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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Last Week's Comics 

It was another small week, so I will once again attempt to say something about each of the books Pete or I purchased last week.

Exiles #60: From Pete's list. Normally I find this an entertaining read, but I couldn't get more than a couple of pages into this issue. I blame the Age of Apocalypse tie-in element. So, in addition to trying to figure out who each of these characters are, I have to try and figure out who they are in relation to an alternate timeline continuity I've never even read before? No thanks.

Nodwick #27: If nothing else, Aaron Williams is good at pacing. Each issue of each of his books stands on its own, but it also advances the meta-plot forward, however incrementally. The bigger storyline advances a little more this time around, slightly to the detriment of the humor. It's not as strong as Williams' regular work, but still an entertaining mix of absurd situations and character based jokes.

Ultimate Spider-Man #73: From Pete's list. The entire story gets side-tracked for an issues worth of flash-backs. Oh, and lots of splash pages and really, really big panels. And talking heads and reaction shots. Now, not that there's anything wrong with any of those things, on their own, every once in awhile. But it's reaching the over-kill point on this title, and if the number of customers dropping the book at our store are any indication, I'm not alone in thinking that.

Deadshot #4: The prelude to the conclusion. I'm not really seeing a big redemptive moment coming for Deadshot. He is an assassin after all, and a pretty loathsome guy in most regards. But Christos Gage has done such a good job of humanizing the character that I'm also really dreading the apocalyptic finale the last page splash of this issue seems to imply. (On the other hand, looking at the villains assembled for the assault on Deadshot, I have a tough time imaging them being capable of too much damage.)

Fallen Angel #19: Maybe it's for the best that this title lie low for a little while. It's been a little aimless for the last few issues, and I really don't see how introducing two not very well known characters from another no longer published Peter David title into this story can help it gain back momentum.

Dicks Winter Special: From Pete's list. Oh, all right, from my list. Not the strongest offering from Ellis and McCrea, but the promise of a third mini-series does arouse my interest. And it's wrong of my, but I thought the Al Kyda: World's Unluckiest Man strip in the back was sickly hilarious.

Detective #804: I was vaguely dissatisfied with this issue. It felt like a "place-holder" issue, just out there to keep the story going. The fight against Mr. Freeze felt like an excuse to try and keep the story engaging, not an integral element of the story. Even the conclusion to the back-up feature was disappointing.

Firestorm #11: From Pete's list. I've been enjoying this book, but it's also the first time I've tried to read a Firestorm book. So, I have no idea who any of these bad guys who hate Ronnie Raymond are, nor why I should think they're scary. It's a similar problem to the current Hawkman arc, only at least Hawkman's villains are a little more menacing. A giant half-man/half-lion is a lot scarier than an evil version of the Multiple Man.

Legend #1: It's Howard Chaykin and Russ Heath doing a knowing, dark retelling of a Superman-esque character in a less heroically optimistic world than your standard super-hero universe. It's right up my alley. Heath's art is classical, a little stiff in comparison to modern standards maybe, but still expressive and detailed. And it's Chaykin being Chaykin, so whether or not you think it's well-written will largely depend on how you feel about Chaykin's work.


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