Reviews July 13th, 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

Amazing Spider-Man #521
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Mike Deodato and Jose Pimentel

At least this is moving away from the title of the most on time Avengers title. A firly decent issue where Peter does some investigating into what exactly HYDRA is doing. I wish this book would be a little more light hearted for a few issues.

Batgirl #65
Writer: Andersen Gabrych
Art: Pop Mhan and Jesse Delperdang

Batgirl begins her search for her mother and that leads her to her father Cain, who is in jail and not about to tell her anything without a little coaxing .


Battman #641
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen and Matt Wagner (cover)

I'm still not convinced that the identity of the Red Hood is who it appears to be. Although it will be interesting to see what happens when Batman has to deal with someone with the same goals as his but willing to do anything to get there.

Billy the Kid's Old Time Oddities #3
Writer: Eric Powell
Art: Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell (cover)

Billy and his carnival travel partners have come up against Dr. Frankenstein who is more than willing to add them to his list of experiments.


City of Tomorrow#3
Writer: Howard Chaykin
Art: Howard Chaykin

Tucker takes the fight to the robots and ultimately finds himself with an unlikely ally. I alway enjoy Chaykin's work although this one took a few issues to really grab me.

Fantastic Four #528
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Mike McKone and Andy Lanning

I thought Comic books were a form of escapism, we went in three short issues from cosmic adventurers to fighting a terror unlike anything the Four has ever faced before- bureaucracy. Social Services indeed.

G.I. Joe America's Elite #1
Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Stefano Caselli & Sunder Raj

To be honest, I picked up this title for the art team. I did pick up a few issues when it was originally relaunced a while back. I missed the zero issue but this is a good jumping on point.

Green Lantern #2
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino

I had no idea where this was going at first and I am glad to say, that I went along for the ride. Johns is probably my favorite writer now, his ability to move icons forward without forgetting their past.

JLA Classified #9
Writers: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Kevin Maguire and Joe Rubinstein

Kitty Pride: Shadow & Flame #1
Writer: Akira Yoshida
Art: Paul Smith

OMAC Project #3
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Jesus Saiz and Ladrönn (cover)

Runaways #5
Writer: Brian Vaughan
Art: Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung and Jo Chen (cover)

Solo #5
Writer: Darwyn Cooke
Art: Darwyn Cooke

Spider-Man / Human Torch #5
Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Ty Templeton, Nelson DeCastro and Paul Smith (cover)

Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #3
Writer: Grant Morrison
Art: Simone Bianchi

Wonder Woman #217
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Rags Morales, Michael Bair and J.G. Jones (cover)

Young Avengers #5
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Art: Jim Cheung and John Dell

It is official, this book has now become my favorite. Despite it's tardiness the writing and art make it forgivable. I though this would just be another way to try and cash in on the Avengers bandwagon and I almost didn't pick up the title. I would have surely missed out on something great.

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