making him/her awesome. Aquaman has always been kind of a joke in public consciousness, but Johns is here to turn him into a DC A-lister. There’s no reason not to be excited for this book. Here’s a great interview with Johns about his plans for the book.

The Flash #1-Coming right out of the epic summer event Flashpoint, the catalyst for the new 52 relaunch, Barry Allen is a pretty big deal in the DCU. I’m definitely interested in seeing what ramifications that story will have on the Flash due to his intimate involvement. Some have expressed concern over Francis Manapul taking over writing duties in addition to art, but I’m willing to give him a shot. I can guarantee that this will be one of the best looking books of the DCnU, likely second only to Batwoman.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1-The final GL book of the relaunch is a team book starring Kyle Rayner, the youngest earth GL, and representatives from the various lantern Corps. Of all the GL books, I feel this one has the coolest premise. I love the different lantern corps, and Kyle is a great character that has kind of been overshadowed in recent years by Hal. Nevertheless, I consider Tony Bedard to be the most inconsistent of the GL writers. I wasn’t a big fan of his GLC run, or his War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath mini. As it stands I’m a bit of completist when it comes to GL books, so I’ll likely get this one no matter what. I just hope I don’t regret it.

Justice League Dark #1-While I do think the title for this book is a little silly, the concept couldn’t be more solid. A team book of DC’s greatest occult and supernatural characters? A writer who has been attached to many of the characters in the past and is well known for his work under DC’s Vertigo imprint. The Dark family of DC titles have been some of the best of the new 52, and hopefully this one will be another check in the win column.

Teen Titans #1-If you had told me three months ago that I would be excited about this Teen Titans book I wouldn’t have believed it. Everything about it turned me off initially. I had never heard of Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth is hardly my favorite artist, and what’s up with the team’s costumes? It’s all red and neutral colors. Yet here I am, after having read Lobdell’s first issue of Superboy, really interested in what this book has to offer. Lobdell has said that Superboy and Teen Titans are essentially one bimonthly book, so I’ll at least give this issue a shot. Here’s hoping it’s more like Superboy and less like Lobdell’s other book.

Reviewing the Rest-09/21/11

Week 3 of the DCnU was marked with some top quality books, two of which were my highest scoring books so far, and some which were very controversial. The rest ranged from decent to average, which is a major improvement over some of the below average books that came out last week. Now let’s get into “Reviewing the Rest”. Continue reading

Red Hood and The Outlaws #1 and Catwoman #1, or “The Problem with Female Sexuality in Comic Books”

These are okay comics. Both books had interesting characters and engaging plot points. Red Hood was especially entertaining, I really enjoyed seeing a Jason Todd that isn’t a homicidal maniac (maybe). Based on art (I have to say Kenneth Rockafort did an outstanding job on Red Hood), plot, and dialogue I would have given Red Hood a solid 8.0/10 and Catwoman a respectable 7.0/10. Unfortunately, there is a major problem with these books. This problem is their portrayal of female characters. It’s a common problem with comics, women are often nothing but eye candy, depicted with impossible figures and gravity defying breasts. But the content in these books is so frustratingly juvenile and objectifying (in Red Hood), and flat out distasteful (in Catwoman) that I feel I can’t help but hate these books. Continue reading

Wonder Woman #1

I’ve never really liked Wonder Woman that much. I feel like she’s a really hard character to write. She’s a strong female lead, something hard to come by in the male dominated world of comics, rooted in the rich tapestry of Greek mythology. However, more often than not she comes off as a weaker female Superman. While I’d heard good things about Gail Simone’s run and was intrigued by J. Michael Straczynksi’s interesting take on the character, there was never enough to attract me to the book. Yet here we are in the dawn of the DCnU, and I find myself loving a book about Wonder Woman.
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Green Lantern Corps #1

I absolutely loved Tomasi’s run on Green Lantern Corps. Running from the middle of the epic Sinestro Corps War till the end of the incredibly fun Blackest Night, Tomasi explored aspects of the GL universe not covered in Johns’ Green Lantern book. We got to learn more about the various lantern corps and witness some great character moments between Guy, Kyle, and some of the more obscure characters in the GLC. Then Tomasi left GLC to Tony Bedard to write Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, and neither title lived up to those earlier stories. Now we see Tomasi returning to GLC with Emerald Warrior partner Fernando Pasarin and with Guy Gardner teaming with John Stewart rather than Kyle Rayner. The result? An apparent return to form for the series. Continue reading