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Friday, August 13, 2004

Quick Reviews 

...because I'm too lazy today to actually put too much effort into it...

Alpha Flight #6: Did anything actually happen at all in this series? I'm serious. I feel like I just read six issues of set-up with nothing important or interesting happening...

X-Force #1: I couldn't even bring myself to read it. The things we do because our significant others are Cable fans...

JLA #103: It's Green Lantern's (John Stewart) turn to cry. That's about all I got out of this issue, I'm afraid. I think my mind has blocked out all other memories of it in order to protect itself.

Spider-Man #5: With Frank Cho drawing I'm suddenly forced to ask myself "How does Brandy, I mean MJ, even stand-up, considering how top-heavy she suddenly is?"

District X #4: Has now become, despite the presence of Bishop, the only X-Book worth reading.

Emma Frost #14: I will echo the statements of others and say that this is the book that Marvel should have been marketing to teenage girls, but in the end, given the Greg Horn covers which for the first six issues showed Emma in various states of undress, it's probably a good thing the didn't.
(As an aside, regarding those first six covers, yes, we did have a couple of customers pick it up, look through it, and ask me why the "hot chick" on the cover wasn't actually in the comic.)

Aquaman #21: It looks like this title also gets removed from the probation list. It's become one of those books that is far better than it has any right to be.

Action #818: Superman hits things for 20 pages. And some people apparently feel that they want more out of a comic called "Action." Weird.

DC Comics Presents: Flash: This book bravely bucks the trend of giving us one good story and one not as good story to give us...two not really very good stories. And given the subject matter I really probably shouldn't bring this up, but the only good story in which a super-hero meets his creator was in Animal Man.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182 and Nightwing #96: Already cross-over fatigue is kicking in and I'm finding it hard to keep track of who is doing what to who and why. I haven't had a chance to play with the Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow CD-Rom that came with these titles, but I suspect that this issue of Nightwing will pale in comparison to it.

Fables #28: This has all the ear-marks of a filler between "real" storylines, but the promised conflict of the next issue is wonderfully promising.

Challengers of the Unknown #3: Really, really, very very good comic. It's Chaykin at his most Chaykinesque. And who can resist the casting of Fox News as the villain of the piece?

Bloodhound #2: This is a very good action book with so far only marginal ties to the DCU. It's quirky and entertaining and I suspect I'm going to have to push people into buying it a little more than I already am.

Gotham Central #22: It's good, but then it's always good. Though this time around the resolution of the story does tend to feel as if the creators realized that they were scheduled to participate in a big multi-book cross-over and had to wrap up the story as quickly as possible.

Authority #14: Morrison's a place-holder writer now, just keeping the title going until Brubaker comes on-board, and it's a shame because left to his own devices he's produced a very good little one-off story focusing on Jack Hawksmoor touching on his original characterization as an urban vigilante. Even Whilce Portacio's art, which usually hurts my eyes, is quite good and keeping in tone with the story.

Chosen #3: Okay, who, precisely, didn't see the "shocking surprise twist ending" coming from the very first page of the first issue? Absolutely no-one? Good, just wanted to make that clear.

JSA #64: It's good, and it's entertaining, but the the thing that makes it entertaining is also it's weakness. It requires the reader to have a fairly extensive knowledge of DC's last twenty to thirty years worth of stories.

Oh, and some other book came out this week, and I read it and I liked it, but it's a book we No Longer Speak Of, so there you have it...


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