June 15th, 2005
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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
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Leonard Kirk, Jonathan Glapion and James Jean (cover)
Two different factions of S.H.I.E.L.D are
watching the new Scorpion, but neither of them seems to be able
to keep track of her in the end. As the quest for her mother continues,
her new traveling companion seems to have his own secrets. I miss Kirk's art a little.
Writer: Andrew Dabb
Art: Sal Abbinanti, Buzz and Glenn Fabry (cover)
Ok, I admit it 3 issues in and I'm a little
lost, but the art keeps me in it. The mood that comes through with
the artwork and colors keeps me with the book. This issue features
a battle between Atomika and Morosko and the beginnings of a plan
to keep Atomika from becoming too powerful.
CONCRETE: HUMAN DELEMMA #6
Writer: Paul Chadwick
Art: Paul Chadwick
Everyone's story comes to a head- Larry with
his failed engagement and the pregnancy of the woman he had a one
night stand with, Concrete and his association with his current
crusaders and the "birth" of his child, it all comes together here.
It's been too long since Chadwick has put out a Concrete story,
I forgot how good they are.
DETECTIVE COMICS #807
Writer:David Lapham and Scott Beatty
Art: Ramon Bachs, Nathan Massengill, Jeff Parker and David Lapham
This story seems out of place, it is almost
as if it should be in Lapham's "Stray Bullets" title, although it
would seem a bit toned down for that title. never the less, this
issue reminds us that Batman didn't always fight the crininals while
wearing the cowl. The art fits the overall tone of the story quite
HOUSE OF M #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Olivier Coipel, Tim Townsend and Esad Ribic (cover)
"Hey Everybody, the Scarlet Witch has gone
absolutely bonkers, I think we should stand around for 18 or so
pages and talk about it." When Bendis is on, he's one of the better
writers out there, when he's not- Ladies and Gentlemen I give
you the House of M. Outside of the pacing, it's not really a bad
book, but I thought the senate was going to stay away fron fillibusters
for a while.
INCREDIBLE HULK #82
Writer: Peter David
Art: Jae Lee
To tell you the truth,
I was a little worried when Jae Lee was announced as the artist
on this issue. I've always thought of his art as a bit dark, not
bad, but dark. His art was absolutely perfect for the tone of this
issue. Bruce finds himself in England where he meets Tricia, but
their time is cut short when she is murdered. Her ghost appeals
to the Hulk to help find the killer. A very strong issue, only because
of the one part of the creative team that I had the most doubt in.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Leonard Kirk, Keith Champagne and Alex Ross (cover)
If you were unaware, the Eclipso posessed,
Jean Loring, has convinced the Spectre that the magig in the DC
universe is bad and everything to do with it must be destroyed.
That leads the Spectre to Kahndaq, to deal with Black Adam, as Ecliso's
agent to pay him back for his manipulation back in the Black Reign
storyline. This also brings him into direct conflict with the JSA,
who are on their way their to "rescue" the Atom Smasher. Things
don't go well for them.
LETHAL ENFORCER #1
Plot: Rômulo Soares & Wagner Baehr
Scripter: Bart A. Thompson
Art: Jack Jadson, Ruy José & Wellington
Let me tell you, if huge word ballons with not a lot of words
in them are your thing, this is money well spent. If not, sit
back and give this a read and see if you can read further in it
than I can, let me know what happens, I gave up the HUGE balloons
were too distracting.
SEVEN SOLDIERS: ZANTANA #2
Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Ryan Sook and Mick Gray
What I like best about this title, so far
we are two issues into the 4 issue run and I feel like I've got
a complete story, although I know there are threads that lead into
a bigger thing. The fact that in two issues there is a sense of
closure, is not something that happens with today's trend of pacing
to trade. Zantana, with the aid of her new apprentice battle the
shapeless one and a cameo by the Phontom Stranger to boot. Sook
and Gray do a nice job with the artwork, I'm glad they stayed away
from the cheesecake factor.
SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL #5
Writer: Frank Cho
Art: Frank Cho
I believe that this whole mini series could
have been told in no more than 4 issues, but if that were to happen,
we would have missed out on Cho's wondrful art. I don't think I
need to talk about his knack for drawing the female form, but I
think the best part are all the dinos. More please.
Writer: Mark Verheiden
Art: Ed Benes
With the events of last issue still stinging
Superman, it seems that he is beginning to loose control of himself.
Not control of his powers, but control of his own restraint, and
because of this he's beginning to think of himself as a liability
to the people he protects.
UNCANNY X-MEN #460
Writer: Chris Claremont
Art: Tom Raney and Scott Hanna; Randall Green and Frank Cho (cover)
I read this just a little while ago and
for the life of me, I can't tell you what happened. Not really
a good sign.
VILLIANS UNITED #2
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger
As the Mysterious Mockingbird sends her team
on their first mission, things don't go as expected when the team
runs into a squad sent by Luthor and Co.. Catman is caught and is
going te be "persuaded" to tell all he knows about who Mockingbird
is, which unfortunately for him, isn't much. Two issues in and already
the stakes are high.
Y: THE LAST MAN #34
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Goran Sudzuka, José Marzan Jr and Massimo Carnevale (cover)
So the boat is carrying drugs, and the Australian
Navy (in submarines no less) are coming to get them before they
can transport their cargo. If they are captured, does that mean
that Yorick may be reunited with his fiance...if he survives. Every
issue ends with the anticipation of the next one coming.
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