Reviews April 27th, 2005

Welcome to our new look for the reviews. We will still have some longer reviews, but instead of not having reviews posted due to conflicting schedules, we are going to try out this new shorter version to at least post some reviews each week.
Here is the key for what you are seeing:

= Not worth the paper it's printed on
= It is an OK book, not the greatest
= It is a decent book- Worth picking up
= Better than most books out there- Worth a second read
= This is what all books should aspire to be

Action Comics #826 Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Judd Winick
Art: Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund

This just left me a little flat, I was hoping for a nice team up with Captain Marvel, but it left me kind of flat, maybe the other parts of this story line will help pick things up a bit.


Amazing Spider-Man #519
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Mike Deodato and Jose Pimentel

This title used to be entertaining to read, now with the soap opera like pacing, it's kind of a pain to get through each month. Bring back the fun and wonder, loose the melodrama.

Publisher: Speakeasy Comics
Writer: Andrew Dabb
Art: Sal Abbinanti, Buzz and Glenn Fabry (cover)

God is red and ATOMIKA is good. I find the depth of the art and story a pleasant addition to my reading list.

Batman: Year One - Deluxe Hard Cover
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Frank Miller
Art: David Mazzuchelli

While this came out in the era of "The Dark Night Returns", I think this one is the superior of the two works, Mazzuchelli's art is a wonderful compliment to Miller's story and pacing. This is how to do a comic right. The coloring job by Richmond Lewis, is spectacular.

Billy the Kid's Old-Timey Oddities #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Eric Powell
Art: Eric Powell (cover) and Kyle Hotz







Birds of Prey #81
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: by Gail Simone
Art: Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson

Consistent story telling and character development, this book generally delivers.




Bloodhound #10
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: by Dan Jolley
Art: Leonard Kirk and Robin Riggs

I'm really sorry to see this series go, while this wasn't the strongest of the issues in the short time it was around, this title became one of my favorites.

Batman: Gotham Knights #64
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: by A.J. Lieberman
Art: Al Barrionuevo and Bit

Poison Ivy Cured- Why do I think there will be some choice that has to be made that makes her have to revert back. OK book, I hope it doesn't fall into formula.

Breech #4
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: by Bob Harras
Art: Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez

This book started slow, but as it moves forward, it is starting to get good, really good.


Conan #15
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Greg Ruth and Dave Stewart (Colorist)

The next chapter of the "Born on a Battlefield" story, I always put this one towards the bottom of the reading pile- sort of saving the best for last.

Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Adaption: P. Craig Russell
Artist: P. Craig Russell

It is always nice to see Russell's artwork.



Publisher: Devils Due Publishing
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Art: Giancano Caracuzzo and Casten Bradley

I miss the original art team.



Ex-Machina #10
Publisher: DC Comics (Wildstorm Signature)
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Tony Harris & Tom Feister

Consistently a good title- taking on current issues. Vaughan continues to amaze me.

Fantastic Four #525
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Karl Kesel
Art: Tom Grummett, Larry Stucker, and Jim Cheung (cover)

After the Waid/Werringo run, this team is saddled with trying to live up to what was one of the best runs since Byrne wrote it in the 80s.

Flaming Carrot #2
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Bob Burden
Art: Bob Burden

Continued goofiness and a baloney gun.


Gotham Central #30
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: by Greg Rucka
Art: Stefano Gaudiano, Kano and Michael Lark (cover)

Law and Order in the superhero world- consistently good. I thought the departure of Michael Lark on art would be the demise of this title, but the new art team fits right in

Green Arrow #49
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: by Judd Winick
Art: Tom Fowler, Rodney Ramos and James Jean (cover)






Iron Man #3
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Warren Ellis
Art:Adi Granov

This books rating suffers only from the length of time between issues, but for this quality, it's worth it.



JLA Classified #6
Publisher: DC Comics
Writers: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Kevin Maguire and Josef Rubinstein

Due to events in other books (Countdown., Identity Crisis and OMAC) this book while totally entertaining, leave me feeling a bit sad. I think that DC's timing with this arcs release could have been better since it had been completed for a while and put on hold. That aside it gets.

JSA #72
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Don Kramer,Keith Champagne and Alex Ross (cover)








Seven Soldiers: Klarion: The Witch Boy #1
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Frazer Irving








Lions Tigers and Bears #3
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mike Bullock
Art: Jack Lawrence

Don Bluth animation style art work and an engaging story for kids, this book is a winner. The trade comes out in July if you missed the first two sold out issues.

Mary Jane: Homecoming #2
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Sean McKeever
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

I wish Marvel would take more chances with books like this.



MK Spider-Man #13
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Reginald Hudlin
Art: Steve McNiven and Jonathan Sibal

Too many Spider-Titles and not enough quality, this one needs to be taken in back of the shed.



Publisher: DC Comics (Vertigo)
Writer: Hans Rodionoff & Ray Fawkes
Art:Mike Huddleston

A striking cover image and good introduction to the series.




New Thunder-Bolts #7
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Fabian Nicienza
Art: Bill Seinkiewicz, Tom Grummett and Gary Erskine

The combination of Seinkiewicz's art with Grummett's pencils on the secondary parts of the story makes for a nice juxtaposition and really adds to the depth of this issues story. It also is a good starting point for new readers giving background for what happened in the previous series and the six issues leading into this one.

The OMAC Project #1
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Jesus Saiz and Jose Ladrónn (cover)

Picking up right after the events from Countdown. Solid story and art, it will be interesting to see where this goes. At least three different story threads begin here.



Robin #137
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Bill Willingham
Art: Giuseppe Camumcoli, Sandra Hope and Pop Mhan (cover)



Runaways #3
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Adrian Alphona, Craig Young and Jo Chen (cover)

Consistantly great reading- Vaughan is beyond good

Space Ghost #6
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Joe Kelly
Art: Ariel Olivetti and Alex Ross (cover)




Spectacular Spider-Man #27
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Art: Mark Buckingham

A nice end to a five year run for Jenkins. He brought me back to the Parker family after the clone saga.

Superman #215
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Art: Jim Lee and Scott Williams

I found myself picking it up to complete the run but had no real interest in it. I do believe it will read much better as a collection though.



Teen Titans #23
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza

Nice interplay and set up for the Villains United mini coming out- Johns books rarely fail to deliver.


Ultimates 2 #5
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary









Uncanny X-Men #458
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Chris Claremont
Art: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer

If it wasn't for the art team I don't know what I would be reading this for.






The Walking Dead #18
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charles Adlard and Cliff Rathburn

People kept telling me to check out this "zombie" book. I hate zombie books, but I'm hooked on this one. Great character driven work and I think that the grey tone art actually adds to the art. I don't think it would work as well in color.

X-23 #5
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Craig Kyle and Chris Yost
Art: Billy Tan and Jonathan Sibal

Another good issue from this team, building to what should be an interesting climax.






Young Avengers #3
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Art: Jim Cheung and John Dell

I honestly can't believe how good this book is. I thought it would be nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the Bendis gravy train with the destruction of the Avengers, but it is actually becoming a favorite, if the quality keeps up, the sporadic shipping schedule can be overlooked.

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