August 24th, 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
Amazing Fantasy #11
Writers: Fred Van Lente and Jeff Parker
Art: Leonard Kirk, Frederica Manfredi and James Jean (cover)
While the lead feature with the new Scorpion
is moving right along, it is burdened by making way for the 8 page
back up for the Vampire by Night. While this is a good series for
showcasing new characters, it seems a bit unbalanced. 8 pages isn't
quite enough to make a decent backup for the character, while the
lead feels like it is cut short.
Blood of the Demon #6
Writers: John Byrne and Will Pfeifer
Art: John Byrne and Nekros
Jason Blood's search for a way to keep the
demon Etrigan under control has lead Blood to an oppertunity, but
at what price? Will finally seizing control over his inner Demon
cost him more than he is prepared to pay? And with the current state
of affairs in the Magical Realm of the DC Universe, is the offer
truely what it appears to be? After the last few issues, this book
looks to be fining some more stability.
Gotham Central #34
Writers: Greg Ruka and Ed Brubaker
Art: Kano, Stefano Guadiano and Sean Phillips (cover)
Who better to bring in for questioning about
the apparent death of Robin, when Batman won't cooperate than the
members of his current team, the Teen Titans. After last issues
events and the death of a teen age boy dressed as Robin, the GCPD
are trying to get to the bottom of the whys surrounding the mystery.
The detectives are split as to the level of blame that is Batmans
for having a sidekick in the first place, which is understandable,
especially after the War Games events. But when the Titans com in
to answer some questions, and with Batman seeming to work against
the investigation, the GCPD are getting nowhere fast, and it doesn't
help that another body shows up.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: David Lopez, Fernando Blanco and Alex Ross (cover)
The OMACs have a new wildcard that they
must figure out how to deal with. Mr. Terrific, who I wasn't fond
of at first but has grown on me, presents them with a very special
problem. He cannot be picked up by any electronic means possible.
Since they require that in order to figure out how to defeat their
opponents, Mr. Terrific presents a bit of a problem for them.
We also see the aftermath of the trial of Atom Smasher and the
repercussions for the team and their standing with the public.
New Avengers #8
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Steve McNiven, Sal Buscema and David Finch (cover)
The slow burn that is a Bendis book. While
the mystery behind who Sentry is and what exactly has been going
on with him starts to unravel, the book is actually becomming a
bit more interesting. My one complaint is that this title, rather
the Avengers, was the title where you went ot see all your favorite
heroes slugging it out with the bad guys, not standing around yacking.
By the way, i love the alternate covers that they have been doing
for this latest story line. I know I'm embracing variant covers
but only because it's giving the stars of old a chance to shine
Ultimate Iron Man #3
Writer: Orson Scott Card
Art: Andy Kubert and Danny Miki
I really wanted to like this series, but with each issue it just
feels more and more creepy, maybe that's the point between the
tone of the story and the art, but it's just not working for me.
Ultimate Spider-Man #81
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna
Consistant as always, this team has another
issue under its belt as they head to the 100th issue. Spider-Man
has a chat with Capt. DeWolf and it turns out that she may actually
agree with the Kingpin that Hammerhead needs to be stopped by some
means other than the police. This puts Spidey in an akward and precarious
position until someone comes to the rescue.
Y: The Last Man #36
Writer: Brian K. Vaughn
Art: Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan, Jr. and Massimo Carnivale (cover)
The return of co-creator Guerra, brings us
a tale of Yorick's girlfriend as she is in the Australian outback,
while the "event" took place. We get flashbacks to hoe she and Yorick
met and little glimpses into their relationship before seemingly
half of humanity was wiped out. Another great issue from this group,
it is sad to think that this is ride is over half way done.
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