Reviews for 2-23-05

Daredevil: Redemption #2

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: David Hine
Art: Michael Gaydos
This is the second issue of a six issue mini series. The story so far; in the rural town of Redemption Valley, Alabama, a boy has been murdered. The sheriff is convinced that it is the result of a satanic ritual carried out by three local teenagers, Joel Flood, his girlfriend Adrienne Bowen and her brother Saul (who is “educationally challenged). Joel’s mother travels to New York to enlist the aid of Matt Murdock (Daredevil). HE agrees to take the case and once he gets to the town he finds that the evidence against the three is pretty strong. Saul has confessed to the murder, complicating things further and apparently there are other secrets this town is trying to keep. Normally I wouldn’t choose to write about a mini-series like this but, for some reason I feel compelled. It’s not that it’s overly remarkable, but what I do like, is that it almost reads like a novel. When I say that I mean, the fact that it’s a Daredevil comic book, can almost be ignored, and it makes me wonder how he will come into play. I’m guessing that it will be through the “devil” part of his name and the town’s religious beliefs, but it should be interesting to see how it works out. Not the best book, but interesting enough to keep me reading, and the cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, doesn’t hurt either.

Robin #135

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Bill Willingham
Pencils: Damion Scott
Inks: Damion Scott and Sandra Hope
One big chase scene, yup 22 pages of someone chasing Robin around trying to pepper his hide with arrows. OK maybe not the full 22 pages, since there is a little bit about Alfred visiting Tim Drakes step-mother in the hospital as she recovers from the effects of the “War Games” event in the Batman family titles. I’m not sure what happened in this book though since halfway through it, I got totally lost. Not in the story, but in the art. The style changes so much that it totally took me out of the book. Generally I like Damion Scott’s work but I’m not sure if it was him inking his own pencils or when Sandra Hope came in behind things started to go awry. Don’t get me wrong, it just isn’t as crisp as the first few pages of the book, it becomes somewhat muddled and dark. I just don’t get it unless this book was running behind or something. Hopefully next month it will be back to normal.

Little Star #1

Publisher: Oni Comics
Writer/Artist: Andi Watson
As a person gets older and takes on more responsibility in their life, they introduce themselves to more areas in which they can fail. The possibly failure introduces doubts and second guessing to the day to day activities. Now imagine this doubt being transferred to the raising of a child. Always second guessing yourself if what you are doing is right or if it will send the kid down the wrong path, this is the trouble Simon Williams is experiencing with raising his daughter, Cassie. Cassie has gotten to the age where she knows that mom and dad aren’t the same and definitely prefers mom to dad at this point, this adds to Simon’s doubting himself, but he does the best job he can. I have enjoyed what I’ve read by Watson in the past “Love Fight’s” and “Slow News Day” have been pretty entreating and a nice departure from “regular” comic books. I think this also struck a chord with me because this topic has been on my mind lately so it’s easy to feel for Simon, even though I don’t have kids of my own and may not for a while, but the concerns are still the same. This is a good book. Not for everyone, but a good book.

Runaways #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Brian K Vaughan
Pencils: Adrian Alphona
Inks: Craig Yeung
I forget the exact details but I think the average comic book collector is somewhere between 23-35, male and way too fond of the X-Men. While in the store on Saturdays, I always wonder why it is more kids don’t come in to check out comic books. But then I remember, until lately, most of the publishers didn’t really publish anything that was aimed at the short attentions span of kids and their need for instant gratification. Granted most books today can be read in less than 5 minutes but unless there is something that kids can relate to, they may not stick around. That is what makes me love the idea of this title so much, granted it isn’t aimed at the 7 and 8 year olds but it does aim below the average comic book reader by having the main characters in their early to mid teens. Forget any worried if you weren’t around for the first volume of the series, you can start this one without any problems. Everything you need to know is in here. The kids have saved the world from their evil parents, and now there is a void in the “power structure” on the west coast (love the Wonder-Man jokes). Now the kids have to deal with that, and the introduction of a new group of super-heroes Excelsior, OK maybe they aren’t a real group of heroes, more of a support group for former teenage heroes. I liked the inclusion of former heroes from the likes of The New Warriors and Power Pack (who are coming back by the way- this is for the young kids). Vaughan does a great job writing a book that can appeal to all sorts of age groups, it really says something about his skills, with the variety of writing challenges he undertakes and pulls them off (Runaways, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, and Ultimate X-Men). If you are into comic books and have a pre teen kid or a younger sibling you want to get into the mix, give them a copy of this book. I’m glad Marvel brought it back.

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