June 22nd, 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
Batman: Dark Detective #3
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin
It turns out that there is more to Two Face
than we had originally thought, that more, a clone with one specific
difference, no disfiguremnet. And it appears that this clone does
not suffer from the dual personality that Harvey Dent does. Meanwhile
the Joker soldiers on with his mayoral campaign, and it seems
that the Harveys may be in the way.
Gotham Central #32
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art by Steve Lieber and Chris Brunner (cover)
Am I confused? I thought Poison Ivy died in
one of the other Batman titles. This is the story of two crooked
cops and the repercussions of their run in with a homeless girl
who was interested in nothing more than adding some books that no
one wanted to her reading collection. How does Ivy figure in? After
their terminal encounter, the officers face retribution for the
murder of the girl who was just in the wrong place at the wrong
time. Great interior art by Steve Lieber.
Green Arrow #51
Writer: James Peaty
Art: Eric Battle, Jack Purcell and James Jean (cover)
Anarcy is back, last I remember seeing him
was around the time of the "mudpack" crossover in the Batman titles
back when Norm Breyfogle was on the art chores of one of the books.
That's quite some time, I had completely forgotten about the character,
and now it seems he's back. I find that he's a good juxtaposition
to Green Arrow, radical and more radical at odds (which one is which)
yet working together.
Writer: Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg
Art: Chris Batista, Mark Farmer and Rags Morales and Mark Farmer (cover)
It truly begins here. There have been hints,
the past few months that Batman knows what the rest of the JLA did
to him back when they mind wiped Doctor Light as exposed in the
Identity Crisis mini from last year. Now it turns out that more
than just Dr. Light and Batman have had their memories altered,
by the so called good guys.
Mary Jane: Homecoming #4
Writer: Sean McKeever
Art:: Takeshi Miyazawa
The final issue of this mini-series, freindships
are broken and healed while new relationships begin, ahhh teen
melodrama. Granted this isn't the O.C. (I'm making a reference
to a show I've never watched- yikes), but it is still a good book.
I hope Marvel continues to produce books like this for the youngins.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Michael Lark and Mike Mayhew (cover)
I totally forgot about this book, when was
the last time it came out? This is part four of the Secret War story
line that I hear rumors has been going on since...must be a few
years now. The other issues come out so irregularly of the mini
series that it's hard to get excited for this book and I need to
dig through many months of past books to catch up on what is going
on. Despite my sniping, it's still a solid enough story and Lark's
art is always welcome.
Rann Thangar War #2
Writer: Dave Gibbons
Art: Ivan Reis and Marc Campos
Since I'm not sure what is going on in this
book (I missed the first issue), I'm going to hold my comments
until I have a chance to read them together, just to be fair but
from what I read this is my rating for now, I reserve the right
to adjust it up or down after I get my hands on the next issue.
Ultimate Fantastic Four #19
Writer: Mike Carey
Art: Jae Lee
In-between alert!!! Mike and Jae are here
to hang around with you until the next creative team takes over
so get them while you can, you'll know when they are gone because
the first issue of the new team will have a variant cover to celebrate
(oops that's some unsolicited commentary). The team is returning
to the Baxter Building when they are attacked from within. Who is
behind it and what is their motivation, could it be revenge for
not making it into the Baxter think tank, or something more?
Ultimate Spider-Man #78
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna
And I thought the current issue of Mary Jane
had a lot of teen angst. A "talking heads" issue of Mary Jane dealing
with the aftermath of the breakup. After meeting a new boy, is she
really ready to move on? I think we all know the answer.
Since I have a little
extra space I thought I would vent a little, as a kind of follow
up to my grumbling up in the Ult. Fantastic Four review. Lately
a lot of companies have been producing more and more variant covers.
I can almost see it when it comes to a second printing of a book,
or a book that celebrates an anniversary,, but lately there just
seems to be more and more announcements of extra special, limited
edition, why the heck are we doing this, variant covers. I'm curious
to see what you think about this latest trend, personally it worries
me a bit, I hope the lessons of the 90s haven't been lost. Plus
I don't think it's fair to the smaller retailers since they have
a smaller resource pool so they may not have the chance to get
their hands on these books to offer them to their customers. The
big are rewarded while the small are disgruntled. Seriously, what
do you think, talk about it in the forums.
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