Reviews June 1st, 2005

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= 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

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Phil Noto

Decent enough story about Los Angeles and their electrical black due to an EMP attack. An interesting twist as to who is responsible for the continued black out and the resolution. Great art by Phil Noto.

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 down?

Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Art: Alé Garza and Jesse Delperdang

Batgirl up against the Ravager, daughter of Deathstroke. Will Batgirl be able to overcome Ravager as she aims to collect on the bounty put on Batgirl's head by the Penguin? If she does, what will happen when she has to face Deathstroke himself?

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.

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.

Writer: Phil Jimenez
Art: José Luís García-López and George Pérez; Phil Jimenez and George Pérez (cover)

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 throws me.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Writer: Judd Winick
Art: Carlos D'Anda; Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza (cover)

Tieing into the Teen Titans #24, after the attack on the Titans by Superboy, the utsides have ferreted out their own traitor who ultimately is Braniac 8, but what is the connection with Superboy?

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.

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.

LEGEND #4 (OF 4)
Writer: Howard Chaykin
Art: Russ Heath

The final chapter of a super man trying to fit in with regular men. Sometimes tragic, Hugo's life is a constant excercise of trying to fit into a world where he will always be the one who is different. When he finally does find a place in the world his time may be cut short.

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.


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.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Steve Epting

The good stuff is certainly the art, although the coloring may be a bit too dark at times, it does add to the mood of things. The bad, the possibility of a return of a character that has been dead for quite some time, and who's death was a big part of what made Captain America who he is. I hope that is not the case.

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?

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.

Writer: Marc Sumerak
Art: Gurihiru

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.


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.

X-23 #6
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.

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.

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