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Sunday, January 02, 2005
Lots Of Short Reviews, Part One
Identity Crisis #7: The conclusion to what is probably the most talked-about comic of the year. No, as a mystery it's not very compelling, or logical; but then it was never really about who killed Sue Dibny, was it? It was about the dark secrets of the JLA's past, and how those secrets have come back to haunt them. The mystery was a macguffin, the spring-board Meltzer used to get into the heads of DC's iconic characters. On that score, I think the series was a success. The characterization in the series was phenomenal, even if the "bitch crazy" resolution comes a little out of left-field.
Hawkman #35: Ooh, purty art! Even if a little too much care has been taken in drawing Hawkgirl's ass. Palmiotti and Gray continue to impress me with their stories, and this particular story-line, in which all of Hawkman's Rogues are joining together for some revenge should be a pleaser for the big guy's fans.
Catwoman #38: I guess I'm the only comics blogger who doesn't mind Paul Gulacy's art. I guess I'm also the only one who thinks the idea of the villain with wooden switchblade arms and a deliberately goofy name like "Wooden Nickel" is a great idea. This title needs an occasional dose of levity, and Scott Morse appears to be bringing it with a charmingly strange, old-fashioned villain.
Heroes Anonymous #6: Overall, this series about super-heroes in group therapy was enjoyable, with a nice touch of levity, but the final issue just didn't seem to gel for me.
Plastic Man #13: The first issue of this series that sort of fell-flat for me. The art felt rushed and incomplete, far short of Baker's usual standards, and the gags were a little stale and predictable.
Ex Machina #7: It seems a bit odd to be introducing more supernatural elements into the story, after making such a point out of the fact that Mitchell Hundred "just happens" to have superpowers, but all the usual praise I give this title for it's art and storytelling still applies.
Ocean #3: Good stuff. Purty art. The story takes another turn. And again, more information is packed into the book than has become the standard for the 32 page form.
Deep Fried Vol. 2 #1: This comic is sick, depraved, offensive, blasphemous, perverted and degrading to read. And I can't remember a comic that ever made me laugh more than this one. Hi-fucking-larity on every page.
Green Lantern Rebirth #3: I'm not a particular Green Lantern fan, but Pete and I both tend to be DCU fans, so the big-event books we tend to check out. The "explanation" via convoluted retconning that Johns provides here had me rolling my eyes at several points, while Pete was making little exasperated sighs of annoyance at almost every page. Something tells me, however, that the kinds of folk who wrote in angry letters to DC and Wizard about "what they did to our substitute daddy Hal" loved this.
Solo #2: I'm much more impressed with this Richard Corben outing than the Jeph Loeb one. The stories are less super-hero centric, and feel more like Corben just doing whatever the hell he felt like doing. The horror/sci-fi/fantasy stories are quite good, in an EC-via-Slow Death kind of way, and the one super-hero tale, featuring the Spectre, is an interesting take on the character I don't think we've seen before.
Conan #11: Busiek and Nord finish their adaptation of what is probably the best known Conan story, expanding it to meet the story-telling expectations of an audience accustomed to forensic investigations in their mysteries, while remaining true to both the story and the spirit of Howard's character.