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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Fast Reviews 

I'm intensely busy today, but if I don't review last week's books now, I'm going to have another one of those two or three week at a time set of reviews that I hate doing. So, this is me attempting to sum up my reactions to last week's books as succinctly as possible.

City of Tomorrow #1: All the things that make Chaykin's work wrong fun are here.

Solo #4: A brilliant collection of short works that deserves to be read by anyone really interested in the comics form.

Otherworld #2: A narratively and visually dense work that requires a great deal of attention and effort, but is well worth it.

Day of Vengeance #1: A big, dumb fun super-hero melodrama, with a drunken talking chimp makes for a very entertained Dorian.

Wild Girl #6: An ending that goes for suggestion and nuance when perhaps exposistion would have served better.

Superman/Batman #19: Apart from my dislike of elements of the Supergirl costume, which is going to make parents of children nervous, as the -Girl versions of superhero characters tend to attract young girl readers, this was in keeping with the tradition of amusing, if slight, tales for this title.

Adventures of Superman #639: Panty shots of Lois aside...a generally enjoyable Superman hits things comic. I'm always up for an evil Superman story, or a good fight with Captain Marvel, so I'm okay with this.

Legend #3: Some much needed maturity creeps into the lead in this chapter of Chaykin's collaboration with Russ Heath. An enjoyable work, but not the best work of either creator.

Supreme Power #16: Since this wasn't a very good issue, in keeping with the rhythm of this title, next issue should be fine.

Catwoman #42: Ultimately unsatisfying conclusion to a brutal story. Bring on Pfeifer and Woods.

Authority: Revolution #7: A very fun read, full of entertaining and compelling character bits for the various Jennies. After a bit of a slump, Brubaker is back on form for the book.

Ultimate Secret #2: Very funny, and a book willing to take the inherent silliness of the genre and setting and just run with it. "Ol Spidey's gonna have a little sleep now" made me laugh out loud.

Losers #23: More complicated and compelling espionage action.

Batgirl #63: I've been pleasantly surprised by Gabyrich's work on the title. Some nice character development has been going on here, balanced by more traditional super-hero action. And Deathstroke/Batgirl is a good fight set-up.

X-Men: Phoenix Endsong #5: I never need to read another story in which the problem is solved by yet another variation of the Care Bear Stare. It struck a sour cord with me after mostly enjoying the rest of the series.

Wonder Woman #215: Unraveling the various plots and counterplots of Wonder Woman's enemies in this title has been fun, and an extended look at the more mythical aspects of her world should also be fun.

Batman #639: Meta-plots in full force here, but I'm enjoying the twists of this book. And it's nice to have a superhero-y Batman book, especially one that doesn't have Hush in it every month.


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