BILLY THE KID'S
OLD-TIMEY ODDITIES #2
Writer: Eric Powell
Art: Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell (cover)
Billy the Kid hooks up with a circus sideshow
in an effort to hunt down Dr. Frankenstien. Another interesting
premise from Powell couploed with very fitting art by Holts, makes
this a decent enough read. What will happen once they track him
Writer: Judd Winick
Art: Paul Lee, Cam Smith and Matt Wagner (cover)
Batman goes to Superman for some answers about
coming back from the dead, meanwhile Onyx and the Red Hood work
together to stop a gang, but they are working togethr towards different
goals. Next issue promises the face off between Batman and the Red
Hood. It probably won't be a story of puppies and kittys.
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Art: Rick Burchett, Alvaro Lopez and Jock (cover)
Onyx and Catwoman are up against Killer Crock,
who was sent by Black Mask to claim more of Gotham under his control.
Catwom has a score to settle because of what happened to her sister
so she takes this as a chance to send a message to Black Mask to
stay out of her part of town.
DAY OF VENGEANCE #2 (OF 6)
Writer: Bill Willingham
Art: Justiniano, Walden Wong and Walter Simonson (cover)
The second installment of the Spectre burning
a swatch through the magic "community" of the DC universe after
being convinced by an Eclipso possesed Jean Loring that the magical
beings will bring down the ultimate downfall of their world.
DC SPECIAL: THE RETURN OF
DONNA TROY #1
Writer: Phil Jimenez
Art: José Luís García-López and George Pérez; Phil Jimenez and George
Having read this twice in an effort to try
and figure out what is going on, I find myself unsucessful. I have
very little history with Donna Troy so I wasn't suprised, but what
the heck is going on in the last page? That's the part that really
DOOM PATROL #12
Writer: John Byrne
Art: John Byrne and Doug Hazlewood
Maybe three more issues. We get somewhat closure
on the Grunt history, the Chief's backstory and the promise of what
the Confederate Soldiers are doing hanging around. This is a decent
enough title, but it's just doesn't have enough going on to keep
me interested much longer.
GREEN LANTERN #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino
A good enough start to the series. It remided me of Johns' start
with some of his other titles, a little slow and careful and then
they took off. It will be interesting to see how the remaing 5 GLs
come together and possibly reform the Green Lantern Corps. If anyone
is up to the challenge, Geoff Johns is.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #6
Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Barry Kitson and Art Thibert
This is not the Legion I gre up with, or the
generation before me, but that is not to say that it isn't interesting.
The Legion needs funding in order to keep everything running and
they go about this in a not so straight-forward way. Deceiving a
"member" for funds, but becoming a better team for it. The letters
pages was a nice diversion.
THE OMAC PROJECT #2 (OF 6)
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Jesus Saiz and Ladrönn (cover)
The source of the information leak from inside
Checkmate is discovered by the Black King, setting up the confrontation
betweent he creator of the OMAC Project (Batman) and the man currently
behind it. Batman may finally learn that paranoia is not always
a good thing to hide behind.
YEAR ONE: BATMAN/SCARECROW
#1 (OF 2)
Writer: Bruce Jones
Art: Sean Murphy; Zach Howard and Jay Leisten (cover)
Suprisingly good, a dark look into what is
behind the makeing of a scarecrow. The art is really what I enjoyed
the most. While somewhat cartoonish, it helps the subject matter
from being too dark.
CITY OF TOMORROW #2 (OF 6)
Writer: Howard Chaykin
Art: Howard Chaykin
Son reuinites with father and finds out what
is behind the futuristic city Columbia and how his mother met her
end. Tucker decides to stick around and help his father reel in
the robotic creations that are running the city's underground.
SLEEPER SEASON TWO #12 (OF
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips
The biggest problem I had with this book,
was trying to keep track of what was going on each month. I found
myself having to do a lot of re-reading. Is this the end of Holden's
story after his showdown with the two sides that have been seemingly
been treating him as their puppet? Is there such a thing as happily
ever after for this poor guy?
Writer: Bryan Johnson
Art: Walter Flanagan and Ben Templesmith (cover)
If I were to grade this book on being disturbing
and harsh, it would get 5 stars. I think the combination of Johnson's
story and Flanagan's art makes this a bit rougher story than I
would usually enjoy.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #520
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Mike Deodato and Jose Pimentel
In this issue of the New Avengers...It's really
beginning to get old that Spider-Man is having more New Avengers
action than their own title. I don't like the way things are going
with this title and to me Deodato's art isn't helping. Spider-Man
should have an element of fun, not so much soap opera dramatics.
FANTASTIC FOUR #527
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Mike McKone and Andy Lanning
After being broke and starting to get themselves
back on track, the Four find out that things may not be as bad as
they thought, perhaps they didn't loose everything when they had
to give all their patents and assets to the government. One of them
in their ignorance may have been the smartest in the group. Plus
Reed signs on to help the government create the Fantastic Thirty?
INCREDIBLE HULK #81
Writer: Peter David
Art: Lee Weeks and Tom Palmer
The final chapter of the Tempist Fugit story line. Granted by last
issue I had figured out one or two possibilities as to who was behind
everything, and it turns out, I was shown to be right...twice. David
even throws in a "Dallas" moment, to throw people off. A good start
for the return of one of the Hulk's greatest writers. I just hope
we can weather the House of M storm coming up.
POWER PACK #3
Writer: Marc Sumerak
This was not what I call a great issue,
it seems like it was rushed, but I guess that is the price you
pay when you have a regular sized comic book with a backup story
as well. Still a good book for kids and the Franklin Richards
back up story is pretty entertaining.
ULTIMATES 2 #6
Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary
A lot of idea threads are crammed into this
single issue, between Ultron and the Vision (and Scarlet Witch),
Ant Man and the Defenders, Millar crams a lot fo stuff into this
issue and Hitch and Neary are up to the challenge. This is a story
of what may happen when you try to imitate your idols and how ones
needing of forgiveness and redemption can lead to some bad choices.
I think this has been the best issue so far.
Writer: Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost
Art: Billy Tan and Jonathan Sibal
The only thing that kept this from being four
stars was the fack that most of the issue was nothing more than
a long fight scene. While it all served the story, it seemed like
a bit of padding. I will say, however that this mini-seires was
a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would have been, a credit
to the writing team and artists.
ULTIMATE IRON MAN #2
Writer: Orson Scott Card
Art: Andy Kubert and Danny Miki
I liked the first issue and then this one
came out. I liked the idea of the protective skin, but the story
just didn't do much for me, couple that with art that I don't think
is fitting for this type of book, it left me a bit...flat.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung and Jo Chen (cover)
An average issue of what is usually an above
average title. I'm not too sure I like the developments that are
revealed on the last page, but Vaughan generally makes things work
so I will play along.