Sunday, 13 November 2011

2 Cent Reviews (weeks of 11-02-11 and 11-09-11)

this week

batwoman #3 - loving this book. the writing and the art just has it together so well. it entertains me each month while maintaining it's own things. batwoman has her own rules and that makes this book a winner.

frankenstein agent of shade #3 - the first two page spread this issue with our fully assembled team reminded me of an old childhood cartoon BUCKY O'HAIRE. a buncha colorful animal creatures with big guns fighting space deviants. anyway, this was a good issue but the art is a bit on the shitastic side. ponticelli does not compliment lemire's writing at all. i have to say if that doesn't improve, i might be looking at another drop.

batman and robin #3 - the dysfunctional duo get their asses handed to them this issue. i don't think i've ever seen that happen to ole bats. pretty good issue but the drive in cinema "Morgan" sets up on the last page has got me curious.

suicide squad #3 - this straw that broke the camel's back. suicide squad loses it's charm with this issue. the book is pretty aimless and the character's are all hollow cardboard copies of the originals. dropped.

green lantern #3 - sinestro and jordan team up to save korrugar. bad things happen. good art, very light story. hopefully we see more Sinestro Corps next issue.

resurrection man #3 - i'm really liking the metaphysical side to this comic. mitch's soul is like the hottest new christmas toy that every child wants. cept...it's not children's that want it but the two sides of the afterlife. definitely picks up from issue 2.

demon knights #3 - the calm before the storm. not much really happens in this issue as we get a little bit of panel time for each character. and not being familiar with madame xanadu, i can't help but not trust her motives one bit.

last week

x-men #20 - the not x-force, x-force team. wonderful art but a very underwhelming first outing for this particular group. they should hand the title over to writer Chris Yost permanently cuz it doesn't seem like Gishler is going to be doing anything good with it. he's had three tries and over 15 issues but he keeps losing the audience. i'll give it a second chance at least because i want to see how team cyclops fairs.

animal man #3 - in the third chapter of mind-[frick] city, you wouldn't think that things could possibly get grosser, but they do. creatures that wear skin of man like clothes, heroes who swell and expand their flesh in atrocious ways to fight for justice. all that sprinkled with tiny little animal skeletons, walking around looking almost cute if it wasn't so macabre. it was like reading an amalgamation of the AKIRA and the NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS movies, just visceral and weird. Not the strongest of the three issues thus far, the arc however only progresses.

swamp thing #3 - at first, there was the red. then came the green. now, meet the black. the rot, the dead and dying, the un-alive. trust me, this ain't no rainbow bright lantern crew a la Blackest Night. it's something oh so much more special. a strange little boy is introduced in this issue, one with complications and a connection to THE ROT. if Snyder keeps building it, i will come.

uncanny x-men #1 - so as the newest brotherhood of evil mutants get together, Sinister strikes. oh wait. that's not the brotherhood. that's cyclop's Extinction Team, as he chooses to call them. Extinction Team...really? And they want Avengers status? I'm pretty sure having Magneto, Namor, The White Queen and The Juggernaut on your front lines ain't gonna help ya gather much credit there Blinky.

jli #3 - ok i like this comic and everything, but this stoyrline needs to WRAP. IT. UP. especially cuz i want to see the next line up of the team that we've seen in previews which included plastic man, green arrow and many others. they just look like a much more interesting unit. i'm really hoping jurgen's isn't writing for the trade cuz that's only going to hurt this book.

stormwatch #3 - i know a lot of people are complaining about this comic, but they should realize that Cornell is working some pretty big ideas here. sure, they might be too much and all at once, but i smell a cohesive plan abrewing. i'm not going to give up so easily until at least the arc concludes and i can look at it as a whole.

new mutants #33 - not a very fast paced issue as the gang deals with this new era in the x-verse. still, i have to say the warlock/doug ramsey scene where they gossip in machine code KILLED me. pure hilarity! also, i can't wait till blink joins the fray next issue so i'll be stick around.

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