July 27th, 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
Action Comics #829
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: John Byrne and Nelson
Superman is really being put through his paces.
Whoever is behinid the latest chain of events is really doing a
number on Superman and those around him. First Superman is seeming
to lose his self control and then the people who once trusted him
are begining to look at him as something they should fear instead
of trusted as they had for so long. Who is really behind the attacks
on Superman and has it caused him to really lose control to the
point of attacking one of his closest allies. Again, great work
by the Byrne/Nelson art team.
Banana Sundays #1
Creators: Root Nibot & Colleen Coover
A great book for kids. This is the story of
Kirby and her three primate pals (I know one is a monkey, but you
get the drift) and their first trip to school. Why would Kirby be
bringing these guys to school with her? Well that's because her
father has done some experiments so they aren't just regular banana
eaters. One, Chuck, is the brains of the outfit, smarter than most
humans. Knobby, picked up his language skills from reading old Romance
comics so he is always trying to make time with the ladies. Finally,
there is Go-Go, the gorilla who is like a 20 watt bulb, not the
brightest, but still above average. What is the secret behind these
guys, Nickles the school newspaper reporter wants to find out.
Desolation Jones #2
Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: J.H. Williams III
First off this book is not for kids, second
it stinks. Now I feel that i have to qualify that a bit, since I
am giving it 5 stars. This is the story of a former secret agent
set in the near future in a community in Los Angeles that I can
describe no better than a sort of internment camp for ex spooks.
Why 5 stars? Well the mood of the art and the story are perfect
matches, the story of Jones, who is trying to make a living despite
being part of the Desolation experiment, which we have only been
given hints about so far. This experiment has left him a "bit" diferent
than he was before, but makes him well suited for wht he does. The
compassion he shows towards Emily Crow, who normally can not be
in the same room as other people due to the unfortunate outcome
of her attempts to make her a better agent. Jones is the only one
who can stand to share the same space with her, but he does not
do it out of pity, but more of understanding the isolation she must
feel. Why does the book stink? It's bi-monthly, but if the quality
of this book continues, they could make it quarterly and I wouldn't
complain about anything other than the wait.
Writer: Hugh Sterbakov
Art: Leonard Kirk, Troy Peteri and Rodolfo Migliari (cover)
Welcome to your first days at college, boy
do we have soemthing in store for you. This book co-created by
Seth Green of Robot Chicken (and some show about a vampire kiling
chick), is a good start up issue for a series. It introduces all
the characters and gives you a bit of their background so that
by the time the tail end of the book and the change takes place,
that seems to grant the characters their abilities, we have a
good understanding for who they are. This book is off to a good
start, it will be interestng to watch it grow.
Green Arrow #52
Writer: Judd Winick
Art: Tom Fowler, Rodney Ramos and James Jean (cover)
I swear this is the cover that was on the
DC site, when I grabbed it. The actual one sports a cover by Cliff
Chiang featuring Zantana and G.A. With their home destroyed and
their identities appearing to be exposed, the Arrows take some
special percautions in order to protect and watch over each other.
The person they call, is the person who may actually have been
part of the catalyst of the crisis before them. Who is behind the recent attack to their home and do they know their secret identities?
Writers: Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg
Art: Chris Batista and Mark Farmer; Rags Morales and Mark Farmer (cover)
The fallout from the secrets revealed in Identity
Crisis continues. The JLA finally confronts Batman and admits to
him what they had done to Dr. Light, the Secret Society and to him,
and now there is a wedge driven between Batman and the JLA, that
may never be repaired. Johns and Heinberg are crafitng a riviting
tale of how much more damaging a betrayal can be when it comes from
one's "friends". The question of how the Secret Society regained
their memory is revealed on the last page, and from what I remember,
the villian behind it, alone could bring about the end of the League.
Little Star #3
Writer and Artist: Andi Watson
This is the continueing story of a father
trying to make sure he makes the right decisions whenever it comes
to his daughter and wife. This is not a flight of fancy type of
story, it is more of a real life put into pictures, the simplicity
and style of Watson's art actually helps to add to the emotional
feel of the book.
Writer: Hans Rodionoff & Ray Fawkes
Art: Mike Huddleston
The mystrery of the Mnemovore deepens, now
it seems to have effected more poeple in Kaley's world while,
Mike, after his encounter with the creature is up to more sinister
purposes. First he converts his wife then his child and then seeks
out the main creature behind the horror. And what does Kaley's
grandmother have to do with the events taking place. This book
has been a pleasant suprise.
New Avengers #7
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Steve McNiven, Mark Morales, and David Finch (cover)
Seven issues in and we still don't have the
official formation of the team, plus there are two guys on the cover
who are not members, one of them having not even appeared in the
book yet. I don't know if this is intentional on Marvel's part as
a tease or if it was a matter of this is one of those "Iconic Visions"
they are so fond of. Either way, it still is a pretty decent image.
Despite the shenanigans on the cover, the story inside is the first
chapter of the Sentry saga. The team is digging into his secrets
with the help of a very interesting character, someone who actually
helped create the man that Sentry is today.
Writer: Joe Quesada
Art: Robert Teranishi, Chris Sotomayor and Joshua Middleton (cover)
Two stars, basically because it is so late,
that I don't even know what the heck is going on any more, with
one more issue, I don't know that I even care. Joshua Middleton's
cover- good as ever (but not what I have pictured here).
Writer: Joss Whedon, Brett Mathews
Art: Will Conrad and John Cassaday (cover)
For those of you who don't have the time
to check out the DVD set of Firefly, the precursor to the upcoming
Serenity movie, Dark Horse brings you this three issue mini-series
to help you get aquainted to what you may expect, and from what
I have seen of the television show, this book captures just enough
of the flavor to serve as a good primer. I wonder if after three
issues, it will be enough for the fans.
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somewhat available so that I can provide pictures to go with the
reviews. I know that sometimes the covers I show you may not exactly
match the ones on the newstands, but when you try to work ahead
to keep these things coming, you don't always have the time go back
and get the updated pictures from the sites.
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