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Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Superhero Comic Reviews
City of Heroes #7: The amusing "super-heroes" on jury duty story-line comes to it's conclusion. As usual, if you're a fan of the game there's probably something here that will amuse you (I was particularly taken with the fact that when one of the character's is "catching his breath" he assumes the same pose as your character does when you "Rest"), if not it's really a fairly typical and generic super hero comic, with at least a fleshed out back-story for it's setting.
Superman/Batman #15: Hey, it's a comic that you have to have read decades worth of DC comics to understand, only without the charm of JSA!
Exiles #55: Hey, it's a comic that you have to have read decades worth of Marvel comics to understand, only with a certain amount of wit and charm.
Monolith #10: I'm going to miss this book. The art is gorgeous, and despite some dialogue clunkers this issue, it's generally been a well written book.
Hard Time #11: And I'm hoping that this book isn't on "hiatus" for very long. It's probably been my favorite of the surprising number of good, new comics that DC has launched this year.
Fallen Angel #18: Well, it's an ending to a lot of the story threads that have been running through the book so far. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it, other than to recognize that it's an interesting and compelling story.
Deadshot #1: Bad fun. Seriously, it's a story we've all seen before, in hundreds of action movies. Hard man cleans up bad neighborhood for the family he didn't know he had. But it's nice to see the DCU villains cutting loose every once in awhile. It doesn't quite rise to the level of Ennis' Punisher when it was good, and Manhunter is probably a better exploration of the urban vigilante motif, but it's naughtily entertaining.
The Question #2: I'm really digging this. I may be the only one, but I loved the Question's interrogation of Metropolis as a counterpoint to Luthor's misleading and self-aggrandizing plans for urban redevelopment.
Detective #801: The War Games story had the side-effect of making me want to read more Batman comics. This is really an excellent story, emphasizing the bleakness of Gotham and the seeming impossibility of Batman's self-appointed task.
Y: The Last Man #29: Vaughn certainly has a knack for cliff-hangers, doesn't he? More threads come together and answers seem to be forthcoming, just as new complications seem set to emerge. This really is a terrific example of how to write serial fiction and keep the audience coming back.