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Thursday, August 05, 2004
Again, super-ultra-hyper-fast comic reviews
Justice League Elite #2: Okay, I read Monarchy and understood what was going on. I read Invisibles and The Filth and had no trouble understanding them. Heck, I read Morrison's "Rock of Ages" storyline in JLA and thought it was very easy to understand what was happening, which to judge by the general reaction to that storyline means I have the highest reading-comprehension skills in the world. So, when I say that I can't understand what is happening in this book, or why, or who any of these people are or why they're doing what they're doing, I think it's safe to say that the fault is not in me, but in the book itself. Or, rather, in Joe Kelly's writing.
X-Men: The End: Book One: Dreamers and Demons #1: A good primer in why the X-Men books are so lousy. Boring, trite, and heavily reliant on having to know the ins and outs of at least twenty years worth of X-Men continuity.
Uncanny X-Men #447: Quite possibly our last issue of this title. It's utterly unreadable. The only saving grace is the Alan Davis art, and it's so obscured by Claremont's word balloons you can't even really see it.
Firestorm #4: Probably moving off the probation list. I'm just curious enough, and it's just well done enough, that I want to see what happens next.
Birds of Prey #71: I kinda like this title. Yes, it's cheesy and has no reason to exist, but it entertains me.
DC Comics Presents: Superman: Man, I never thought I'd be praising a Stan Lee written comic, especially after all those Just Imagine... books, but his story is really the highlight here, along with the always a kick art of Darwyn Cooke. The other story...not as good. But I'm glad Jose Munoz is doing DC work again...
Hard Time #7: And this becomes the only Focus title I'm going to continue to buy. (Well, I might keep getting Touch until it's cancelled...) How many times do I have to tell people that this is a really good book before they start listening to me?
Monolith #7: Another underappreciated really good book, perfectly capturing that "weird" vibe of late 70s/early 80s DC that I love.
Majestic #1: What is it about the Superman character that he's so much more interesting when it's not him in the story, but rather a thinly veiled pastiche of him?
Swamp Thing #6: Of all the things I expected to happen in this title, I didn't foresee a "status quo--SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAINED!!!" Marvel-type resolution. Especially not one that returns the character to his pre-Moore status quo...
Milkman Murders #2: The best Dark Horse has offered in their horror line so far. Proving, I think, that zombies, vampires and other supernatural clap-trap just isn't as interesting as the horrors humans are capable of inflicting on each other.
Scratch #3: Uhm...I'm in it for the duration, but hoo-boy...little to no sense is made and the story is horrendously padded.
Y: The Last Man #25: See, Yorick is capable of solving a problem without anyone having to get killed. It's basically a "filler" storyline, taking up space between arcs, but at least we find out what Beth has been up to Down Under, in a cliff-hanger that, for some reason, I don't expect we'll get any resolution on for awhile, especially since it's been, well, 25 issues since we last saw Beth.
Batman: The 12 Cent Adventures and Detective #797: The "War Games" story kicks off, and I've seen worse beginnings to multi-book crossovers. Pete and I actually discussed whether or not we were going to pick the storyline up, and the decision we came to was, since we buy about half of the Batman family titles anyway, we probably should read the others so that we'll understand what's happening in the titles we normally buy.
Ultimate Spider-Man #63: This is only part 4 of the "Carnage" story? Man, it feels like part 12...
Ultimate X-Men #50: A vast improvement over Vaughn's last storyline on the title. Even if it does feature Gambit in a prominent role. A quirky, fun issue with some nice character moments. Particularly Nightcrawler's and Angel's "unauthorized" use of the Danger Room, and Dazzler's doomed attempts to flirt with Colossus (though, really, how dense is she that she hasn't figured out what's up with the big guy?).
Ultimate Nightmare #1: Ellis does a nice job of set-up here. I'm much more tolerant of "all-prologue" first issues when it comes to mini-series. I expect the creators will get to the meat of the story fairly quickly in such cases. (Not always...Secret War is two issues in and it's still all set-up.) The introduction of the Falcon is fairly intriguing, giving a new context to the character.